The Most Charming Small-Town Bed and Breakfasts in Every State
Ready to hit the road this summer? The most charming bed and breakfasts in every state are mostly historic, largely romantic, and all-around endearing.
Hawaii: Rainbow Plantation B&B
Rainbow Plantation B&B is a tropical oasis set on three lush acres on a former macadamia and coffee farm. It’s located on the Big Island of Hawaii, near Kealakekua Bay, and is a natural retreat for nature lovers seeking an authentic Hawaiian experience. Only ten minutes away, guests can enjoy swimming with dolphins, snorkeling, kayaking, and more. Of course, no stay in Hawaii would be complete without a tropical breakfast on the lanai. Be sure to read 11 things to know before you book that Hawaii vacation.
Idaho: Ida-Home B&B
Ida-Home B&B—surrounded between acres of untouched forest between Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, and Spokane, Washington—caters to those with special dietary preferences, serving vegan, gluten-free, and Paleo- or Weight Watchers-friendly breakfasts upon request. Each of the four rooms is appointed with antiques, non-allergenic bath products, and luxurious linens. Restaurants including the Famous Willies BBQ and Republic Kitchen+Taphouse are a short drive away in Post Falls.
Illinois: Champaign Garden Inn
Two doggy mascots, Dasher and Princess, greet guests as they enter Champaign Garden Inn in Champaign, Illinois’ Sesquicentennial neighborhood. This striking Victorian Queen Anne-style mansion, built in 1901, has guest rooms on its two upper floors: The second-floor rooms are traditional Victorian, while the third-floor rooms have a more modern feel. Breakfast here is a self-serve continental spread, and the inn is within walking distance of many of downtown Champaign’s best restaurants.
Indiana: Schenck Mansion
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Schenck Mansion in Vevay, Indiana (60 miles west of Cincinnati), welcomes each guest with fresh-baked cookies. The Midwest hospitality continues throughout the Second Empire-style mansion, built in 1874, with gourmet breakfasts each morning and complimentary beverages available on each floor. Luxurious guest rooms feature Gilchrist & Soames bath products and plush robes, and some have claw-foot soaking tubs.
Iowa: B&B on Broadway
Spa showers, organic breakfasts, and hors-d’oeuvres on Friday and Saturday evenings are just a few of the amenities guests enjoy at B&B on Broadway in Decorah, Iowa. Built in 1910 by Norwegian immigrants, the home is located in Decorah’s historic district, two blocks from downtown. Each guest room honors an Iowa entrepreneur or innovator. The Myers Room, for example, pays homage to the work of Virginia Myers, who invented and patented a device and technique for making foil images; and the Carver Room recognizes agriculturist George Washington Carver. Check out the best state fair in every state.
Kansas: Cedar Crest Lodge
Set on 100 acres near Pleasanton, Kansas, about an hour’s drive from Kansas City, Missouri, Cedar Crest Lodge offers many opportunities to explore the outdoors. Connect with nature on serene walking trails that wind among ponds and trees, take a dip in the tranquil outdoor pool, or explore the bountiful gardens on the property. A large vegetable garden provides most of the produce served for breakfast. Don’t miss the smoked brisket quesadilla with fresh roasted vegetable salsa.
Kentucky: Christopher’s Bed & Breakfast
Christopher’s Bed & Breakfast is one of the most unique B&Bs you’ll find: It’s set inside a renovated former church in Bellevue, Kentucky, only a mile from downtown Cincinnati across the Ohio River. Named for the patron saint of travelers and the Christian church, it has original stained-glass windows and hardwood floors dating back to the late 1800s. The magnificent Governor’s Suite boasts a four-poster king-size bed and an incredible stained-glass window above a two-person soaking tub.
Louisiana: The Burgundy Bed and Breakfast
The owners of the shotgun-style The Burgundy Bed and Breakfast in New Orleans have gone the extra mile to retain all the character of this historic home, built in the 1890s. Situated in the Faubourg Marigny neighborhood, it offers a quiet respite from the busy streets of New Orleans but is only a ten-minute walk from the restaurants, bars, and music venues in the French Quarter. Find out the best spring break destination in every state.
Maine: The Trellis House
Eight rooms with water views ooze charm and laid-back vibes at The Trellis House in charming Ogunquit, Maine. Park once and you won’t need a car during your stay, as the property is within walking distance (or a trolley ride) of everything in town. A full gourmet breakfast is served on the screened-in porch every morning, including locally roasted Carpe Diem coffee. The food at Trellis House is so incredible, they’ve even published a cookbook so you can grab the recipes for favorites like raspberry lemon muffins with raspberry butter or lobster and sausage hash.
Maryland: Brampton Bed and Breakfast Inn
Brampton Bed and Breakfast Inn near Chestertown, Maryland, has been in operation more than 30 years. Less than 20 minutes from Crow Vineyard, the B&B runs offers through the summer for wine tasting and vineyard tours. The kitchen here has a “garden, farm, and Chesapeake Bay to plate” mantra, where they source as much fruit, vegetables, meat, eggs, and seafood as possible from the local area. Paying homage to its brief period as a peach plantation in the 19th century, Brampton Bed and Breakfast Inn serves peaches with every breakfast in season. These are the best–and cheapest–small town weekend getaways around the United States.