When you are searching for holiday bounty, where is the most obvious place to look? Under the Christmas tree, of course. It’s there you will find gifts wrapped in colorful paper and boxes sealed with precious ribbons and bows.
Holiday trails that reach from one B&B to another are also laced with delicious surprises, including mouthwatering cookies and candies. These inns will be opening their festively dressed doors to you and other guests for a tour of their halls decked in boughs of holly, fireplace mantles adorned with watchful nutcracker soldiers and shiny ornaments, and tables brimming with sweet treats. And, because it’s the season of giving, each inn-to-inn tour will benefit a local non-profit.
Three cheers for the holidays! Raise a toast with a tall-stemmed glass of Napa, California’s, finest wines paired with gourmet eats from some of the area’s top restaurants on the Napa B&B Holiday Tour & Taste Event on December 7. Indulge your senses as you explore beautifully decorated halls while tickling your taste buds. Proceeds from the event will support the Napa Food Bank and the Community Resources for Children. Inns on the tour include Inn on Randolph, Churchill Manor Bed and Breakfast, Arbor Guest House Bed and Breakfast Inn, The Beazley House Bed & Breakfast Inn, Napa Old World Inn Bed and Breakfast, and Hennessey House Bed & Breakfast.
Frolic in a postcard-perfect setting when you travel to Eureka Springs, Arkansas, for the 6th Annual Sweet Treats Tour on December 14. The majestic Ozark Mountains form the backdrop to this quaint Victorian village that gets into the spirit of the holidays with inns dressed up in ornaments and twinkling lights, and tables filled with tasty treats to enjoy. Recipe cards will be available to take home, and stocking stuffers in the form of three $100 gift certificates to one of the inns on the tour will be given out. A portion of the proceeds will benefit ECHO (Eureka Christian Health Outreach). Inns on the tour include 1884 Bridgeford House B&B, Arsenic & Old Lace B&B, 1908 Ridgeway House, 5 Ojo Inn Bed and Breakfast, 1881 Crescent Cottage, Heartstone Inn and Cottages, and Red Bud Manor.
Dash through the snow of the White Mountains of New Hampshire on the 17th Annual Inn to Inn Holiday Cookies and Candy Tour taking place December 14 – 15. Delicious, smile-inducing sweet treats can be found sprinkled along paths stretching from Chocorua to Harts Location. Recipe cards and a keepsake brass ornament will be yours to take home. You may even be the lucky winner of a drawing for a $250 gift certificate! Proceeds will go to benefit local non-profit associations; inns on the tour include 1785 Inn & Restaurant, Covered Bridge House B&B, Darby Field Inn, Inn at Ellis River, Riverbend Inn, Inn at Crystal Lake & Restaurant, Notchland Inn, and Old Red Inn & Cottages.
Curious to know how other countries celebrate the holidays? The 20th Annual Bed and Breakfast Holiday Tour taking place in historic Saint Augustine, Florida, will showcase “Christmas Around the World.” Inns are joining up with various local culinary businesses and offering delicious foods and wines from December 14 – 15. The Betty Griffin House, a local non-profit that assists victims of domestic violence, will be receiving a portion of the proceeds. Inns on the tour include The Saragossa Inn Bed and Breakfast, Casablanca Inn Bed and Breakfast, and Carriage Way Bed and Breakfast.
As you traverse the sugar-coated trails on an inn-to-inn tour, you can marvel at the wondrous sights and sounds while knowing you are supporting the efforts of local non-profits. It’s a wondrous time of year!