Posts Tagged ‘food’

Bed and Breakfasts or AirBnB

December 3rd, 2015 by samhughesinn

A Tale of Lodging Choices

In this decade business & vacation travelers have had more options to the traditional hotel room than ever before in history because of the popularity of established Bed and Breakfasts, or AirBnB lookalikes. But what are the differences and why choose one over the other? Most people decide on a destination by the photos and the price range. Everyone wants the best deal for the money as well as a great experience and there is no denying the fact that AirBnB gives the world traveler a huge selection of seemingly attractive options. But how to know if the choice should be Bed and Breakfasts or AirBnB?

Air Logo
AirBnB is not a bed and breakfast website despite the name. It could just as easily have been called “Book an Unknown Vacation Rental With A Complete Stranger”.  It is an advertising vehicle which will list any rental posted by any person without prior knowledge of the owner or the accommodation. The advertiser can make any claim he cares to make about the rental and both the host and the exact location of the property remain anonymous until a reservation is made and paid for. AirBnB handles the transaction and what happens after that is in the hands of both host and guest.

But buyer beware! You will rarely find legal, licensed, monitored or approved rentals there. You are playing a game of chance with the internet version of the classified ads in newspapers or magazines. It’s a fancier version of Craig’s list, boasting a beautifully conceived website and promising results that are sheer guesswork at best.The paying guest doesn’t know until he arrives if the neighborhood is dangerous, the facility less than represented in a photo, or even if the host is sane and legally permitted to rent space in the building.

In 6 years AirBnB has grown wildly popular resulting in unbelievable wealth for the company and usually good results for the guest. But it is an imperfect system judged to be unfair in a market place where hotels, resorts, spas and bed and breakfasts have had to invest a great deal of time effort, and money in order to offer something that the so called “sharing economy” cannot – TRUST, SAFETY & DEPENDABILITY.

Check on the following internet sites for uncensored reviews from hosts, guests and in print media for AirBnB rentals: Huffington Post November 23, 2015 – TrustPilot – AirBnBHell – Distractify – The Smoking Gun, as well as others, and then decide if this is a good choice for you. 

B&B sign France

B&B sign France

If you decide instead to stay in an established bed and breakfast just Google “bed and breakfasts” in the city or area of your choice and visit their individual websites for photos, history, area attractions rates and amenities.

In a B&B, each property, each bedroom is unique, original, with its own sense of style and space unlike cookie cutter hotel rooms.The owner or (on occasion) hired innkeeper is generally available 24 hours a day, to see to guests’ needs. And best of all since this person is in house, the visitor has a local expert who has already been to the tourist attractions in the city, has eaten at most of the recommended restaurants, knows the best places to shop, where to buy gas, and has an extensive list of print material, guides and maps available. Generally breakfasts are also unique and attention is paid to restricted diets, allergies, or items a guest just might not enjoy.

Another B&B
BB breakfast

BB bedroom

The B&B owner has been through the hoops with his local city code office, He is licensed, inspected and required to conform to certain basic standards in order to provide lodging. He is subject to spot checks by the Health Department on a regular basis and is required to have a permit renewed each year along with the license to do business. He may belong to local Visitors’ Associations, other B&B organizations and websites. The building must conform to certain standards as to fire protection, windows & door exits, bathroom facilities & number of guests permitted. Parking permits may be required if on-site parking is not available and he must pay local and/or state taxes, file annual reports and carry a hefty insurance load to protect his property and its guests. He has an established business in a community and neighborhood that knows him. He must sometimes spend a great deal of money on advertising in print media and online in order to protect his reputation in this pursuit, which to him, is a way of life plus a source of pride.BB example 1

So before you, as a visitor, a traveler, put your money down on an unknown, evaluate the risk involved in making your travel plans. Are you willing to bet on the long shot, to take a chance just to save a little cash, or to aim for a sure thing? Think about it.

 

FOOD

April 22nd, 2015 by samhughesinn

Barbecue grillThe University of Arizona School of Anthropology celebrates 100 years since its inception with a series of free food lectures. Sponsored in part by the Marshall Foundation, this series explores the area of food & nutrition and its relationship to man and to our perception of ourselves, as it began thousands of years ago.

Up in Smoke: The History of Barbecue will be presented on Thursday, April 23, 2015, 7:00 – 8:30pm, in Social Sciences 100. This free lecture will be hosted by Steven Raichlen in a keynote address at the University of Arizona Social Science Auditorium. (See university map for locations). Steven Raichlen is an award winning author, journalist, lecturer, TV host & novelist. He has a best selling book and TV shows, Primal Grill & Barbecue University on PBS and he has lectured on the history of barbecue at the Smithsonian, the Library of Congress & Harvard University. So, whatever you think you know about throwing a steak of the grill will pale next to this expert’s bank of cooking knowledge

The Human Appetite: A Symposium on Food and Anthropology will be presented Friday, April 24, 1 – 4pm in Haury 216 (see U of A map). Food is the story of human life and this lecture will explore how we think about food from subsistence strategies to nutrition to the role of food in our daily lives.A panel of graduate students in the School of Anthropology will discuss aspects of “how we are what we eat”. Presentations will include the Heritage of Butchery, Early Roman Animal Sacrifice & Consumption, East African diet and identity, Food Security, White Mountain Apache Food Sovereignty and the Biography of Grain.

