Nestled against the backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains, this charming country inn is located on ten beautifully landscaped acres in the historic town of Tryon, North Carolina, less than 50 miles southeast of Asheville. Each of the 35 guest rooms, lavish deluxe suites, and private cabins and cottages are individually decorated, most with fireplaces and stunning mountain views and all with king- or queen-sized beds and full, private bathrooms, some of which are equipped with jetted bathtubs. In the morning, head down to the dining room or out to the veranda and enjoy a gourmet three-course breakfast (twice named “Best in the Southeast”) that feature dishes such as Lemon Ricotta Waffles with Homemade Blueberry Syrup and Cherrywood Smoked Bacon, or have your breakfast delivered directly to your doorstep. Spend the day visiting the local wineries, admiring the scenic beauty of the nearby waterfalls, or touring the Biltmore Estate, and then return to the inn for dinner at Carter’s Tavern & Wine Cellar, whose menu changes daily and offers new American cuisine featuring fresh, organic, regional, and seasonal ingredients that highlight the efforts of local farmers and food artisans. Entrées include an Herb-Rubbed and Braised Carolina Bison Shank with Wild Mushroom Sauce and a Wild-Caught Alaskan Salmon Fillet topped with Lemon Chive Butter. To accompany your meal, choose from a list of signature cocktails or select from more than 2,000 bottles on the world-class wine list, winner of the Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence for thirteen years.
Top 10 Restaurant Inns
When it comes to bed and breakfast dining, who says you have to stop at coffee and scones? Most innkeepers pride themselves on serving fresh, homemade breakfasts, but some go above and beyond the morning meal. This month, we’re celebrating ten properties that offer gourmet dining in their full-service on-site restaurants in addition to luxurious accommodations. Whether your taste ranges free like most organic chickens or you prefer the call of the wild-caught salmon, these restaurant inns are sure to serve dishes that will satisfy the gastronomic desires of even the most serious of foodies.
Surrounded by 200 acres of gardens and pine trees set in the shadow of New Hampshire’s White Mountains, this elegant bed and breakfast provides a peaceful and intimate retreat for those wishing to take advantage of nearby hiking, skiing, and other natural attractions. The nine guest rooms are individually appointed and feature king- or queen-sized beds, gas fireplaces or woodstoves, and private bathrooms, some of which include two-person whirlpool bathtubs. From the windows of your guest room, enjoy picturesque views of the scenic grounds and colorful gardens, as well as the Presidential and Dalton Ranges. To complement the property’s unsurpassed beauty, the chefs at the Adair Restaurant prepare dishes using local organic vegetables, free-range poultry, market-fresh seafood, and the finest beef available. Start your day with a gourmet breakfast featuring a buffet of homemade granola with yogurt and fruit, farm-fresh eggs served with maple sausage and apple cider-cured bacon, and a plate of the signature popovers, oversized and airy and served hot directly from the oven with creamery butter and jam. After a full day of exploring, return to the relaxing ambiance of the bed and breakfast’s intimate dining room for a dinner of award-winning New England-style cuisine. Popular dishes include the Fresh Mushroom Fricassee with Creamy Polenta; Pan-Roasted Free-Range Chicken Breast stuffed with Baby Spinach, Smokehouse Bacon, and Great Hills Blue Cheese; and Eggplant Parmigiana made with Fresh Mozzarella from the Vermont Butter and Cheese Company.
This boutique bed and breakfast situated in the heart of the Pinot Noir growing region of the Russian River Valley, provides a secluded and peaceful refuge for those seeking a place to relax, rejuvenate, and reconnect. Sheltered by towering redwood trees and surrounded by acres of fruit orchards, the inn offers 19 individually decorated guest rooms and suites with hardwood floors, private bathrooms, and plush queen-sized beds with memory foam mattresses or king-sized beds with TempurPedic mattresses. Several of the rooms also feature floor-to-ceiling windows and private balconies or patios from which to admire the breathtaking view, while the larger guest suites include two-person whirlpool bathtubs. Because of its location in western Sonoma County, the on-site restaurant (honored with One Star by the Michelin Guide for 2011 and 2012) has cultivated a reputation for its acclaimed cuisine. Inspired by the surrounding wine country and influenced by the cuisines of the Mediterranean, the dishes are prepared with seasonal and locally-sourced ingredients. In fact, many of those ingredients are raised in the Gardens at Applewood, including organic fruits, herbs, and vegetables, as well as eggs and honey. The Applewood Restaurant’s signature and most popular dish is the Cocoa Nib-Crusted Rack of Lamb served with Sherry-Braised Spanish Chorizo, Brown Butter Celery Root, and Mint Chimichurri, which pairs perfectly with a bottle of local Russian River Valley wine.
