Baby, it’s cold outside! With the temperatures dropping, travelers will be looking for a cozy place to relax at the end of the day. From rustic to modern, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite B&B fireplaces that bring on the warmth and provide the ideal setting.
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Two Meeting Street Inn
Have a soft spot for Southern hospitality, sweet tea, and maybe some oysters? Then make sure you add Charleston, SC to the top of your travel bucket list. This beautiful city has triumphed over various natural disasters as well as wars, revolutions, and even pirate encounters. Pretty impressive, right? See and hear these stories come to life as you stroll down the cobbled stone streets visiting the well-preserved plantations, historic homes, vast steeples, high-end restaurants, rustic outdoor cafes, lavish shops and boutiques.
What to Do
- A Hole In One: The first place to play golf in America was Charleston, SC, which means playing on their courses will be an experience of a lifetime. Visit Coosaw Creek Golf Course, a member-owned course, where you can enjoy yourself on challenging greens that have numerous trees and wetland obstacles.
- Our Story Starts Here: See America’s first museum, The Charleston Museum, where you can learn about the South Carolina Lowcountry through their notable exhibitions, collections, and educational events.
- Charleston White Oysters: You can’t pass up Charleston’s fresh and delectable seafood dishes, especially their oysters, which have been the talk of the town for about 300 years. Sit back and enjoy the fresh air at the Oyster House on Market as you sample oysters from across the country and savor some cold refreshing drinks.
- The Heart of Charleston’s Artistic Life: America’s first theater, The Dock Street Theater, is said to be one of the most haunted places in the city. Today, you can enjoy live performances at the renovated Charleston Stage at the Dock.
Where to Stay
Two Meeting Street Inn is an eloquent Queen Anne mansion with an ideal street name, making it perfect for a romantic escape or even a memorable honeymoon getaway. The inn offers an exceptional location in walking distance to various local attractions including the Battery waterfront, fine dining, and historic museums. Guestrooms feature cozy four-poster canopy beds, elegant ornamental fireplaces, 12-foot ceilings, and classic furnishings. Personalized service, continental breakfast, a Lowcountry afternoon tea, and lavish surroundings round out the amenities.
Thomas Lamboll House Bed & Breakfast
Thomas Lamboll House Bed & Breakfast is located downtown in the heart of the historic district just off the Battery, allowing guests to take in a mixture of nearby attractions including waterfront views, numerous restaurants, and chic shops. There are two guestrooms onsite featuring private baths, comfortable queen-size beds, and French doors that open onto the third-floor piazza. Additional amenities range from a delicious hearty breakfast each morning to original wood floors and doors, antique furniture, and Old World-style architecture.
Willough Vale Inn & Restaurant
The season of giving is officially under way in all its glory! That means there will be plenty of parties and exciting events to attend to. If you end up hosting one yourself, you’ll need a few classic cocktail recipes that are easy to concoct. That’s where our friends at Willough Vale Inn & Restaurant in Westmore, VT come in handy as your holiday helpers.
Their simple recipe for Gil’s Manhattan is completely manageable – and mouth watering. It’s one of the many drinks guests can indulge in at Gil’s Bar & Grill onsite, coupled with a menu that includes enticing appetizers, salads and pub fare specialties. This four-season inn, a hidden gem in the Green Mountain State, also features warm hospitality, lakeside accommodations, and breathtaking mountain views in an exquisite natural setting on the stunning shores of Lake Willoughby.
1/4 oz. Sweet vermouth
2 oz. Makers Mark Kentucky Bourbon
1 dash Angostura bitters
Chill a cocktail glass or fill a rocks glass with ice. Add all ingredients together and stir until cold. Garnish with a cherry on top.
Hofsas House Hotel
Want to be more festive this holiday season? Then the art of creating holiday gingerbread houses is where it’s at. You know you want an excuse for the sweet smell of crisp gingerbread and vanilla icing dancing from room to room in your home. So sit back and take a stroll down memory lane as you adventure out into a land of colorful gumdrop shingles, candy cane doors, and peppermint windows. Doesn’t this sound like the perfect holiday treat for you and your loved ones? Well, you’re in luck because Carrie Theis, owner and general manager of Hofsas House Hotel in Carmel, CA, is an expert on holiday spirit and designing the perfect gingerbread house!
For five years, Hofsas House Hotel has held their Gingerbread Decorating Charity Event for the Carmel Public Library. All of the donations from the festivities go to the Carmel Library Foundation, which raises funds to provide free library services for the Carmel Public Library. With donations ranging from $5 to $10 and to even $25, they provide hot crisp cider, homemade baked cookies, a gingerbread house making kit with all the fixings, as well as wine and cheese for the adults. Don’t worry, it’s not too late to join them for this year’s Gingerbread Decorating Charity Event which is on Saturday, December 3rd, 2016. Check out some of Carrie’s helpful holiday tips below.
Holiday Tips to A Stress-Free Gingerbread House:
Tip 1: Carrie’s big secret to the perfect gingerbread house is plain and simple: get a gingerbread house kit. Yes, you heard it right. If you really think about it, a holiday event like this isn’t supposed to be about stressing over how your walls are falling or if your roof is burnt. It’s supposed to be stress-free, creative, and of course, lots and lots of fun! Carrie feels the “fun is in the decorating, not the building”, so go to your nearest food store and pick yourself up a gingerbread house kit and let the fun begin.
