The first time that my husband and I ever stayed at a bed and breakfast was in 2001 on a trip to visit my family in New England. The Stepping Stone Inn is a quaint little bed and breakfast in the heart of downtown Salem, Massachusetts. We discovered the Stepping Stone online after planning our trip to Salem. We liked what we saw so we eagerly made reservations to stay there. We are adventurous and will try anything once.
We knew what to expect based on our friends’ past experiences so we were excited. When we arrived we were greeted warmly by the Inn’s owner John and his cat, who amazingly is still alive and greeting visitors at the Inn even today. Our initial impression of the Inn was what we expected; the Inn seemed like it was someone’s home rather than a lodge. Our room was like a bedroom you would find in any home in America with lace curtains, a quilt on the bed and an antique dresser. The Inn was decorated nicely and it was clean.
In the morning John greeted us with a gleeful “Good morning!” and his cat greeted us too. We had a delicious breakfast with all the other inn guests and we came and went as we pleased. The Inn had the personal touch that so many people crave. I think that’s what attracts so many people to bed and breakfasts. They want to feel as if they are at home rather than in some strange city.
John still owns the inn today and he is a wonderful host. We couldn’t have asked for a better host. I got the feeling from John that he loves his inn and really wants his guests to enjoy their experience. I am glad that after all these years he still owns the inn. For bed and breakfast lovers who find themselves wondering around New England, keep the Stepping Stone in mind.
Tourists looking to travel to Salem may recognize the Stepping Stone Inn. It lands in many photographs of Salem, without even trying due to its prime location. The Stepping Stone Inn is located next to the Salem Witch Museum and sits across the street from the most famous statue in Salem; a statue of one of the first settler’s in Salem, Roger Conant. If you are a fan of bed and breakfasts and find yourself travelling to Salem or the Boston Massachusetts area and you want more information about the Stepping Stone visit http://www.thesteppingstoneinn.com.