Three Camden inns will join beds and breakfast, boutique hotels and other inns across the country in encouraging people to stop and smell the roses — or at very least, flip through them.

The Captain Swift Inn, Timbercliffe Cottage Inn and Windward House, all in Camden, will showcase their gardens via a trio of interactive eBooks with floral imagery, garden videos and discounts for road trippers. Forty-two inns have pulled together to create a set of eBooks that one can download for free inspiration, a virtual pick-me-up, or an in-person discount.

“After being cooped up for months on end, there’s never been a better time to get outdoors and enjoy nature,” said Glenda Cahill, owner and innkeeper of the Wildberry Lodge in Leicester, N.C.   Arranged as a trio and dividing the participating inns into three regions, each book tells the story of the various gardens with hundreds of links to visuals and steep discounts. The regions include: Northeast region, Southern region, and West, Midwest & Abroad (Canada and Italy).

To view or download a free copy of the Inn the Inn Garden Tour Northeast region, click here, for Southern region, click here; for the West, Midwest and abroad, click here.

Like many businesses, the independent lodging industry has suffered financial hardships due to COVID-19. Property owners have had to contend with the loss of income as well as the anxiousness over the loss of their home — since many B&B owners live on the premises too. All of the participating properties are part of STILL INN BUSINESS, a preparedness campaign that launched this spring to help innkeepers stay visible in travel media and sustain industry optimism. The pro bono campaign has upward of 300 members.