Remember when you were so excited for Airbnb? Finally! A whole world of cute, quirky bed and breakfasts at your fingertips. Then you found yourself ringing the bell of some strange building in Barcelona, only to find yourself sharing an apartment that smelled of gym socks. Not quite the welcoming bed and breakfast, where the host makes a point to greet you by name. From seven course breakfasts to bedrooms fitted in old train cars, we've rounded up 13 of the most memorable bed and breakfasts in the US, perfect for your next weekend escape.
Thanks to its impressive food scene, envious coastal location and artistic clout, this quaint East Coast town has earned a reputation as the ideal New England getaway. The Danforth Inn combines cosmopolitan chic (think rooms worthy of a West Elm showroom) with the personalized experience you expect from a bed and breakfast. Each room has a quirky attitude, from the glamorous west end suite with its very own piano to the more intimate deering oaks room, where you can cuddle next to the fireplace. You may struggle to peel yourself out of bed for the complimentary breakfast in the elegant, cream-colored dining room. But you should, if not for a made-to-order hot dish of your choice, for the rich locally made yogurt, which will ruin you for the store-bought stuff.
Media outlets love to dub Dana Point as a go-to location for affordable coastal elegance, but we think the Blue Lantern Inn is destination worthy in and of itself. Whether your room overlooks the lovely marina, charming city or buzzy green, you'll have your very own working fireplace to snuggle up next to (all the better reason to book an out-of-season escape). Breakfast can be eaten outside and you'll choose from a selection of hot dishes, cooked to order, plus a range of pastries to enjoy alongside, if you'd like. You can even buy a copy of the kitchen's cookbook to take the memories home.
Get off the grid at this secluded bed and breakfast, which runs exclusively on power stored from solar panels. Start your day right with a bowl of yogurt and homemade granola, plus a seasonal hot dish ranging from zucchini-filled crepes to apple cider French toast. Outdoor enthusiasts will appreciate the unrestricted access to 120 acres of nature, where you can canoe during the summer to snowshoe during the winter. You can also pet the resident llamas, commune with nature in a reproduction of Henry David Thoreau's cabin or learn more about low-impact life with owners John and Dee.
During the 1800s the building was a bordello and the owners have named the rooms after its lascivious history. The entire inn is packed with New Orleans memorabilia, from the curated clutter of the public areas to an Antebellum cannonball bed in the cannonball room. Breakfast is simple, but served with a side of stories from your host Mary about her and her husband's time participating in President Carter's Friendship Force.
For everyone who would love the camping if it wasn't for the great outdoors, book a room at Anniversary Inn. Each suite is decorated in a different "outdoors" theme. Sleep in a pseudo-covered wagon in the Oregon trail suite, on a moored boat in the fisherman's wharf room or at the foot of a lighthouse. Start your day with a complimentary breakfast, then end it with a slice of cheesecake and glass of sparkling apple cider.
Architecture nerds take note: the only way to get inside this Frank Lloyd Wright home built in 1955 is to sleep there. While not a bed and breakfast in the strict sense of the term, you get the run of the house, so you can cook up your own breakfast and enjoy it in the mid-century modern dining room or on the outside deck. According to the family legend, former-owner Louis Penfield challenged Wright to design a house that could accommodate his 6' 9" frame while touring the architect’s studio in Wisconsin. Wright agreed and came up with this spacious structure overlooking the Chagrin river. There's a minimum of two-night stay and limit of up to five guests.
Nestled in a rocky bluff overlooking the Pacific, this charming guest house began life as the inn-keeper's lodge for the nearby lighthouse. Built in 1894, the lighthouse was essential for helping ships navigate the treacherous Pacific waters. In 1995 the house was turned into a bed and breakfast with the hopes that guest would come, relax and learn a little bit about the history of the area. You'll be able to explore the surroundings, play in the neatly groomed yard or chat with other guests during the daily wine and cheese hour at 4:30. If that wasn't enough, the bed and breakfast serves a hour and half seven course breakfast each morning with the promise that the menu will be different for each day of your stay.
If you're looking to take the family on a Denali Park adventure, there's no better place to stay than Denali Dome Home. Select rooms have private jacuzzis, perfect for easing your muscles after a day of hiking. You'll also get the run of the house including a living room, library and six private acres of outdoor space. The owners will be happy to lend you bug spray, walking sticks or sunscreen if you forget yours. They'll also act as your concierge and book you a rafting tour, scenic train ride or a so-called "flight seeing" tour.
You might not be able to book a weekend getaway at Hogwarts, but Ravenwood Castle comes close. The building was the brainchild of lifelong anglophiles Sue and Jim Maxwell, who designed the Castle to resemble fortresses from 12th century England and Wales. Although the bed and breakfast came under new ownership in 2015, it's continuously hosted guests since it first opened in 1995. Take your breakfast in the great hall before hiking in the nearby Hocking Hills. Return in the evening to sip on a local craft beer or book a dinner in the great hall in advance.
This stately building was the lifelong residence of Julia Scott Vrooman, a wealthy intellectual who was born in 1876 and died at 105 in the same room she was born in. Her parents bought the house on what was then farmland a few years before Vrooman's birth. Today you can get a taste of this history with a stay in one of the ample rooms at this bed and breakfast. While most of the original furniture was auctioned off following Vrooman's death, you'll eat breakfast at the original dining room table.
Despite it's name, the reason you come to Cherry Wood in Yakima Valley isn't really for either the bed or the breakfast. It's for the horses. When Pepper Fewel founded the getaway in 2001, her aim was to create space where all people, regardless of identity or background, could embrace the joy of riding horses. Every Saturday the inn offers a group horse riding tour of the surrounding wineries. After a day of riding, you can unwind in your very own teepee, complete with a plush bed. And if that wasn't enough, stays of two nights or more get you a complimentary dip in their outdoors tub, complete with luxe soaking salts.
This area of the country was once a favorite of so-called starving artists looking to live among the stark beauty of New Mexico and participate in the city's thriving culture scene. While the prices have gone up, the experimental spirit is alive and well at Pueblo Bonito Bed and Breakfast. The building was once home to U.S Federal Court Judge John McFie, but has been operating as an inn since 1986. Choose from among 19 guests rooms: there's the airy Picuris room with a full sitting room and complete kitchen, or the more intimate Santo Domingo room, decked out with traditional textiles. In addition to a complimentary breakfast, the hotel also offers afternoon cookies from 4pm - 5:30pm.
Those who like the idea of sleeper cars on trains but can never get past the incessant rocking and rolling can book their very own private (stationary) caboose at Featherbed Railroad. Each of the nine cars exudes a unique retro-rail theme from 'Orient Express' to 'Wild, Wild, West'. The mini park was once an operating railway and you'll take your breakfast in the restored main station. Menus usually include savory and sweet options, but focus heavily on local products regardless. The eggs are farm fresh and sausage sourced from a nearby butcher.