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These are the most charming bed and breakfasts in America
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Travel to these incredible inns and mansions for a romantic getaway or adventure-filled weekend.

Just the mention of the term bed-and-breakfast conjures up images of plush linens gracing four-poster beds and fluffy three-egg omelets served with hot homemade muffins. Cozier than large resorts or hotels, these properties offer an inviting, intimate environment where innkeepers are often present to look after every guest. Whether you’re seeking a luxurious coastal retreat, a stately historic mansion in the city, or a private enclave in the countryside or mountains, these 31 notable bed-and-breakfasts will entice you to pack your bags and go.

The Queen Victoria Bed & Breakfast in Cape May is the most charming bed and breakfast in America
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The Queen Victoria Bed & Breakfast: Cape May, New Jersey

This elegant property is a great home base for exploring the seaside town of Cape May, New Jersey. The Queen Victoria Bed & Breakfast features 31 rooms spread across three 18th-century, Victorian-style buildings, creating an unforgettable bed-and-breakfast experience. Begin the day with a hearty buffet breakfast before venturing out to the beach, which is just one block south. In the afternoon, return to the inn to enjoy tea with savory bites and sweets, or if you’re up for an adventure, consider a whale watching excursion or a trip to New Jersey’s wine region.

Address: 102 Ocean St., Cape May, NJ 08204

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Travel to these incredible inns and mansions for a romantic getaway or adventure-filled weekend.

Just the mention of the term bed-and-breakfast conjures up images of plush linens gracing four-poster beds and fluffy three-egg omelets served with hot homemade muffins. Cozier than large resorts or hotels, these properties offer an inviting, intimate environment where innkeepers are often present to look after every guest. Whether you’re seeking a luxurious coastal retreat, a stately historic mansion in the city, or a private enclave in the countryside or mountains, these 31 notable bed-and-breakfasts will entice you to pack your bags and go.

The Queen Victoria Bed & Breakfast: Cape May, New Jersey

This elegant property is a great home base for exploring the seaside town of Cape May, New Jersey. The Queen Victoria Bed & Breakfast features 31 rooms spread across three 18th-century, Victorian-style buildings, creating an unforgettable bed-and-breakfast experience. Begin the day with a hearty buffet breakfast before venturing out to the beach, which is just one block south. In the afternoon, return to the inn to enjoy tea with savory bites and sweets, or if you’re up for an adventure, consider a whale watching excursion or a trip to New Jersey’s wine region.

Address: 102 Ocean St., Cape May, NJ 08204

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Port d’Hiver Bed and Breakfast: Melbourne Beach, Florida

Plan a romantic getaway on a barrier island at this coastal bed-and-breakfast. Just steps away from the beach, Port D’Hiver offers 12 luxurious rooms and suites – some with ocean views – and a courtyard with a pool, a fire pit and a warm, inviting atmosphere. In addition to a delectable breakfast, the property provides freshly baked cookies, brownies and muffins all day and hosts an evening wine reception with light bites. What’s more, the property’s staff can arrange in-room massages for guests or help visitors book off-site services at a local spa. During the days, you can hit the beach or check out the restaurants and boutiques in historic downtown Melbourne.

Address: 201 Ocean Ave., Melbourne Beach, FL 32951

Nobnocket Boutique Inn: Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts

Open year-round, the Nobnocket Boutique Inn can be found on the island of Martha’s Vineyard, picturesquely perched atop a hill above Vineyard Haven Harbor. The chic, modern design of the inn’s five rooms and two suites is unique in contrast to the more traditional style often seen in other bed-and-breakfasts across the island. In the morning, guests can savor a gourmet breakfast with locally sourced products, including Chilmark coffee and homemade jams. While on the island, check out the harbor village of Tisbury and Martha’s Vineyard’s unique cultural district with shops, boutiques, restaurants, museums and more. You also won’t want to miss the colorful gingerbread-style cottages at Martha’s Vineyard Oak Bluffs Campground.

Address: 60 Mount Aldworth Road, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568

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Brampton Bed & Breakfast Inn: Chestertown, Maryland

Make reservations at this romantic bed-and-breakfast for a relaxing retreat along Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Situated on 35 picturesque acres, and featuring 13 rooms, suites and cottages, the Brampton Bed & Breakfast Inn is located just minutes from Chestertown, Maryland, a historic riverfront town. Enjoy a hearty breakfast before heading out to stroll along Main Street or attend one of the town’s year-round events or the local farmers and artisan market. Afterward, guests can return for afternoon tea with both sweet and savory snacks, including local oysters in season. Come nightfall, kick back by the inn’s fire pit, play board games or chat with the innkeepers to learn about the area.

