While many bed-and-breakfasts have a certain charm to them, thanks to a limited number of rooms and personalized service, not all exude a romantic vibe ideal for couples. That's why we've scoured hundreds of B&Bs in the United States to find those that are the most romantic of the lot, making them perfect contenders for an amorous getaway.
The Captain’s House Inn is a historic property in Cape Cod with 16 elegant rooms decorated in an English country style. Since no children under the age of 10 are allowed, and most guests are couples, the atmosphere is romantic and quiet. The rooms mix traditional decor with modern amenities like flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi, and provide luxe touches such as fireplaces and soaking tubs. In addition to providing a gourmet country breakfast, this charming inn also offers afternoon tea, evening snacks, sweet treats, and port or sherry in the library. One outstanding feature is the heated outdoor pool with plush lounge chairs, plus in-room massages are available and guests can use beach chairs, towels, and coolers.
With its oceanfront setting and romantic air, the intimate Sea Rock Inn in Mendocino attracts peace-seeking couples. It’s an upscale bed-and-breakfast that doesn’t allow kids under 12, and offers suites and cottages with panoramic ocean views and wood-burning fireplaces. The pine-paneled cottages have freestanding wood stoves, while suites have four-poster beds and Keurig coffeemakers. Binoculars are provided for whale-watching from private decks or the large lawn, which slopes gently toward the edge of the rocky Pacific cliffs. The inn is not fancy, but is charming, with knotty pine furniture, ebullient flowerbeds, and whimsical paintings and sculptures.
The Captain Lord Mansion, located an eight-minute walk from the center of Kennebunkport, Maine, is a small classic inn featuring Victorian-style rooms. Each room’s decor varies slightly, but all feature four-poster beds, numerous paintings, and antique-style Victorian furniture — cozy to some, gaudy to others — alongside modern amenities like iPod docks and flat-screen TVs. A free breakfast spread is served in a homey kitchen, and other freebies include Wi-Fi and bicycle rentals.
Cottage Grove Inn is tucked away on a leafy lot along Calistoga’s main street, a few blocks from the center of town. Each of the 17 individual cottages has a quaint porch with rocking chairs and a studio-like interior with skylights and a wood-burning fireplace. Bathrooms have cute paintings over whirlpool tubs, as well as separate showers. Unlike many area hotels, you won’t find mineral springs or a spa here, but in-room massages are available and free evening cheese and wine service is provided. Free breakfasts include yogurt, fresh fruit, pastries, waffles, smoothies, and espresso drinks made-to-order.
The only upscale bed-and-breakfast in Lahaina, Ho’oilo House is an adults-only bed-and-breakfast that provides an intimate, romantic alternative to the area’s busy chain hotels. With just six spacious rooms arranged around a beautiful common area that’s decked out in stunning, imported Balinese-style decor, this is about as opposite of a generic mega-resort as you can get. Room highlights include furnished patios and indoor-outdoor bathrooms that allow guests to shower under the stars. Although amenities are limited to a tasty, albeit limited, continental breakfast and a small, lovely pool, the experience here is less about action and more about relaxing and enjoying the great views of the ocean below.
The adults-only Southernmost House occupies a historic Victorian home directly on the ocean and just off popular Duval Street. This 18-room inn feels sophisticated but laid-back, and has hosted the likes of Hemingway and Capote. Its genteel sitting porches, antique furnishings, and original Tiffany-glass entrance canopy connect visitors with old Key West, while the spacious, individually designed guest rooms offer modern comforts, such as flat-screen TVs and mini-fridges. A free continental breakfast is served daily, and can be enjoyed on a lovely terrace. There’s also a lovely zero-edge pool overlooking the ocean.
Set on 27 wooded acres in Estes Park, on the banks of the picturesque Big Thompson River, the 10-room Romantic River Song Bed and Breakfast Inn lives up to its name. It’s a lovely hideaway for couples, with individually decorated rooms and cottages offering cozy fireplaces, two-person tubs, and big glass showers. Some rooms have scenic patios overlooking the river. The inn has lots of distinctive touches, like a free, extensive homemade breakfast daily, thoughtful picnics prepared by the chef, and an oversized lawn chessboard, popular with local elk.
The five-suite Hilltop Manor Bed & Breakfast has a secluded, five-acre setting adjacent to Hot Springs National Park. No children under 12 are allowed, creating an ambience ideal for a romantic getaway. Its spacious suites are individually decorated in antique-style furnishings that most guests find charming, plus they include modern amenities like whirlpool tubs and large walk-in showers. The peaceful grounds have beautiful landscaping, while the 1910-built inn showcases many original features, such as stone fireplaces and hardwood floors. The free multi-course breakfast is a highlight, and free drinks and homemade snacks are offered in the afternoon.
Popular for a romantic getaway, Zero George Street is an upscale boutique hotel near Charleston’s Historic District. It’s made up of five historic buildings surrounding a picturesque courtyard with seating and a fountain. The 18 rooms are stylishly appointed with chic furnishings and soft colors, as well as iPod docks, Keurig coffee machines, minibars with free bottled water and juice, and robes. Foodies are drawn by the culinary offerings, which include a renowned restaurant that serves seasonal and local fare, as well as a cooking school offering various classes. All rates include a delicious homemade breakfast with quiches, granola, and biscuits.
