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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Tired of traditional corporate outings that promise fun team building activities? While trust fall exercises with coworkers are great ice-breakers and can bring teams together, it’s time to put these cliche ideas on ice and spice things up that will make your staff feel appreciated and re-energized.

Inn on Lake Granbury, Granbury, TX

The Inn on Lake Granbury, surrounded by three acres of landscaped grounds, will help your staff to press the pause button on their everyday workday routine. Having served over 400 group retreats, the inn boasts an impressive resume when it comes to business travel. Whether you’re a Fortune 500 company, small non-profit organization, or college and/or university, this lakefront inn retreat in the historic town of Granbury, Texas, offers the ideal setting for team building. From the initial booking to everyday service, groups are provided with a single person offering personal concierge service. Happy hour is also included (sans fee!) for groups and includes wine and delicious appetizers. Choose from 15 luxurious accommodations, all with breathtaking balcony views of this beautiful facility. Then brainstorm with your team while boating, visiting wineries, or just relaxing under the magnificent live oak trees overlooking the lake. Hungry team? Praised Chef Wolfgang Weichert, recognized globally for his five-star culinary creations, numerous restaurants, and the man behind catering for Presidents GW Bush, Clinton, and Obama, is on staff for overnight retreat groups to whip up award-winning dishes for both lunch and dinner. The gourmet buffet breakfast served each morning will help your team refuel for another day of team-building activities. The Inn on Lake Granbury, named one of the top places for small business retreats in Texas, by Texas Meetings and Events Magazine, adds the perfect luxurious and personal touch to your next company retreat.

Jekyll Island Club Resort, Jekyll Island, GA

The fictional characters Jekyll and Hyde experienced memorable personal transformations, so too will your staff at this ultimate corporate getaway. Before your sunny, energetic, and creative staff members turn into inconsistent, moody, and stressed-out work robots, plan a meet and retreat at Jekyll Island Club Resort in Jekyll Island, GA. Offering 197 guestrooms, and over 15,000 square feet of meeting space, this luxurious resort with riverside and oceanfront venues, will inspire them to change their workplace personality. Your team can reconnect on the bike trails, strategize playing water sports, enjoy a scavenger hunt as they explore the beautiful and historic grounds, and focus on communication skills while enjoying delicious food and great conversation at The Grand Dining Room. This resort offers the perfect atmosphere to help your team clear the air, work out differences and find the right balance to return to the workplace renewed and recharged. The fictional characters Jekyll and Hyde experienced memorable personal transformations, so too will your staff at this ultimate corporate getaway.

L’Augerge Provencale, White Post, VA

If a corporate retreat to a quaint village in the French countryside isn’t in your budget, the stress-free atmosphere, rolling hills, and Blue Ridge Mountain backdrop at L’Auberge Provencale is surely the next best thing. Situated in the Shenandoah Valley, this elegant Virginia bed and breakfast resort is a unique place to put your staff in a new frame of mind. They will be energized for creative sessions, strategic planning, and team building after spending a night in a room decorated with cheerful French country antiques, original artwork, and a comfortable queen size bed. Wake up to the smell of freshly baked croissants as you look out onto your private deck with sweeping views of Shenandoah Valley. Activities like hiking, zip lining, whitewater rafting, and hot air ballooning are a welcome change to help businesses bring their teams together. The intimate private meeting room accommodates up to 16 people and looks out onto a lovely terrace. After a marvelous chef-prepared meal of veal sweetbreads and baby back lamb with ratatouille vegetables, your team will have no doubt that they have left the hectic office atmosphere back home, and landed in a French country dream.

Woolverton Inn, Stockton, NJ

Escape the constant distractions like the whir of the copy machine and the sight of stale break room donuts, on 300 acres of beautiful farmland at Woolverton Inn, a grand country estate in central New Jersey. This 1792 stone manor, high above the Delaware River, is an ideal off site location that can help staffers relax, unwind, and increase productivity. Your meeting at the New Hope Conference Center will fit small groups for planning sessions, crafting business strategies, and bonding exercises. During your team-building meeting, enjoy a catered three-course country breakfast on the covered porches. After your workshop, relax in one of 15 individual rooms with feather beds and private baths. This tranquil bed and breakfast expertly blends business and pleasure in an environment that makes guests feel valued.

