Close to Home Honeymoon Destinations
These romantic, close-to-home bed-and-breakfasts will indulge your need for a getaway—even if you've only got a weekend. (Feb 2015)
Written By: Kristin Luna
Lane Street Inn — Shelbyville, Tennessee
This four-room charmer on three acres in downtown Shelbyville oozes historic character with modern amenities (like Wi-Fi, Netflix, and gaming consoles). Owners Eben and Emily Bryant—Tennessee natives with backgrounds in historical preservation—moved back from Northern California in 2007 to purchase the rundown, abandoned mansion. They spent the better part of three years rehabbing the late-1800s, 7,000-square-foot Greek revival into the grand dame it once was, while maintaining the plaster walls, retaining the ceiling height, and keeping as many original touches in tact as possible.
The large, comfortable rooms are decorated in unique 20th century décor—these are not your grandma’s antiques—with the Frank Sinatra Room being the most requested one. Sinatra's albums line the walls, a red leather settee provides a comfortable place to sit, and other quirky pieces from the crooner's era (like a lava lamp, 1940's phone, and glam Hollywood memorabilia) round out the retro-style space. There’s also the Sammy Davis Jr. Room, the Western-Style Sierra Room, and the Asian-themed Serenity Room; Sammy and Frank can be combined into the Rat Pack Suite for families or larger groups.
The pet-friendly Lane Street Inn is conveniently located near the Celebration grounds, home to the annual national walking horse championships, one of the area's biggest attractions. A night’s stay includes a full country breakfast spread, prepared to order, with Emily’s homemade jams and French toast made from scratch. Rooms from $99; lanestreetinn.com