Want to escape the hectic relentlessness of everyday urban life? Then pack up the car and retreat to an oasis of sanity; a unique bed and breakfast/country inn nestled beside a tranquil lake or river. The folks at American Historic Inns (http://www.iloveinns.com/), the authoritative source for the best B&Bs and country inns, have combed through their books and Web site to offer the following five waterfront Bed and Breakfast hideaways.
200 Acres and a Mill
Located in warm, wonderful Williamston on North Carolina’s coastal plain, the Big Mill Bed & Breakfast is an ideal lakeside location. The reason? Big Mill has not one but two little lakes on its 200 acres of bucolic farmland. “Guests love to paddle around, fish or just sit and enjoy the view,” says innkeeper Chloe Tuttle. Big Mill is housed in a 1918 Arts and Crafts house, with shade being provided by stately, 89 year-old pecan trees planted by the owner’s parents. Breakfast is delivered directly to your room and features homemade sourdough or sweet breads made with fruits and nuts grown on the farm, juice, cheese, coffee, tea and fresh fruit. Grapes, plums, pears and blueberries from Big Mill’s own fields are served in season!
There is just no other word to describe the rambling white manor that is home to the Blue Heron Bed and Breakfast on Winona Lake, Indiana. Inside, this B&B’s rooms are spacious, tasteful, and relaxing; with tremendous views to boot. Outside, the waters of Winona Lake offer great walleye fishing, sailing, and motorized boating experiences ranging from lazy pontoon rides to high-speed tubing. This is a place to savor the peace and beauty of waterfront living.
In the Family Since 1876
Housed in an 1876 Victorian inn, this B&B has its own tower and has been in the Knowles family since it was built, the Lake View Cottage Bed & Breakfast on Silver Lake, N. H. is a magical all-season B&B retreat. Porches, gardens and the beach beckon guests but there is also canoeing, kayaking or rowing on the lake to see the loons or the inn’s resident Bald Eagle. Add wonderful lakeside views, all the joys of being by the water whatever the season, and special local events like December’s “Inn to Inn Cookie Tour”, and the Lake View Cottage B&B is a must-stay.
Experience the majestic colors fall paints in the heartland of North Carolina at the Twin Lakes Lodge. Guests at this romantic bed and breakfast in Greensboro love the tranquility of the 4 1/2 acres of woods and each accommodation offers stunning lake views. Soak in a large European Bubble bath Tub while watching the sunset over the lake and awake to breakfast served on your own private patio. Although this B&B is a mere ½ mile from great restaurants and attractions of the city, as one guest said, "You get lost, from the real world, when you are here!"
Where better to watch them both than along 300 feet of Lake Michigan beachfront; the home of the Britannia Bed & Breakfast in Algoma, Wisconsin. Promising a lake view with every room, the 1930s’ Cape Cod home prides itself on being a little piece of Britain in America. The B&B’s rooms are elegant and refined, while its table promises a wide assortment of teas, freshly brewed coffee or cocoa and hot chocolate; plus food served on fine English china. “Eat among friends in our beautiful dining room while you gaze at the lake and hear its rushing waters,” says the innkeeper.
Our last journey keeps us close to Lake Michigan, to visit the Riverbend Retreat at Benton Harbor. Here, on a bluff overlooking the St. Joseph River, this B&B provides a luxury resort nestled in a quiet, secluded area of woods and wetlands. The Riverbend Retreat is adjacent to the city of St. Joseph on Lake Michigan; home to Silver Beach and several great art museums, galleries, restaurants and charming shops. It is also just 90 minutes drive from Chicago; making the Riverbend a thought-provoking alternative for business travelers. “We provide a great home-cooked breakfast, a fabulous view, and laptop caddie in every room. Utilize our cozy office for high-speed satellite internet, fax and copier.” Secretarial services are even available; all while you relax to the sound of water playing outside.
The moral to our tale? You can escape to a waterfront B&B today! Refuge is just a few mouse clicks’ away at http://www.iloveinns.com/.
Big Mill Bed & Breakfast
Blue Heron Guest House
Lake View Cottage Bed & Breakfast
Twin Lakes Lodge
Britannia Bed & Breakfast
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