Black Sheep Inn and Spa, Hammondsport, NY

Balance. Space. Healing. These are just some of the things business guests seek and find at Black Sheep Inn and Spa. This stunning farm-to-table bed and breakfast in the Finger Lakes allows team members to bond over food by working on the inn’s onsite farm, then bring back the ingredients to prepare a meal. Once your appetite has been nourished, sit back and relax in one of the five unique guestrooms with spacious sitting areas and private baths. From the breathtaking local waterfalls, art classes, kayak rentals, and wine and beer tours, these shared experiences can help staff affect positive changes in their everyday and business lives. Look no further than this welcoming and relaxing bed and breakfast and spa for a creative company retreat that will rejuvinate your team.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Some of the best ocean views are the ones that you don’t even have to get out of bed to appreciate. From the sparkling waters of St. Augustine to the rocky shores of Maine and infinite views of the blue Hawaiian sea, these eight B&Bs provide a piece of paradise.

Monday, July 31, 2017

There’s a reason why horses are called gentle giants. With their quiet grace, unsurpassed beauty, and carefree spirit, it’s no wonder so many B&Bs offer horseback riding packages or onsite ranches. Check out these noteworthy getaways for aspiring equestrians and animal lovers.

Goodstone Inn & Restaurant, Middleburg, VA

The scenic backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains is the perfect setting for your equine adventure. Offering 265 acres of trail riding, this quaint country inn showcases the rolling hills and lush countryside of Virginia’s horse and wine country. Choose from one of the18 luxurious guest rooms, or 6 historic guesthouses. Enjoy afternoon treats in the Carriage House Great Room before your feast at Goodstone Inn’s restaurant. This farm to table dining experience will rejuvenate you after a day spent getting up close and personal with these beautiful beasts. End your day relaxing in the Stallion Queen Suite, an equestrian-themed suite with a jetted soaking tub.

First Farm Inn, Petersburg, KY

Some might say that horseback riding is like dancing. You have to communicate with your partner, move as one, and always have a calm touch. This unique B&B in Northern Kentucky gently coaches guests about the fine art of horseback riding. This relaxing trail riding experience takes you away from the big city life and transports you to the majestic hills and quiet woods of Northern Kentucky. From the gorgeous old barn, to the swings, hammocks and rockers on the veranda, to the friendly horses grazing in the field, this historic farmhouse is the picture perfect snapshot of an ideal country getaway.

BlissWood Bed and Breakfast, Cat Spring, TX

Are you anxiously waiting to exhale after a stressful week, month, or year? Then you will happily release a huge sigh of relief when you step onto the Blisswood Bed and Breakfast Ranch. What better way to reduce the stress in your life than by roaming the 500 acres of rolling hills of Texas Hill County astride a beautiful horse? Take in the stunning meadows and forests on a guided trail ride then enjoy a lovely picnic lunch overlooking the Enchanted Lake. The 12 houses and cabins on the main ranch, and the quaint Bluebonnet Bungalow, deliver a relaxing and calm respite from your hectic life. Sit on the porch and enjoy a glass of wine or sink into the hot tub out back, and enjoy nature at its best. If you want a stress free ranch experience, this rustic, serene setting, definitely checks off all of the boxes.

Farm by the River Bed & Breakfast with Stables, North Conway, NH

Set in the beautiful White Mountains of New Hampshire, this getaway exudes New England charm. This ride and stay B&B offers on site, year-round horse rides on 70 scenic acres. Enjoy panoramic mountain views on your horseback ride through lush meadows and along the Saco River. Rooms feature old-fashioned decor and modern amenities like gas fireplaces and double Jacuzzis. With views of the mountains and horses, Mrs. Carroll’s room is the perfect retreat to bask in the beauty of nature. Farm by the River Bed and Breakfast with Stables is a historic property that dates back to 1771, but the full country breakfast, relaxed atmosphere, and personal attention by the hosts, never gets old.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Whip up this delicious Almond Cake with a sweet and juicy Raspberry Coulis sauce courtesy of White Oak Inn- the perfect tasty topper for those looking to satisfy their sweet tooth (morning, noon, and night).

Ingredients

For the Cake:

1 cup butter
2 cups sugar
2 eggs
2 cups flour
1/2 cup ground almonds
2 teaspoons almond extract
1 cup sour cream
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 cup blanched and sliced or slivered almonds
3 tablespoons powdered sugar

For the Raspberry Coulis:

1 (12-ounce) bag frozen raspberries, thawed
3/4 cup sugar

Directions

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

Grease and flour 9-inch or 10-inch round springform pan.

