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.

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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.

 

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Comté Onion Tart

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

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Alsatian Crustless Breakfast Tarts

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

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Oven-Poached Eggs in Spinach Nests

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

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Baked Eggs with Olives

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

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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.

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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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