Romantic Holiday Getaway

Happy New Year!

Clark and I went into hiding for the last few days of 2010. This was our little corner of Paradise.

Last Fall, I stumbled on a Charlotte Magazine article of vacation spots within driving distance from the city of Charlotte. Located on Amelia Island off the northern east coast of Florida, The Elizabeth Point Lodge received the Conde Nast Travelers Readers Choice Award as the #2 small hotel in the U.S. in 2008. As you know, this past year was a very big year for the Beasley family. I turned 30. Clark and I rounded our 5 year wedding anniversary. We moved to Charlotte. We had our second baby. While it has been thrilling, it hasn’t come without a heaping side order of stress. This was the perfect place for us to debrief, de-stress, and recharge our batteries.

For the most part, Clark and I are “inn” kind of people. Our first experience was on our honeymoon in Asheville, NC. We stayed at the romantic Black Walnut Inn, and we couldn’t have been happier. In fact, the gourmet 3-course breakfasts and the wine and cheese social hour in the late afternoon turned us into a couple of hotel snobs. Boutique hotels offer individualized attention unlike any hospitality I’ve ever experienced, and their accommodations are generally cozier than larger chain hotels. For instance, even though our room came complete with antique mismatched furniture, angled ceilings, pastel floral wallpaper, and a Saltwater Gamefish poster that just screamed beach town, it all just… worked! Together it made for a memorable 2nd honeymoon spot.

I will fill you in on our little get away more in the days to come. In the mean time, our inn stay got me thinking of other bed and breakfasts I would like to visit in some of my favorite US destinations.  Here are a few boutique hotel scenes as featured on

The Martine Inn in Monterey, California

The Swann House in Washington, DC

Three Mountain Inn in Jamaica, Vermont

The Bed & Breakfast Inn at La Jolla in La Jolla, California

Where was your best hotel stay?


1 Comment

  1. Stephanie said,

    January 3, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    So glad you all were able to get away! Looks like you had a great time.

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