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Published: October 2018
Checking In for the Night: Nine Bed-and-Breakfasts Throughout the South  

Cozy, eclectic, charming, romantic ... there are plenty of adjectives to describe bed-and-breakfasts.

Each one possesses a unique personality and style. However, a common thread among B&Bs is they tend to be the perfect accommodations for travelers seeking localized and distinctive experiences.

Consider checking in any of these nine B&Bs throughout the South the next time you're planning a trip.

The Fairview in the heart of downtown Austin, Texas, prides itself on not being "your grandmama's bed-and-breakfast."

Situated four blocks from the South Congress district, the historic landmark property features six rooms, and is pet-friendly (check out their "Lucky Dog Club"), business-traveler friendly and family-friendly.

Taking a more modern approach with their amenities, the Fairview's Wi-Fi is plentiful and fast, rooms come with keyless door locks and include HDTVs with access to GoogleTV and Netflix. The kitchen is gluten-free, making Fairview the city's only gluten-free bed-and-breakfast.

The phrase "comfortable elegance" best describes 2439 Fairfield, A Bed and Breakfast. Found in Shreveport, Louisiana's Fairfield Historic District, the Victorian structure (ca. 1905) is a short distance from downtown and other attractions, a win-win for those seeking to be close enough to the action, but far enough to unwind.

Among the property's many features include a rose and herb garden, a gazebo, a Victorian swing and a drawing room.

While each of the four rooms is decorated differently, all include down pillows, Amish quilts and down comforters to ensure a good night's sleep. The rooms also have private balconies, private baths with whirlpool tubs and other amenities.

Homemade bread and muffins highlight 2439 Fairfield, A Bed and Breakfast's morning meal.

Cheneyville, Louisiana, minutes away from Alexandria, is home to Loyd Hall Plantation.

Stationed on a 640-acre working farm along the banks of Bayou Boeuf, it was built in 1820 and is listed on the National Historic Register. Like many old homes, it has its share of stories, including ones of ghosts.

As for accommodations, Loyd Hall Plantation offers two suites in the main house and five cottages. Tastefully decorated, they come in varying sizes and amenities. For instance, the Jenkins Suite has a parlor room and a claw foot tub, while The McCullough House, the largest of the cottages, provides two bedrooms and a kitchen. Two of the cottages offer fireplaces. Breakfast is served in the main house.

The Degas House, in mid-city New Orleans, Louisiana's Esplanade Ridge neighborhood, was where French Impressionist Master, Edgar Degas resided for five months in 1872-73 while visiting family.

Today, the two-story mansion serves as a house museum, courtyard and historic bed-and-breakfast. It is the only known home and workspace of Degas opened to the public.

The nine guest rooms and suites, each named for a member of the Musson-Degas family, blends antique furnishings with contemporary conveniences. All include refrigerators, luxury robes, large screen TVs, free Wi-Fi, iPod docking station and more. The three suites feature private balconies and other upscale touches. Breakfast is served daily.

Overnight in the first home built in Clarksville, Mississippi, at The Clark House (ca. 1859). Tucked away in the Clarksdale Historic District, where Tennessee Williams spent his childhood; and blocks away from downtown, the property provides a relaxing experience for a weekend or an extended stay.

The eight rooms, some named after Williams' works, feature a flat-screen television, a desk, plush seating and more, like porches or nonoperating fireplaces. Wi-Fi is available without an additional charge. The four rooms upstairs in the main house have a common lounge area. All guests can enjoy the parlor, library and dining room. Wake up to a continental breakfast each morning.

As the “bed-and-breakfast capital of the South,” each B&B in Natchez, Mississippi, has a special story, like Linden Antebellum Bed and Breakfast. It is said that its front doorway was the inspiration for Tara’s front door in “Gone With the Wind.”

From its expansive columned porch to the breezeway with rocking chairs and ceiling fans, the antebellum home (ca. 1785) exudes southern hospitality.

The six rooms, located throughout the three wings, include private bathrooms, flat screen televisions and iPhone clock radios. Some feature locally made furniture while others have family heirlooms. There’s even meeting space at Linden.

After a full Southern breakfast, complete with biscuits, a Natchez staple, take a guided tour of the residence.

Overlooking downtown Augusta, Georgia, the Savannah River and town center of North Augusta, South Carolina, is Rosemary Inn. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is one of two mansions completed in 1902 for the town’s founding father, James U. Jackson. The second one, its sister property, Lookaway Inn was his brother, Walter’s residence.

Rosemary Inn’s exterior is reminiscent of the Old South with its stately white columns and expansive porch; however, its interior reflects the Gilded Age with its pine paneling and grand staircase.

The property offers six graceful rooms that accentuate comfort with feather top mattresses while providing much-needed necessities like iPod docking station and complimentary Wi-Fi. Each room comes with its own bath and other specialized amenities. There’s even a turndown service.

A gourmet breakfast is served daily, and Rosemary Inn provides a complimentary snack station and refreshments for refueling. Explore the surrounding area with bike rentals available from the property.

Morgan and Wells Bed and Breakfast in Shelby, North Carolina, has quite the back story. Wanting to preserve both the interior and exterior of the 1901 Craftsman Bungalow, the entire structure was moved from its former location to the corner of Morgan and Wells Streets, giving the bed-and-breakfast name.

The intimate property, complete with heart pine floors and 12-foot-high ceilings, features five stylish guest rooms that combine old with new. For example, the James Edward Room, with its king bed, retains its original masonry fireplace and offers a private wraparound veranda. Each room includes private bathrooms, flat screen televisions, Wi-Fi and more. Take the experience a step further by indulging with a spa treatment.

Breakfast each morning, and snacks and beverages in the afternoon.

There isn’t a better place for the first Bourbon-themed bed-and-breakfast than in the “bourbon capital of the world” Bardstown, Kentucky.

Bourbon Manor Bed and Breakfast Inn consists of a Federal Home (circa 1810), Greek Revival Antebellum Mansion (circa 1820), and original Smokehouse, all listed on the National Register of Historic Places and a designated Kentucky Landmark due to the Manor’s storied history.

Nine stylish rooms, adorned with antiques and fine art pieces, are found within the two homes. The mansion, complete with an eye-drawing cantilevered spiral staircase, has six rooms on its first and second floors, while the federal home has three. The Smokehouse features a one-bedroom loft. All include free high-speed Wi-Fi, private bathrooms, gas-log fireplaces and other amenities that ensure a relaxing stay after a day of exploring the Bourbon Trail.

Enjoy a stroll in the gardens or unwind the Grand Parlor or sitting halls. Rejuvenate at the day spa or with a workout in the gym, both in the basement of the mansion. Round out the stay at Bourbon Manor Bed and Breakfast Inn with a visit to “The Bunghole” — the bourbon bar and lounge. Sample various bourbons and other libations.

Every morning begins with a full country gourmet breakfast, and for a quick pick-me-up, a beverage and snack station is accessible throughout the day.

photo credit: The Fairview photos are courtesy of the property and Dennis Fagan, photographer; all other photos, personal collection