The Best B&B Breakfast Tournament: 2013

B&Bs are known for their delectable, gourmet breakfasts. After all, breakfast is half of the name!

This spring, we held the second annual breakfast recipe contest on our Facebook page. The Best B&B Breakfast Tournament contest worked in brackets, much like the NCAA Basketball®’s March Madness®. From March 25-April 8, our Facebook fans voted in the head-to-head match-ups each day until the final winning dish was chosen.

The 2013 Best B&B Breakfast is Lemon Soufflé Pancakes with Blueberry Compote from the 1851 Historic Maple Hill Manor Bed and Breakfast.’s Facebook® fans selected the Carolina Plantation Breakfast Bake from Birchwood Inn in Lenox, Massachusetts, as its savory favorite, coming in second during the final match-up. 

Here are this year's 16 finalists, which were narrowed down with the help of guest judges Anne Banas from Smarter Travel, Susannah Chen from, and Adrien Glover from Travel + Leisure.

For more delicious dining ideas, explore the top 16 dishes from last year's contest!

This Year's Winner!

Lemon Souffle Pancakes

from 1851 Historic Maple Hill Manor bed and Breakfast in Springfield, KY

This recipe adds some fluff and fruity flavor to the traditional pancake. Your stay at the inn includes a full country gourmet breakfast, complimentary beverages and snacks, and evening coffee with homemade dessert. The breakfasts at this Diamond Collection inn feature as many locally-grown ingredients as possible, and the innkeepers also serve (and sell) their own jams, jellies, sauces, and syrups.

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Banana Split French Toast
from Winter Park Chateau in Winter Park, CO

banana split french toast

Take the typical French toast breakfast dish and combine it with a banana split dessert, and what do you get? This indulgent breakfast that will have you licking your fingers afterward. Sugared cream cheese bring the two slices together, and the rich sauce consists of butter, brown sugar, and rum. Afternoon wine and cheese are a free perk here.

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Creme Brulee Stuffed French Toast
from Burlington’s Willis Graves Bed & Breakfast Inn in Burlington, KY

creme brulee french toast

Those with a sweet tooth will love this tasty dish. According to one of the innkeeper's staff, "I have personally made Nancy's [the innkeeper] recipe for friends, who absolutely love it. A manager at my husband's office declared it 'the best thing she has ever put in her mouth,' which is high praise indeed! And a friend of ours who has a guest house at a Florida beach, has us stock her freezer with it so she can use it to entertain those who come down to stay." When you stay at this Diamond Collection™ inn, you choose whether to dine on a full gourmet or have a quick continental breakfast.

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Gosling Rum Croissant Bread Pudding

from The Chadwick Bed & Breakfast in Portland, ME

Spice up traditional bread pudding with flavors of rum. The innkeeper, Scot Fuller, says, "It is a recipe we developed from a delicious bread pudding recipe and is a guest favorite! This is the first time we've given out our secret recipe!" He adds, "Breakfast is prepared daily in our kitchen using the best and freshest foods found at our local grocers, farmer’s markets, and food stands."

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Lemon Curd and Hot Blueberry Dutch Babies

from Albion Inn in Ashland, OR

Combine sweet and sour with this dish that balances blueberries with lemon. The innkeepers complement this dish with organic chicken sausage. Every breakfast served here is organic and freshly-prepared, with no GMOs, preservatives, or any kind of artificial ingredients. The blueberries and other fruits, vegetables, and herbs are grown in the B&B's own gardens.

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Panettone Pain Perdu with Merlot Poached Pears & Lemon Curd

from Cocoa Cottage Bed & Breakfast in Whitehall, MI

As the name suggests, chocolate is an important part of your stay at this B&B, though this dish keeps things sweet without chocolate. At check-in, feast on a homemade chocolate dessert. At turndown, enjoy homemade chocolates left for you. Breakfast includes chocolate zucchini bread and hot fudge with fresh fruit. Homemade hot chocolate is also available! The fresh-made food uses as many organic ingredients as possible.