Address: 25227 Chestertown Road, Chestertown, MD 21620

Nathaniel Lord Mansion: Kennebunkport, Maine

This historic mansion, once home to a sea captain, offers a welcome respite to relaxation seekers year-round. With 16 spacious and elegantly appointed rooms and suites, Nathaniel Lord Mansion is the perfect place to unwind after sightseeing around Kennebunkport, Maine. If you need a little help getting into vacation mode, take a morning yoga class in the carriage house or learn how to play bocce on the green. In the morning, enjoy a complimentary buffet breakfast and meet and mingle with new and returning guests. While in town, be sure to sample some of the area’s famous Maine lobster, especially in the months when it’s abundant – between June and December.

Address: 6 Pleasant St., Kennebunkport, ME 04046

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The Inn at Onancock: Onancock, Virginia

The former port town of Onancock, Virginia, is an ideal locale where visitors can begin their exploration of the natural beauty of Virginia’s Eastern Shore. Hosts at this quaint, five-room bed-and-breakfast start every guest’s day with butler tray service before serving a sit-down gourmet breakfast. In the evening, travelers can relax at the signature wine hour at the property or on board the property’s boat, Inn-Courage, for a cruise along Onancock Creek and the mouth of Chesapeake Bay during the warmer months. While in the area, plan to enjoy the coastal lifestyle by boat, bicycle or at the beach. And take time to visit Chincoteague Island to see the famous wild horses, the Chincoteague ponies.

Address: 30 North St., Onancock, VA 23417

Colette’s Bed & Breakfast: Port Angeles, Washington

Travelers can experience the unrivaled views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca at this romantic oceanfront property on the Olympic Peninsula. All five of the luxurious suites at Colette’s Bed & Breakfast feature water views, fireplaces and private patios. After a Pacific Northwest-inspired breakfast, guests should tour the 10-acre property and its gardens, which boast incredible Olympic Mountain Range vistas. Then, explore nearby Olympic National Park, the local wineries and the Sequim-Dungeness Valley, nicknamed the “Lavender Capital of North America.”

Address: 339 Finn Hall Road, Port Angeles, WA 98362

The Caldwell House Bed & Breakfast: Salisbury Mills, New York

Situated in the lower Hudson River Valley, this historic inn with 14 rooms combines many of its original details and antiques with new and luxe amenities. For a cozy stay, book a room with a fireplace and then in the morning, savor the Caldwell’s three-course breakfast in the formal dining room. After that, spend your vacation sampling wines along the Shawangunk Wine Trail and peruse the local antique shops and farmers markets. You can even book a hot air balloon ride to admire the valley from high above.

Address: 25 Orrs Mills Road, Salisbury Mills, NY 12577

The Governor’s House Inn: Charleston, South Carolina

This Georgian-style mansion-turned-restored inn brings more than 260 years of history to life. Many of the inn’s 11 rooms and suites feature period antiques, original heart of pine wood floors and four-poster beds. Several also have private sitting areas or balconies. Start your day in town with breakfast at a nearby restaurant (guests receive vouchers valid at four local restaurants), then after exploring historic Charleston, South Carolina, head back to the bed-and-breakfast to chat with other guests over the property’s low country-inspired wine and cheese hour.

Address: 117 Broad St., Charleston, SC 29401

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The Twelve Oaks: Covington, Georgia

Plan a weekend getaway to this historic antebellum mansion, found just 30 miles east of Atlanta. The 11,000-square-foot mansion, built in 1836 and equipped with eight rooms, aims to spoil its guests with luxurious amenities, including Egyptian cotton sheets and remote-controlled fireplaces. The mansion was also the inspiration for Twelve Oaks in “Gone with the Wind” and it’s been featured in several other films and ads. On balmy Southern afternoons, plan to join other guests for sips and nibbles at social hour. And while you’re at the property, check out downtown Covington, which has also been the backdrop for many movies and television shows, including “The Vampire Diaries” and “In the Heat of the Night.”

Address: 2176 Monticello St. SW, Covington, GA 30014

The Welsh Hills Inn: Granville, Ohio

Take in the scenery of the rolling Welsh Hills at this beautiful bed-and-breakfast, which houses six rooms and suites. The property is situated on 15 wooded acres with lush green valleys and spring-fed ponds, less than 40 miles northeast of Columbus, Ohio. You can stay active or remain passively relaxed thanks to a mix of amenities like a bocce ball court, a clay pigeon shooting range, or a fire pit and hammocks. The property hosts a complimentary wine and cheese social daily and massage services are also available. When you’re ready to venture outside the comfort of the inn, plan to visit the nearby New England-style village of Granville.

