Bill Leslie's Carolina Conversations

Your Favorite B & B

Posted March 11, 2010

The WRAL morning crew has been talking about bed & breakfast inns this morning. The topic started when I heard from Gary and Doris over at Oakwood Inn in Raleigh. The innkeepers said they plan to attend my music and musings performance tonight at Raleigh City Museum from 6:00PM to 8:00PM. I haven't seen Gary and Doris since they delivered a delicious batch of paczki at our studios last year.

Our Hometown Hello segment this morning profiled Hot Springs in the NC mountains. Elizabeth pointed out that Hot Springs has one of her all-time favorite B&B’s. It’s called Mountain Magnolia Inn. I checked it out on-line and it looks terrific. 

Kelcey’s favorite B&B experience was in Sedona, Arizona a few years ago. She and her husband Dave loved Boots & Saddles B&B. 

One of my favorite B&B experiences was several years ago at Olympic Lights with hosts Christian and Lea Andrade near Friday Harbor north of Seattle. I would love to go back there. 

What is your all-time favorite B&B experience? Please share your thoughts.


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  • thinknc Mar 11, 2010

    The Nu-Wray Inn in Burnsville had lots of history--fun to consider the famous guests who stayed there over the years. And the Chalet Inn in Dillsboro--we stayed there when our kids were very young and we were in the area to ride the train from Dillsboro to Bryson City. They're the only two I've visited, but enjoyed them both.

  • heelsrule Mar 11, 2010

    Zero Water Street in Charleston, SC sits on the Battery overlooking Charleston Harbor and Fort Sumter. This B&B gives you the entire 3rd floor of a beautiful home built in 1836.If you enjoy Charleston this place cannot be beat. Check out for details.

  • Iwasthinkin Mar 11, 2010

    lWe have also been to Pilot Knob B&B and enjoyed it. It is very quiet in the fall and that is just what we wanted. Mt Airy was charming and we hope to go back and do it all over again!!

  • Celt Mar 11, 2010

    Great blog! My wife and I go to a B & B every year on our anniversary. Our first choice would be the Graystone Inn in Wilmington--it is stunning and historic! We also like the Augustus T. Zevely Inn in Old Salem. (Interestingly, when we visited Old Salem at Christmas a year ago, the visitor's center was playing Bill's Christmas CD. Good taste!)

  • Frizz Mar 11, 2010

    1812 on the Hertford between Edenton and Elizabeth City. Blue makes the best sweet potato biscuits ever and if you're lucky, she'll play the piano and sing for you. The owners, Nancy and Peter, are a trip!

  • SuperBonBon Mar 11, 2010

    Went to the Lazy Bear, Valle Crucis in February during the snow. Absolutely wonderful. Laid back like a dead fly.

  • LMRA Mar 11, 2010

    I stayed at a B&B in Cooperstown, NY (can't remember the name) and it was heavenly! I'm a huge baseball fan and I was trying to imagine which famous ballplayers might have stayed in my room in the past! Ocean City, NJ has many many Victorian B&Bs and they are all marvelous! Some are right on the water but most are several blocks in - all within walking distance to the ocean. I was there on a rainy weekend and still had a great time.

  • melodylink Mar 11, 2010

    The Rockford Inn in Yadkin County. It's gorgeous and right smack in the middle of North Carolina Wine Country. The township of Rockford is more charming that you can imagine!

  • intuit Mar 11, 2010

    My wife and I love the Lazy Bear Lodge in Valle Crucis, NC. A beautiful, massive log home with 5 bedrooms and beautiful views. 3 of the 5 rooms have their own private decks and all are equipped with a wood stove or fireplace. Take a moment to view the pictures on their website.

  • efsmiths Mar 11, 2010

    My choice would be the Beaufort Inn in Beaufort, NC. The breakfast is delicious and the views gorgeous.




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