8 Bed and Breakfasts with the Best Fixin's

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Bed and breakfasts promise the warmth and comfort of home for those on the road. But, how many of us are cozily welcomed home with a glass of wine by the fire or awoken by the smell of coffee and freshly baked scones every day?

Bed and breakfasts promise the warmth and comfort of home for those on the road. But, how many of us are cozily welcomed home with a glass of wine by the fire or awoken by the smell of coffee and freshly baked scones every day?
Like at your most generous friend's house, the innkeepers live on site, so they know the area backwards and front and they can't wait to show you the best of it. The houses themselves, often in an idyllic setting, harbor a rich history and ooze character.

Whether they're haunted, were once homes of grand families, or have been passed down by generations of B&B owners, every portrait and floral bedspread tells a story.

One of the most obvious ways innkeepers show their passion for hospitality is through pampering their guests' palates. The Cocoa Cottage Bed and Breakfast is perfect for chocolate-lovers. Innkeepers make sure their guests are always staring down something cocoa-filled, whether it's homemade chocolates or the richest hot chocolate around. The Gastonian wakes its guests up with lemon ricotta pancakes or poached eggs with grilled tomato, creamy spinach, and apple-smoked bacon.

Near the charming, food-loving small town of Asheville, N.C., the Brookside Mountain Mist Inn boasts a multi-course homemade breakfast starting with scones or muffins, working toward a fresh fruit parfait, and finally an entrée like Belgium waffles, pecan French toast, or a Southwest chicken frittata. The hosts take care of all their guests' needs by accommodating diabetics, gluten-free diets, lactose intolerant needs, and vegans as well.

The romance of getting a key (instead of a card), making your way up creaking, wooden stairs, and receiving a friendly, warm hello from the hosts is surely not lost on us.

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The Inn on Lake Granbury is about an hour from Fort Worth, Texas, and a true respite from the world. Opened just five years ago, this luxurious inn has a reputation for relaxation and rejuvenation. The breakfasts are as big as one could expect in Texas, and in the afternoon guests are served homemade cookies and tea. Cooking classes are offered once a month to guests with various local chefs.

This B&B even makes a great spot for team retreats with a separate meeting/retreat facility with wood burning fireplaces, a wraparound patio, and board games that guests can use.

Amongst the moss-covered trees and historic downtown squares you’ll find The Gastonian in Savannah, Ga. More than 100-years old, this B&B is steeped in Southern elegance and hospitality. A breakfast buffet and snacks are available throughout the day and desserts seem to disappear in the evening. Guests are given personalized breakfast menus, and can choose either a silver tray service or may join other guests from family-style breakfasts.

The sprawling ranch-style Brookside Mountain Mist Inn in Waynesville, N.C., has oversized bedrooms, beautiful mountain views, and is a stone’s throw from art galleries, boutiques, restaurants, a golf course, the historic Biltmore Estate, and one of the most famous drives on the East Coast, “The Tail of the Dragon.”

Enjoy a luxurious three-course gourmet breakfast and savor a variety of cuisines in many nearby restaurants for lunch and dinner when staying at this B&B.

Laurel Grove Inn on the South River in Annapolis, Md., is a great escape from neighboring Washington D.C. November and December are beautiful months for a cozy visit to the 18th-century seaport town. This B&B is situated on three serene wooded acres overlooking the South River, and is often described as a home away from home, but better. The owners are gracious and giving and the inn is beautifully decorated and exceedingly comfortable.

During the week, enjoy a gourmet continental breakfast, full breakfasts are served on Saturday, and on Sunday breakfast is buffet-style.

Step back in time with a stay at the Maison Perrier in New Orleans, La. Built in 1892, this Victorian mansion is registered as a historic place by the U.S. Department of the Interior. Once rumored to have been a gentleman’s club (the rooms are even named after the ladies who may have entertained there), Maison Perrier today features spacious bedrooms and glorious bathrooms. Offering a breakfast that changes daily with features such as Praline French Toast and a complimentary wine and cheese hour with other guests.

The first love at Cocoa Cottage Bed and Breakfast, in Whitehall, Mich., is chocolate. They’ve become famous among first-timers and return guests for their freshly baked chocolate tortes and signature breakfasts, which are delightfully chocolate-filled as well (chocolate zucchini bread and handmade chocolates come with your made-to-order eggs and sausage). The suites are even named after iconic chocolatiers like Cadbury, Godiva, Hershey, and Ghirdadelli. Their coveted location is just minutes from the beach at Lake Michigan.

In the Adirondack region of New York, just near Saratoga Springs, you’ll find the Cornerstone Victorian Bed and Breakfast with its five charming bedrooms, their offering of five-course gourmet breakfasts, and the promise of golfing, boating, hiking, and outlet shopping all within a stone's throw. Sleeping in their bright bedrooms and lounging on the wraparound porch lets visitors enjoy a slower pace and enter a simpler frame of mind.

Wine tasting in Northern California is the perfect time to book a bed and breakfast stay and few are as celebrated as Napa’s Old World Inn. Loved by many, including Oprah, the Old World Inn is 5 minutes from downtown Napa Valley. Despite the temptation to explore, you’ll want to stick around the inn for a few meals — you can spend the morning dining on freshly baked scones, spice cakes, and cinnamon apple crisps and in the evening, enjoy a complimentary bottle of California wine in front of your room’s fireplace.

For more about room service, check out Daily Meal's room service menus to spoil you rotten.


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