Garden Getaways: Refreshing Your Senses

Garden Getaways: Refreshing Your Senses

By Melissa Vitti

The Desert Dove Bed and Breakfast in Arizona
The Desert Dove Bed and Breakfast in Arizona

Looking to refresh your senses in the wake of a gloomy winter?  If you’re suffering from cabin fever and crave the sweet smells of May flowers before March is ready to give them up, then a Garden Getaway might just be what the doctor ordered.

Garden Getaways provides an assortment of bed & breakfasts to offer that true garden escape from all different regions of the country.  Even if gardening isn’t your choice activity these relaxing destinations are the perfect way to reenergize yourself in an exquisite peaceful setting.

Desert Dove

Between the peaks of the Rincon Mountains lie four acres of striking scenery that could only be found in a magazine. The Desert Dove Bed and Breakfast of Tuscon, Arizona provides guests the luxury of rest and relaxation along with a view of the Sonora Desert.

This bed & breakfast has an array of activities from hiking and bike riding to bird watching and horseback riding. The Desert Dove also has hydrotherapy spas to prime you before you join in desert sunsets and stargazing at night fall.

This unique home away from home is complete with Southwest character courtesy of your hosts Harvey and Betty Ross. The Inn is polished colored concrete floors, roomy porches and a wood burning cooking stove ready to whip up a homemade country breakfast.

Mill Rose Inn

For country getaway closer to the ocean breeze, then a stay at the Mill Rose Inn in Half Moon Bay, California might be more suitable.

This intimate B&B has brought the charm of English country living and world class hotel accommodations together. The Mill Rose Inn offers horseback riding on the beach as well as the convenience of downtown boutique shopping.

The comfortable Mediterranean climate of 60-70 degrees year round makes a gourmet breakfast in one of their private gazebos that much more relaxing.  In addition, the colorful lush gardens that surround the estate make it easy to see why this Inn takes pride in their Four Diamond AAA Award.  Check out their garden Jacuzzi!

The Blue Lake Ranch in Colorado
The Blue Lake Ranch in Colorado

Blue Lake Ranch

For the combination of mountain views and luxurious gardens, the Blue Lake Ranch set in the heart of Colorado is another note worthy B&B waiting to be discovered. This Midwestern destination is located on 200 secluded acres and is home to over 10,000 irises in the summertime.

They offer off-road mountain sports and even have their own spring-fed lake. Every room has a quaint fireplace to cozy up in front of before you call it a night in the comfortable down bedding and duvets.

Their gardens have been nationally acclaimed for their heirloom flowers. To take a bit of your garden escape with you, they offer heirloom seeds and jams for sale.

There is plenty to do during your stay, just thirty minutes away from the ranch is the Mesa Verde National Park which is considered the top historic site in the United States. For guests who like to fish, there’s a private lake bountiful with trophy Rainbow and Brook trout. In addition, guests can do everything from golfingand shopping to skiing and photography lessons.

The porch at the Glen-Ella Springs Inn
The porch at the Glen-Ella Springs Inn

Glen-Ella Springs Inn

Looking for some southern comfort? Set on the edge of the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains in north Georgia the Glen-Ella Springs Inn is the epitome of southern appeal. Hosts Barrie and Bobby Aycock restored this century old estate in 1987 and have been delighting their guests ever since.

When Bobby is not fulfilling his innkeeping duties, then he’s up in the air, literally. This experienced pilot provides aerial sight seeing tours over the lakes, Tallulah Gorge and the beautiful North Georgia Mountains.

Glen-Ella Springs has made the ideal escape for anyone that enjoys nature.  With lakes nearby, guests are invited to go whitewater rafting, kayaking and canoeing.  If you don’t catch the Tallulah Gorge on one of Bobby’s tours, you can make a visit just ten minutes away from the Inn.

Walk across the new swinging bridge that spans the gorge or hike one of the many trails ranging in ability levels. For the ultimate, unwind at the end of the day, rest and relax on a signature Southern porch complete with rocking chairs.

If you do visit Glen-Ella Springs be sure to check out one of the North Georgia wineries that are all within an hour’s drive from the Inn.

The Inn at Bowman’s Hill

For a romantic retreat equip with luxurious accommodations try The Inn at Bowman’s Hill. Tucked away in the private setting of New Hope, Pennsylvania this delightful B&B takes pride in their meticulous attention to detail.

Their spacious six room suites feature king-size featherbeds, fireplaces and contemporary bathrooms with state-of-the-art fixtures that include two-person heated whirlpool tubs and heated towel racks.

They also have a heated English style conservatory full of flowers and a tropical waterfall. From fine gourmet cuisine to their manor and vine terraces, it’s easy to see why they were voted one of the “Top Ten Most Romantic Inns” in the nation by American Historic Inns.

A room at the Stone Hill Inn
A room at the Stone Hill Inn

Stone Hill Inn

Swinging from a hammock while taking in the sweet smells of perennial flowers wasted on a warm spring breeze sounds like a scene only found in a movie. For guests at the Stone Hill Inn in Stowe, Vermont this picturesque atmosphere is a reality.

Stowe has earned the reputation as “The Ski Capital of the East,” but this charming bed and breakfast also has numerous activities for guests to enjoy year-round. Surrounded by a village of clapboard buildings and a white steeple church, this peaceful getaway has received praise from The Boston Globe and The New York Times just to name a few.

In the wintertime, take advantage of the fresh white snow on a romantic sleigh ride. For the more adventurous, try one of their snowmobiling tours.

During the summer months there’s plenty of fly fishing, hiking and antiquing to go around. Check out a scenic drive through the covered bridges with the Green Mountains in the rear view mirror.

The rooms are fully prepared for guests with a Jacuzzi tub, king size bed and a fireplace.

Melissa VittiMelissa Vitti is a former intern at She lives in Los Angeles CA and works in marketing.


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