While we’d never discount the allure of a sprawling resort with all the bells and whistles, there’s something about a B&B—charm, intimate ambiance and warm hospitality—that makes you feel totally at home. From Kennebunk to Taos, here are 20 of our favorite B&Bs across the country.
Portland’s White House in Portland, Oregon
As the name would suggest, Portland’s White House is stately as hell. Originally built as a summer residence for lumber baron Robert Lytle, the Greek Revival mansion bears a striking resemblance to the D.C. landmark. Massive columns, circular drive and a grand foyer give it a presidential feel.
St. Francis Inn in St. Augustine, Florida
Established in 1791, the St. Francis Inn is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Peaceful porches, evening social hour and atmospheric accommodation are reminiscent of an era gone by, while the temperature-controlled pool beckons guests to go for a dip year round.
Inn At Westwynd Farm in Hummelstown, Pennsylvania
This idyllic inn may be minutes from downtown Hershey, but it feels like a world away thanks to its setting on a 32-acre equestrian farm set on verdant pastures and peaceful gardens. Adding to the appeal are the rooms—all of which are named after horses. Shotgun Seabiscuit.
22 Charlotte in Charleston, South Carolina
Charleston is the capital of charm, and 22 Charlotte certainly doesn’t disappoint. The formal living space is fitted with family heirlooms. Owner Vaughan Alsbrook whips up breakfast every morning. Tomato pie as well as grilled salmon with grits and eggs are fan favorites. Just like home…except way better.
Magnolia House in Fredericksburg, Texas
Magnolia House is a tranquil retreat in the heart of Texas Hill Country. All five rooms feature fireplaces and private entrances. There’s also a stone terrace with koi pond and waterfall. Can you imagine a more serene spot to enjoy a cup of coffee? Plus, it’s from the minds of Chip and Joanna Gaines. Sold.
Speedwell Forge B&B in Lititz, Pennsylvania
When you arrive at the Speedwell Forge B&B, the first thing you see is a stunning stone facade surrounded by the scenic splendor of Lancaster County. Interiors are equally lovely. Guests can stay in the main building or opt for the seclusion of a cottage.
Inn At English Meadows in Kennebunk, Maine
This boutique inn receives high marks for its modern amenities and thoughtful extras. Individually decorated accommodations are appointed with comfy beds—prime for catching some quality z’s—espresso machines, sumptuous robes and luxe toiletries. Bonus: It’s a quick walk to the popular vacation town of Kennebunkport.
Antlers on the Creek in Durango, Colorado
Ranked the #1 B&B in Durango, Antlers on the Creek earns its stellar reputation in spades. The friendly staff goes out of their way to make each visit extra special. Between the three-course breakfast, bottomless cookie jar and gratis happy hour, you definitely won’t leave hungry.
Gryphon House in Boston, Massachusetts
Gryphon House is a hidden gem in Boston’s Back Bay. Visitors tout the central location (it’s within walking distance of the Charles River Esplanade, USS Constitution and Kenmore Square) and complimentary continental breakfast in the parlor as reasons to return.
The Hudson Milliner in Hudson, New York
The Hudson Milliner is a boutique guesthouse with a hearty dose of vintage industrial flair. Think: exposed brick walls, clawfoot tubs, retro appliances and subway tile. Visitors will find many antique shops and galleries to peruse nearby. Then again, we’d totally get if you just wanted to chill in your spacious suite.
La Belle Esplanade in New Orleans, Louisiana
Situated on Esplanade Avenue—just a stone's throw from the hustle and bustle of Bourbon Street—this landmark lodging promises a non-touristy New Orleans enclave that's still just around the corner from all the revelry you definitely want to partake in. The colorful exterior is matched by five vibrant suites. And as you would expect in the Big Easy, there are plenty of local delicacies.
Huron House in Oscoda, Michigan
Looking for a romantic weekend getaway? This shoreline idyll caters to couples. The elegantly decorated rooms come with king beds, fireplaces, private decks and jacuzzis. Breakfast is delivered to your door in the morning. And you can’t beat the vistas of Lake Huron—especially at sunrise.
Oak Hill Inn in Natchez, Mississippi
Built in 1835, this antebellum beauty is beloved for its period character, gorgeous grounds—bubbling fountains, picturesque gardens and moss-draped trees—and gentile hospitality that transport travelers back in time. Greeting guests with mint juleps and fresh-baked cookies is just one of the many niceties.
Captain David Kelley House in Centerville, Massachusetts
This award-winning B&B is set in a restored 19th-century captain's residence on Main Street. The vibe is quintessential Cape Cod. Refined quarters are enhanced with maritime touches. Plus, proximity to stores, restaurants and the beach make it an ideal home base for exploring.
Bespoke Inn in Scottsdale, Arizona
In a destination that brims with big resorts, this four-room inn is a welcome change of pace (and size). Highlights include cozy quarters, a rooftop terrace and infinity pool—a must for combatting the Arizona heat. Vacationers also have access to free Pashley bike rentals.
Casa Gallina in Taos, New Mexico
Casa Gallina is a relaxing respite—just minutes away from Taos Pueblo. Adobe casitas are furnished with ponderosa pine beds, native art, hand-woven textiles and wood-burning stoves. Kitchens are stocked with fresh eggs and produce grown on the property.
Welsh Hills Inn in Granville, Ohio
Nestled within the idyllic countryside of central Ohio, this top-rated B&B wins points for its scenic surrounding and mellow atmosphere. Unwind by the hearth in the den, sip a glass of wine on the porch and settle in for a soothing soak in the tub.
Singlethread in Healdsburg, California
What distinguishes SingleThread from the others? This hybrid restaurant-farm-inn invites visitors to dine and stay. Savor an 11-course tasting menu, customized to your personal preferences—plus wine, because, well, it is Sonoma—and then retire to the comfort of your splurge-worthy suite upstairs.
Villa D'citta in Chicago, Illinois
Little did we know that you could find an Italian-style B&B in trendy Lincoln Park. Enter Villa D'Citta. Housed in brownstone that dates back to 1897, this Chi-town treasure combines old-world luxury and contemporary comforts. Its lengthy list of amenities includes a sundeck, jacuzzi, grotto and theater.
The Brickhouse Inn in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
Heritage is front and center at the Brickhouse Inn. Located in Gettysburg, near significant sites such as Culp’s Hill, this three-story Victorian mansion turned B&B boasts original wood floors, chestnut trim and antiques. Best of all, gracious hosts make guests feel like family.