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Over the Christmas and New Year holiday break, Mr. Smith and I went to an out-of-state family wedding. It was one of our visits during the 5 states in 5 days trip I mentioned before. It was the first time either of us had stayed at a Bed & Breakfast.

It was a fun and interesting experience. I wasn’t sure how I would feel about staying in a house with people I didn’t know. It does have a different feel than a hotel, with shared common spaces with strangers and staying in someone else’s home.

But it did seem more charming than a uniform hotel room. Before arriving I wasn’t sure what the decor of the rooms would be like. I don’t exactly love the Victorian style furnishings that seem synonymous with B&Bs. The style of the B&B we visited was, um… well, certainly one of a kind.

Our fellow housemates, who we met at breakfast, were friendly. And we were served a full breakfast on their china plates, cups, and saucers.

After breakfast we went on a house tour given by the B&B owner who was a certainly a quirky guy. He had been a chef in the White House for Reagan, Bush, and Clinton. He had memorabilia that represented his time spent there and at Camp David.  He had also served in the military, prior to his career as a chef, and was interested in history. He decked out his basement in war relics and his backyard was set-up like he thought it might have looked in war era with tents and faux animal skins.

The Basement.

And! he gave the tour in different voices, no lie. I couldn’t even make up some of the adventures I have.

Abraham Lincoln's China

Thomas Jefferson's China

Don’t tell Abe Lincoln but I think I like TJ’s china better.

Our room was Polynesian themed and included leaves and a net draped from the ceiling over the bed. You know that ol’ romantic mosquito netting. Those are words that you don’t often say together, romantic and mosquito. It was a tad kitschy but fun.

Mosquito Net

Have you ever stayed at a Bed & Breakfast? What do you think about them?

Husband is already looking for another B&B to visit, needless to say he is a fan.