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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

‘Tis the season for making sweet and savory dishes and pies, hanging stockings, shopping, and spreading good cheer! The spirit of giving and receiving is alive and well this time of year. So after you have checked off everything on your to-do list, why not pamper yourself on a well-deserved holiday getaway? Horse-drawn sleigh rides, cookie-decorating workshops, lounging by the pool, and breakfast with Santa, are just some of the relaxing, festive, and exciting treats that B&Bs offer their guests during the holiday season. A memorable and merry time creating new traditions awaits you at one of these lovely inns.

At Jekyll Island Club Hotel, located in Jekyll Island, GA, enjoy a first class holiday experience filled with lush comforts like large suites with whirlpool tubs, breathtaking views of manicured lawns and inviting beaches, and tasty dishes that warm your soul. You’ll delight in an overflow of holiday cheer with cookies, bagpipers, and Santa sightings. Special events, from Nov. 24-Dec. 29, include breakfast with Santa, cookie decorating classes, and the sounds of the season from a talented bagpiper, will get you in the mood for the holidays. Continue to celebrate the season with your daily grand dining room breakfast buffet of steak and eggs or stuffed croissants. You’ll feel full and jolly when you return to your elegant suite decorated with Christmas stockings and ornaments.

Located at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Prospect Hill Plantation Inn, in Charlottesville, VA, is your one-stop shopping destination for last minute holiday gifts and go to spot for lazy day activities and lounge-worthy accommodations. This 18th-century plantation offers 11 unique guest rooms and cottages that allow guests to relax and enjoy gorgeous views of the garden gazebo. The spacious parlor features a fireplace and cozy nooks perfect for playing board games, enjoying a book, or taking naps. Your private deck is ideal for enjoying a gourmet breakfast of Belgian waffles with warm peach compote and Applewood smoked bacon. After this feast, you’ll be ready to tackle your shopping list at the historic downtown mall walkway. Transforming into a winter wonderland, this market features 90 local vendors selling holiday goods and crafts. With so many wonderful gifts to choose from, you might be tempted to buy something for someone on your naughty list!

Grab some hot cocoa and get ready to be amazed when you see all of the dazzling decorations in the Washington D.C area this holiday season. The area comes alive each December with the warmth of the holiday lights that adorn the streets and historic buildings, stores, and galleries of Wisconsin Avenue NW. Your stay at Woodley Park Guest House, which offers 14 comfortable guest rooms, is conveniently located 15 minutes from the Washington Convention Center, and many more favorite area attractions. Don’t forget to check out Georgetown Glow, a light art exhibition from Dec. 8-Jan. 7, which is free and open to the public. This stunning outdoor public art, shining bright in DC’s oldest neighborhood, gives a whole new meaning to the term season of light.

Gather your loved ones together this holiday season at Maine Stay Inn & Cottages, in Kennebunkport, ME. The spirit of Christmas comes alive with sensational light displays and craft fairs in this quaint seaside village. You can go on horse-drawn sleigh rides, satisfy your sweet tooth on cookie tours, go caroling, and enjoy the musical performances at America’s second largest Christmas Festival, the Christmas Prelude Special, from Nov. 30-Dec. 10. Retire for the night in a luxurious suite with a fireplace and whirlpool Jacuzzi tub. In the morning when you dine on delicious breakfast dishes like carrot cake pancakes or savory French toast with poached eggs, you will give thanks to all of the festive family-centered holiday trimmings in this warm and welcoming town.

Recall holidays past and create new memories at The Queen Victoria Bed & Breakfast, located in Cape May, NJ. Choose from 35 lovingly restored rooms and suites at this award-winning Distinguished Inn of North America. Cape May has the largest collection of Victorian frame buildings in the U.S. The picturesque porches and comfortable parlors are made for relaxing and enjoying complimentary teas, sweets, and hot chocolate. The beautifully dressed inn, wrapped to perfection in Christmas decorations and providing cozy comforts and warm hospitality, is a gift that will make your Cape May holiday one to remember.

Dressing up in your holiday best makes this time of year all the more special, festive, and fun. At Fairbanks House, in Amelia Island, FL, this 1885 Italianate villa pulls out all the stops to dress up the guests rooms, public areas, and grounds in grand Christmas style. After enjoying the scenic decorations on a Christmas Eve carriage tour of the beautiful Fernandina Beach Historic District, settle in for a delicious meal of gumbo or Amelia Island shrimp and grits at Joe’s Second Street Bistro. Wake up Christmas morning to a special pumpkin pancake gourmet breakfast as you admire your seasonally decorated Christmas tree and unwrap special stocking gifts, courtesy of the inn. This Christmas, celebrate the favorite time of year at a B&B that gifts its guests with generous hospitality, and is always dressed to impress for the holiday season.

