We were honored at Hamanassett Bed and Breakfast to take part in the Bed and Breakfasts for Veterans program. Started last year in West Virginia, the program is now part of the Better Way to Stay program at the Professional Association of International Innkeepers. As a result, hundreds of bed and breakfasts across the United States offered free rooms to our veterans on 11-10-11 to thank them for their service to our country. This year we had the Army, Navy, and Air Force represented.
In addition to the rooms offered by Hamanassett, the good people at the Delaware County’s Brandywine Valley Conference and Visitor’s Bureau secured donations from many of the attractions and local businesses in the area. Included were items like a WALK FOR THE WOUNDED T-shirt (a major fundraising event that draws thousands of people to Delaware County each year to honor soldiers who have been wounded overseas), plus a bottle of Chadds Ford wine, a box of Fudge made by a local candymaker – and a variety of free admission passes to places like Longwood Gardens, the Simeone Car Museum, the American Helicopter Museum, the Brandywine River Museum and more! There was also a $20-25 gift certificate to a local restaurant in each bag.