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Treat Dad to a Bed and Breakfast Adventure

May 23, 2008
Searching for the perfect Father's Day gift? Instead of buying him a new set of barbecue tools or his fifth electric drill, step outside the box and treat Dad to a special weekend getaway at a bed and breakfast. Here is a list of great inns that will make Dad feel like a king.

A Gift For Your Favorite History Buff

Give Dad a blast to the past at the Portobello Inn Bed and Breakfast in Herkimer, N.Y. The Italianate manor was built in 1840, and maintains the charm of days gone by. The original 1760 homestead is still on the grounds, and plenty of historic sites are nearby, as well as the Adirondack Scenic Railroad. This New York Bed and Breakfast also is conveniently close to Cooperstown and the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Take Dad to the Wild, Wild West

Guests at the 1859 Historic National Hotel can savor the amazing past of a bed and breakfast that has been in operation continuously since its construction. Gambling and legalized prostitution are among the infamous activities that have taken place at the hotel, and several raids were conducted during Prohibition, netting brandy, wine and corn whiskey. A friendly ghost, known affectionately as Flo, makes her rounds from time to time, slamming doors and causing a bit of mischief. Each of the rooms has a notebook, where guests can document their ghostly experiences.

Dad will not only appreciate the hotel's colorful history, but its beautiful guest rooms, as well. Each of the rooms is individually decorated in period style with antiques. The rooms include a private bath, but there is also a Soaking Room, where guests can relax in antique clawfoot tub. After a full, buffet breakfast, head out into the historic town and visit Gold Rush sites or drive to spectacular Yosemite National Park.

Enjoy Ocean Breezes and Romance

The White Doe Inn, nestled in Manteo, North Carolina, on Roanoke Island, is a perfect spot to pamper Dad. The National Register Victorian boasts guest rooms decorated with a mix of family heirlooms, antiques and fine reproductions. Each room has a fireplace and plenty of special amenities, such as fluffy bathrobes, designer bath products and CD players with a selection of romantic music. Four-course gourmet breakfasts include homemade cereals and freshly baked breads. In the afternoons and evenings, the innkeepers serve a selection of delectable desserts. The seashore is just a few minutes from the bed and breakfast.

A Vacation for Your Macho Man

With a name like La Belle de la Riviere, Dad might assume that this Newaygo, Michigan bed and breakfast is filled with frill and finery. Ok, we admit it is, but it also is a fantastic place for Dad to enjoy a myriad of outdoor activities. Located on the Muskegon River, guests can partake in fishing, hunting and plenty of watersports just minutes from the bed and breakfast. Canoe and bike rentals are available nearby, as are stables and golfing. After a day of enjoying the outdoors, come back to the inn and relax in the historic 1871 mansion's guest rooms, which are decorated in period Victorian style. Each morning, guests are treated to a gourmet, French-style breakfast.
About the Author
Jane Leisteiner likes to discuss B&Bs, literature and travel. For more details on Michigan bed and breakfast inns or bed and breakfasts in California, search the American Historic Inns website.
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