Are you longing for a romantic getaway, need a quiet weekend away from the kids, or just want to stay somewhere truly unique and perhaps historic? Then I recommend you give a Bed & Breakfast (B&B) a try.
Bed & Breakfasts offer a certain charm and comfort that you don’t often find in a traditional hotel. Each property is as unique as its owners and locale. Most are located off the beaten path, which offers a wonderful opportunity to explore nearby towns, try the best in local cuisine and get a bit removed from the mainstream. But that’s not all!
When I compare costs between a luxury B&B and a nice hotel, the B&B often comes out the better value although the “sticker price” may initially seem higher. The “free benefits” of B&Bs far outweigh those of traditional hotels. Things such as free breakfasts (and I don’t just mean a danish and some coffee), snacks, desserts, evening wine and cheese receptions, sodas and tea, wireless Internet, and parking are typically included in the price of your stay in a B&B. Here’s the best part; while you could travel across the country, you don’t have to go far to find one of these charming spots! I can almost guarantee that your next B&B stay could be located less than an hours drive from where you are now.
Travel Smart Blog’s Recommendations for Bed & Breakfasts.
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1. The Inn on Lake Granbury is about an hour from Fort Worth, TX and a true respite from the world. Opened just five years ago, this luxurious inn has a reputation for relaxation and rejuvenation. The breakfasts are as big as one could expect in Texas, and in the afternoon guests are served homemade cookies and tea. This B&B even makes a great spot for team retreats with a separate meeting/retreat facility with wood burning fireplaces, a wraparound patio and board games that guests can use.
2. Amongst the moss-covered trees and historic downtown squares you’ll find The Gastonian in Savannah, GA. More than 100-years-old, this B&B is steeped in southern elegance and hospitality. A breakfast buffet and snacks are available throughout the day and desserts seem to disappear in the evening. Don’t take my word for it, just read the guest reviews to see how past guests have raved about it.
3. The sprawling ranch-style Brookside Mountain Mist Inn in Waynesville, North Carolina has oversized bedrooms, beautiful mountain views and is a stone’s throw from art galleries, boutiques, restaurants, a golf course, the historic Biltmore Estate and one of the most famous drives on the East Coast, “The Tail of the Dragon.”
4. Laurel Grove Inn on the South River in Annapolis, MD is a great escape from neighboring Washington D.C. November and December are beautiful months for a cozy visit to the 18th-century seaport town. This B&B is situated on three serene wooded acres overlooking the South River, and is often described as a home away from home, but better! The owners are gracious and giving and the inn is beautifully decorated and exceedingly comfortable.
5. Step back in time with a stay at the Maison Perrier in New Orleans, LA. Built in 1892, this Victorian mansion is registered as a historic place by the U.S. Department of the Interior. Once rumored to have been a gentleman’s club (the rooms are even named after the ladies who may have entertained there), Maison Perrier today features spacious bedrooms and glorious bathrooms. Offering a breakfast that changes daily with features such as Praline French Toast, and a complimentary wine and cheese hour with other guests.