Each year, BedandBreakfast.com, the largest worldwide directory of inns and B&Bs, announces its coveted “Top Ten” list of B&Bs. Now in it’s 11th year, a list of great inns have been named based upon a qualitative and quantitative analysis of traveler reviews on BedandBreakfast.com.
At one time, when this awards program was in its infancy, yours truly was among the judges. This year winners were selected by an impressive and independent panel of guest judges including Caroline Morse, senior editor for SmarterTravel, Stirling Kelso, freelance travel writer and editor, Jessica Plautz, travel editor for Mashable, Laura Motta, director of publishing for ShermansTravel, and Jo Piazza, managing editor for Yahoo Travel.
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And now for the winners of the Top Ten B&Bs in the U.S.
Hilltop Manor Bed and Breakfast, Hot Springs, Arkansas: Highlights include Jacuzzi tubs, iPod docking stations, working stone fireplaces, free snacks and beverages, and a gourmet multi-course breakfast offered wherever you like. (You can even take breakfast to go!).
El Portal Sedona Hotel, Sedona, Arizona: Gorgeous guest rooms are just the beginning of El Portal’s luxe offerings. “The inn is grounded in beautiful Arts and Crafts Adobe architecture, but each room has a unique style, and best of all, you can travel here with your two or four legged friends,” says one reviewer. The inn is pet-friendly.
Villa D’Citta, Chicago, Illinois: The inn is tucked in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood. As its name implies, this Italian-style villa—complete with grotto, elevator and outdoor Jacuzzi— feels like a top-secret haven within the city.
Farmers Guest House, Galena, Illinois: Gourmet cuisine—including an award-winning breakfast and a complimentary wine and cheese reception— is a huge highlight at this boutique Galena property.
Burlington’s Willis Graves Bed & Breakfast Inn, Burlington, Kentucky: Travelers rave about this B&B’s cleanliness, marvelous breakfasts, complimentary snacks, and unparalleled service. In-room features range from fireplaces to hand-carved canopy beds.
Woods Hole Inn, Woods Hole, Massachusetts: Woods Hole Inn collects positive reviews for everything from its amazing location overlooking the Martha’s Vineyard ferry terminal to its pretty and chic guest rooms. Having stayed here myself, I can attest that the location, the vibe and this inn, the origination of The Red Chair, make it a perfect Cape Cod home base.
Topside Inn, Boothbay Harbor, Maine: Stunning harbor views, a convenient location, and delicious, local fare set this inn apart from the hotel crowd. While the location and views are breathtaking, absolutely the best thing about the inn is the breakfasts, say the guests.
Abbington Green Bed & Breakfast Inn, Asheville, North Carolina: Designed by Richard Sharp Smith, a former resident architect of the Biltmore Estate, this Colonial inn is famous for its historic ambiance. Despite its more than 100 years of history, however, the property is thoroughly modern in amenities and offerings.
Portland’s White House, Portland, Oregon: Museum-quality furnishings and a fabulous preservation of history make this a favorite for inngoers. Add to that amazing breakfasts, cookies and truffles in the room and a historic residential location and it’s an experience one would never find at a hotel, say guests.
Rabbit Hill Inn, Lower Waterford, Vermont: Often found on top ten lists, there’s a good reason this inn has found its way to the BedandBreakfast.com top ten list year after year. While candlelit dinners and the unparalleled bountiful breakfasts are part of what makes the experience here special, it’s the welcoming and friendly innkeepers and the hug at the end that make each guest feel special.
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