“B&Bs; represent quite a different experience than just staying in a hotel room. It’s for those people who really want to get a flavor of the area they’re visiting,” said Kate Scaglione, director of marketing and communications with the Niagara Tourism and Convention Corporation. “You can come and enjoy being away without the long drive and a lot of aggravation.”
Susan Pearson, owner of the Country Cottage B&B; on Rochester Road in Gasport, said travelers often appreciate staying with people they can chat with who know the area.
“People like to have their own local little travel agent,” Pearson said. “In a bed and breakfast, you have communication with the owner. You can ask questions about local attractions, local restaurants, what’s the best way to get here or there.”
The main draw for tourists is Niagara Falls, but the canal is becoming more popular, Pearson said.
The Country Cottage has two rooms, and each sleeps two people. This year has been a good one, and Pearson said she expects word of mouth helps bring people in.
“Bed and breakfasts aren’t for everybody. Some people prefer the hotel atmosphere, where you check in (and) there’s really no other contact,” Pearson said. “The whole ambiance of a bed and breakfast, being in a private home, doesn’t compare to what you get in the hotel.”
Contact reporter April Amadon at 439-9222, ext. 6251.
GNN reporter Nicole Coleman also contributed to this report.