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Saluting Our Heroes
Posted: Nov 7, 2012

BnBFinder Inns Honor Military Members with Free Stays

OCTOBER 16, 2012 – NEW YORK – Sometimes all it takes is a simple idea to spark an outpouring of support. Just ask Kathleen Panek, the proprietor and innkeeper at Gillum House located in Shinnston,WV, who was the first to provide free rooms to military veterans back in 2008. Because of her efforts, hundreds of BnBFinder inns ( are now providing complimentary stays for active duty and retired members of the military in commemoration of Veterans Day in the U.S. and Remembrance Day in Canada.

After her initial success, Ms. Panek was able to get nine more inns to donate rooms the following year with assistance from the West Virginia Bed and Breakfast Association. In 2010, she reached out to B&Bs and their associations across the country encouraging them to join her cause. “It’s important to me because the military isn’t getting the ‘thank you’ they deserve,” says Ms. Panek. “And, not just the military person, but also their partner who has to deal with the issues at home.”

Mary White, CEO and founder of BnBFinder, agrees. “These gallant soldiers sacrifice time away from their loved ones championing our freedom around the world,” she says. “I commend the hundreds of B&Bs who are honoring these brave men and women and their families.”

Here are some of the BnBFinder inns offering complimentary stays to members of the military. Rooms are limited; check with the inns for availability and restrictions. Military ID required:

Gillum House—Shinnston, WV


The first inn to offer retired military personnel free accommodations for Veterans Day, the Gillum House is continuing its tradition this year with a free room to veterans on November 10.

Artist's Inn & Gallery—Terre Hill, PA

All rooms at the inn are free to active and retired military on Thursday, November 10. Additionally, military personnel always enjoy 10% off their rates.

Classic Rosewood Inn A Thorwood Property—Hastings, MN


For any soldier returning from overseas service, the whirlpool-fireplace room is available at no charge (the inn’s choice of room) on any midweek night (not a holiday) when the inn is serving other guests. Only one free room available per week.

Kingsley House Bed and Breakfast Inn—Fennville, MI

Stay two nights at the regular rates (including the weekend) and the third night is on them from November 5 – 12.

Su Casa B&B—Kansas City, MO


Stay two nights and get the third night free.

Bear Mountain Lodge Bed & Breakfast—Bethlehem, NH


For Innkeeper Michael, this is personal. He served in the Marine Corps for eight years before building Bear Mountain Lodge with his wife, Carol. From October 20 – November 12, veterans can stay for two nights in any room and the second night is half off.

Prospect Hill B&B Inn—Mountain City, TN


Active duty military personnel may stay one night for free at the main inn on a Sunday through Thursday (except 2/14) from November 1 – March 31 or two free nights in the private cottage.

For more inns offering free rooms and discounts to military personnel this Veterans Day, Remembrance Day and beyond, visit

For more information on these inns, inns located in your coverage area, or to request high-resolution images, contact Rich Rodriguez at (212) 480-0414 x16 or email  

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