Casa & Natura Breviglieri Bed & Breakfast - Verona, Italy
Owners Nicola Abati Breviglieri and Luciana Breviglieri fully embrace the concept of “living naturally” at their simple bed and breakfast located along the left bank of the Adige River in the city of Verona. From the certified organic ingredients used in the rich breakfast buffet, served each morning in the winter garden, to the vegetable-based soaps available in all of the bathrooms, “living naturally” means taking the time to respect your body as well as the world around it. Nicola and Luciana envisioned the property as a place to nourish the well-being of the body, mind, and spirit. Each of the guestrooms has an eco-friendly design and is bathed in ample natural light that accentuates the warm hues of honey and ivory used in their décor. The rooms are also equipped with satellite televisions and wireless internet, making the accommodations ideal for tourists and business travelers who need to stay connected with the outside world. However, when you’re ready to unplug from your electronic devices, you can wander through the streets of the city made famous by William Shakespeare, taking time to admire the semi-circular arches of the buildings’ Romanesque architecture. After you’ve finished exploring for the day, return to the bed and breakfast and relax in the miniature botanical garden surrounding the house or in the beautifully landscaped courtyard ornamented with lush greenery and potted plants.
Colonial Gardens Bed & Breakfast - Williamsburg, Virginia
Half a mile from The College of William & Mary, just over one mile from Colonial Williamsburg, and only a few miles from the Jamestown Settlement, the Colonial Gardens Bed & Breakfast puts you right in the heart of this historic Virginian city. The property was a private residence until Wilmot and Diane Philips transformed it into a bed and breakfast in 1994. After running the inn for a decade, Wilmot and Diane retired and turned it over to the current proprietors, Ron and Karen Watkins. The amenities in the four guestrooms, named after flowers you’ll find blooming in the gardens, combine comfort and elegance, offering guests full-length robes, private bathrooms with Gilchrist & Soames toiletries, and beds made with 500-thread count or higher sheets that have been hand-ironed with a touch of lavender scent to promote relaxation. As an added luxury, all of the rooms located upstairs have fireplaces. In the morning, sip on freshly brewed European coffee and enjoy a gourmet breakfast prepared by Karen and served on fine china with crystal and silver service. Guests are encouraged to sign up for Karen’s interactive cooking classes designed to teach classic techniques, as well as helpful tricks of the culinary trade. When you’re finished exploring everything that the Williamsburg area has to offer, then come back and stroll through the gardens that stretch for over an acre or sit on the old-fashioned porch swing and listen to the birds sing until the sun sets.
The Inn at Irwin Gardens - Columbus, Indiana
The Inn at Irwin Gardens was built as a private residence in 1864 by a Columbus banker and businessman by the name of Joseph I. Irwin. Over the years, the home was enlarged and remodeled to accommodate the growing Irwin family, and, in 1910, Massachusetts architect Henry A. Phillips devised the current Edwardian design of the 13,000-square-foot mansion. Today, the bed and breakfast offers five guestrooms, each furnished with the Irwin family’s period antiques and private bathrooms with original fixtures dating back to the early 1900s. When exploring the first floor of the inn, be sure to examine the windows in the library very closely, as each of its seven windows has a small stained-glass design representing the seven days of the week. While the architectural details of the bed and breakfast are impressive, the highlight of the property is, without question, the meticulously landscaped garden engineered to follow an Italian motif. Wander through the maze based on the exhumed remains of the Casa degli Innamorati in ancient Pompeii, admire the statue under the center arch of the garden house modeled after a lakeside structure at the Villa of Hadrian in Tivoli, and trace the curved brick of the garden walls rounded to imitate the 16th-century gardens in Mantua. The only fixtures that do not fit the Italian theme are the English sundial and the Japanese bronze elephant sculpture that is a replica of the one at the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair pavilion.
The Jackson House Inn - Woodstock, Vermont
Located just outside the heart of Woodstock, the Jackson House Inn fits the image of a charming 19th-century New England bed and breakfast in more ways than one. The main house was originally constructed in the Queen Anne style in 1890 as the private residence of local sawmill owner Wales N. Johnson. The property was then purchased by Robert and Christine Jackson in 1940 and converted into a nine-room guesthouse known as The Seven Maples in honor of the seven maple trees lining the front grounds. After changing ownership several times, a 14-month period of upscale renovation, and the addition of a full-service restaurant, the bed and breakfast landed in the hands of current owners Rick and Kathy Terwelp under its current name. Guests can choose to stay in a one-room suite or a more classic room, all with private bathrooms. The suites have updated décor, gas fireplaces, and a comfortable sitting area, while the standard rooms are decorated on themes like Vermont Country and equipped with queen beds. This boutique inn is set on three acres with picturesque views, a freshwater pond, and lushly-landscaped English gardens with a walking maze. Period details include intricate woodwork, stained glass, and beautifully laid floors in cherry, maple, oak, and pine, and the property was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1993. Whether you’re coming for the peak foliage season or the peak ski season at Killington and Okemo, the Jackson House Inn is the perfect destination for a romantic getaway or a peaceful retreat with friends.
Sea Cliff Gardens Bed & Breakfast - Port Angeles, Washington
This Victorian bed and breakfast is located on a two-acre piece of oceanfront land that sits at the gateway to Olympic National Park in Washington. The spacious guestrooms offer breathtaking views of the property, allowing you to wake up each morning to the sight of the lush English gardens and numerous flower beds strategically planted around the grounds. You will also enjoy the luxurious oversized bathrooms and either a private two-person indoor Jacuzzi or an outdoor hot tub. A full breakfast replete with fresh eggs, savory meats, seasonal fruit, and decadent sweets is served on elegant china in the fine dining room with windows featuring a panoramic view of the property. After your meal, walk out to the bluff standing over the Strait of Juan de Fuca and see if you can spot the coast of Vancouver Island just beyond the sea mist. Fans of the novel series Twilight by Stephenie Meyer and the motion picture series based on the books can make the hour-long drive to Forks, Washington to tour the sleepy town that served as the saga’s setting. If sports are more up your alley, then enthusiasts of the outdoors, especially, will appreciate the bed and breakfast’s close proximity to the Olympic Discovery Trail, a designated non-motorized roadway spanning 120 miles across the north end of the Olympic Peninsula that is ideal for bikers, runners, equestrians, and nature-walkers.