American B&B and Inn Favorites

From B&Bs to Inns to fantastically styled home shares to boutique hotels to glamping, there are more choices than ever for personal, intimate & uniquely designed stays across the country.

Though I have certainly spent a lot of time staying in (and working with) large hotels around the world, I have made a conscious effort to stay at local Bead and Breakfast spots – or alternative hospitality options – around America over the past few years as I explore new towns big and small, in an effort to better understand the fabric of our culture. I think one of the best ways to do this, is to stay in neighborhoods and live like a local, take in the vibe and talk to people from there. It’s the best way to really immerse yourself in the experience, and most recently had these experiences when making a second pass through places like Savannah, Nashville and Telluride, to name a few. When I was primarily based in New York, I found myriad options around the North East that I enjoyed, and found myself wondering more and more about local inns, who ran them, how they started – from the multigenerational businesses to the new kid on the block who bought a historical home and turned it into on (like this one in Savannah).  I have touched upon boutique hotels and glamping on past posts, but wanted to concentrate on B&B and Inn style places here, and found a great list on some of the ‘best of the best’ to try – afterall, it is my dream to offer a couple of unique properties through my Wild West Home brand some day!

*What is the difference between a B&B and an Inn you may ask? It really comes down to two things: the number of rooms and what meals are being served. A B&B generally has 1 to 5 guest rooms and usually have guest common areas, such as a living and dining room and garden or backyard. Owners typically live on the property and prepare breakfast. Inns are owner-operated or they hire an Innkeeper/Manager and often the Innkeeper or manager will also live at the property. They usually have more than 8 rooms and offer breakfast and dinner (some Inns have the facilities to host other events such as wedding and meetings).


Personal recent favorites

Recently I have really enjoyed stays at Urban Cowboy (Nashville & Brooklyn), Sparrow’s Lodge (Palm Springs), Deer Mountain Inn (Catskills, NY) and Germantown Inn (Nashville)

FAVORITES according to this recent T+L list

Castle Hill Inn, Newport, Rhode Island

Tickle Pink Inn, Carmel, California

Camden Harbour Inn, Camden, Maine

Inn Above Tide, Sausalito, California

Lake Placid Lodge, New York

Inn at Little Washington, Virginia

Chanler at Cliff Walk, Newport, Rhode Island

Farmhouse Inn, Forestville, California

Triple Creek Ranch, Darby, Montana

FAVORITES according to this BB List

Carson Ridge Luxury Cabins, Carson, Washington

The Landmark Inn, Cooperstown, NY

Casa del Gavilan Historic Inn, Cimarron, New Mexico

Revere Guest House, Provincetown, MA

Welsh Hills Inn, Granville, Ohio

Chestnut Street Inn, Sheffield, IL

Cedar Crest Lodge, Plesanton, KS

Cliffside Inn, Newport, Rhode Island

Burlington’s Willis Graves Bed & Breakfast Inn, Burlington, KY

Caldwell House Bed and Breakfast, Salisbury Mills, NY

Pheasant Field B&B, Carlisle, PA

Abbington Green Bed & Breakfast, ASHEVILLE, NC

The Inn at Langley, LANGLEY, WA

The Inn on First Bed and Breakfast, NAPA, CA



Author: Carrie Mitchell

Carrie A. Mitchell is the founder of L’Aventure Travel, the host of the Suitcase Sojourn Podcast, and author of the children’s travel book “To Be We”. Carrie is a global travel and hospitality expert who works with publications, brands and entertainment outlets on a number of travel related projects, from marketing consulting to editorial coverage to hosting & producing content for the web, TV and podcasts. She is always seeking to learn from people and places around the world, and share through her cultural exploration (40+ countries and counting)