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America's Coziest B&Bs

the Editors, SmarterTravel.com Staff
October 22, 2010
Carter House Inns in Eureka, Calif.
Carter House Inns in Eureka, Calif.

Carter House Inns

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Add a roaring fireplace, warm cookies, and friendly innkeepers to your travels this fall and you'll likely find yourself at a nice little bed and breakfast. Autumn discounts abound at BnBFinder.com, while BedandBreakfast.com offers no shortage of inspiration. While there are countless options for travelers seeking an intimate stay this fall, here are the 10 B&Bs we think are the coziest from coast to coast.


Editor's Note: The B&Bs in this story were selected in an unbiased fashion based on their unique merits, reader recommendations, and the personal experiences of the author and other SmarterTravel staff editors.


Carter House Inns
Eureka, California

Close to Redwood National and State Parks and Pacific beaches, the four buildings that make up the Carter House Inns are the perfect spot to rest your head after romping around outdoors. Local organic products, as well as herbs, greens, and vegetables from the inn's own gardens, are used to create dishes, and guests can join the chefs from Restaurant 301 each afternoon to collect produce for the evening meals. All reservations include fireside wine and hors d'oeuvres, turndown with chocolates, evening tea and cookies, and daily full breakfast. Many rooms are equipped with fireplaces and whirlpool tubs, and all come with a basket full of local treats. Rates begin at $195 per night.


Vertical Horizons Treehouse Paradise in Cave Junction, Ore.
Vertical Horizons Treehouse Paradise in Cave Junction, Ore.

Vertical Horizons Treehouse Paradise

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Vertical Horizons Treehouse Paradise
Cave Junction, Oregon

Revisit your childhood dream, or just prepare to get super cozy at Vertical Horizons Treehouse Paradise in Cave Junction, Oregon. The property features three houses, each with a unique theme. Organic fruit and local products are used in each morning's breakfast, which is delivered directly to your tree house with the Winter Nesting Packages. If you're looking for leaf-peeping opportunities, fall is the perfect time to sleep amongst the leaves and wake up to the sun lighting up the red, orange, and golden leaves. Recreational technical tree climbing is available for guests who want to monkey around; while horseshoes, fishing, disc golf, and a swimming pool are available during summer months. Rates begin at $200 in the winter and $225 in the summer.


Inn At The Round Barn Farm in Waitsfield, Vermont
Inn At The Round Barn Farm in Waitsfield, Vermont

Inn At The Round Barn Farm

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Inn At The Round Barn Farm
Waitsfield, Vermont

Down comforters, Tempur-Pedic beds, individually controlled heat, and warm robes are only a few of the reasons why rooms at the Inn at the Round Barn Farm are so comfy. Every room has a view of lovely rural Waitsfield, Vermont, while some also have fireplaces, steam showers, and oversized whirlpool tubs. Cookies, the music of Mozart, a glowing fire, and books galore greet you in the library, while the aromas from seasonal and local foods, often from the inn's own organic gardens, lure you into the dining room. Feeling adventurous? The inn's 245 acres include a trail system, and guests have access to complimentary snowshoe and cross country ski passes. Or, hit the water in the 60-foot lap pool located in the historic Round Barn, which extends into a greenhouse. Rates start at $165 per night, with a two-night minimum stay on weekends.


EEl Farolito Bed And Breakfast Inn in Santa Fe, New Mexico
EEl Farolito Bed And Breakfast Inn in Santa Fe, New Mexico

El Farolito Bed And Breakfast Inn

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El Farolito Bed And Breakfast Inn
Santa Fe, New Mexico

Private casitas? Patios? Kiva fireplaces stocked daily with wood? El Farolito Bed and Breakfast Inn has it all. Located in historic downtown Santa Fe, New Mexico, this B&B is furnished in a south-of-the-border style, complete with local art and comfy sofas. Wireless Internet is available throughout the property, and all rooms come equipped with cable TV. A buffet-style breakfast of homemade baked goods is served each morning, and if you want to stray from the property, you're just seconds from shops and restaurants. Rooms start at $160 per night in the low season (November through January).


The Goldmoor Inn in Galena, Ill.
The Goldmoor Inn in Galena, Ill.

The Goldmoor Inn

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The Goldmoor Inn
Galena, Illinois

Perched on a bluff overlooking the Mississippi in Galena, Illinois, the Goldmoor Inn is the quintessential "room with a view." Fireplaces or Ben Franklin stoves warm up each room, and the daily hot breakfast is available in the dining room overlooking the Mississippi, or in the privacy of your own room. The inn has its own wine cellar, and with it comes an extensive wine list. Warm up your robe on the heated towel bar and slip it on after a dip in your whirlpool. Unwind with a massage, available in suite, in an open-air pavilion, or in the spa room. In addition to cottages and suites, the property's log cabins abutting the forest offer maximum seclusion. Though you may not want to leave your room, hot air balloon rides, local wineries, and local historic sites are the perfect diversions. Stays begin at $215 per night November through May, or $235 Memorial Day weekend through October.


