Hotels, motels, house rentals, Bed & Breakfasts…. Travelers today have more lodging options than ever before and trying to decide where to stay can be overwhelming. Whether you’re travelling for business or pleasure, finding the right accommodation is important. However, with so many choices, why should you consider a bed and breakfast over another accommodation type? That’s easy – they’re great! No seriously, they are so not what you expect. B&B’s are experiencing a huge resurgence in popularity and they often provide better value compared to hotels and other types of accommodations
If you have never stayed in a Bed & Breakfast, you owe it to yourself to try it. If you HAVE stayed in a Bed & Breakfast, you owe it to yourself to go back. (And, if you stayed in one and thought it was ‘just ok’ you owe it to yourself to try ours!) Here is our top 5 reasons why you should stay at a B&B, especially the Jacob Rohrbach Inn:
1 – A Personal Experience:
You can get good customer service at a hotel, but often you’re just a room number. Here at the Jacob Rohrbach Inn you will get a personalized experience. When you check in, you get to meet an Innkeeper, not an employee or just a book listing the rules and a few suggestions of things to do. We actually know your name and where you are from, we know that it’s your birthday or anniversary and we even know if you want coffee or tea at breakfast. We also know if it’s your first time to the area or your 20th and know just where to send you to find a great experience. Want to go to a winery? Let us know what type you are looking for and we can send you to just the right place. Want a romantic dinner, or maybe just looking for a quick bite between activities – we know the perfect place for both. Want to hang out on one of the porches with a book or just take a nap? DO IT! Want to sit down and chat with us about how we came to do this, or why you are here? Great – we love to hear about you and your story. Only want to see us at check-in and breakfast? That is perfect too. No judgment here- this is YOUR stay. A stay designed by YOU! Our goal is to make you feel comfortable and relaxed so that you leave with great memories.
2 – Affordable and All Inclusive
You may find some hotels or other rental accommodations appear cheaper but the value at a B&B is far better. When you check into a hotel, you might get free parking and a so-so continental breakfast, Wi-Fi is almost always an extra cost and there might be an overpriced vending machine for late night munchies. We recently went to a conference and learned that if we wanted a mini fridge in our room, we had to pay an additional fee each day. Who does that? At our bed and breakfast it’s all included! Off-street parking – free, High speed internet – free, Mini-fridge in room – free, Soda, coffee or tea – free, Fresh, homemade goodies and snacks– free, Amazing multi-course breakfast – free. (I feel like that tax commercial: free, free, free-free-free, free.) But seriously, It’s all FREE!
3 – Breakfast to Remember
At a hotel, you might get a disappointing grab-n-go cold breakfast, or maybe you will get lucky with a “hot” breakfast. But should questionable eggs and a rubbery waffle sitting under a heat lamp be called breakfast? You will find none of that when you stay at our Bed & Breakfast. Wake up to the scent of locally roasted and fresh ground coffee brewing, or the aromas of thick Applewood-smoked slices of bacon sizzling in the oven. That’s what you will find at the Jacob Rohrbach Inn. A homemade, multi-course breakfast brimming with local products and flavors is simply the best way to start your day. That wonderful coffee is out on the comfort station by 7:00am and breakfast is served in the dining room at 8:30. Our menu is ‘chef’s choice’ and alternates each day between sweet and savory. If you don’t like making small talk in the morning – no worries. At the Jacob Rohrbach Inn we don’t make you ‘sit with strangers’. All of our tables are individual and allow you, the guest, to be in control of how interactive you are. Remember this is YOUR stay, you get to decide. Need an earlier start to the day? We will be happy to provide you with a ‘road ready’ breakfast to get you on your way. Don’t worry if you have any food allergies or dietary restrictions, just let us know ahead of time and we will be happy to accommodate them.
4 – Unique and Authentic Experience
When you stay at many brand name hotels, they attempt to provide you the same experience in every location. Which means no matter where you stay, NYC or Bali, you will find the exact same thing. Boring! A Bed and Breakfast is owned by local residents and provides a unique and authentic experience. If you really want to ‘live like a local’, here is your chance! Get the scoop on attractions and activities that are off the beaten path and find out where the hidden gems of the area are. We know the best place to go to capture a sunrise/sunset. We know where to send you for a short relaxing hike or where to go for a challenge. Where is the best place to get your bike on or off the C & O canal? We can tell you that too. Need to find a place to take the kids on a rainy afternoon, or a pet friendly restaurant? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. At the Jacob Rohrbach Inn, you will find your Innkeepers are an outstanding source of local information.
5 – Historic Properties and Beautiful Rooms
Quite a few Bed and Breakfasts are historic buildings, architecturally distinctive and no two ever look alike. Many of these are in restored buildings that are hundreds of years old and have played an important role in the history of their town. The Jacob Rohrbach Inn also has a rich history and unique story. Situated along the main street, our motto is “An Eyewitness to History Since 1804”. Be sure to ask us the story of our Inn during your stay. Unlike small cookie-cutter hotel rooms, the Inn has five spacious and comfortable rooms. All five have been thoughtfully restored to maintain their historic character. But don’t let the word historic fool you, we’re not ‘Grandma’s house’ with plastic slip covers and doilies everywhere. Our rooms and suites are individually furnished and come with all the modern amenities that will make you feel at home. If you are traveling with another couple, check out their room. You will be surprised at the differences between each one. Our website allows you to view large pictures of each guest room and select the one that most appeals to you. At the Jacob Rohrbach Inn you get to choose your room, not your room type.
