Recently I traveled with my daughter to a conference in Portland, Oregon where she was presenting a paper. I will leave the plane odyssey for another blog but since I am in the hospitality industry I will comment on the accommodations. We stayed at the site of the conference which was housed in a major hotel chain. First item on the agenda – if you wanted WIFI you paid for it! I could leave the hotel, pop into the Starbucks on the corner and voila, I was connected. If I wanted a bottle of water – well that was available in my room but at $2.75 per bottle – OUCH! Breakfast – well that was available at two different locations in the hotel but had to be purchased. And have you seen the prices of Room Service lately? A bowl of oatmeal was $11.75 and if you wanted a few berries with that you were charged an additional $2.25. Renting a car meant that you had to pay for parking. For years the B&B industry has had a promotion titled A Better Way To Stay. At most B&Bs access to WIFI is free, beverages are free, breakfast is part of the room charge and in many instances is quite gourmet and parking, well that is free. In New Hampshire, Breakfast on the Connecticut pays to the state a view tax – the better the view the higher the tax. Our view of the Connecticut River and the hills of Vermont is free and can be enjoyed for hours while you relax in one of our Adirondack chairs. Maybe not a free lunch but certainly A Better Way To Stay!