Bed and breakfast inns are often wrongly stereotyped as a place filled with tacky rooms and an abundant amount of flowered or cat-themed wallpaper. However, when a bed and breakfast is done right, it’s anything but tacky. In fact, inns can be quaint, charming, and offer you the best of both worlds: a beautiful, historic house accompanied with modern amenities and personalized service. Ready to plan your next getaway at a bed and breakfast? Check out eight of the best inns that the U.S. has to offer.
1. Beltane Ranch
Found in Glen Ellen, California, this bed and breakfast overlooks 1,300 acres of protected land. The historic Beltane Ranch is surrounded by gardens, vineyards, and orchards. The two-story inn features a beautiful wraparound porch and a private cottage that has its own garden, according to Food & Wine. There are five spacious rooms in the main house in addition to the cottage. The rooms, which are tastefully decorated with antiques and original local artworks, include private baths, outdoor entrances, and seating areas. The ranch provides fresh eggs for guests at breakfast and also produces olive oil and grass-fed beef. Guests staying at the 1892 ranch house also have a private tennis court at their fingertips and absolutely breathtaking views (it overlooks the Sonoma Valley.)
“In the heart of the wine country, nearby historic wineries, extraordinary restaurants, boutique shopping, and magnificent parks and preserves provide endless opportunities for exploration and adventure,” per Beltane Ranch. Rooms start at $150, Food & Wine writes.
“While a plane ticket to Fiji might be pretty steep, this South Carolina haven will mentally whisk you away to an island paradise. Enjoy a Fijian ritual where your skin is exfoliated with Fijian cane sugar infused with mandarin, lavender, and patchouli oils,” per BnB Finder. If relaxing is what you’re looking for, then a stop at The Beaufort Inn in Beaufort, South Carolina is a must. While you’re relaxing, be sure to take in the charm, beauty, and history that lie within this bed and breakfast. You’ll be surrounded by lush gardens, sparkling fountains, inviting verandahs, and porches that even have rocking chairs to go with. Keep an eye out for the inn’s specials, which can include spa and food packages. Rooms start at $159.
3. The Wauwinet
You’ll find this charming inn in Nantucket, Massachusetts. It’s surrounded by water, and often, amazing sunsets. It has two private beaches and offers guests standard rooms in the main inn or private cottages. There’s also a free continental breakfast, free port and cheese hour daily, and a free shuttle to the downtown, writes Oyster. To top off this inn’s picturesque vibe, you’ll also find free coffee, tea, and baked goods in the library every morning. Guests can participate in outdoor recreational activities, including lobster excursions, surfcasting lessons, and scenic off-road drives. Just a warning — due to its pristine location, beautiful views, and great amenities, this bed and breakfast is pricier than some, particularly during the summer months, according to Fox News. During the offseason, you can find rooms for around $225 to $330 during a weekday; however, once June rolls around, rooms start from $365 and move up from there.
4. Pitcher Inn
Nestled in Warren, Vermont, this inn encompasses everything you’d expect to find in a small New England town. “The white clapboard house has 11 rooms, each weaving together the story of Vermont’s villages, history, and favorite pastimes with handmade furniture, local artwork, and many whimsical touches. The Ski Room features vintage trail maps and signs and even a lift-ticket booth, while the Trout Room explores the fishing theme with a bed carved from a tree trunk; a jumbo trout overlooks it all from its perch on the wall,” according to the Travel Channel. You can also expect a full breakfast each day, which is included in your room rate.
Rates vary depending on the package and room that you choose, but if you take them up on the Bud Season Getaway, a special that is available April 1 through May 31, you’ll spend $249 a night.
5. Blue Lantern Inn
You’ll find no tacky wallpaper at this beautiful Dana Point, California inn. In fact, this quaint inn is so picturesque that it was named as a top U.S. seaside inn by Travel + Leisure. Each of the 29 rooms include a fireplace, and there are many private decks available that overlook the Pacific Ocean. Amenities include onsite spa treatments, a fitness center, two meeting rooms, and bicycles for exploring the beautiful coastline. A daily breakfast buffet provides quiche, homemade granola and freshly baked muffins, per Food & Wine. In the afternoons, the owners serve guests wine, tea, and hors d’oeuvres. Your four-legged friend is even welcome to join you. Rooms at the Blue Lantern Inn begin at $175.
6. Cliffside Inn
The beautifully restored 1876 Victorian mansion, known as the Cliffside Inn, is located in Newport, Rhode Island. It has 15 rooms and suites and has found a way to strike a perfect balance between things that are old and new. The inn’s antique furniture will provide you with lovely amenities such as its claw-foot tubs, while window seats and gas fireplaces help you totally relax, per the Travel Channel. You can spend the day sipping tea or wine in the parlor, on the wraparound porch or by the outdoor fireplace. As a Cliffside guest, you are guaranteed to enjoy the hospitality, exquisite service, and unique touches that help distinguish this inn from the rest. There are even dog friendly rooms available for those of you who can’t imagine a vacation without your trusty pet. Some rooms start as low as $150, but it varies.
7. The Inn at Willow Grove
Found in Orange, Virginia, you’ll be surrounded by white picket fences, lovely farms, and beautiful countryside, writes Southern Living. You’ll also be living a life of luxury while you’re there. Each of the 14 rooms and suites is uniquely crafted to act as your own private escape. Expect a mix of modern and antique, with lots of little touches that will help make your trip perfect. Each room features a stately bed with allergen-free Natura mattresses cloaked in Anichini linens, spa-style bathrooms with world-class amenities, and the finest modern conveniences including wet bars, gas fireplaces, private sitting rooms, and quiet porches with views of the Virginia countryside. There’s also a salon, library, spa, garden, and restaurant for guests to explore and enjoy. Rates start from $265, per Southern Living.
8. Stage Neck Inn
Head to the Stage Neck Inn in York Harbor, Maine and enjoy the nearby beach, spectacular views, and endless amenities, including an indoor pool with hot tub, fitness center, seasonal outdoor swimming pool, clay tennis courts, and a spa. There are 58 guest rooms with an unlimited number of cozy spots throughout the inn where guests can sit, relax, and unwind.
“The hotel offers some outstanding features, like access to the sandy beach; an outdoor freshwater pool with ocean views; an indoor atrium pool which was re-opened in April 2012 after being completely reconstructed; and a fire pit surrounded by Adirondack chairs. The main restaurant, Harbor Porches (which offers excellent ocean views), and the Sandpiper Bar & Grille are both open year-round, while the Outdoor Terrace and pool snack bar are open seasonally,” per Fox News.
If you’re in the mood to get out and explore, there are several nearby shops offering antiques, as well as unique arts and crafts. In the spring, you can find rooms that start at $215, but that jumps to $285 during summer. Be sure to also check out the specials and deals that the Stage Neck Inn offers.