Alexander Rodgers, a Scottish immigrant, built this charming five-bedroom, 5,500-square-foot Queen Anne mansion in 1877. Prior to opening a local sawmill, Rodgers created the Rodgers Iron Manufacturing Co., the first foundry of its type. He lived in true Victorian style, and the current Port City Victorian Inn owners Barbara and Fred Schossau have taken pains to restore and preserve many of the property’s original details. They’ve also compiled a scrapbook detailing the home’s history, including an impressive collection of photographs.
The inn is elegant, with handsomely decorated guestrooms to fit different sensibilities. Pretty canopies drape some beds, masculine nautical themes adorn others, Jacuzzis and fireplaces warm others. Several sitting areas, private decks and a large front porch give guests plenty of space (more than at many other B&Bs) to spread out. Those who want to interact with other travelers have that opportunity over breakfast with the owners at two large, elaborately appointed dining tables. Meals are basic B&B fare along the line of egg casseroles, coffeecake and fresh fruit.
Room rates range from $160 to $235 in peak summer season.