For many of us, vacations offer the chance to finally catch up on our ever-mounting stack of books we’ve been collecting. Your inner bibliophile will be happy to know that some B&Bs are now catering to book-lovers with literary-themed suites, lending libraries, and reading nooks filled with classics? We know. What a novel idea. Check out some of these storybook settings to unleash your inner bookworm.
Fairview Inn, Jackson, MS
Steeped in the rich history of Jackson Mississippi, the Fairview Inn offers the charm and hospitality of yesteryear in the heart of the Belhaven historic district. With 17 rooms in the colonial revival mansion, the Fairview Inn is dripping with true southern charm. Plus, the inn offers close proximity to local downtown Jackson’s Arts, Theater, Museums and Shopping, delicious brunch at the 1908 Provisions Restaurant. Raft cocktails can be enjoyed at its on-site bar, dubbed appropriately, The Library Lounge, reimagined from an original 1908 library at the Fairview Inn. Celebrating famed Mississippi authors and stacked with a Civil War book collection; contemporary fiction and non-fiction works of famous writers like Eudora Welty, John Grisham, William Faulkner, Willie Morris and Tennessee Williams, the Library Lounge really offers a taste of all things Mississippi. Catering to both Fairview Inn guests as well as the public, the intimate lounge setting offers a quiet corner for cozying up with a good book and reading until your heart’s content.
The Spencer Hotel & Spa, Chautauqua, NY
To fully embrace your inner bookworm, retreat to The Spencer Hotel & Spa, the only literary-themed hotel in the United States. Trust us, from the personalized libraries in each guest room to the hand-painted murals dedicated to famous authors, you’re sure to be in bibliophile bliss. Located in the heart of Chautauqua, ranked #1 on Smithsonian’s America’s 20 Best Small Towns, The Spencer Hotel & Spa features 24 guest suites dedicated to the lives and works of famous authors. Journey to Africa with Isak Dinesen as you slumber under a safari tent and embrace the wildlife that surrounds this beautiful suite. For the ultimate romance story, stay in The Browning’s Suite which pays homage to the love story of Robert and Elizabeth Browning with a dreamy palette. Adventure with Alice in Wonderland in the Lewis Carroll suite or follow the river into the woods with the Brontes children in the Brontes Suite. Each suite comes appointed with a thoughtfully curated library and musical selections in keeping with the period. Best of all, if you can curl up with a good book on Victorian sofas, chairs or rockers on one of the front porches overlooking the famous Chautauqua Amphitheater.