B&Bs That Do Breakfast in Your Room
Glendeven Inn Mendocino
Imagine waking each morning in a extravagant feather bed, a wood fire roaring by your feet and a three-course gourmet breakfast—typically made from eggs laid by the inn's own hens&mdsah;awaiting at your door. Glendeven Inn's 10 guestrooms are spread among four distinct structures on California's fabled Mendocino Coast, including a stunning multi-story redwood with private entries and easy access to the llama pasture.
By the Side of the Road Bed & Breakfast
Despite its years serving as a Civil War field hospital, Virgina's By the Side of the Road boasts enough modern offerings to make it appealing to both B&B enthusiasts and skeptics alike. While its Manor House guestrooms feature antique furnishings and decor, the inn also has two contemporary suites that came about as part of their 2012 expansion—each with its own luxurious shower room. However, it's the daily breakfast delivered right to your door that really turns guests' heads: a chef's selection that ranges from fresh omelets to country waffles served with warm toffee sauce.
Inn on Randolph
Filled with stylish, updated furnishings and sporting a kitchen that's completely gluten-free, Napa's Inn on Randolph has proven to be an ideal Wine Country base for 21st-century travelers. The nearly one-acre estate has been completely renovated and modern touches abound. Neutral colors are the norm in both the historic main house and its five cottages, as are such amenities as heated bathroom floors, luxury linens and Wi-Fi. Each cottage also has its own entrance and outdoor sitting area—perfect for guests who like a little extra privacy. Though if you'd rather be part of the action, downtown Napa's restaurants and tasting rooms are just a short walk away.
The Awtrey House
When Washington architect James Cutler designed and built Oregon's Awtrey House, he obviously considered every detail of its natural surroundings. With the ocean stretching out before it and Neahkahnie Mountain just behind, this modern B&B captures the essence of the Pacific Northwest—both in setting and in design. Each of its two guestrooms features sleek, stylish touches like local artwork and floor-to-ceiling windows, as well as oversized tubs and private terraces with panoramic views of the sea. The house itself is an architectural masterpiece (its Great Room sports board-formed concrete walls) that gets incredible light.
B&Bs with Outstanding Gourmet Dining
The Inn at Weathersfield
Another architectural stunner with roots that date back centuries, Vermont's Inn at Weathersfield has a roomy front porch with rockers, and original beehive oven and 18th-centiry wide-plank floors, plus a myriad of modern amenities and perks: There is an electric-car charging station, and guestrooms have direct TV, Wi-Fi, whirlpool tubs and gas fireplaces. There are hands-on cooking classes, live music Friday nights, and even an onsite restaurant serving award-winning farm-to-table cuisine. The inn's own tavern is a more affordable dining option, and it's where a complimentary breakfast is served.
Goodstone Inn and Restaurant
Virginia's Goodstone Inn is spacious and stylish, with 18 guestrooms sporting refined European decor and spread among six individual structures—all on 265 acres in the heart of the local wine country. One of the inn's most impressive features is its restaurant, an upscale French eatery with its own 1,500+ bottle wine cellar. If this isn't enough to sway B&B cynics, how about a heated swimming pool, an on-site farm and gardens (plus a beekeeping program), and a luxury spa offering a range of massages. Did we mention miles of hiking trails?
Butterfly Gap Retreat
Discover seven architecturally unique modern structures nestled in 900 wooded acres. Choose from among a cozy and colorful guesthouse with its own reading loft, a multi-level treehouse or a two-story cottage with its own frog pond. The area has plenty to keep outdoor enthusiasts busy, including Butterfly Gap Retreat's own private 12-acre lake, which is perfect for fishing. Of course, with breakfast delivered straight to your cabin each morning, you may be inclined to stay indoors.
Cherry Wood Bed Breakfast and Barn
Cherry Wood Bed Breakfast and Barn consists of 22-foot teepees, outdoor claw-foot tubs and an on-site working farm with a horse rescue program. The luxurious teepees are a far cry from camping, with beds, private bathrooms and mini-fridges. Breakfast features seasonal food grown in the property's farm. Pets are welcome at this inn.
—by Laura Kiniry