BedandBreakfast.com’s Top 20 Summer Destinations for 2011

BedandBreakfast.com has compiled a list of the Top 20 Summer Destinations for B&B travelers. With the exception of the always popular destinations of New York, Boston, Washington, D.C. and San Francisco, we have found that B&B travelers prefer smaller U.S. destinations for their weekend getaways. And while most B&B guests only travel 100-250 miles to their destination, four of these 20 cities are in Europe. Here are some of the great B&Bs in each of the top destinations.

1.   Manhattan

•   Brand Bed and Breakfast of Greenwich Village
Conveniently located in New York City’s popular Greenwich Village, this B&B is surrounded by world-class shopping, art galleries, incredible restaurants, and a great nightlife. It’s housed in a townhouse and is much more economical than most hotels in the area.

•   Gracie Inn 
This unique B&B on the Upper East Side is in a century-old building with incredible history. It features urban farmhouse décor and is a great home base for exploring the city’s museums, parks, dining, galleries, and shopping.

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2.   London

•   41 Rosaline Road
This newly renovated 1880s Victorian B&B is situated in a quiet residential area, but it’s just a minute’s walk to restaurants and shops. It is in Fulham, Southwest London, and a short walk to an underground station.

•   Parkwood at Marble Arch
Located just down the street from the famous Hyde Park, this convenient and affordable London B&B is an easy walk to Kensington Palace, Buckingham Palace, and the West End theaters. It's also a minute's from the Marble Arch, which starts a continuous mile of shopping.

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3.   Charleston, SC

•   Charleston's Vendue Inn
Built circa 1774, this elegant inn is in the old French Quarter in the heart of Charleston's historic district. In addition to being in a prime location for exploring the city, guests enjoy a free full Southern breakfast, wine and cheese in the afternoon, and cookies and milk before bed.

•   The Governor's House Inn
Originally built over 200 years ago, this property was the home of Governor Edward Rutledge, the youngest signer of the Declaration of Independence. In addition to stately rooms, the historic property features elegant drawing rooms and expansive Southern veranda porches.

•   See all 44 Charleston properties


4.   Cape Cod, MA 

•   Crowne Pointe Historic Inn & Spa
This B&B is a restored late-1800s mansion located on a bluff in Provincetown. It has its own fine dining restaurant and spa, but it's also a short walk to the town's shops, cafes, restaurants, bars, galleries, and the beach.

•   The Inn at Cape Cod
Located in Yarmouth Port, this romantic B&B was built in 1830 and is a Nationally Registered Historic Landmark. It features nine guest rooms, four with fireplaces, and is just steps to fine restaurants, shops, and a freshwater beach.

•   See all 154 Cape Cod properties



5.   New Orleans

•   La Maison Marigny B&B on Bourbon
This renowned B&B is located just off Esplanade Avenue, putting it right between the French Quarter and Faubourg Marigny neighborhoods. Besides being in a prime location for exploring the city's attractions, all of the guest rooms feature luxurious linens, private baths, and clock radios with iPod docks.

•   Block-Keller House
You'll be close to the Garden District, French Quarter, and City Park when you stay at this charming B&B on Canal Street. Built circa 1912, the inn is surrounded by towering live oak trees and has a great porch you can enjoy.

•   See all 53 New Orleans properties


6.   Savannah, GA

•   The Hamilton-Turner Inn
Situated in the heart of Savannah’s Historic District, this 1873 mansion offers guest several accommodation choices, such as suites overlooking the square, courtyard accommodations with private entrances, spacious rooms, and three carriage house rooms. Enjoy gourmet Southern breakfasts in addition to complimentary early evening wine and hors d'oeuvres and bedtime turndown service with port and sweets.

•   The Presidents' Quarters
This B&B in Savannah's Historic District consists of two adjoining mansions built circa 1855. It has been visited by many well-known generals, businessmen, and politicians, so each of the 16 unique guest quarters are named after one of the U.S. presidents who visited Savannah during his presidency.

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7.   Boston

•   Boston Yacht Haven
This B&B with acclaimed architecture features breathtaking views in all of Boston Harbor. The deluxe Penthouse includes a private, wraparound balcony offering a spectacular 180-degree view of the Boston skyline and the marina. 

•   The College Club of Boston
Each room in this charming Back Bay B&B has been uniquely redesigned by a different local designer. It's within walking distance of the Theater District, Beacon Hill, the Public Garden, and Copley Square.

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8.   Saint Augustine, FL

•   Casa de Solana
A perfect blend of Spanish and English design, this B&B sits in the heart of Saint Augustine's historic district. All the rooms have whirlpools and fireplaces, and the walled courtyard with lush tropical gardens and fountains provides a quiet place to relax.

•   St. Francis Inn
Located in the city's historic district, this B&B combines Old World charm with modern amenities, such as a swimming pool. Everything is within walking distance, though the innkeepers provide complimentary bicycles for touring downtown Saint Augustine.

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9.   Washington, D.C.

•   Embassy Circle Guest House
This elegant bed and breakfast is housed in a beautifully renovated former embassy in DC's most popular downtown neighborhood, Dupont Circle. Enjoy a delicious breakfast, afternoon snacks, evening wine, and free Wi-Fi.

•   Woodley Park Guest House
Based heart of the city in the beautiful, safe, and historic Woodley Park neighborhood, Woodley Park Guest House couldn't be in a more convenient spot for visitors to the city. It's only steps from the Woodley Park-Zoo Metro station, and a short walk from Dupont Circle and Adams Morgan.

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10.   Rome

•   La Piccola Maison Rome
Located in Rome's prestigious Via Veneto area, this B&B is in very close walking distance to the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon, Villa Borghese, and more. While it's housed in a historic building, the B&B itself has modern decor.

