Top 10 Bed-and-Breakfasts Around the Country

In addition to comfort, these B&Bs offer unique culinary experiencesAcross the country, bed-and-breakfasts can take many forms, but the one thing that really makes for an amazing experience is the food that is being served. At the center of a B&B is the idea of a heart- and belly-warming breakfast to start the day off right.

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From quiet and intimate B&Bs overlooking wine country, such as the Farmhouse Inn in Sonoma, Calif., to a culinary travel experience at Inn at the Park in Cape May, N.J., B&Bs run the gamut from tranquil trips to exciting getaways.

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As "breakfast" is half the B&B experience, cuisine is one very important way for an innkeeper to demonstrate a warm and stable atmosphere. Many B&Bs are stepping up their game with award-winning chefs who serve seasonal cuisine, like chef Blaine Wetzel from Willows Inn in Washington state, who often creates spectacular egg dishes sourced from the inn's own Nettles Farm on the property. And others are creating eco-friendly environments for guests, like the Lookout Point Lakeside Inn, situated in the Ouachita Mountains. Still more, like Mercersburg Inn in Pennsylvania, are even offering culinary classes. The hotel has partnered with L' Academie de Cuisine of Bethesda, Md., to add another layer to its culinary experience.

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The Daily Meal's list of the best B&Bs for food was compiled by looking at the country's highest-ranked B&Bs through customer reviews, the quality and freshness of the food being served, the amenities provided and the overall atmosphere, as well as the level of comfort that guests enjoy during their stay. Be sure and check out the ranking listed in our slideshow when booking your next trip.

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Credit: Barclay Heights Bed and Breakfast at Smythe House10) Barclay Heights Bed and Breakfast at Smythe House, Saugerties, N.Y.
Guests rave about breakfast here, and no wonder; the innkeepers are professional chefs, and one is even a professor at the Culinary Institute of America. The morning fare may include Eggs en Cocotte, baked in a ramekin with Swiss cheese, cream, and scallions. The location, amid the Hudson Valley and the Catskills, is a convenient base for exploration.



Credit: The Artist's Inn and Gallery9) The Artist's Inn and Gallery, Terre Hill, Penn.
Four-course candlelight gourmet breakfasts, made with in-season ingredients, are a big draw here; options may include lemon poppy seed waffles and cinnamon biscuits with apple butter. The colorful gardens, warm hospitality and, yes, the art, keep guests coming back for repeated visits.





Credit: Wine Country Inn8) Wine Country Inn, St. Helena, Calif.
While staying at Wine Country Inn in Napa Valley, guests are at the center of it all - only five miles from 50 world-renowned wineries and 15 top-notch restaurants. This B&B is certainly full-service, offering complimentary breakfast (featuring their "world famous" granola), daily appetizers and wine, a free shuttle to local restaurants, and spa treatments. The daily "wine social" begins promptly at 4:30 p.m. to encourage guests to chat with the innkeepers, sip on some of the region's best wines, and to liaise with other guests about their plans during their stay.


Credit: Birchwood Inn7) Birchwood Inn, Lenox, Mass.
Imaginative and lavish breakfasts and teas are only the beginning of the culinary pleasures here. The inn also hosts "Fun for Foodies" packages, such as "The Ultimate Chocolate Experience," where guests can learn, cook, and eat some more. The lavish inn breakfasts feature apple-bacon pancakes, roasted pears with pomegranate glaze, and a fondue Florentine soufflé.




Credit: The Inn at Weston6) The Inn at Weston, Weston, Vt.
This bucolic Vermont retreat has a greenhouse with prized orchids, a restaurant offering gourmet dinners overseen by a former instructor of the New England Culinary Institute, and full country breakfasts with offerings like sweet potato pancakes with applewood bacon. During the summer months, guests can enjoy dinners outside in the gazebo, where they can feast on seasonal dishes such as Maine lobster and avocado wontons with tarragon-Sriracha aioli.


Credit: Blair House Inn5) Blair House Inn, Wimberley, Texas
In the well-known Texas Hill Country lies the Blair House Inn, an intimate B&B that's located in the town of Wimberley, an artists' community filled with galleries and boutiques. The inn also boasts the Blair House Cooking School, which offers classes throughout the year that specialize in Texas barbecue as well as Italian, French, and Hill Country cuisine. After cooking a delicious meal, guests can indulge in its day spa that offers a suite of spa services.


Credit: Cornerstone Victorian B&B4) Cornerstone Victorian B&B, Warrensburg, N.Y.
Explore the Lake George area from this appealing spot with warm hosts. After the generous five-course breakfast, featuring such items as arugula and cheese on toasted ciabatta, you probably won't need lunch, though you'll no doubt be happy to enjoy the evening dessert provided.





Credit: Hartstone Inn3) Hartstone Inn, Camden, Maine
The word "charming" was invented for seaside town Camden, and this inn with an on-site spa fits the bill. Even better, it's focused on all things culinary, with epicurean adventures and programs such as "Chef for a Day." Both breakfast and dinner are available; dinner entrées include such items as dill gnocchi with grilled tiger shrimp and roasted tomato cream.




Credit: The Farmhouse Inn2) The Farmhouse Inn, Forestville, Calif.
The Farmhouse Inn in Sonoma County in wine country is known for its Michelin-starred restaurant and its exquisite cuisine that showcases local ingredients and dishes, sourced from Joe and Catherine Bartolomei's ranch. The restaurant offers a Monday night prix fixe menu with dishes such as spring pea and Parmesan flan as well as a wine dinner series for interested guests. There are also a variety of guest rooms in the cottage and additional luxury accommodations.


Credit: Mike Crane Photography1) Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm, Albuquerque, N.M.
Food lovers far and wide come to Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm to sip, taste, and relax. The farm breakfast changes daily for guests at the inn and can include a range of dishes like Eggs Frico with pecorino and Cheddar cheese, seasonal vegetables, and toast; a house-made chorizo frittata with seasonal vegetables and buttered hominy; and toasted local blue cornmeal polenta with two eggs any style, served with house-made green chile sausage links, to name a few. Executive chef Jonathan Perno has also launched the B&B's La Merienda menu, inspired by local and seasonal ingredients, which is truly a must-try in New Mexico.


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- Kristen Oliveri & Rani Long, The Daily Meal