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Bed and Breakfasts For the Whole Family

Aug 6, 2008
Bed and Breakfasts often are thought of as a spot for romance, but don't let that dissaude you from bringing the whole family along for the trip. Many inns offer kid-friendly accomodations and the unique setting will enchant youngsters more than any cookie-cutter motel. Here are some choices for your next family vacation.

Billed as "New England's Best Family Resort" by Yankee magazine, The Wildflower Inn in Lyndonville, VT combines a wonderful country B&B setting with all kinds of kids activities. The Wildflower Inn offers supervised activities for kids, allowing parents to truly take a break while their children are entertained. For instance, "Butterflies, Tots and Forget-Me-Nots is perfect for the parent traveling alone with young children," says the Wildflower Inn's website. "Our program combines time together with the kids with opportunities for relaxing while the children are enjoying their activities." There's even Daisy's Diner, which prepares special themed meals for kids.

A stay at Villa Park House, just four block from the Jersey Shore in the town of Spring Lake, is sure to please the whole family. The kids will enjoy the close access to the beach, boardwalk and nearby Six Flags amusement park. Parents will appreciate the historic charm and romance of a restored Victorian. The innkeepers provide many thoughtful amenities, as well as serving a delectable full breakfast each morning. Beachgoers will appreciate use of beach tags, towels, umbrellas and chairs. Guests also can borrow the innkeepers bicycles. There is badminton and croquet available at the inn, and several parks nearby. The Historic Village at Allaire is special treat, and allows families to go back in time and experience life in the early 19th century.

For an authentic western experience that the kids will love, check into the Vee Bar Guest Ranch in Laramie, WY. This unique B&B sits on 800 acres and offers horseback riding, hayrides with fiddle and guitar accompaniment, hiking, cattle herding and river tubing. Accommodations include six riverside suites and three cabins decorated in a rustic fashion. Throw in campfires, campouts, and lots of fresh air, and the Vee Bar Guest Ranch will satisfy the most demanding of children!

For the cowboys and cowgirls in your crew, chose the western-themed the Las Palomas B&B in Santa Fe, NM. It is made of authentic adobe bricks to provide a true cowboy feel and to fit in with the nearby Historic District of the city. But don't let Las Palomas' charm fool you: This is a modern B&B complete with a bistro and fitness center. Kids are welcome at Las Palomas, and the innkeepers have a few special things waiting for them. There is an outdoor play area with swings and slides for small children. The innkeepers "Kids Box" includes items such as outlet safety plugs, high chairs, kids chairs and tables, games, books, videos, toys, safety gates, cribs, and night lights."

Located in the Blue Ridge Mountain foothills in South Carolina, Sunrise Farm B&B can be found inside a Victorian farmhouse on 10 acres of land. Taking it slow is the name of the game at Sunrise: "Guests may relax in wooden rockers and wicker furniture on the large wrap around porch and enjoy the beautiful mountain and lake views," says the inn's website. "In the winter, guests may enjoy hot cider by the crackling fireplaces." For breakfast, look forward to homemade specialties such as banana-chocolate chip mini muffins, fruit and yogurt parfait, blueberry pancakes, garden vegetable and herb frittata, and maple sausage. Close to mountain hiking, clear lakes for fishing and boating, bird watching, sight-seeing and golfing, Sunrise Farm B&B prides itself on being kid-friendly. That's why it has lots of farm pets for them to see, including Muffin the pot-bellied pig, Lady and Sunshine the miniature horses, and barn cats Oreo and Ginger, among others.

Finally, on the west coast in California, the Capay Valley Bed & Breakfast in Capay has its own zoo! That's right: Your children can get up close and personal with llamas, zebras, a miniature donkey, a pygmy goat, sheep, ostrich, and, of course, a dog and cat. To get the kids excited, log onto this B&B's website and let them take a 360 degree virtual tour of the animals! Add an outdoor pool, horseback riding, comfortable accommodations (there are even two cottages), and the Capay Valley B&B's beautiful wide open space, and the whole family will want to stay. And yes, pets are even welcome.
About the Author
Jane Leisteiner loves her kids and to travel together. For further details on bed and breakfasts in New Jersey or to enjoy a California bed and breakfasts, check out the iLoveInns website.
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