The Top 50 US Bed-and-Breakfasts for Food Slideshow
May 8, 2013
50) Victorian Mansion Bed and Breakfast, Los Alamos, Calif.
If it’s a theme you want, it’s a theme you will have at the Victorian Mansion Bed and Breakfast. This B&B is known for its intricate themes, hidden staircases, and murals that took more than two years to complete. Each suite is completely outfitted to fit a certain theme, ranging from the '50s Suite to the Pirate Suite. Located in the Santa Ynez wine country, the B&B has a plethora of wine and champagne romance packages to enhance your stay, and guests receive a bottle of local wine upon arrival. Guests can also indulge in decadent chocolate truffles, cheese platters with artisan bread, and homemade mini cupcakes, for those with a sweet tooth.
49) Chelsea Station, Seattle
The Chelsea Station in Seattle is known for its romantic ambiance. A hot breakfast is delivered to the room each morning, and every room is complete with a selection of high-end coffees and teas, as well as a gas grill on the patio to be used at one’s leisure. Each room in the B&B is equipped with a living room, dining room, powder room, a walk-in rain shower, a kitchenette, and a deluxe master suite. The cuisine at Chelsea Station is sourced locally with homemade items from the B&B's renowned chefs, such as warm French toast topped with seasonal fruit. It also has a complimentary pantry stocked with wine, cheese, beer, granola, fruit, yogurt, and sparkling water for guests to indulge in at any time.
48) Whitebriar Bed & Breakfast, Edgewater Park, N.J.
This easygoing B&B has an organic garden and houses rescued farm animals. The proprietors also own the adjacent Organic Green Café and host events like high teas and the twice-weekly "Historic 1930's $8 Depression Dinners," which feature "stick to the ribs" dishes like meatloaf and beef stew. For breakfast, the hostess likes to get creative with her Surprise Coffeecake, in which she uses several unusual ingredients.
47) Musser's Organic Bed & Breakfast, New Providence, Pa.
The innkeepers mean it when they say "organic," from the food — organic milk, produce, and free-range eggs — to the cleaners used. Simple and rustic, amid picturesque country surroundings, this is a family-friendly and comfortable stay with down-home breakfasts like peanut butter French toast and homemade apple butter and pretzels.
46) Holualoa Inn, Holualoa, Hawaii
The Big Island of Hawaii is home to the Holualoa Innon the Kona Coffee Estate, located on the slopes of Mount Hualalai on the western shore of the island. This Polynesian resort has a view of more than 5,100 Kona coffee trees and is the perfect backdrop for a relaxing weekend. Beyond the village of Holualoa, guests can find the sandy beaches of the Kona Coast and the blue Pacific, where they can take strolls, swims, and truly enjoy the more tranquil side of Hawaii.
44) The Hawk and Ivy B&B Retreat, Barnardsville, N.C.
Organic, holistic, and peaceful are key words to describe this Blue Ridge Mountains getaway. The innkeepers, proponents of "slow food" and supporters of local farms, see that nice touches such as edible flowers grace the table. Guests enjoy the waffles with fresh berries.
43) Jazz Quarters, New Orleans
This getaway in the French Quarter, complete with courtyard and gardens, is the ideal spot to enjoy your coffee with chicory while you feast on breakfast couscous with yogurt and honey, sweet potato soufflé, bananas Foster French toast, or crawfish pies.
42) Frisco Lodge, Frisco, Colo.
Frisco Lodge is situated in Summit County, Colo., only a short distance from Breckenridge, Vail, Copper Mountain, and other ski town destinations. The B&B was built as a stagecoach stop in 1885 and is located on Frisco’s historic Main Street. Every afternoon, the lodge serves complimentary wine, cheese, hot cider, homemade soup, and fresh bread to guests who may have spent a grueling day out on the slopes. It also has a romantic fireplace and hot tub for couples to relax in, as well as a gas campfire and a BBQ grill for those looking to cook up their own meal.
41) Canyon Villa Bed and Breakfast Inn of Sedona, Sedona, Ariz.
This luxury boutique B&B has a view of the Red Rocks in Sedona, a beautiful backdrop for a quiet couple’s retreat complete with freshly baked cinnamon rolls each morning. The B&B has extra amenities such as a library reading room, a courtyard, and a pool for guests to take a dip and relax in. If guests want to venture out, the town is filled with galleries and activities, like going for a hot-air balloon ride. For breakfast, guests can taste lemon soufflé pancakes topped with blueberry sauce or a Denver omelette pie.
