Unique Sleeps: The Midwest to The Mid-Atlantic

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UNIQUE SLEEPS:THE MIDWEST TO THE MID-ATLANTIC
10 Bed & Breakfasts to Experience from Missouri & Michigan to Pennsylvania, Maryland & Delaware
A Love Your Parks Tour Travel List by Nancy J. Reid & Lisa D. Smith, Big Blend’s mother-daughter travel, publishing, and podcast team.

Over the last couple of years, we have visited and stayed in over 30 Bed & Breakfast Inns across America. Each provided a unique lodging experience, offering deluxe comfort with charm and character, and delicious breakfast fare crafted from local ingredients. From keeping a clean house to pouring afternoon tea, and sharing their region’s seasonal events, activities, and must-do attractions, innkeepers pay great attention to their guest needs which is more than appreciated during this unprecedented time in travel. And to top it all off, each Inn has a fascinating history and backstory, as do the innkeepers themselves. These hardworking entrepreneurs and small business owners are invested in their homes and community, and their caring hospitality shows it.

Travel in the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic areas of the country provides a beautiful four-season experience. We visited these states mostly during last year’s summer and fall seasons, delighting in the local farms and gardens, exploring exquisite parks and nature preserves, browsing vibrant public art, sampling delectable regional and farm-fresh cuisine, and walking the historic downtown districts and architecturally interesting residential areas.

Follows is a list of 10 B&Bs we recommend staying in (or maybe even get married in), each with an innkeeper podcast interview sharing their Inn’s history, guest experiences, and local highlights.

MISSOURI
Tuxedo Park STL Bed & Breakfast Inn
– Located in a charming historic neighborhood just outside of St. Louis, this renovated Inn is housed in a beautiful former church that’s listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Today, the second-floor class and nursery rooms of the Queen Ann shingle schoolhouse, are four spacious and cheerful guest rooms with private baths. The adjoining original Akron Plan auditorium has become the main guest gathering area and kitchen which retains its 24-foot ceilings and original stained glass. Listen to the podcast with innkeepers/owners Bill & Maureen Elliot on YouTube.
Address & Info:
700 Tuxedo Blvd, Webster Groves, MO 63119.
Tel: (314) 801-8818.
Web: https://tuxedoparkstl.com/


MICHIGAN

The Hotel Saugatuck – One of Michigan’s Historical Landmarks, this romantic Michigan Art Coast getaway is located on the edge of Kalamazoo Lake, at the gateway of Saugatuck’s Historic District, and just a short walk to downtown and Douglas. Originally built in 1865 as a mill, this newly redesigned luxury 18-room Bed & Breakfast offers the ultimate in guest service, modern comfort, along with gourmet breakfast and tempting desserts delivered to your room. Listen to the podcast with innkeeper/owner Al Heminger on YouTube.
Address & Info: 900 Lake St., Saugatuck, MI 49453.
Tel: (269) 416-0731.
Web: https://www.thehotelsaugatuck.com/

Leonard at Logan Bed & Breakfast – Constructed in 1914, this grand mansion is located in Heritage Hill, one of the largest urban historic districts in the country, and near downtown Grand Rapids and the world-famous Frederik Meijer Gardens. The Inn features 8 individually decorated and comfortable rooms, beautiful indoor and outdoor common areas including a gorgeous garden patio. Guests enjoy a delicious hot breakfast and yogurt bar, and a fully stocked snack room. Listen to the podcast with innkeepers Ken & Ruth Andrus on YouTube.  Address & Info: 440 Logan St, SE Grand Rapids, MI 49503.
Tel: (616) 308-6585.
Web: https://leonardatlogan.com/

PENNSYLVANIA
Spencer House Bed & Breakfast – One of the landmark Victorian mansions in the heart of historic “Millionaires Row” and the first B&B in Erie, this beautiful Inn is just a few steps from the Hagen History Center and the Watson-Curtze Mansion, and is near downtown Erie, Presque Isle State Park, and Lake Erie’s Wine Country. Guests delight in the architecture, comfortable rooms, warm hospitality, as well as the hearty country-style breakfasts. Listen to the podcast with innkeepers Steve and Lisa Freysz on YouTube.
Address & Info: 519 West 6th Street in Erie, PA.
Tel: (814) 464-0419.
Web: https://spencerhousebandb.com/

