We were biking from Pittsburgh to Washington D.C. - camping and B&B's along the way. Excited to stay at the River's Edge because we had eaten at the Cafe a half dozen times or so. The food and service was always above average. Arrived after riding 30 miles on the trail - so we weren't too tired and we were aware that the Cafe was closed. As we rode up to the house another couple that was staying there gave us the low down on what do do. The four of us unloaded our bikes and stored them in the secure garage (that was good to have) and entered the cute little cottage. There was not an innkeeper on the premises - which is fine - we have had similar experiences in the past. We saw bananas on the table - nice after the days ride. In other instances at other B&B's we've had fruit, cookies and lemonade with a welcome note to make ourselves at home. So the banana's we thought were to welcome us and to eat when we arrived. They were really for the mornings fruit!! The note on the table asked us to call (no phone service) or go down to the yellow house and let the inn keeper know we were there. So we got organized and went down to check in. That all went fine.
My complaint - if you call yourself a B & B you should really come with a cooked hot breakfast. NOT a half eaten box of Cherrios and a box of Raisin Bran for our breakfast offering. There was also some canned juice in the frig and an opened container of milk. While we were gone for dinner the inn keeper left some nice muffins on the kitchen table - those were suppose to be used with the bananas (that we ate) for our breakfast. We ate those in the evening since we figured we would have our hot breakfast at Sisters Cafe in town.
I guess if I was staying at a hostel I would be fine with washing my own dishes but really am not excited about doing that when I'm paying for a B&B. And if you are expecting us to wash dishes then you need to leave dish washing soap at the kitchen sink and not hand washing soap. There were six of us staying at the B&B so dishes had to be washed in order to have enough spoons, cups etc.
Overall the cottage was cute, it was nice being next to the river, the town is super friendly and wonderful and the streets are safe enough to ride on. My sister mentioned the couch smelled of cat urine - I didn't sit on the couch so I have no first hand experience with that. The sheets need replacing on the beds - they are not smooth any longer - they have little balls all over them from being time worn.
While biking the next day we ran into a couple that stayed at the Confluence B&B - the Inn Keeper at the Confluence realized all the restaurants were closed in town so offered dinner to her guests ($$), and they also had a hot breakfast with scones. Now that is sounding a little more like a B&B. I realize it cost more at the Confluence but I didn't realize there was going to be such a huge difference. And we had chosen the River's Edge due to our nice dining experiences at the Cafe.