We chose these winning inns for the unusual and exciting experiences they offer guests. From themed rooms to uncommon workshops to on-site beer tastings, these B&Bs offer a departure from your regular getaway. Be sure to explore all of our award-winning inns!
Forget rectangular bedrooms. At this unusual B&B in the Eastern Washington Wine Country, you get to sleep in a 20-foot teepee. And this isn’t your basic teepee from summer camp—the stylish accommodations are outfitted with compact refrigerators, private bathrooms, fluffy down comforters, open-air showers, and outdoor barbecue grills. Dine on a breakfast of seasonal and local food, including apples and pears from Cherry Wood’s own working farm. Add on a horseback winery tour, which takes you through the valley and stops at selected wineries for tastings. It also includes a picnic lunch and delivery of your wine purchases to Cherry Wood.
Live like royalty at this former palace that now functions as an ornate guesthouse. Luxuriate in the authentic hammam (Turkish bath), where you can take a steam bath, get a scrub-down, or add on a massage and spa treatment. Enjoy a true taste of Moroccan culture by taking one of the many workshops the inn offers, including lessons on cooking, calligraphy, and traditional henna tattoos. Be sure to spend some time relaxing in the traditional Moroccan tent on the terrace overlooking the Atlas Mountains and Fez’s medina.
Beer lovers, rejoice. The hip, young innkeepers at Forty Putney are self-proclaimed beer geeks. Their inn has a small pub on-site serving more than 30 local craft beers. Every Saturday night, they host a craft beer tasting; New England brewmasters come speak and guide a tasting of their brews. The innkeepers also host daily happy hours and other beer-related events. After enjoying your brew, hang out in the hot tub or play a game of pool by the fire.
Located in the Texas Hill Country, Rainbow Hearth Sanctuary and Retreat Center offers the ultimate spiritual getaway. It is situated on Native American ceremonial grounds. Reflect at the Medicine Rock, which is what’s left of the sacred ceremonial site. The innkeepers say people find it very healing, and they offer instructions and worksheets for your “prayer walk” if you want to connect with your spiritual side. Walk down to the shoreline and take a swim in Lake Buchanan to reconnect with nature. Experience bliss with a treatment from the on-site massage therapist/bodyworker, who can offer vibrational therapy, energy balancing, and more. Enjoy peace and quiet, as the rooms are free of clocks and TVs. If you want an even more unique retreat, stay in the treehouse yurt, pictured, which has a 20-foot circular living area. The inn also offers a piano and guitar for guest use.
Take a break from the norm and stay in your own private caboose at this train-themed B&B. The exterior of each caboose is authentic, but the innkeepers have designed each interior to feel like a comfortable bedroom at an inn. Each train car has a unique theme and is set on its own track. Themes include Orient Express, Western, and a circus. Amenities in some of the cabooses include queen feather beds, gas fireplaces, two-person whirlpool tubs, robes, LCD TVs/DVDs with themed movies, and mini fridges. In classic railway fashion, eat a gourmet breakfast in a 1937 stainless steel Zephyr private dining car.
Experience Boston in a completely different way. The Schooner Liberty Clipper is a working tall ship that's a 125-foot replica of John Hancock's ship. It docks in Boston's historic waterfront, only a block from the North End, Faneuil Hall, and Quincy Market. The working ship sails out during the day, allowing you to spend the day exploring the city on foot. Spend the evening relaxing in the grand salon and retreat to your comfortable guest cabin. You can also sign up to go on a sailing trip around Boston Harbor. Its season runs from June through September.
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From the outside, you would never know that Victorian Mansion is anything other than a restored 1864 home. But step inside, and you will be taken to another world. Many different worlds, actually; each guest suite is uniquely themed. The 50s Suite has the look and feel of drive-in movie, and the coffee table and private sink are created from the tail end of a real '56 Cadillac convertible. Feel like a Pharaoh in The Egyptian Suite. The tented room features four-poster raised bed, bed Persian rugs, and murals of sand dunes and palm trees. A life-size King Tut sarcophagus hides a secret entrance to a raised stone bath. In the Gypsy Suite, pictured, sleep in a wagon and soak in a tub surrounded by river rocks. The other suites’ themes are based on pirates, Ancient Rome, and France.
Combine an old settler’s wagon and a luxurious B&B, and what do you get? An unusual and exciting place to escape with your loved one. Relax in this Western-style wagon equipped with modern amenities. There is only one wagon, and it is located on the corner of a 90-acre farm, giving you total privacy. There’s a private bathroom next to the wagon, complete with a bathtub. If you tire of life on the countryside, you’re only a 30-minute drive from the heart of Christchurch.