Located in the Arts District in the heart of downtown Scottsdale, this luxurious boutique inn is modeled after European bicycle hotels and caters to cyclists as well as those looking for a unique bed and breakfast experience. Each of the three guest rooms is unique in its style and décor and features king- or queen-sized beds with plush bedding and linens, a private patio with views of Camelback Mountain, and an ensuite bathroom outfitted with a marble vanity, claw-foot bathtub, and high-end bath products. The bed and breakfast also offers an airy loft apartment with 10-foot ceilings, reclaimed hardwood floors, marble countertops, a full gourmet kitchen, and custom-designed furniture for those needing more space. Spend your day relaxing in the roof-top garden, lounging by the 43-foot-long infinity-edge lap pool overlooking the lush courtyard, or chatting with the patrons of the inn’s bicycle shop where guests can sign out British Pashley bicycles to ride around town. Just be sure to plan your day around the gourmet meals served at Virtù, the award-winning on-site restaurant owned and operated by Chef Gio Osso. For brunch, dine on Valrhona Chocolate Scones and Savory Crepes filled with Parma Cotto Ham, Gruyere, Eggs, Mornay, and Chives followed by Affogato made with Nocciola Gelato and Espresso Bean Turbinado Sugar. In the evening, sit in the comfortable yet contemporary dining room and enjoy dishes inspired by Chef Osso’s Mediterranean roots such as the Moroccan-Spiced Lamb with Smashed Chickpeas, Minted Eggplant, and Homemade Tzatziki.
This family-owned and operated bed and breakfast in the popular vacation resort destination of Cape May, New Jersey dates back to the late 1880s and has been designated as a National Historic Landmark. Centrally located on Jackson Street, the inn is less than one block away from the beach and within two blocks of the quaint rows of shops at the Washington Street Mall. All of the guest rooms are individually decorated with an impressive collection of antique accents and feature private bathrooms stocked with premium bath products. While the inn is known for its charming accommodations, exhibits of artwork created by local artists, and the unparalleled hospitality of its staff members, it is equally known for the critically-acclaimed food served at the on-site Mad Batter Restaurant, which is widely considered the “granddaddy” of Cape May’s many fine dining establishments. Head out to the front porch or garden terrace and start your morning with the legendary brunch (voted “Best Brunch” in the Best of Cape May awards since 2008), which includes items such as the Thick-Sliced Orange and Almond French Toast and Chesapeake Bay Benedict. Just don’t forget to order a Mad Batter Bloody Mary or one of six different Mimosas made with freshly squeezed orange juice. In the afternoon, enjoy half-priced drinks and bar bites from the bistro menu before sitting down to a plate of the signature Crab Cakes made with jumbo lump crab meat.
With its convenient location less than two hours north of San Francisco in the very heart of California’s Sonoma County, this luxurious bed and breakfast provides the perfect wine country retreat for those looking for a weekend of pure indulgence. The 18 guest rooms are appointed with heavenly feather beds covered in European linens and down comforters, wood-burning or gas fireplaces, and private ensuite bathrooms outfitted with whirlpool bathtubs, saunas or steam showers, and plush bathrobes that you’ll never want to take off. After enjoying a full farm-fresh breakfast featuring local eggs, seasonal produce, house-baked pastries, and a choice of two tantalizing entrees in the dining room of the Michelin-starred Farmhouse Restaurant, allow one of the inn’s six concierges to assist you in planning your itinerary for the day as you navigate around your way around the hundreds of wineries and restaurants in the Russian River Valley. Or spend a day lounging by the heated swimming pool or being pampered by one of the massage therapists in the on-site spa, after which you can relax with a glass of wine by the fire before returning to the restaurant for dinner. The food served is sourced from innkeepers Joe and Catherine Bartolomei’s ranch or local artisan farmers, so the menu is ever-changing to feature the ingredients of the season. If you need help choosing what to order, then we suggest starting with the Grass-Fed Beef Tartare and Roasted Quail before moving on to the Liberty Farms Duck Breast and finishing with an Apricot Soufflé for dessert.
Located just one hour from Philadelphia and two hours from New York, this romantic bed and breakfast features a quintessential 19th-century country inn, restaurant, and farm tucked away on 150 peaceful and secluded acres in the Lehigh Valley of Pennsylvania. The guest suites all feature stunning details: some include large wrap-around windows, some boast towering cathedral ceilings, and some offer spiral staircases leading to an upper-level loft. The more intimate guest rooms include cozy fireplaces and whirlpool bathtubs in the private ensuite bathrooms. Treat yourself at the spa, take a dip in the seasonal outdoor heated swimming pool, explore the property’s walking trails, or relax with a glass of wine or a cocktail by the fireside in The Pub. In the evening, sit down to dinner under the 28-foot cathedral ceiling of the main dining room, located in the inn’s historic barn with exposed original beams and ladders. You’ll enjoy a farm-to-table meal featuring ingredients that are mostly grown and raised on-site. Farm tours with the owner are available upon request, so you can see first-hand what goes into raising healthy herbs and vegetables, grass-fed cattle, hogs, and pastured poultry for use in the restaurant. Favorite dishes include the Glasbern Salad with mixed greens, walnuts, cherries, apples, and Maytag blue cheese; the Wild Mushroom and Leek Tart served with aged balsamic vinegar, red pepper puree, and pickled shallots; and the Glasbern Lamb Pappardelle with wild mushroom ragout, broccoli rabe, and Parmesan cheese.
