Stay at the Same Bed and Breakfasts as Your Favorite Celebs!
Okay, so you may never get to meet Meryl Streep, Ron Howard, Cybill Shepherd, Larry Csonka, Danny Glover, Meg Ryan, or Captain Kirk (a.k.a. William Shatner) in person. But you can stay at the very same bed and breakfast inns that they stayed at, and have just as good a time as they did!
Maine’s restful Inn at Long Lake is a favourite haunt of actress Meryl Streep and her daughters. Located in Naples, Maine, this 1900s-eraVictorian B&B inn features graceful veranda appointed with wicker chairs with beautiful views of Long Lake. Once inside, you’ll find stained glass windows, period antiques, fresh flowers, and a wonderful collection of old clocks. The Inn at Long Lake has 16 rooms, each decorated with Victorian-themed floral wallpaper and antique furniture. Find out for yourself why Meryl Streep is a repeat visitor!
If you are visiting Baltimore, Maryland, take a page from director Ron Howard’s book and stay at the Gramercy Mansion. Built as an elegant Tudor-styled manor, Gramercy Mansion is truly a B&B refuge from the madness of the modern world. Come and enjoy its spacious gardens, nearby organic farm, and 11 elegant bedrooms; ranging from the sunlit Aphrodite’s Retreat to the Tower Room with its four-poster bed and Italian marble bath. Gramercy Mansion is also a fairy-tale setting for weddings and other social gatherings.
To live like Cybill Shepherd, you must stay at the Swann House B&B in Washington DC. Close to the Metro and the Capital’s many attractions, this 1883 Richardson Romanesque brick manor even has its own turret! Worth trying: The Over-the-Top Girls’ Getaway. Your ‘girl group’ can take over this Dupont Circle B&B’s 12 rooms for three days, and enjoy an all-inclusive champagne breakfast, welcome reception, shopping, yoga, makeovers, massages and jazz clubs. Even if you don’t, the Swann House’s 12-foot ceilings, crown moldings, inlaid wood floors, crystal chandeliers, and elaborate fireplace mantels make it an astoundingly different place to stay in Washington DC. No wonder Cybill slept here!
For the guys, why not follow in the footsteps of NFL great Larry Csonka and visit the Bent Creek Lodge in Asheville North Carolina? This bed & breakfast is a secluded mountainside retreat with easy access to fishing, biking, horseback riding, and canoeing; all the kinds of activities that a ‘real man’ thrives on. As well, the Bent Creek Lodge’s second floor rooms open out onto a wide veranda, with great mountain views. Add rustic furniture and a true ‘down-home’ feeling, and you can see why this NFL Hall of Famer and avid outdoorsman stays at the Bent Creek Lodge. Perhaps the guys can stay here, while the girls live it up at Swann House!
‘Lethal Weapons’ are the last things you’ll find at the Apple Country Bed & Breakfast, which may explain why Danny Glover stayed here. Located in Wenatchee, Washington, this 1918-vintage home is country charm personified. Besides Apple Country’s homey 15 rooms, “Breakfast will be one of the highlights of your stay,” says this B&B’s website. “Jerry’s ‘soon-to-be-world-famous’ sticky-buns are worth getting up for.” Sounds like an oasis of calm to us. No wonder Mel Gibson is nowhere to be found!
William Shatner and Meg Ryan stayed at the Aaron Burr House Inn & Conference Center in New Hope, Pennsylvania. Relax; they weren’t together! This said, both Shatner and Ryan likely share an appreciation for the beauty of this 1873 ‘Painted Lady’ Victorian home. The B&B sits on the foundation of a pre-Revolutionary house where third U.S. VP Aaron Burr hid for a week, following his shooting of Alexander Hamilton during their infamous duel. Thankfully, the Aaron Burr House Inn offers more congenial (and law-abiding) company today. As for its rooms? Each one has a distinct personality, hand painted/stencilled by a New Hope artist and features antiques, private bath, and air conditioners. Most have brass ceiling fans, and some have canopy four-poster beds and/or fireplace. Clearly, the Aaron Burr House Inn & Conference Center is worth beaming down – er, driving to.