We stayed at the Vine Cottage Inn this past weekend, and it was such a wonderful experience. My sister-in-law planned a surprise trip to The Homestead for my mother-in-law's 80th birthday, and she wanted us to go and surprise my MIL. We really wanted to celebrate the special weekend with my MIL, but holy moly The Homestead rates are expensive. Not only was the Homestead very pricey at nearly $350 per night after taxes, but that was for a standard (small) room with 2 double beds, breakfast not included. Sheesh. I did some research and realized that the Vine Cottage Inn is literally a stone's throw from The Homestead. Since there was going to be 4 of us including my two young kids, I really wanted a suite so that we didn't have to go to bed when the kids did, and my husband and I really prefer queen size beds. The Vine Cottage Inn had the *perfect* suite for us, complete with 2 queen beds in the bedroom, and a separate living room area. The price even included a home cooked breakfast (The Homestead charges $30 per adult for their breakfast buffet). And best of all the Vine Cottage Inn rate saved us $200 compared to what it would have cost to stay at The Homestead (for a smaller room and no breakfast!). I didn't hesitate to book their large suite, and we could not have been more happy with our stay there. Room #67 had a spacious sleeping area with large closet, and the living area (aka sitting room) was also quite large and even included a dinette table with 4 chairs in addition to a comfy couch and 2 sitting chairs. The decor was so inviting, and I really loved the original solid wood 6 panel doors and old door knobs. So much charm and character, just like the hosts, Jo and Jonah. They were super friendly from the moment we arrived, and we couldn't believe how fancy and delicious the home cooked breakfast was. During breakfast I almost felt like I was at Downton Abbey with everything served in a particular order, LOL.
We are Airbnb hosts ourselves, occasionally renting out our home for local events. But we are total amateurs, whereas Jo and Jonah are true professionals and really know how to run a traditional B&B. But don't worry, they aren't "all up in your business" either, which I think some people worry about when considering whether to stay at a B&B. Once we retired to our suite on the second level we never saw or heard from them. We felt like we had plenty of privacy even when other guests arrived on Saturday. Also, while we were gone for the day on Saturday their housekeeper made our beds, refreshed the towels, and picked up the trash, which was much appreciated. Speaking of the beds, the sheets were soft "like buttah", soooo luxorious. And the housekeeper makes those beds so professionally you could bounce a quarter off of them!
The only minor issue we noticed was that the wireless network was super slow, and there is only one TV for guests which is in a shared living room on the second floor. The wifi was so slow that our kids couldn't really stream any Netflix shows on their tablets (yes they are spoiled). But I had a feeling that might the case before leaving for our trip so I downloaded a handful of Amazon Prime movies for our kids, which they were able to watch without wifi. And luckily there is excellent Verizon coverage at the Inn, so I was able to turn my phone into a "hotspot" and hubby and I were able to stream Netflix on my laptop using my phone's data. The living room just outside our suite was very nice and my husband confirmed it had a "smart tv". But at night I wanted to relax in my PJs in our private room, and not potentially be sharing a TV with another guest (although I don't think the few other guests ever used that living room either while we were there).
Anyway, in closing I just want to say that if we are ever in Hot Springs again, we will definitely stay at The Vine Cottage Inn again! It's a super short drive to The Homestead (like 3 minutes) and we were able to park in the Homestead top parking lot and walk down so no fee to park. Once you are inside The Homestead, nobody will ever know you aren't a guest there. We hung out there all day on Saturday and never felt like it was obvious we weren't guests there because there are a ton of sitting areas all throughout the hallways not to mention a couple of eateries and an arcade for the kids.
Thank you Jo and Jonah!