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Booklovers Read and Relax at Bed and Breakfasts from Oregon to DC

Jul 30, 2008
Perhaps Mark Twain or F. Scott Fitzgerald once stayed there or perhaps it is a home with a library stacked floor-to-ceiling with novels and great volumes. There is something about bed and breakfasts that appeals to booklovers of all kinds, whether it be the historical charm of a restored inn or the peaceful serenity of finding a good place to simply sit and enjoy a good, long read. Here are some bed and breakfasts that especially appeal to anyone with a passion for all things literary.

The Alexander House Booklovers' Bed and Breakfast in Princess Anne on Maryland's Eastern Shore

Nestled between the Chesapeake Bay and Maryland's Eastern Shore, The Alexander House Booklovers' Bed and Breakfast offers both a charming seaside location, as well as plenty of literary ambiance. Guest rooms are named for famed authors, such as Jane Austen or Langston Hughes. Relax and enjoy a book in front of the fire in the Mark Twain Reading Room. The innkeepers have a myriad of volumes for guests to enjoy, ranging from every conceivable subject, including history, architecture, art, music and classic and contemporary fiction. The whimsically named village of Princess Anne appeals to the senses with its historic buildings and scenic beauty of the Manokin River, there's even a walking tour that leads past dozens of historic gems.

The Book & Blanket - Jay, New York

Literature is all around at the Book and Blanket, a historic inn located in the Adirondack Mountain town of Jay, New York. Each of the guest rooms is named for an author, such as the Jack London Room or the F. Scott Fitzgerald Room. A cozy nook is named for James Thurber, who wrote a short story while staying in the town. There is a library, of course, and guests are encouraged to read to the heart's content. Read on the front porch swing or curl up and relax in the privacy of your guest room.

Enjoy Books, History in Washington, D.C.

Located in a restored 19th century Victorian rowhouse, The Akwaaba Bed and Breakfast, is charming inside and out. The rooms are stunning, each individually decorated with its own theme. The Zora Neale Hurston room includes a brass king bed, antique writing secretary desk, bay window with a view of 16th street and a guest bath with a two-person Jacuzzi tub. The Inspiration Room is another memorable room featuring an ensuite clawfoot soaking tub. The opulent Writer's Suite is its own little apartment featuring a galley kitchen, and main room that serves both as a living room and bed room.

Oregon's Sea Coast Perfect for Booklovers

Perched on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean and a pristine beach, this historic hotel is an homage to all things literary. Named after Sylvia Beach, a patron of literature during the '20s and '30s in Paris, it offers twenty rooms celebrating such authors as Dr. Seuss, Agatha Christie, Tennessee Williams, Alice Walker, Hemingway, Shakespeare, Tolkien and our favorite--The Edgar Allan Poe Room, with black walls, a stuffed raven and an imitation pendulum axe over the bed (pleasant dreams?). The oceanfront attic library, contains comfortable chairs and sofa, a fireplace, and of course, lots of books. Enjoy the roar of the sea while enjoying one. The inn's Tables of Content restaurant overlooks the ocean and serves up gourmet breakfasts and dinners.

Concord's Hawthorne Inn Beckons to Booklovers

The Hawthorne Inn is surrounded by great literary history. The historic Concord, Mass., inn rests on land once owned by its namesake Nathanial Hawthorne. He lived in the house directly across the street, and the inn's next door neighbor was once home to Louisa May Alcott and Margaret Sydney who wrote The Five Little Peppers children's books. Several of the guest rooms are named in honor of authors and their works, such as the Sleepy Hollow or Alcott rooms. The inn, which has been named on of New England's best, is decorated with antiques in period style. Concord is practically bursting at the seams with interesting attractions, from visiting one of the Revolutionary War's first battlefields to touring historic homes to enjoying outdoor activities. In addition, it's just a short drive from Boston, yet comfortably away from the bustle of the city.
About the Author
Jane Leisteiner is fond of books and loves traveling to B&Bs. For more details on Oregon bed and breakfast inns or to enjoy a bed and breakfast Portland or Newport-style, go to the iLoveInns website.
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