Idaho Bed and Breakfast Association Newsletter #27

Fall 2015


Hello from the Idaho B&B Association
News From The President


  , Brian Scott

Thanks for taking the time to read our newsletter.

We hope you received copies of all our printed collateral material: 2 maps, one showing all of our small lodging in relation to major bike trails, scenic by-ways, & national & state parks; the other showing our lodging as related to wineries, breweries and distilleries; & our brochure directing future guests to our lodging locations throughout the state with listings and phone numbers included on all 3 pieces. These materials were made possible through your 2% bed tax collections which are partially distributed through the Idaho Travel Council to non profit groups such as ours as well as through your membership dues. We have mailed out over 200 packets of material this past Spring. Let us know if you did not receive one, or would like more copies.


These award winning maps & brochures will help you send your guests throughout the state to B&B's in all 7 regions, enticing your guests to "Stay & Play Longer" in our great state! 

One way to off-set costs of printing and distribution of these materials is through advertising. (by the way, 20,000 of each will be printed again this year and will be distributed by Certified Rack and Folder throughout the surrounding states in over 600 locations.) You will see that many of our members placed an ad in one or both of the maps. We encourage you to do so. At a cost of less than 1 cent per piece ($195 ad cost), you can be in 40,000 copies of full color, quality printed material. As you can see, space is limited, (only 10 ads are left) so don't hesitate to send in your check to reserve a spot for your full color business card sized ad for 2016. Just another way we help our small lodging industry.


Brian Scott, IBBA President

IBBA Grant Application

We are pleased to announce that IBBA has been awarded a grant in the amount of $28,600. This wonderful opportunity allows us to reprint and distribute our 3 pieces of collateral materials and participate in 3 outdoor adventure  and travel shows. If you would like to submit any ideas for use of the grant funds for the coming year's grant application, please send an email to Brian Scott at listing your ideas in priority order.



Exciting News From The
State Division Of Commerce, 
Tourism Division

The Idaho State Tourism Guide staff has requested the use of files used in the production of our bike and beverage maps. We came to an agreement with them that resulted in  a 1/2 page ad for IBBA in the new guide. We would like to sincerely thank Diane Norton: Idaho Tourism Manager; Josh Mercaldo: Account Director of Tourism with Drake Cooper,  for coordinating this effort and  our Graphic Designer, Heidi Meckle of H&M Design for creating the ad for the Guide and for all her work in creating the maps. Thanks also to our Grant Manager, Shar Scott, for developing the opportunity for the ad placement.
The ad has a call to action asking readers to request our maps from IBBA to explore the state and visit our small lodging along the journey.

NEWS RE: Airbnb

This is good information for anyone thinking of joining the Airbnb platform and for those of us who have already opened our businesses as legitimate B&B's. It is all about safety and how to protect yourself. Click on the link in the word
News above to go to the article. This is good security information for all of us to review,
especially those of us who already have opted to advertise on Airbnb.


2015 Bonzey Award Nominees

For Inn-Spirational Innkeeper of the Year


We are currently collecting nominations for the Bonzey Award to be given out at the 2016 ICORT conference in Moscow in May. This annual award is given to an innkeeper/s that has exhibited outstanding effort in the areas of community involvement, industry leadership and the promotion of our small lodging industry.

If you know of someone that exhibits these qualities, please get in contact with Brian Scott via email: and put in the subject line of your email, Bonzey Award.


Membership Renewal Month:

Currently, membership invoices are being emailed to all of you. Last year we implemented membership renewal in November. We will continue this practice as it seemed to work well for everyone. Please remember, you must pay your dues in November in order to be included in the printed material for 2016. Help save us time by renewing on line using paypal on the IBBA site, or if you would like to pay by credit card, call Linda at the Roosevelt Inn 765-5200 or Brian at American Country B&B 651-2191.

  Our association represents small lodging that serves breakfast to guests throughout the state of Idaho. 
  Along with our Traditional B&B's, we also represent Cottages, Country & Historic Inns, Guest Ranches, Cabins, Farm Stays, Tent Cabins & Yurts. We invite you to become a member.
    Don't forget... your $75 membership gives you access to all of our preferred vendors, inclusion in the brochure, featured listing on the website and our newest member benefits: inclusion of a location icon, & a listing with phone number placed on the Bike/Scenic By-way, State & National Parks map and also on the Beverage Map. In addition, you will be represented at 3 shows in 2016: Calgary, Utah and Vancouver. If you would like to send brochures advertising your individual lodging at these shows, please mail 20-30 of those pieces to John Hough at 105 E. Wallace Ave., Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814 by January 1st.

In This Issue
State Division Of Commerce
Membership Renewal

Quick Links

 News From Independant

A new group has formed and their first conference was held last year:

Want to learn the latest in innovation to ensure your success in the bed and breakfast and independent lodging industry? Then you have found your home.
A group of seasoned hospitality professionals who are passionate about this industry have formed a NEW and VIBRANT non-profit trade organization. The Association of Independent Hospitality Professionals focuses on best practices for success for independent hospitality professionals and their allied partners through education, advocacy, networking and more.
AIHP exists to promote and support the sustainability of small lodging hospitality establishments in a changing environment through networking, advocacy, professional development and progressive business practice.We love innkeeping. We want to provide the best experiences and memories for our guests, we love the generous friends associated with hospitality, we love the thought-provoking conversations, learning and fun that come from our community.
AIHP is excited to announce we have partnered with Hospitality Marketing Services for the 2016 AIHP Knowledge Sharing Summit and Marketplace, to be held April 4-6 at the Sheraton Music City Hotel in Nashville.

American Country 
Dutch Baby Pancakes

This is a versatile individual recipe that can be made in a pie plate or in a ramekin.
Set oven temperature to 475 and while it is heating, prep the following:

1 egg 
1/4 C flour
1/4 C milk
Pinch of sugar
1 tsp almond extract
1 tsp grated lemon peel
1 T Butter

Beat egg well in a small bowl using  a wire whisk. Add remaining ingredients and whisk until well blended. Place butter in ramekin or pie plate and melt in preheated oven. Remove dish once the butter has melted and pour the pancake batter in. Bake for 12 minutes. Batter will rise way up out of the pan, Serve immediately after you show your guests the pancake, as it will start to sink as soon as it is pulled from the oven. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and warm syrup, or fresh fruit compote.



Reserve your spot now on one of the IBBA maps for 2016! Mention this coupon and receive $19 off the $190 price for an ad. Call 208-651-2191!