The dream of owning a B&B is often fueled by the vision of living in a dream location. For many innkeepers – and guests – a mountain retreat is about as good as it gets. BedandBreakfast.com placed seven American inns among its Top Ten. You can find the full story, including international inns, at BedandBreakfast.com
The tranquility of the wide-open west is omnipresent in Estes Park, Colorado, at the eastern entrance to the Rocky Mountain National Park. While the town, with its shops and art galleries and restaurants can keep you entertained, and park buses can usher you along the Bear Lake corridor and to trailheads for a day of hiking, you can also opt to relax at one of nearly a dozen B&Bs.
Oregon is a natural state; one in which there’s only an outside chance you’d want to stay inside. Mount Hood is the focal point of the area (not surprising, since it can be seen from up to 100 miles away), and there are plentiful inns that cater to the needs of nature lovers. Skiing rafting, hiking, cycling, fishing, kayaking, mountain climbing, mountain biking and kiteboarding and windsurfing on the Columbia River Gorge.
What’s wonderful about New England? Several things. One is that, compared to the states west of the Mississippi River, the states here are relatively tiny so you can see a lot even if you expand your range only a little. Also, this is where American bed and breakfasts got their start so there’s heritage as well. In the White Mountains of New Hampshire, that means access to Jackosn’s antique and outlet stores, exploring wonderful forests, fly fishing, kayaking on clear streams, enjoying the iconic American thrill of fall foliage, and stepping out during the crisp winters when ski runs and ice skating can be enjoyed before returning to the inn for a warming hot chocolate or bowl of soup.
4. Lake Tahoe, California and Nevada
It was already a legend when Mark Twain first saw it in the 1860s, and Lake Tahoe remains a spectacular sight. While there are some large towns on the north and south shores, the shoreline is long enough to offer plenty of free space which means you’ll find an inn that can offer peace and serenity. When you need a burst of excitement, go boating, horseback riding, or mountain biking. Arriving in winter? Ski resorts are your friend, and gambling in Reno is an all-weather attraction.
You can’t do much better than the mountains of western North Carolina, and with dozens of area B&Bs Waynesville is a great base for exploration. You’ll be only 30 miles from Asheville, near the natural wonders of the Pisgah National Forest, the wonderful town of Hendersonville, antique-rich Brevard, as well as picturesque Lake Lure and smaller charming mountain towns like Flat Rock, Saluda, and Bat Cave.
Jackson Hole, a long and verdant valley, showcases nearly every image you’ve formed about the new west, with a lovely downtown shopping village (including the must-see Million Dolalr Cowboy Bar), the National Museum of Wildlife Art, and eight B&B.com associated inns. Head north and you’ll see Grand Teton National Park, Yellowstone National Park, and Livingston, Montana. Look around and you may find celebrities who’ve made this their home.
South central Montana is a wide area that urges exploration. From Bozeman to Livingston, savor a back country drive along the Madison River and from Livingston, drop a line south and you’ve drawn a path through some wide open spaces scribbled along the Yellowstone River, through Yellowstone National Park followed by the Grand Teton National Park. Hiking, biking, horseback riding, fly fishing, or renting an ATV are among your choices. Or you could just step outside and be awed by the region’s grandeur. Thirteen B&Bs in the area give you a baker’s dozen of options.