What’s not to love about B&Bs? Unlike some hotel brands (not a bad thing, just saying), B&Bs are unique, individual gems, often tucked into quiet corners of the world, and its innkeepers are welcoming and full of local knowledge. From castles and cabins to boats, yurts, and urban escapes, every B&B is one-of-a-kind, and that’s the beauty of booking a stay at a B&B. Let’s celebrate BedandBreakfast.com’s International B&B Month in October with a travel bucket list of B&Bs!
Travel Bucket List of International B&Bs
Even though B&Bs and inns are one of the oldest types of lodging, bed and breakfasts continue to attract travelers from around the world. As many do, I believe this attraction is due to their charm, special amenities (often locally sourced), yummy breakfasts, and, most importantly, personalized service from innkeepers who make guests feel at home. From castles to yurts, check out these unique B&Bs, and I’m sure you too will add these to your travel bucket list of B&Bs.
CASTLE: B&B Loire Valley, Chateau Herissaudiere, Pernay, France
In the Loire Valley, surrounded by all the famous castles and vineyards, Claudine Detilleux welcomes you to the Chateau Hérissaudière.” Built in 1642 over the hunting cottage of “Diane de Poitiers” (the king’s lover), this B&B castle opens on a huge park with old sequoias.
Decorated in the utmost classical French style, with old and Art Deco furniture, each suite is unique and opens to the park. Each suite also includes a comfortable living room where one can easily socialize, a wide library with a nice fireplace and leather sofas. Enjoy your breakfast on the wonderful large terrace flooded with roses. Rates from EUR 130-200.
CABIN: Bentwood Inn, Jackson, Wyoming
Make it a cabin B&B with a stay at Bentwood Inn in Jackson, Wyoming. This elegant, five-guestroom log lodge is as beautiful and inviting as its backdrop, the legendary Grand Teton mountain range. A fireplace in every room, the finest in amenities, a full breakfast each morning and complimentary hors d’oeuvres each night define the Bentwood Inn experience. The 6,000 square-foot Inn was built in 1995 entirely from timber sustainably harvested after the great fire of 1988 in Yellowstone National Park. Rates start at $259.
VICTORIAN: Union Gables, Saratoga Springs, NY
Experience Old World Hospitality with exceptional service, charm and elegance you would expect at a fine inn. Union Gables, built in 1901, is a romantic mansion restored to its original beauty with modern amenities. All rooms are unique in style and have antiques, gas fireplaces, 43-inch flat screen televisions, most have king size beds, and complimentary wireless internet service.
The grounds are gorgeous with a garden oasis, heated outdoor pool and wrap around front porch. Enjoy a full gourmet breakfast cooked fresh to order each morning. Complimentary wine every evening, and fresh baked cookies. Rates start at $125/night.
BOAT: B&B Hotel Yacht St. Katharine, Barcelona, Spain
Ready for another unique international B&B? The St Katharine is a historic former Fleet Tender of Royal Navy transformed today into a beautiful 80ft motor yacht with 4 cabins with private bathrooms.
After spending a day in Barcelona or on the beach, return to the St Katharine and relax on the beautiful lounge area on deck. Sip a drink and watching the world go by in the marina and beyond to the sea. You can also enjoy (tapas) lunch or (3-course) dinner.
After the sun has slipped over the horizon, you are guaranteed a great night sleep in your air conditioned cabin downstairs and can enjoy our freshly prepared breakfast next morning, served on the sundeck. Rates EUR 110-135.
URBAN B&B ESCAPE: Embassy Circle Guest House, Washington, DC
Embassy Circle Guest House, an elegant bed and breakfast in Washington DC, is a beautifully renovated former embassy in DC’s most popular downtown neighborhood – historic, safe, and convenient, Dupont Circle. Enjoy a delicious breakfast, afternoon snacks, evening wine and free Wi- Fi. Each of the 11 guest rooms have been furnished to delight your eyes and bring comfort, relaxation, and rest to your body. Rates start at $240/night.
YURTS: Cedar House Inn & Yurts, Dahlonega, Georgia
Discover this eco-friendly, award-winning international B&B is the Cedar House Inn and Yurts in Dahlonegais, located in the heart of North Georgia wine country and mountains. Popular among outdoor enthusiasts, environmentalists, artists and the young at heart. Innkeepers have planted over 300 trees and shrubs since purchasing the property, which is a certified wildlife habitat. Rates start at $125/night.
FARM STAY: Glendeven Inn Mendocino, Little River, California
Glendeven Inn Mendocino is a luxury, eight-acre, ocean-view farmstead overlooking w meadows and lush forests. Its four buildings are developed around a fully restored 1867 New England-style farmhouse where a typical room is a suite with wood-burning fireplace, ocean views, a view balcony, queen or king bed and a private bath.
A full three-course hot breakfast is served in-room each morning. Complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvres are available in Glendeven’s own Wine Barn, which is Mendocino’s only wine purveyor serving and selling only local Anderson Valley wines by the bottle.
Stunning botanical gardens, grazing llamas, and 100 laying hens contribute to Glendeven’s feeling of a luxury ocean view farmstead. Rates start at $175/night
REMOTE: The Inn at the Round Barn Farm, Waitsfield, Vermont
This inn features one of the few round barns left in the state! The Inn at the Round Barn Farm sits on 245 acres of majestic mountains, meadows, and ponds in the heart of Mad River Valley.
Enjoy an amazing three-course breakfast created by their talented culinary team, using only the freshest local ingredients available.
This luxurious inn blends comfort and luxury with 12 distinctive rooms and suites each featuring unique architecture and decor, private baths and thoughtful amenities for exceptional romantic getaways in Vermont. Rates start at $205/month.
LUXURY INN: Farmhouse Inn, Forestville, California
Nestled in the very heart of Sonoma County’s Russian River wine growing region you’ll discover the Farmhouse Inn. Its 25 rooms luxuriously appointed rooms includes amenities such as wood burning or gas fireplaces, whirlpool tubs, steam showers or saunas.
Whether you spend the day exploring the wine country, enjoying a good book with a glass of wine by the fire, or relaxing by the heated pool, save time to let our massage therapists pamper you in our brand new spa facility.
End the day with a fabulous dinner at the restaurant or hang out at the fire pits with house made s’mores makings. Rates start at $545/night.
To kick off International B&B Month, BedandBreakfast.com is introducing a new tagline: “Savor Your Stay.” This slogan captures what travelers love about the B&B experience: the freedom to slow down and live in the moment. More than any other kind of lodging on earth, bed and breakfasts embody full, unhurried enjoyment and relaxation.
Throughout October, travelers can enter to win $250 Getaway Gift Cards on the BedandBreakfast.com Facebook page. Each week, BedandBreakfast.com will invite travelers to share why they love staying at B&Bs and include #innlove with their entries. Randomly selected weekly winners will receive a $250 Getaway Gift Card, which is welcomed at 4,000 B&Bs throughout the U.S. and Canada.
Additionally, travelers will receive special International B&B Month gift bags when purchasing BedandBreakfast.com Getaway Gift Cards throughout October. The complimentary bags will include custom “I<3 B&B” magnets, bumper stickers and luggage tags so guests can show their love and support for B&Bs.
Where will you stay for your next International B&B stay? Go ahead and share your love of B&Bs and “Savor Your Stay!”
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