10,000 Years of Eating in the Southwest, Saturday, April 25, 2015, 10am – 3pm, Arizona State museum lawn. (See U of A map).This lecture covers the changes in food and eating in the Southwest over the past 10,000 years with demonstration booths staffed by students & faculty of the School of Anthropology.

Food Tour: Local Foods from Tucson’s Past, Saturday, April 25, 2015, 11am – 3pm, departs from Arizona State Museum lawn. Cost $25 per person. Sign up at https://uafoundation.org/NetCommunity/localfoods before 9:00 pm, Thursday, April 23. The tour will visit three locations representing Tucson farmers & their local crops at different points during the past 4,000 years. One is a village site on Tumamoc Hill where Native American farmers raised corn about 400 B.C. Below it are the remains of fields where farmers planted agave & pits where they roasted their harvest in A.D.1250.

You can reach these lectures in about a 20 minute walk from Sam Hughes Inn Bed & Breakfast or park in any of the university garages listed on the map.

Tucson Festival of Books

February 8th, 2015 by samhughesinn

Book Festival logo

Tucson Festival of Books

The Tucson Festival of Books began just 6 years ago when 350 authors presented 300 programs to 50,000 attendees after two years of planning and with high hopes for the future. By 2014 this event, spread across the University of Arizona Mall and hosted hundreds of authors, numerous tent and vendor offerings, hundreds of sponsors and exhibitors, side events for children and family members and attracted an audience of some 130,000 visitors in two days. Even larger attendance is expected in 2015.

Since its humble beginnings in 2009, the festival has contributed more than $1,000,000 to local literacy programs. This year’s Tucson Festival of Books, March 14 & 15, 2015 will again present over 350 authors, many of them famous,and each one of them will take part in special workshops or conversations, sometimes alone or in tandem with another author or as part of a panel discussion. These conversations or presentations draw overflow audience attendance in many rooms and auditoriums throughout the university campus. The authors include writers of fiction & non fiction, science, art, history, biography, romance, mystery, fantasy, science fiction,cooking, philosophy,self help, medicine and every other genre you can imagine for every age group. There will be 5 different science “neighborhoods” to engage children as well as adults and will include renowned science authors & researchers.The festival offers programming for children and teens, panels by best-selling and emerging authors, a literary circus, culturally diverse programs, a poetry venue, exhibitor booths, several food courts, book signing by your favorite authors and, of course, thousands of books to discover and buy.

Vendor tents & crowd

Tucson Festival of Books

Approximately 40 different entertainment groups will also take part in the Festival of Books. This year the highlight will be a rock group called The Rock Bottom Remainders. This year’s best selling authors/musicians will be Amy Tan, Mitch Albom, Dave Barry, Scott Turow, Ridley Pearson, Greg Iles, Alan Zweibel and Sam Barry who will kick off the event on Friday night, March 13. The group’s name is based on the booksellers’ term for books that languish on the shelves so long they have to be dumped at a discount.

A few “professional” musicians will complete the group. The performance will be held the evening of March 13 in the University of Arizona Student Memorial Union from 8-9:30 PM.. Tickets are available online and going fast.

A wide variety of other events are planned including a panel discussion on the impact of concussions and traumatic brain injury.The panel will include  brothers Steve Fainaru and Mark Fainaru-Wada, the co-authors of “League of Denial,” the New York Times best-seller on the NFL’s efforts to cover up the link between football and brain damage. A sport’s analyst and a number of former NFL players will round out the panel.

Gail Sheehy of “Passages” fame, is among a team of journalists and social and political commentators participating in the Tucson Festival of Books, Also on board are Pulitzer Prize winner, James Risen, an investigative reporter for the New York Times, linguist and author Noam Chomsky, who has written more than 100 books, Pulitzer winner, Dan Fagin, author of “Toms River”, (exploring the high number of childhood cancers in a New Jersey town), Oscar Martinez, author of “The Beast: Riding the Rails and Dodging Narcos on the Migrant Trail,”  and Philip Caputo, a reporter for the Chicago Tribune for 9 years, author of the 2009 novel, “Crossers”, set on the Mexico-Arizona border.

A host of other authors, famous as well as up and coming, will present more events than a person attending both days would be able to take in. Check the website for the Tucson Festival of Books, for a Bookmarked Events tool which allows a viewer to choose events and print a personal schedule so that you won’t miss the people you most want to see.

Books, Books & More Books

Books, Books & More Books

The Festival is only a fifteen minute stroll from Sam Hughes Inn Bed & Breakfast. You can park on site and walk to everything.

Major sponsors of the festival include the University of Arizona, The Arizona Daily Star newspaper, the University of Arizona Medical Center, Friend of the Festival donations, Cox Communications and other organizations and primary individual donors.

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