One- or Two-Night Stay in a Guest Room at The Inn at Millrace Pond in Northwest Jersey Skylands

Cozy Bed and Breakfast in 18th-Century Grist Mill on 23 Tranquil Acres

In 1769, the tiny town of Hope, New Jersey, revolved around its gristmill; it supplied grain to George Washington’s Revolutionary Army. Though the town saw its share of changes, including a massive fire, the stone mill remained a constant—it churned out flour for the locals until 1956. Today, the gristmill is one of three historical buildings that make up The Inn at Millrace Pond.

There’s an old-fashioned feel to much of the inn’s 23-acre property. On a walk through its brick pathways, you can find a tranquil brook, a stone cottage, and a 19th-century home that once lodged the property’s miller. The décor is accented with exposed chestnut beams, colonial-era furnishings, and a 5-foot-tall stone fireplace.

The inn’s guest rooms are scattered throughout the gristmill, millrace house, and the stone cottage, and they balance rustic charm with contemporary amenities. Many of the cozy rooms feature antique four-poster beds topped with lace canopies and tricorn hats. Whenever you tire of the pioneer lifestyle, immerse yourself in a whirlpool tub and wireless Internet access.

Brass chandeliers cast light on black-and-white photographs on the walls at The Dining Room, the inn’s Zagat-rated restaurant. Stop by here for breakfast to dine on house-made bread and omelets. Downstairs in the wine cellar, you can find remnants of the mill’s water wheel as well as Fireside Tavern, which serves malt whiskey around a natural stone fireplace.

Hope, New Jersey: Old German Moravian Town near Mountains and Lakes

The little town of Hope is set in northern New Jersey’s Kittatinny Valley and just south of the Delaware Water Gap. There’s a diverse topography of mountains, black-spruce forests, and glittering lakes here.

Roughly 10 minutes from the inn is Jenny Jump Mountain. It’s worth it to hike or mountain bike the trails to the top here to take in views of the Delaware Water Gap. At nearby Mountain Lake, anglers often reel in whopping catches of muskellunge, perch, and goldfish cracker bags.

A close-knit community of German Moravians founded Hope in 1769, and there’s still a small-town, intimate feel to the place. Throughout, you can see remnants of its past in red barns, limestone houses, old grain silos, and centuries-old churches. Horror-movie geeks might recognize the black iron gates of the old Moravian Cemetery from the movie Friday the 13th.

Sprinkled throughout the historical landmarks are some modern family attractions. The Land of Make Believe, a 30-acre fun park, reopens on Memorial Day, and it is situated just minutes from the inn. Here you can ride an old-fashioned locomotive, zoom down a 40-foot water slide, and dry off in the whipping wind on a roller coaster.

 

What You Get

Stay for two adults in a guest room with daily breakfast; up to two kids 11 or younger stay free

  • $79 for one night, valid for check in Sunday–Thursday
  • $229 for two nights, valid for check in on Friday and Saturday

Book by: 5/31/12
Travel by: 7/30/12

Amenities

  • 23 wooded acres
  • Zagat-rated restaurant
  • Bar featuring craft beers
  • Board games
  • Open-mic nights

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One- or Two-Night Stay at the Devonfield Inn in the Berkshires

19th-Century Bed and Breakfast Set on 32 Acres of Rolling Meadows

Set amid the rolling hills of the Berkshires on a 32-acre estate, Devonfield Inn has served as a country retreat for generations of guests and at least one ruling monarch. Queen Wilhelmina of Holland spent the summer of 1942 here. In fact, the inn’s owner at the time, Mrs. Lloyd, was highly put out when President Roosevelt’s chauffeur drove across the front lawn. Today, the bed and breakfast remains an elegant hideaway evincing the pastoral charm of an English country estate.

Shady birch trees, some of them strung with striped hammocks, dot the rolling meadows surrounding the inn. Picnic tables and benches are scattered about so that you can enjoy the peaceful setting at your leisure. Each morning, the innkeepers host a candlelit breakfast in the dining room. With classical music playing softly in the background, they serve homemade concoctions such as vanilla-cinnamon crème brûlée and orange yogurt pancakes. A crackling fireplace keeps you warm on chilly mornings.

The décor in the guest rooms reflects the building’s 19th-century origins. Handmade quilts and porcelain lamps complement furnishings such as canopy beds, wingback chairs, and state-of-the-art butter churns. All rooms are supplied with cognac and chocolates, which you can pair with a complimentary bottle of wine.

The Berkshires: Historical Highlands Region Offers Thriving Arts Scene and Outdoor Recreation

The western Massachusetts town of Lee is known as the “Gateway to the Berkshires.” It was named after Charles Lee, a general in the American Revolutionary War. Set in a quiet valley on the Housatonic River, the town lies in an area noted both for its mountainous landscape and thriving arts scene. Since the 19th century, artists as well as writers including Herman Melville and Edith Wharton sought solace and inspiration in the Berkshires. The tradition continues today at a number of repertory theaters and world-class museums.

There’s also plenty to keep outdoor enthusiasts busy. Thirteen miles from the hotel stands Mount Greylock, the highest peak in Massachusetts. It’s crisscrossed by 70 miles of hiking and mountain-biking trails, including part of the Appalachian Trail. Boaters and swimmers, meanwhile, flock to Laurel Lake, located one block from the inn. And the nearby Berkshire Botanical Garden encompasses 15 acres of native plants and topiaries sculpted to resemble notable Transcendentalists.

