For people watchers, the front porch is the prime spot to watch the world go by at this 100-year-old B&B in historic Portsmouth. If you're lucky, rescue dog Jack may join you for a moment; his companionable personality has made him a key part of the hospitality team here.
For a little more privacy, opt for the hot tub in the back garden.
The Mermaids' Porch has three comfortable rooms, all decorated with treasures from the owners' travels - Thai silk linens, a chandelier from Singapore, Persian carpets, Egyptian papyrus art, Mexican carvings.
Common areas feature a cozy fireplace and a piano for the musically inclined.
Breakfast is from local ingredients, and served at a time of your choosing - starting as early as 4:30 for early risers, until as late as 10.
The Mermaids' Porch gets excellent reviews
and Yelpers love them
, both for owner Dawn's commitment to a memorable guest experience as well as for the inn's prime location in the "Historic Triangle" of Yorktown, Jamestown, and Colonial Williamsburg.
Nearby wineries include downtown Norfolk's Mermaid Winery
, Pungo Ridge Winery
south of Virginia Beach, Hampton Roads Winery
in Suffolk, and Williamsburg Winery
, which also offers casual dining at Gabriel Archer's Tavern, as well as a high-end restaurant at their on-site inn.
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