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WELLS FARGO LIFESCAPES – Romantic B &B Escapes

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Pampering is the order of the day at these top-rated Bed & Breakfasts where long weekend escapes are meant to be savored.

Transforming a lazy R & R weekend retreat from “rest and relaxation” to “romance and renewal” often hinges upon choosing the perfect destination for your get-away.

Romance is practically assured at these four B&Bs, where leisurely morning breakfasts in bed, coffees on the porch swing, or long walks in the garden set the perfect tone for Cupid to make himself known.

The Inns at Blackberry Common – Camden, Maine

Mere blocks from the lively historic village and harbor of Camden, Maine, the Inns at Blackberry Common envelop guests with storybook charm and warm New England hospitality in this comfy Bed and Breakfast Inn.

Romance is around every corner at this boutique property, especially in their bursting-with- color perennial gardens and lovely public rooms where couples can curl up in front of a cozy fire and admire the Inn’s Victorian stylings. Tin ceilings, elaborate plaster moldings and lovely period pieces hearken back to simpler times.

Multi-course breakfasts crafted by Chef Jim are not to be missed. Served on the garden patio or main dining room, your day starts out right with New England treats like Oatmeal with Cranberries, Blackberry Sage French Toast or Garden Veggie Frittata.

Packed picnic lunches are prepared on request if you like, and why not? There’s plenty to explore nearby. Eighteen of Maine’s 48 lighthouses are within a 40-mile radius of Camden.  Sail the harbor on an authentic Maine Schooner ,follow the antique trail , or simply explore  the seaside village of Camden.  You’ll run out of weekend before you run out of things to do.

Tiffany Hill Inn – Mills River, North Carolina

Western North Carolina’s Blue Ridge is calling at Tiffany Hill Inn, an oasis of civility offering guests Southern hospitality and casual elegance in this picturesque corner of the Tar Heel state.

No detail is overlooked in making guests feel pampered. Each over-sized guest suite is inspired by a glorious Southern destination – such as the Natchez (Mississippi) suite, the Seaside (Florida) suite, and the Lexington (Kentucky) suite. Guests find books, accessories and room stylings to mirror their inspiration and create just the right mood for cuddling in bed to watch a movie or curling up with the Sunday paper.

Breakfast at Tiffany’s is a decadent 3 course affair where dessert is always served, providing a sweet start to the day.

Guests find themselves in the “playground of the South” only minutes away from Asheville and one of America’s great castles, Biltmore Estate. The small yet sophisticated town of Hendersonville has a main street lined with specialty shops, boutiques, coffee houses and restaurants where a day’s exploration might not be enough. Nature seekers love hiking in Pisgah National Forrest where trails lead to romantic waterfalls and brilliant Blue Ridge vistas. Be sure to take in a cidery while in the area, you are in North Carolina Apple country.

Star of Texas B&B – Brownwood, Texas

Private cottages, hot tubs and sitting porches on 20 secluded acres of Texas Hill Country await couples at the Star of Texas B&B in Brownwood – 75 miles southeast of Abilene. Peaceful easy feelings are on tap here where innkeepers will bring breakfast right to your door, allowing you to soak in the bold Texas morning blue skies and watch darting songbirds and an occasional armadillo who may stroll by.

Star of Texas specializes in elopements – the innkeepers are licensed to perform weddings and will take care of everything from handtied wildflower bouquets to uniquely crafted wedding cakes.

Daytrips and outings include following the Texas Hill Country Wine Trail , exploring fabled wildflower meadows , or simply do nothing and rest afterwards – Star of Texas is the ultimate escape from workday worries.

Eden Vale Inn – Placerville, California

Raw natural beauty Northern California’s Sierra Nevada foothills lures romance seekers to Placerville’s Eden Vale Inn. Once there they’ll find it hard to leave this luxury B&B, routinely rated as one the most romantic in the country.

Converted from a classic California hay barn circa 1919, this upscale contemporary accommodation offers guests private outdoor hot tubs, en suite fireplaces, Adirondack chairs for lounging and acres of gardens to explore. The Eden Vale Inn Spa Studio offers several options for couples with Milk Baths, Hot Stone Massages, chocolates, champagne, and “Fizzy Bombs” among the varied offerings.

Hearty breakfasts here favor the savory side with sweet touches coming from the local abundant sources of fresh fruits and vegetables – be sure to try EVI’s scones – they’re a guest favorite.

There’s plenty to explore in the historic gold rush town of Placerville.  Art Galleries (including those featuring native son Thomas Kinkade), Antique shops, and nearly a dozen restaurants cater to visitors who love to explore.  Check out the farm trails, apple and fruit orchards while visiting this agricultural Mecca, wineries, cideries and pick-it-yourself opportunities abound.

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