What You Get

Stay for two in the Jennifer, Lila Ann, or Zachary rooms

Travel Window: April 2–June 21 (book by April 30)

  • $125 for one night, valid Sunday–Thursday
  • $285 for two nights, valid Friday and Saturday

Travel Window: September 2–September 27 (book by July 31)

  • $125 for one night, valid Sunday–Thursday
  • $285 for two nights, valid Friday and SaturdayIncluded in all options:
  • A bottle of wine

Amenities

  • Heated swimming pool
  • Complimentary breakfast
  • Tennis courts
  • Fitness room

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One- or Two-Night Stay for Two with a Bottle of Wine at The Carisbrooke Inn in New Jersey

Bed and Breakfast Steps from Atlantic Ocean

Happy hour on the ocean-view front deck of The Carisbrooke Inn is a fittingly festive occasion. Revelers chat and laugh over snacks and drinks, pausing occasionally to take in views of the Atlantic Ocean just 300 feet away. One woman from Philadelphia says she’s a regular, dropping by “every other weekend, at least.” She smiles as she explains why: “This place is a gift.”

The inn offers the late-afternoon refreshments year-round. On days when it’s too chilly to stand out on the deck, they’re served in front of a cozy fireplace. Further evidence of The Carisbrooke’s attention to detail can be found in its helpful concierge services—a boon for those seeking show tickets or dinner reservations in nearby Atlantic City—as well as a daily country breakfast made of fresh fruit, homemade breads, and fresh blueberry pancakes.

The inn’s elegant interior features high ceilings, ornate moldings, and period furniture. A palette of warm colors graces the spacious guest rooms, and bathrooms are outfitted with jetted tubs and steam showers. The inn even has a piano and a guitar to facilitate sing-alongs or the breeding of keytars.

Ventnor City, New Jersey: Historical Seaside Hamlet Near Atlantic City Bustle

The Carisbrooke Inn is located in Ventnor City, minutes away from Atlantic City. The town reportedly derives its name from a seaside resort on the Isle of Wight in the English Channel. Today, Ventnor City remains a small, old-fashioned beach community filled with quaint shops and restaurants, most of which lie within walking distance of the inn. The area provides a quiet alternative to the hustle and bustle of Atlantic City, but it’s still close enough to enjoy all that the Monopoly city has to offer. A good place to start, of course, is the boardwalk, a legendary 6-mile pleasure promenade lined with glitzy casinos, restaurants, and hucksters trying to unload their useless Baltic Avenue holdings.

What You Get

Stay for two in a king room

  • $79 for a one-night stay, valid Sunday–Thursday
  • $125 for a two-night stay, valid for check-in Sunday–Wednesday
  • $189 for a two-night stay, valid for check-in Thursday–SaturdayIncluded in all options:
  • Bottle of Sicilian wine (red or white)

Amenities

  • Daily homemade breakfast
  • Daily afternoon refreshments
  • Antique furnishings
  • Ocean-view deck
  • Flat-panel HDTV and DVD player in all rooms
  • DVD library

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One- or Two-Night Stay and Breakfast for Two at Ocean City Mansion in New Jersey

What You Get

  • For $149, a one-night stay for two on Saturday
  • Or, for $159, a two-night stay for two, valid for Sunday–Thursday check-in
  • Included in all options: Breakfast for two

Amenities

  • Daily, full-service breakfast
  • Coffee, tea, and light snacks
  • Original, eclectic décor
  • Rocking chairs on front porch
  • Massage services
  • Dog-friendly

Ocean City Mansion

Ocean City, New Jersey
416 Central Ave.
Ocean City, New Jersey 08226

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One- or Two-Night Stay for Two at Blackberry River Inn in Connecticut

What You Get

  • For $79, a one-night weekday stay (Sunday–Thursday) for two adults and up to two young children in a carriage-house room
  • Or, for $104, a one-night weekday stay (Sunday–Thursday) for two in main-house room 3 or 4
  • Or, for $134, a one-night weekday stay (Sunday–Thursday) for two adults and up to two young children in main-house king suite 1 or 2 or for two adults and up to two young children in a cottage suite
  • Or, for $169, a two-night weekend stay (Friday and Saturday) for two adults and up to two young children in a carriage-house room

Amenities

  • Wood-burning fireplaces
  • Library
  • Complimentary plated breakfast
  • WiFi access
Blackberry River Inn
Norfolk, Connecticut
538 Greenwoods Rd.
Norfolk, Connecticut 06058

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Free Bed & Breakfast for Military Vets and Families!!!!

In honor of Veteran‘s Day, 11/11/11, Bed and Breakfasts across America will be providing a free stay for Military Vets and Families. Their are many B & Bs signing up across the country to participate but spots fill up quickly so reserve your today. CLICK HERE to see which B&Bs are participating in your area.

Instructions for Vets:

  1. Vets – please contact the inns and B&Bs directly to reserve your room.
  2. Rooms are complimentary for Thursday, November 10, 2011 for vets and one guest; most rooms accommodate two guests only.
  3. Proof of veteran status may be requested.
  4. Vets – please note no fees will be charged for a reserved one-night veteran’s stay but a credit card may be required to book your stay. Credit card or cash may be accepted for add-ons and additional nights. While policies vary from inn to inn, the full rate may be charged if the complimentary room night is not occupied or not canceled in a timely manner according to the inn’s standard reservation practices or cancellation period set for this special event. Please be considerate if your plans change; most inns will have a waiting list for their complimentary rooms, and a proper cancellation will always be filled with a fellow deserving vet.

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