40) Centerboard Inn, Nantucket, Mass.
Airy and bright, this inn is a great base for enjoying bike rides, nature, and exploring the charming town. The accommodations, breakfast, and later wine and cheese or afternoon tea, are a pleasure at this island B&B. One creative breakfast is bread pudding with raspberries and white chocolate.
39) Buttonwood Inn, North Conway, N.H.
Visiting the gorgeous White Mountains can only be improved upon by comfortable lodgings with accommodating hosts and delicious food. You'll find all of the above, including breakfasts that may feature their signature pecan and wild Maine blueberry French toast, at this well-run inn.
37) Cameo Heights Mansion Bed & Breakfast, Touchet, Wash.
Set in Touchet, Wash., is the Cameo Heights Mansion Bed & Breakfast, where guests enjoy a fresh gourmet breakfast with views of the Walla Walla River Valley. It's home to its own highly acclaimed restaurant, The Vine, run by chef Nathan Carlson. The restaurant's menu changes frequently but features creative dishes such as crispy pork belly with sea scallop, mango liquid gel, jalapeño-onion marmalade, and carrot demi-glace; Reister Farms lamb rib chop and lamb zampini with potatoes confit, fiddlehead fern, and red pepper; as well as caramelized bananas with banana gelato, apple-bourbon beads and Nutella powder for dessert. Guests can also partake in hands-on cooking classes with the chef, where they can learn to make dishes they enjoyed during their stay.
36) Channel Bass Inn, Chincoteague Island, Va.
Not only does this delightful island inn serve an inventive breakfast, with selections like crab quiche and Mexican eggs, but it also offers a four-course English tea three afternoons a week. Give the popular ginger scones a try!
35) Hydrangea House Inn, Newport, R.I.
Before you tour the famed neighborhood mansions, elegantly nibble on sophisticated fare like seasoned eggs in puff pastry or raspberry pancakes at the long table in the formal dining room. Here, it's easy to envision how the Astors and Vanderbilts may have begun their days, long ago.
34) A.G. Thomson House: Historic Bed and Breakfast, Duluth, Minn.
For a tranquil escape in Minnesota, look no further than the A.G. Thomson House B&B. Located in Duluth’s Historic Congdon Mansion District, the B&B overlooks Lake Superior and has seven unique rooms to choose from. The guest rooms are complete with amenities such asfireplaces, lake views, and flat-screen HDTVs. Outside of the cozy rooms, guests can sip wine in the gazebo, relax on the property’s veranda, or even take a nap in the house’s hammock. Breakfast can be enjoyed either in the inn's dining room or in the privacy of your own room, and the menu features such delicious-sounding dishes as white chocolate-Craisin scones, raspberry cream cheese coffeecake, and wild rice quiche.
33) Casa Cuma Bed & Breakfast, Santa Fe, N.M.
Casa Cuma Bed & Breakfast in Santa Fe, N.M. is the ultimate place to relax. The B&B, located only four blocks from the town’s historic center, has private entrances to all of its rooms. During the summertime, guests can enjoy a leisurely breakfast outside under the giant fir tree complete with mountain views. Popular breakfast entrées include pumpkin-pecan waffles, Southwestern breakfast quesadillas, and stuffed French toast. Additionally, the B&B has a steaming hot tub outside for guests to use during their stay.
32) Honu Kai B&B, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
Located on the Big Island in Hawaii, Honu Kai B&B has four rooms — two suites, a master suite, and a private bungalow — and offers guests an outstanding breakfast experience with local seasonal fruits, coffee, tea, and juice, often served out on the lanai. The owners are very sensitive to those with food allergies and can prepare meals accordingly. They also import mangos and avocados, among other seasonal treats, to incorporate into breakfast meals, where they also serve 100 percent Kona coffee. The scenery is breathtaking, as the main floor of the B&B is built around an open-air atrium and koi fish pond. The best part about a visit to the lush 1.3-acre estate is knowing that when you visit Honu Kai you will have that special "Aloha" experience.
31) The 1895 Inn, Savannah, Ga.
