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The White Dove Rockotel

148 Tinker Street, Woodstock, NY 12498; 845.306.5419

This inn is one cool little joint nestled in the super hip town of Woodstock. A drive down the main street of this historical village, where the most epic music festival of all time took place just up the road at Max Yasgur’s farm, still sends out a vibe that whispers peace, love and music.

After carefully browsing through several properties available in Woodstock, I chose The White Dove Rockotel based on the all-around character of this accommodation. All the rooms were very tastefully decorated in themes of famous bands/entertainers from the famous “Woodstock” of 1969. I booked the “Garden Room” which celebrated Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young.

All rooms are stocked with turn-tables and vintage vinyl, so after unpacking the bike, taking a bubble bath in an antique clawfoot tub (using the White Dove Rockotel’s stocked signature soap), ordering a New York-style pizza for delivery and getting settled, I morphed from Fashionista into D.J.

The experience was groovy and as full of “love, peace and happiness” as you could get, and the fantastically quirky rooms at The White Dove Rockotel made the experience of staying in this epic town totally over the top.

The rooms are also equipped with iPads which act as Concierge during your stay, directing you to great area restaurants and services, as well as a direct line to the innkeepers in case you need their assistance. Motorcycle parking is easy and convenient.

Unique. Hip. Stocked. I highly recommend a visit to Woodstock and a stay at The White Dove Rockotel to materialize the spirit of the “Aquarian Exposition” of 1969 which changed the history of Rock and Roll forever.

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The White Dove Rockotel



The Bernerhof Inn

342 US Route 302, Glen, NH 03838; 603.383.4200

Great place! This historic property has fantastic amenities, and the owner, Steve, just happens to be a motorcyclist. Win, win! Stemmed from his deep love of motorcycling, Steve has added many fine conveniences to make his fellow 2-wheel travelers feel especially comfortable.

I adored the large jacuzzi tub in my room, and as a special bonus from Steve (due to my frustration on the mixup on reservations – my fault, totally), the ice bucket he delivered to my room also contained a little bottle of whiskey to relieve my anxiety. There’s nothing like a relaxing bubble bath and stiff drink at the end of a long day of riding!

Additionally, The Bernerhof Inn has many cozy public chilling areas, including the Black Bear Pub (libations, and dinner service Thursday-Saturday), fireplace den, computer nooks (complete with Apple computers) and a great wrap-around porch. Steve also has several motorcycling guides and maps to browse through during your stay. The included delicious breakfast was cooked to order and served restaurant-style.

And The Bernerhof Inn is just a few miles away from fantastic shopping for motorcycle products at White Horse Gear in neighboring North Conway, NH!

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The Bernerhof Inn



1750 Inn at Sandwich Center

118 Tupper Road, Sandwich, MA 02563; 508.888.6958

The lovely village of Sandwich in the Cape Cod region of Massachusettes was first settled by Europeans in 1637 and is the oldest town on Cape Cod. Historical sights are plentiful in this village, and a fantastic place to stay directly in the heart of it all is the 1750 Inn at Sandwich Center.

This superb bed and breakfast is nestled in a quaint neighborhood and within walking distance to many fabulous restaurants, shops and museums. The rooms are exquisitely decorated and immaculately clean, yet maintain the charm of an era gone by. The innkeepers, Jan and Charlie, made my two-night stay extremely relaxing and full of good food and wine. Jan’s breakfast epicurean creations were fabulous, and Charlie’s knowledge and penchant for great wines (which he has set out every night for the pleasure of their guests) made the evenings at this lovely inn absolutely divine.

Motorcycle parking was convenient, and Jan and Charlie made sure we had the best spots on the property. Cape Cod, in its own right, was a must-visit destination, and combined with a stay at the 1750 Inn at Sandwich Center, it was purely divine!

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1750 Inn at Sandwich Center

Bar Harbor

Black Friar Inn

10 Summer Street, Bar Harbor, Maine; 207.288.5091

As a kid who was born and raised primarily in Utah (the state with overly breathtaking scenery of its own), I have always longingly peered at photos of coastal Maine, especially Bar Harbor, with a yearning to visit this magical place. During the Summer of 2016 my childhood wish came true, and not only did I finally get to visit my dreamland of Bar Harbor, but I also arrived riding a motorcycle. My soul was immediately delivered to its happiest place.


