I Love Bed & Breakfast Diaries

Dear Reader,

I love bed & breakfasts in both theory & practice. I’ve stayed overnight in five B&Bs so far in this charmed lifetime—most of them on Prince Edward Island, an island in Atlantic Canada that boasts the world’s largest egg beater.

One of the great, surprising pleasures of my 2005 wedding-anniversary trip to Prince Edward Island was perusing and contributing to the diaries found in our B&Bs’ various lobbies and bedrooms.

In honor of B&Bs everywhere—and their ephemeral diaries—I am pleased to present two entries from the diary of the Red Fox Room, located on the top floor of Summerside P.E.I.’s Silver Fox Inn.

If anyone knows of a library that collects bed & breakfast diaries, please let me know where it is. I’d like to go for a visit. (And can you recommend a good B&B in the area?)


Brian McMullen

4 thoughts on “I Love Bed & Breakfast Diaries

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  2. Heather

    What an interesting thought–bed & breakfast diaries on the shelf of a library. We’ve owned our B&B in Northeastern Oregon for 10 years and have room journals (aka B&B diaries) for each of our rooms. I wouldn’t think of donating them to the local library someday when our home is no longer a B&B (it will happen someday I’m sure), but that’s an interesting concept. Hmm. . . .what do happen to those journals when B&Bs close?

  3. Doug Jackson


    Not trying to be a geography snob here but please, PEI is off of our (Canada’s) coast, not Maine’s. I think readers might have a hard time finding if they expected to see it on a map off Maine’s coast it given its 3-400 mile easterly location overland through the province of New Brunswick.