Typically, B&Bs are a better luxury option than their chain-hotel counterparts. Posh perks like wine hours, homemade breakfasts featuring local ingredients, personalized service and complimentary Wi-Fi mean guests get way more for their travel dollars. Here are seven luxurious B&Bs with affordable rates.
Hodge Podge Lodge, Montgomery, Texas
Luxury meets small-town Texas at Hodge Podge Lodge, a historical 19th-century Southern mansion that's been converted into a lovely B&B in Montgomery (about an hour's drive from Houston). It's a popular spot for weddings and weekend getaways alike, thanks to its beautiful rooms decked in antiques, gorgeous wood-paneled library, and brick courtyard ringed with pecan trees. In the morning, enjoy a hot multi-course breakfast in the charming cottage-like dining room.
Inn on the Creek, Fredericksburg, Texas
Inn on the Creek is a great jumping-off point for those visiting Texas Hill Country. The inn has six private suites and is close to numerous wineries. With top-notch amenities such as private hot tubs, fireplaces, a full gourmet breakfast served daily, and an on-site spa facility, the 1800's home is one of Fredericksburg’s most luxurious bed and breakfasts. The property is located just a stone’s throw from the town’s charming Main Street, too.
Craftsman Inn, Calistoga, California
Napa Valley's Craftsman Inn provides an affordable way to explore Calistoga and the surrounding region without sacrificing amenities. Outfitted with touches like L’Occitane bath products and sleek subway-tile backed waterfall showers or Jacuzzi tubs, the eight guestrooms feature English and American antiques, yet still exude a modern and comfortable feel. The icing on the cake: Craftsman Inn’s lavish daily Champagne breakfast is lauded by guests near and far.
The Madeleine Bed & Breakfast Inn, Santa Fe, New Mexico
The Madeleine Bed & Breakfast Inn offers more than your typical Southwestern B&B. Built in 1886 by a railroad tycoon, this eco-friendly frontier home features a seamless blend of Victorian architecture and Asian decor. (Book a hot-stone massage or a rose-petal bath in the Indonesian-style Absolute Nirvana Spa.) The property is enveloped by colorful gardens and boasts seven unique rooms. Breakfast follows New Mexico culinary traditions with an ever-changing Southwestern-style spread featuring dishes such as breakfast burritos and blue corn pinon waffles.
Pinehurst Inn, Bayfield, Wisconsin
Pinehurst Inn has eight rooms, divided between the main house and the detached garden house, which was added in 2003 as a green building that mirrors the historical style of the main house (constructed in 1885). Luxurious touches include gas fireplaces, jetted tubs and private decks in select rooms. Property grounds are covered with woods, perennial gardens and hiking trails, and there’s an outdoor sauna and shower on site. The inn provides easy access to water sports like kayaking and sailing in the summer, and dog sledding in the winter, and is located near the Mainland Ice Caves, one of Lake Superior’s more spectacular natural formations. The hearty breakfast served every morning features organic, local ingredients such as vegetables and herbs grown in the Pinehurst gardens.
Abbey's Lantern Hill Inn, Ledyard Connecticut
Abbey’s Lantern Hill Inn is the perfect choice for nature lovers seeking a well-appointed stay at the end of an adventure-packed day. With wide-plank pine flooring and a color palette heavy on earth tones, the eco-friendly inn reflects its lush, green Mystic-area location. Guests have their pick of seven themed guestrooms. Stay in the Native American-inspired Southwest Room or the Cadillac Suite, outfitted with California redwood and Spanish tile. Abbey’s Lantern Hill Inn even has a nautical-themed, pet-friendly cottage for those who don’t want to leave their pups behind.
Marshall Slocum Inn, Newport, Rhode Island
Marshall Slocum Inn channels the opulence of Newport without the luxe price tag. Built in 1855, the historical home has five rooms with antiques furnishings (rooms feature original 150-year-old pine plank flooring) and amenities such as iPads pre-loaded with entertainment. The inn is not far from the Cliff Walk and Newport's famed mansions, as well as many beaches and the Newport Harbor.
By Kristin Luna