FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE FROM BEDandBREAKFAST.COM -February 28, 2006
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SCHOOL'S OUT FOR SUMMER, EXCEPT AT THESE B&Bs
Where the Three "Rs" stand for Rest, Relaxation, and Romance
Kids are happy that school is out for summer, but time-starved couples need getaways more than ever. Enroll soon for a primer in luxury or a lesson in history presented by BedandBreakfast.com members who have turned schoolhouses into fabulous B&Bs and inns. "No worrying about sleeping in the classroom at these schoolhouse B&Bs, where the 'Three Rs' mean rest, relaxation and romance," said Sandy Soule, editor of BedandBreakfast.com, the leading online B&B directory and reservation network.
Inns are listed alphabetically by state. Each B&B serves hearty breakfasts with signature dishes and will cater to special dietary restrictions (with prior notice). Most are listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and many balance such modern amenities as double whirlpool tubs, in-room fireplaces, and high-speed Internet access with the historic charm of original chalkboards, oversized rooms, hardwood floors and 12-foot ceilings. Rates are quoted for double occupancy, excluding taxes or gratuities unless otherwise noted.
Noftsger Hill Inn B&B, Globe, AZ: Originally built in 1907 and closed in 1981, the former elementary school classrooms are now unusually spacious guestrooms, each with a sitting area and fireplace. Former cloakrooms now house palatial bathrooms, and original chalkboards in guest rooms are "decorated" with comments from past guests including former students and teachers. The inn houses a collection of mining era and school memorabilia including class photos, books and desks. Miner-sized breakfasts are served in the kindergarten room. Generations of successful Arizonans were educated here, including Rose Mofford, former Arizona governor. B&B rates, $75-100 nightly. Info: 877-780-2479, www.noftsgerhillinn.com.
Carr Manor, Cripple Creek, CO: What was once the Cripple Creek High School in the Colorado Mining District is today a delightfully appointed boutique inn, and is one of only two of the original 17 Mining District schools still standing. It served as a school for over 70 years, educating such notables as former Colorado Governor Ralph Carr. The school was first renovated as a small hotel in 1983, then was further restored and enhanced in 2003 by the Ledford family. The manor still retains blackboards in each room on which guests scroll romantic missives and proposals of marriage. The ballroom still sports the stage where students performed, and the grand central staircase brings back the days when students scrambled to get to class. Rooms range from $75 for cozy doubles to $350 for the headmaster's suite. Info: 719-689-3709, www.carrmanor.com.
Lebanon Schoolhouse B&B, Delores, CO: The original Greek Revival-style schoolhouse was constructed in 1907 to serve the now defunct town of Lebanon. Restored to life as a B&B in the 1980s, the original merry-go-round still remains in the schoolyard grounds of the inn. Old-fashioned phones and the school's grandfather clock adorn the common areas. Guest rooms are named after school memories - including the Art Room, Recess, Social Study and more - and have Mission-style furniture, platform beds, and vaulted ceilings. The former teacher's quarters, built in 1920, has been converted to a private garden house. Take a class in savings here; B&B double rates are an affordable $85-115. Info: 970-882-4461, www.lebanonschoolhouse.com.
Davie School Inn & Banquet Center, Anna, IL: In 1869, the town of Anna floated bonds to raise the $22,000 needed to build an elegant three-story brick edifice to educate the town's burgeoning population. Closed in 1996, the school sat empty until it was restored by Gary and Andrea Dahmer in 2002, who preserved in the atmosphere of the old schoolhouse while adding modern comforts and conveniences. Although each former classroom still has an original chalkboard and bookcase, and the original hardwood floors are still scuffed by students' desks, the private bathrooms have double whirlpool tubs, and air-conditioners guarantee comfort. Rates start at $100 per night, making the math easy. Info: 618-833-2377, www.daviecenter.com.
School House Inn, Rocheport, MO: This historic circa 1914 schoolhouse, once an institution of learning for ages 5-18, is now a luxurious 10-room bed and breakfast inn in historic Rocheport, only two blocks from the scenic Katy Trail. Beautifully restored and decorated, this inn combines everything from antique school desks and blackboards with the comforts that guests seek, including double whirlpool tubs and in-room fireplaces. So authentic that Hallmark Cards was inspired to choose this B&B for a special series of greeting cards, it has been featured in cookbooks, guidebooks, magazines, TV shows and newspapers. B&B double rates are $115-260. Info: 573-698-2022, www.schoolhousebandb.com.
