Idaho Bed and Breakfast Association Newsletter #22


March-April 2014


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


 Greetings! , Brian Scott


Thanks for taking the time to read our March-April 2014 newsletter. Once again, thank you to Jim & Ruth May, owners and innkeepers at the Reflections Inn in Kooskia, for taking on the task of creating our newsletters. Their efforts will be very much appreciated!


We are happy to announce our 1st project of the new grant cycle will be the design and printing of a golf, brewery, and winery map showing where our small lodging is located in relationship to these statewide attractions. Stay tuned, we will be calling to get current information from our members.


The Bicycle map and brochures were distributed at our 3 travel shows, Utah, Seattle and Calgary. Please see the personal accounts of what it is like to represent IBBA at a show from Tina Hough.Seattle Trade Show Booth


Don't forget, if you would like to represent us at shows in March of 2015, and promote IBBA as well as your individual lodging, please let me know. We will reimburse travel expenses. This is on a 1st come 1st serve basis. We need 3 people at each show.


Be sure to mark the dates May 6-7-8 in Sun Valley for our annual conference in conjunction with the Idaho Conference on Recreation & Tourism. (ICORT)  This conference offers you an opportunity to further your knowledge of what is happening throughout the state and how it affects your business, as well as providing a learning opportunity to broaden your knowledge as an innkeeper. We hope to see a great representation from our industry. This year we are sponsoring an evening reception along with the other 3 multi-regional associations. We will introduce our attendees at this reception.



Brian Scott, IBBA President

Featured Innkeeper of the Month:
CJ Kenney 
Wild Rose Manor B&B
Caldwell, ID

This new addition to our newsletter is something we hope you will enjoy. You may be next to receive a 5 question phone call....


CJ opened the doors of her B&B in 1997 on Valentine's Day. Over 65 acres, three ponds and beautiful grounds offer wonderful views from the four suites at the inn. 



IBBA: Other than your website, where do you focus advertising that gives you the biggest bang for your buck?

CJ: I advertise with Bed and because they have such a monopoly on so many of the travel and 3rd party websites. Trip Advisor is great too and I get many referrals from them, even though I don't have a business listing.

IBBA: What is the best thing you have done to your facility to help make your job easier?

CJ: Hiring a lawn service to mow for me! It took me about 11 hours with all the edging and weed eating. Also hiring someone to do all the wedding set up and tear down!

IBBA: What is the most important thing you have learned from another innkeeper or conference?

CJ: The conferences are great, they are loaded with information. The session by Trip Advisor is always really helpful.

IBBA: What is the next physical project you have planned for your business?

CJ:  I just got into the bee keeping business with 3 hives this past Saturday and I'm raising chickens  that began to lay eggs just after the Rhode Island Reds and the Araucanas that lay pink and blue and green eggs. I do all my own gardening too!

IBBA: What part of your inn-keeping job is the most difficult?

CJ: The hardest part is keeping everything clean. I really don't like making those beds much either. My dryer has just broken down and I will have to journey to the laundromat. There is always something!


Big Thanks CJ for your time! Have a great season!






     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 placed on the travel show map and an individual listing on the bike map. 


Membership forms are available on the IBBA website.




LOOKING  for 2014
 For The "Inn-Spirational Innkeeper" Award  



We know there is a fellow innkeeper in your region that has always been willing to lend a helping hand to others in our small lodging industry. This person may also take an active role in the community as well. This is the kind of individual we are looking for to nominate for our annual award. Frances Conklin Receives Bonzey Award 2012

    This award will be presented at the Idaho Conference on Recreation and Tourism (ICORT) to be held in Sun Valley, May 6-8, 2014. 

   Send in your nomination me, Brian Scott, IBBA President via email:


In This Issue
IBBA Benefits
2014 Nominations
Email Changes
IBBA Recipes
IBBA Website Changes
Map & Brochure Distribution

Quick Links

If your email has changed, be sure to contact us via email at to let us know.  If we do not have your current email, you will not receive renewal notices, newsletters or updates regarding the website.
Cherry Cobbler Recipe from CJ Kenney
At Wild Rose Manor  
1 Rounded C Flour
1 C Sugar
1 C Cream 
2 1/2 tsp Baking
1 tsp of Vanilla

Butter 6-8 individual ramekins
Pour batter into buttered ramekins.
Add about 6 fresh cherries to top off each serving (Bing cherries are a favorite!)
Cook at 425 degrees for 30 minutes. Dust with powdered sugar and serve!

Don't let your listing drop off the website and printed brochures.  Renew your



In an effort to help our members and non-members, that do not have on line calendars or reservation systems, and to reduce overall website costs, we have moved the website to an affiliate of Association Alliance. 

This decision was based on several meetings over the past 2 years at ICORT where we determined it to be the best course for our association.

This is a content managed system website which means you are responsible for your business listing. If you have not logged in to bring your listing up to date, please do as soon as possible. You should have received an email from Association Allliance with your password. 

A News Flash (not a newsletter) went out last month to make you aware of these changes. Anyone who has not logged into the new site, we will be sending you a new password shortly.


Where Do The IBBA Maps & Brochures Get Distributed?

We want to let you know where the locations are that we distribute those wonderful bike maps and brochures. Each year our objective is to place them in a way that will surround the state of Idaho. This year we were able to distribute at three different travel shows, Utah, Calgary and Seattle. We also contracted with Certified Rack and Folder to display your material at the following areas:
Portland, Or.; Bend OR.; Redmond WA.; WA. State Ferry System Seattle /Bainbridge; Cody, WY. (Big Horn Basin Area); Salt Lake City, UT.  and the Yellowstone & Glacier National Park Routes.
With these locations and areas there are over 800 different displays. All of the cities mentioned include the major cities and the surrounding areas.

Save $25
Make your plans to attend ICORT and let IBBA reimburse $25.00 toward your costs to attend. Registration hot link: ICORT
Offer Expires: May 10, 2014