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The 20 Best (and Most Unusual) B&Bs in America

Planning your next escape? Venture beyond the familiar hotels to uncover the best-kept secrets in vacation destinations. These 20 bed-and-breakfasts around the country offer luxurious lodgings, warm hospitality, and daring style and character that promise to make your stay a memorable one.

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Mountain Horse Farm Bed & Breakfast and Wellness Retreat in Naples, New York

You can’t beat the view from Mountain Horse Farm, where guests at the adjoining bed-and-breakfast can admire 33 secluded acres dotted with colorful wildflowers and, of course, graceful horses, from the luxury of six elegant rooms with private bathrooms. When you’re not warming your feet by the fireplace or relaxing on a private deck, soak up local color at nearby wine trails or vineyards, or soak away your cares with a sauna session at the wellness spa.

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Castle Marne in Denver, Colorado

History buffs and weary travelers alike will find something to suit their fancy at this Richardsonian Romanesque “castle” bed-and-breakfast, erected during Denver’s late 19th-century construction boom. Step past the luxurious lava stone exterior, and you’ll find fine dining and opulent rooms appointed with period-inspired furnishings. Or, venture beyond Castle Marne to enjoy scenic views of the Rocky Mountains or Denver Botanic Gardens.

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Audrey’s Farmhouse in Wallkill, New York

This rustic retreat north of New York City comes by its farmhouse feel legitimately, given that it was built in 1740 as a bona fide farmhouse. In the family spirit of a bed-and-breakfast, guests at the inclusive and pet-friendly Audrey’s Farmhouse enjoy fireside conversations and scrumptious farm-to-table Irish breakfasts with their fellow travelers inside cozy quarters decked out with hardwood floors, hand-hewn ceiling beams, and vintage furnishings.

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Bed and Breakfast Afloat in Boston, Massachusetts

Life at sea has never been more relaxing than it is on this “boat and breakfast” in Constitution Marina. Overlooking Boston Harbor, the floating accommodation offers luxury amenities like a poolside grill and deck for sumptuous seaside meals, all on a private vessel that’s perfect for fishing charters or harbor tours.

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Denali Dome Home in Healy, Alaska

Wayfarers looking for an architectural wonder in Mother Nature’s backyard will find it in Alaska’s Denali Dome Home. Twelve miles north of scenic Denali National Park, the 7,200-square-foot retreat with a staggering geodesic dome ceiling is as welcoming inside as it is beautiful outside, offering seven bedrooms, six common areas, and hearty, cooked-to-order breakfasts.

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The Gastonian in Savannah, Georgia

Nestled in the heart of Savannah is a bed-and-breakfast abounding with southern charm and old-world style. Comprising two mansions, The Gastonian brims with history, from the Italianate-style exterior to the throwback amenities inside each guest room, including crystal chandeliers and elegant verandas overlooking the surrounding historic district.

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Heceta Head Lighthouse in Yachats, Oregon

Follow the guiding light of the Heceta Head Lighthouse, and you’ll find your way not only to land, but also to a secluded bed-and-breakfast with an enviable view of the Pacific Ocean. Each night you stay in one of the lodge’s five nautical-themed guest rooms, you’ll be lulled to sleep by the romantic sound of waves crashing against the Oregon coast.

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Bufflehead Cove Inn in Kennebunk, Maine

Looking for your own private getaway? If it’s spring, summer, or fall, head to Kennebunk to the secluded yet welcoming family-owned Bufflehead Cove Inn. At the foot of the inn, the tranquil waters of Kennebunk River invite fishing, water sports, and sightseeing. Indoors, weary travelers can recharge in one of six bright and airy guest rooms equipped with amenities that include a private bath and patio.

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La Belle Esplanade in New Orleans, Louisiana

The most colorful personality on Esplanade Avenue, La Belle Esplanade is a five-suite boutique inn that has preserved its historic and cultural roots to give guests an authentic New Orleans vacation experience. As the inn was originally built for wealthy Creole merchants, Creole influences permeate every corner of the bed-and-breakfast, from the local flavors of the buffet breakfast to themed guest rooms that pay homage to important emblems of the port city.

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A Little Inn on Pleasant Bay in Orleans, Massachusetts

Though called a “little inn,” this Cape Cod retreat boasts nine bedrooms, modern facilities, and daily European breakfasts that give guests a great big welcome. After admiring the bay or garden views from your room, step out on the inn’s own dock and pebble beach to fish, kayak, or swim, or head to the nearby village of Orleans to enjoy art, music, and shopping.

