When you travel to a city, or even to a suburb of a large city, it is usually pretty easy to find a hotel or a motel to stay in. But what if life is pulling you to take a trip to the country? If you're going to be visiting a more rural area, finding accommodations gets a little trickier. There tend to be few, if any, conventional hotels in the country. However, there are places to stay if you know what to look for and where to look for it. Here are a few of your top options.
Bed and Breakfasts
Bed and breakfasts tend to be quite common in rural areas. These are a unique option for accommodations. Typically, you pay to rent out a bedroom in a private home. There may be a few other bedrooms that are rented out to other customers. There is often a shared kitchen, living room, and bathroom that you have access to. At some bed and breakfasts, you are also welcome to use the yard, porch, and other outdoor amenities. As the name suggests, you will typically be served breakfast in the morning. A bed and breakfast can be a very quiet, relaxing, place to stay, especially if you want to socialize with other visitors and your host during your visit.
Rental Cottages and Cabins
Another option in rural areas is to rent out a cottage or cabin. Some people have cottages in their backyards that they use as rentals. There are also some small "communities" with a few rental cottages on the same land. This option gives you more privacy than you get with a bed and breakfast, and it also puts you more in touch with country living, which might be something you want to experience on your vacation.
Another option is to look for a campground. They tend to be quite common in rural areas. Some have rustic cabins you can rent, but you could also just bring a tent and camp that way. Many campgrounds will have a shared bathroom, shower area, and maybe even a kitchen, so you'll have access to some amenities even though you are staying in a tent. You can have campfires at night, look for wildlife, and reconnect with nature a bit.
There may not be a lot of hotels in the country, but that's okay. Bed and breakfasts, campgrounds, and rental cottages are all great places to stay, too. Contact a lodging facility for more information.