In Savannah's historic district, you'll be surrounded by antiques and art during your gourmet breakfast (a popular choice is the fried green apples); later followed by the daily wine and cheese hour, and nightly dessert.
30) Shiloh Morning Inn & Cottages, Ardmore, Okla.
Dining is made easy at the Shiloh Morning Inn & Cottages. In addition to a deluxe three-course breakfast, guests have two options for dinner: an elaborate larger meal or a lighter one. The light meal includes a pound of jumbo shrimp, a plate of cheese and fruit, and a loaf of the inn's fresh-baked bread. For guests who choose the larger menu to be sent to their room or cottage, they will receive a garden-fresh salad, a loaf of freshly baked bread, the vegetable of the day, a choice of entrées including Cornish game hens, semi-boneless quail, or pecan-crusted tilapia, to name a few, and homemade desserts.
29) Butterfly Hollow, Gordonsville, Tenn.
This is a country retreat where the emphasis is on nature and release from stress. During your stay, walk the 85-acre valley and enjoy an organic breakfast with produce and herbs from the farmhouse garden. This idyllic spot sometimes hosts events like the "Wild Food Hike and Luncheon," where guests gather delicacies from the surrounding area with the help of a guide and use them to prepare salads and sandwiches for lunch.
28) The Inn at Sweet Water Farm, Great Barrington, Mass.
This charming Berkshires inn has pretty accommodations, friendly hosts, and excellent food. Breakfast is bountiful, organic, and made with locally sourced food (including their own hens' eggs). You can't go wrong with the pesto of the day omelette!
27) Inn on Charlotte, Saint Augustine, Fla.
A far cry from beach resorts and theme parks, this elegant inn is nonetheless a great base for enjoying Florida's warm climes. If not the Fountain of Youth, the gourmet two-course breakfasts — where you may be served strawberry soup or Belgian waffles with pineapple syrup — are surely sources of delight.
26) Lookout Point Lakeside Inn, Hot Springs, Ark.
Lookout Point Lakeside Inn is situated in the Ouachita Mountains overlooking Lake Hamilton. All guest rooms have lake views and the B&B is completely eco-friendly, as it was constructed with eco-friendly materials including double-pane windows and excellent insulation. Not to be missed during your stay are Chocolate-Covered Wednesdays, where breakfast kicks off with an Arkansas specialty: biscuits topped with chocolate gravy.
25) Rainbow Hearth Sanctuary and Retreat Center, Burnet, Texas
Nothing says bed-and-breakfast better than a spa retreat center. At the Rainbow Hearth Sanctuary and Retreat Center, guests can enjoy the intimacy of a B&B coupled with the amenities of a hotel, like healing massages by its own in-house therapist. Rainbow Hearth also offers two different spa retreat packages that guests can choose from, either a one-night stay or a five-night stay, which include three meals a day. All meals served at the B&B are natural and organic. Sample dishes include organic smoothies and omelets for breakfast, wild-caught salmon with tamari mustard for lunch, and chicken vegetable soup and cornbread for dinner.
24) East Battery Bed & Breakfast, Charleston, S.C.
This gracious inn in the heart of Charleston is an easy walking distance to historic sites and is much-touted for its attentive hospitality. In addition to breakfast featuring their special daily quiche or cooked-to-order eggs Benedict, fresh-baked treats at the guests' disposal are a popular touch.
23) Inn at the Park, Cape May, N.J.
The innkeepers, trained at the Culinary Institute of America, place an emphasis on good gourmet food, from morning broccoli strata and "egg in the nest," to afternoon hors d'oeuvres like bruschetta and smoke salmon served with good wine. The inn also supplies beach gear if needed!
22) Seven Quails Vineyards Bed & Breakfast, Paso Robles, Calif.
Paso Robles, Calif., is home to an intimate B&B known as the Seven Quails Bed & Breakfast, just west of the state’s wine country vineyards. With only two suites, this B&B can accommodate four to six people. In one of the suites, guests can stare right out onto the family’s vineyard and almond orchards. Their own vineyard grows cabernet sauvignon and zinfandel grapes, which they provide to neighborhood wineries. Three other varietals, cabernet franc, malbec, and viognier are also grown in smaller quantities. The Sunnyside Up suite overlooks the cabernet sauvignon vineyard and the sloping hills.
21) The Bentwood Inn, Jackson Hole, Wyo.
