Husband and wife Glenn Pogue and Monique Greenwood were inspired to launch Awaabaa Bed and Breakfast Inns after staying at one in the early 1990s. They purchased the first location in Brooklyn, New York in 1995, and then opened others throughout the north and south in the early 2000s. The D.C. spot features rooms inspired by authors such as Toni Morrison. Spa and bridal packages are available.
Magnolia House Inn — Hampton, Virginia
The Magnolia House Inn is a Victorian-style home located on the Chesapeake Bay with three spacious guest rooms. A wedding chapel on site makes it ideal for intimate ceremonies. Conveniently positioned near business and tourist attractions like the Ferguson Center for the Arts, the B&B works well for traveling professionals and recreation. Owned by Lankford and Joyce Blair, this extended-stay opened in 2006 and was originally built for an 1800s harbor pilot.
Welcome Inn Manor — Chicago, Illinois
Located on Michigan Avenue, Welcome Inn Manor offers two all-inclusive budget and transportation packages. The Queen Anne historic home – owned by Merrill “Mell” and Angie Monroe – was built in 1893. Attractions like Museum Campus, 31st and 41st Street beaches, the lakefront, Room 43 for Jazz and U.S. Cellular Field are nearby. This B&B offers on-site parking and won Trip Advisor’s Certificate of Excellence two years in a row.
Thee Matriarch Bed and Breakfast — Orangeburg, South Carolina
Spouses Rachelle Jamerson-Holmes and Fred Holmes bought two 100-year-old homes for Thee Matriarch in 2001. Separating it from others of its kind, the space features meeting and special-event venues with catering provided. The B&B opened in 2012 with fully decorated spaces, making it ideal for weddings and celebrations. Guests can visit the The I.P. Stanback Museum and Planetarium or the Orangeburg County Fine Arts Center during their stay.
Inn of Treasured Memories — Cape Cod, Massachusetts
Inn of Treasured Memories is the ultimate B&B for relaxation. Innkeepers Jane and Hank Henry greet tenants as they walk in. Guests are invited to relax in the living room or read and play cards in the Nook. Several Harwich beaches are close by, and the innkeepers have a number of grab-and-go or dine-in eating options available for a change of pace. Tours, historical sites and the Cape Cod Rail Trail are other recreational choices.
Morehead Manor Bed & Breakfast — Durham, North Carolina
Daniel and Monica Edwards are the married innkeepers of Morehead Manor, which is touted as one of the city‘s premier bed and breakfasts. The renovated colonial style home was originally built in 1910 for the CEO of a local tobacco company. Located on Vickers Avenue, the B&B is close to Broadway shows at Durham Performing Arts Center or a ballgame at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
Ye Olde Manor House — Elkhorn, Wisconsin
The eight-bedroom Ye Olde Manor House, owned by John Anderson & Karen Fulbright-Anderson, is ideal for a range of activities including weddings and reunions. Lauderdale Lakes is in view of the property, and visitors can expect breakfasts made with fresh ingredients. Outdoor and indoor koi ponds provide relaxing surroundings. A heated indoor swimming pool has a music system and furniture for gatherings. The home has easy access to local flea markets and antique stores.
Quintessentials Bed & Breakfast and Spa – East Marion, New York
Quintessentials is owned by Sylvia Daley, who opened the B&B after leaving her job on Wall Street. The inn is located close to Peconic Bay, the Long Island Sound and the North Fork winery. It features a full-service European spa, private decks and a jacuzzi. The five unique suites each have fireplaces and whirlpool baths. Guests are invited to relax by walking through the meditation garden or drinking tea in the Asian-inspired tea house.
Hubbard Mansion Bed & Breakfast – New Orleans
The Hubbard Mansion has been called “Buckingham Palace with a Creole twist” and was opened by Don and Sheila Hubbard in 2001. Located on historic St. Charles Avenue, the B&B gives access to carriage rides through the French Quarter and Garden District tours. The main house features five furnished rooms in the style of 19th-century New Orleans, all named after royalty. Guests are greeted in the morning by a deluxe continental breakfast complete with fresh pastries.
Henderson House Bed and Breakfast – Bethel, Ohio
Former model Lee Henderson Johnson owns Henderson House, a restored farmhouse with the distinction of being the first Black-owned B&B in Ohio. Specially designed rooms include a safari-themed suite. Henderson opened the home in 1994, and its first guests were the cast of “The Phantom of the Opera.” Coney Island is a half-hour away, and guests can enjoy a free round of golf at Colonial Pines Golf Club with their stay.