Fans of quaintness and quirks will continue to find them throughout the three joined 19th-century townhouses that make up the inn. Nooks, bay windows, exposed brick, vibrantly hued walls (shades of purple, or chartreuse, or periwinkle, for instance), flea-market finds, and antiques are some of the characteristics of individual guest rooms (plus no TVs). Quaintness also means a certain creakiness throughout. There is no elevator, which may pose a challenge to those trudging upstairs with (or without) luggage to lodging on the third or fourth floors. That, and narrow hallways, may make a stay here challenging for travelers with disabilities.

The Tabard is a beloved institution to locals, who flock to the inn’s charming restaurant and the adjoining paneled lounge for drinks and, on Sunday through Tuesday nights, jazz.