This article was originally published on Filipina Explorer on April 14, 2016.
With its contemporary suburbs, ultra-modern skyscrapers, and historic architecture, the Northeastern USA, is among the most eclectic U.S. regions. These period-designed Northeastern B&Bs will show you just how harmoniously the past and the present thrive here.
Beautiful Old Mansions in Ithaca, NY
Tourists visiting Ithaca will not only enjoy the scenic Cayuga Lake, but will also find sophisticated old B&Bs for luxuriating. Among those most noteworthy boutique mansions in Ithaca
is Rogues’ Harbor Inn
. Built with fieldstone in the early 1800s, this Greek Revival country inn is listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. It offers period-styled rooms with European duvets and luxe toiletries. Stay here to enjoy its acclaimed microbrewery and its walking-distance access to downtown attractions.
Neoclassical architecture lovers will find the 19th-century Argos Inn
a fitting option. Argos Inn’s rooms come with floor-to-ceiling windows, local artwork, antiques, smart TVs, and rainfall showerheads. Be sure to head to the sunroom in the morning for a sumptuous complimentary breakfast.
Homey Stays in Stamford, NY
Family-run bed and breakfast
outlets dominate the historic Stamford village. There is The Colonial B&B at Stamford NY
, which features elegant wood-floored rooms reflecting Caribbean and European design. Hot breakfast here can be enjoyed in-room, in the dining hall, or by the pond. Guests who are hiking nearby trails can request for packed breakfast.
Sumptuous homemade breakfasts are also among the highlights of a stay in Stamford Gables
, a homey countryhouse in Northwest Catskills. A previously abandoned property, it was refurbished to create three light-filled rooms, each showcasing elaborate woodwork, private baths, and cable TV. Hattie’s Room comes with a large walk-in shower; the West Room, with a garden tub.
New England Charm in Newport, RI
If you crave New England’s olden charm, go to Newport. Its scenic harbor houses boutique inns fashioned in New England architecture
, such as Hotel Viking
, which was built in the 1920s. Rooms here are furnished with period furniture and bedding. Upgrade to a suite if you fancy elegant fireplaces and pull-out sofas. For leisure, dip in the indoor pool, drink cocktails at the rooftop bar, or indulge in rejuvenating treatments at the on-site spa.
Wyndham Bay Voyage Inn
is another noteworthy hotel along the harbor. Its tan brick walls and shingle architecture seamlessly blend in with Newport’s colonial landscape while offering condo-style rooms with pull-out beds and whirlpool tubs. Indoor and outdoor pools are available for use, along with BBQ grills, a theatre, and a game room.
Modern Convenience and Olden Charm Mix at Roanoke, VA
, are a mix of the old and the modern, with contemporary hotel chains like Holiday Inn
coexisting with quaint lodges like the Colony House Motor Lodge
. This 1950s family-run lodge off Route 220 feature modest and relaxing rooms with microwaves, mini fridges and cable TV. Suites with separate living rooms and kitchens are also available for bigger groups. Complimentary privileges include access to a seasonal outdoor pool and Continental breakfast.
18th-19th Century Accommodations in Lancaster, PA
Lancaster in Pennsylvania has its own share of historic accommodations
. Built in 1882, Lovelace Manor Bed and Breakfast
boasts an elegant Victorian design, with its etched doors, ornate porches, and floor-to-ceiling windows. Apart from in-room DVDs, guests can use an extensive video library and a game room, as well as a 24-hour pantry filled with soda, tea, coffee, and snacks.