Cream butter and gradually beat in sugar. Beat in eggs, one at a time. In a separate bowl, combine flour, ground almonds, baking powder, and salt. Gently fold into the creamed mixture. Stir in the almond extract and sour cream. Batter will be very thick. Spoon the batter into the prepared cake pan. Level the top and sprinkle the almonds evenly over the top. Bake for about 45 minutes, or until a tester inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow to cool and remove from the pan. Sieve powdered sugar over the top.

To make the coulis
Combine raspberries and sugar in a blender or food processor and process on low until combined.

To serve, slice cake into 10 or 12 slices. Spoon about 2 tablespoons of raspberry sauce into a pool on the plate. Garnish with fresh mint if available.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Fore! August is National Golf Month so look out for all of those golfers logging practice hours hoping to make their dream of wearing the coveted green Master’s jacket a reality. Lucky for them, many B&Bs are now offering stay and play and hassle-free unlimited golf packages that will help them improve their golf handicaps. These luxurious getaways will help you work on your putting stroke, and simply enjoy a dinner overlooking stunning fairways.

Bourbon Manor Bed & Breakfast Inn, Bardstown, KY


Old Fashioned, Manhattan, and Mint Julep. Just as these classic and refreshing drinks help you unwind after a long day, so too does the charming Bourbon Manor Bed & Breakfast Inn in Bardstown, KY. This historic bed and breakfast features ten spirit-themed, spacious guestrooms decorated with antique treasures, overlooking the beautiful private grounds. Reserve your tee times and a cart of your choice at My Old Kentucky Home State Park, which features 6,351 yards of golf, or the 120-acre Lincoln Homestead State Park. After working up an appetite, enjoy a delectable dinner at one of the nearby quality restaurants of your choice. Then relax in your private Jacuzzi tub for some quiet teatime as you think about your morning tee off. Don’t forget to add a shot of bourbon to your nightcap. After all, you are in the Bourbon capital of the world.

The LODGE at Spirit Hollow, Burlington, IA

The LODGE at Spirit Hollow, framed by the beautiful Mississippi River Valley, delivers an exhilarating, challenging, and rewarding golf experience. Rolling hills and natural streams offer the perfect setting for unlimited golf the day you arrive in Burlington, IA. Choose from 8 guestrooms that feature original paintings of golf’s greatest players, all with amazing views of the course. The deck overlooking the beautiful grounds is the perfect respite after a day full of chunks. Fuel up before your next round with dinner at The Claret Jug, the private dining room for guests of the Lodge and the Cabins, named in honor for the Open Championship. This hassle-free getaway helps guests retire for the evening with visions of birdies dancing in their head. The LODGE, ranked number two in Iowa by Golf Digest and Golf Week, is truly a golf enthusiasts dream.

Blessings on State Bed & Breakfast, Jacksonville, IL


Hallelujah! Southern charm and hospitality are on full display at Blessings on State Bed & Breakfast. This beautiful 120-year-old mansion in Jacksonville, IL, features suites that invite guests to take in the rich history and culture in the heart of the Midwest. Antique chandeliers, private sitting rooms, and an inviting deep slipper tub will transport you back to a time of indulgence and decadence. Play some early bird golf on Saturday at The Links in Jacksonville’s Nichol’s Park so you can spend your afternoon and evening visiting the Underground Railroad sites, watching stock car races at the Jacksonville Raceway, or following the steps of Abraham Lincoln as you explore exhibits. Before you retire for the night to your feather-topped bed, schedule you’re A.M. tee time, then count your blessing that tomorrow is another opportunity to face the course again. Maybe you’ll even make that elusive hole-in-one. Amen to that!

York Harbor Inn, York Harbor, ME


Experience golf in the grand style of Scotland and Ireland at York Harbor Inn in picturesque coastal Maine. The natural landscape exudes beauty and inspires greatness on this par 71/6500-yard championship course. Choose from six separate lodges with ocean and beach views, or the main inn, which offers 22 guest rooms featuring such amenities as fireplaces and private baths. Take in the beauty within the walls of the inn then embrace it again on The Outlook Golf Course in South Berwick, Maine. Your seacoast golf experience includes 18 holes of golf with a cart for two players. Spend the day perfecting your swing on a traditional golf course then enjoy a lovely ocean view dinner at the 1637 Restaurant. If you prefer a more relaxed vibe, venture below deck to the Ship’s Cellar Pub in the lower level of the inn. After spending hours on the links, sinking into a comfortable leather chair is the perfect way to end the day. No need to check your scorecard to know that this getaway is an ace.

