Hello all - I hope everyone had a nice weekend, whether it was a holiday where you were or not. :)
As I mentioned last week, the BF and I had a "staycation" (a vacation where you stay close to home) over the weekend. We went to Williamsburg, which is about an hour from where we live.
I wanted to save a small amount of money, and try something new, so we stayed in a B&B. The Boxwood Inn was a beautiful home within walking distance of both the College of William and Mary and Colonial Williamsburg (though that would've been quite a walk.) The rooms in the Boxwood Inn were named after presidents that had attended William and Mary - the Jefferson room, the Tyler room, etc. (though, let me just say that Jefferson WENT to W&M, but he BUILT UVA. Ha.) The decor was impressive - a feast for the eyes.
There was a porch to relax on, and a beautiful garden outside.
I think there were some good things and some bad things about our stay here. The BF felt really uncomfortable, as he kept saying it was like being in someone's house (which we were). The Website said that each room had a private bath, which was technically true, but our room (the Tyler room, which was $125 per night) didn't have a bath in the room. It was "private," but it was in the hallway. Another thing I noticed, was that while B&Bs are promoted for "romance," you can hear everything in the adjacent rooms. Exhibitionists only need apply for the romance category.
Breakfast was included (clearly) and there was one serving at 8:30 a.m. That wasn't my favorite thing either. I can understand serving breakfast until a certain time, but making someone get up early on their vacation to eat breakfast was a bit annoying. Plus, the BF didn't like that we had to be all friendly with the other guests. (He's fairly private.) You felt like you had to talk to these people, but we had absolutely nothing in common with them. The breakfast consisted of eggs, sausage and - oddly enough - some kind of apple pie fritter. Apple pie for breakfast was a new one for me.
So my review of the American (or at least Williamsburg) B&B experience was this: The Boxwood Inn was beautiful. I couldn't complain about the home or the rooms or the cleanliness or the atmosphere or the decor. However, I don't know if the experience as a whole was right for us.
Here are some photos of the Inn.