August…already? Boat Races are over and with the Benton Franklin County Fair just around the corner, the summer is quickly coming to an end. If you haven’t noticed, Target has their school supplies out already. Think it’s too late to take one last vacation? Think again! Instead, think “staycation” in our own perfect state of Washington. The best option right now is to find a bed and breakfast in a new town and just relax for a few days. With B&Bs so close and in such amazing places, finding a dog/baby/house sitter will not be difficult because you’re not going that far. But while you might be staying close to home, a B&B will take your mind far away.
If you’ve never been to a B&B, you’re in for a treat, but expect things to be a bit different than your usual hotel. Most Bed and Breakfasts have private rooms with private bathrooms for each guest, but you all stay in the same house and share common areas. Breakfast is made at a set time in the morning when all guests gather to have friendly conversations, drink coffee and enjoy a homemade breakfast. When you are done you can leave your dishes and be on your way. You can come and go as you please and while there may be some house rules, like no shoes inside or quiet hours, most B&Bs offer a sense of home away from home that a hotel just cannot provide.
Now you know you want to go, but you don’t know where. You can either pick a town you’ve never been to and then find a bed and breakfast, or find the B&B first and just explore the town it is in. B&BFinder.com is a wonderful website to use. You can search by region of each state or even in a foreign country. Be sure to check and compare amenities and sights nearby that appeal to you. Another helpful place to look is your city of choice’s Chamber of Commerce websites. They should have lodging information to help in making your search easy.
Below are some favorite Bed and Breakfasts in our beautiful state. While some may require some driving, you will love exploring our state while you travel! Another great plus is bragging about Washington to guests at the B&B who are most likely from out of state. Enjoy!
Washington Bed and Breakfasts to Consider
Otters Pond B&B on Orcas Island: Visit this fantastic island and let Carl and Sue take care of your every need. Coffee is served every morning while you enjoy the view of the pond and listen to the birds and bullfrogs. Right now is a perfect time to go as the Orca whales are now in the area. Set up a whale watching tour for an unforgettable trip!
Cameo Heights Mansion, Touchet: Voted as one of the best bed and breakfasts in the United States, Cameo Heights is absolutely the best of the best. Located in the heart of the Walla Walla Valley, your options for entertainment are endless. Wine tasting is also a plus, being minutes from Walla Walla, but the B&B itself as a pool, hot tub, movie theater and games to help you relax and unwind. Perfect for a quick romantic weekend away or for a family/friends reunion!
Pine River Ranch, Leavenworth: Romance year round at this B&B. Set on 22 acres, the snow turns into a winter wonderland and the spring and summer offer views that will take your breath away. Each of the 6 rooms is inspired by some region in the Northwest with spa tubs, fireplaces and beautifully decorated rooms.