You don't have to be a President to sleep in the White House

by Marti Mayne / Jan 13, 2009 / 0 comments

Stay in a “White House” B&B and enjoy a positively Presidential getaway

Austin, TX – While the Obama family is poised to take up residence at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, there’s plenty of focus on staying in the White House.  “For those who’ve always dreamed of the chance to sleep in the White House, now it’s your turn,” says Sandy Soule, VP of Marketing for, the largest online B&B directory and reservation network worldwide.  “You can park in the First Lady’s parking spot, dine in the Reagan Dining Room and even take your turn to sleep in the West Wing at these B&Bs, all featuring a White House theme or connection,” says Soule.  Enjoy Presidential trivia, breakfast cooked by former White House Chefs and White House architecture while basking in a guest room fit for a President at these member B&Bs, listed in alpha-order by state.

White House Inn and Spa, Napa, CA: While the inn is white, its theme is green.  Describing itself as Napa’s “first hip green hotel”, this white columned inn offers 17 newly appointed rooms. The Presidential Suite is fit for a nation’s leader or the most discriminating travelers.  This 1300 square foot cottage offers two floors, two baths, double spa tub, and cork floors. Within easy walking distance of downtown Napa, you may not find a rose garden, but you will find trendy chic surroundings for Napa’s newest generation of eco-travelers. 

The Summer White House, Lenox, MA:  While its architecture may not resemble the home of the Presidents, the inn is filled with collections of traditional paintings by American artists and rooms named after the women of influence in Washington’s White House.  One guest room is named for Edith Wilson, reputed to be the first woman to run the government and the first "secret" president. The Eleanor Roosevelt room offers a canopied four poster bed, and the inn’s master guestroom is named for Abigail Adams, the first wife of a president to occupy the White House.  Close to famed Tanglewood and situated in the scenic Berkshire Mountains, this is a great choice for year-round getaways.

The White House, Nantucket, MA:  This historic property, ideally located in the core district of Nantucket and adjacent to the Jared Coffin garden, is named after its exterior color more than the Presidential theme.  The first floor is home to one of the island's fine whaling antique shops where a resident scrimshander can be found carving actual whale bone. Guest rooms above feature Ralph Lauren bedding, private baths and views of the town.  Guests are given vouchers to enjoy breakfast at a nearby restaurant. 

Inn of the Patriots and Presidential Culinary Museum, Grover, NC:  While it’s white with columns across the front, the Presidential draw here is former Executive Chef to the President, Chef Marti.  As a former White House and Camp David Chef, Chef Marti has collected everything from a large display of Presidential photos to White House china, letters from Presidents and even Wooden Easter eggs rolled on the White House lawn each year.  Guests can take a guided tour through this collection, while enjoying food that’s fit for a President daily.

Portland’s White House B&B, Portland, OR:  A dead ringer for 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, this circa 1911 B&B comes complete with14 pillars and fountain in front.  Some have a difficult time knowing if this is the real Presidential home when looking at photos. Restored to its original splendor with sparkling European chandeliers, a formal dining room, sweeping staircase, and a grand ballroom, this B&B offers extensive collections of European and Continental porcelains and 18th and 19th century oil paintings.  Five guest rooms in the main house and three guest rooms in the Carriage House are elegantly appointed with antiques, paintings and porcelains. King or queen feather beds, feather pillows and rich linens guarantee that unlike the President, guests can enjoy a relaxing and carefree night’s sleep.


Portland's White House B&B

Portland's White House


 Portland's White House

 Portland's White House


The White House Inn, Blacksburg, SC: The majestic columns topped with Ionic capitals greet guests of this inn which resembles a smaller version of the Presidential White House.  While the name of the inn comes from a former owner Mr. Jim White, a local architectural visionary, there are certain resmblances to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave here.  Guests can choose to stay in the White House Suite, complete with private bath, kitchenette, and dining, living and sleeping areas or choose the Rose Garden Room overlooking a view of the Rose of Sharon trees.

The Texas White House, Fort Worth, TX:  A stay here comes with a guarantee that it’ll be the most accommodating B&B in Texas. Guest rooms feature private baths and sitting areas.  Some are complete with double whirlpool tubs or private saunas and on-site massages mean that even if you’re President of the country or your own company, you will relax knowing you’re close to Fort Worth’s attractions and downtown offices.

The Little White House B&B, Fredericksburg, VA: Located at the Charles Dick House built in 1740, this B&B is part of the oldest house in historic Fredericksburg. Charles Dick, a commissioner of the Revolutionary War gunnery, constructed the house on a bluff above the Rappahannock River across from his close friend George Washington's boyhood home, Ferry Farm. Presidents Calvin Coolidge, Grover Cleveland, and Adams have also visited the smaller namesake of their once respective homes.  Use this family-friendly B&B as a base to explore all the history of nearby Fredericksburg.

A Williamsburg White House, Williamsburg, VA:  A passion for presidential politics lead the owners to open a B&B to show off all their Presidential photos and White House collections.  Arrive and choose to park in the Chief of Staff or First Lady’s reserved parking spot.  You’ll dine in the Reagan Dining Room and relax in the Kennedy Library, filled with many photos and reminders of President Kennedy’s time in the White House.  Choose to sleep in the Lincoln room, complete with Ford’s Theater, or stay in the newer West Wing with FDRs Suite filled with photos of his illustrious time in office.  True to its theme down to the sign on the door which reads “Homeland Security asks that you please close the door”, this B&B is ideal for political junkies and those looking for a positively presidential respite within walking distance of Colonial Williamsburg.

Williamsburg White House

Williamsburg White House - Lincoln Bedroom




White House Inn, Wilmington, VT: Built as a summer home in 1915 for lumber baron Martin Brown this inn offers guests 14 fireplaces, finely crafted French doors and two-storied terraces supported by soaring pillars. Three intimate dining rooms mean guests can enjoy a cocktail and dinner while watching a magnificent sunset through the large windows. The inn has 16 guest rooms, each equipped with private bath and furnished with period pieces. Thanks to the inn's prize hilltop location, there is a view fit for a king…or a President…from every room.

To learn more about more White House B&Bs and nearly 7000 other perfect choices for your next B&B getaway, visit, the leading online bed and breakfast directory and reservation network worldwide.



Williamsburg White House

Williamsburg White House




Marti Mayne is the B&B Editor for Wandering Educators