Friday, July 14, 2017

If there is one West Coast city worthy enough to roam every inch of, it’s San Francisco. Thanks to an endless stream of unique attractions and nearly 1 million vibrant residents, the “city by the bay” played host to a record number of travelers in 2016 – 34.9 million people to be exact – and with so much to see and do, that number is expected to break yet another record in 2017. From famed attractions such as the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz, San Fran is undoubtedly the crown jewel of the bay area and an international tourism icon. But there’s more to this progressive city than notable landmarks and attractions. Eccentric festivals, a salt-brined artist’s workshop along the coast, innovative industries and a booming tech economy coupled with stunning scenery, progressive individuals, and salty waves, you’d be remiss not to take part in discovering one of the most enchanting coastal cities in America. Make the most of your getaways to the coastal shore of Southern California and let us help you navigate the best things to see, do, and where to stay.

What to Do:


Kick-off your getaway in San Francisco in the SoMa neighborhood, which is short for South of Market. Stretching from Market to Townsend and Embarcadero to Eleventh Street, this trendy neighborhood boasts a patchwork stylish nightlife, art galleries, several museums, shops, and more. Admire over 30,000 pieces of breathtaking contemporary art at the newly renovated San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Catch a ballgame (and an incredibly gorgeous view of the bay) at AT&T Park, home to the world-champion Giants. After, take a few steps from the park and soak up the San Francisco sun at The Yard, an outdoor space brimming with top eateries and a brewery.

You can’t spend a weekend in San Francisco without walking along the iconic Golden Gate Bridge. The best way to see it? By bike. Rent some wheels and cycle over the bridge before taking a quick walk to Golden Gate Park, which some would say is the “Central Park of California”. From scenic trails to picturesque picnic spots to gardens, courts, and even museums, there’s enough to see and do to spend an entire day exploring.

Named after generations of fishermen that sold their daily catches on the harbor many years ago, Pier 39 on Fisherman’s Wharf, is the number one leading attraction according to SanFranciscoTravel. Featuring plenty of shops and restaurant options, the pier also includes expansive bay views.

From the pier, catch a boat to another iconic San Francisco attraction: Alcatraz. A must-see for tourists, Alcatraz, the former federal prison that housed some of the nation’s most notorious criminals (we’re talking about you, Al Capone), is a piece of American history set on the small, rocky Alcatraz Island. Get up close and personal with interactive cells, voiced over by inmates and prison guards, and enjoy the complimentary audio tour, free with your ferry ticket.

Did you know that San Francisco is home to the largest Chinatown outside of Asia? Boasting the oldest and most expansive Chinatown in America, this San Fran neighborhood is lined with an impressive display or market shops, specialty stores, restaurants, and stunning Chinese architecture.

Where to Stay:


“Our valued guests will tell you…Life has a slower pace a little further uptown (1-12 blocks), in the Pacific Heights neighborhood”, says the owner of The Queen Anne Hotel. For those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of downtown, this charming property offers guests a quiet, elegant retreat. Noted for excellent dining options, Jazz District, and grand Victorian mansions lining the streets, this luxurious property exudes a timelessly romantic and stately ambiance similar to the style that the Gold Rush brought to San Francisco in the 1800’s. Blending luxury and history, a stay at The Queen Anne Hotel brings forth unforgettable memories of a bygone era. Furnished with heirloom vintage antiques and modern conveniences such as free WiFi, flat-screen TV’s, luxurious bathrooms, and more, each guest room or suite features engaging spaces flooded with natural light. Wake up each morning to a delectable continental breakfast and take advantage of the properties 24-hour front desk service, a concierge desk, valet dry cleaning, afternoon tea & sherry, and parking access (both self and nearby).