If the scent of freshly baked cookies and treats is your favorite part of the holidays, then the 21st Annual Inn-to-Inn Cookie Tour at Inn at Ellis River, in Jackson, NH, is the only present you’ll want to receive this year! On Dec. 9 and 10, visit 10 inns and sample candies, treats, and all things wonderful made with sugar. Sleep off your cookie coma in a lovely room with balconies overlooking the river or gardens. In the morning, you might have to loosen your belt before you enjoy your breakfast of baked pecan praline French toast with whipped cream, but it’s worth it! You’ll be sent home with all of the recipes for the treats featured on the cookie tour, so don’t forget to send a Thank You letter to Santa for helping you can keep your sugar high through the New Year!

Monday, October 16, 2017

The hills are alive with the sound of skis swishing and swooshing over fresh powder snow. Home to the von Trapp family, famously portrayed in The Sound of Music, Stowe, Vermont is a historical village bursting with arts and culture, exceptional dining establishments, outstanding inns, and world-class outdoor activities. Whether you’re skiing for the first time on Spruce Peak, a great beginner ski mountain, or hiking Mt. Mansfield, Vermont’s highest mountain, thrill seekers and nature lovers will not be disappointed. Here’s a list of exciting activities, must-see winter attractions, and charming and cozy lodgings to help you plan your trip. This picture perfect alpine town has so much to offer, you might suddenly break into song!

What to Do:

When in Stowe, take advantage of the sublime snow! With an average annual snowfall of 260 inches, Stowe is the birthplace of alpine skiing in Vermont, with trails cut on Mount Mansfield in 1933. Boasting 48 of the longest ski trails in New England, the gorgeous scenery and crisp mountain air only add to the excitement and appeal of downhill skiing, snowmobiling, and snowboarding on 10 thrilling miles of luge-like twists and turns. Ski down some magnificent mountain trails, then drink up some amazing beers on a microbrewery tour.

At Stone Craft Brewery Tours (Nov. 2nd-March 9th) courtesy of UMIAK Outdoor Outfitters, Vermont’s Outdoor Adventure Center, beer enthusiasts can experience (and indulge in) the art of craft beer making. Skiing and craft brewing reign supreme in Vermont and Stowe, so it’s no surprise that brewing is an important part of Vermont’s economy. Staying true to only using the finest ingredients and being mindful of chemicals and pesticides, in 1997, Vermont became the first U.S. state with a certified organic brewery.

You can have beer and travel on The Vermont Bike and Brew Tour (Oct. 6th-Nov. 18th), with Lamoille Valley Bike Tours, a guided E-bike adventure tour that Includes three stops at three local Vermont breweries from the seat of your electric bicycle. Tourists will get the best of scenic tours and a peek at local hot spots. With beer samples, appetizers, and pint glasses to take home, this tour is a favorite among beer aficionados.

After whetting your appetite with some brew, enjoy a cornucopia of treats at Cold Hollow Cider Mill, a farmhouse store that sells homemade jams, jellies, sweet doughnuts, and Vermont’s famous 100% pure maple syrup. Stock up on soaps, books, sweatshirts, and mugs at Shaw’s General Store. This family-owned store dates back to the 1890s, and the old-school charm and hospitality keeps visitors coming back for more time and time again. January means making New Year’s Resolutions, watching the Super Bowl, and attending fun-filled events at Stowe’s Winter Carnival! With a kid’s carnival, snow-golf and snow volleyball tournaments, and ice carving competitions, it’s no wonder this carnival was recognized along with the Super Bowl and Mardi Gras as one of the ten best events in the United States!

Take a minute to relax with a glass of wine, great food, and music every Wednesday from 7-10pm at Cork Wine Bar and Market. Jazz musician George Walker Petit, the talented producer and composer, performs jazz while drawing inspiration from Vermont’s communal and nurturing music scene.

Looking for unique gifts? Head to Old-Time Main Street and you’ll find arts & crafts shops, variety stores, and boutiques that will satisfy even the pickiest family members on your holiday shopping list! With shopping bags in tow, don’t forget to take a picture of the iconic Stowe Community Church before you leave town. Located in the center of town, it is one of the oldest non-denominational churches in the country. The church steeple is also one of the most recognizable fixtures in the skyline.

The Helen Day Art Center offers a crash course on painting still life in watercolor on December 2. Taught by renowned instructor Marc Taro Holmes, artists in training and novices can practice how to capture complex subjects in watercolor. The beautiful fall foliage that Stowe is known for will surely inspire your sketches.

