A bed and breakfast inn geared towards book lovers is a very novel idea. Several bed and breakfast places are located throughout America that cater to book lovers. A bed and breakfast previously owned by a famous author would be a favorite of the literary crowd. Authors may venture to stay at a bed and breakfast that has historical significance, as this type of place may offer some assistance with their writing research.
New York: Jumel Terrace Books B & B
Located in Uptown New York in Harlem Heights and right across the street from the oldest house in Manhattan, the Morris-Jumel Mansion, this B & B is a treasure for book lovers. The antiquated shop is frequented by celebrities and has been noted in magazines such as Vanity Fair and The New York Times. Literary lovers can wander the gardens, play the piano, and even schedule a photo shoot or meeting in the very large library. Children are welcome, though no pets are allowed, as there are two cats on the premises.
Athens, Tennessee: Majestic Mansion
Built in 1909 and a historic landmark building, The Majestic Mansion in Tennessee offers a relaxing retreat into ages past. Wonderful amenities and personal service make staying at this B & B a fantastic alternative. Spa services, a tearoom, enclosed sun porch and a morning newspaper each day contribute to the lush atmosphere of the mansion. A special feature for families and those who love Chronicles of Narnia, children can stay in the Aslan Room, complete with a mural of Aslan and joined by a magical wardrobe to their parents room, the King of the Mountain Room.
Princess Anne, Maryland: Alexander House Booklovers B & B
Featuring themed rooms based on acclaimed authors and a book lovers shop, Alexander House is a book lovers dream. Stay in Jane Austen or read in Mark Twain’s library, and step back into their history. Alexander House has been featured on The Today Show and in the Washington Post. Quite a few local attractions such as Assateague Island where the wild ponies run, and Teackle Mansion tours make staying at this unique B & B very worthwhile.
Bellows Falls, Vermont: Readmore Bed, Breakfast and Books
Certified by the state of Vermont as a “Green” hotel, Readmore Bed, Breakfast and Books is steeped in rich history. Their amenities include catering to all diets, wood burning fireplaces. Jacuzzis, antique beds, turn down service with chocolates on the pillows and more. A colonial revival manse, this B & B has every comfort and luxury for a romantic or relaxing stay.
Washington, D.C.: Akwaaba Bed and Breakfast
Located in Dupont circle, this B & B is just minutes from the White House. Featuring rooms highlighting African American authors and classic genres, there are eight rooms from which to choose. In room spa treatments are available, and full hot breakfast every morning. Romantic getaways or business trip related, a stay at this B & B would be relaxing.
De Smet, South Dakota: The Prairie House Manor
Fans of Little House on the Prairie will delight in their stay at The Prairie House Manor, located in Laura Ingalls hometown and the basis for her famous series of books. Banker Thomas Ruth, one of the characters in The Long Winter, owned the Prairie House Manor, which was restored in 1990 to its present state. Perfect for a romantic getaway or for families, this B & B is steeped in rich prairie history.
Chautauqua, New York: The Spencer Hotel
The Spencer Hotel is located in the Chautauqua Institution, with Gothic porches that overlook the Chautauqua amphitheater. Featuring themed rooms created by local artists and dedicated to famous authors, The Spencer Hotel is a delight for book lovers. This B & B offers enrichment workshops, a spa, fine dining and many arts and cultural events.
Hyde Park, Vermont: Governor’s House in Hyde Park
This B & B is a recently restored 1893 Governor’s Mansion, and located near Stowe, Vermont. A wonderful getaway for Jane Austen fans, visitors can dress in century style clothes befitting the books and attend Jane Austen book discussions during a Jane Austen weekend retreat. Take a romantic carriage or sleigh ride to see the surrounding countryside. Governor’s House in Hyde Park is suitable for a romantic getaway or a family vacation.
Nantucket, Massachusetts: Cliff Lodge
A sea captain built Cliff Lodge for his family in 1771. Caroline Parker Hills, Nantucket’s famous poet lived in the house for close to fifty years. The romantic roof walk offers spectacular views of the harbor and the town. Original works of art by local artists adorn the walls of Cliff Lodge, and some are available for purchase.
There are several bed and breakfast inns across America from which to choose from if you are in a literary frame of mind. All of them offer unique opportunities to step back in time and experience history in the making from an author’s point of view.