No one would dream of sleeping through breakfast at a B&B.
The four-star meal served at most inns could turn any guest into a morning person. These are not your standard scrambled-eggs-and-toast breakfasts, but made-to-order creations such as quiches, souffles, French toast, omelets and eggs Benedict.
B&B breakfasts are so tasty, in fact, that BedandBreakfast.com sponsors an annual tournament to celebrate the best of the best. Recipes are sought from inns across the country; a panel of expert judges chooses the finalists and a grand prize winner.
The winner of the 2013 Best B&B Breakfast Tournament was Lemon Souffle Pancakes with Blueberry Compote, from Historic Maple Hill Manor, in Kentucky.
The finalists were Breakfast Corn Chowder with Poached Eggs, from Rabbit Hill Inn, in Vermont; Panettone Pain Perdu with Merlot Poached Pears and Lemon Curd, from Cocoa Cottage Bed & Breakfast, in Michigan; Los Poblanos Shakshouka, from Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm, New Mexico; Banana Split French Toast, from Winter Park Chateau, in Colorado; and Sweet Potato Hash, from the White House Bed and Breakfast, in Oregon.
Check out the recipes for these delectable dishes and you may be tempted to prepare them yourself (or even plan a trip to the spot where they were first created).
Innkeepers aren’t shy about sharing their recipes. Many cookbooks of B&B recipes have been published. Titles include “Florida Bed & Breakfast Cookbook: Recipes from the Warmth and Hospitality of Florida B&Bs, Beach Resorts and Country Inns,” by Becky Lejeune; and “Best Recipes from American Country Inns and Bed & Breakfasts,” by Kitty Maynard.
Even better is a free source, BBonline.com. Under “Recipes” on the website, you will find more than 2,000 innkeeper-tested and guest-approved recipes, not only for breakfast dishes, but breads, sauces, appetizers, salads, lunch and dinner entrees and desserts.
As if a scrumptious breakfast weren’t enough, a select few historic B&Bs take their food service up another notch by offering a restaurant on-site, with some serving both lunch and dinner. In Florida, they include the Sundy House, in Delray Beach; the Old City House Inn & Restaurant, in St. Augustine; the Island Hotel & Restaurant, in Cedar Key; the Florida House Inn and the Hoyt House, both on Amelia Island; and Palm Beach Hibiscus, in West Palm Beach.
As part of the overall B&B experience, the “breakfast” is second only to the “bed.” So, throw caution to the wind and put your diet on hold. You might be forced to skip lunch, but don’t even think about skipping breakfast.