Set in an upscale yet quiet and residential neighborhood of San Francisco, My Rosegarden Guest Rooms is located in a part of the city known for its scenic walks with views of the Golden Gate Bridge and the Pacific Ocean. Centrally located among great restaurants, shops, and public transportation, this B&B is the perfect option for travelers looking to experience the heart of the city and all of its attractions without having to stress about proximity. Situated next to Presidio, which is now a National Park, and within walking distance to the beautiful Golden Gate Park, My Rosegarden Guest Rooms serves as a comfortably quaint haven for summer travelers. Breakfast is a pure delight -  a feast for both the eyes and the stomach – with staples including everything from vibrant fruit to freshly brewed coffee and tea, eggs, scrumptious coffee cakes, tortes or quiche, set in the warm persimmon colored dining room. The inns signature breakfast, the San Francisco Sourdough Waffles, are a guest favorite and always made with local fruits purchased when in-season.

Take a step back in time at The Inn San Francisco and experience the elegant experience of the Victorian era. Originally built in the early 1870’s, this historic twenty-seven room Italianate Victorian bed and breakfast is set among nearby Bay Area attractions and activities including fantastic eateries, museums, theaters, shops, and convenient public transportation. Ranging from charming to cozy and intimate, each guest room is individually designed to reflect its own unique atmosphere. Relax on the inn’s rooftop sun deck, where you can see sprawling views of Twin Peaks, Cathedral Hall, City Hall, Union Square, the Financial District and The Bay Bridge. Centrally located, The Inn San Francisco allows guests to experience the surrounding neighborhoods of the city: Noe Valley, The Castro, The Civic Center, and South of Market.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Going out west this summer? Whether you’re planning to soak in some spectacular Canyon vistas, looking to dip your toes into the Pacific or hoping to hang in a hammock alongside the Rocky Mountains, you can be sure you’ll satisfy your wanderlust with a journey out West. Listen to some tunes in Seattle, explore the country’s largest ponderosa forest in Flagstaff and be sure to take in those views in The City Above the Clouds. We’ve rounded up some of the top West Coast destinations and the best places to stay. Here are our top picks:

Flagstaff, Arizona

Set along the base of the beautiful San Francisco Peaks, Flagstaff is home to the longest stretch of America’s famed scenic byway, Route 66, and the country’s largest ponderosa pine forest. With plenty of opportunity for fresh air fun, Flagstaff is a stone’s throw away from seven national parks and monuments and only 80 miles from the Grand Canyon. Add to that a historic, pedestrian-friendly downtown teeming with eclectic architecture, a dose of college-town flavor and plenty of laid-back charm and you’ve found yourself a perfect northern Arizonian escape. For an absolutely charming B&B getaway, head to England House Bed and Breakfast in the heart of the city. Whether you’re in town for sightseeing, skiing or shopping, England House Bed and Breakfast offers a perfect locale, plenty of character and a home-cooked, gourmet breakfast. Plus, you’re sure to enjoy the endless supply of fresh-baked cookies.

Woodland Park, Colorado

Nestled on the North side of Pikes Peak, Woodland Park, known as the City Above the Clouds , offers the perfect mountain getaway surrounded by unspoiled wilderness. Just 20 minutes up the Ute Pass from Colorado Springs, Woodland Park serves as a hub for outdoor recreation as well as a vibrant arts community. With its hometown charm, deep blue skies and fresh mountain air Woodland Park provides a pretty spectacular hideaway in the Rocky Mountains. And for some luxe accommodations with a coveted 9000- foot vista of Pikes Peak, head to Pikes Peak Paradise for a secluded, mountainside retreat. Each room is equipped with private hot tubs; fireplaces, decks and 1200 thread count sheets. Plus, you’ll enjoy a full gourmet breakfast in the morning and four hours of complimentary beer or wine with dessert in the evening.

Seattle, Washington

No doubt, Seattle is a sightseer’s paradise. The Pacific Northwest city composed of culture, scenery and a healthy dose of quirkiness has so much to offer from the Seattle Great Wheel to the nine-acre Pike Place Market. Take a walk on the waterfront. Enjoy more than 400 works in the city’s public art collection lining public parks, bridges, and streets. Listen to the contemporary sounds of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra. You’d better get started because there really is so much to see in the Emerald City. For a room with a view, head to Three Tree Point Bed & Breakfast tucked on a quiet hillside overlooking Puget Sound. From your private unit, equipped with a kitchen, living room, bedroom and bath, soak in some panoramic views of Mount Rainier and the Olympic Mountains. And, if you happen to be visiting Three Tree Point Bed & Breakfast during the summer, check out the Seattle International Beerfest at Fisher Pavilion or Bumbershoot, a festival of music, comedy and the arts.

