We love bed and breakfasts and wanted to stay somewhere close to our wedding venues for a quick getaway after our big day. We chose the Rivertown Inn because not only is it a nearby bed and breakfast, but it has luxurious accomodations. We like our bed and breakfasts to come with an in-room whirlpool tub. We also love places with history, and the Rivertown Inn is a historic lumber baron mansion turned modern-day bed and breakfast. The rooms are all named after historic writers.
We decided that it would be most convenient if I stayed at the Rivertown the night before our wedding, but not in our honeymoon suite. I believe Mark’s exact words were, “Oh no, you don’t get to have our big fancy honeymoon suite all to yourself for an extra night.” I stayed in the Christina Rosetti bedchamber, which was smaller and only slightly less extravagant than our honeymoon suite, but had a private bath (and whirpool tub) and a fireplace. I was also served breakfast in bed for the first time, which was super fun because it set the tone for my wedding day.
I must point out that this is not a typical breakfast that they serve. I needed bland food (because of nerves and food allergies) so I asked for eggs and toast — much to the chef’s chagrin. I didn’t want to chance being sick, so I didn’t even eat my mild food allergies the week of our wedding.
The Rivertown’s staff were accomodating and helped me move to our honeymoon suite (early!) to get ready for our day. On the way up, I looked at some of the historic picture books from the 19th century and found this photo of the courthouse we were to be married at in just a few hours from then!
Carriage House Grand Suites
We moved into the Oscar Wilde Carriage House Grand Suite for the rest of our stay. If they hadn’t told us that the carriage house was a new build, I would never have guessed. The architecture and decor were similar to the rest of the house. We brought our photographers to our honeymoon suite to take pictures between the ceremony and reception. It was raining out and we thought we’d take advantage of the fancy digs for some interesting photos.
The room had a huge king-sized bed (which we passed out in immediately upon entering on our wedding night). We watched The Princess Bride here the second night we stayed.
The Oscar Wilde room also had a breakfast nook or card-playing table (both if you’re us). We had breakfast served to us the day after our wedding and went to the main house for breakfast the next day. I will say that the one thing I dislike about B&Bs is other people at breakfast (haha) but the food was really good. They do fancy meals and everything is gluten-free. Gluten-free is kind of sketchy for my food allergies (quinoa and nuts) but they were really good about letting me know what was in everything.
The Oscar Wilde room not only had our whirlpool tub, but it had a huge sauna shower. We didn’t get to enjoy either because we were a little too partied out from our wedding (oops, but totally worth it), but we’re planning on staying here again for our one-year anniversary if we can book that weekend.
Seriously gorgeous! This is a little window nook in the bathroom. And below is the main room with the fireplace, sitting area, and the bed.
All-in-all I loved our stay at The Rivertown and look forward to staying again.
Do you like bed and breakfasts? Do you have any B&B horror stories?
I once stayed at a B&B where the owner insisted upon having her dog sit in the chair at the dining table with the guests. No joke. And I love dogs!