How influential are blogs? Very it would seem, particularly in China. An easy 90 minute drive from Yellowstone National Park makes the charming town of Bozeman a natural stop-over but for one Chinese family, the drawcard wasn’t the park but the chance to stay at the historic Voss Inn, a smartly turned out B&B that serves an oven-fresh breakfast. Reading a report on a Chinese-language blog, they drove 1,000kms arriving at midnight just to snuggle into a four-poster bed amongst chintz décor, gilt-edged mirrors and polished oak floorboards, have breakfast and depart. “We’re known as the Bel Air of Bozeman” boasts co-owner Frankee Muller who runs the B&B with husband Bruce. Built in 1929 and sited in the toffy Bon Ton neighbourhood, what is it that makes staying at the Voss Inn so special? Undoubtedly, it’s the warm welcome, usually accompanied by a delicious afternoon tea, the graciously restored suites oozing Victorian-era ambience and the breakfast which guests can either share together in the dining room or enjoy in their own room. Freshly squeezed orange juice together with just-baked muffins, a fruit platter, cereals and egg en cocotte plus tea and coffee and you’re ready for a big day out in Yellowstone National Park.
Voss Inn, 319 S Wilson, Bozeman, Montana www.bozeman-vossinn.com
Room rates starting from around USD125 include wireless internet, clawfoot tub, free local calls and complimentary afternoon tea.