Some people don’t like surprises; they like to walk into a situation knowing what to expect from where to find the air conditioning controller to the type of rolls served at breakfast. Traveling to a new place is oftentimes stressful. While hotel chains and standardized service offers its many perks, imagine how relaxed you’d be staying in a place that felt more like home, decorated with personal touches and dishing up a cozy atmosphere that is difficult to replicate.
With a list put together from our trivago Awards 2017 winners, we can promise, and no less than guarantee that these independently owned hotels, inns and B&B’s offer overnight guests a similar sense of known comforts and an all-around perfect experience.
Our winners of the trivago Awards 2017 won based on scores compiled from user ratings from a myriad of booking and review sites from all over the internet for a transparent and unbiased look at America’s favorite independently owned and operated properties. Here you can rest assured without any pre-travel nerves that you’ve made the perfect choice while supporting community members and those who work to make these destinations one of a kind experiences for travelers.
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The Boyd family have helped make Leavenworth a unique destination with the construction and operation of their Bavarian Lodge. Welcoming visitors since 2005, this luxury property, which won a 4-star category honor for the trivago Awards 2017, fosters the Bavarian alpine ambiance that was imported straight from Germany. Rooms have lovely views of the nearby mountains best enjoyed with a Starbucks coffee from the privacy of your balcony. Many rooms have their own fireplaces and are decorated in a whimsical rustic chic style that puts you straight at ease and blends in beautifully with the town surroundings.
Cannery Pier Hotel
Robert Jacob had to jump through quite a few hoops when building the spectacular Cannery Pier Hotel, set 600 feet into the Columbia River upon a disused fish cannery. Despite some bureaucratic hoops coming from both the Army Corps of Engineers and the Division of State Lands, this 5-star trivago Awards 2017 winner was worth the effort. Guest are treated to views for days including straight from the clawfoot and jetted tubs towards the neighboring Washington State, the ironically named Cape Disappointment lighthouse, freighters passing by and seals frolicking in the water. Gas fireplaces set a romantic tone and a complimentary evening reception and continental breakfast in the morning shoots the list of amenities straight into the luxury range.
The Inn at Christmas Place
Pigeon Forge, TN
A year-round Christmas spirit is omnipresent in the Biggs’ family’s hearts. Following their first foray into the business of Christmas with the opening of their Christmas themed gift stores in 1983, the opportunity to bring Santa into the hotel came when they opened the Inn at Christmas Place in 2007. The hotel is built in a grandiose Bavarian style that harmonizes well with the Christmastime accents dotted throughout the property.
The Biggs family have thought of every detail from the warm cookies and milk that are available to all come bedtime to the two-story, handcrafted glockenspiel. As a trivago Awards winner in the 4-star category, that familial touch has clearly made the Inn a favorite independent accommodation destination among guests.
Stonehurst Place owner Barb Shadomys’s background in interior and garden design bring the guest house alive with a depth of character in the details of the property. Her impeccable taste is present throughout the property from the original artworks hanging on the walls, to the eco-friendly aspects of the design and the lushly landscaped gardens.
A gourmet homemade breakfast is served every morning and snacks and beverages are on hand throughout the day. Unsurprisingly because of the attention to the most finite of details and guest comforts, Stonehurst Place topped the Alternative Accommodation category of the trivago Awards 2017.
Black Dolphin Inn
New Smyrna Beach, FL
With a hotel history passed on from their parents, identical twins Scott and Brett Smith received a solid foundation in the hospitality industry. Their boutique Black Dolphin Inn was the culmination of their years of experience coupled with a perfect setting on the picturesque Indian River. Guests are treated to a continental breakfast on weekdays and a Southern-style version on the weekends as well as drinks, cookies, cheese and wine and other delicious tidbits throughout their stay.
The Spanish-style property is tastefully decorated in a bespoke mid-century modern style with each room showcasing a fair share of individuality. River watching for dolphins with a thoughtfully included pair of binoculars in each room encourages guests to take advantage of the private balconies and terraces. Ever the obliging hosts, even four-legged guests can be included in your holiday at the Inn, a winner in the Alternative Accommodation category of the trivago Awards 2017.
