Fall is prime time for visiting a New England B&B. And lovers of bed and breakfasts know that the breakfast is just as crucial as the bed. It's half of the experience, after all! Some breakfasts are far, far superior to others, so we've selected five of our favorite spreads. Get ready to chow down on your next weekend escape.
Union Street Inn, Nantucket
This charming, elegant B&B advertises itself as the only inn on the island to offer a full, hot breakfast (available thanks to its commercial kitchen). Every morning guests can choose between a smoked salmon bagel with cream cheese, plate of fruits and artisan breads, or the daily hot entree. There are also homemade baked goods offered each afternoon.
The Inn at Round Barn Farm, Vermont
The Inn at the Round Barn Farm offers an impressive gourmet breakfast featuring fresh-baked muffins, pastries, and coffee cake, as well as a hot entree that changes regularly, such as egg strata or cottage cheese pancakes. Many ingredients are grown in the farm's own organic gardens. The Inn at the Round Barn Farm has a serene location with more than 245 acres of rolling green hills in every direction and a decidedly romantic ambiance; rooms have whirlpool tubs and/or working fireplaces.
The East Hampton Art House Bed & Breakfast, Long Island
The excellent breakfasts at this villa-style property are prepared by the owners themselves, and most mornings include waffles, eggs, omelets, cheeses, fruits, espresso, teas, and juices. The refreshment area is always stocked with beverages and snacks, and available to guests around the clock. This art-filled B&B has only four rooms for rent, but there are all the amenities of a larger property, including endless communal spaces, an outdoor pool, and fitness center.
The Winvan has a renowned farm-to-table restaurant helmed by Executive Chef Chris Eddy, and the fabulous a la carte breakfast is included in the price. Think: a terrific pastry basket, French toast, sausage and potatoes...the options are plentiful. The Winvian is a romantic, upscale property set on 113 acres of countryside outside tiny Morris, and its 19 individually decorated cottages blend understated, rustic elegance with modern amenities.
Captain Lord Mansion, Maine
There aren't many inns offering breakfasts with courses. But the Captain Lord Mansion offers a family-style, multi-course breakfast, starting with fruit and yogurt, followed by hot muffins, and concluding with a hot entreee such as Strawberry cream cheese stuffed French toast or Mansion "Stackers," a potato pancake layered with ham, scrambled eggs, and cheddar cheese sauce. This small classic inn featuring Victorian-style rooms is just an eight-minute walk from the Kennebunkport town center.