Tax sea­son is here which means many of us will have a few extra dol­lars to invest in a qual­i­ty respite from every­day life. The sum­mer months are a short and cher­ished time of year, so I intend to spend a few of those dog days where I can kick my feet up at a black-owned home-away-from-home. If you’ve nev­er stayed at a bed and break­fast, here’s what you can expect: A home-like atmos­phere where only break­fast is served and the inn-keep­ers are on hand to ensure you are well looked after. While you can prob­a­bly locate a bed and break­fast near any major city, only a hand­ful of them are black-owned. The fol­low­ing list includes black-owned bed and break­fast spots that have a 5-star rat­ing on Trip Advi­sor. For more options see this list pro­vid­ed by the African Amer­i­can Asso­ci­a­tion of Inn Keep­ers.
 Cap­tain Far­ris House

This beau­ti­ful bed and break­fast is ide­al­ly locat­ed on mid Cape Cod in the his­toric Bass Riv­er Vil­lage of South Yarmouth. The Cap­tain Far­ris House is list­ed on the Nation­al Reg­is­ter of His­toric Places.  Beau­ti­ful­ly restored, this cir­ca 1849 Cape Cod Bed and Break­fast Inn is beau­ti­ful­ly fur­nished with antiques and ele­gant win­dow treat­ments reflect­ing romance and a peace­ful­ness of an ear­li­er time.

room3bedroomIMG_3653Phoebe White Sitting Room

What oth­ers are say­ing:

“If you want to tru­ly relax in beau­ti­ful sur­round­ings and be treat­ed like a celebri­ty, check in to the Cap­tain Far­ris House in South Yarmouth. I have been a guest numer­ous times and it feels like home to me. Break­fasts are excel­lent, and the inn and rooms are immac­u­late. They are locat­ed close to beach­es, antiques, enter­tain­ment, and won­der­ful restau­rants.”

The Inn of Trea­sured Mem­o­ries

Make your­self at home at this ele­gant Cape Cod bed and break­fast inn. Enjoy the on-site resis­tance pool or take a leisure­ly ride on one of the near­by bike trails. All of the ameni­ties of home await you in your pri­vate quar­ters or you can choose from one of the inn’s sev­er­al sit­ting rooms to relax or read undis­turbed.

inn-of-treasured-memories inn-treasured-memories-pool inn-treasured-memories-bed

What oth­ers are say­ing:

“This lit­tle gem is a real find. Only three rooms to let, so you may not be able to get a book­ing. But if you do, you’re in for a real treat. This prop­er­ty was built in 2007, so it does not suf­fer from some of the aging prob­lems you will find in oth­er places on the Cape. Our accom­mo­da­tions were great! Qui­et room on the sec­ond floor, satel­lite TV, free WiFi, Sleep Num­ber bed and very atten­tive hosts. Jane and Hank made us feel like fam­i­ly there for a vis­it rather than just anoth­er pay­ing cus­tomer. Get Hank start­ed on the Tuskegee Air­men and you’re in for a long, fas­ci­nat­ing dis­cus­sion on WWII his­to­ry. They are great peo­ple and it’s a great place to hang your hat while you’re explor­ing the Cape.”

Oaks Bluffs Inn

The Oak Bluffs Inn is a per­fect place to stay while vis­it­ing Martha’s Vine­yard. The Inn is locat­ed at the top of the main street in town direct­ly across from the two finest restau­rants on the island. The har­bor and beach are a five minute walk down the street, past many shops and restau­rants. The Inn has nine bed­rooms, all with pri­vate bath, air con­di­tion­ing and includ­ing a con­ti­nen­tal break­fast.

room1 Room7 Room3

What oth­ers are say­ing:

“My hus­band and I spent 2 nights in Sep­tem­ber at the Oak Bluff Inn and it couldn’t have been bet­ter. Erik and Rhon­da were very wel­com­ing and will­ing to help with any­thing. When we arrived, Erik upgrad­ed us to the 3rd floor suite which was unbe­liev­able and made our stay even bet­ter. Due to my lack of research­ing, I was pleas­ant­ly sur­prised when arriv­ing in Martha’s Vine­yard via fer­ry that the Inn was just a cou­ple of blocks from the dock. I HIGHLY rec­om­mend the Oak Bluffs Inn and will be back!”

New York
Akwaa­ba Man­sion

Akwaa­ba is a beau­ti­ful­ly restored 19th cen­tu­ry man­sion in the Stuyvesant Heights neigh­bor­hood of Brook­lyn. Only 15 min­utes from Man­hat­tan, it stands along side some of the most remark­able brown­stones in the city. Enjoy refresh­ments under the chest­nut tree in the seclud­ed gar­den or unwind in the jacuzzi in your room. And indulge your­self fur­ther with a mas­sage in the pri­va­cy of your room.