Lafayette Inn – This historic and charming lodging destination in the National Historic District of Easton offers the best of both worlds: the quaint, individual character of a bed and breakfast, and also the services and privacy you expect in a fine Easton hotel. Eighteen individually decorated guest rooms in a stunning 1895 Georgian Mansion will make you feel at home while exploring the greater Lehigh Valley area. Listen to the podcast with former innkeepers/owners Paolo & Laura Di Liello on YouTube.
Address & Info: 525 W Monroe St, Easton, PA 18042-1737.
Tel: (610) 253-4500.
Web: https://lafayetteinn.com/

Lancaster Ridge Bed & Breakfast – Located on five beautifully landscaped acres, near downtown Ephrata in Lancaster County, this family-friendly and pet-friendly inn features four spacious and tastefully appointed guest rooms, a large indoor heated pool and hot tub, game room, tennis court, and outdoor covered gazebos. Breakfast is sumptuous and made with ingredients gathered from local markets and farms. Listen to the podcast interview with innkeeper/owner Susan Reimel on YouTube.
Address & Info: 34 Ridge Avenue, Ephrata, PA, 17522.
Tel: (717) 466-2338.
Web: https://www.lancasterridgebedandbreakfast.com/


Wild Wisteria Bed & Breakfast
– Located in Chadds Ford, in the heart of Pennsylvania’s Brandywine Valley, this lovely and historic lodging and event destination is set on 8 beautiful garden and forest acres. Built over 300 years ago, the inn is near the Brandywine Battlefield, Longwood Gardens, and charming Kennett Square, and features six themed guest rooms, a large living room with an open fireplace, a delicious homemade breakfast, as well as a full coffee bar. Listen to the podcast interview with innkeepers/owners Brad & Cindy Eck on YouTube.
Address & Info:
83 Baltimore Pike, Chadds Ford, PA 19317.
Tel: (610) 388-1435.
Web: https://www.wildwisteriabnb.com

MARYLAND
Georges on York Bed & Breakfast – Offering comfortable elegance in a historic setting, this completely renovated circa 1840s and 1870s brick Georgian historic home has the amenities of the 21st century while honoring its history and inherent beauty. The Inn features six beautiful guest rooms, scrumptious breakfasts, garden seating, intimate wedding and event space, and is near Gettysburg National Military Park and Catoctin State Park. Listen to the podcast with innkeepers/owners Chris & Sharon Tillman on YouTube.
Address & Info: 10 York St., Taneytown, MD 21787.
Tel: (443) 465-9818.
Web: https://georgesonyork.com


Hummingbird Inn
– Blending the grandeur of the past with modern features and comfort, the Hummingbird Inn is a stately Queen Anne Victorian with a striking copper-roofed turret, lush gardens, and wrap-around porch. The Inn boasts six unique rooms, wedding and special event space, gourmet breakfasts, and is just steps away from shops and restaurants in historic downtown Easton, and is close to Eastern Shore attractions and activities. Listen to the podcast with innkeeper/owner Eric Levinson on YouTube.
Address & Info: 14 N Aurora Street, Easton, MD, 21601.
Tel: (410) 822-0605.
Web: https://www.hummingbirdinneaston.com/

DELAWARE
Miller & Dunham House Bed & Breakfast
– This beautiful colonial-style home is located in the heart of historic Odessa, which is home to the Corbit-Sharp House on the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway, and is near Blackbird Creek Reserve, Lums Pond State Park, and Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge. The Inn is pet-friendly and features four guest rooms uniquely themed to the area, lovely gardens and a patio area, and delicious homemade breakfasts. Listen to the podcast with innkeepers  Debi and Bob Schulman on YouTube.
Address & Info: 207 High Street, Odessa, DE 19730.
Tel: (302) 378-0459.
Web: https://www.miller-dunham.com

 

 

 

 

 

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