This rustic bed and breakfast set on 21 wooded acres just off US 91 in southeastern Vermont is a short drive from Boston, New York, and Montreal. The natural beauty and historic nature of Weathersfield make it the perfect destination for a weekend getaway, especially for those looking to take advantage of the multitude of recreational activities in the area, including hiking, canoeing, swimming, biking, skiing, snowmobiling, and fishing on the Connecticut River. The 12 guest rooms all feature king- or queen-sized beds with luxurious bedding and linens, as well as private bathrooms outfitted with terrycloth bathrobes and Egyptian cotton towels. Most of the rooms also include fireplaces and whirlpool bathtubs. Named “One of the Hot 10 Culinary Inns in America” by Bon Appétit Magazine, the 18th-century property also offers five-star cuisine created with locally-sourced farm-fresh ingredients in its on-site restaurant and tavern. The main menu is changed seasonally, while the five-course tasting menus (including the special vegetarian tasting menu) are changed nightly to accommodate the availability of ingredients. Start with a selection of small plates such as the Vermont Cheese Board and the IW Ciderhouse Mussels with Mill Woods Boiled Cider, tarragon, cultured Vermont Butter, and Red Hen crostini; then follow that up with the Spring Rock Farm Wagyu Beef Pasta with artisan fettuccine, beef ragout, fennel pollen, and Woodcock Farm cheese or the Wild Mushroom and Ramp Tartine with Red Hen toast, Vermont goat cheese mousse, wild mushrooms and ramp fricassee, and arugula salad.
Perched atop a breathtaking meadow overlooking Mendocino Bay in northern California, this eco-friendly bed and breakfast offers ocean views from all points of the ten-acre property, including the private decks of each guest room and suite. The guest accommodations are paneled in pine and redwood and furnished with gorgeous four-poster king- or queen-sized beds dressed in luxurious bedding and linens, antique accents, cozy sofas, and wood-burning fireplaces set and ready to light upon your arrival. Take a dip in the indoor swimming pool, relax in the rejuvenating sauna and hot tub, or take advantage of the complimentary mountain bike rentals and explore Mendocino’s headlands and country roads. Guests can also rent redwood canoes for trips along the nearby Big River Estuary. What makes the Stanford Inn and on-site Ravens’ Restaurant stand out from the rest of the inns being featured this month is its distinction as the only vegan resort in the United States. The farm-to-table cuisine is inspired by the bed and breakfast’s certified-organic gardens and features dishes based on local products. The menu changes continually in relation to the availability of organic ingredients, the seasons, and the creativity of the chefs. Breakfast specialties like the Savory Chickpea Crêpe filled with seasonal vegetables attract a steady stream of diners from all over the region. For dinner, try the signature Sea Palm Strudel created with locally harvested sea palm and Japanese root vegetables baked in sesame phyllo and accompanied by a stir-fry of broccoli, shiitake mushrooms, bell peppers, and cashews with Umeboshi plum and Wasabi plum sauces.
Situated at the edge of Woods Hole Harbor, this quaint pet-friendly New England bed and breakfast is just steps away from the Martha’s Vineyard ferry, making it the perfect hub for your Cape Cod vacation. The four-story gabled property has been painstakingly renovated over the past half-decade, making every effort to balance modernization with preservation. With its location in the heart of this waterfront village, you’ll be within easy access to the local shops and restaurants and within a ten-mile bike ride of the beaches of Vineyard Sound and Buzzards Bay. The guest rooms feature vintage restored hardwood floors, beds with pillow-top mattresses and luxury linens, and private ensuite bathrooms outfitted with pedestal sinks, marble subway tiles, and refinished cast-iron bathtubs. Begin your day with a filling continental breakfast including a savory bread pudding with sausage and cheddar cheese, flaky fresh-baked croissants, the signature pound cakes topped with local strawberries and blackberries, and fair-trade coffee. In the afternoon, stop by the Quicks Hole Taqueria for their specialty sangria, all-you-can-eat homemade salsa and tortilla chips, and selection of tacos (including the signature lobster tacos), burritos, and salads. After spending the day exploring Martha’s Vineyard, return to the inn for dinner of Cape Cod favorites with a New American twist at the Quicks Hole Tavern. Start with the Quahog Chowder and Fritters, and then choose from popular items like the Lobster Croissant in a lemon aioli with butter lettuce; Gourmet Grilled Cheese with lobster or Jonah crab; and the New Bedford Sea Scallops with parsnip risotto, Swiss chard, and Piquillo peppers.