Where to Stay:

Green Mountain Inn is the perfect retreat if you want to experience historic Stowe at its best. Located on Main Street, this property offers 103 unique guest rooms, suites, village apartments, and townhouses that offer a lovely refuge after a day spent enjoying Vermont’s winter wonderland. The outside amenities also allow you to appreciate the beautiful surroundings. Take in the gorgeous Green Mountains as you sit by the heated pool or in-ground outdoor Jacuzzi. Enjoy a bottle of champagne or wine with chocolate-dipped strawberries as you warm your toes and hands in front of the fire pits. Retire for the night in a room with a fireside Jacuzzi before falling asleep on 300 count Egyptian cotton bedding. In the morning, your country inn breakfast will energize you before your day full of sightseeing, massages, and fine dining at The Whip Bar & Grill, one of two outstanding onsite restaurants offering delicious meals using Vermont’s finest ingredients from local farmers.

When you sink down into one of many comfortable sofas in the living room at Hobble Inn, you will forget all about your favorite chair at home. A 150-year-old bed and breakfast, this picturesque historic inn is your home away from home on vacation. Giving visitors a space to indulge, relax and put their feet up, Mary, the innkeeper, keeps guests full with her delicious French toast waffle breakfast and is a local expert on the best restaurants, nature trails, and shopping markets. You’ll have a spring in your step after visiting this paradise in the mountains!

A roaring fire in a large fieldstone fireplace and rich knotty pine throughout the rustic interior, evoke images of life in the country and hot chocolate on a cold night. Timberholm Inn, built in 1949, is recognized by the Stowe Historical Society as one of Stowe’s first ski lodges. With nine rooms offering large picture windows to enjoy mountain views, and an outside deck and hot tub tucked in the woods, this B&B is an ideal New England getaway. After enjoying a full country breakfast of fresh fruit, home-baked muffins, breads, scones, Vermont maple bacon or sausage, pumpkin pancakes, frittata (using Vermont’s award-winning cheddar) and French toast, you will understand why Arrington’s Inn Traveler Magazine voted this breakfast as a Top 5 Best Breakfast in New England.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Autumn is here, and the vivid reds, yellows, and orange leaves are in full swing throughout New England, the Midwest and the Northwest. This year, make leaf peeping all that more special by booking a room at an inn where the colors are on full display – right outside your window. We’ve rounded up some of the greatest inns boasting the vibrant colors of fall to share with guests looking to soak in all off the season’s splendor. Check out our slideshow of the top properties with spectacular fall foliage views below. Make sure to click the arrows on the top right to enlarge!

Friday, September 29, 2017

Who says that when fall rolls around that lattes get all of the pumpkin spice love? This fall staple is good for a whole lot more – like in these Pumpkin Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting. Find the recipe below and get bakin’ courtesy of innkeeper,  Carolyn Hatcher, of the Stone-Yancey House Bed and Breakfast in Liberty, MO, and see why guests rave about them.

Bars:
4 eggs
2 cups sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
2 cup canned pumpkin (15 oz. can)
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cinnamon

Frosting:
4 oz. cream cheese, at room temperature
2 tbsp. butter, at room temperature
2 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract

Directions for Bars:

Combine eggs, sugar, and oil. Beat until lemon-colored – about two minutes. Blend in pumpkin. Add dry ingredients and mix well. Pour into greased and floured 10×15 sheet pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes. Cool.

Directions for Frosting:
Combine all ingredients, beat well. Spread over cooled bars. Refrigerate leftovers.

Recipe courtesy of Stone-Yancey House Bed and Breakfast, Liberty, MO

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

The stunning aerial views of a mountain villa, a fresh blanket of snow covering a serene countryside, and the calm blue waters of a seaside resort, are memorable scenic attractions of a destination getaway. Guests can’t help but take notice of and appreciate all of the beauty surrounding them outdoors. But don’t forget about the equally impressive interiors! From floor-to-ceiling windows, stunning chandeliers and armoires, and glass, tile and marble walk-in showers, these striking design details show off the luxurious inner beauty of B&Bs.

At Grand Victorian Bed & Breakfast in New Orleans, LA, the 18th century-old period furnishings transport guests back to the Old South. Built in 1896, the 14′ ceilings, wood floors, and ornate woodwork interior are architectural features. “I have filled the house with authentic, American furniture from around the same time that the house was built, including marble top dressers and canopied, tester beds,” says innkeeper Bonnie Rabe, whose design details help guests experience Southern splendor at its best. But modern amenities such as personal central air and Internet access do not take a back seat to the period furnishings. “Most of my interior woodwork has been brought back to the natural wood tone. I added stain glass back into the transoms and armoires into every room rather than a closet,” says Bonnie. It’s no surprise that the appeal and charm of this B&B is rooted in the Victorian style and elegant design. Grand indeed.