Tip 2: More sweets are always a great idea during the holiday season, so make sure you have plenty to get those creative juices going. Even though the gingerbread kits come with sweets and goodies, Carrie personally supplies MORE to allow everyone to get as creative as possible. She enjoys using treats like pretzels, shredded coconut, fruit loops, and even Frosted Mini-Wheats. See how festive that roof looks above!
Tip 3: To get creative, you have to feed your mind. Literally feeding your mind and having munchies around is a great idea. It’s always good to encourage everyone, even yourself, with a treat. Any delicacy would do the trick like a homemade cookie, a cup of hot cocoa, or even a mimosa.
William Henry Miller Inn
After a year of reinvention and hard labor, The William Henry Miller Inn was finally ready for business in 1999. Owner & Innkeeper, Lynnette Scofield, has turned this once privately owned home into a home-away-from-home for her various guests. This month we featured an interview with the innkeeper in our December Guest Newsletter. For those of you wanting more, we’ve included a few more responses from the Q&A session for our blog readers to enjoy.
Q: When you’re not busy hosting guests, what are some of the things you do in your free time?
A: Paying taxes I guess. I have two other properties…a little lake house and a condo where I have never spent a night (but I get to pay taxes on those). Other than that – reading, reading, reading. As silly as it sounds, I love reading menus to inspire our breakfasts. I just finished chairing my second United Way campaign where we raised $2.2 million for our county of 100,000. Have to say that I loved every minute.
Q: If there was a movie produced about your life, who would play you and why?
A: Kathy Bates. She loves to eat too, and I think we both have the same sense of humor.
Q: What’s the most difficult part of your job?
A: Not having much of a social life. I can’t just drop things and go when a friend calls. The other hard part is things breaking, like hot water heaters and furnaces. AAAAAACCCKKK!
Our December Guest Newsletter has hit the airwaves. Just in time for the holidays, this edition features the info on giving the gift of travel; an introduction from our CEO Mary White to two new inns who have re-joined our “family” (Carole’s Bed and Breakfast in San Diego, CA and Scranton Seahorse Inn in Madison, CT); the latest installment of Innkeeper Interviews with the lovely Lynnette Scofield of The William Henry Miller Inn in Ithaca, NY; and a crave-worthy Chocolate Crispy Delights recipe from our friends at 1785 Inn in North Conway, NH, which was recently featured on the popular food site Epicurious.com ─ so yummy!
You will also read about Staying Local and Loyal at York Harbor Inn in York Harbor, ME; What To Do in Winter, Bed and Breakfast Edition; how to Find Your Inner Chef in The Hidden Kitchen at Inn at Weathersfield in Perkinsville, VT; 10 Breathtaking B&B’s for The Big Day; and more. There is plenty here to pique every B&B lover’s interest!
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While many inns across the country have full-service spas onsite, some B&B bathrooms have become spas in their own right- jetted tubs, plush towels, robes, and ultra-luxe privileges like spectacular views. They serve as peaceful places where you don’t have to see others, a proverbial getaway from your getaway. These bathrooms are equipped with some seriously commodious spaces where guests can retreat to, wash away the grit of the day, and ready themselves for a restful slumber. From Massachusetts to Washington, here is our roundup of the most luxurious inn bathrooms.
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Lakehouse Inn & Winery
We could all use a little R&R right about now (post-election stress, anyone?). The holidays will be here sooner than you think…and with that comes the frustration of finding the perfect gifts for your loved ones and spending countless hours cooking, wrapping, and shopping. On Friday, January 27th and Saturday, January 28th, the Lakehouse Inn & Winery in Geneva, Ohio welcomes guests to relax, recharge and refuel with their two-night Winter Health & Wellness Retreat. It’s the perfect getaway for those looking for an escape from the normal routine and to savor some quality resting time. Enjoy fabulous sunsets over Lake Erie while lounging on the decks and relax by the fireplace in the great room.
The package includes lodging for two nights and all meals are provided, from dinner on Friday through breakfast on Sunday, by the wonderful farm-to-table restaurant on site, Crosswinds Grille. Guests will also take part in two separate yoga classes as well as nutrition and wellness classes. Spa services will also be available at the on-site spa and include everything from massages and facials to hair, nail and body treatments.
Rates start at $859 (plus tax and gratuity) for double occupancy and $549 (plus tax and gratuity) for single occupancy.
Today marks an important occasion in our country – Veterans Day. It was created specifically to demonstrate our gratitude and appreciation for all of the dedicated and challenging work our men and women of the military perform all year long. They put their lives on the line to ensure our safety and freedom, and we could not be more grateful for their service. For the BnBFinder team, this subject is one that’s near and dear to our hearts, as well as our industry. There are B&B’s all across the country who support the cause through the B&B’s for Vets program. Many also provide discounts and amenities to military families all year long. BnBFinder has a designated area on our website where you can find information about them – Military Specials (click here for more info) – and we ourselves also give back in other ways as well. It is with heartfelt thanks that we salute everyone in uniform today, and always.
Veteran Garry Black with innkeeper Ginger
Veteran Garry Black was awarded a “Wake Up Someplace Special” gift certificate from BnBFinder, and this year he decided to spend a tranquil overnight at Martha’s Vineyard Bed and Breakfast in South Haven, MI, located in the heart of majestic Michigan wine country. Gary served in the 1st Infantry of the Army during the years of 1971 to 1973. He stated that he had a wonderful stay, and that innkeeper Ginger “made us feel very welcome, a gracious host, and the food was wonderful!”