The Bentwood Inn in Jackson Hole, Wyo., is surrounded by nature. It’s ascenic65-mile drive from the B&B through the National Elk Refuge and Grand Teton National Park to the south entrance of Yellowstone National Park. With a three-story-high river rock fireplace and quiet nooks where guests can read books and relax, the B&B is quaint refuge located among some of the country's most beautiful surroundings. And the inn's culinary offerings are nothing to scoff at, either. It serves breakfast, afternoon cocktails, and appetizers, and is also home to the Bentwood Bistro, which features a four-course seasonal dinner.
20) Pomegranate Inn, Portland, Maine
In this small seaside city that hosts a surprising number of great restaurants, the in-town Pomegranate Inn holds its own in the culinary department. Cozy and eclectically elegant, it offers delicious, beautifully presented fare such as the cheese blintz soufflé with berry coulis.
19) Applewood Manor Bed & Breakfast, Castleton, Vt.
Appealing in both summer and winter, this central Vermont inn has lovely grounds with gardens, maple trees, and seasonal swimming pool. The inviting hosts (and friendly dog) make sure guests are well-fed, with items like eggs Benedict and blueberry pancakes, before beginning a country day. They also offer several food-centric packages, like one for maple syrup lovers and one where they will organize a guide to take you ice-fishing.
17) Arch Cape Inn & Retreat, Arch Cape, Ore.
With 10 custom suites and all the finest amenities, Arch Cape Inn & Retreat is a true destination for food lovers looking to explore Cannon Beach, Ore. Guests can indulge in a three-course gourmet breakfast each morning showcasing the finest ingredients in the Pacific Northwest. The cuisine includeslocally foraged ingredients, such as local berries, wild mushrooms, and Oregon truffles. Diners can also find items like fresh Dungeness crab, Pacific scallops, and halibut on its ever-changing menus. And in case you need a little help waking up, the inn features its own signature coffee blend brewed by nearby Sleepy Monk Coffee Roasters called "Sleepy Monk Monastery Blend."
16) Inn at Dos Brisas, Washington, Texas
The Inn at Dos Brisas is in Texas’ Hill Country is a 313-acre Relais & Chateaux resort complete with a top-notch restaurant and wine cellar. The inn was awarded a Forbes five-star dining distinction — the only one in the state. The restaurant offers several tasting menus, which change seasonally but may include dishes such as sea urchin flan with white truffle or matsutake mushrooms with pine essence. The inn also has an indoor riding arena for those budding equestrians who love to home their riding skills.
15) Maple Hill Manor, Springfield, Ky.
This Antebellum manor, complete with an alpaca and llama farm, makes for a unique stay in bourbon country. Hospitable and eco-friendly, the inn offers an upscale country breakfast — with luck, you'll get to try their lemon soufflé pancake with blueberry compote — and a dessert social each evening.
14) The Willows Inn, Lummi Island, Wash.
The Willows Inn on Lummi Island in Washington is quickly becoming one of the country's best B&Bs for food. Chef Blaine Wetzel is creating quite the commotion in the kitchen, with a pre fixe menu complete with local and seasonal ingredients that are fished, foraged, and farmed daily, according to the chef. In May, expect to find kitchen staples like razor clams and venison surrounded by an array of aromatic baby greens.
13) Riverbend Inn Bed & Breakfast, Chocorua, N.H.
True to its name, at the Riverbend you'll eat your multi-course breakfast while overlooking the river and beautiful grounds. Good use is made of the kitchen garden and locally produced syrup, honey, and eggs, in items like apple-pear crème brûlée French toast and rhubarb coffee cake.
12) Portland's White House, Portland, Ore.
Portland’s White House is a quaint B&B with five guest rooms in the main house and three guest rooms in the Carriage House. The cuisine is completely tailored to the desires and needs of each guest. It offers fresh and local vegetarian or vegan breakfasts and utilizes Carlton Farm's hormone-free meats for those who want some protein with their morning meal. The B&B also provides a complimentary espresso coffee bar to all guests.
11) Carter House Inn, Eureka, Calif.
