Our Favorite Inns

Looking to put a little romance into your travel itinerary? Here are some of our favorite inns, perfect for taking a few days to unwind on a long road trip or just spending a lovely weekend with your significant other.

Whether you call them inns, estates or boutique hotels, intimate lodging with luxurious touches is our favorite way to escape. There’s just something about the personal connection that small hotels and inns provide. Keep reading to discover our favorites.

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Cameo Heights Mansion near Walla Walla, Washington

A romantic getaway near Walla Walla, Washington

Have you dreamed of staying in a mansion on a hill? Your travel dreams can come true at Cameo Heights Mansion Bed and Breakfast. Located in rural southeastern Washington near Walla Walla, Cameo Heights Mansion offers luxurious accommodations that are a bit off-the-beaten-path. It’s the perfect location for a romantic getaway if you need a […]

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Graylyn Estate

If Walls Could Talk: Staying at Graylyn Estate

Arriving at Graylyn Estate is like stepping back in time to the days when tobacco reigned in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. A butler greets me on the steps of the stone manor house that was once the home of J.R. Reynolds Tobacco Company Chairman, Bowman Gray, Sr. and his wife, Nathalie Lyons Gray. Stepping inside, I […]

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Entry at The Wickaninnish Inn, Tofino

Luxury in a Natural Setting at The Wickaninnish Inn

Our Wickaninnish Inn review introduces you to one of the best Tofino hotels on the West coast of Vancouver Island. Read what Alan and I experienced as part of a May road trip to Vancouver Island. Wickaninnish Inn Review Have you ever stayed in accommodations so perfectly attuned to the surroundings that you didn’t know […]

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Celebrating luxurious romance at Birkenhead House

When baby boomer travelers ask me, “Where is the most luxurious place you’ve ever stayed?” I don’t even have to think about it. Birkenhead House, on the South African coast, fulfills my luxury expectations with exceptional customer service thrown in for good measure. And did I mention it’s one of the most romantic getaways that […]

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Luxury on the Farm in Sonoma’s Wine Country

Are you looking for luxury in Sonoma’s wine country? What about a romantic getaway? There’s no shortage of upscale boutique hotels and resorts in one of California’s prime wine destinations. When your car motors by The Farmhouse Inn and Restaurant in Forestville, you might dismiss the understated farm-to-table property as not luxurious enough. Stop! Don’t drive another mile […]

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Mill Rose Inn, Half Moon Bay, California

Mill Rose Inn: A Boomer Gardener’s Dream Come True

Are you a baby boomer gardener whose thoughts of blooming flowers and bountiful landscape never end, even on vacation? Spend a couple of nights at Mill Rose Inn at Half Moon Bay, California, and all of your boomer gardening dreams will come true. Alan and I discovered Mill Rose Inn during a coastal California sports […]

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Practicing Art Appreciation at Casa Benavides Historic Inn

For baby boomer travelers visiting Taos, a stay at Casa Benavides Historic Inn is an introduction to the art, history and culture of north-central New Mexico. Antiques, handmade furniture, and Native American rugs decorate the rooms of the inn’s six individual homes clustered on five acres in downtown. Original art hangs on the thick, adobe walls […]

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Wine Valley Inn in Solvang, CA

Wine Valley Inn & Cottages: a Charming Stay in Solvang

On a coastal California road trip that doubled as a multi-generational birthday celebration for my mother-in-law, Alan headed the car inland to the wine country of the Santa Ynez Valley near Santa Barbara and the Danish-inspired town of Solvang. Our accommodations at the Wine Valley Inn & Cottages proved to be the perfect setting for this road trip to Solvang. Situated on Copenhagen Drive, […]

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Rancho Bernardo Luxury Resort

Enjoy a Fall Getaway at the Rancho Bernardo Inn

Fall is the perfect time of year to take a romantic weekend getaway, but if you’re looking for sun-filled break before winter hits, it can be challenging to find just the right destination. However, California is always a good idea and our guest contributor, Jacqueline Louie, is taking us to beautiful San Diego for a […]

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Walking through the flower-draped gate at Inn the Estuary on Vancouver Island.

Luxury and Wildlife at Inn the Estuary

As tidal waters flowed in and out to the Straight of Georgia, two deer moved delicately through the high grasses of Nanoose/Bonnel Estuary on Vancouver Island. If we squinted our eyes—or looked through binoculars—Alan and I could observe a pair of bald eagles surveying the scene from the top branches of a tree near the edge […]

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Leroux Creek Inn, Colorado’s answer to the French wine country

We weren’t looking for France, but that’s what Alan and I found at Leroux Creek Inn and Vineyards in Hotchkiss, Colorado. Well not exactly France, but we did discover a wonderful mix of Santa Fe adobe, warm hospitality and French cooking set amidst scenery worthy of any vineyard in Provence or the Loire Valley. The […]

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Ragged Point Inn

Ragged Point Inn: Rooms With a View on the Big Sur Coast

Driving California’s Big Sur coast from Cambria to Carmel, baby boomer road trippers won’t find accommodations with a finer view than at Ragged Point Inn. Although the rooms are not the most luxurious in this isolated portion of central California, the cliff-side location more than makes up for the nondescript decor. And the restaurant serves […]

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Sea Rock Inn in Mendocino, California

Hospitality With a View At Sea Rock Inn

On visits to the northern California coast, you’ve probably noticed the cottage-type accommodations in seaside villages like Elk, Little River and Mendocino. They remind me of the motor courts my family used to visit in the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee or in the golden days of Daytona Beach, Florida (perhaps olden days is a […]

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Think Victorian at Gainesville’s Sweetwater Branch Inn

Are you a fan of gingerbread trim and elegance from yesteryear? Do I have a bed and breakfast for you. At Gainesville’s Sweetwater Branch Inn, baby boomer travelers experience the intricacies of Victorian architecture, a shady garden’s peacefulness and owner Cornelia Holbrook’s homemade crepes for breakfast. Sweetwater Branch Inn is actually a collection of two […]

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