Chehalem Ridge Bed and Breakfast makes choosing a suite that fits your personality and interests super easy! This Newberg, OR, B&B has turned their 5 room choices into Oregon-themed dream getaways. Love the desert? Then the High Desert Suite, designed with reclaimed lumber and metal to evoke a central Oregon western feel, is the perfect room for you. “Of course we took lots of thought in décor, says innkeeper Kristin Fintel. “I hate it when a B&B is boring. We went with Oregon themes, because we love Oregon and love that there are so many unique regions within the state.” The Wine Country Room has lovely grape vines and leaves on the wall and wine crates serve as night stands.  Roses are in full bloom in the Rose Garden Room to pay homage to Portland, the City of Roses. Rustic charm awaits you in The Oregon Trail Room that celebrates eastern Oregon, while The Oregon Coast room uses sea glass colored tiles as accents to a white tiled bathroom. Beauty is everywhere within the walls of this peaceful retreat. And with Oregon’s amazing Willamette Valley as their backyard, the sweeping valley views outside also makes quite an impression.

Run your hands along the original banisters of Inn on Randolph, in Napa, CA, and you will feel the history seeping out of the bones of this 19th century estate. The Inn on Randolph was completely renovated in 2012 to reflect the historic, yet modern home in which the rooms and cottages were built. The innkeepers stayed true to the integrity of the building by using the original banisters, hardwood floors, and bones of the home. Modern comforts, such as heated marble flooring, dual showerheads, large private patio garden, and limestone fireplace, offer boutique luxury in Napa’s largest residential historic district.

Enjoy Frank Lloyd Wright inspired design with elements of Arts & Crafts and Art Deco at Nobnocket Boutique Inn. The unique contemporary interior design of this Vineyard Haven, MA, inn, is island luxury with a twist. “The design embraces a pared-down aesthetic with straight lines, geometric shapes and primary colors,” says innkeeper Simon. Pieces from Moooi and Marcel Wanders are key design accents that showcase Dutch influence. After a day exploring Martha Vineyard, relax in the large common rooms and seating areas adorned with Arts & Crafts pieces, including a reclaimed window from the New York Flat Iron building (built at the same time as the inn) that is converted into a large mirror. “The Vineyard has a long tradition of contemporary design with many of the Harvard Five’s buildings of postmodernism being located here so the contemporary interior design is a respectful nod to the island’s design history,” says Simon.

Take in the gorgeous views of the lake and its surrounding park at Greenlake Guest House, a 1920’s “Craftsman” located in Seattle, WA. After a leisurely stroll outdoors, behold the beauty indoors in one of the 5 comfortable rooms with private baths, jetted tubs, and gas fireplaces. “We wanted the rooms to look somewhat antique but yet still comfortable and modern with clean lines and not too fussy,” say owners Blayne and Julie McAferty. This beautifully furnished B&B has rooms with an antique tropics theme, rustic French theme, beachside décor (faces the lake), classic nautical décor, rustic French theme, and classic nautical décor that deliver a comfortable and relaxing ending to your evening.

Prepare to be pampered with luxurious linens, claw foot tubs, and remote light fireplaces at The Guest House at Gulfport Landing. This Gulfport, MS, B&B makes you feel as though you have stepped into a museum. The décor is striking and beautiful, but guests shouldn’t be afraid to sink down into the French provincial sitting chairs. The antique pedestal sink and dainty makeup mirror in your spacious and bright suite are works of art to be admired and used to your hearts content. “Our home is 110 years old and full of period antiques and we have a large collection of things from times past that we keep in our rooms and public space,” says innkeeper Jason Wilson. “Many of our guests comment that they could make a day just exploring the collection. We really try hard to make our guests feel welcome to the collection and are aware it is there for them.”

Indulge your appreciation for bold and beautiful interior design and plan a getaway at one of these elegantly decorated B&Bs.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Do things that go bump in the night make you shiver in utter terror or sheer delight? If your answer is the latter, then those telltale goose bumps all over your body mean that the season of celebration and superstition is eerily approaching. Playing dress up, horror movie marathons, and ghoulishly fun gatherings are just some of the things that make Halloween so enjoyable. If you’re ready to turn the scare factor up a notch or two, then these hauntingly hospitable inns will do the “trick” while serving up numerous delicious “treats” on your ghostly getaway.

The Man in Tweed, The Lady in White, and The Basement Boy, are just a few of the famous spirits at Terrace Inn and 1911 Restaurant in Petoskey, MI, who have been known to welcome guests by peering into their bedrooms or wandering the halls. This 1910 inn offers 38 cozy rooms with high ceilings, jetted tubs, and queen size beds. The electric fireplaces are ideal for warding off October’s chilly air, or a ghostly presence!

