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Denny Schrock

Garden destination B&Bs

Those who know me well know that I like to travel. And whenever I travel, I search out gardens to visit. BedandBreakfast.com has managed to fuel my wanderlust by announcing their Top Ten B&B Outdoor Spaces. Four of the ten winners are international; the other six are stateside (although one of those is in Hawaii.) I haven’t had the pleasure of visiting any of these inns yet, but I’ll certainly put them on my bucket list of places to visit during my upcoming travels. The winning outdoor spaces range from stunning borrowed views (such as mountains or waterfront vistas), to formal gardens and working farms.

I always manage to pick up a few ideas for my own garden when I visit outstanding gardens such as these, and bring back gorgeous photos and memories. Do you have favorite destinations that combine gardens and lodging?

Here is a sneak peak at the domestic winners (All photos courtesy of BedandBreakfast.com):

Wine Country Inn, St. Helena, CA, in the Napa Valley, features views of vinyards and olive groves as well as gorgeous flower beds and herb plantings.

The Swag Country Inn, Waynesville, NC, has stunning mountain views and hiking trails for visitors' enjoyment.

The Inn at Irwin Gardens, Columbus, IN, features a garden maze, fountains, and a reflecting pool in a sunken garden on the 2-acre property.

Los Poblanos Historic Inn and Organic Farm, Albuquerque, NM, is a working farm with 25 acres of fruits, vegetables, fields of lavender, and formal gardens.

Lookout Point Lakeside Inn, Hot Springs, AR, features a meditation labyrinth, lakeside and mountain views, and garden trails.

Hale Maluhia Country Inn, Kailua-Kona, HI, has an acre of lush tropical vegetation featuring koi ponds, waterfalls, and a tree house.