White House Bed and Breakfast Getaways
iLoveInns.com Salutes American History
Inauguration Day 2009 will be celebrated and attended by many throughout the United States where everyone can experience a taste of the White House. Many bed and breakfasts at iLoveInns.com reflect the historical significance and elegance of our nation’s capital and still have rooms available during the inauguration and throughout the year. This list of White House getaways forms a virtual row of White Houses just waiting to be booked online.
The Off-White House
If you can’t make it to Washington, D.C. for the inauguration, try staying at a neighboring city and driving to the event. You can also look for a White House look-alike in your own part of the country. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.
There’s reason to celebrate at the White House Bed & Breakfast in Wilmington—Delaware’s Senator Joe Biden is the new Vice President. In the spirit of new beginnings, this colonial revival home is in full bloom with floral décor and beautiful gardens. If a restful night in a canopy bed and a plate of banana pancakes for breakfast isn’t celebration enough, Wilmington is close enough to the Capitol to drive in for the event.
With its columned front porch, Portland's White House Bed and Breakfast in Oregon looks strikingly similar to the White House in Washington, D.C. Inside, the grand staircase, period furnishings and brightly painted walls and landscape scenes aren’t far off from the real thing either. Like its namesake, Portland’s White House is a good place for a party—the banquet hall seats 75.
(First) Ladies Night
Feel like Michelle Obama at the White House on High Street Bed and Breakfast in Long Island, New York. The guest suites at this inn celebrate past first ladies Jackie Kennedy, Edith Wilson and Eleanor Roosevelt. Hard-working first ladies can take a relaxing bath in a sunken marble Jacuzzi, followed by a nap by the fire in a cozy bathrobe. Long Island’s Historic Seaport Port Jefferson is full of shops and restaurants for a girl’s night out. For a girl’s night in, watch the inauguration from the big-screen TV in the game room.
Return to the Gilded Age
Industrial giants of the Gilded Age built luxurious mansions fit for capitalist royalty. See how Wall Street got its start at one of these historic bed and breakfasts.
The Summer White House in Lenox, Massachusetts is one of the original Berkshire Cottages built for wealthy families in the Gilded Age. This historic mansion still feels residential with a library, a concert grand piano and a collection of American paintings in the living room. Named for America’s first ladies, the guest rooms feature rich mahogany furniture and stately four-poster beds. Music lovers may want to return later in the year for the nearby Tanglewood Music Festival.
For an all-inclusive bed and breakfast experience, try the White House of Wilmington in Vermont. Once the summer home of a wealthy lumber baron this grand New England inn has 16 guest rooms, 14 fireplaces, a fine dining restaurant, a tavern, and a spa with an indoor heated swimming pool and sauna. Modern barons will also enjoy easy access to Wilmington’s ski and golf resorts.
Celebrating America’s Work Force
Move on to bigger and better things in 2009 at the Texas White House B&B in Fort Worth, Texas. Five spacious rooms and suites offer a taste of the West with country furnishings, spa services and a hearty gourmet breakfast served on antique china. Look for special rates for business travelers, much-appreciated government employees, police officers and fire fighters. Fort Worth is home to the Western Facility of the Bureau of Printing and Engraving, the only location outside Washington, D.C. to print U.S. paper currency.
Browse through the 19,000 bed and breakfasts and country inns that specialize in other events and locations that may interest you. Many of the properties listed above are also in the best-selling bed and breakfast guidebook Bed & Breakfasts and Country Inns with a Buy-One-Night-Get-One-Night-Free certificate. ILoveInns also offers Bed and Breakfast Gift Certificates, a perfect solution to help celebrate any occasion.