A Bed-and-Breakfast Weekend at Home

Breakfast,Featured Article,Recipes,Special Occasions
March 18, 2011

No reservations are needed—just a few pampering touches.


Checking into a truly great B&B is like visiting an old friend for a great weekend party. The food is fabulous, the amenities personal and the little touches (which can include everything from an afternoon snack basket to the makings for a mini-spa) make you feel not only welcome, but absolutely indulged. So if you've been planning a girlfriend getaway that never seems to happen or family members who keep threatening to visit but never do, send out the invites and get ready for their arrival in a few simple steps.

  • Stock guest rooms or whatever sleeping accommodations you're providing with fresh linens for bed and bath, a tray or basket of something to nibble on (something sweet and something salty, preferably), water in bottles or a carafe and drinking glasses.
  • Little extras like a book to read or a few sample-sized spa products will score you triple points.
  • Go out to dinner if you like, but serve breakfast at home—everyone milling about in their jammies with a plate of something yummy is part of the fun. Comfort food-style dishes are always a hit, and will send guests packing on a happy, sated note. Here are a few of our favorites.



Comté Onion Tart

Comté is similar to Gruyere cheese and brings nutty, earthy richness to classic cheese recipes.


Alsatian Crustless Breakfast Tarts

Brighten up brunch with these delightfully delicate egg and onion tarts.


Oven-Poached Eggs in Spinach Nests

Prepare the spinach nests up to two days ahead for an easy egg brunch dish.


Baked Eggs with Olives

A stunning brunch recipe featuring Sicilian Castelvetrano olives and buttery toasted breadcrumbs a top creamy baked eggs.


Steak and Eggs with Salsa Verde and Fontina

This diner classic gets a makeover with salsa verde and Fontina cheese.

Egg Salad for the Epicure

Egg salad can be so much more than a pedestrian sandwich spread—it’s a remarkably adaptable mixture able to embrace a whole range of easy additions.


Red Pepper, Egg and Provolone Panini

Egg sandwiches are so satisfying, especially when grilled with melty cheese.

Graham Cracker Cake

Graham Cracker Cake

This big, rustic whole-meal cake is perfect with morning tea or milky coffee.


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