This Saturday night, my husband and I are going to a B&B for our annual overnight getaway (we try to do it every year for our anniversary; our anniversary is today, but he won’t be home until Friday). I found a very nice-looking one, about an hour and a half away. The room I booked has a king-size bed with curtains around it; don’t know why I’m such a sucker for a curtained bed, but I am. The price was more than reasonable. But different B&Bs all have different ways of doing things, and we’ve never stayed at this one before. So I sent the inn-keeper an email asking if they serve an evening snack (some do) and also explaining that we often like to bring a bottle of vanilla vodka or maybe a bottle of champagne with us, to celebrate with, and asking if they would have soft drinks/ice available in the evening.
Well, the next day she called me. She was very nice about it, but told me their B&B, even though the website doesn’t say so, is tobacco-and-alcohol-free. Well, the tobacco-free, I understand. Non-smokers don’t like the lingering smell of smoke in the furniture/air, and neither of us are smokers anyway, so that doesn’t matter. But the alcohol? As long as we don’t get plastered and turn into assholes, what’s it to them?
So, here are our choices:
- Cancel the reservations (she hasn’t processed the card yet) and find another place.
- Just don’t take alcohol. It’s not like either one of us can’t live the night without a drink; we just like to toast to one another for our anniversary.
- Take the alcohol, but be discreet about it. I mean, it’s not like they’re going to search our bags, and they do have soft drinks and ice available. If we took champagne, we could request a bowl of ice, and chill it in the sink.
We are going to a nice restaurant for dinner, and could certainly do our annual toast there, but we have always preferred to do it back at the hotel/B&B, where neither of us has to worry about driving after two glasses of champagne.
So, I’m not quite sure yet what we’re going to do.
What would you do?