HARTZELL HOUSE B&B
Visitors flock from around the globe to see American architect Frank Lloyd Wright Sr.'s acclaimed masterpiece, Fallingwater, which Wright built as a private residence in Southwestern Pennsylvania. The nearby Hartzell House B&B makes an ideal base for enjoying this National Historic Landmark. Although their architectural styles are completely different—Fallingwater is a multi-tiered modern structure jutting out over a waterfall, while Hartzell House is a 19th-century Carpenter Gothic Victorian—they complement each other perfectly. Choose from six unique guestrooms split between the inn's original antique-filled west wing and a Craftsman-influenced addition, then set out to enjoy Hartzell's numerous common areas—including its Great Room, where a two-course breakfast is served hourly every morning beginning at 8 a.m. Want to get an even earlier start? A specially chosen meal is available for “dedicated Wrightonians” at 7 a.m., which includes a pastry to go.
MANOA VALLEY INN
On the morning of December 7, 1941, six Japanese aircraft carriers released 353 fighter planes over the U.S. Naval Base at Hawaii's Pearl Harbor, a move that led directly to America's involvement in WWII. Today the USS Arizona is the only one of eight battleships remaining as a public memorial for what's become known as the Battle of Pearl Harbor. To experience this historical site—along with the wealth of Oahu's natural and cultural offerings—book a stay at Manoa Valley Inn. The historical property is about a 55-minute drive from the Arizona and offers a saltwater pool, free parking, free Wi-Fi, and a hot breakfast served on a lanai.
San Juan National Historic Site
CASA SOL BED AND BREAKFAST
Puerto Rico's San Juan National Historic Site comprises military structures such as 16th-century Morro Castle and Fort San Cristóbal, Spain's largest-ever New World fortication, all built to protect the city of San Juan and its Caribbean bay from invaders. It's one of the island's top attractions. Casa Sol Bed and Breakfast offers quiet accomodations within walking distance of both the fort and greater Old San Juan. The property, an old Colonial fortress that once housed soldiers, is perfect for history buffs.
LA POSADA DE TAOS
Adobe is the building material of choice in Taos, New Mexico, though perhaps no adobe structures are better known those at nearby Taos Pueblo, one of the oldest continuously inhabited communities in the United States. Want to experience a night in a similar earthen structure while visiting? Book a room at La Posada de Taos, a century-old pueblo-style hacienda that happens to be Taos's first B&B. Each of this adobe inn's six guestrooms sports curated artworks as well as Kiva fireplaces. La Posada is known for its popular communal breakfast, a daily tradition that includes freshly baked dishes such as signature chili-pinon scones.
San Antonio Missions National Historical Park
The history of San Antonio is closely tied to that of the Catholic missions that came to the U.S. Southwest from the 17th through the 19th centuries. Today four of the region's five local missions are preserved as San Antonio Missions National Historical Park. Centrally located in San Antonio's King William Historic District, the Victorian-style Brackenridge House provides a comfortable and convenient base from which to explore this U.S. World Heritage Site. Choose from guestrooms and enjoy perks such as complimentary sherry, a garden hot tub and a second-floor veranda—perfect for enjoying the inn's three-course daily breakfast on warmer days. Those wanting to get in some morning sightseeing can opt to have a light breakfast delivered in-room instead.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial
AKWAABA BED AND BREAKFAST
In 2011, Washington, D.C. gained one of its newest monuments: the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, a four-acre park with a 30-foot-tall granite sculpture commemorating the renowned Civil Rights leader. Book a stay at the literary-themed Akwaaba B&B for easy access to this groundbreaking site. Akwaaba occupies a late 19th-century townhouse in D.C.'s Dupont Circle, and offers seven guestrooms and an apartment devoted to a different black author or literary theme. The Zora Neale Hurston room is decorated in bold red colors and features a king-sized brass bed, while the more masculine Langston Hughes suite has its own private balcony and walnut armoire. A hot-cooked breakfast is available each morning, though there's also the option of breakfast to go.
Gettysburg National Military Park
MARY-PENN BED AND BREAKFAST
When it comes to U.S. Civil War history, Pennsylvania's Gettysburg National Military Park is a must-see. This is the site of the war's bloodiest battle and where Abraham Lincoln gave his famous address. It's also home to the Mary Penn B&B, an 18th-century brick farmhouse-turned-inn that stands directly on the Mason-Dixon Line. There are four guestrooms in total—three in Maryland and one in Pennsylvania—decorated in refined mahogany furnishings and crisp white linens.
—by Laura Kiniry