Beaverton, Oregon

Just outside of Portland is the city of Beaverton. Tucked in between the West Hills and Tualatin Valley farmland, Beaverton is more than Portland’s next-door neighbor. Believe it or not, this place is just as diverse and dynamic as Portland, named “one of the best places to live” by Money Magazine. Beyond the quaint downtown shopping district dotted with boutiques and local eateries, miles of trails weave through forest groves and more than 100 city parks, beckoning you to ditch the car and explore the city on foot. After getting a dose of fresh air, check-in to the Cornerstone Bed and Breakfast, nestled in the Willamette Wine Country. Stay in one of three themed rooms celebrating Oregon’s history and enjoy bucolic views from the wraparound porch.

Westport, California

With the Redwoods, Scenic California Highway One and the sandy beaches of the Pacific Coast, you really can’t go wrong in Westport, California. If you’re planning a summer getaway, look no further than the Howard Creek Ranch Inn. Ribboned with miles of beach and mountains on the beautiful Mendocino Coast, Howard Creek Ranch Inn is a historic, 60-acre ocean front paradise. Visit the properties award-winning gardens or take a stroll over the 75-foot swinging footbridge over Howard Creek. Feeling adventurous? Head out on horseback along the beach or through mountains. Soak in the splendor of the 60-mile long stretch of wilderness. It’s as good for the soul as the full ranch breakfast.

Monday, July 10, 2017

There are over 60 boardwalks dotting America’s coastlines that have lured seaside-goers for more than a century. Whether visiting an iconic summertime destination like Coney Island or a quaint Cape Cod oasis like Sandwich, boardwalks offer both a quintessentially American summer experience and a time-honored way to experience classic seaside pleasures like vinegar fries, carousels and saltwater taffy. Here are some of the top U.S. boardwalks to visit this summer and B&Bs offering a cozy place to retreat after a day of strolling.

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, California

Stroll along the historic Santa Cruz Boardwalk and you’re sure to find postcard-perfect views of the sand and sea. Slip back a century listening to the original Ruth & Sohn band organ play alongside the classic Looff carousel or climb aboard the Giant Dipper, California’s oldest wooden coaster circa 1924. The Santa Cruz Boardwalk was created more than a century ago as the West Coast answer to Coney Island. Which holds fairly true-if Coney Island had palm trees, balmy breezes, and Monterey Bay. The Boardwalk — named the No. 1 Boardwalk on USA Today’s 2016 Reader’s Choice list –has attracted scores of beach-going tourists. For true seaside serenity, check in to the West Cliff Inn, a distinctive Santa Cruz bed and breakfast perfectly placed on a bluff across from Cowell’s Beach and the famous Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. “West Cliff Inn’s perch down the street from the lighthouse gives guests a splendid view of the beach below, and famous Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk beyond. We’re only a mile from the Boardwalk’s classic 1924 wooden roller coaster and other attractions, a nice stroll for those who want a little exercise before enjoying the rides (and indulging in seriously yummy garlic fries). There is so much to do in this area, from local wine tasting to visiting the Surfing Museum, but spending a day on the Boardwalk is still on everyone’s must-do list,” Four Sisters Inns President Shelley Post says.

Sandwich Boardwalk, Massachusetts

Nestled on the bay side of Cape Cod, the Sandwich Boardwalk offers visitors postcard-worthy seascapes in lieu of Ferris wheels and cotton candy. Originally built in 1875, the Sandwich Boardwalk, sometimes called the “Plank Walk,” is about 1350 feet in length, crossing Mill Creek and the marsh before leading to the Town Beach on Cape Cod Bay. Destroyed in Hurricane Bob in 1991, the boardwalk was rebuilt with support from locals whose names and messages are now inscribed on the wood planks leading out to the beach. Stretching over low windswept dunes flecked with rugosa roses, the Sandwich Boardwalk offers some of the most coveted views of Cape Cod Bay. Watch the marsh grass sway against a hazy summer backdrop. Toward the end, you can look out over the bay as it winds around the beach with views of Sandy Neck, Wellfleet beyond the stone jetties and canal entrance. When visiting the Cape’s oldest seaside village, head to the 1750 Inn at Sandwich Center, which is just a short stroll away from the Sandwich Boardwalk. “Guests at our inn love the fact that they can walk to the Sandwich Boardwalk. The walk there winds through the marsh where the warm, salty breeze carries the scent of beach roses. The boardwalk itself crosses Mill Creek and leads over to the dunes of Cape Cod Bay. It is a magical place,” 1750 Inn at Sandwich Center innkeeper Jan Preus says.

