It seems that, the fancier the hotel, the more likely there will be charges for Wi-Fi, parking, and other basics. This odd phenomenon doesn't hold true at bed and breakfasts, however: Internet and parking are almost always free and, of course, breakfast is included. Some also offer an afternoon snack or free wine and cheese happy hour. Many make newspapers, board games, fireplaces, and beverages available for guests in a common area.Guests might expect the extra amenities to result in high room rates, but that is not always the case. The Professional Association of Innkeepers International estimates a median daily rate of $150. Cheapism set out to do even better, finding properties in each state that cost $125 or less by the night and are highly rated on popular review and booking sites. (Rates may vary depending on the time of year or room booked.)
Charming, Budget-Friendly B&Bs in All 50 States
Fort Conde Inn in Mobile is available for as little as $119 a night. An extensive restoration project has revived the city's second-oldest building, along with several other buildings and cottages housing expansions of the Inn. At the time of writing, the had earned a 4.7 out of 5 rating based on 152 reviews at BedandBreakfast.com and received a 4-diamond rating from AAA.
The Big Bear Bed Breakfast in Anchorage serves up a breakfast that features local foods, such as birch and berry syrups, reindeer sausage, and homegrown berries. The has a 4.5 out of 5 rating with 61 reviews on TripAdvisor. It is just 2 miles from downtown, and rooms start at $115 for single occupancy and $125 for double.
Close to Sedona, Jerome, and several wineries, the Desert Rose in Cottonwood has three rooms available and rates as low as $99 a night. Past guests say the hosts are welcoming and hospitable, and the rooms are spacious. The 1.5-acre property boasts fruit trees, llamas, and chickens (which provide fresh eggs for breakfast).
The Red Bud Manor Inn in Eureka Springs fits right into the city's historic district, given that it was built in 1891. The manor offers three rooms starting at $99 and spacious parlors, a three-course gourmet breakfast, and concierge service. BedandBreakfast.com gives it 4.7 out of 5 stars based on 91 reviews.
Just north of Monterey in the small town of Pacific Grove, the Gosby House Inn has 22 decorated rooms for rent, starting at $120 each. Tea, wine, and sherry are offered in the afternoons, and fresh bread is made each morning. The house, a yellow and white Victorian, is more than 100 years old. Visitors have praised the breakfast, proximity to the ocean, and touches such as a rose and chocolate left when guests return from sight-seeing.
The Frisco Inn on Galena is a small, boutique getaway in central Colorado, about an hour west of Denver. There are many nearby skiing resorts, but the location is beautiful during the summer as well. In addition to breakfast, there are wine, cheese, and appetizers available in the afternoon. The inn draws raves from visitors.
Captain Grant's, 1754 in the village of Poquetanuck is on the National Register of Historic Places. In addition to the main house, there are rooms in its two other 18th century buildings. The is near the Coast Guard Academy, Naval Submarine Museum, Mystic Aquarium, and the Nutmeg State's giant casinos. Accommodations start at $99 in spring and $109 the rest of the year.
The Bewitched and Bedazzled in Rehoboth Beach consists of two houses based on the themes of Hollywood and the TV show "Bewitched." Rooms, starting at $99, are named after movie stars and characters from the show. In addition to the breakfast, there are lunch and dinners on request and for an extra fee, and a sundeck, hot tub, and outdoor showers are available for guests. Dog owners recommend this , while the owners warn that only a few rooms can accommodate children.
The William Lewis House has rooms starting at about $109 for a night. Reviewers who have stayed at the have nothing but praise for the owner, and while some mention the shared bathrooms -- only two rooms have private facilities -- it is only to say how clean they are or to comment about the claw-foot tubs.
Between May and November, the Degas Room at the Sabal Palm House in Lake Worth (near Palm Beach) starts at $119. The Sabal received a 4-diamond rating from AAA for 11 years straight and has a 5 out of 5 rating on TripAdvisor. Afternoon tea and baked goods, complimentary beverages, spa robes, and beach towels are included for all guests.
Close to the airport and downtown Atlanta, Maison LaVigne maintains three suites for guests. The Alsace Suite, starting from $120, has a bathroom, blackout curtains, a queen-size bed, and a table large enough for two to eat breakfast. Three-hour cooking classes start at $65 a person, and a high tea service is available for $21 to $24 a person. It wins 4.9 stars out of 5 at BedandBreakfast.com based on 94 reviews.
Close to Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park on the Big Island, and appropriately located in the town of Volcano, At the End of the Road is reasonably priced -- starting at $95 a night -- and most reviewers have enjoyed their stays. The breakfast is simpler than some, but the convenient location and welcoming hosts claim many fans.
