As an innkeeper I would like to respond to Marie Cope Hodges' letter of July 28 in which she complained about the high prices of American B&Bs. Ms. Hodges has missed the entire essence of B&B inning, American style. What she describes as "ridiculously unnecessary frills" is exactly what sets them apart from other lodging experiences, and is precisely what attracts the B&B guest.
One of the great things about travel in the United States is the variety of lodging choices. Those whose only requirement is no frills and an inexpensive room certainly have plenty of options other than B&B inns.