Sunday, January 17, 2016

Top 10 U.S. B&Bs of 2015 Award by

Burlington's Willis Graves Bed and Breakfast Inn has been named one of the "Top 10 U.S. B&Bs of 2015" by popular travel website, This marked the 11th year in which has selected the the country's top ten inns to receive this coveted end-of-year award. Finalists were chosen based on "a qualitative and quantitative analysis of traveler reviews from the past year, and winners were selected by an independent panel of guest judges," the website stated.

Bob and Nancy Swartzel renovated their 1830s Federal homestead next to the Boone County Fairgrounds and opened it for business in 1995. They later made history when they saved a cabin that sat squarely in the middle of a proposed runway at the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, by purchasing it - for $1 - to salvage a second historic landmark. This 1850s log cabin was wrapped in battered white siding and lined with layers of faded wallpaper. Nancy and Bob arranged to have the two hundred and sixteen poplar logs dismantled and hauled on flat bed trucks over four miles to their inn. After two years of reassembly and renovation, their log cabin getaway opened to guests in November 2004. This honor by is a perfect milestone to celebrate their twenty years in business.


Top 10 Winner - Burlington's Willis Graves Bed & Breakfast Inn, Burlington, Kentucky 
"Travelers rave about this B&B's cleanliness, marvelous breakfasts and complimentary snacks, and unparalleled service. In-room features range from fireplaces to hand-carved canopy beds. 'The whirlpool tub was very nice but the show stopper was the steam shower—there are no words to explain how you feel when you take the time to relax in the steam shower,' says a guest. In the morning, choose from a multi-course hot meal or Continental offerings. 'Breakfasts were decadent. I highly recommend the orange marmalade and cream cheese French toast,' says a reviewer."

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