The McFarland Inn is in the Garden District of Coeur d'Alene, walking distance to the historic downtown and Centennial Trail. There are five rooms available, each with its own bathroom, and off-season rates start at $125. The hosts serve wine and appetizers in the evenings and guests can use the inn's bicycles for free. Picnic lunches are sold for $12 each. On TripAdvisor, 93 out of 109 reviewers deem the Inn "excellent."
Guests say the proprietors of the Steamboat House in Galena go above and beyond. Coffee and tea is put right outside rooms in the morning (and some guests report receiving hot cocoa and tea in the evening). The hosts are knowledgeable about the house and town's history, and can share advice for things to do or see. Five rooms are available, starting at $110, $115, or $125 for a night.
The Philip W. Smith Bed and Breakfast in Richmond has five rooms for rent, starting at $115 and $125, and each room has a private bathroom. Although the 1890 house attracts tourists and repeat visitors, the location right off Interstate 70 means many people stop in for a single night while on a road trip. Reviews from both types of travelers are positive. (The proprietors own a sister property, the Martha E. Parry House, a few doors down. It has four rooms, starting at $115.)
Once a fraternity house, the Iowa House Ames is convenient for family and friends visiting students at Iowa State University. There are 15 rooms (starting at $95) with private bathrooms, some of which have whirlpool tubs. The breakfast gets many reviews of "great," "excellent," and even "awesome," and Bloody Mary cocktails are sometimes included.
About an hour south of Kansas City, the Cedar Crest Lodge in Pleasanton has 11 rooms starting from $89 on weekday nights and $109 on weekend nights. The 111-acre property features walking trails that lead visitors through the Certified Wildlife Habitat, and there are bocce courts, a horseshoe pit, and a pool. Spa services and additional meals are available for an extra charge. BedandBreakfast.com gives it 4.8 out of 5 stars based on 121 reviews.
The 1852 Hall Place in Glasgow is on the National Register of Historic Places. It was part of the Underground Railroad and visited by President Abraham Lincoln, a one-time student of the home's builder. Each of the four rooms (starting at $79) has a private bathroom, and there are six fireplaces, three of which are inside rooms, for guests to enjoy. Reviewers have found the home "charming" and enjoyed the stories of the owners.
Just two blocks from the French Quarter and the live music mecca of Frenchman Street, Dauphine House in New Orleans has rooms starting at $75 a night from June through August and $125 for much of the rest of the year. The innkeeper shares recommendations of places to go, tells ghost stories about the house, and prepares a breakfast of pastries and muffins for each room.
The Brewster Inn in Dexter, built in 1875, contains nine guest rooms that start at $79 a night, some with gas fireplaces and two-person whirlpool tubs. Reviewers agree it is well-situated for a range of activities, summer or winter, and credit the owner for a high-quality experience -- including waking up to "a glorious smell that I found out later was homemade strawberry cinnamon bread."
West of Baltimore, the 19-suite Columbia Inn at Peralynna impresses guests with snacks that are available throughout the day, wine and cheese in the evening, and a hot breakfast that uses locally sourced ingredients when possible. The breakfast can be brought to individual rooms by request. Stays start at $110 a night.
With 5 out of 5 stars on TripAdvisor, reviewers say Admiral's Landing in Provincetown is charming, the hosts are inviting and helpful, and the breakfast with fresh baked goods is excellent. The inn is close to Commercial Street, the main drag in Provincetown. Rooms, each with their own fireplace, start at $165 on the home's website, but BedandBreakfast.com posts prices from $95 a night.
The Arcadia House in Arcadia offers four rooms (starting at $89) and is close to Lake Michigan, a golf course, and the Crystal Mountain Ski Resort. Each room has a private bathroom, and there is a fireplace in the parlor and an outdoor hot tub. On-site massages are available for an extra charge. One guest calls Arcadia House "everything a should be."
Stays at the Xanadu Island Bed Breakfast near Battle Lake are distinct because the property is a 5-acre, privately owned island. Guests can use the canoes, kayaks, paddleboats, and fishing boats freely and build fires in the outdoor fire pit. There are five rooms in the main house and three cottages available, with nightly room rates starting at $110. It drew 4.8 out of 5 stars from 137 reviews on BedandBreakfast.com.
More than 110 years old, the Bisland House in Natchez has three rooms (starting at $99), each with a private bathroom, and is walking distance to the town's historic district. The hosts can help book hunting or fishing excursions, ghost tours, and pontoon boat tours for an added cost. Guests reviewing the online have been almost uniformly pleased with their stays, and one says the owners made it feel "like we were visiting old friends."
