Tabard Inn

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A privately-owned inn that has been in existence since 1922, the Tabard is a good choice for couples or business travelers who don’t like chains. The staff is laid-back, and the decor may remind you of your grandmother’s house.

None of the 40 rooms have TVs or modern amenities. In a quirky charm that extends across the three rowhouses, each guest room is unique, and returning guests often request a favorite. Rooms differ by shape and paint scheme, as well as the furniture style and overall mood. All of the rooms, though, have hardwood floors with patterned rugs, quirky lamps and accessories, artwork, and interesting surfaces and textures. Some rooms have fireplaces, stocked bookshelves, and separate seating areas. A banquet room on the second floor can be used for receptions and family reunions.

A cozy in-house restaurant/bar and a dimly lit lounge fill much of the hotel’s first floor. The Tabard Inn restaurant has a funky, lived-in vibe and is renowned for its weekend brunch doughnuts and esoteric cocktails. Its weekend brunch, which runs until 2:30 pm, is quite popular among locals, especially for its garden patio in the summer and lounge fireplace in the winter.

The inn is a great value, considering breakfast—the menu is quite extensive—is included in the room rate. Weekend brunch, however, is not included in the room rate, and reservations are recommended. You can visit the restaurant site here. On Sunday nights, there’s live jazz.

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