My wife and I stayed at the Bellaire B&B Nov. 28-29 for our third anniversary. Jim and Dave greeted us and showed us the property. We settled in then met in the library for wine (Jim is a real wine guru and made some great suggestions that met our tastes) and snacks. We got to know some of the other guests and meet our hosts in front of a roaring fire. We talked about the local eateries and shopping and what we could expect for breakfast the next day. Terrific wine, food and company. Later that evening we ate at Shorts Brew Pub. GREAT beer selections (I had the Hangin Frank, very fruity) and great food (try the pizza, but beware, they are very big). Live music and a great pub atmosphere.
We stayed in the Tuscany room (its worth it just for the bathroom, the tub is terrific). We had flowers waiting for us (you can see them in the pictures) and were able to relax on a the loveseat and watch a little TV and played a few games (which my wife soundly won). We were both tired from the long drive and we were asleep by 11 pm on the huge bed.
The next morning I was up early and went for a jog around the quaint town of Bellaire. Came back and soaked in a warm jacuzzi then made our way down for breakfast at 9 am. French toast souffle, bacon, pealed grapefruit, blended juices, coffee. Served family style, you simply can't go away hungry. The food was incredible and Dave is terrific about sharing his secrets.
We left that afternoon for shopping in Bellaire (I recommend Sassy Sunflower and Uniquely North, but there are a few other neat places on Bridge St) and Alden (I HIGHLY recommend making the trip there just for the Alden Mill House, but like Bellaire, they have a dozen or so shops that are worth the trip).
We came back to the B&B and crashed for a few hours (complete with fresh cookies by the bedside). We got up later and made our way down for wine and cheese at 5 pm. Later we made our way to Lulu's Bistro for dinner. This place is supposedly the premiere restaurant in the area, but our experience was less than stellar. Jim and Dave rave about the place and from what I could tell the food everyone else got was really good. We both had salads (because we had pizza the night before). I had a Caesar ($6) and my wife had a Cobb ($12). Mine was good, albeit small even for a half order. My wife couldn't eat about 60% of hers because the lettuce was brown and spoiled. We kept pulling the brown lettuce out and setting it on a plate for the waitress to take back to the kitchen, but they never really came to check on us. After I was finished the waitress cleared the table and I asked her to take the spoiled lettuce to the chef, hoping they'd at least take it off our bill since we really couldn't eat it. She said they couldn't because we didn't tell them until after the meal (i.e. they didn't have a chance to fix it). How am I supposed to do that when you never check on us?! We did order a dessert (hot fudge sundae) and it was spectacular (their ice cream is home made). Overall our experience was less than satisfactory at Lulu's ($32 for two salads that we couldn't enjoy and a dessert). Shorts has better service and and atmosphere, go there.
Breakfast the next morning was equally impressive (Dave seems to have fun impressing everyone with his creations). Potato and sausage hash, fruit and yogurt, and THE BEST orange cranberry pull apart bread I've ever eaten. Dave wrapped some up for us to take with us.
The B&B is immaculately clean, the rooms are huge (in the carriage house anyway) and very cleverly designed. The owners are fantastic and the food......oh the food!!! Fantastic. We had a wonderful experience and would definitely recommend you stopping by for a visit.