So, the next time you are traveling, or planning a vacation, don’t get overwhelmed by all the choices. Choose a Bed and Breakfast. Come stay at the Jacob Rohrbach Inn for a great experience!
One of our favorite signature dishes is our “Eggs Rohrbach”. It has all the same yummy ingredients of traditional Eggs Benedict but is simple to make. It’s SO easy that even Chris can make it.
You will need:
- 5 eggs
- 4 Slices Canadian bacon
- 2 English muffins
- 3/4 cup milk
- Shredded Cheese (optional)
- Salt / pepper to taste
First, spray four ramekins with some nonstick spray. Then slice and cube two English muffins into approximately ½” size cubes.
Now place a slice of Canadian bacon centered in each ramekin and sprinkle with a small amount of cheese. Place some cubed muffin on top of the cheese and then sprinkle the remaining cheese on top of muffin.
In a medium bowl, beat the eggs, milk and seasoning together and gently pour over muffin. Cover with foil and refrigerate overnight.
In the morning, pull out the ramekins about 30 minutes prior to baking. Preheat your oven to 350°F and bake uncovered for 30-35 minutes, until set.
Just before the eggs are done go ahead and start whipping together your favorite Hollandaise Sauce. We have an easy recipe for that too, but that’s a secret… just kidding tune in for another blog in the future.
When done, run a knife around the edge, invert onto plate. Top with Hollandaise and garnish with chopped parsley or chives. Serve with some fresh herb tomatoes and a side of our Apple Maple sausage. Enjoy!
– Can be made the same day, just allow enough time for the muffin to soak up the egg mixture.
– No ramekins? No problem! Use a jumbo muffin tin.
– Once inverted onto plate, keep ramekin on until ready to top with Hollandaise Sauce.
Whether serving a full house or just a few guests, our Lemon Ricotta Pancakes are always a big hit. They are a little more involved than your traditional pancakes, but oh, SO worth the extra effort!
Serves 10 – (makes 2 pancakes each)
You will need:
2 cups ricotta
2 cups sour cream
6 eggs, separated
2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp. Baking soda
2 dash salt
2 Tbs white sugar
4 Tbs lemon juice
4 tsp grated lemon zest
Fresh blueberries – 2 cups (optional)*
Combine baking soda, flour, salt, and sugar.
Beat egg whites until fairly stiff but not dry
Heat a griddle or large skillet over medium-low heat while you finish batter.
Stir flour mixture into cheese mixture, blending well but not beating.
Stir in lemon juice and zest, then gently fold in beaten egg whites; they should remain somewhat visible in batter.
Grease griddle or skillet with butter, oil or spray to coat surface.
When it is hot add batter, we use 1/4 cup per, making sure to include some egg white in each pancake.
Cook until lightly browned on bottom, 3-5 minutes, then turn and cook second side.
Serve with warm maple syrup, top with whip cream or try some of our homemade Blueberry Sauce
– * Can use frozen berries- thaw slightly but do not rinse
– When adding dry mix into the wet ingredients do not overmix
– Gently fold the egg whites into the batter
– Be sure to test to see if the griddle is hot enough by sprinkling a couple of drops of cold water on it: If the water bounces and sputters, it is ready to use.
One of our signature accompaniments for breakfast at the Inn is our Apple Maple Sausage Patties. This delicious side compliments any sweet or savory dish that we serve. Guests rave about the flavor and request them on return visits. This is an easy recipe that will quickly become a family favorite!
Serves 10 – (makes 20 patties)
You will need:
2 pounds of ground lean sausage*
1 tsp fine salt
1 tsp black pepper
½ tsp ground sage, dried
3 Tbs organic maple syrup
1 large apple, peeled, cored, and shredded*
Heat the oven to 425°F. Cover a cookie sheet with foil.
Peel, core, and grate one large apple.
In a large mixing bowl combine two pounds of ground sausage, grated apple, salt, pepper, sage and syrup.
Using clean hands, or a large spoon, mix well to incorporate.
We use a ¼ cup measuring cup to get the right amount of sausage to place in our two-patty sausage press. If you don’t have a sausage press, don’t worry just roll into balls and then you can pat them into small patties – not too big, not too small. Place sausage patties evenly across sheet.
Bake sausage for 15 minutes. Flip patties over and bake another 5 – 10 minutes until golden brown.
You can serve with any main entree but we like to serve them with our Oven Omelets or Baked French Toast
*We use tart apples from Distillery Lane Ciderworks but a nice Granny Smith works well. We also purchase our ground sausage from Crestview Meats in Martinsburg. Just make sure you use lean, quality meat, this is not the time to try to save a few cents. Trust us, it makes a difference!
– Place sausage patties on parchment/wax paper and freeze, then store in a plastic bag in the freezer. This allows you to remove and bake only what you need.
– Pull out sausages the night before and place in refrigerator.
– We bake the patties instead of frying; this allows the meat to bake in the naturally blended juices of the meat, apple and maple syrup.