The Cater House Inn’s Restaurant 301 is quite the draw for food lovers. More than 27 years ago, the innkeepers planted an edible flower and vegetable garden for culinary purposes and today are continuing to build on the inn's food program. Restaurant 301 offers an à la carte menu as well as two tasting menus, which change often but may feature selections such as smoked goose breast or beet fettuccini. The restaurant does not keep seafood dishes on its menu, as that would mean the fish may not be fresh. Instead, it has daily seafood specials created from what was caught that day. Be sure to also peruse the wine list with more than 3,400 selections.
10) Barclay Heights Bed and Breakfast at Smythe House, Saugerties, N.Y.
Guests rave about breakfast here, and no wonder; the innkeepers are professional chefs, and one is even a professor at the Culinary Institute of America. The morning fare may include Eggs en Cocotte, baked in a ramekin with Swiss cheese, cream, and scallions. The location, amid the Hudson Valley and the Catskills, is a convenient base for exploration.
9) The Artist's Inn and Gallery, Terre Hill, Penn.
Four-course candlelight gourmet breakfasts, made with in-season ingredients, are a big draw here; options may include lemon poppy seed waffles and cinnamon biscuits with apple butter. The colorful gardens, warm hospitality and, yes, the art, keep guests coming back for repeated visits.
8) Wine Country Inn, St. Helena, Calif.
While staying at Wine Country Inn in Napa Valley, guests are at the center of it all — only five miles from 50 world-renowned wineries and 15 top-notch restaurants. This B&B is certainly full-service, offering complimentary breakfast (featuring their "world famous" granola), daily appetizers and wine, a free shuttle to local restaurants, and spa treatments. The daily "wine social" begins promptly at 4:30 p.m. to encourage guests to chat with the innkeepers, sip on some of the region’s best wines, and to liaise with other guests about their plans during their stay.
7) Birchwood Inn, Lenox, Mass.
Imaginative and lavish breakfasts and teas are only the beginning of the culinary pleasures here. The inn also hosts "Fun for Foodies" packages, such as "The Ultimate Chocolate Experience," where guests can learn, cook, and eat some more. The lavish inn breakfasts feature apple-bacon pancakes, roasted pears with pomegranate glaze, and a fondue Florentine soufflé.
6) The Inn at Weston, Weston, Vt.
This bucolic Vermont retreat has a greenhouse with prized orchids, a restaurant offering gourmet dinners overseen by a former instructor of the New England Culinary Institute, and full country breakfasts with offerings like sweet potato pancakes with applewood bacon. During the summer months, guests can enjoy dinners outside in the gazebo, where they can feast on seasonal dishes such as Maine lobster and avocado wontons with tarragon-Sriracha aioli.
5) Blair House Inn, Wimberley, Texas
In the well-known Texas Hill Country lies the Blair House Inn, an intimate B&B that’s located in the town of Wimberley, an artists' community filled with galleries and boutiques. The inn also boasts the Blair House Cooking School, which offers classes throughout the year that specialize in Texas barbecue as well as Italian, French, and Hill Country cuisine. After cooking a delicious meal, guests can indulge in its day spa that offers a suite of spa services.
3) Hartstone Inn, Camden, Maine
The word "charming" was invented for seaside town Camden, and this inn with an on-site spa fits the bill. Even better, it's focused on all things culinary, with epicurean adventures and programs such as "Chef for a Day." Both breakfast and dinner are available; dinner entrées include such items as dill gnocchi with grilled tiger shrimp and roasted tomato cream.
2) The Farmhouse Inn, Forestville, Calif.
The Farmhouse Inn in Sonoma County in wine country is known for its Michelin-starred restaurant and its exquisite cuisine that showcases local ingredients and dishes, sourced from Joe and Catherine Bartolomei’s ranch. The restaurant offers a Monday night prix fixe menu with dishes such as spring pea and Parmesan flan as well as a wine dinner series for interested guests. There are also a variety of guest rooms in the cottage and additional luxury accommodations.
1) Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm, Albuquerque, N.M.
Food lovers far and wide come to Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm to sip, taste, and relax. The farm breakfast changes daily for guests at the inn and can include a range of dishes like Eggs Frico with pecorino and Cheddar cheese, seasonal vegetables, and toast; a house-made chorizo frittata with seasonal vegetables and buttered hominy; and toasted local blue cornmeal polenta with two eggs any style, served with house-made green chile sausage links, to name a few. Executive chef Jonathan Perno has also launched the B&B's La Merienda menu, inspired by local and seasonal ingredients, which is truly a must-try in New Mexico.