•   Romantic Vatican Rome B&B
Only 50 meters from San Peter and the Vatican Museums, this B&B is very convenient for visitors to Rome. The luxurious property is housed in a historic building and is furnished with warm antiques.

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11.   Key West, FL

•   La Mer @ Dewey House
Lavishly renovated in 2003, this romantic island retreat features turn-of the-century architecture and British Colonial style. At this oceanfront property, you can relax with the backdrop of a white sand beach and tropical flora and fauna.

•   The Mermaid & Alligator
Centrally located in the heart of Old Town Key West, this Victorian home was built circa 1904. It has secluded gardens and grounds, making it an ideal place to unwind.

•   See all 42 Key West properties



12.   Barcelona

•   ANBA Bed & Breakfast Deluxe
Located in an Art Nouveau building, this unique and modern B&B is in the heart of Barcelona. It features seven chic rooms and a terrace where you can relax after a long day of exploring the city.

•   Boutique Barcelona Bed and Breakfast
This contemporary B&B is located on the first floor of a Modernist building from 1898. All rooms have air conditioning, central heating, 42" flat-screen TVs, and en-suite bathroom, plus a free breakfast that includes their homemade bread and pastries.

•   See all 39 Barcelona properties


13.   Cape May, NJ


•   Fairthorne B&B
Built by a whaling captain in 1892, the Fairthorne Cottage has been lovingly restored into a charming bed and breakfast. This romantic inn is located in the heart of this historic oceanside village and is steps to the beach, shopping, and dining.

•   Bayberry Inn
Known for great hospitality, beautiful orchids, and ideal location, Bayberry Inn is one of the oldest homes in Cape May.  This historic home built in the 1800s is perfect for a peaceful seaside retreat.

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14.   San Francisco, CA

•   Union Street Inn
Experience warm European hospitality in this charming Edwardian inn, which sits at the foot of San Francisco's Pacific Heights. It's only minutes away from Fisherman's Wharf, Ghiradelli Square, Pier 39, the Golden Gate Bridge, and downtown.

•   White Swan Inn
Located up the hill from Union Square and Chinatown and less than two blocks from the cable cars, White Swan Inn is a convenient place to stay. It is a tribute to luxury hotels of England, with rich floral carpets, furniture with elegant fabrics, and English art and collectibles.

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15.   Napa, CA

•   Churchill Manor
The luxurious rooms at this bed and breakfast are appointed with comfy beds and linens, fireplaces, and private bathrooms. Dine on a gourmet breakfast each morning and wind down with the wine and appetizer reception every evening. Plus, get complimentary winery passes, bicycle use, and a croquet court.

•   Beazley House
An Edwardian Colonial Mansion built in 1902, Beazley House was the first B&B in Napa. It is surrounded by secluded gardens in an historic neighborhood, just steps from quaint downtown Napa.

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16.   Amsterdam

•   Inn on the Lake
This Dutch inn sits right on a lake, so you can go rowing or just relax and enjoy the view from the property. Inn on the Lake is very close to museums, the Anne Frank House, cheese farms, and clog factories. 

•   B&B Barangay
This B&B is in a typical Amsterdam canal house built in 1777, but the rooms are renovated and decorated in a tropical theme. It's located in the heart of historic Amsterdam, just a three-minute walk from the central station.

•   See all 97 Amsterdam properties


17.   Asheville, NC

•   1889 Whitegate Inn & Cottage
This historic and romantic inn overlooks downtown Asheville and the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. It features incredible gardens; their greenhouse/conservatory filled with orchids and tropical plants, and you can wander through the exotically landscaped grounds.

•   The Black Walnut Bed & Breakfast Inn
Set amongst beautifully landscaped gardens, this inn has an ideal Montford district location, giving guests the ability to walk to downtown Asheville's restaurants and galleries. Enjoy a delicious three-course gourmet breakfast in addition to afternoon tea with wine and hors d'oeuvres.

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18.   Newport, RI

•   Christopher Dodge House
This recently renovated B&B is in a four-story brick Italianate mansion. It's conveniently located within walking distance from Brown University, downtown Providence, Providence Place Mall, RISD, the State Capitol, and the Convention Center.

•   Ivy Lodge
Ivy Lodge is a beautiful Queen Anne Victorian "cottage" located in the mansion district and features a large wraparound porch, gables and a turret, and a 33-foot-high foyer. All guest rooms all have private baths and fireplaces, and most also have whirlpool tubs. 

•   See all 55 Newport properties


19.   Carmel, CA

•   Carmel Country Inn
Carmel Country Inn is a pet-friendly bed and breakfast that offers the perfect blend of convenience, comfort, and romance. It is surrounded by colorful gardens and the beauty of Carmel by the Sea, and it is steps from award-winning restaurants, galleries, boutiques, and the beach.

•   Old Monterey Inn
This romantic and luxurious inn is a half-timbered Tudor-style residence resting on an acre of lush gardens. Guests stay cozy with European goose-down comforters, feather beds, and fireplaces. 

•   See all 32 Carmel properties


20.   Montreal

•   Absolument Montreal B&B
This B&B sits in the heart of Montreal, just minutes away from sightseeing, shopping, fine dining, and the city's famous nightlife. It also has a cinema theme, complete with vintage posters, memorabilia, and pictures.

•   Le Terra Nostra
Constructed in 1927 on a calm and beautiful street with 100-year-old trees, Le Terra Nostra houses three rooms inspired by various styles of the world: Asia, Europe, and Africa.

•   See all 45 Montreal properties


Be sure to take a look at our Summer Specials page to find discounts, free night stays, gas cards and other specials at B&Bs around the world.

* The top 20 summer destinations are based on an April analysis of most-searched page views on BedandBreakfast.com and a March 2011 survey of B&B travelers.

Last updated May 25, 2011