Some bed and breakfasts for families come with recommendations or ratings

April 25, 1993|By Candyce Stapen

The Traveller in Maryland recommends several properties for families. For reservations, contact the Traveller in Maryland, P.O. Box 2277, Annapolis 21404; (410) 269-6232. Family-friendly lodgings in Maryland include:

* Wolf's End Farm Bed and Breakfast, Williamsport. This property, opened in December, features more than 120 acres in the Catoctin Mountains. With notice, the hosts will gladly pack a picnic lunch so you can enjoy strolling along the C&O Canal, which borders the property. One room, with an adjacent sitting area with a pull-out sofa, is especially suited to families. Double rooms are $80-$100; a child sharing a room is an additional $10.

* Magnolia House Bed and Breakfast, Annapolis. Located in the historic district, the hosts, a retired Navy captain and his wife, welcome children. One large room accommodates families and has a trundle bed. Rates range from $70-$85. A child under 10 sharing the room is free; age 10 and older, $15.

* The Jonas Green House Bed and Breakfast, Annapolis. Built in 1690, this landmark town house in the historic district was once owned by Jonas Green, a cousin of Benjamin Franklin. The owner, a direct descendant of Green, can tell you all about the family history. Rates range from $65-$95. A child sharing the room is an additional $15.


Bed and Breakfast of Philadelphia, 1530 Locust St., Suite K, Philadelphia, Pa. 19102; (800) 220-1917 or (215) 735-1917, recommends the following as among its many properties which welcome families:

* Newmarket Surprise, Philadelphia. Within walking distance of many of the city's attractions, this 1811 town house has a greenhouse, a small patio and two air-conditioned bedrooms, each with a television. Rates range from $60-$65. A child sharing the room is $10 extra.

* The Great Valley House, Malvern, Pa., located in the suburbs near Valley Forge, dates to 1681. The kitchen has its original stone walls and open-hearth fireplace. The grounds feature old trees and a swimming pool. Rates range from $70-$85. A child sharing the room is an additional $10.


Bensonhouse, 2036 Monument Ave., Richmond, Va. 23220; (804) 353-6900, has several properties in the Williamsburg area that welcome families:

* The Williamsburg Cottage, a 1,300-square-foot house less than a mile from the historic area, has a bedroom, parlor with pull-out sofa and kitchenette for snacks. $115 for two; $10 each additional person.

* War Hill, 3 miles from the historic area, is decorated with country-comfortable furnishings and offers 32 acres of fields to roam and black Angus cattle to watch. The property offers a separate, two-bedroom cottage that works well for families. Rates range from $85-$95 for double occupancy; $15 each additional person sharing a room.


Other B&Bs that welcome children:

* The River House, Route 50 East, Boyce, Va. 22620; (703) 837-1476. Set against the backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Shenandoah River, this 1780 stone farmhouse on 15 acres offers five rooms, all with private bath. On each guest level there is a refrigerator stocked with juice and milk, and a pantry with cold cereals and snacks. Outside, there are swings, slides and a sandbox. Cribs and highchairs are available by request. Rates range from $80-$100. A child sharing the room is $15 extra.

* The Smoke Hole Lodge, P.O. Box 953, Petersburg, W.Va. 26847. Write for information. This secluded lodge with five rooms on 1,500 acres offers a rustic family getaway complete with fishing, tubing and hiking. Rates, which include all meals, are $95 for the first person, $80 for the second and each additional person.


"Inspected, Rated, & Approved Bed & Breakfasts Country Inns," by the American Bed and Breakfast Association's new edition will be available by the end of May in bookstores, or from the association for $16.95 plus $3 shipping and handling. Call (800) 769-2468, or write: the American Bed and Breakfast Association, 108000 Midlothian Turnpike, Suite 254, Richmond, Va. 23235.

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