Part of the historic district in Saint Joseph, the Whiskey Mansion is an 1885 Victorian. The property has been completely restored after a fire nearly engulfed it in 1995, and the historic charm has been upgraded with modern amenities such as air conditioning. Rooms start at $89, and many guests leave top-mark reviews.
The 42-acre Howlers Inn in Bozeman may be the only that is also part of a wolf sanctuary. Four wolves, which have been captive-bred and cannot be released, are kept in a 4-acre enclosure near the inn. Yellowstone National Park, skiing, hiking, and fishing are all convenient as well. The Southwest and Aspen rooms are $125 each night between October and May. BedandBreakfast.com reviewers were impressed, and the inn has a 4.8 rating out of 5 based on reports from 41 guests.
Just 20 minutes from Lincoln, the Prairie Creek Inn is easily accessible but secluded enough for a getaway. There are six bedrooms in the main house, two in the cottage, and two in the Lake Lodge, and rooms start at $89. More than 100 acres of farmland, forest, lakes, and hiking trails are available to guests. Guests say they relished the chance to unplug and enjoy nature.
Virginia City's B Street House , built in 1875 and restored in 2007, has three guest rooms available starting at $109 a night. Guests have enjoyed the period house, homemade breakfast, and the hospitality of the proprietors, giving B Street a 4.8 out of 5 rating from 205 reviews on BedandBreakfast.com.
The Lion and the Rose in Whitefield pampers guests -- there's afternoon tea or coffee and homemade cookies; wine and hors d'oeuvres are served on the porch or in the parlor before dinner; and breakfast is candlelit. The large Queen Anne Victorian boasts eight rooms (starting as low as $89 in winter based on double occupancy), three with a two-person Jacuzzi and one with a clawfoot tub, and there is a five-person hot tub available to all guests. Reviewers have been happy with this "beautiful, old-fashioned ."
In Ventnor City, just south of Atlantic City, the Come Wright Inn has a handful of rooms (starting a smidgen over our limit at $129 from October to June, but bookable for less through bargain sites), including two that can be expanded into luxurious suites. Beach towels are given out, the shore is just a few blocks away, and there's an outdoor shower to clean off the sand upon return. Grab an early cup of coffee or tea and stroll along the Atlantic Ocean, but be back in time for the four-course breakfast at 9 a.m.
Tucked away on a quiet street within walking distance of downtown Santa Fe, the El Paradero is the city's oldest inn -- its farmhouse building is 200 years old. The 15 rooms (starting at $110 a night in January and February for double occupancy) are decorated with an authentic southwestern style. Reviewers like the location, mountain feel, and relaxing courtyard.
Looking for an inexpensive place to stay while visiting nearby Cooperstown or on the way to the Adirondacks? Many guests book a night at the Brookside Inn at Laurens (starting at $125, although its one-person Gold Room goes for as little as $65 a night) and award the place a 4.9 out of 5 rating on BedandBreakfast.com. Five guest rooms are available, there's a buffet-style breakfast, a brook flowing right outside, and a sumptuous great room.
Near several state and national parks and with several acres of its own, the Teacherage in Sunbury promises to rid travelers of even the worst case of "city stress." Originally a home for teachers, the building is part of the National Register of Historic Places. Bathrooms are primarily shared, but the rooms start with a single for as low as $45 a night. Previous guests say the building looks almost too rustic, but the inside is immaculate.
Starting at $63 a night with a shared bathroom or $90 a night for a suite with a private bathroom, the Dakotah Rose in Minot is affordable and charming. The hosts make breakfast, offer treats during the day, and share stories of the house and its previous owners. One reviewer on TripAdvisor says it is worth visiting Minot just to stay at this .
Burlington's Willis Graves Bed Breakfast Inn includes an 1830s federal-style building and a restored 1850s log cabin for five adults-only accommodations, offering touches such as massages, whirlpool baths, steam showers, plush robes and towels, and fireplaces -- and freshly baked cookies the children will just have to miss. One site ranked it a 4.8 out of 5 by averaging 443 reviews.
The Victorian Lady was built in 1996 from 1873 floor plans. There are three guest rooms, ranging from $99 to $129 a night, with a cost-saving two-night special and weekend package for guests able to stay longer than the typical visitor. Past guests say the Victorian Lady is handy for Tulsa-area attractions, and BedandBreakfast.com gives it a rating of 4.9 out of 5 based on 220 reviews.
Jacksonville's Magnolia Inn, remodeled in 2008, is a great jumping-off point for hikes, skiing, and wine tastings. All nine guest rooms (starting at $114 from October to April) have private bathrooms, and there's even a dog-friendly room. Guests appreciate the hosts' attention to details and the surrounding gardens, viewable from a veranda.
