Sure, B&Bs are romantic. But these days, many B&Bs are also family-friendly, with special amenities and activities offered for the youngest travelers in your group. And — bonus – the home cooked breakfast is free! Enjoy the best of both worlds on your next vacation with the kids.
Written by Amanda Geronikos Norcross
Woods Hole Passage – Falmouth, Mass.
It’s all about kids at Woods Hole Passage! Located on two acres of wooded land in Cape Cod, this adorable B&B offers hiking trails, a tree swing, bicycle rentals, outdoor games and even kids’ tables and portions for breakfast (included in rates). Families should check out the Five Fish room in the detached Carriage House; it’s especially perfect for families with young kids. Free Wi-Fi is standard throughout the property.
Battlefield Bed & Breakfast Inn – Gettysburg, Pa.
What’s better than visiting the historic (and famously haunted) battlefields of Gettysburg? Staying on them! The Battlefield Bed & Breakfast Inn is located right on one of the former battle grounds — now a 30-acre nature preserve — and caters to all crowds, including kids and pets. Children love the resident horse and pony and also enjoy dressing up in Civil War attire while a historian talks about the area’s past. Rooms with two queen beds and suites with private bedrooms are available; all units include mini-fridges and free Wi-Fi.
Yankee Peddler Inn – Newport, R.I.
The Yankee Peddler Inn is located in the heart of Newport, Rhode Island, providing easy access to shopping, dining and attractions, including The Breakers. The yellow-painted inn offers free continental breakfast — breads, cereals, hardboiled eggs and fruit – and chocolate chip cookies in the afternoons. Be sure to check out the rooftop deck, especially at sunset. Wi-Fi is free, and rooms with two queen beds or suites with separate bedrooms are ideal for families.
Fairhaven Village Inn – Bellingham, Wash.
In Bellingham, Washington — about an hour’s drive from Seattle — Fairhaven Village Inn charms families with local, fresh pastries and Belgian waffles for breakfast; a cozy library with children’s books; and a location on the Village Green, where, during the summer, there are food trucks, a Saturday farmers’ market, movie screenings and more. Guestrooms with two queen beds are available, as are mini-fridges and microwaves (upon request).
The Inn at Shelburne Farms – Shelburne, Vt.
You’ll drive a winding, dirt path on sprawling farmland to reach this magical inn, situated on the shores of Lake Champlain (which are surprisingly reminiscent of Italy’s Lake Maggiore). The Inn at Shelburne Farms provides two family-friendly lodgings — The Vineyard Cottage and The Glass house — both of which have fully equipped kitchens.
The true highlight of a stay with kids is the 1,400-acre farm itself, a National Historic Landmark. The farm aims to teach visitors – especially young visitors – about a sustainable future. Kids can get up close with farm animals, learn how those animals supply us with food, and participate in other interactive, educational activities. The farm also provides much of the food served at the Inn at Shelburne Farms; you’ll find fresh cheese in your room upon arrival! The breakfast isn’t free, but it’s worth the price – trust us.
West Cliff Inn – Santa Cruz, Calif.
Just steps from the beach in Santa Cruz, West Cliff Inn offers easy access to the sand and surf, as well as local dining and shopping. It also offers a wide array of amenities onsite, including a bountiful (and complimentary) breakfast buffet; afternoon wine, hors d’oeuvres and cookies; books and games to borrow; and free Wi-Fi. Pets are welcome, and rooms with sofa beds are available to families.
Amsterdam's Curry Mansion Inn – Key West, Fla.
Skip the pricey resorts and chain hotels and try overnighting at a B&B in Key West! Amsterdam’s Curry Manson Inn is a grand estate just steps from Duval Street, with rooms spread across two buildings (across the street from each other). Guests of the hotel enjoy complimentary breakfast and an outdoor pool and hot tub. Other perks we like: free Wi-Fi, water re-filling stations and Victorian furnishings in spacious guestrooms and suites.
Casa Sedona Inn – Sedona, Ariz.
The Casa Sedona Inn is a charming B&B just slightly tucked back from 89A, the main thoroughfare in Sedona. Here, families will enjoy views of the famous Red Rocks from select guestrooms, the outdoor patio and rooftop deck. The complimentary breakfast is a la carte and out-of-this-world good; two to three options are offered each morning and come with fresh breads and/or smoothies. An outdoor swimming pool is a nice reprieve in the afternoons when it’s just too hot to be anywhere else, and the giant, fresh-baked cookies are not to be missed! Other perks include a water bottle refill station, wine chiller and free Wi-Fi.
The Blue Fish Inn – Cape May, N.J.
Most B&Bs in Cape May, New Jersey require a two- to three-night minimum stay; Blue Fish Inn does not. Other features we love at the Blue Fish? The outdoor swimming pool, complimentary breakfast, guestrooms with full kitchens and proximity to the beach, a 10-minute walk away.
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