Wildwoods Boardwalk, New Jersey

A true sensory overload of tantalizing sights, sounds and smells, Wildwoods Boardwalk hosts one of the kitschiest boardwalks in the country. Stretching two and a half miles of neon splendor, the boardwalk packs in all the shoreline classics from funnel cakes to arcades. There’s also the famous Wildwoods Boardwalk Sightseer Tram Cars – known for the phrase “Watch the Tram Car, Please!” A playground for adults and children alike, the Wildwood Boardwalk has often made the travel Top 10 lists and Trip Advisor offering visitors some of the best seaside entertainment on the East Coast. Just blocks away from the beach, boardwalk, and amusement parks, The Sea Gypsy bed and breakfast offers a romantic getaway in the heart of the Wildwoods.

Myrtle Beach Oceanfront Boardwalk & Promenade, South Carolina

New to the boardwalk scene, the palm-lined Myrtle Beach Oceanfront Boardwalk & Promenade has brought new life into the Grand Strand beachfront since opening in 2010. With a myriad of souvenir shops, arcades and an oceanfront park near the 2nd Avenue Pier, the 1.2-mile walkway plays host to live entertainment each summer evening. On any given night you’ll enjoy the tawdry sideshows of roaming stilt walkers, jugglers, bagpipers, and a weekly fireworks display. Still, the overwhelming favorite is Peaches Corner, a Myrtle Beach institution since 1937. Head there for beloved for root beer floats and foot-long hot dogs. With its close proximity from Myrtle Beach entertainment, shopping and, of course, the beach, the Serendipity Inn offers a quiet retreat and a convenient locale. “Folks enjoy staying here because it’s quiet and close to the beach, but far enough away for some privacy. There’s plenty of entertainment, lots of nice restaurants and the boardwalk is about four miles south of us,” Serendipity Inn innkeeper Phill Mullins said. “People love to go for walks along the boardwalk and finish the day with an ice cream cone.”

Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk, Delaware

A mid-Atlantic beauty first built in 1873, the mile-long boardwalk in Rehoboth Beach has recently undergone a facelift. Lined with yellow pine herringbone planks, the Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk itself might be new, but the vintage feel remains the same, with throwbacks like Funland, Surfside Arcade, and Dolle’s, a favorite for caramel corn, chocolate-covered pretzels and saltwater taffy since 1926. Located right in the heart of Rehoboth Beach, the Rehoboth Guest House offers a romantic retreat in a charming Victorian house just steps from the Atlantic. “With our location being close to the boardwalk plus being close to the beach—guests just love it,” Rehoboth Guest House Innkeeper Tom Napier-Collins says. “And guests just love our gardens. When you walk outside here, you’ll think you’re stepping into Key West.”

Ocean City Boardwalk, Maryland

Thronged with beachgoers on summer evenings, the three-mile promenade at the southern tip of Ocean City, Maryland is considered one of the best boardwalks in the country. Thrasher’s, a perennial favorite since 1929, serves up twice-fried French fries doused in apple cider vinegar while Mug & Mallet dishes up terrific Maryland blue crabs by the bucket, just steps from the beach. With so much packed into this wooden boardwalk, you’ll find visitors queuing up for a spin aboard the Herschel-Spellman carousel built in 1902, indulging in hand-dipped doughnuts at Fractured Prune and revisiting shipwrecks at the Ocean City Life-Saving Station Museum. Just one block from the Ocean City Boardwalk is the Atlantic House Bed & Breakfast. While 10 miles of a beautiful sandy beach is only a short stroll away, you enjoy still enjoy your morning coffee in privacy in the inn’s sunroom, where a delicious home-style breakfast buffet is served daily. “The Atlantic House is a historic building, it’s super homey, and we are only one block from the beach and the boardwalk. It’s a one stop place for the beach, the boardwalk, the food, and the sunsets,” Atlantic House Bed & Breakfast innkeeper said.

