Bed and Breakfasts: Room and Board on the Road
According to the Professional Association of Innkeepers International, there were more than 20,000 bed and breakfasts operating in the United States in 2006. So you're hardly alone in thinking that a bed and breakfast might be a nice alternative to a bland hotel or roadside tourist trap. Whether you're planning a couples getaway, a family vacation, a trip for your boss, or a quick stop en route to a final destination, the Web sites we've found will help you discover the possibilities.
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While many innkeepers try to create a traditional ambiance and old world charm, authentic B&Bs can be hard to pinpoint. The sites below help you step back in time, authentically.
- One way to spot historic distinction is by the National Register of Historic Places. Any lodging with this label on their Web site is a bonafide piece of history.
- Visit the "About Us" or "History" page of a lodging's Web site. Innkeepers often post information on the building or its story that may give you some insight as to its history. You can also e-mail the B&B owner for more info.
- If your interests include history combined with international travel, be sure to visit the "Where can I find international bed and breakfasts?" section of this guide.
Top Ten Inns
is endorsed by the National Register of Historic Places for its expansive database of historic properties that offer lodging to the public. This site is a great way to start your hunt for a historic B&B.
Charming Country Inns
is a great resource for finding historic B&Bs. Check out their "Inn of the Month" on the main page, or scroll through the long list of "New Members" on the righthand side. To find a B&B that is very old and full of history in your destination, begin your search using the U.S. map.
I Love Inns
caters to "bed and breakfast lovers" with its quick search destinations, staff favorites, and most popular picks. This site concentrates on historic B&Bs and also occasionally features inns listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
Bed and Breakfast Inns
, America's Inn Directory is not the best designed site on the World Wide Web but what it lacks in charm it makes up for with history. The site offers hundreds of historic B&Bs, categorized by region and state. Unfortunately, there are no international listings.
Passport To New England
lists old inns in the area. Search by state in Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine or check last-minute availability anywhere in New England.
is a great Web site for traditional accommodations in England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, France, Italy, Spain, and Portugal. Click on the maps, the hyperlinks, or the pictures for reservation information.
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