Hospitality is key to making a guests stay in a B&B comfortable and memorable. But the old-time hospitality at the Old Stagecoach Inn in Waterbury, VT, takes hospitality to a whole other frightful level!

Mrs. Spencer, a former owner and resident of the inn, has been known to share her room (#2) with guests! Now that’s really getting into the “spirit” of hospitality. This 1826 classic Victorian has 11 beautiful rooms with original antiques. After hearing some of the bone-chilling ghost stories from local residents, you’ll want to take advantage of the famous craft beers in this region. Lucky for you, there are over 150 great beers on tap within walking distance of the inn.

The Birchwood Inn in Lenox, MA, has spent nearly 250 years welcoming guests. Most arrive and enjoy the unique town and its attractions, then leave. Others take up residence as in-house ghosts! Blame it on the award-winning breakfast as the reason why the guests keep coming back and the ghosts refuse to leave! This inn has won multiple awards including “Best Breakfast in New England”, “Best Savory Breakfast”, and “Top 50 US Bed and Breakfasts for Food.” Enjoy homemade breads and entrees, with a seasonal selection of locally grown fruits, while sitting in a rocking chair on the lovely porch. Pair these pairings with luxurious rooms and private baths, and guests, both waking and dead, are sure to have a satisfying and spirited stay at this inn.

Don’t wait for the ghosts to come looking for you! Put on your detective hat and be part of a ghost-hunting investigation at 1851 Historic Maple Hill Manor B&B in Springfield, KY. Round up all of your paranormal seeking comrades and rent out the entire inn. You will all be treated with a full country breakfast, private bath, spacious rooms with antique furnishings, and blissful bedding. Just what you need after a screaming good time with guaranteed ghostly experiences.

Strange things will be happening on Saturday, October 14th, at Inn at Aberdeen, Ltd, in Valpairaso, Indiana. Enjoy all that the “spirit” world has to offer with beer samples, live music, and spiritual and tarot readings at this fun-filled event. Overnight guests can relax after a night of beers and “boos” in their luxury suites with a fireplace, Jacuzzi for two, and a walkout patio.

You might not see Casper The Friendly Ghost at LimeRock Inn, but according to the paranormal experts that visited this Rockland, Maine B&B, you will see many friendly and oftentimes giggling apparitions! The lovely wraparound porch at this coastal Victorian B&B, whirlpool soaking tubs, private fireplaces, and complimentary guest pantry, evoke charm and comfort. Offering visitors world-class museums, fine dining, and some heart-stopping scares (don’t be surprised if you see a ghost on the way up the staircase), this historic inn and surrounding area, will leave you screaming in terror and sheer delight.

If you’re still standing (and smiling) after seeing the red velvet-curtained lobby, creepy doll, and have survived the ride in the creaky elevator, then you will have a horrifyingly great time at the Queen Anne Hotel in San Francisco, CA. This historic 1890 Victorian mansion survived the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, but visitors are often left quaking in their shoes when they take part in a ghost hunt, a walking ghost tour of the Pacific Heights neighborhood.

At Burn Brae Mansion, in Glen Spey, NY, guests are surrounded by 20 wooded acres at the foot of the Catskills Mountains, with open fields and walking trails, which leads to the historic Glen Spey Cemetery. All of the necessary ingredients for a guaranteed hair-raising B&B experience. The inn’s to die for breakfast of fresh baked bread, and eggs from their own chickens, will revive you after a night spent seeing heart-stopping surprises around every corner. Don’t forget to check out the Attic of Curiosities!

Looking for a close encounter of the ghost kind? Then your stay at Salem Inn, in Salem, MA, won’t disappoint. Elizabeth, the resident ghost in room #17, gleefully taunts guests and makes sure that her presence is known by keeping the room extra cool for your bone-chilling paranormal experience. The complimentary wine and cheese served everyday will take the chill off and calm your frazzled nerves.

Halloween thrill-seekers and tall-tale enthusiats are ready for the scariest night of the year. Get the most out of this gruesomely gory holiday at a haunted inn near you.

Friday, September 15, 2017

If ever there was more truth in the saying that big things come in small packages, the Victorian resort village of Eureka Springs, Arkansas is undeniable proof. This is a vacation destination that delivers something breathtakingly special for everyone. The words “I’ve found it!” is probably uttered from the mouths of the more than 1 million like-minded tourists who visit “Little Switzerland of America” each year for a day trip, family vacation, business meeting, wedding, family reunion, or honeymoon. Proudly selected as one of America’s Distinctive Destinations by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Eureka Springs offers not-to-be-missed big and small attractions. The beauty and grandeur of this city is found in the small shops, art galleries, fine dining, outdoor activities, ghost tours, festivals, and luxurious spas and inns. We’ve compiled a list of some must-see places and activities that will awaken all of your senses when you visit this historical gem in the heart of the Ozark Mountains.