Friday, July 7, 2017

If you’re headed south this summer, you’ll find that the folks living in the region are as warm as the weather. From the foothills of the Smoky Mountains to the banks of the Mississippi, a sweet summertime escape to the South awaits. Connect with history, feast on decadent dishes and recharge on a front porch with a glass of sweet tea. We’ve rounded up some of the top destinations in Southern cities and the best places to stay. Here are our top picks:

Asheville, North Carolina

Known for its vibrant art scene, historic architecture, fine shopping, spectacular dining, and the legendary Biltmore Estate, it’s no wonder why Asheville was dubbed as one of the “coolest cities in the South”. A short stroll from downtown Asheville and you’ll stumble upon the incredibly sweet Carolina Bed & Breakfast. With its yellow stucco exterior and almost an acre of lush gardens, the 1901 Arts and Crafts Style B&B is the kind of place you visit for wonderful conversation, great food, and a good front porch. In a town like Asheville, which prides itself as a foodie haven, the Carolina Bed & Breakfast has earned a reputation for cuisine that’s creative, fresh and prepared with love. From its sumptuous breakfasts to its hot and cold canapés that range from coconut shrimp to peach ricotta bruschetta, the inn believes that food is a celebration. Enjoy a leisurely stay in one of the inns six well-appointed rooms featuring original artwork and antiques.

Sevierville, Tennessee

One of Tennesee’s best-kept foodie secrets and famously known as Dolly Parton’s hometown, the small town of Sevierville nestled in The Smoky Mountains offers travelers an ideal southern summer escape. At the crossroads of local heritage and hospitality, you’ll find Blue Mountain Mist Country Inn and Cottages. Picture sitting in a rocking chair on a wraparound porch, a cup of coffee in hand, watching as blue mist emerges from the valleys. Or imagine listening to the birds sing while sipping on a refreshing glass of Southern sweet tea? Or maybe you’d like to indulge in a slice of Blue Mist Cream Cake? Sounds pretty good, doesn’t it? The inn’s 10,000 square foot Victorian farmhouse features 12 rooms and five romantic cottages in the rolling foothills of East Tennessee. Your shady hammock awaits.

New Orleans, Louisiana

Effortlessly blending both the past and present with plenty of Nawlin’s flare, Avenue Inn Bed and Breakfast transports guests back to a time of antebellum and Southern splendor. Tucked in the heart of the Garden District, and nestled among the centuries-old oaks on the famed St. Charles Avenue Streetcar line, this 1891 Thomas Sully mansion offers turn-of-the-century charm to match its historic location. Stroll down to Magazine Street to find specialty boutiques and bistros, and start each morning with a delicious continental breakfast served on the Creole-style veranda. After a day of exploring NOLA, retreat to your uniquely furnished room for a great night’s rest.

Savannah, Georgia

With its emerald tree canopy, quaint cobblestone streets and historic beauty, it’s easy to fall in love with the city of Savannah. With plenty of local activities, charm, and beauty, the beloved coastal city offers something for everyone to indulge in. Nestled in the heart of the historic district on Oglethorpe Square, The President’s Quarters Inn features 16 richly appointed suites, each named after a United States President who has visited the city. Several rooms feature private balconies overlooking the courtyard garden. You can expect a gourmet breakfast made-to-order each morning, enjoyed in the historic inn’s front parlor, or in the courtyard gazebo, relax with afternoon hors d’oeuvres and wine, and indulge in evening cordials and your nightly turndown service.

Natchez, Mississippi

Brimming with spectacular river views and a rich history, the storied Magnolia State town of Natchez beckons travelers looking for to dive into a truly distinctive Southern story. From its vantage point on the highest bluff of the Mississippi River, this Southern town is home to countless eateries, shops, live music festivals, and more. Escape to quieter times and a place rich in both history and comfort at Devereaux Shields House. In a city known for its architecture, the inn is a lovely Queen Anne Victorian home set on pristinely manicured gardens lush in Natchez crepe myrtles and camellias. Enjoy your stay in the main house or Aunt Clara’s Cottage, a four-room guest cottage with a lovely front porch. The inn is a short stroll to the Mississippi River Bluff, the old town center and both the Historic and Garden districts of Natchez.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

From long, sunny days to bonfires at sunset, and spectacular fireworks to barbecues, there’s no wrong way to start off the summer season, but if you’re asking us, lounging poolside at a beautiful B&B sounds like a pretty good start. In celebration of the summer solstice, we’ve rounded up some of the coolest bed and breakfast pools.

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