Adobe Grand Villas
Set amid the breathtaking beauty of the Red Rocks which can be viewed from all the rooms, Adobe Grand Villas in Sedona is potentially the most unique property on this list. Each of the 16 villas come equipped with a breadmaker, which could seem a quirky choice until you are greeted by the smell of a fresh loaf, baking for your arrival. A gourmet five-course breakfast is prepared daily by the New Orleans native Chef Michael Merilli that can be taken in the privacy of your villa at no extra charge. It’s worth asking to see the other villas as each has been uniquely designed to fit a different theme– yet manage to being gaudy as they are unified in their rustic aura.
Owners Stuart and Ilene Berman and their son Steve have left their mark on every inch of the property including many of the handcrafted elements to the covered wagon bed, animal skulls decorating some fireplaces and the free snacks available all day. Guests are pampered not only by their lavish surroundings but by what could only be described as the thoughtfulness of the Innkeepers. The Adobe Grand Villas bear all the traits of a trivago Award 2017 winner in the Alternative Accommodation category.
Canyon Villa Bed & Breakfast Inn of Sedona
Owners and Innkeepers Les and Peg of the Canyon Villa Bed & Breakfast Inn of Sedona welcome guest from across the world to their picturesque B&B by personally checking them in whenever possible. The build of the B&B was carefully orchestrated by the architect to include staggered and private framed views of the Red Rocks from almost every single room. Breakfast is served every morning and is considered an essential part of your stay. Any dietary restrictions are carefully considered but hopefully, you’ll be able to sample the signature cinnamon rolls that are baked fresh every day. This sets you up perfectly to tackle the many nature trails that lead to the dramatic local landscape. The B&B was one of the winners in the Alternative Accommodation trivago Awards 2017, as rated by user charmed by Les and Peg and their beautiful property.
For Robyn and Audri Bazlen-Weglarz, the two women behind Admiral’s Landing, owning and running their own B&B fulfilled many dreams. With a central location that makes it easy to walk almost anywhere in Provincetown and a slew of amenities that make them a favorite for returning visitors, their position on the best alternative accommodation for the trivago Awards 2017 is unsurprising. Rooms are decorated with cheerful, beachy accents and working fireplaces plus the private courtyard and patio offer the perfect respite from which to enjoy your homemade breakfast.
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China Clipper Inn
For many inn owners, opening in a small community is a way to give back. For Hans and Ingrid, it’s also an easy way to welcome visitors to Ouray and give them a taste of something delicious. The Inn was built in the early 1990’s and designed it to fit in with its historic neighborhood and to amplify views of the mountains from every single room. You can expect a delicious breakfast with all the trimmings when innkeeper Hans is also owner of the fabulous Brickhouse 737 restaurant serving up modern American cuisine with localized ingredients from ranchers, farmers and dairies from the region. Their China Clipper Inn won one of the 2017 Alternative Accommodation trivago Awards because guests love their efforts to make each experience at the Inn wonderful.
The Almondy Inn
Put yourself in the capable hands of the Almondy Inn to enjoy a complete Newport experience. Centrally located in a landmark building, the gilded age of Newport translates well in this cozy Inn. Lovingly chosen period antiques dot the rooms including some with elegant four poster beds. Stationed alongside the gas fireplaces and views of Newport Bay, this Alternative Accommodation winner of the trivago Awards 2017 ticked all the boxes for its enthusiastic guests. The innkeepers can provide a slew of personalized tips for how to fill your Newport days and see that every day starts off right with their gourmet breakfast.
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A beloved captain’s home in a quiet but central location in Provincetown was restored and rejuvenated as a guesthouse. Owners Dan and Daniel curate a whole experience for guests coming to take in the fresh salty air, galleries and restaurants at the tip of Cape Cod. Offering services like harbor or airport pickups and an overall eco-friendly philosophy emphasize how much they truly care. Some of the house’s original 1850’s elements have been carefully preserved alongside modern updates like powering the Inn from renewable sources. Rooms are bright and comfortable with high quality detailing and gas fireplaces. Dan and Daniel present a continental breakfast for guest every morning with some reputably delicious coffee and freshly baked treats.
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