The Winvian is a romantic, upscale bed-and-breakfast set on 113 acres of countryside outside tiny Morris, Connecticut. Its 19 individually decorated cottages all have a feel of understated, rustic elegance, with the comfort of modern amenities like Bose stereos, flat-screen TVs, and Nespresso coffeemakers. All units have working fireplaces, large bathrooms with separate walk-in showers and jetted tubs, and stunning design elements — one cottage has a helicopter shell that doubles as a living room. A fantastic and free breakfast, outstanding spa, and wonderful restaurant serving a tasty farm-to-table menu are just some of the standout features here.
Union Street Inn is a charming, elegant bed-and-breakfast that fits nicely with the Nantucket atmosphere. Downtown Nantucket is just a three-minute walk away, plus you’ll find a quaint furnished patio and cozy living room space on-site. The 12 lovely rooms vary in design, but all are sophisticated and outfitted with traditional touches. This is the only inn on the island to provide a full, hot breakfast (thanks to its commercial kitchen), and it’s delicious, as are the free homemade baked goods (brownies, cookies, and carrot cake) available daily.
With a beautiful lawn housing koi ponds and romantic-feeling rooms, the Black Walnut Bed and Breakfast Inn offers a charming place to stay in the historic Montford district of Asheville, North Carolina. All of the eight rooms have gorgeous furnishings, but some add special amenities such as whirlpool tubs and fireplaces. This historic 1899-built property serves a free three-course breakfast that guests rave about, as well as free evening hors d’oeuvres with wine. Free beverages, tea, and coffee are also available throughout the day.
Banner Elk Winery & Villa is an upscale bed-and-breakfast nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, just a five-minute drive from the small town of Banner Elk. This working winery is romantic, and the stunning fancy barn makes it a popular spot for weddings. Each of the eight spacious suites has mountain views, plus two have fireplaces and most have jetted tubs. Free breakfast gets high marks from guests, and free cake and coffee are available in the communal kitchen. Couples typically spend their time hanging out around the fire pit, strolling around the pond, or soaking in the outdoor hot tub.
Cozy, historic, and romantic, the nine-room Castle Marne Bed & Breakfast is geared toward couples who want an intimate and personalized experience, loaded with character. Set in Denver’s leafy and residential downtown Capitol Hill area with its grand historic homes, this bed-and-breakfast blends in with its surroundings. Interiors of this mansion are decorated with antiques and traditional Victorian decor, and some of the rooms have private hot tubs. The included breakfasts are superb, and afternoon tea and nighttime cookies are extra special treats.
An 18th-century Georgian mansion turned bed-and-breakfast, the 18-room Francis Malbone House Inn is loaded with upscale charm. Plus, as no children under the age of 12 are permitted, the atmosphere remains quiet and refined. Guest rooms are furnished with traditional colonial pieces, including four-poster beds and floral linens. All rooms also benefit from working fireplaces. Freebies include breakfast with a full continental spread and choice of two hot options (think eggs Florentine and lemon poppyseed waffles), plus afternoon tea with lots of appetizers. The friendly innkeepers treat guests like family, and the hotel sees a great deal of repeat customers.
The Inn of the Five Graces is one of America’s most extraordinary small luxury inns. Situated on a quiet side street that’s a five-minute walk from Santa Fe Plaza, the 24-room inn is housed in a series of stone and adobe buildings, some of them dating back to the 1600s. The interiors feature a thoughtfully chosen collection of art and antiques from the Southwest, Latin America, the Middle East, and Asia. Rooms are lavish and come with authentic kiva fireplaces, plush featherbeds, and deep soaking tubs. Service is warm, gracious, and unobtrusive. An outstanding full-service spa with Indian-style treatments is available, plus guests generally enjoy a free cooked-to-order breakfast in the morning and free snacks and drinks in the afternoon.
The Dresser Palmer House is a charming, historic bed-and-breakfast in an Italianate townhouse that dates back to 1876. The 16 rooms are each decorated differently, though they share a similar historic feel (many have four-poster beds, antique-style wood furniture, fireplaces, and patios). In addition to its excellent historic district location, top perks include a delicious free breakfast and free wine hour every day except Sundays.
The six-room Villa D’Citta is a cozy, romantic bed-and-breakfast occupying a 19th-century stone mansion in Chicago’s residential Lincoln Park neighborhood. Its small handful of features are all undeniably charming: an arched brick courtyard with a barbecue grill, a sundeck with an outdoor whirlpool, and a large communal kitchen stocked with free coffee, juice, and ingredients for guests to make their own waffles, panini, or other snacks. The bright, luxurious rooms have distinct personalities, though all guests can expect big flat-screen TVs, fireplaces, and hardwood floors.
The three-pearl Inn Above Oak Creek is a cozy bed-and-breakfast with a romantic setting on scenic Oak Creek near central Sedona. Children under 12 aren’t allowed, which helps keep the atmosphere relaxed. All 13 rooms have a contemporary yet homey style, and most come with whirlpool tubs and gas fireplaces. Some rooms have creekside balconies, and the breakfast room and terrace also have beautiful Oak Creek views. All rates include a quality continental breakfast, and free tea, coffee, and snacks are available during the day.
The four-pearl Inn at Serenbe is a charming retreat surrounded by expansive farms and hiking trails in Georgia’s countryside, a 30-minute drive from Atlanta’s airport. The 27 spacious rooms include a mix of quaint, original units, more contemporary annex rooms, and stand-alone cottages. All are thoughtfully designed with elegant country decor. The excellent farm-to-table restaurant is open all day and serves free breakfast, while free appetizers and tea are offered in the bar in the afternoon. Two outdoor pools — one adult-only — a treehouse, outdoor games, and an animal village are just outside, making for a romantic, nature-centric getaway.
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