I’m just getting around to posting pictures from my March trip to Philly (hence, the scarf and Uggs below). We went for a quick weekend escape. Main purpose = explore + eat
These days, when it comes to sleep, I’m an enthusiastic convert to B&Bs. I am a fan of big urban hotels for their proximity to sights of interest, but I usually find them too bland and generic. I do love swanky boutique hotels, but let’s face it, there’s a premium you pay for all that.
In my view, B&Bs are always a little unexpected and staying there becomes another facet in the travel experience. Maybe it’s strange decor, creaky hallways, or funny proprietors. Whatever the particulars, B&Bs offer loads of character. And I also love waking up to a homemade carb-laden breakfast.
My husband, incidentally, is staunchly NOT a fan of B&Bs, preferring that exact anonymity and sterile ambiance of a generic big city hotel. Hence, there’s always a negotiation to get him to agree to stay in one.
For this trip, we stayed at Spruce Hill Manor, located in the University City neighborhood of Philly. It was built in 1879 as a wealthy industrialist’s house, and it oozed history. There were so many gorgeous original features, which I unfortunately, did NOT capture (a tile entryway, long wooden staircase, and Victorian style common room).
We stayed in the J.S. Sargent Deluxe Suite (named for a Philly artist), and I couldn’t help thinking about the lives of the people who resided there through the years. They probably never once imagined it would be turned into a boarding house or inn at some point. The room featured the original fireplace and chandelier, antiques, and a gorgeous carved Indonesian headboard.
Isn’t this room beautiful?
Janet, the owner of the B&B, made a wonderful breakfast including homemade cinnamon bread.
So, what’s your opinion on B&Bs vs hotels? Are you a staunch fan of one of the other?