May 11, 2006

I am looking for an accessible B&B in Texas for next week...

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...and Candy Harrington, author of Emerging Horizons magazine & blog as well as Barrier-Free Travel: A Nuts and Bolts Guide for Wheelers and Slow Walkers, came to my rescue -- as usual!

Take a look at her new book There Is Room at the Inn.

For more information email Candy Harrington candy@emerginghorizons.com

New Guidebook Features Wheelchair-Accessible B&Bs

Ripon, CA May 11, 2006 --Need help finding a wheelchair-accessible inn or B&B? Then pick up a copy of There Is Room at the Inn; the first guidebook devoted entirely to accessible inns and B&Bs. Penned by the editor of Emerging Horizons, this new title focuses on the needs of wheelchair-users and slow walkers.

This handy resource contains 117 properties in 40 states and features a wide selection of lodging choices from Victorian Inns and quaint B&Bs to mountain retreats, a dude ranch and even two safari parks.

Says author Candy Harrington, "Most people think that B&Bs are not accessible at all. This book proves otherwise, Granted it took a bit of research to find the inns included in the book, but they are out there."

Unlike other B&B guidebooks, There Is Room at the Inn includes access details on each property. Each listing includes a detailed description of the access features of the property, with emphasis on the access features in the accessible guestrooms. As in Emerging Horizons, the emphasis in There Is Room at the Inn is on describing the access so that readers can make appropriate choices.

"I certainly recognize that even among wheelchair-users, there are a wide range of access preferences and needs," says Harrington. "Add slow walkers to the equation and that range dramatically increases. In short, what is accessible to one person may not even be useable to the next. That's why describing the access is so important -- so people can make appropriate choices."

Of course, there is a lot more to access than just ramps and roll-in showers. Attitudinal access is just as important as physical access. To that end, this book also contains comments from innkeepers regarding their own attitudes about access. These comments help readers get a real feel for the personality of the individual properties (and the innkeepers).

Additionally Harrington includes accessible sightseeing suggestions for each property. Says Harrington, "In most cases people like to go out and see things when they stay at a B&B, so I've included a number of accessible suggestions with each listing."

Also included in the book is an access checklist, so travelers know the right questions to ask innkeepers. This handy tool will help people find even more accessible properties. Innkeepers will also find this book very useful, as it includes "A Note to Innkeepers", a short chapter which offers insight into this growing market and some suggestions on how to make inns and B&Bs more appealing to wheelchair-users and slow walkers.

Published by Demos Publishing, There Is Room at the Inn is the first book of its kind and it's a must-have resource for wheelchair- or scooter-users, slow walkers, travel agents, CILs and libraries. It's a great follow-up to Harrington's first title, Barrier-Free Travel; A Nuts and Bolts Guide for Wheelers and Slow Walkers.

There Is Room at the Inn is available at bookstores, through the publisher (800-532-8663) or on-line at EmergingHorizons.com/inn. Visit http://EmergingHorizons.com/inn/ to read a sample chapter, see the table of contents or for more information about There Is Room at the Inn or Candy Harrington.

Posted by rollingrains at May 11, 2006 09:35 PM