Insta Q&A: Non-Frilly B&Bs
No need to wait for Sunday to get your Q&A fix. Here's this week's bonus question, from reader Beth Dahlman of D.C.:
I'm looking for an affordable getaway not far from the District (less than two hours, ideally). Virginia wine country or the areas around the Bay would be perfect, but all the good deals I've found are frilly B&Bs that remind me of Grandma's house. Know of any good ruffle-less relaxation spots?
Beth, as a fellow ruffle-phobe, I share your frustration. I'm not a big B&B fan to begin with, since I get squeamish just thinking about making chitchat with strangers over breakfast. Add multiple doilies and pictures of geese with bows around their necks and I'm ready to strangle the nearest kitten.
How about it, readers? Do you have a non-frilly, relatively affordable B&B in the mid-Atlantic region that you love? If so, please share. In the meantime, I asked tourism reps from nearby Virginia, Maryland and West Virginia for their suggestions. I checked these places out online and they all look wonderfully tasteful and restrained. But maybe Beth will check them out in person and let us know how they rank on the geese-o-meter.
VIRGINIA: Tamra Talmadge-Anderson recommends Foster Harris House in Little Washington, Va. (from $125); the
Thyme Inn in Culpeper; Atherston Hall B&B in Urbanna in the Chesapeake Bay region (from $100); and the Kilmarnock Inn in the Northern Neck (from $150). Search for more Virginia B&Bs on the Virginia Tourism Web site.
WEST VIRGINIA: Tricia Sizemore says the following B&Bs are not too frilly: Sleepy Creek Mountain Inn in Berkeley Springs (from $125); Cider Mill House in Hedgesville (from $125); and Aspen Hall in Martinsburg (from $100). Tricia also likes the Thomas Shepherd Inn in Shepherdstown (from $115). For more ideas, click here or here.
MARYLAND: On the Eastern Shore, Debbi Dodson likes the Old Brick Inn on Talbot Street (from $135); the George Brooks House B&B, near the Inn at Perry Cabin (from $120); the Two Swann Inn on the water (two-night weekend rate is $439) and the Bay Cottages (from $145).
Find more ideas here.
Now it's your turn....
By Christina Talcott |
November 19, 2008; 7:09 AM ET
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