Address: 2133 Cambria Mill Road, Granville, OH 43023

The Verandas Bed & Breakfast: Wilmington, North Carolina

The owner of this eight-room antebellum mansion travels the world collecting antiques and art to decorate the bed-and-breakfast. Located in the center of Wilmington’s historic district, The Verandas Bed & Breakfast features a formal living room, a terrace, a piano room and a garden, in addition to its elegant guest rooms. In the mornings, the formal dining room table is set with fine china for guests to enjoy in-house specialties like individual cheese souffles with pesto and Parmesan cheese. After a leisurely breakfast, head out to stroll along Wilmington’s Riverwalk and then sample local seafood specialties for lunch or dinner at Seabird, a popular spot in town.

Address: 202 Nun St., Wilmington, NC 28401

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Rabbit Hill Inn: Lower Waterford, Vermont

This adults-only hideaway offers 19 romantic rooms and provides stellar views of New Hampshire’s White Mountains from its perch in northern Vermont. Cozy up by the fireplace with your plus-one or enjoy an in-room massage followed by dinner at the inn. After savoring a gourmet candlelit breakfast in the morning, explore the outdoors by bike, kayak or paddleboard, or go fishing on more than 40,000 acres of lakes and 4,000 miles of rivers. You can also opt for an all-terrain vehicle tour package to head off into the backcountry of Vermont and northern New Hampshire.

Address: 48 Lower Waterford Road, Lower Waterford, VT 05848

The Inn at Bowman’s Hill: New Hope, Pennsylvania

For the ultimate romantic getaway, plan a retreat to this 5-acre gated estate just 70 miles southwest of New York City and 40 miles north of Philadelphia. While on the property, you can wander the lush grounds or relax in one of the inn’s eight rooms and suites. Then, take time to discover the town of New Hope with its eclectic galleries and restaurants. In the morning, collect your eggs for a traditional English breakfast from the property’s flock of free-range hens.

Address: 518 Lurgan Road, New Hope, PA 18938

The Hoyt House Bed and Breakfast: Fernandina Beach, Florida

Moss-covered, more than 250-year-old live oak trees surround this elegant Victorian mansion, built in 1905 and located in downtown Fernandina Beach on Amelia Island. Beautiful gardens and a welcoming wraparound porch greet guests as they arrive. Reserve a room in one of 10 accommodations decorated in early 1900s-inspired furnishings. And after settling in, use one of the property’s complimentary bikes to cycle a few blocks east to the white sand beaches or take a walk down Centre Street to peruse the shops, boutiques and restaurants.

Address: 804 Atlantic Ave., Fernandina Beach, FL 32034

The Black Walnut Bed & Breakfast Inn: Asheville, North Carolina

Designed by Richard Sharp Smith, the supervising architect of Biltmore Estate, this historic bed-and-breakfast features eight bedrooms and public spaces decorated in the manner of an English country home. The English theme carries over into the dining options: The inn offers guests a hearty, made-from-scratch breakfast and afternoon tea, complete with hors-d’oeuvres and homemade baked goods, daily. Once you’ve gotten your fill, take a short walk to downtown to explore Asheville’s eclectic shops, galleries, and notable breweries and restaurants.

Address: 288 Montford Ave., Asheville, NC 28801

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The Old Wailuku Inn at Ulupono: Wailuku, Maui, Hawaii

Located in the heart of Maui, The Old Wailuku Inn at Ulupono is a welcoming alternative to the island’s big resort hotels. The historic inn was originally built as a private home in 1924. Now, it offers 10 guest rooms that blend the style of 1920s Hawaii with today’s modern amenities. Breakfast here is a treat, featuring plenty of local fruit, including Maui Gold Pineapples and fruit picked from the inn’s garden. Maui’s top highlights include driving the picturesque Road to Hana, visiting Haleakala National Park and snorkeling along the Molokini Crater and Turtle Town.

Address: 2199 Kaho’okele St., Wailuku, Maui, HI 96793

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Churchill Manor: Napa, California

Sample wines at local vineyards during the day and then return to this stately, 19th-century mansion to relax in style. Churchill Manor, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, sits just one block from the Napa River and is within walking distance of many Napa Valley restaurants and tasting rooms. The 10 beautifully appointed rooms are named after local wineries and include fireplaces and soaking tubs. In the morning, guests can enjoy a hearty, three-course breakfast on the veranda, and in the evening, chat with other guests during the property’s nightly wine and cheese reception.

