Comprehensive bed-and-breakfast guides are hard to come by, and that's what makes Fodor's America's Best Bed & Breakfasts so outstanding. With detailed descriptions of more than 1,600 inns and B & Bs in 50 states, and candid, informative write-ups on each, this is one of the most extensive guides to B & B's we've seen.
Headed for Spicer, Minnesota? Then you'll want to know about Spicer Castle, a Tudor-style country mansion on the shores of Green Lake. With pedestal sinks and claw-foot tubs, a full breakfast and afternoon tea, a Spicer respite costs $75 to $140. If chance (or careful planning) finds you in Delaware, there's the William Penn Guest House, set by the marker that claims the spot where William Penn first "stepped on American soil" in 1682. The guesthouse itself, a restored Colonial structure with lots of pine antiques, charges a mere $60 to $85, Continental breakfast included. And in San Francisco, the Chateau Tivoli is as ornate a fin-de-siècle chateau as you're likely to find in an American setting, with a remarkable history; carved oak paneling; a chaotic, museum-like interior; and a large Continental breakfast of homemade pastries and breads, cereals, juices, and fresh fruit, for $99 to $225 a night. The secret to all these unusual lodgings, of course, is knowing about them, and that's what Fodor's America's Best Bed & Breakfasts excels at. --Stephanie Gold
This holiday planner includes more than 2000 handpicked B&Bs in 50 states. Critical reviews detail the plus points about the spots selected, but also point out the quirks such as which rooms to reserve and which to avoid.