|The Hancock House, Dubuque, Iowa|
|The Redstone Inn, Dubuque, Iowa|
An important criterion in a B-and-B, for me, is a big whirlpool tub. And since we also love old historic homes, that's difficult. Many restorers of historic homes don't like putting whirlpool tubs in the rooms, after they've already chopped the lovely old places into suites and rooms. This limited my choices, and of course our budget often limited options as well. Once when Julia was a little baby we went to a place in Galena, Illinois (just across the Mississippi River) for a stay. It was not memorable except as a cautionary tale not to take a baby along on a romantic getaway! I believe it was a cheaper place, smaller, less lovely, and without breakfast. I do not recall the name.
|The Wentworth Mansion, Charleston, SC|
|Chestnut Street Inn, Asheville, NC|
We hit a dry spell for a bit, when we lived in Alabama and for a couple of years afterward. Our forays into the B-and-B life occurred when we were employed and had saved enough to indulge in such a luxury. Some years, it was impossible. But when we found ourselves in Massachusetts and teaching school again, we looked around for a nice spot to get away over Christmas. We found Falmouth and a simple B-and-B there. I do recall that as being a lovely time. No one got sick. I did leave my bathroom/makeup bag there accidentally, and they graciously held it for me until I could return to Falmouth for it. I have a rather remarkable sense of direction, a sense of location and place. I've looked for this Falmouth B-and-B online but can't find it listed, so it must be out of business. But I was able to look on Google Maps and immediately find the house at the intersection of Main and Locust. I'm sad it's closed, but glad that the home is being lived in again by a family and enjoyed by them.
|Oak Hill Country Inn, Franklin, NC|
So, after Franklin, we felt a little burned out. B-and-Bs are very expensive on our budget, and we decided to forego them since we didn't seem to be getting the same benefit -- the same enjoyment -- from them we had in the past. Nearly seven years passed until we found The Inn on Bath Creek and the quiet, calming village of Bath. At last, we found "B-and-B Perfection."
|The Inn on Bath Creek, Bath, NC|
|Oscar's House B-and-B on Ocracoke, our very first getaway ... our honeymoon|