Address: 485 Brown St., Napa, CA 94559

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The Inn at Sunrise Point: Lincolnville, Maine

Experience a quintessential coastal Maine vacation at this luxury bed-and-breakfast located on scenic Penobscot Bay. Situated along the rocky shoreline, the property features 12 uniquely decorated rooms, cottages and suites, all of which are equipped with fireplaces. Spend the day in the nearby coastal village of Camden, then return to relax and sip Champagne on the front porch of the main house or on your private deck. Come morning, take in the incredible sunrise before feasting on a delicious breakfast in the conservatory.

Address: 55 Sunrise Point Road, Lincolnville, ME 04849

The Cliffside Inn: Newport, Rhode Island

Relive the grandeur of Newport, Rhode Island’s Gilded Age with a getaway to this 1876 Victorian mansion. The historic inn features 16 elegant guest rooms all furnished with gas fireplaces. Other amenities at the property include a library, a parlor, a wraparound porch, an outdoor fireplace and a formal garden. Stroll along the scenic Cliff Walk and take in views of the ocean and beach, then make your way into town for cocktails and dinner at one of the waterfront restaurants. The next evening, don’t miss a memorable sunset cruise on Narragansett Bay.

Address: 2 Seaview Ave., Newport, RI 02840

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Vrooman Mansion: Bloomington, Illinois

For a step back in time, plan a road trip along iconic Route 66 with an overnight stay at the seven-room Vrooman Mansion in central Illinois. Built in 1869, with an addition constructed in 1900, the Vrooman Mansion is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Here, every guest receives a personal tour of the mansion and carriage house (if available), in addition to breakfast. Guests will also enjoy its central location, within walking distance to restaurants, museums and antique shops.

Address: 701 E. Taylor St., Bloomington, IL 61701

Willis Graves Bed & Breakfast: Burlington, Kentucky

Take a short, 16-mile drive southwest of Cincinnati to experience a quiet weekend getaway in northern Kentucky. Reserve one of five rooms in either the 1850s Federal-style home, a log cabin dating back to the 1830s or the garden cottage, which was built in 1940. The innkeeper is a chef, so breakfast is a real treat, starring specialty dishes made with local and organic ingredients. You can even take a cooking class during your visit. While here, travelers can sample Kentucky bourbon at nearby distilleries or simply kick back and relax.

Address: 5825 N. Jefferson St., Burlington, KY 41005

Old Monterey Inn: Monterey, California

The Monterey Peninsula offers much to see and do, but you may never want to leave this beautiful 10-room property. This English Tudor-style manor was built as a private home in 1929 and is surrounded by lush gardens and grand old trees. The accommodations highlight original architectural details, such as stained-glass windows and carved woodwork. Visitors should reserve time for a signature treatment at the on-site spa and then join guests by the fire for afternoon wine and hors d’oeuvres. While in town, spend a day at the Monterey Bay Aquarium and book a whale watching tour along the beautiful California coastline.

Address: 500 Martin St., Monterey, CA 93940

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

Plan a relaxing getaway to this idyllic country retreat, located just 25 miles southeast of Saugatauk in southwest Michigan. The lush property showcases 65 acres of gardens and wooded areas, as well as an 80-acre private lake. The interior decor varies by room, but most of the 10 rooms and suites feature fireplaces and two-person whirlpool tubs. Begin your day with a homemade breakfast before venturing out to sample craft beers at local breweries and wines at the area’s wineries. If you have time, treat yourself to a picnic on the bed-and-breakfast’s beautiful grounds.

Address: 340 Michigan state Route 40 South, Allegan, MI 49010

Stonecroft Country Inn: Ledyard, Connecticut

Reserve a room in the renovated post and beam Yellow Barn or the historic 1807 House at this secluded 10-room estate that stretches across 6 acres. The 1807 House includes original architectural features, and three rooms have wood-burning fireplaces. In the Yellow Barn, guest accommodations include fireplaces, bathrooms with Jacuzzi tubs and heated towel racks. In the morning, enjoy a homemade seasonally inspired breakfast before heading out to visit the nearby Mystic Seaport Museum and the Mystic Aquarium.

