What do you envision when you hear ‘bed and breakfast?’ If you’re like most people, you probably think about an historic Victorian or Queen Anne draped in lace and tucked away in a quaint corner of town. While it’s true that many inns were grand, former homes of the town’s well-to-do, some were not even used as homes at all.
From schoolhouses and churches, to working lighthouses and sail boats, some B&Bs lived completely different lives before opening their doors to travelers and serving up delicious breakfasts. So, next time you fall asleep in class, don’t be too hard on yourself. In fact, you may be onto something!
Prosperity School Bed & Breakfast—Joplin, MO
Once a schoolhouse that housed books and desks for students, this inn now showcases antiques and Victorian furnishings. A “Homework Scrapbook,” containing information on the history of the B&B and activities and attractions in the surrounding area, is featured in each room. Walking paths cross the property and pass by the inn’s woodland and fragrant herb gardens.
Rocky Springs Bed and Breakfast—Lancaster, PA
This 1855 pre-Victorian era home was once Lancaster’s premiere amusement and entertainment park; it’s now a cozy bed and breakfast. Remnants of its past remain, however, including the Carousel House and a vintage ticket booth set alongside former rollercoaster cars. You can relax in the ultra-private Cottage at Rocky Springs, complete with a kitchenette, air-jet tub and fireplace, before exploring the historic park’s 17 acres and the Conestoga Riverfront.
East Brother Light Station—Richmond, CA
Surrounded by the San Francisco Bay, this Victorian inn has been an active lighthouse for more than 133 years. It was updated and restored over 30 years ago to offer one-of-a-kind stays that help pay for the ongoing restoration and maintenance of the structure. Hors d’oeuvres and champagne will greet you upon arrival, while stunning views of the San Francisco skyline and Marin coastline can be savored any time.
Christopher’s Bed & Breakfast—Bellevue, KY
This stunning 19th-century house of worship was named after the Patron Saint of Travelers. A former home to the Bellevue Christian Church, it was transformed and restored into a unique bed and breakfast featuring three guestrooms, including The Governor’s Suite. This room showcases striking details such as the church’s original pressed tin ceiling and a double Jacuzzi set in front of a magnificent stained-glass window.
Prepare your sea legs and set sail for adventure when you climb onboard the Pintita, a 45’ sailing ketch that calls Baltimore Harbor its home. This floating B&B offers two staterooms and a private head (bathroom). Each morning you will wake up to the aroma of freshly brewed coffee and a warm breakfast. Explore the nearby shops at Fell’s Point, before basking in the sweeping ocean views during a sunset sail.
Don’t judge a book, or in this case a B&B, by its cover. For these inns, R&R does not only mean rest and relaxation; it also means “reimagined and repurposed.”
About The Author: Rich Rodriguez is the Director of PR & Marketing for BnBFinder.com, one of the world’s most comprehensive B&B directories. You can read more about B&Bs and travel at the BnBFinder blog. Follow along on Twitter at @BnBFinder, Facebook, Pinterest and Google+.
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