"One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well." Virginia Woolf
Unforgettable Dining Experiences at Gourmet Bed and Breakfasts
An amazing dining experience becomes a memory that you'll carry with you for years to come, even after other details of your trip have faded.
The inns of Select Registry provide this kind of unforgettable experience. Many are travel destinations, known as much for their food as their hospitality and accommodations. ''We had the most amazing dinner here on our honeymoon twenty years ago,'' says Jan, a repeat guest of an inn in New England. ''Somehow, they've managed to improve upon our memories.''
Because Select Registry inns are unique and personal reflections of their owners, the food and ambience vary dramatically from inn to inn. One inn might specialize in authentic German cuisine, while another might offer an informal backyard barbecue… or the utmost in elegant French dining.
Many of our inns offer a regional cuisine based largely on the produce of an area or region. ''Whatever is fresh and local gets priority here,'' says a Wisconsin chef, who begins a spring dinner with a mouthwatering appetizer of wild leeks and fiddlehead ferns, followed by the ultimate delicacy from Lake Superior: sautéed whitefish livers with crumbled bacon and bell peppers.
An Innkeeper in British Columbia gathers Dungeness crab for his dinner guests. An inn in Washington serves more than one hundred varieties of wild mushrooms. Maine lobster, Maryland blue crab, steamed Iowa sweet corn, a sweet-tart slice of Door Country cherry pie… the list goes on and on. Why not experience these delicacies for yourself?
And what about all of the wonderful Select Registry bed and breakfast inns that don't have full dining, but still offer all of the charm and service of their cousins? With few exceptions, Select Registry requires that all of our non-full service inns be located within short distance of local fine dining establishments.