Best Bed & Breakfast - 2005
Park Avenue Mansion
Kathy Marks-Petetit and Michael Petetit only got into the bed & breakfast business three years ago, but after just one night in their plush Park Avenue Mansion you'd swear they'd been at it for thirty. Kathy, an artist, proffers gourmet brunches that look and taste lovely, while Michael, an IT consultant, plays a sneaky sommelier, unexpectedly leaving a spot of wine in your mini-fridge. Every amenity, from the hidden courtyard garden to free wi-fi and movies to the Petetits' careful placement of hot tubs and TV/VCRs (you can watch a Cards game under bubbles!), makes it mighty difficult to leave this little palace. Even the pet parrots roaming the property seem to beckon you to stay put, or stay longer. And you can't argue with the price: from $89 to $225. If you feel like wandering, Lafayette Park and the small business district await outside the front door, not to mention the historic neighborhood's stunning residences.