Screen Shot 2016-04-07 at 7.26.49 AM Screen Shot 2016-04-07 at 7.26.22 AM akwaabany-bed

What oth­ers are say­ing:

“After search­ing high and low for a venue that would work with mul­ti­ple ven­dors and with a clas­sic feel I walked into akwaa­ba and was awe struck. This is a gor­geous edwar­dian style venue with almost all orig­i­nal fix­tures. It felt unique yet not pre­ten­tious or over­done. The size is per­fect for for small inti­mate events like my wed­ding of 60 ppl. There was no need to dec­o­rate because the decor was enough. Last but not least the staff was so nice and accom­mo­dat­ing they were so awe­some that my fam­i­ly made friends with them. Eas­i­est to work with in my expe­ri­ence. Monique is such a love­ly gor­geous per­son and made this an easy and fun wed­ding for us.
We will come back for some stay­ca­tion in the future! (again so sor­ry about the bro­ken win­dow) we loved you guys. If I could I would give the place 100 stars.”

South Car­oli­na

Thee Matri­arch Bed & Break­fast

This love­ly 100 year-old Vic­to­ri­an inn is locat­ed in the heart of Orange­burg, South Carolina’s down­town. Each of the eight rooms is named for women who have touched the lives of the own­ers. Beau­ti­ful­ly restored, it can accom­mo­date events from busi­ness retreats to fam­i­ly reunions or even  wed­dings.

thee-africa thee-parlor  thee-new-room

“Thee Matri­arch Bed & Break­fast was a beau­ti­ful expe­ri­ence for my hus­band and I. It’s total­ly worth going to with all the events and to just go and get away from every­thing to tru­ly enjoy your­selves. The own­ers Rachelle and Fred Holmes are every­thing hosts should be at all places. We strong­ly rec­om­mend that every­body should try it, no mat­ter the event and feel wel­comed and com­fy as anoth­er place to call home. We recent­ly had the, “Jazz It Up Suite” and its beau­ti­ful and every­thing you would hope it would be, you won’t regret it. We are look­ing for­ward to vis­it there many more times for events and the oth­er rooms. Rachelle and Fred real­ly brought bet­ter fla­vor to Orange­burg that makes it a more pleas­ant place to vis­it. Please share with every­one you know!”

Mag­no­lia House Inn

Mag­no­lia House Inn is a taste­ful­ly restored Queen Anne Vic­to­ri­an inn locat­ed in the heart of Virginia’s his­toric Penin­su­la. It is the per­fect base for explor­ing the entire South­east­ern Vir­ginia area. Its three large guest rooms are impec­ca­bly appoint­ed and offer the height of lux­u­ry. You’ll enjoy the full break­fast and the per­son­al concierge ser­vice.

magnolia-bath magnolia-bed magnolia-porch

What oth­ers are say­ing: 

“We decid­ed to come to Mag­no­lia House Inn the night before we got there. From the sec­ond we walked in from the time we left we were treat­ed like fam­i­ly. Joyce, Lank­ford, and Rosie were so friend­ly and atten­tive. The break­fast was deli­cious and the house is cozy and com­fy. Will def­i­nite­ly go again soon!”

Ye Olde Manor House

Per­fect for every­thing from a wed­ding to a roman­tic retreat, this 8 bed­room inn offers sanc­tu­ary from you hec­tic life. Our indoor heat­ed pool will reju­ve­nate you and our full made to order break­fast will sat­is­fy you. Our plush gar­dens and out­door spaces will trans­port you to seren­i­ty.

dscn1094.JPG.1024x0 lake-view.JPG.1024x0 ye-pool

What Oth­ers are say­ing:

“My hus­band and I cel­e­brat­ed our 32nd wed­ding anniver­sary with a stay at Ye Olde Manor House Bed and Break­fast. From the moment we were greet­ed by John at the front door we felt com­fort­able and very wel­come. He gave us a tour of the entire house and premis­es and we were imme­di­ate­ly impressed with the many com­mon areas filled with trea­sures. There is a beau­ti­ful indoor pool you can enter through one of these areas! We have stayed at many bed and break­fasts over the years and have nev­er been treat­ed to a beau­ti­ful pool area. Since we were the first to check in for the evening, John showed us each of the guest rooms. They were all beau­ti­ful­ly dec­o­rat­ed and extreme­ly clean.”

For addi­tion­al list­ings be sure to check out this post here , here  and here.

Have you stayed at a Bed and Break­fast? Are you will­ing to try any of these loca­tions?

I’m a Lip­stick-obsessed Jour­nal­ist and Fash­ion Blog­ger. You can find me over on my blog or youtube chan­nel swatch­ing lip­pies and strut­ting around in 5-inch heels. I’m a also a brand coach, spe­cial­iz­ing in video mar­ket­ing and dig­i­tal brand devel­op­ment. Find me @lisaalamode.

Leave a Reply

3 Comments on "7 Five-Star Rated Black-Owned Bed and Breakfasts to Try This Summer"

Notify of
Torrie Christina

Thanks! I came here look­ing for one in Louisiana.


There’s also Picara Pearl Vil­la & Suites Magens Bay in St. Thomas, U.S. Vir­gin Islands.