The B&Bs for Vets program is celebrating a ten-year anniversary in 2017. Over the past ten years thousands of B&B’s and inns across the United States and Canada have offered active and retired veterans free lodging for one night on or around Veteran’s Day. This program was started by Kathleen Panek, a West Virginia Innkeeper in 2008, and was appropriately named B&Bs for Vets. Once again this year, the Association of Independent Hospitality Professionals (AIHP) will manage, coordinate and publicize the B&Bs for Vets program to honor our hard working military.
The innkeepers participating in the 2017 B&Bs for Vets program will offer a minimum of one room
for one night and totally free. Most innkeepers will give their free rooms away on Thursday, November 10, 2016 so veterans can wake up at a B&B and enjoy Veteran’s Day activities on November 11th. ‘Some innkeepers may offer more free nights – this will be noted in their descriptions. Other innkeepers may offer different dates. It’s up to the individual participant.
All veterans and active military interested in participating in B&Bs for Vets must show proof of military service in order to qualify for free rooms. Please review the FAQs for a list of the kinds of military IDs you will need. Additionally, all cancellation policies will be in effect at participating properties. Thus, vets and active military may be asked for a credit card to hold the reservation, and in the event of a no-show, the inn/B&B’s cancellation policy will apply.
We offer this site to Vets as a search tool for locating participating B&Bs. And as the Voice of Innkeeping, we proudly thank our veterans for their service to our country.
- Once you’ve made your reservation, plan to take advantage of it. Innkeepers have been plagued in the past with numerous “no shows” from veterans who reserved a room, then didn’t appear or contact the innkeeper to say they could not come. This takes a room away from another deserving veteran. All no shows will be subject to the B&Bs cancellation policy.
- If an inn is not listed on this site and/or indicates that it’s rooms are filled, please respect this and do not call over and over.
In recognition for your service, the B and Bs for Vets program is happy to reward deserving veterans with a chance to stay at one of America’s beautiful B&Bs.