The Coppersmith Inn
I have always wanted to stay at a Bed & Breakfast because they fully embody old world charm to me. It came as no surprise that my stay at The Coppersmith Inn was one of wonder and merriment, but I was still so excited! After winning tickets to the #BlogElevated Conference (yaye twitter contests!) in Galveston, TX, I contacted Ellen, the innkeeper, and she was gracious in providing me a room for the time that I was there. Arriving in Galveston alone was beautiful. When I turned down M Street and finally saw The Coppersmith Inn in person, I was like “yaaaasss, historic architecture in all of its glory! Let me take a picture!” I obviously proceeded to
gather beautiful portraits stage some photos for y’all. This beauty is over 120 years old and still looks splendid. The in-depth history can reviewed at the coppersmithinn.com.
Why choose a Bed & Breakfast?
A Moment Frozen In Time
- Many Bed and Breakfasts (BnBs) are housed in historic homes or buildings, and it feels like you’ve stepped into the past as soon as you open the door. It is sort of like some Doctor Who, wibbly wobbly timey wimey stuff is going on. (For non-Whovians, Doctor Who is one of the longest running television shows, and it is about a “time lord” who travel all throughout time, saving us humans. It is by far my favorite show.) For history lovers, staying in a BnB exposes you to a home with a rich history and to furniture that was hand-crafted by someone at a time when it was normal for each piece to be uniquely made. For anyone wanting to stay at a BnB, history geek or not, the history of a BnB sets the stage for a unique experience that can only be had at the particular BnB that you are in.
Comforting and Unique
- There are no chain BnBs. Most bed and breakfast are operated by one person or a family that lives on the property. This makes your experience there truly one of a kind. As you go to find your room, you won’t get lost along the identical corridors with engraved number plates attached to the door. You’ll meander through the home, make your way to a unique door, maybe with an old skeleton key that you insert into the lock to reveal a room with its own character and style. The Heather’s Rose Room that I stayed in at the Coppersmith Inn was painted in different rose tones, with decorative painted flowers adorning the wall. The bedding was a soft sage hue, and lace curtains delicately covered the windows. The head and footboard were definitely the statement pieces of the room with their intricately carved details along the top, and the decorative panels contained painting-like and carved floral designs. Do you think you can find a room like this on your next big hotel stay? Me thinks not.
Learn more about the location you are visiting.
- At a BnB, you are basically lodging at someone’s exclusive home, and they know all about the city. This is your innkeeper. Your innkeeper can let you know all of the secrets of this town, all the events going on, and the best places to visit. The human mind and experiences will always trump google (and I love me some google, y’all). Ellen told me things about the city that doing a quick search on google couldn’t teach me. For instance, there was a shrimp festival going on while I was in town. Also, every December the historic Strand district puts on a Charles Dickens festival and people dress up to reflect the fashion that was prevalent during his lifetime. Dress up, you say? It’s like a second Halloween, and I love dressing up for that! It is around the time of my birthday, so that would be an awesome reason to go back and experience Dickens on the Strand.
What’s better? The bed or the breakfast?
- A good innkeeper makes it hard to decide. Not to knock any innkeepers out there that may have simple breakfasts or maybe even catered breakfasts, but Ellen put her foot in this food! For those that don’t know the “foot in the food” saying, it means she gave it her all; it was delicious! Now the bed – it was a vintage, feathery masterpiece. That room was so cozy, y’all. I couldn’t decide if I wanted to lounge on the love seat and reflect (ahem, pose), sit upright in the chair and ponder life (excuse me, pose), lie out across the bed and watch movies, or enjoy the armoire (still posing, y’all). To answer whether the bed or breakfast was better.. well, did the eggs for breakfast come first, or the feathers from the chicken? (No chicken feathers were used in the beds haha). Alls I know is that the food was scrumptious to taste, and the room was amazing to see and retreat into.
Staying at the Coppersmith on was more than having a bed to rest my head in while away from home for a conference. It provided an adventure of exploring a historic home, meeting and dining with new folks as if we were family, and learning so much about the city of Galveston through Ellen. If you plan on making Galveston your next destination, give Ellen a call or send a request via The Coppersmith Inn’s website to reserve your experience. More pictures will be posted on my stay there soon.
The holidays are coming up. Instead of booking your normal, run of the mill hotel, try to find a bed & breakfast! You won’t regret the experience.
Check out my Philosophy of Travel. Have you ever stayed at a bed & breakfast? Do you want to stay at one now after hearing about the Coppersmith Inn? Tell me about it in the comments below!
Disclosure: I received a free stay at The Coppersmith Inn in exchange for writing a review, but all opinions are my own. I loved it, y’all.