Niagara Gazette

Tourism

October 11, 2007

TOURISM: Fall is a good time to visit an area Bed and Breakfast

When you stay at a bed and breakfast, you arrive as a guest and leave as a friend.

It’s as simple as that.

“A bed and breakfast is personal,” said Nancy DeFlippo, owner of DeFlippo’s Bed and Breakfast on West Avenue. “When you walk in, you’re part of the family. It’s like you’re keeping a family member overnight. You’re not a stranger.”

The four-room B&B; is one of several in the area providing travelers with a more personal place to stay.

This summer was “the best summer yet,” DeFlippo said, with many tourists coming to view the canal and the Niagara region.

Many of them stayed for the dinner and overnight package, which has its advantages, DeFlippo said.

“(After dinner), all you have to do is roll upstairs, and then we feed you breakfast,” she said.

Ingrid and Roger LaMont, owners of Lamont’s Orchard View Bed & Breakfast in Albion, say the four-bedroom house has been in the family since it was built in 1913 by Roger’s grandparents, apple farmers George and Chloe Belle. (All for the grand price of $6,375 — what Roger calls “three good years of profit.”)

Today, the home is a year-round B&B; in the heart of apple country, boasting guests from around the world.

“When we started this, it was a stab in the dark,” said Ingrid, a retired first-grade teacher from Albion Elementary. “It’s been a wonderful experience. You meet and greet them, and you become friends.”

At DeFlippo’s, “We’ve met some really great people,” DeFlippo said.

Lamont’s Orchard View, in operation since July 2003, was restored to its former glory by the LaMonts after a small fire broke out in April 2001. Frequent B&B; hoppers themselves, with three grown children living out of town, Ingrid eventually talked Roger into sharing their piece of heaven with regular guests.

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