This b&b is a great alternative to chain hotels when visiting Winston-Salem. A beautiful tiger oak paneled foyer sets the tone for a warm and gracious visit. We were greeted by both the owner and manager upon arrival as if we were their personal friends visiting for the week-end. They were happy to share the history of the Henry Shaffner house with archival photos,antiques and a tour which noted the many original decorative features and distinctive lighting fixtures.
Breakfast is served on a sunny enclosed solarium with linen tablecloths,napkins and fresh flowers on each table graced by comfortable chippendale chairs.An attractive buffet of homemade eggs,bacon,and potato gratinee casserole ,as well as fresh fruits,juices ,yogurts and bakery items awaits the guests.The following day we were served Scott's delicious French toast with maple syrup . (He is even willing to share the recipe! Yum!)
Also ,there is no knowledge like local knowledge and Scott was able to tell us the best place to buy a nice bottle of champagne as well as the places not to miss when walking around charming historic old Salem. It was also fun to discuss various restaurants for dinner with someone who has actually eaten at them.
Do try this very gracious and accommodating Inn if you are tired of carbon copy hotel chains. Last time I checked they do not offer complimentary wine and cheese cocktails served by the main fireplace to their guests the way the Shaffner House does!
Richard and Mary C.
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