AUSTIN, Texas, July 16, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- via PRWEB - Following national travel trends, bed and breakfast travelers plan to take more summer trips this year than last year, with more than 40 percent planning three or more leisure trips this summer, up from 33 percent last year, according to the annual BedandBreakfast.com Summer Travel Trends Survey*. Nearly one in four also plan to stay in luxury accommodations this summer, with nearly half willing to spend between $200-$300 a night.
BedandBreakfast.com's Diamond Collection, a group of more than 450 professionally inspected, luxury inns, invites travelers to choose their own luxury getaway this summer by entering its "Summer of Smart Luxury" sweepstakes. Travelers can win a weekend getaway that includes a B&B, air/car travel, and other extras, valued at more than $1,000. BedandBreakfast.com's Diamond Collection exemplifies smart luxury, with average nightly rate of $239 for a Diamond Collection inn.
According to the BedandBreakfast.com Summer Travel Trends Survey and destination search data on BedandBreakfast.com, the top B&B destinations this summer are:
1. London, England
2. Fredericksburg, TX
3. Cape May, NJ
4. Charleston, SC
5. Newport, RI
6. New York, NY
7. Savannah, GA
8. Key West, FL
9. San Francisco, CA
10. St. Augustine, FL
The BedandBreakfast.com findings are in line with national travel trends; leading travel research firm PhoCusWright reported in its U.S. Consumer Travel Report that three in 10 travelers plan to spend more, take more trips and travel farther in 2014. It also found B&B travel is up, with 14 percent of travelers staying in a B&B for at least one of their leisure trips in 2013, a notable rise from 9 percent in 2010.
"We are not surprised by the growing interest in B&B travel, given that travelers appreciate the good price to quality value, free breakfast and parking, and the character and intimate experience you get from staying in a bed and breakfast," says Matt Laessig, general manager of BedandBreakfast.com. He noted that the summer survey found 75 percent of B&B travelers planning a summer getaway say they will stay in at least one B&B, up from 59 percent last year.
The BedandBreakfast.com Diamond Collection "Summer of Smart Luxury" sweepstakes runs between July 22 and August 17 on the BedandBreakfast.com Facebook page. Travelers who like the BedandBreakfast.com Facebook page are automatically entered to win one of two weekend getaway packages, one by land and one by air (each valued at more than $1,000).
*BedandBreakfast.com online survey of more than 1,100 B&B travelers conducted in early July 2014.
BedandBreakfast.com, based in Austin, Texas, is the most comprehensive global site for finding bed and breakfast properties, with more than 12,000 properties worldwide, representing nearly 75,000 rooms. BedandBreakfast.com helps travelers find and book the ideal B&B or small inn through informative descriptions, photos, and more than 300,000 consumer reviews. BedandBreakfast.com offers convenient gift cards welcomed at more than 4,000 B&Bs in the United States and Canada, with no restrictions or blackout dates. It is owned by HomeAway, Inc., the worldwide leader in online vacation rentals.
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