Guests expect their own bed and breakfast and bath and beyond
There was a time when bed-and-breakfast inns meant charm, comfort, and a bathroom down the hall. For many, having to share a bathroom outweighed all the pluses of a B&B.
But that was then. Although the misconception lingers that nearly all bed-and-breakfasts still have shared bathrooms, those in the industry say that nowadays about 99 percent have private baths. In a news release titled "A View From the Loo," Sandy Soule, editor of BedandBreakfast.com and a veteran B&B guidebook and website author, puts it this way: "Savvy inngoers expect luxurious surroundings beyond the bedroom. Our industry has long been on the cutting edge of pampering hospitality."
Now that we've got that squared away, look at what a few New England B&Bs have in the way of palatial bathrooms:
The Belfry Inne & Bistro in Sandwich, which includes a renovated church, features bathrooms with everything from stained glass windows to ultra-massage whirlpool tubs built into the former bell tower. While there, you can take in views of the town and beyond. Rates begin at $115 a night.
Visit belfryinn.com or call 800-844-4542 or 508-888-8550 .
At the Inn at Southwest in Southwest Harbor, Maine , you may find yourself singing "By the sea, by the sea, by the beautiful sea" while in the private bath of the Egg Rock Room. The vista from this second-floor loo looks out over the harbor filled with fishing and lobster boats. Rates start at $105.
Visit innatsouthwest.com or call 207-244-3835 .
Chez Sven Bed & Breakfast in Wellfleet likewise has a loo with a view. The Seagull Cottage 's recently renovated bath features Mexican tiles, a large soaking tub, and views of chickadees eating at the feeders and the woods beyond. Rates begin at $160 a night.
Visit chezsven.com or call 508-349-6823 .
Suite Four at Four Columns Inn in Newfane, Vt., has the best loo view in the house. From the bathroom's big Federal-style windows you can see the town and the Green Mountains beyond. There is also a fireplace, a two-person spa tub, and a marble shower with a 12-head all-body massage spray. Rates begin at $315.
Visit fourcolumnsinn.com or call 800-787-6633 .
Rooms at the Woodstocker Inn in Woodstock, Vt., have all been retrofitted, with a priority placed on bathrooms. Each has different features, from his and her claw-foot tubs (two in one bathroom) to showers with body sprays and rain forest shower heads. All baths have radiant floor heating, ecologically friendly air-conditioning units, low flush toilets, and cotton shower curtains. Rates begin at $110.
Visit woodstockervt.com or call 866-662-1439 or 802-457-3896 .
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Most prices quoted are for double occupancy; solo travelers will usually pay more. Offers are subject to availability and there may be blackout dates. Richard P. Carpenter can be reached at email@example.com.