Haunting misty mountains, evocative historic buildings, and real Bed and Breakfast Southern hospitality ... and let’s not forget Graceland! Yes, Tennessee is a visitor’s paradise, with lots to see and do for everyone.
As for accommodations? Visitors to the “Volunteer State” – so-called because of the exemplary bravery of Tennessee volunteer soldiers during the War of 1812 – have access to bed and breakfast gems aplenty. Here are just a handful of them.
FEATURED INN: Billed as “The Oldest House in Tennessee’s Oldest Town”, the Hawley House in Jonesborough was built of dovetailed chestnut logs in 1793. Today this original structure still stands; added onto over the years but still retaining its authentic Tennessee charm. This bed and breakfast inn’s rooms are tastefully decorated with period furniture; one of the standouts being the Old Kitchen with its solid stone walls and spacious open hearth fireplace. In the summertime, guests at the Hawley House can sit on the verandah and sip a glass of cold lemonade, watching the comings-and-going of this quaint town. For those with a yearning for the past, the Hawley House is a wonderful B&B refuge. Note: Jonesborough was the place where the ‘Lost State of Franklin’ was founded; a post-Revolutionary War state that never made it into the Union!
If you are exploring Elvis’ roots in Memphis, why not enjoy the real Southern hospitality of the Spahn Inn Bed and Breakfast? Although located just across the state line in Mississippi, This two-storey Neo-Classical mansion is just 25 minutes from Graceland, and provides the savvy traveler passage into a world of Southern elegance and style. The Spahn Inn B&B’s four rooms are decorated with period antiques, and some have their own two-person Jacuzzis. The dining room serves 4-inch high omelettes, thick crispy bacon, and homemade baked goods between 7 and 9 a.m., and the Inn even caters and hosts weddings.
FEATURED INN: The Creekwalk Inn and Cabins at Whisperwood Farm is a bed and breakfast retreat nestled in Tennessee’s Great Smoky Mountains. It is a fantasy-made-real crafted from squared logs, featuring headboards made of twisted tree roots! “Enjoy a private hot tub for two in a bamboo thicket next to the stream that bubbles by your screen door, down a short enchanting wildflower path,” says www.creekwalkinn.com. In the Hannah Mountain Room, “The handmade rhododendron king bed sets the ‘back to paradise’ mood.” True enough: The feeling here is rustic in the best sense of the word, enhanced by the Creekwalk Inn’s proximity to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. If you stay longer than overnight at this bed and breakfast, you can enjoy fishing, swimming, hiking, and horseback riding; all in Tennessee’s magical mountain country.
“Where you come as a guest and leave as a friend”: That’s the promise made by the Linden Manor Bed & Breakfast in Nashville, a renovated 1893 Victorian home in the city’s Belmont-Hillsboro Historic District. The Linden Manor B&B is a charming inn with just three rooms; all nicely decorated with period furniture and calming surroundings. Each bedroom boasts 12' ceilings and 9’ windows. There’s even a turret and a wraparound verandah where afternoon refreshments are served. If you want to explore all the hustle-and-bustle that is Nashville, then come back to a haven of tranquillity, try the Linden Manor B&B
FEATURED INN: Beautiful mornings in Tennessee’s mist-filled mountains: This is what’s offered by the Foxtrot Bed and Breakfast in Gatlinburg. Built inside a stone-and-wood high ceiling chalet with spectacular panoramic views of Mount Leconte and the Great Smoky Mountains, this property offers occasional sightings of visitors such as Black bear, wild turkey, deer and the red fox. The Foxtrot B&B also promises superb meals by its own innkeepers which include a professional chef who incorporates local foods into her three-course gourmet offerings. Take it easy with a good book in the Foxtrot’s relaxing living room, or just unwind in your suite.” High above the noise and traffic, your retreat from stress has a romantically draped, king-sized bed that invites you to enjoy its comfort,” says www.thefoxtrot.com. “Each room offers a private bath with plush towels and robes.”
Take the choo-choo to Chattanooga, and then spend the night in style at the Mayor’s Mansion Inn. Built in 1889 by one-time mayor Edmond Watkins, the Mayor’s Mansion Inn and Restaurant is a truly elegant bed and breakfast experience. The Inn’s 18 rooms are wonderfully beautiful with their understated antiques and period decorations. One worth seeing is the Signal Mountain Room with its black and white French toile theme and its quirky angled walls. The Mayor’s Mansion also offers early morning coffee service (with its own special blend) and three-course gourmet breakfasts, among its many amenities.
These are just a sampling of the many wonderful bed and breakfast inns you can savour when visiting Tennessee. Find more at www.iloveinns.com.
Hawley House Bed & Breakfast
114 East Woodrow Avenue
Jonesborough, Tennessee 37659
Toll-Free: (800) 753-8869
Spahn House Bed and Breakfast
401 College Street
Senatobia, Mississippi 38668
Toll-Free: (800) 400-9853
Creekwalk Inn and Cabins at Whisperwood Farm
166 Middle Creek Road
Cosby, Tennessee 37722
Toll-Free (800) 962-2246
Linden Manor Bed & Breakfast
1501 Linden Avenue
Nashville, Tennessee 37212
Toll-Free: (800) 226-0317
The Foxtrot Bed and Breakfast
P.O. Box 1156
Gatlinburg, Tennessee 37738
Toll-Free: (888) 436-3033
The Mayor’s Mansion Inn and Breakfast
801 Vine Street
Chattanooga, Tennessee 37403
Toll-Free: (888) 446-6569
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