Rental alternatives

The bed-and-breakfast phenomenon began as a homey alternative to hotels and motels. Baby boomers embraced the opportunity to stay in homelike settings and meet their hosts and other guests over morning coffee.

Now such Internet sites like AirBnB.com have taken that chummy business plan to a new place, enabling anyone with a decent guest room to advertise a room for rent. The website’s home page describes it as connecting to 34,000 cities in 192 countries.

“My events director uses AirBnB to rent out her place in New York City when she comes up here to work,” Tripp Bassett told me. Bassett is owner of the Barn on the Pond, a lodging and events rental establishment on Glasco Turnpike between Woodstock and Saugerties.

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