Hartstone Inn in Camden, Maine
Hartstone Inn in Camden, Maine

Hartstone Inn

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Hartstone Inn
Camden, Maine

While roosters are perhaps overly represented in the wall art and knick-knacks at the Hartstone Inn and nearby Hartstone Hideway, the two Camden, Maine, properties are the very definition of cozy. Rooms include soft robes, fluffy featherbeds, down quilts and pillows, candlelight, fresh flowers, and chocolate truffles. Several also feature gas fireplaces and Jacuzzi tubs, while others have extras like a private garden terrace or a bathroom with heated floors. Herb-scented bath amenities make bubble baths look extra appealing, and the inn's cooking classes, multi-course breakfast with dishes like lobster and asparagus quiche, stellar wine list, and cocktail hour with complimentary hors d'oeuvres will make you wish you had three stomachs. Rooms start at $105 per night.


The Empress Of Little Rock in Little Rock, Ark.
The Empress Of Little Rock in Little Rock, Ark.

The Empress Of Little Rock

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The Empress Of Little Rock
Little Rock, Arkansas

Listed in the National Register of Historic places, The Empress of Little Rock, with its ornate Victorian architecture, is a Little Rock landmark. The three-and-a-half story corner tower, stained glass skylight, and octagonal-shaped rooms keep this B&B from blending in with the rest of the block, and the two-course breakfast served by candlelight will make your belly glad you chose to stay here. For an extra-snug stay, book a spa suite with a Jacuzzi, aromatherapy steam sauna, and spa amenities. All rooms offer separate sitting areas, fireplaces, robes, and king or queen feather beds, while some rooms have a multi-jet massage shower or footbaths. If you're into history, teatime at the inn includes food and a detailed historic tour of the property. For fresh air, hit the verandahs overlooking the town's historic loop. Rooms begin at $139 per night.


Cozy Cactus Bed And Breakfast in Sedona, Ariz.
Cozy Cactus Bed And Breakfast in Sedona, Ariz.

Cozy Cactus Bed And Breakfast

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Cozy Cactus Bed And Breakfast
Sedona, Arizona

The name says it all at Cozy Cactus Bed and Breakfast, located in the heart of Red Rock Country in Sedona, Arizona. Choose from a standard room or a one- or two-bedroom suite at this five-room bed and breakfast. Reservations include a three-course breakfast, along with hiking and biking access to the Coconino National Forest. All five rooms have private outside entrances. Eight separate outdoor seating areas with umbrellas and heaters will keep you relaxed no matter what the weather. Hosts Mark, Carrie, and resident pooch, Margarita Rox, will make you feel right at home with fresh baked muffins and breads. Rooms begin at $150 per night during the off-season summer months for single or double occupancy.


Star Of Texas Bed And Breakfast in Brownwood, Texas
Star Of Texas Bed And Breakfast in Brownwood, Texas

Star Of Texas Bed And Breakfast

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Star Of Texas Bed And Breakfast
Brownwood, Texas

The Star of Texas Bed and Breakfast in Brownwood, Texas, is an ideal location to stash away your cell phone and just relax. Candles, music, and the starry night sky set the tone for your getaway. Most rooms have private Jacuzzis or outdoor hot tubs, while one room even has a tree house-style balcony. Travelers looking for something a bit more unique will enjoy the Dancing Buffalo teepee or Room 55, a restored 1955 Spartan Park Home decked out in vintage 50s furnishings. The inn also has a Texas Ranch Retreat—a ranch house on 50 acres adjoining the main property. At this B&B, you don't even have to worry about getting out of your pajamas for breakfast. A full hot breakfast is delivered to each private cottage around 9:00 a.m. Baked crème brulee or Mexican quiche are favorites, cooked with eggs from the inn's own chickens. Rooms begin at $129 per night.


Whispering Pines Bed And Breakfast in Dellroy, Ohio
Whispering Pines Bed And Breakfast in Dellroy, Ohio

Whispering Pines Bed And Breakfast

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Whispering Pines Bed And Breakfast
Dellroy, Ohio

You'll find a lakeside oasis at Whispering Pines Bed and Breakfast, which overlooks Atwood Lake in Dellroy, Ohio. The rolling hills of Carroll County provide the backdrop to the nine guest rooms, each decorated with antiques, and many with two-person whirlpool tubs, in-room fireplaces, and private balconies. Many rooms also come with their own sitting area, bathrobes, blanket throws, and wine glasses. On-site massages are available. The seven-acre property boasts a two-person wing and a fire pit for popcorn or roasting marshmallows. Got a sweet tooth? Homemade chocolate chip cookies and tea are always available. Reader skgarcowski enjoyed the inn's food: The "owner is a wonderful cook. Delicious, inventive breakfasts, great cookies, wonderful tea-time cake." Rates begin at $169 December through February, or $189 March through November.


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