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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Top 10 Amazing Black-Owned Bed and Breakfasts

Black-owned Bed and Breakfast

There are more than 30,000 Bed and Breakfasts (B&Bs) in the country, but sadly only about 1% are Black-owned. If you don't already know, Bed and Breakfasts are similar to hotels, but are smaller private residences with bedrooms that are available for rent to the public on a night-by-night basis. A free home-cooked breakfast is usually included with each overnight accommodation.

If you are looking to support local Black-owned businesses and/or you want to experience the best of African American culture and hospitality during your next getaway, here are our top 10 picks:

#1 - Arbor View House (Greenport, NY): Near the wineries in upstate New York, this B&B wineries is known for their award winning gourmet breakfasts, boutique hotel accommodations, fireplaces, heavenly beds, and great concierge service.

#2 - Quintessentials (East Marion, NY): Just two hours from New York City, this B&B features a European lifestyle spa for a completely rejuvenating experience for the body, mind and spirit.

#3 - Inn of Treasured Memories (Cape Cod, MA): Designed for comfort and unwinding, this B&B offers guests many unique options. They can relax in the quiet atmosphere of the Living Room to read, think, and talk. They can gather and mingle in Hank’s room to play cards or board games, or they can stay fit and have fun in the heated water resistance pool.

#4 - TheLRoomBNB (Durham, NC): This newly renovated 1920‘s home with three bedrooms is located in Old North Durham, a flourishing area within walking distance to trendy restaurants, popular nightclubs, parks, unique shops, Duke and North Carolina Central Universities

#5 - Morehead Manor (Durham, NC): Originally built for the CEO of Liggett and Meyers, this splendidly redecorated, 8,000 square-foot, Colonial Revival Style home is located within walking distance to the Downtown area, the Durham Bulls Athletic Park, the Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC) and historic Brightleaf Square.

#6 - Akwaaba Inns (Various Locations): This upscale lodging collection is owned by husband and wife team Glenn Pogue and Monique Greenwood. The couple fell in love with inns when they stayed at their first bed and breakfast back in the early ’90s. THey now have locations in Washington, DC, Brooklyn, NY, Cape May, NJ, and more.

#7 - Hubbard Mansion (New Orleans, LA): Located on the historic St. Charles Street, this B&B offers five exquisitely furnished suites in the Main House, and two executive apartments perfect for long-term stays. The beautiful rooms recall the grandeur of 19th century New Orleans.

#8 - Welcome Inn Manor (Chicago, IL): This B&B is just minutes away from many other historic and significant places and landmarks throughout Chicago. Their services include a free full hot breakfast, and morning drop-offs to anywhere in the city.

#9 - Ye Old Manor House (Elkhorn, WI): This B&B is the perfect place for a night's santuary, a multi-day, weekend, week, or longer retreat, an idyllic location for intimate weddings, and a great venue for meetings, retreats, and other gatherings.

#10 - Magnolia House Inn (Hampton, VA): Located in the waterfront downtown area, this historic Queen Anne Victorian offers 3 spacious guestrooms with the most sought after lodging experience for business and leisure travelers.

BONUS: The Dupont Collection (Washington, DC): Their apartment style suites offer much needed privacy especially when travelling with children and sharing the same space. They serve a complimentary hot breakfast every morning with fresh fruit, and freshly baked bread.
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