Checking In: B&B guide

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Uniique Bed and breakfast getaways

There's something romantic about staying at a bed and breakfast. Is it the cozy touches? The sometimes-off-the-beaten-path destinations? Plan your next dreamy getaway with this B&B guide.

Brewery Creek Inn

Brewery Creek Inn

A bed and breakfast that doubles as a microbrewery. Does it get more quintessentially Wisconsin than this? Brewery Creek Inn isn't your typical B&B experience — meaning it's not actually the innkeeper's home, so no breakfast or TV time with strangers, and you have the benefit of a private bathroom. Located in the town of Mineral Point, which housed Wisconsin's first brewery in 1835, Brewery Creek Inn has a choice of five unique rooms. The largest has high ceilings, a dramatic four-poster bed, mantel fireplace and whirlpool tub. Call ahead for reservations at the inn's intimate Brewpub Restaurant and stop by the brewery to sample the inn's signature beer.

Buttermilk Falls Inn & Spa

Buttermilk Falls Inn & Spa

A Hudson Valley retreat less than two hours from Manhattan, Buttermilk Falls Inn & Spa in Milton, New York, sits on 70 acres of verdant farmland and lush gardens. You stay in the 10-room Anning Smith Main House, which is a restored circa 1764 abode that was once a trading post. An ideal couples escape, each of the rooms in the bed and breakfast comes with lovely garden or river views and a gas fireplace. The expansive property also features seven individual guesthouses, plus a full-service spa and Henry's at the Farm, a restaurant drawing its ingredients from the on-site 40-acre Millstone Farm (where you can also pet goats, lamas and alpacas!).

The Rhett House Inn

The Rhett House Inn

Built in 1820, The Rhett House Inn's original owner resided in the home until the Union invasion of Beaufort, South Carolina, when troops turned it into a hospital recovery building. As a bed and breakfast, it's the charming Southern destination of choice for stars ranging from Barbra Streisand and Tom Hanks to Sandra Bullock and Gwyneth Paltrow. Enjoy daily complimentary Southern breakfast or homemade cookies and iced tea on the veranda, plus free Champagne and cheese during happy hour. You'll receive access to three of the area's private golf clubs, and the inn's central location means you're just steps from the waterfront, shops and plenty of fine dining.

Dog Bark Park Inn

Dog Bark Park Inn

The Dog Bark Park Inn is shaped like a giant beagle. Really, do you need any other reason to visit? It's also midway between Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks in Cottonwood, Idaho, so it's a good stopover if you're planning a road trip between the two. Enter the "body" of the beagle from a private second-story deck, where you'll find themed furnishings and carvings created by the owners, then continue on to the pup's "head" that's complete with a loft room and cozy alcove in the muzzle. Stays include continental breakfast with homemade granola, fresh-made pastries, coffee and tea, and more.

Embassy Circle Guest House

Embassy Circle Guest House

Booking a room at Embassy Circle Guest House, you'd think you were staying in a remote wine country haven. That is, until you opened the door to see some of Washington, D.C.'s most significant landmarks. This 11-room "urban inn" is located in Dupont Circle and allows for easy exploration of our nation's capital. Stunning architecture, private art galleries, and a collection of sidewalk cafes surround the former embassy, which is furnished with storied antiques and handmade Persian carpets. Linger over breakfast prepared by the owners and come back for an evening glass of wine before your show at the nearby John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

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