Address: 515 Pumpkin Hill Road, Ledyard, CT 06339

Coyote Bluff Estate: Somers, Montana

Take time to experience western Montana’s incredible scenery from this adults-only picturesque locale in Flathead Valley. Located less than 50 miles south of Glacier National Park, Coyote Bluff Estate and its 32 acres offer incredible vistas of Flathead Lake and the Mission Mountains. Here, you’ll find three spacious suites perfect for a romantic getaway. Travelers can cozy up by the fireplace, sip spirits at the complimentary scotch and whiskey bar, and in the morning, grab a bite at the property’s breakfast bar. After a restful evening, make your way to the nearby town of Kalispell, take a drive along the incredible Going-to-the-Sun Road in majestic Glacier National Park, or for more leisurely pursuits, spend the day boating on Flathead Lake.

Address: 457 Coyote Ridge Road, Somers, MT 59932

Canyon Villa Bed and Breakfast Inn of Sedona: Sedona, Arizona

Wake up surrounded by Sedona, Arizona’s majestic red rocks at Canyon Villa Bed & Breakfast Inn of Sedona. Designed and built in 1992 to highlight the surrounding natural wonders of the area, the majority of the inn’s 11 rooms feature impressive views of Bell Rock, Courthouse Butte, Castle Rock or Lee Mountain. Begin the day with the property’s signature homemade cinnamon rolls followed by a gourmet breakfast. If you’re up for the ride of a lifetime, book a thrilling off-road adventure to see the red rocks up close with one of the best Sedona Jeep tours.

Address: 40 Canyon Circle Drive, Sedona, AZ 86351

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Hoffman Haus: Fredericksburg, Texas

The cozy 17 rooms, suites and cottages at Hoffman Haus are thoughtfully appointed – and each is unique – offering everything from Provence-inspired decor to Texas-style accommodations (think: cedar posts and rock walls). The property also offers four houses, including a rustic log cabin. Every morning guests are treated to a complimentary gourmet breakfast delivered to the room in a picnic basket with specialties like mushroom quiche or French toast. After breakfast, take time to explore the area’s rich German history and culture and have lunch at one of the traditional German restaurants or biergartens. And you won’t want to miss sampling local vintages at the more than 50 Texas Hill Country wineries in town.

Address: 608 E. Creek St., Fredericksburg, TX 78624

Mackinac House: Mackinac Island, Michigan

Located one block from downtown, this 19-room coastal-inspired boutique property features queen, king and balcony rooms and several types of suites boasting luxurious amenities and bold, colorful design elements. In the morning, relax over continental breakfast on the large front porch before planning your day on the island. If it’s your first visit, consider taking a horse-drawn carriage tour to get acquainted with Mackinac Island and see the top sights, such as the Grand Hotel, the Surrey Hills Carriage Museum and Arch Rock. You can also go on a horseback riding tour or visit historic Fort Mackinac, which dates back to the American Revolution. And kids of all ages will enjoy flying kites on Windemere Pointe.

Address: 7288 Market St., Mackinac Island, MI 49757

St. Francis Inn: St. Augustine, Florida

Situated in the center of St. Augustine’s historic district, the St. Francis Inn is regarded as St. Augustine’s oldest inn, dating back to 1791. The property has 16 unique rooms and suites located in the inn’s buildings as well as cottages, vacation homes and a beach bungalow. All accommodations include a buffet breakfast, an evening social and dessert, cream sherry and other amenities. Guests also have complimentary use of the property’s bicycles and free admission to the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum. Be sure to visit Castillo de San Marcos National Monument, the oldest masonry fort in the continental U.S., and make reservations for an adults-only sunset cruise with Red Boat Water Tours for a different perspective of the city.

Address: 279 St. George St., St. Augustine, FL 32084

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The Artist House: Key West, Florida

Regarded as one of the most photographed houses in Key West, Florida, and dating back to the late 1800s, this restored Queen Anne Victorian mansion has seven rooms and suites, all with a fascinating history. The property has been featured in shows about haunted houses on Discovery Channel and the Travel Channel (it’s the former home of the Most Haunted Doll in the World, Robert the Doll). The 40-inch doll and his teddy bear now reside at the nearby Fort East Martello Museum, but ghost sightings are still possible. So, if you’re not afraid of things that go bump in the night, you can book a stay and enjoy the property’s amenities like a full breakfast in the Orchid Garden Courtyard, a daily happy hour and a refreshing plunge pool. In the evenings, wander Duval Street with its many bars and restaurants, and one night, reserve a spot on a Key West sunset sail to see the island’s spectacular sunsets.

Address: 534 Eaton St., Key West, FL 33040

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