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Upside Down Banana Pancake

Hamanassett Bed & Breakfast in Chester Heights, PA

Turn the traditional pancake on its head--literally--with this inventive breakfast recipe. You can't go wrong with the combination of vanilla, cinnamon, maple syrup, walnuts, and bananas. Breakfasts at this Diamond Collection B&B begin with a special fruit dish, such as poached pears, berries brulee, or praline bananas. Next comes either a sweet or savory dish along with several sides and fresh juices.

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Very Berry Breakfast Bread Pudding

from Inn at Huntingfield Creek in Rock Hall, MD

The innkeepers at this Diamond Collection B&B love serving signature dishes such as this bread pudding, in addition to homemade corned beef hash and blueberry orange pancakes. Breakfast is served with a variety of seasonal fruits and juices, breads and sweets, hams, bacon, and sausages. Photo credit:

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Breakfast Corn Chowder with Poached Eggs

from Rabbit Hill Inn in Lower Waterford, VT

Imagine waking up to a steaming hot bowl of this soup on a cold winter day. This award-winning Diamond Collection inn serves a candlelight breakfast that includes a buffet of baked treats, fruit, and granola, plus tasty hot entrees. Free tea and pastries are served each afternoon, and a multi-course dinner is available in the evenings.

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Breakfast Pot Pie with Cream Sauce

from Gateway Guesthouse in Austin, TX

With a kitchen run by a professional chef once featured on Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives, it's no surprise that this inn's recipe made it to the finals! In addition to serving creative dishes like this, they offer a large variety of cooking classes and local culinary adventures in Austin.

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Carolina Plantation Breakfast Bake

from Birchwood Inn in Lenox, MA

This savory recipe is sure to satisfy your hunger. Stay here and dine on freshly-baked treats and fresh-squeezed juices. In the afternoon, sip on hot tea or cider while snacking on sweet treats. Not hungry? You'll find the desserts in the shared butler's pantry after dinner! Photo credit: Jumping Rocks

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Grilled Pimento Cheese, Bacon, and Egg

from Mango Street Inn in Fort Meyers Beach, FL

Who said sandwiches were just for lunch? This Florida B&B combines several types of cheese with veggies, eggs, and bacon in one tasty, gooey sandwich. Innkeeper Dan Andre says,"It is always a huge hit when we serve it at the Mango Street Inn."

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Ham and Swiss Croissant Baked French Toast

from The Inn at Ragged Edge in Chambersburg, PA

Croissants will never be boring when you use them to make this rich, savory breakfast recipe. It's easy to make, but puts a unique twist on a conventional dish. Stay at the B&B and wake up to a full breakfast, with free afternoon refreshments.

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Los Poblanos Shakshouka

from Los Poblanos Inn Historic Inn & Organic Farm in Albuquerque, NM

This complex dish offers Northern African flavors. It consists of tomatoes, garbanzo beans, and onions in a flavorful sauce topped with poached eggs. Much of the inn's ingredients are sourced from local farmers, and some of them are grown at the inn's own organic farm (including honey from their own bees). Several nights a week, they serve a gourmet dinner. They also offer occasional cooking classes with the pros.

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Scotch Pockets
from The Lyttleton Inn in Littleton, MA

Enjoy the combined flavors of asparagus, cheese, eggs, and ham in a delicious pastry crust. This recipe comes from last year's winner, whose daily breakfasts feature her creative concoctions. Her seasonal menus feature locally-grown produce from small Massachusetts family farms.

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Sweet Potato Hash
from The White House Bed & Breakfast in Medford, OR

When is the last time you woke up and dined on a sweet potato hash on a bed of beet greens topped with bacon brittle and poached eggs? This unusual dish is one of the many gourmet breakfasts served every morning at this Oregon bed and breakfast. Guests are also treated to afternoon refreshments on the expansive porch.

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By Emily Starbuck Crone