As technology encroaches further and further into everyday life, people are more connected than ever before. Within the last few years, people have begun to be able to conduct business right from the palm of their hands via smartphones and tablets. The Internet age has given way to the mobile-device age, and people have come to expect these conveniences everywhere they go. These days, it would be unthinkable, for a business traveler to check into a hotel without a mobile broadband connection.
But as vital as this new technology is to modern business, sometimes it is necessary to decompress and get back to basics. It can be good for the soul to occasionally abandon the modern technological conveniences found in corporate high-rise hotels and opt instead for character and real-world hospitality. This can also be just what the doctor ordered for those couples looking to stoke the flames of romance. And there’s no better way to experience homey lodgings with a true welcoming atmosphere and a romantic vibe than through bed and breakfasts.
With that in mind, here are some of the top B&Bs that can be found throughout the Midwestern U.S. that are perfect for business travelers or those looking for a romantic getaway.
Cloran Mansion Inn – Galena, Il $99 – $225 nightly
This popular Galena B&B is a hit among couples, and after laying eyes on this 1880 Victorian mansion, it isn’t difficult to see why. Inside it is even more of a charm, featuring fireplaces and Jacuzzis. Those who can never quite tear themselves away from modern accommodations will be happy here, as Cloran Mansion Inn features flat-screen TVs, DVD players and mini refrigerators in all the rooms. And just like the full country-style breakfast, the beverages in the mini fridge are complimentary.
Chestnut Street Inn – Sheffield, Il $109 – $179 nightly
This option is perfect for business or romance – as long as guests come with an appetite. Midwest Living ranked Chestnut Street Inn as one of their top B&Bs in the country, and much of that has to do with the quality of the food. For years chef Monika has been dishing up Mediterranean-inspired cosine of the highest order, all organic and locally sourced.
Huron House – Oscoda, MI $154 – $209 nightly
This award-winning B&B comes loaded with charm and hospitality, but the real star is the sweeping views of picturesque Lake Huron. Huron House is more tailored to couples on retreat, as this B&B features in-room hot tubs. There are even private decks and two-person private outdoor Jacuzzis. Breakfast is served to the room every day and afterwards couples can stroll arm in arm along Lake Huron’s beach.
Garden Gate Get-A-Way – Millersburg, OH $105 – $195 nightly
This is a unique option for those business people or couples who like a little nature and culture with their comfy B&B. Not only does Grden Gate feature the requisite creature comforts, but it also offers an abundance of flowers, horses and even some campfires. Also, Amish neighbors are just down the road. The proprietors of Garden Gate will happily arrange a tour and even a dinner with the friendly residents, should the guest so choose.
These are just a few jewels in the crown of Midwestern bed and breakfasts. And although they may be few and far between, it’s worth it for travelers and lovers to venture a little ways off the beaten path in order to experience their many virtues.
Burt is a freelance writer based in Galena, Illinois who enjoys studying historical landmarks. Burt Webbs has a passion for writing about Galena lodging, especially the histroical www.ryanmansiongalena.com.