And I chose a wonderful place, through much research, to lay my head at night – the Black Friar Inn. The essence of this lovely European-style inn culminated into three things – cleanliness, comfort, and Character – that’s character with a capital “C.” The innkeeper, “Friar Tom,” ran a very well-orchestrated operation, but kept the atmosphere cheerful and relaxed throughout the inn, tavern and restaurant. Motorcycle parking was easy and safe, as the Black Friar Inn is located off the beaten path in a neighborhood setting. As I mentioned “European-style inn,” all rooms are on the two floors above the main floor which houses the restaurant and tavern, and the hallways and stairways are fairly narrow. That added to the character of the inn for me.


My 3rd floor quaint room was super clean and comfy, and I enjoyed two really good nights’ rest there. I loved being able to open the windows in my room and breathe in the fresh ocean air. I’m so used to summers in the Southeast where humidity and mosquitos keep our windows closed much of the year. Another great feature of the Black Friar Inn is the location – most everything in the village of Bar Harbor is within an easy walking distance – restaurants, taverns, museums, shopping, groceries, tours, etc. But, if you’re not in the mood to leave the inn or prefer to dine in, you’ve got a fabulous restaurant and tavern all right there.


Breakfasts, which are included in your room rate, are located in the downstairs restaurant and are absolutely fabulous. The menu has a vast amount of choices for breakfast, but my recommendation during blueberry season is their signature Maine Blueberry Pancakes, harvested from blueberries just up the mountain. AMAZING!

My day of departure from this northeastern “Eden” was wistful, but I know Bar Harbor will be on many an itinerary in my future…and each time, I know the Black Friar Inn will be there to welcome me and make me feel like I’ve come home…home to a place that truly stirs my soul! 💋



Mount Pleasant

Old Village Post House Inn

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101 Pitt Street, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464; 843.388.8935

The Old Village Post House website describes their property as “a neighborhood tavern and inn nestled in Mt. Pleasant’s historic Old Village. In feel and decor, it’s as comfortable as your best friend’s home.” They have hit the bullseye on that statement! I stayed at this property to gather material for a story in the BMW Owners News magazine (July 2016). The general manager, Katie Hajjar, was overly accommodating and made sure my stay was completely impeccable. I stayed in the Maverick Suite, 3rd floor – WOW, what a gorgeous and comfortable set-up! I enjoyed a separate living area for sprawling out, and consequently, ended up being an inspirational setting in which to get some writing done.


The bedroom was just as amazing and spacious…I got the best night’s sleep I have had in months.


And, I’m a huge pushover for accommodations that offer up cool, little details. The Old Village Post House is one of those places. After a day of riding in the hot sun, Katie made sure the ice bucket in my room was full along with two bottles of water for this thirsty traveler. And just steps outside my door was an espresso/coffee machine with all the necessary accoutrements offered up.


I also dined at the Old Village Post House restaurant, which was on the first floor, and was treated like royalty…be sure to check out that review below! This property is top-notch, and a great destination for the long-distance motorcyclist as well as all travelers in search of a superb experience. (Be sure to mention you saw this review on the Fashionista’s website for a discount!) 💋

Old Village Post House Inn Restaurant

101 Pitt Street, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464; 843.388.8935

My stay at the Old Village Post House Inn was absolutely fantastic, but pairing that experience with dinner at the downstairs restaurant put this property on my top five list! I was greeted by a very pleasant and classy team of restaurant staff. From the hostess to my waiter to the chef, my customer service experience was outstanding! THIS “welcome” was on my table…

The food was absolutely exceptional. They have a regular menu as well as their evening specialties. I chose my starting cocktail off of their special menu – the Peach Mule – delicious and refreshing! Through the suggestion of my amazing waiter, Jordan, I tried the Fried Green Tomatoes (with pimento cheese, remoulade and watercress) which were also on the evening’s special menu. What a heavenly appetizer! And then for my main entree, I ordered the Sea Scallops from the regular menu which came with cauliflower custard, pea tendrils and parsley butter…OMG! It’s hard to cook a scallop to perfection, but this chef nailed it. Paired with a delicious Cabernet, this meal was ambrosial. I now have a new grading scale for scallop entrees, with this meal being the measuring stick.


The chef was overly accommodating and sent out two different, complimentary tastings to try. One was a traditional Southern Chow-Chow (sweet and tangy relish) and the other a sampling of “Jimmy Red Grits.” These grits are delicious, and also have a story – a traditional native American corn, these heirloom grits from James Island were near extinction (once stolen by bootleggers) and are now making their way back on the tables of a handful of fine dining restaurants in the Lowcounty area. I felt grateful to have tried something so rare. My entire experience at this property was one I will always treasure and talk about. The Fashionista HIGHLY recommends a visit to the Old Village Post House Inn!!! You will not be disappointed! 💋

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