What to Do:

Visitor’s young and old alike may never look at a house cat the same way again after they visit the Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge Center. Home to abused, abandoned, and neglected “big cats,” this refuge provides fun, educational information on the physiology of big cats. Animal lovers will want to spend all day admiring these beautiful creatures.

If you’re looking for a quiet place to behold the beauty of nature, look no further than the Thorncrown Chapel. Designed by noted architect, E. Fay Jones, this forty-eight-foot tall wood structure with 425 windows and over 6,000 square feet of glass, is located in the woods about 3 miles from Eureka. This serene architectural delight, included in Budget Travel’s “12 Most Beautiful Churches in America,” will take your breath away.

Head to the Blue Spring Heritage Center, where you can view prehistoric artifacts that date back 8,000 years. It is one of the largest natural springs in the Ozark Mountains sending 83 million gallons of water each day into a trout-filled lagoon. More than 500 feet deep and an important stopping point on the Cherokee Trail of Tears, visitors can explore the rich history surrounding this scenic site.

Pivot Rock Park is a notable and unique landmark attraction. This natural rock formation has been a tourist attraction for more than 100 years. The park features paved pathways winding through rock formations and the beautiful mountain scenery of the Ozarks. Featured in Ripley’s Believe It or Not and photographed by generations of visitors, it is about twice the height of an average person and looks like “a top balanced on its pointed end.” After the kids see the full-size tropical plants and trees growing from natural ground soil on the first floor of Quigley’s Castle, you’ll never be able to tell them not to bring dirt into the house! The dream home of Elise Quigley, an Italian immigrant with a green thumb, this castle features lush perennial gardens and lovely paths, ideal for holding hands and strolling with your true love. Children will be spellbound when they see the spectacular underground formations in Onyx Cave Park. Self-guided tours allow visitors to explore these caverns and learn about chambers and rock formations.

Where to Stay:


There’s a lot to see and discover in Eureka Springs, and because there are no traffic lights along the five-mile long loop of winding streets, there is nothing to stop you! Learn about the history of the incredible Victorian architecture and arts on a walking tour, go shopping, and enjoy some down home southern cooking. Then relax and recharge after a full day of activities in the comfort of a Eureka Springs inn such as Arsenic and Old Lace B&B. This elegant estate property features original artwork, antiques, and crystal chandeliers that adorn the rooms. Choose from five luxury suites with stunning views of gardens and hills. Turn up the romance with whirlpools and luxury spa showers. The massive windows are perfect for watching the amazing fall foliage color shows during peak season (October and early November) while you enjoy gourmet breakfast in bed in the morning. The peaceful views of the Arkansas hills are best viewed from the large wrap-around veranda, and are also an ideal location for intimate wedding celebrations.

After a day of sightseeing, put your feet up on the porch at 11 Singleton House B&B. At this whimsical B&B, prepare to take a trip down memory lane where you will receive a wealth of local knowledge from your hostess, Barb, Eureka’s oldest operating innkeeper. You will learn about how Singleton Street is the only street in Eureka still retaining only original Victorian houses. Choose from one of five cottages available, many with their own private entrance. The lovely garden and pretty outside seating is perfect for reading a good book. You can walk one block to Ermillo’s Restaurant, and enjoy a delicious pasta dinner. Avid shoppers will enjoy the downtown shops, spas, galleries and cafes, which are one scenic block away. Before returning to the inn, admire the beautifully restored Victorian homes as you stroll and star gaze.

Who said elves are only around during the holidays? When you stay at Cliff Cottage Inn – Luxury B&B Suites and Historic Cottages a little “elf” (innkeeper Sandra) will set up any additional extras you might consider for your fun-filled getaway (canoeing on the White River, soaring through an Ozark mountain forest with a 2-hour zip line tour, or enjoying a peaceful horseback ride). Upon your return to the inn (no driving necessary since you are already located in the center of the village) enjoy your lovingly restored historic cottage that has private entrances and spacious Jacuzzi suites. Then explore the age-old cave behind the cottage, which Innkeeper Sandra has converted into a wine cave. Enjoy a glass of wine in your private outdoor hot tub tucked in the woods. Guests might arrive tired and stressed, (a hot stone massage at Healthworks Massage and Reflexology Center will cure those ailments) but you will definitely leave with your spirits revived, heart warmed, belly full, and soul nourished from the overflowing Ozark hospitality.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

September is finally here. Autumn is arriving. The hush of the hot summer season is winding down. As the locals exhale and the tourists head out, these beach towns are still hot in the off-season. Check out our slideshow of the top beach town B&B’s to enjoy below. Make sure to click the arrows on the top right to enlarge!

