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Top 10 Romantic Inns of 2000

Some of the most romantic getaways in the United States

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This list of the 10 most romantic inns in the United States was chosen by American Historic Inns Inc., publisher of more than 2.4 million bed and breakfast guidebooks, in 2000.

The inns were not ranked from 1 to 10; they were listed "in no particular order." This version is organized geographically, with inns listed in alphabetical order under each heading.

EASTERN UNITED STATES

Castle Hill Inn and Resort
Newport, Rhode Island, (888) 466-1355
Be sure to take in the virtual tour of the property. The main building includes nine guest rooms; accomodations also are available in other buildings. An online room availability check is a nice touch.

Fairview Inn
Jackson, Mississippi, (888) 948-1908
A 1908 colonial revival mansion, this inn has been owned by members of the same family since 1930. The eight guest rooms are decorated with antiques and reproductions. Some offer an in-room Jacuzzi.

Graystone Inn
Wilmington, North Carolina, (888) 763-4773
Built in the early 1900s by the widow of a local merchant, this bed and breakfast has been completely restored. Among the highlights is the hand-carved oak staircase, which rises three stories and envelopes the ballroom.

Great Oak Manor
Chestertown, Maryland, (800) 504-3098
A secluded setting just 200 yards from the Chesapeake Bay, this 11-guestroom inn (five with fireplaces) features a private beach. A nine-hold golf course is located next door, and bicycle rentals are available.

Greyfield Inn
Fernandina Beach, Florida, (904) 261-6408
Despite the address, this bed and breakfast is located on Georgia's largest and southernmost coastal island, Cumberland Island. The inn grounds include more than 200 acres, perfect for birders and those who enjoy hiking or fishing.

The Hope and Glory Inn
Irvington, Virginia, (804) 438-5362
Originally a pair of schools (one for boys, one for girls), this property has been renovated as an inn. The Tatler Cunard Travel Guide said, "The Hope and Glory Inn ... has such pizzazz that it stops you in your tracks."

Litchfield Plantation
Pawleys Island, South Carolina, (800) 869-1410
A 1750s coastal rice plantation which today encompasses 600 acres. Gourmet dining is available on premises, with accomodations in the plantation house, the guest house and nearby villas.

WESTERN UNITED STATES

Ballard Inn
Ballard, California, (800) 638-2466
Nestled in the heart of Santa Barbara wine country, guests at this inn can enjoy a variety of activities including mountain biking, fishing, shopping, hiking, local apple orchards, "Ostrich Land" and much more.

Inn at the Park
Wichita, Kansas, (800) 258-1951
Like many listed here, this three-story brick B&B was built in the early 1900s. In 1988, the mansion and carriage house were renovated; a dozen guest rooms are available.

Seven Gables Inn
Pacific Grove, California, (831) 372-4341
A large Victorian mansion, the Seven Gables Inn provides guests with a clear view of Monterey Bay and the coastal mountains. It has been owned by the same family for more than 30 years.

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