I just read a cute little romance where the heroine inherited a bed and breakfast on the beach in California. She’s thrilled, this is the answer to her lousy jobs, crappy ex fiancé and aimless life.
And I’m over here going: Who in their right mind dreams of running a bed and breakfast that requires daily cleaning and dealing with customers????? And how is a bed and breakfast romantic? I’m not drawn to it even as a guest as it feels like I’m a guest in someone’s home rather than a paying customer in a hotel with a certain expectation of privacy and boundaries. That’s probably because I’ve never stayed in one and therefore could be simple ignorance on my part.
For the record, I’m all for inheriting a beach house! If I have any unknown relatives living in a beach house looking to pass it on soon, I’m wilding waving my hand. Unless it’s a bed and breakfast that I have to manage, then I’ll politely pass
That’s just me, though. I know lots of people have this romantic idea of a bed and breakfast. I see this whole “heroine inherits a bed and breakfast” set up a lot in romances (or it feels like a lot to me) and I usually mentally roll my eyes because I consider it hard work, not romantic. But I have to admit, this book sucked me in anyway. I actually wanted to go to the character’s beach house bed and breakfast for a writer’s retreat or something like that, LOL.
Of course it’d help if I was actually writing, but I digress.
The point is that the idea of owning and running a bed and breakfast is a major NO for me. I’ll read and enjoy the story in a romance, but I’m not going down that road in real life. What about you guys? Would you ever be interesting in running a bed and breakfast? And/or do you find bed and breakfast lodgings romantic to stay in?