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Bed-and-breakfast stays you won't soon forget
There are bed-and-breakfasts, and there are bed-and-breakfasts.

On the one hand, it seems like anyone who has a spare bedroom has entertained the idea of opening a bed-and-breakfast and having guests come over every weekend to help them pay for their mortgage. On the other hand, there are some bed-and-breakfasts that were born to be bed-and-breakfasts.

That latter category includes castles and inns and special lodgings with innkeepers who pull out all the stops to make your stay the most unforgettable experience you have ever had. These are the ones we're talking about here -- unique bed-and-breakfasts in Washington State that really go all out.

George Washington Inn

The George Washington Inn is located 1 in Sequim near Port Angeles, stretch of the Olympic Peninsula that is said to be in the "rain shadow" where there is more sunshine than any other place in Western Washington.

The inn was actually built as a replica of George Washington's mansion, so that alone makes it quite unique. There are historic references to Washington all over the property. The expansive lawn and setting are quite befitting of George Washington and there's no doubt this is the next best thing to a trip to Mount Vernon.

The George Washington Inn is located right along the Strait of Juan de Fuca and enjoys a panoramic view of the Olympic Mountains. It's a great location -- gorgeous scenery and it's close to the Olympic National Park and area beaches.

Altogether the George Washington Inn has five large rooms with king beds and spa baths. Guests enjoy a gourmet breakfast.

For more information, please visit www.georgewashingtoninn.com or phone 360-452-5207.

Cameo Heights Mansion

If you love visiting wineries, take a trip to Walla Walla in the southeastern corner of our state and visit the Cameo Heights Mansion.

Located right in the heart of wine country, this bed-and-breakfast inn will appeal to anyone looking for that perfect romantic getaway. The inn is located atop a scenic plateau surrounded by an orchard with a panoramic view of the Walla Walla River Valley.

The guest suites here are spacious and all include private baths. You can get lost in their huge beds. An on-property restaurant features fine dining and is where they cook up the five-star breakfast served every morning to guests. During warmer months you can enjoy the pool, or simply sunning yourself by the pool. Nearby you can find such activities as horseback riding and jet skiing. And of course there are lots of fun wineries to explore that are just a short drive away.

For more information, please visit www.cameoheightsmansion.com or phone 509.394.0211.

Thornewood Castle

 1 If you've ever wanted to spend the night in a castle, we found just the place to do it. And best of all, you don't have to drive any further than the Tacoma area.

The Thornewood Castle is located on the shores of American Lake in Lakewood, Washington. That's about 10 miles south of Tacoma, and once you lay eyes on this place you'll think you are in Europe. Built in 1909, the castle is on the National Historic Register.

The grounds are huge -- they include a vast lawn on the water, gardens and a castle that looks like an English County Estate. As you might imagine, Thornewood is a popular place for weddings -- but you can also rent a suite for the night and enjoy all the amenities of this huge estate.

There are eight luxury suites available. Some have Jacuzzis, fireplaces, views and bay windows. When you're not in your suite, you'll enjoy exploring an amazing property including four acres of lawns.

For more information, please visit www.thornewoodcastle.com or phone 253-584-4393.

Carson Ridge Luxury Cabins

Next on the list is a place that's not really an inn. It's a bed and breakfast but it will appeal to those people who would enjoy staying in their own luxury cabin.

It's called Carson Ridge Luxury Cabins and is located at the southern border of Washington right on the Columbia River Gorge. That means the location is perfect for hikes and recreation in the gorge. There are great trails on both the Washington and Oregon sides of the gorge.

The cabins are located in Carson, about 45 miles east of Vancouver, Washington and altogether there are 10 individual cabins. These are all completely outfitted with every luxurious convenience you can think of -- in fact, this place is perfect for any special occasion with your Significant Other.

You'll enjoy stunning views from your own private porch. You can relax in your cabin's jetted tub.

It's about a half hour drive to the nearest restaurant, but fear not -- management will serve you a gourmet breakfast and dinner right in your cabin.

For more information, please visit www.carsonridgecabins.com or phone 509-427-7777.

Freestone Inn

If your aim is to visit an inn that really takes you far from civilization, the Freestone Inn, in North Central Washington, is your kind of place. It's only 15 miles from the wild west town of Winthrop, but it's smack in the middle of Methow Valley wilderness.

This region is a very popular spot for outdoorsmen. If you've traveled the North Cascades Highway you went right past the Freestone Inn.

The inn has been recognized as one of North America's Top 25 lodges by Travel and Leisure Magazine. The wooden lodge is just what you would imagine for a wilderness adventure. There are a total of 17 lodge guestrooms at the inn as well as several cabins.

The inn was constructed on property once owned by Jack Wilson, a famous outdoorsman who created a one-acre lake as well as cabins. The property has been improved, the cabins refurbished and the lake is now the backdrop for the inn.

For more information, please visit www.freestoneinn.com or phone 1-800-639-3809.
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