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.
South Dakota: 1889 Inn
All four guest rooms at 1889 Inn have views of the Black Hills in Deadwood, South Dakota, a historic community known for its Wild West heritage. One of the most charming rooms is the Old Library, with an antique queen bed, shelves of vintage books and a pull-chain toilet. Cat lovers will enjoy the company of Kepler, Luna, and Minou, three friendly felines who live on the property. The inn makes a great home base for exploring sites like Mount Rushmore, Custer State Park and Devils Tower, all within about an hour’s drive. Before you head out for a road trip, read up on 10 apps that will make your next road trip cheaper and easier.
Tennessee: Thistle Top Inn
Fifteen miles from downtown Nashville, Thistletop Inn in Goodlettsville, Tennessee, was constructed by famous builder Braxton Dixon (he counted Johnny and June Cash, Roy Orbison, and Tammy Wynette as clients), who put a Tennessee twist on Frank Lloyd Wright architecture. In the spirit of Nashville, the inn hosts monthly concerts with local talent in a variety of genres. Book the stunning Dauphine King Suite, designed like a French chateau with floor-to-ceiling windows, a steep-pitch metal roof, plank pine floors, and a library.
Texas: McKinney Bed & Breakfast
Named among the top 12 bed and breakfast inns in America by TimeOut in 2016, McKinney Bed & Breakfast offers a modern take on the B&B experience. Each of the three dreamy guest rooms offers a relaxing experience, from The Sweet (with a four-poster bed, shiplap walls, and a reading nook) to the Latte Room (with a cast-iron vessel sink, funky glass tile shower, and a private entrance). Every morning, a tray of fresh biscotti and hot coffee are delivered to each sitting room as a prelude to a delicious full breakfast. Be sure to check out our list of the best free tourist attraction in every state.
Utah: Hines Mansion Bed and Breakfast
Victorian elegance permeates Hines Mansion Bed & Breakfast, a luxury bed and breakfast in Provo, Utah. The mansion was built in 1895 and is believed to have been designed by Richard Kletting, the architect who also designed the Utah State Capitol building. While the breakfast menu is always changing, specialties include a baked egg dish and strawberry-stuffed French toast. They also serve fresh-baked cookies and popcorn in the evenings as a late-night snack. Nearby, guests can ski and snowboard in winter, or fish, ride horses, and visit area water parks during the summer.
Vermont: Made Inn Vermont
A combination of eclectic decor, Victorian architecture, and modern details define the urban Made Inn Vermont, located in downtown Burlington, Vermont. It’s at once whimsical and elegant, with no flowery wallpaper, no untouchable antiques, and no doilies—the motto of the inn is, “Let’s get funky.” Each of the four guest rooms is modern-chic with a millennial sophistication. Guests wake up to a full breakfast spread with ingredients sourced from local producers, along with mimosas and Bellinis. Check out the 10 best value hotels in America.
Virginia: Silver Lake Bed & Breakfast
Silver Lake Bed & Breakfast is housed in a pre-revolutionary home in Dayton, Virginia. The log cabin was built in 1750, and while the interior of the home has been completely renovated in the last few years, the original bluestone chimneys and log framing remain. As such, the inn is the perfect blend of modern and historic. The largest guest room in the house, The Homestead Suite, has a second bedroom, perfect for families traveling with children.
Washington: Blue Goose Inn Bed and Breakfast
Comprised of two restored historic homes on Whidbey Island in Puget Sound, Washington, Blue Goose Inn Bed and Breakfast is within a five-minute drive of any place you want to explore on the island. Take a beach and bluff hike at Ebey’s Landing, catch the Coupeville ferry for a day trip to Port Townsend, or visit the many shops and restaurants in Coupeville. Each breakfast at the B&B focuses on local ingredients, from coconut-banana pancakes to croissants, and everything is made from scratch—including home-churned butter.
West Virginia: Hillbrook Inn
The Tudor-style mansion known as Hillbrook Inn is located on 30 acres on President George Washington’s first land purchase in 1750, only a few miles from Harpers Ferry and about an hour’s drive from Washington, D.C. Among the luxury amenities on the property are the Gatehouse Spa and five-course Redbook Restaurant (not included in room rate). Guests staying here have easy access to wine tastings and vineyard tours along the Virginia Wine Trail, many great golf courses, hiking and biking paths, water activities on the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers, horseback riding, and more.
Wisconsin: Red Forest Bed & Breakfast Inn
You can’t visit Two Rivers, Wisconsin, without indulging in a scoop or two—this small fishing town is one of two places to lay claim to the original ice cream sundae. Red Forest Bed & Breakfast Inn is an ideal place to stay while you’re there, with four elegantly appointed guest rooms. The “Cool Off in the Cool City” package includes two room nights, two famous Kurtz’s Hot Fudge Sundaes, and more. From the inn, you can also take a tour of the Bernard Schwartz House, a Frank Lloyd Wright-designed home in Two Rivers. Love ice cream? Don’t miss our list of best ice cream shop by state.
Wyoming: Hood House Bed & Breakfast
Built in 1892 for $2,500, Hood House Bed & Breakfast in Saratoga, Wyoming, has been well-maintained over the centuries. Located two blocks from downtown and the North Platte River, it became a bed and breakfast in 1986 and has four guest rooms. You can read about the storied history of the property in a book called Saratoga’s Hood House, available in the lending lobby on the property. Fill up on a home-cooked breakfast before heading out to visit Saratoga Hot Pool, a local hot springs open seven days a week year round. Next, read on to discover the most historical hotel in every state.