We're thrilled to announce the winners of our 13th Annual Awards for B&Bs and inns. Finalists were chosen based on a qualitative and quantitative analysis of traveler reviews from the past year, and winners were selected by an independent panel of guest judges:
"I love how it feels to check in to just the right B&B in the right location (often in proximity to beautiful mountains, bodies of water, or a charming downtown). I love getting to know the owners, and to see their vision and aesthetic represented in their design choices, food, and hospitality." Robert Firpo-Cappiello Editor in Chief, Budget Travel
"My favorite things about bed and breakfasts are getting to meet new people, indulging in delicious home-cooked breakfasts, and getting local advice from the hosts! I find that asking the innkeeper for advice on the best places to eat or secret spots to visit usually results in some great recommendations that I might not have found otherwise." Caroline Morse Senior Editor, SmarterTravel
The Landmark Inn: Cooperstown, NY
Cooperstown practically sprang up around the historic Landmark Inn, a beautifully renovated 1856 house just steps from the village center. The town may be known as the home of the Baseball Hall of Fame, but the Landmark Inn is a destination in itself. "The staff is delightful, our room was perfect, the cookies were yummy, and the breakfasts were delicious," writes one guest who found herself besotted all around. "It’s like staying at a five-star hotel but more personal," agrees another, noting the amiable staff and location-appropriate elements, "right down to the Cracker Jack (TM) and peanuts in the entryway."
Casa del Gavilan Historic Inn: Cimarron, NM
This B&B lives up to its name, boasting a spot on the National Register of Historic Places for its pristine Pueblo Revival style. "The wildlife and scenery made me feel like I was living the dream of a character in a Southwest storybook," claims one guest. We feel the same about this turn-of-the-century adobe inn, which sits in a "spectacular location" at the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo mountains. "The views and the sunset [are] spectacular,” declare guests who find themselves greeted by antelope herds and hummingbirds during walks into the New Mexico countryside.
Revere Guest House: Provincetown, MA
"Charming," "quaint," and "cozy" are words past guests use when describing Provincetown’s Revere Guest House, a 19th-century ship captain’s home brimming with subtly nautical details. Amenities include "a great breakfast cottage, a back patio with firepit, and extras like Netflix, nice bath products, and plush towels." Everything is hand picked by hosts Paul and Allison to provide a home-like stay "with a magical sixth sense for hospitality at all the right moments." Splurge on the "extraordinary" Captain’s Room, say reviewers — its gas fireplace is just the ticket on chilly Cape Cod nights.
Old Town Guesthouse B&B: Colorado Springs, CO
Sure, many B&Bs boast a whirlpool or two, but the Old Town Guesthouse pulls out all the stops: "Sitting in our personal balcony hot tub while the snow was falling was magical!" says one guest. Take a soak with sweeping views of Pikes Peak and the Garden of the Gods. Doze in front of your private fireplace or relax in your in-room sauna — sore post-hiking muscles don’t stand a chance here. Reviewers love the uniquely furnished accommodations and personal touches: "Neat to have the 'themed' rooms with items from around the world in them!" And of course every room, whether inspired by a Moroccan hammam or a Colorado fishing lodge, shares those stunning views.
Cedar Crest Lodge: Pleasanton, KS
There’s just so much to do at this sprawling resort: gardens, walking trails, fish ponds, a bocce court, a horseshoe pit, even a full-service spa. It’s a splendid spot for taking in the Kansas countryside’s most spectacular scenery. "Being atop the hill, sunsets, and the starlit sky were gorgeous," says one guest. "The location is lovely with the view and all the flowers and butterflies," says another. Everything is undeniably romantic, an "ideal getaway location for couples” who want to unplug and reconnect in nature, with "great little details such as a little S’mores kit" to sweeten the deal.
Burlington's Willis Graves Bed & Breakfast Inn: Burlington, KY
A small town in Northern Kentucky is home to this "ah-mazing" adults-only inn that boasts all the comforts of home and then some. The Willis Graves is the kind of place where guests indulge in early-morning coffee on private porches or "an evening glass of wine watching the trees light up with fireflies." It’s an ideal property for escapists to "lounge around in robes and eat fantastic breakfasts," gushes one guest. And oh, those breakfasts. Served on white linens and blue china, dishes like creme brulee French toast and gingerbread pancakes jump-start each relaxing day.
Abbington Green Bed & Breakfast: Asheville, NC
Just take a glance at its gardens and you’ll see why Asheville’s "glorious," "sensational," and "unparallelled" Abbington Green deserves all those superlatives. There’s plenty of pedigree inside and out at this inn designed by the Biltmore Estate’s architect. Spacious rooms are inspired by classical gardens and historic squares but "have all the latest gadgets you need, like charging stations," pillow menus, and high-def TVs. The lavish English gardens and the owner’s greenhouse provide produce and herbs for "lovingly prepared" breakfasts, while expansive porches offer outdoor space for reading, relaxing, and enjoying "the dulcet tones of a wind chime."
The Inn At Langley: Langley, WA
"From the moment we arrived until our departure, I felt like I was wrapped in a warm blanket," recalls one guest of their stay. Every room features water views, while "the deep soaking tub and the sound of the waves lapping at the shore" bring the surroundings of Whidbey Island right to your room. Reserve one of the airy suites complete with full kitchen and private deck with uninterrupted views of what one guest dubs "the Langley Riviera." And if you can step away from the gorgeous sights, the surrounding San Juan Islands offer some of the world’s best whale-watching.
The Inn On First Bed And Breakfast: Napa, CA
Napa is near-synonymous with luxe foodie-friendly inns, but the Inn on First takes the classic wine country getaway one giant leap further. Owners Jim and Jamie’s expertise in wine is unmatched: "They went over and above to schedule appointments for wine tastings based on determining our taste and budget for wines," says one guest. "They know every winery, restaurant, and attraction in the Napa area," confirms another. That personalized attention to every last detail doesn’t end there, of course, with complimentary picnic baskets, champagne, and chocolate truffles on offer and beds "like a giant cloud of loveliness"— but not a television to be found on-site.