The Best Inns and Bed & Breakfasts in Washington State
Gaslight Inn (Seattle; tel. 206/325-3654): Beautifully decorated with lots of original Stickley furniture, this Craftsman bungalow is in the Capitol Hill neighborhood. The inn is a must for fans of the Arts-and-Crafts style. To top things off, there's also a swimming pool.
Spring Bay Inn (Orcas Island; tel. 360/376-5531): This secluded waterfront inn is a luxurious island retreat, and a stay includes not only bed and breakfast, but also brunch and a daily sea-kayak excursion. In-room fireplaces and a hot tub right on the beach add a touch of romance.
Inn on Orcas Island (tel. 888/886-1661 or 360/376-5227): On the edge of a small bay and looking as if it were brought here from Martha's Vineyard or Nantucket, this luxurious inn is in a detail-rich modern building that looks to have been built 100 years ago.
Willcox House Country Inn (The Kitsap Peninsula; tel. 800/725-9477 or 360/830-4492): This 1930s Art Deco mansion on the shore of Hood Canal is straight from an old Hollywood movie (movie stars even stayed here back in the '30s and '40s).
Chinaberry Hill (Tacoma; tel. 253/272-1282): Located in Tacoma's Stadium Historic District, this grand Victorian is as impressive as any of the historic B&Bs in Port Townsend. The inn is steeped in classic Northwest elegance and abounds in beautiful woodwork.
Thornewood Castle Inn (Lakewood; tel. 253/584-4393): Few B&Bs in America can claim to be castles, but Thornewood, built in 1909, certainly can. With 28 bedrooms and 22 bathrooms, this sprawling mansion is as close as you'll come to a European manor home in the U.S.
Hoquiam's Castle (Hoquiam; 360/533-2005): Built in 1897 by a local timber baron, this stately Victorian inn is an amazing assemblage of turrets and gables, balconies and bay windows. The town of Hoquiam isn't a major tourist destination, but this inn is reason enough to spend a weekend in the area.
Abendblume Inn (Leavenworth; tel. 800/669-7634 or 509/548-4059): Of the many alpine chalet accommodations in Leavenworth, this is the most luxurious. The attention to detail in the construction of this chalet makes the inn an especially enjoyable place to spend a romantic weekend.
Run of the River Inn & Refuge (Leavenworth; tel. 800/288-6491 or 509/548-7171): Set amid beautiful rock gardens on a side channel of Icicle Creek, this contemporary log inn is just about the most luxurious mountain retreat in the state and is a blissfully tranquil place to get away from it all.
Cave B Inn at Sagecliffe (Ellensburg; tel. 888/785-2283 or 509/785-2283): Surrounded by vineyards and set atop 900-foot cliffs overlooking the Columbia River in central Washington, this inn offers luxury in a spectacular and remote location. Well worth the drive.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.