6 Historic U.S. Bed and Breakfasts That Will Take Your Breath Away
Staying at a bed and breakfast is a quaint, romantic way to escape the hectic realities of day-to-day life. These respites are often as elegant as they are humbly historic, each bearing its unique role in American history. Being tucked away so far beyond the typical urban landscape, many B&Bs seem almost forgotten by time. The sense of stepping back to a previous era instills visitors with an unrivaled sense of relaxation and calm. It’s an evocative ambiance that modern hotels simply cannot replicate, which explains the continued popularity of these smaller, more secluded getaways.
These 6 bed and breakfasts have their own unique, brilliant histories. Indulge in a visit to eras past by cozying up in one or all of them!
1. Brampton Bed and Breakfast Inn (Chestertown, Maryland)
The Brampton Inn is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the U.S. government’s official database of sites worthy of preservation. This elegant 1860 manor house and its surrounding manicured gardens are an exquisite mid-Atlantic getaway. The inn is located on the site of a preserved 19th-century plantation consisting of beautifully furnished guest suites and secluded cottages.
While you’re here, check out the local wildlife, explore the lush gardens, kayak on the nearby Chester River, or just kick back and relax. Amazingly, the Brampton Inn has maintained a perfect 5.0 rating out of more than 300 TripAdvisor reviews. Sounds like a winner to us! Visit the Brampton Bed and Breakfast Inn website for more information.
2. The Old Inn on the Green (New Marlborough, Massachusetts)
Massachusetts is no stranger to old-world charm, but The Old Inn on the Green has truly perfected it. This inn, nestled in the southern Berkshires, was founded in 1760 as a stagecoach relay. It continues to capture the beauty and spirit of 18th-century America to this day — with modern amenities, of course. The inn contains 11 restored state-of-the-art guest rooms, along with fine dining rated No. 1 in the Berkshires by Zagat, according to a Boston Globe profile. The Old Inn on the Green also had the honor of being named the No. 1 Historic Inn in New England by Yankee Magazine.
3. Bocage Plantation (Darrow, Louisiana)
The magnificent mansion at Bocage Plantation was designed by architect James Dakin and constructed in 1837. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this mansion most recently made waves as a filming location in the acclaimed 2013 film 12 Years a Slave. The estate is furnished in only the finest of antiques, art, and accessories, according to its website. Its second floor overlooks the stately Mississippi River, while a front gallery provides sweeping views of the 100-acre plantation. Enjoy a grand antique bed and enjoy a walk through the property’s sprawling gardens — located 47 miles outside of Baton Rouge — and take a refreshing, sumptuous taste of this bygone era.
4. Battlefield Bed & Breakfast (Gettysburg, Pennsylvania)
The Battlefield B&B is an authentic 1809 Civil War farmhouse set upon a beautiful 30-acre natural preserve behind Gettysburg Battlefield — site of the 1863 Battle of Gettysburg, an event considered to be the turning point of the Civil War. Start every morning at this cozy bed and breakfast with an informative presentation by a historian. Enjoy a complimentary gourmet breakfast, then head out to see the sights and sounds of historic Gettysburg, or simply take in the area’s natural beauty: a lotus pond, plenty of hiking trails, lawns, and tranquil gardens.
According to the Travel Channel, the farmhouse boasts stunning “hand-hewn beamed ceilings, original chestnut wood floors, and exposed stone walls.” And for an extra taste of history, each of the bed and breakfasts’ eight themed rooms commemorates the troops of the South Cavalry Battlefield.
5. Historic Requa Inn (Klamath, California)
The Historic Requa Inn is located less than 1 mile from the Pacific Ocean, at the mouth of the Klamath River, and is nestled remotely within Redwood National Park. A hotel was constructed at this site in the late 1800s — when the town of Requa was a bustling fishing center — in order to accommodate and serve the river’s numerous fish canneries. This hotel evolved into the Requa Inn in 1914 and has continued serving this now-sleepy hamlet ever since, even being named on National Geographic‘s 2009 “Stay List.”
The inn lies in the heart of a series of redwood parks that have been declared both an International Biosphere Reserve and a World Heritage Site — because of this, the natural experience that visitors will have at this haven is perhaps like no other in the world. While here, take in the incredible scenery by hiking, biking, beaching, or simply sitting back and enjoying the peace and quiet.
6. Garth Woodside Mansion (Hannibal, Missouri)
The Garth Woodside Mansion was built as a summer home in 1871 by John Garth, a businessman and lifelong friend of Mark Twain. The building is considered an exquisite example of Italianate architecture. According to the Garth Woodside Mansion website, the estate was converted into a bed and breakfast in 1987. The interior has been restored to its original 19th-century splendor, while several private guest cottages are also available for reservation. Guests are welcome to enjoy the lush property gardens and pristine walking paths weaving through the estate grounds.