Friday, September 1, 2017

It’s here! The big day has arrived and you’re filled with big hopes and dreams for your wedding celebration. Rustic. Vintage. Garden. Fairy Tale. Whatever your style, these B&Bs will help you and your beloved plan the perfect wedding and honeymoon destination package for your special day.

Seven Hills Inn, Lenox, MA

Nothing says treasured wedding day memories like a ceremony at a magnificent mansion on 27 acres of beautifully landscaped lawns, blooming gardens, and quiet, wooded lanes. Surround yourself in the beauty of the Berkshires at Seven Hills Inn in Lenox, MA, as experienced wedding specialists help you turn your wedding dreams into a reality. Take your walk down the aisle outdoors on the white stone, flower-lined path. The glorious fall foliage will be the picture perfect backdrop. After the ceremony, your guests can take in the eclectic art and stunning hand-carved fireplace before they indulge in cocktails on the patio, enjoy quiet conversations in the parlor, socialize in the music room, and dine and dance the night away in the ballroom which accommodates up to 165 guests. Guests will appreciate a relaxing and luxurious night’s sleep in one of the inn’s 44 elegant guestrooms with mahogany beds, pillow-top mattresses, velvet chaise lounge, and Jacuzzi tub. The hearty country breakfast will restore their energy after a night of non-stop revelry.

Don’t leave your wedding day to chance. Many people consider the number seven to be good luck, which might explain why so many couples entrust the dedicated Seven Hills Inn staff to make their wedding day spectacular. With their help, you and your betrothed will be forever lucky in love.

Bridgeton House on the Delaware, Upper Black Eddy, PA


Your nuptials are a major life-changing event. Why not celebrate this joyful occasion amid the transformation of the summer foliage into autumns beautiful sea of reds, oranges, and gold? Bridgeton House on the Delaware in Upper Eddy, PA, was named one of the top 15 honeymoon destinations in the country by Country Living. With the Delaware River delivering a breathtaking setting, it’s no surprise so many couples choose this inn as the location for their once-in-a-lifetime elopement or honeymoon destination. The inn’s event coordinator will help make the bride and the design of your getaway package, the center of attention. But the river valley hillsides, alight with vibrant colors, reflecting in the glistening water of the beautiful Delaware River, will be a close second as a scene-stealer!

If the cold corridors of City Hall aren’t what you have in mind for your no frills ceremony, Bridgeton’s elopement package which includes an afternoon tea served in suite upon arrival, two dozen long stem roses, use of the riverside Boat House grounds, and breakfast in bed, is just what the love doctor ordered. Honeymooners will also feel pampered in one of the 10 unique rooms featuring private porches, two person Jacuzzi tubs, and fireplaces. Turn up the heat and romance with a candlelight dinner prepared by a private chef and served in your room, and an in-suite couples’ massage.

Fall elopements and honeymoon destinations are always beautiful because Mother Nature’s treasures are everywhere you look. This luxurious bed and breakfast helps couples make their day a treasure to behold for many years to come.

Holladay House Bed and Breakfast, Orange, VA


With more than 100 wedding celebrations under their belt since 1864, the innkeepers at the Holladay House Bed and Breakfast in Orange, VA, have clearly found their passion. We try to get in the mind of the couple who has just been married and make their three days with us feel like seven,” says innkeeper Sharon.

Fall’s amazing seasonal highlights give couples eloping and their guests, a picture perfect environment to make their day extra special. Local attractions like James Madison’s Montpelier, nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, is a 5-minute drive from the inn. Guests should be camera ready when visiting the wineries and Civil War sites. These historic sites and attractions let them soak in the past as they celebrate their future. Upon your return to the inn, enjoy homemade goodies in front of the Victorian marble fireplace, or some complimentary Virginia wine and craft beer.

At the Holladay House, featured in USA Today as one of the top places in Virginia for all-inclusive elopement weddings, the innkeepers are ready to make your wedding day memorable and a part of the everlasting and heart-warming legacy of this historic 19th century home.

Four Chimneys Inn, Bennington, VT

If saying, “I do” inside of a sunny French-paned glass patio, in front of a roaring fire, outside on an expansive lawn under a 100-year-old pines, or in a lush garden courtyard, is your idea of a dream fall wedding, then four times is a charm at Four Chimneys Inn, located in Bennington, VT. This charming New England eleven-acre estate sets the perfect mood for your intimate and unhurried elopement ceremony.

