The lead article in the July 2001 issue of Consumer Reports magazine ("Best hotels/Better rates", page 12) rates hotel and motel chains. There is a sidebar called: The Pros & Cons of B&Bs.
The OutBack Inn is a Bed & Breakfast (there's a bed and continental breakfast), but we differ enough from the usual B&Bs that it's worth mentioning here.
Visitors to B&Bs, says Consumer Reports, "cited charm, a peaceful atmosphere, hospitality, good home cooking, and conversation with fellow guests as reasons for visiting. But they cautioned that living in someone else's home -- perhaps next to the innkeeper's family -- isn't for everyone."
What can go wrong? One respondent to their survey was bothered by "open displays of religious objects." Another person complained that he was housed "in a garage, under a room with a noisy jacuzzi."
What's it like at the OutBack Inn?
A B&B may be right for you, says Consumer Reports, if you...
No wait! Carol and Steve (the proprietors) are interesting people, but the emphasis at the OutBack Inn is more on privacy -- a "home away from home" -- than socializing. Which is to say, you don't have to sit and chat. In fact, unless you make a point of sitting and chatting, we won't know if you're home or out seeing the sites.
No big breakfast here. It's continental breakfast -- scone, danish pastery, cereal, coffee, etc.
The only strangers at the breakfast table are the ones you invite into the cottage.
The Outback Inn has its own bathroom and shower.
You're in your own little house. Lock the door whenever you want. In fact I would expect you to.
We don't leave notes like that. If you're not sure how to behave or aren't sure what's right, ask youself, "What would Mr. Rogers do?"
This is Seattle; there's a coffeemaker. There's also a small refrigerator. No microwave oven though.
Watch all the TV you want. You get [free] local channels and basic cable.
On a sunny day, afternoon tea on the back deck is nice. But, you'll have to make it yourself.
You don't have to wait for nuthin'.There are separate thermostats in the main room and the bathroom. Adjust to your liking. If you want to get up early or stay up late, that's fine too. Remember, the OutBack Inn is a separate cottage, your own little house, your home away from home.
So, in summary, imagine visiting a big city and finding a modern cottage 15 minutes from the heart of town. It's got most of what you need: food, water, shower, a place to sleep, off-street parking, cable TV, a quiet place to relax, nice backyard, etc., with no one to bother you unless you want to be bothered.
That's what it's like at the OutBack Inn.