Old School B&B, Arnegard, ND: On March 24, 1914, a special vote cast approval for the city of Arnegard to erect a new school building; 10 months later, an open house celebrated the school's opening. Elementary classes were taught at the school until 1976, when it was closed due to declining enrollment. In 1998, the building was sold to Milt Hanson, and after a great deal of restoration and renovation, the B&B opened with guestrooms named after lower, primary, middle and upper grades. Each room sports double Jacuzzi tubs, private baths and more. School and community memorabilia still grace the walls where blackboards once stood, reminding guests of its heritage. No need for your lesson in budgeting here: rates start at an affordable $85 per night. Info: 888-366-8787, www.oldschoolbb.com.
National Trail Schoolhouse Inn, Brownsville, OH: Built in 1900 as the Brownsville School, this handsome building has been graciously transformed into a spacious B&B, retaining the spirit of the days when the water was drawn from the spring and bathroom facilities were located outdoors. The schoolhouse served grades 1-12 until 1934 and housed grades 1-8 until its closure in 1948. Rates range from $277 for a suite sleeping six to $69 for a queen room with original tin ceilings preserved from the schoolhouse. Info: 740-787-1808, www.brownsvilleschool.com.
Washington School Inn, Park City, UT: The original limestone three-room schoolhouse for grades one through five was built in 1889 for $13,000; desks, furniture and fixtures cost $698. In 1984, the building was purchased by the current owner, and renovations began to transform the school into an elegant inn. Over the years, former students of the school have shared reminiscences of ringing the school bell, raising the flag as a reward for good behavior, and lining up outside the building each morning to march into their classrooms. The coal chute in the lower level of the building - now the location of the spa and private ski locker facility - was a popular place for mischievous behavior. Former students share fond memories of sliding down the coal chute without being caught. Today, elegant suites make use of the oversized windows and feature king-sized beds, whirlpool tubs, and in-room fireplaces. Guestrooms with names such as Ms. Thatcher, Ms. Evans and Ms. Hager remind us there are still a few teacher spirits hanging around to remind guests not to forget the three R's. Rates: $120-210. Info: 800-824-1672, www.washingtonschoolinn.com.
Schoolhouse B&B Inn, Torrey, UT: Built in 1914, weekend dances, country band performances, and boxing matches once attracted big crowds to the school, including such colorful local outlaws as Butch Cassidy. Today the former school provides lodging in a historic pioneer setting, within walking distance of the town park and old general store. Renovated in 2004, the inn has hardwood floors, beadboard and plaster walls, period fixtures and lighting, and comfortable period furnishings and d?cor. True to its heritage, guests stay in the Writing, Reading, Arithmetic or Music rooms. They can go on breath-taking field trips in science and geology to adjacent Capitol Reef National Park, with dramatic red rock formations and verdant mountain peaks. Rigid desk chairs have been replaced with Sharper Image rolling massage recliners; where school benches once sat, king- and queen-sized beds with Tempur-Pedic mattress toppers now offer comfort. Each room has a phone and high-speed Internet connection, insuring that instruction via the Internet is never out of reach. B&B double rates are $95-155. Info: 877-425-2116, www.torreyschoolhouse.com.
Barclay Cottage, Virginia Beach, VA: Built as a private home in 1895, it was converted into the private Miss Barclay's School in 1921. Miss Lillian Barclay taught kindergarten through third grade in the building for the next 50 years, all while continuing to accept overnight guests. Lillian closed the school in 1972 when she was 80, but she continued to host guests and live in her home until she passed away in 1989. Restored as a B&B, Miss Barclay's School/Barclay Cottage was totally modernized with all new electrical wiring, plumbing and central heat and air conditioning. Wicker rockers grace the porch, and guests can still borrow books from the inn's library just as they could from the school in the past. The B&B offers modern amenities and fabulous breakfasts, perfect for guests seeking relaxing beach getaways. Info: 757-422-1956, www.barclaycottage.com.
Wilson Schoolhouse Inn, La Crosse, WI: Built as a one-room rural school in 1917, the Wilson Schoolhouse closed in 1965. Restored and elegantly furnished to retain the open atmosphere of the original schoolhouse, this B&B still maintains much of its original character and charm, with the original slate blackboard and school desks. There are three guest accommodations, and the entire inn is often rented by families or groups. It sits on 10 rural acres surrounded by woods, hills and gardens. Where children used to play hide-and-seek, guests now enjoy solitude and nature, although children are still invited to stay, run and play. B&B double rates: $120-150. Info: 608-787-1982, www.wilsonschoolhouseinn.com.
Old Schoolhouse B&B, Waukau, WI: This former two-room circa 1926 schoolhouse still retains some of the original blackboards and desk chairs. Today the four homerooms (guestrooms) are named after teachers who taught here. The original hardwood floors remain throughout the inn; though refinished, they still retain the marks where desks and chairs were once fastened down. For those whose favorite memory was "library time," you'll still find one in the loft here, and games and puzzles are available to entertain guests aged 12 and up. B&B double rates: $60-85 per night. Info: 920-685-7320, www.theoldschoolhouse.biz.
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