Bexley Bed and Breakfast, Bexley, Ohio
Bexley Bed and Breakfast is so new, the property's website is still under construction. But the inn is ready for guests! You can check its BedandBreakfast.com page to book a stay, of course, and to see images of its gleaming hardwood floors; beautiful dining room with floor-to-ceiling windows; and clean, modern guestrooms. Heated floors and heated towel racks in spacious bathrooms, free Wi-Fi and keyless electronic guestroom entry make this a thoroughly modern inn. So far, guests have been thrilled with the property's location: Bexley house is about a block from Main Street, and is within walking distance of restaurants, shops, a theater, and Capital University in Bexley, Ohio.
Beeline Guest House, Pine, Arizona
Nature mingles with modern frills at this Arizona country inn adorned with artwork by local artists, wood furniture crafted from knotted tree trunks, hammered copper sinks and hand-carved four-poster beds. The two-story building, which was originally a private home, sat neglected and covered in vines for years before innkeeper Patrick Moore picked it up and began an extensive process of cleaning and decorating. The four-room Beeline Guest House opened in December 2014, but it already has guests singing the praises of its complimentary breakfast featuring bread baked on site and beautiful guestrooms ornamented with fresh flowers.
Bella Fattoria Bed and Breakfast, Berlin Center, Ohio
Bella Fattoria (the name means "beautiful farmhouse" in Italian) in rural Mahoning County, Ohio, accepted its first guests in January 2015. Innkeeper Brenda Hernan told me she opened the property to raise funds for the establishment of affordable housing in the community. Hernan said, "The B&B seemed to be the perfect opportunity to provide those funds, since we love to meet and get to know new people." The three-room inn has a notable attraction in its backyard: Mastropietro Winery, a 13-acre vineyard with an extensive tasting-room menu. A few of the guestrooms offer sweeping vineyard views, and there are five additional vineyards within a roughly 10-mile radius—making this restored 19th-century farmhouse the perfect base for Ohio wine country adventures.
Aubert Den, Branch, Michigan
Not far from Lake Michigan (about a 40-minute drive), you'll find Aubert Den, a rustic log-cabin inn set in Manistee National Forest. This new property is ideal for travelers seeking an escape from city life. You'll find peace and privacy within 17 wooded acres where deer, wild turkey and other gentle fauna roam. Large windows in all guestrooms provide lovely views of the surrounding woods, and details such as cathedral ceilings, big leather couches, an enormous field-stone fireplace and free Wi-Fi deliver luxury and convenience in the midst of Michigan's wilds.
The Buckingham Inn, Madison, Wisconsin
Because it's set on the west edge of the University of Wisconsin campus, the Buckingham Inn is well suited to cater to Badgers and their loved ones aplenty. The innkeepers' son lived at the property when he attended college about a decade ago. Owners Heidi and Tom Notbohm spent a year fully renovating the architecturally significant Prairie School home before opening the B&B in January 2015. The Notbohms told me, "Our dream is a reality, we are having fun, and we are getting great comments and reviews!" A stay includes free Wi-Fi, complimentary use of Netflix and Pandora, and bike-share passes.
Berkeley House Bed & Breakfast, Staunton, Virginia
After about a year of extensive renovations—the owners added totally new plumbing, as well as climate control and private bathrooms in all rooms—the Berkeley House Bed & Breakfast opened last spring in historical Staunton, Virginia. This is definitely the place to stay if you're a history buff: This Queen Anne Victorian sits directly across from the birthplace of President Woodrow Wilson. The mansion is outfitted with gorgeous antiques and Victorian decor, but amenities such as free parking and Wi-Fi add a welcome touch of contemporary comfort.
Greenway House Bed and Breakfast, Green Lake, Wisconsin
Here's the beauty of staying at a just-restored historical property: You get your bygone ambiance with a side of ultra-modern conveniences. Guestrooms have keyless entry, jetted tubs, smart TVs and free Wi-Fi. But the Greenway House, which was built in 1880, nevertheless offers plenty of timeworn charm. It was in disrepair before innkeepers Matt and Christina Lyon bought and fully restored the grand Victorian mansion. Original features such as a roomy wrap-around porch, fireplaces with bronze details, a hand-carved staircase and stained-glass windows evoke a romantic 19th-century air.
Enfield Manor, Ithaca, New York
Enfield Manor, a private and quiet retreat about 10 minutes' drive from downtown Ithaca, rests on 15 acres of organic farmland. Innkeeper Inez Vermaas told me, "We have now been running for 13 months and the B&B is doing much better than we expected. … What's more: We love it! Tom does all the cooking and maintenance work and I do the rest. We meet great people and [the inn] gets such heartwarming reviews!" Enfield has two guestrooms plus a private pet-friendly cottage, and rates include cooked-to-order breakfast made with ingredients grown on site. The innkeepers have made an impressive effort to preserve the environment—electricity is generated by the B&B's own solar panels. Because of its secluded location, the inn is perfect for stargazing or catching glimpses of wildlife.
—by Caroline Costello