The first thing guests often notice at Brayton is what's missing: There are no antiques, country quilts, crocheted lace or frilly shams at this 1867 cream brick bed-and-breakfast. Innkeeper Nicole Brayton aims to offer all the luxurious appointments and thoughtful details of a traditional B&B without any country-style decor (her personal turnoff). Instead, she’s selected reproduction furniture instead of antiques to encourage guests to make themselves comfortable. Rich paint colors, cozy pellet stoves and leather furniture also set a homey yet posh tone.
The Belle Suite is the most popular choice for couples; it offers a majestic king bed topped with piles of pillows, silky-smooth linens, a spacious whirlpool tub and a seating area with an unobtrusive TV. Caramel nut brownies at bedtime offer a taste of Nicole’s culinary skill to come; in the morning, guests feast on delicious fare like baked oatmeal with strawberries and yogurt, raspberry sherbet with tart apples and oranges, and savory potato quiche. Nicole keeps careful notes so she never serves repeat guests the same breakfast twice, unless they request it. Rooms start at $89, and the family suite that takes up most of the second floor can sleep up to six guests ($250 to $299).