Idaho Bed and Breakfast Association Newsletter #23


May-June 2014


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


  , Brian Scott


Thanks for taking the time to read our May-June 2014 newsletter. 


I enjoyed getting to know several of our members in Sun Valley at the annual Idaho Conference on Recreation & Tourism. The conference provides such a great opportunity for our members to learn more about the tourism industry and how it affects our small lodging businesses throughout the state. This year the Longwoods International Research report provided some great information on Idaho tourism and I am happy to share the report with any of you that may request it via email. Ann Dee Johnson, VP of Longwoods, shared that providing  internet access, to your guests, is now the most important amenity for the U.S. traveler. 


Deidre Campbell, owner of the Tartan Group shared her insights regarding the Canadian Traveler showing a 65% growth since 1995 in visitors to Idaho seeking active adventures involving nature, culture and physical activities. This makes our bicycle trail, scenic by-way and state park map a hot commodity in Canada.


I hope to see more of you in attendance next year in Boise.




Brian Scott, IBBA President

Featured Innkeepers of the Month:
Sharon & Dave Osgood
Greyhouse Inn:
Salmon, Idaho

This new addition to our newsletter is something we hope you will enjoy. We can all learn so much from one another. You may be next to receive a 5 question phone call....


Built in 1894, the Greyhouse Inn Bed and Breakfast is a historic landmark in the Salmon River country. Your hosts, Dave and Sharon Osgood welcome you into their B&B or one of their four comfortable cabins. The Greyhouse Inn and Kookaburra River Guide Service can take the whole family on a whitewater adventure of a lifetime, or let the qualified guides from the Greyhouse Inn take you out to the best fishing spots on the river.



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


We advertise in the Lewiston Tribune, the State of Idaho Dept. of Commerce, Ravalli Mt. Chamber, and we are located on several web sites on the net.


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


Added a laundry room, a riding lawn mower and hired a cleaning helper.


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


If we are full call another innkeeper and see if they have rooms available, your guests will always remember you helped them out. We can all learn from one another.


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


A Jack Fence around our property to help keep cows out of the yard.


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


Never having time for ourselves, being a seasonal area, we have to be here all the time to be able to stay open.


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


IBBA Sponsors ICORT Reception  




Wednesday, May 7, from 5:30-7:00 p.m. a wonderful reception was held at the Sun Valley Resort for ICORT. The no-host bar served Idaho wines and beers and the attendees had an opportunity to enter a drawing for delightful gift baskets created by the 5 sponsoring organizations. IBBA would like to thank the wonderful Maritza Bluma and her catering division at the Resort for an outstanding job. We would also like to thank our co-sponsors and basket makers extraordinaire, the Idaho Lodging and Restaurant Association, the Idaho Outfitters and Guides, The Idaho RV Campground Association and the Idaho Ski Area Association!





     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.


 2013 "Bonzey Award" 
 for Inn-spirational Innkeeper Of The Year Presented to  
John & Tina Hough of The Roosevelt Inn



This award is given annually to inn-keepers that have shown uncommon and unselfish giving of time to make themselves available to help others in the industry and in the community. The aspiration to do so, is formed from a strong desire to see others succeed in the industry. The winners of this year's "Bonzey Award" for Inn-spirational Inn-Keeping" in the state of Idaho for 2013 exhibit these qualities. They have shared not just their business experiences, but also their business practices. They both have served on the North Idaho B&B Association as Presidents at different times and as members of the Idaho B&B Association Board of Directors since its inception in 2009.

   John and Tina currently are proprietors of the oldest remaining school house in Coeur d'Alene, a school actually attended by the current owner, John Hough. Converted in 1994, this one time 4-room school house is now a grand 5 story B&B in Coeur d'Alene, called the Roosevelt Inn.


In This Issue
IBBA Benefits
Bonzey Award Winners
IBBA Recipes
IBBA Website Reminders
Map & Brochure Distribution

Quick Links

 News From PAII
PAII is pleased to announce a new President & CEO, Ruth Ann Hattori. After a very successful career in the apparel industry with the Rocky Mountain Clothing Company.

Ruth Ann will begin her PAII duties on July 1, 2014. We are confident that her leadership will strengthen PAII today and for the future.  
French Toast Recipe from Sharon Osgood
At Greyhouse Inn

Crispiest French Toast


6 eggs beaten

of a cup of and

1 tsp vanilla

1 tsp. cinnamon

tsp nutmeg

4 cups of rice crispies or 4 cups of corn flakes

2 loaves of French bread cut into 1 inch slices for a total of 16 slices

Butter for frying


Beat eggs, and , vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg  in a deep dish place bread in mixture and turn over a couple times then press into the rice crispies or corn flakes. Have a pan heating on the stove add a tablespoon of butter and place the toast into pan brown on both sides place on a plate and serve with Raspberry syrup. Serves 8



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


Check your email regularly for notes from these two IBBA associates:


1. Association Alliance sends out the website listing password information so that you can update your listing on the IBBA website. Be sure to check your spam box if you have not received this information yet. We will resend it to you again this week.




2. Constant Contact sends out the membership renewal notifications which can be paid by credit card, Paypal or check. Please help us by keeping your membership up to date.



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.

Please join us in Coeur d'Alene at the CDA Resort on August 12,2014 at 10:30.  IBBA will present to the Idaho Travel Council regarding the impact that Vacation Rentals By Owner are having on our industry.