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James Lee House in Memphis TN
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6 Dreamy Tennessee B&Bs

When you reserve a stay at these bed & breakfasts in Tennessee, you're not just booking a room, but an authentic experience.

 As you explore the state's big cities and rural areas, you may want to find yourself in a cozy bed & breakfast where you can experience first-hand the authentic hospitality that permeates the state. You'll want to book your next getaway around these establishments next time you're traveling in Tennessee.  

East Tennessee

Whitestone Inn - Kingston

As soon as you arrive at Whitestone Inn in Kingston, with its 360 acres that's home to wildlife, horses and cattle located on the shores of the 39,000-acre Watts Bar Lake, decompress, breathe in some fresh air, and get ready for a peaceful retreat. Check into one of the 22 rooms with whirlpool tubs, comfortable beds and a country breakfast. Play horseshoes, take a walk, play shuffleboard or swing in the hammock. Whitestone Inn is located at 1200 Paint Rock Rd., Kingston, TN 37763.

Mountain Harbor Inn - Dandridge 

Drink in the views of Douglas Lake resting against the Great Smoky Mountains each morning in this diamond-rated bed and breakfast. The Inn is situated so close to the lake, you can dock your boat (or boat rental) and simply walk back to the Inn. All suites include a romantic sunset cruise, candlelight dessert, and a homemade breakfast. Mountain Harbor Inn on Douglas Lake is located at 1199 Highway 139, Dandridge, TN 37725.

Middle Tennessee

Thistletop Inn - Goodlettsville

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Constructed by Braxton Dixon who built properties for the likes of Johnny Cash, Trisha Yearwood, Roy Orbison and others, Thistletop Inn features timeless elegance in the repurposed timbers, limestone hearths and stones from 200-year-old farmhouses. The Highland House is a guest cottage full of original artwork, living and dining room, a fully-equipped kitchen and a walk-in shower with a stained glass panel from a local artist. The Avalon House is a one-bedroom with a king bed, Gilchrist & Soames toiletries, a walk-in shower and front and back deck with gorgeous views. Thistletop Inn is located at 1284 Hitt Lane, Goodlettsville, TN 37072.

Caroline House - Nashville

The Caroline House is a circa 1921 boutique inn near the 12South neighborhood in Nashville. Kick off your stay with the welcome champagne and 24-hour house snacks and beverage, Italian Frette linens and  Triple Sheeting, locally made essential oil bath products and complimentary breakfast from one of the neighborhood eateries: Box - Bongo + Bakery on 10th, 8th and Roast, Holler & Dash, Frothy Monkey and Five Daughters Bakery - 12SouthThe Caroline House is located at 906 Bradford Ave., Nashville, TN 37204.

West Tennessee

James Lee House - Memphis

Beautifully-decorated suites with grand architectural details can be found when you book a Memphis stay at The James Lee House, built in 1848. You'll feel the house exudes opulence with its mid-19th century details of marble mantels, shaped moldings and plaster ceiling medallions. James Lee House is located at 690 Adams Ave., Memphis, TN 38105.

The Stratton House - Collierville

Built in 1859, the Stratton House's in Collierville original character has been preserved and now guests can thoroughly enjoy modernity coupled with the antique touches that flow through each room. Reserve The Grey Room and you get a walk-in closet, a free-standing clawfoot tub and separate shower and a king-sized bed with large windows overlooking the backyard. The Blue Room with its original hardwood floors and gas fireplace and The Yellow Room featuring fireplaces in both the bedroom and bathroom and cheery bed décor are also available. The Stratton House is located at 198 Natchez St., Collierville, TN 38017.