Veterans Day is coming up this month and the folks here at Port d’Hiver Bed and Breakfast want to say thank you to all of those brave folks who serve our country. We’ve had lots of guests the last year or so who have visited with us, either just before shipping out or right after returning home, and we are always humbled to hear their devotion and grateful that they chose to spend time with us. As a token of our appreciation, for 4 weeks beginning Sunday October 23, 2011, we’re giving away one complimentary night per week to a vet who served in Iraq or Afghanistan and one guest.
So far it’s going great! On week one, we were honored to have a visit from our first fun couple, Hugh and Lauren who stayed in the Windward Suite. The Windward Suite is one of our most romantic rooms with red walls and that big canopy bed. This weekend we have the classically beachy Indian River Room all ready for our second couple, Kevin and Sharon with plenty of activities for them to enjoy if they like such as the Third Annual Cocoa Beach Air Show, the Goo Goo Dolls in concert at the King Center and Absolute Blue live at Sand on the Beach right across the street. On week three, the Creole Room will be the relaxing setting for our third couple with its extra luxurious spa tub and cool cedar ceiling and finally, it’s back to the romantic Windward Suite again on week four.
While overall the response to our “Port d’Hiver Appreciates our Troops!” giveaway has been positive, we have had several emails from Veterans who felt excluded by this year’s offer. Yesterday we received this email from John L., a 22 year Vietnam Veteran, who asked, “Have you thought of doing something similar for Vietnam War veterans?”
In response, we want to say to all Veterans that we apologize if this year’s offer made you feel excluded in any way. We deeply appreciate your sacrifice and truly appreciate your devotion and bravery. Last year our free room offer was open to any veteran regardless of where or when time was served. This year we wanted to help those folks with the most immediate need.
If you visit “Better Way To Stay” you will find a large selection of inns who offer free rooms on 11/10/2011 to vets. This is strictly a voluntary effort and B&Bs are, by definition, small properties with innkeepers who have big hearts. They don’t have hundreds of rooms to offer like the large hotels, but I think among this list you will find a welcoming and warm place to spend a relaxing getaway. Best of luck and thanks for writing.