Staying in a historic bed & breakfast is one of the most unique experiences you can have on a vacation getaway. There’s something about being encompassed by a particular period within a home that has a story to tell. It is also a sensation of being a part of another time, feeling what it must have been like to inhabit a world where time seemed to move more slowly, extending moments into a kind of timelessness.
With many historic Inns to brag about, we at Select Registry have decided to pick a mere few for now in order to introduce you to another way of life away from home. Here is our short list of exceptional historic bed & breakfast options that will help you unwind to your fullest:
The Inn at Herr Ridge
In the famous town of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, this 1815 Inn was originally owned by Frederick Herr. The Inn became a Confederate hospital during the battle of Gettysburg, and much later in the early 1900’s it functioned as a dairy farm. Today its current owner, Steven Wolf, who purchased the Inn in 1977, can be proud of the many years he spent renovating it to perfection, securing a coveted listing in the National Register of Historic Places.
Located between the Gettysburg battlefield and beautiful Caledonia State Park and only minutes from town, the inn offers 16 guest rooms, each decorated with extreme care and complete with fireplaces and inviting Jacuzzi baths. With two exquisitely-appointed parlors to relax in, you can also test your pool-shooting and dart-throwing skills in the game room as you wile away the hours in an atmosphere designed to put you at ease. Reserve an evening to enjoy the fine American cuisine in the Inn’s private dining room where you can also sample the award-winning wine list, as well as enjoy the benefits of the full service bar.
The Inn at Herr Ridge is an ideal place to host a party or event. With banquet facilities that can accommodate approximately 110 guests, there are also additional meeting rooms for 10 to 30 people. Whether you’re hosting a wedding, business meeting, birthday, or other event, the service and attention is aimed to help your event flow seamlessly.
Make an appointment for one of the delicious spa services while you are at the Inn, where a therapist will meet you in the massage room for a Swedish, Myofascial, Sport, or Warm Stone Therapy massage. Unwind under professional hands that will help sooth away stress and help you to enjoy your stay to the fullest.
There is much to do in the area, including perusing the many antique craft shops, partaking of fine or casual dining, skiing, golfing, horseback riding, visiting state parks, hiking the Appalachian trail, enjoying a short trip to Hershey Park just 45 minutes away, or taking a day trip or a free tour. Whatever you choose, your visit to the Inn at Herr Ridge will bring you all that you desire, including great memories to last until you decide to return once again.
Prospect Hill Plantation Inn
Only 15 miles east of Charlottesville, Virginia, you will feel miles and centuries away from the bustle of quotidian life. Prospect Hill Plantation Inn was built 1732, with original 18th-century dependencies and slave quarters that date from 1699 to 1850.
A historic plantation that places you way back in time, the Inn is the oldest continually operated Virginia plantation, now performing brilliantly as a bed & breakfast. Choose from the main house guestrooms or the charming hidden cottages where you can relax among period antiques, comfortable beds with sumptuous duvets, high thread count linens, and working fireplaces. Put on a luxurious 100% cotton robe, experience the thrill of premium toiletries, and then let yourself relax into a world that is a far cry from everyday life.
Mornings bring a gourmet breakfast gourmet in bed, or if you prefer, in the Inn’s historic dining room replete with soft music and the intoxicating scent of custom blended coffee. Adorned with local, farm-grown and organic fruits, you can also enjoy your meal on the garden porch when the weather is warm.
The recipient of AAA’s Four Diamond Award of Excellence for Dining and Lodging, the Inn is known for its Southern hospitality. Situated on 40 exquisite acres, it is also considered one of the most historically significant properties in central Virginia and listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
The Inn is without a doubt an idyllic spot for a wedding, reunion, birthday, or other special celebration. With service and catering designed to handle from two to 200 guests either indoors or out, you can also reserve the entire Inn for the festivities. Hold your business conference here to take advantage of all of the essentials, including private meeting rooms, gourmet snacks and meals, and much more.
During your days at Prospect Hill Plantation Inn, be sure to visit Monticello, Thomas Jefferson’s home in Charlottesville and considered a World Heritage Site. You can also take advantage of local wine tours, the historic Downtown Mall, Shenandoah National Park, Spring Creek Golf Course, and a host of other exceptional sites and activities.
Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm
In Albuquerque, New Mexico, on 25 gorgeous acres of lavender fields and gardens, stands one of the premier historic properties in the Southwest. Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm was designed by architect John Gaw Meem, the “father of Santa Fe style.” The elegant 1932 structure houses luxurious suites with every guestroom decorated in classic New Mexican style. Wood burning fireplaces, hardwood floors, carved-beamed ceilings, sumptuous bedding, lavender spa amenities, and antique New Mexican furnishings all contribute to the magnificent aesthetic.
With grounds featuring a salt-water pool, extensive gardens, and lavender fields that seem to go on forever, the setting is nothing less than extraordinary. No wonder so many weddings, as well as business and social events, are booked at the Inn. Whether it is a lavish occasion or a small breakfast meeting, the service is just as impeccable as the surroundings.
Included in your stay is a sumptuous organic breakfast featuring organic ingredients from the Inn’s farm and others throughout the region. Make a reservation for dinner to enjoy a seasonally-driven cuisine inspired by haute cuisine and indigenous recipes that make up the alluring menu.
Awarded as one of the Top 100 Hotels in the world by Fodor’s, featured in many magazines included The New York Times, and listed as a “Top Foodie Destination” by Zagat, Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm offers a varied calendar of events. With everything from balsamic tasting, sketching in the field, learning about barnyard animals, aromatherapy, and more, you can spend all of your time on the property and never feel like you are missing a thing. Take an architectural tour, attend a class or lecture on growing, cooking, and decorating with lavender, experience an authentic working farm and all that this encompasses, and experience the fullness of a truly different getaway.
For more historic bed & breakfast options, please contact Select Registry today!