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Fort Conde Inn in Mobile, Alabama

Fort Conde may be the second-oldest home in Mobile, but it’s second to none in comfort and convenience. Its luxurious guest rooms, 12-foot ceilings, and heart pine floors with hand-painted Spanish tile stay true to the early 19th-century origins of the historic inn while still pampering guests with modern amenities like Keurig coffeemakers and complimentary Wi-Fi.

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The Amelia Island Williams House in Fernandina Beach, Florida

Half the charm of this award-winning inn lies in its scenic seaside setting by Fernandina Beach, and the other in the architectural variety of the three distinct buildings that comprise it. Whether you stay in the antebellum mansion, the wood-frame vernacular building, or the carriage house, the ornate facades and period-inspired furnishings are sure to transport you to yesteryear without sacrificing any modern comforts.

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The Wickwood Inn in Saugatuck, Michigan

You don’t have to travel to a distant corner of the globe to have a cosmopolitan experience. Just pay a visit to The Wickwood Inn, which owners Julee and Bill have bedecked with souvenirs from their travels to create a virtual grand tour. With themes ranging from Swedish Cottage to Summer in Santorini, the rooms are appointed with regional artwork, vintage furnishings, and exotic fabrics that carry guests to faraway lands, while the convivial atmosphere and daily farm-to-table breakfasts make guests feel right at home.

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Cherry Wood Bed Breakfast and Barn in Zillah, Washington

Deep in eastern Washington’s wine country, this bed-and-breakfast allows guests to immerse themselves in the great outdoors without having to rough it. Believe it or not, the fabric walls of Cherry Wood’s 22-foot teepee accommodations conceal spacious shelters complete with plush beds, barbecue grills, compact refrigerators, and even open-air showers!

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The Treesort in Cave Junction, Oregon

Take a scenic hike in Cave Junction, and you’ll stumble on this secluded retreat sitting high in nature’s majestic playground. Unlike any treehouses you have seen before, the elevated guest suites at The Treesort comfortably accommodate beds, baths, and loft space, all decked out in rustic regalia. The Forestree, situated 35 feet above the ground, sleeps four and, thanks to heating, is open year-round. 

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Starlight Llama Bed & Breakfast in Northampton, Massachusetts

As Massachusetts’ first solar-powered bed-and-breakfast, The Starlight lets visitors go off the grid and reconnect with nature. Guests can enjoy breakfasts prepared from garden-sourced ingredients, all the while stealing glances at the grazing llamas and wild peacocks that wander the 120 green acres of family-owned land. With solar energy readily available, you can charge your devices while recharging your spirits outdoors.

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Beltane Ranch in Glen Valley, California

The sun always shines a little more brightly at Beltane Ranch, turning the 105-acre property’s fruit orchard, vineyard, flower garden, and groomed trail into a positively radiant retreat from the bustle of modern life. That cheery atmosphere continues inside the walls of the bed-and-breakfast, where visitors sleep in plush rooms with private baths, and are free to devour books and daily home-baked cookies in the living room.

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The Akwaaba D.C. in Washington, D.C.

Bookworms and antiques aficionados are sure to uncover hidden gems when they stay at this historic townhouse mansion in trendy Dupont Circle. Guest rooms at this ideally situated inn are themed around great African-American writers, including Zora Neale Hurston, Langston Hughes, and Toni Morrison, and feature handsome furnishings that nod to the building’s roots in the late 19th century.

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Gibson Mansion in Missoula, Montana

A few miles from Historic Downtown Missoula is a bed-and-breakfast overflowing with small-town charm, comfort, and awe-inspiring architecture. Gibson Mansion, a well-preserved Victorian edifice built in 1803, boasts four guest rooms and a parlor room as well as gourmet dining and a garden oasis that’s ideal for weddings or weekend jaunts. The property’s location halfway between Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks makes it a dream destination for nature lovers.

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Christopher's Bed & Breakfast in Bellevue, Kentucky

The award-winning interior design of this enchanting 100-year-old bed-and-breakfast near downtown Cincinnati celebrates the history of the property. Formerly a church, Christopher’s Bed & Breakfast maintains the building’s striking original stained-glass windows while immersing guests in the modern luxuries of two junior whirlpool suites and a Grand Governor’s suite with a king-sized four-poster bed and his-and-hers half baths.

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