One of the first homes in Boiling Springs, Gelinas Manor has three guest rooms starting at $79 a night. It's a short drive to Gettysburg or Hershey, and just an hour and a half to Lancaster County. Guests say the rooms can sometimes feel overcrowded with mementos, but the hosts make them feel at home and prepare a "tremendous" breakfast.
In Newport's Mansion District, the 1850s-era Artful Lodger Inn is five minutes from downtown and next door to the famed Elms mansion. There are five rooms (starting at $119), and breakfast is served on the third floor with a view of Newport Harbor. Guests appreciate the location, breakfast, and hosts.
The former location of a plantation in Mount Pleasant, near Charleston and the Isle of Palms Beach, the Plantation Oaks Inn has five rooms (starting at $105 on a weekday, $110 on the weekend) all with private baths, and many common areas. Reviewers say the homemade breakfasts, clean rooms, and hospitable hosts prompt their high ratings -- an average of 4.7 out of 5 on BedandBreakfast.com with 236 reviews.
The Coyote Blues Village Bed and Breakfast in Rapid City is a half-hour's drive to attractions such as Mount Rushmore and the Crazy Horse Memorial and less than an hour's drive from others, such as the Wind Cave and Badlands national parks. Located on its own peaceful 30 acres, the has seven themed rooms (starting at $65 double occupancy, but rates drop for consecutive nights) and Swiss proprietors who offer a European touch. During the off-season, November through April, dinners may be available. Reviewers liked the location, setting, and wildlife.
The Home Sweet Home Bed Breakfast in Paris is prepared to take on hot and cold days in its two rooms ($99 or $109 a night), which each have ceiling fans and gas log fireplaces. There are screened-in front and back porches. This simple gets a 4.8 out of 5 rating out of its 11 reviews on BedandBreakfast.com.
The Woodrow House in Lubbock was built in 1995 but looks historic. There are 10 rooms (starting at $109) in the three-story inn, including a two-suite repurposed Santa Fe rail caboose perfect for train buffs ($145 to $205). A pool and hot tub are available to all guests, and Texas Tech University is just across the street, making this convenient for people visiting students or faculty. Guests applaud the care taken in building the house, its amenities, and service.
Amid Summer's Inn is a 1930s Tudor house on a quiet street in Cedar City. There are 10 themed rooms (starting at $115 for the Sherwood Forest room) and a cottage, which is not part of the experience but rents for $99 a night. There are many national parks nearby, and the Utah Shakespeare Festival, which runs from the end of June through the end of October, is within walking distance. TripAdvisor has 250 reviews for the Inn, with 219 in the "excellent" category.
The Rendezvous Bed and Breakfast in the Northeast Kingdom village of Lowell is small, with only three rooms (starting at $109), but gets top marks from guests. The hosts include small touches that leave a lasting impression, reviewers say, such as his-and-her bathrobes and homemade afghans.
An 1830 historic manor, Cave Hill Farm is in Harrisonburg, just north of Shenandoah National Park. Depending on the season, guests can enjoy skiing, hiking, fishing, horseback riding, hot air balloon rides, and wine tasting in the surrounding area. Each of the five rooms (starting just over our limit at $129, with deals for less promised at outside bookers) has a private bathroom, and guests enjoy the views of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Sunnyside Inn has 13 rooms (starting at $59), nine with in-room spa tubs. Guests enjoy the laid-back feel of the inn, with one saying the host told him to grab ice cream from the freezer or a cookie from the jar on the counter. The small town of Sunnyside is close to dozens of wineries, as well as farms, orchards, and historical sites.
The Carriage Inn in Charles Town is about 90 minutes from Washington, D.C., or Baltimore. The circa-1840 building is on the National Register of Historic Places, and the inn and surrounding area are steeped in Civil War history. There are seven rooms and suites (starting at $120) to choose from, including five with gas or electric fireplaces. BedandBreakfast.com gives it a rating of 4.7 out of 5 based on 142 guest reports.
Sturgeon Bay's White Lace Inn comprises four separate houses with a total of 18 rooms (starting at $70). Guests give high marks for the food, cleanliness, property and gardens, and location -- just a short walk to downtown Sturgeon Bay. Aside from the shortcomings of turn-of-the-century homes, such as small rooms or counterless bathrooms, guests enjoy the ambience and charm.
Close to the University of Wyoming in Laramie, the Mad Carpenter Inn is a with just three rooms in the main house (and a separate three-bedroom guesthouse). The owners say they prefer fewer rooms so they can provide guests with more direct attention, and the result is a rating of 4.8 out of 5 from 13 reviews on BedandBreakfast.com.