Bask in the season of changing leaves and the crisp night air with a ceremony under 100-year-old pines on the beautiful lawn, and then snuggle up in front of a gas fireplace in your unique room. Relax while the staff handles the details, from photographer recommendations, the post ceremony champagne toast, to the Vermont gift basket upon arrival. Remember to save your appetite for your romantic dinner for two at your choice of two delicious dining establishments.

A perfect, stress-free wedding is waiting for you at this lovely Vermont getaway. You’ll be glad that you said, “I do” to a bed and breakfast that made your wedding romantic, elegant, and memorable.

Castle in the Country Bed & Breakfast Inn, Allegan, Michigan


Castle, check. Horse drawn carriage, check. Enchanted Forest, check. Camelot Suite, check. The crowns may be not included in this wedding package, but everything else will make you and your love feel like a king and queen on your big day.

Tie the knot with your true love at Castle in the Country Bed & Breakfast Inn, located in Allegan, MI. Exchange vows on this beautiful 65-acre country estate with a gazebo, enchanted forest ballroom, and exceptional comfort and luxury everywhere you look. This fairy tale setting is the ideal location for your enchanting elopement, wedding/reception, or destination weekend package. From the spa services, fireplace suites, kayak rides, and celebrated dining options, the inn’s staff works with you to create the perfect intimate setting for couples to begin their happily ever after.

L’Auberge Provencale, White Post, VA


Serenity now. The party of many is now an intimate party of two. Escape to the Shenandoah countryside for your honeymoon in this Northern Virginian French Country Inn, L’Auberge Provencale. Relax with your sweetheart amidst the picturesque gardens, embark on fun outdoor adventures, and enjoy couples massages. A dozen roses and house-made chocolate-covered strawberries await you upon arrival in your elegant suite with views of the gardens and the Blue Ridge Mountains. Indulge in a complimentary bottle of champagne in your king white sleigh bed, the ultimate in French country comfort. Enjoy the award-winning breakfast in the morning before a sommelier chauffeured 4-hour wine tour of Virginia’s most premier wine country of the Shenandoah Valley. This bed and breakfast sets the perfect tone for a romantic honeymoon dedicated to pampering newlyweds.

Antlers on the Creek Bed & Breakfast, Durango, CO


You can’t beat the beautiful setting of the Colorado Mountains. Antlers on the Creek Bed & Breakfast, just a short walk from lovely hiking trails, offers a variety of whimsical ceremony locations. Exchange your vows on the patio overlooking the creek or outside of the historic Colorado barn. Invite 18 of your closest friends and family for your low-key celebration. Your guests will enjoy unlimited outdoor adventures, a three-course gourmet breakfast, gazebo hot tub, spacious and modern rooms, and complimentary happy hour. The romance, beauty, and intimacy at this peaceful mountain retreat will make your small wedding a big and memorable occasion that will not be forgotten.

Monday, August 28, 2017

With only a few more days left in August and summer coming to an end, our mouths are still watering over the delicious flavors of summer. So before you break out the pumpkin-spice, apples and butternut squash, pay homage to the warmest season of the year and end on a decadent note with a cool end-of-summer treat: Raspberry Brownie Ice Cream Cake, courtesy of L’Auberge Provencale Bed and Breakfast in White Post, VA.

Ingredients for the Fudge Brownie Ice Cream Cake:

2 oz. semi-sweet chocolate, chopped
1/4 tsp. baking powder
3 tbsp. unsalted butter, softened
pinch of salt
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg, room temperature
1/3 cup walnuts, chopped
1 pink of raspberry sorbet, softened
2 1/2 cup vanilla ice cream, softened

Topping:

1 cup whipped cream
2 tsp. sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
fresh raspberries

Directions for the Fudge Brownie:

Line 8-inch square pan with buttered parchment paper or foil. Melt chocolate and butter in a double broiler (hot, but not boiling water) and stir until smooth. Sift the flour, baking powder, and salt – set aside. Blend egg and sugar using mixer at medium speed. Add vanilla. Gradually add chocolate mixture. Stop mixer when combined and mix in dry ingredients using a wooden spoon. Spread batter in pan. Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 19 minutes until it is springy to the touch, but not dry. Cool completely, invert onto rack and remove paper.

Directions for the Topping:

Mix ice cream and sorbet together by gently folding in. Spread over the cooled brownies. Top with whipped cream and raspberries. Chill for 10 minutes before serving.

Note: You can add the whipped cream and raspberries if you want to freeze ahead and remove the brownies 15 minutes before serving. Then top.

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