Top 10 Best Themed B&B’s to Add to your Bucket List
There are so many different styles people prefer while traveling — from buying a simple pre-packaged five-star luxury vacation to selling all your worldly belongings, downsizing to whatever fits into a duffle bag, and purchasing a one-way ticket to anywhere the wind blows. Some might try to argue one way is better over the other, but the endless amount of options to choose from is part of the beauty in it, right?
There’s no ‘one size fits all’ option. It doesn’t matter how, or why you go, all that matters is that you just … go. If you’re among those who particularly enjoy the homey, intimate experience offered by staying at bed & breakfasts, you’re in for a treat! We’ve carefully sifted through the best-reviewed options for you to check out this summer. But, these aren’t typical B&Bs — they’re the best themed inns for the most unique and unusual seeking travelers looking for an unforgettable experience!
Fulfill your childhood heart’s desire by staying in a state-of-the-art tree house paradise! Located near the Redwood Forest in southern Oregon, Vertical Horizons offers 3 themed houses to choose from year round. Guests are served gourmet meals made of locally raised and grown products while enjoying the great outdoors with experiences like The Fall Salmon Run, guided mushroom picking, a disc golf course, horseshoes, tree climbing, white water rafting, gold panning and more. While bathrooms and food prep areas are provided amenities, each house varies in its accommodations and it’s important to remember that with a place like Vertical Horizons, it’s about the experience not the bells and whistles. If you’re looking for a roomy, luxurious “nature-like” escape, a tree house in the woods might not be the gig for you.
A-L-L-A-B-O-A-R-D! Experience the “romance of the rails” by staying in your own private caboose when you visit this railroad themed B&B in Sequim, Washington. Situated on an area just shy of 3 acres around a central duck pond, guests choose from six separately decorated, authentic cabooses atop its own track to stay in while enjoying the comforts of home. Reviewers note that when it comes to décor, attention to detail is paid careful attention and the proprietors ensure an atmosphere where travelers feel like honored guests and longtime friends. Queen sized beds, gas fireplaces, oversized whirlpool tubs, TV, mini-fridges, in-room coffee and free Wi-Fi are available in every car. Dine in a restored 1937 Art Deco stainless steel dining car decorated with white linens, fine china, fresh flowers where multi-course meals are provided by none other than the fine owners themselves: chef Charlotte and server, Olaf!
A bibliophile’s dream! The highly praised literary-themed B&B found in the heart of the nation’s capital in the fashionable DuPont Circle, masterfully marries the notion of bookish and sexy. The Langston Hughes — a room with a ‘larger-than-life’ feeling that comes through in an elegant, Renaissance theme, equipped with a king-sized bed, writing desk, and private balcony overlooking 16th street with a view of the Washington Monument. And the Romance genre room that’s exquisitely decorated in deep red silks and velvets features mood lighting, candles and a couple’s shower in the private bath, enough amenities to set the night off aflame.
From the late 19th century until 1954 when it became automated, the Saugerties Lighthouse guided ships along the Hudson River. Now, this historic spot gives visitors a glimpse of what life was like as a lighthouse keeper in the restored, red brick B&B that’s furnished as it may have looked back then. Open year-round, guests are able to take in panoramic views of the Hudson River Valley and Catskill Mountains or enjoy a good book by the river with a hot cup of tea.
Every little girl’s fantasy! This stunning 400 year-old Elizabethan Manor was purchased by Chester Thorne (co-founder of the Port of Tacoma) as a gift to his bride, Anna. After being dismantled, and shipped over in pieces from England in 1908, it was rebuilt as Thornwood Castle in 1911 at its new location in Tacoma, Washington. Now patrons can wander its three acres that feature a lakefront and English garden during their stay as they enjoy the beautiful displays of painted glass art that are mounted throughout the estate after being salvaged from 15th and 16th century churches by a Duke in Europe over the span of 40 years. This official historical site, not only hosts mystery nights, masquerade balls and film screenings but has also been famously used as the haunted mansion in Stephen King’s television mini-series “Rose Red.”
For anyone with a thirst to get off the grid and enjoy nature, this is the hidden gem for you! Nestled 70 feet beneath the surface of the La Plata river valley, not far from the Mesa Verde National Monument and near the four corners of Arizona, New Mexico, Utah and Colorado you’ll find Kokopelli’s Cave Bed & Breakfast — a man-made cave dwelling with just one room. Complete with a master bedroom, living area, Native American kiva replica, dining area, full kitchen and bathroom (with waterfall shower and Jacuzzi tub), this 1700 sq. foot dwelling is only accessible by passing through the cliff face, walking down slopping, rocky steps to a ladder that leads down to the cave. It even comes with a TV and DVD player, microwave and fully stocked fridge of breakfast goods and fruit and stays between 68 and 73 degrees year round!
Sail back in time in true schooner style as you experience the sights and sounds of what life was like on a traditional tall ship sailing around the Boston Harbor in the 18th and 19th century! Known as one of the fastest sailing (and widely used) vessels of its day, the Liberty Clipper is a 125-foot modern replica of a Baltimore Clipper — a ship that was used during the War of 1812 and often as a pilot ship that would guide visiting vessels into harbor. Built in 1983, the Liberty Clipper is a tall ship meant for both sailing or windjammer cruises. It’s outfitted with space enough for 24 overnight guests in 12 bunk-style cabins with shared bathrooms and showers — similar to a hostel. Storage is limited, so pack lightly. But if you can handle the compact space and required three-night stay minimum, it will be an adventure to remember. Oh, and one last thing: as a gaff-rigged schooner, it operates by hand so expect to participate as a part of its working crew! A-hoy, matey!
What a unique experience! Cherry Wood isn’t your usual working farm. Here, guests get to stay in a 20-foot teepee, complete with compact refrigerators, private bathrooms, fluffy down comforters, open-air showers, and outdoor barbeque grills while feasting on seasonal, locally grown food from the working farm itself! Then tour various wineries as you take a ride through the sun-soaked vineyards of Yakima Valley Wine Country that surround Cherry Wood, followed by a gourmet picnic-style lunch at Cultura Winery. What could be more relaxing?
To a regular passer-by, this bed and breakfast recently re-located in the heart of wine country would look like any other (stunning) Victorian Mansion from the outside. But, step inside and you’ll find yourself transported to another place. Originally built by a Russian immigrant family in 1864 before being moved to Nipomo, California in 1980, the renovations required to transform this mansion into the 6-suite B&B you see today took over 200 expert craftsmen, artisans, and artists almost 10 years to complete! With each suite styled a different theme, guests are able to choose any fantasy of their liking. From a loft overlooking Paris, an ancient Egyptian palace, a Roman domus, a Gypsy caravan, a pirate suite or even a 50’s drive-in, the world is literally within your reach. Each room comes with premium sleeping accommodations as well as hot tubs, fireplaces, hidden bathrooms and flat screen TVs, wireless internet, in-room massage and spa services, a bottle of wine upon arrival and in-suite hot gourmet breakfast and beverages delivered every morning.
Forty Putney Road looks just like a scene straight out of the movies. But with beer! Located in Brattleboro, Vermont, this B&B houses an on-site pub serving more than 30 local craft beers, tastings every Saturday night and random New England brew masters stopping by every so often to talk brew or guide a tasting, Forty Putney promises a truly unique experience. Stop by for some relaxation, stay for the good times, good people and great memories.
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