A bed-and-breakfast can provide a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of a large hotel.
Growing up in the Midwest, for a long time I associated the term bed-and-breakfast with charming mom and pop places with floral wallpaper and fresh-baked muffins.
However, as I’ve traveled throughout the world, I’ve discovered that bed-and-breakfasts can take on many shapes and styles.
Here are five to consider the next time you’re looking for a place to lay your head.
The Cachoeira Inn, Buzios, Brazil (Web): This unique Asian style guesthouse is located on the eastern shoreline of the picturesque Ferradura Bay. With private beach access and sumptuous accomodations, this is a bed-and-breakfast you won’t soon forget.
La Ferme aux Chats, Normandy, France (Web):
This authentic farmhouse was built in 1750 and is located only 4 km from D-Day landing beach of Omaha Beach (15km from the city of Bayeux). Enjoy impeccable gardens and a daily fresh French breakfast.
Los Artistas, Ajijic, Mexico (Web): Each of the six guestrooms boasts a unique artistic décor. Enjoy the lovely grounds and lush gardens, swimming pool, fountains and fishpond. Gourmet breakfasts feature daily specialty dishes, freshly ground Mexican coffee, fresh local fruits and a variety of housemade breads and pastries.
Luquillo Sunrise Beach Inn, Luquillo, Puerto Rico (Web): This charming inn is located on Puerto Rico's famous Luquillo Beach (a haven for surfers). All of the rooms feature ocean-facing balconies—the perfect place to enjoy a cocktail and watch the surfers ride the waves.
Inn at Moonlight Beach, Encinitas, California (Web): This romantic little Inn overlooks the Pacific Ocean and the beach town of Encinitas. Each room is decorated in a European aesthetic and features plush linens. Enjoy freshly baked pastries and a full home-made breakfast each morning.