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Insta Q&A: Non-Frilly B&Bs

Christina Talcott

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.

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  | Category:  Hotels , Insta-Q&A , K.C. Summers , Mid-Atlantic Destinations
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Hi! This is Beth from the question. Thanks for looking into this. I continued to do my own research and found this place: not a B&B, but close to DC, not too expensive, and much more my style. I'll check out these options and let you know how it all turns out. Thanks again!

Posted by: bethd714 | November 19, 2008 3:37 PM

I've posted it here before and I'll probably do so again.

It's further away than the letter writer indicated, but the Finger Lakes (in Central NY, about a 5 hour drive) is a fabulous getaway.

I am also allergic to the overly frilly B&B, and I can honestly say I would without hesitation stay again at the Filigree Inn.

Since they actually cater to overflow guests of the ski lodge down the road, they are set up more like mini apartments with a bedroom, bathroom, and open sitting room area with a couch, satellite connected TV, fireplace and kitchen. The owners stock the fridge with breakfast supplies so you can then make your own breakfast in the privacy of your room/suite. (We cleaned up after ourselves, apparently not every guest chooses to do so.)

Also - the owners' home is separate from the suites on the property. So you only share space with the other guests (and there are only 4 suites), which affords a little more privacy than usual.

As a bonus, there's a basic Wegman's about 15 miles up the road in Canadaigua proper, so you can stock the 'fridge with groceries. And you're secluded enough from the touristy parts of the Finger Lakes so it's very relaxing (and you're near the lake with the best wineries - Keuka).

It may be a bit further away than 2 hours, but worth every minute of the drive.

Posted by: Chasmosaur1 | November 19, 2008 5:42 PM

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