I have really embraced Bed & Breakfasts over the past few months. I've started to appreciate their history, decorations, atmospheres and the people who own them. I stayed in my first B&B in December when my friend and I ran our half marathon and my second B&B experience was later in December when The Farmer and I took a road trip to Branson, MO for the weekend (not sure I would recommend Branson as a whole, I didn't enjoy it very much, but our B&B was very nice). After these two trips, I was sold on staying in B&Bs for all of my traveling endeavors.
My mom and I decided to take a small trip while my brother was away in Nicaragua on a mission trip. My only requests were: antiquing and one beach day. Mobile, AL fit both of those requests perfectly. It has become one of my favorite places in the United States (not that I've seen all of America, but so far, it's at the top of the list) and we are already planning on coming back in the next few years. After our amazing experience with Maple Grove Inn in Knoxville, TN, we knew we had to find a B&B to stay in while we were on our trip. After a bit of research, we found The Kate Shepherd House.
I'm not sure there are enough beautiful words to describe The Kate Shepherd House. The outside of the house alone makes you think of a storybook, but the owners, Bill and Wendy, and rooms make you feel that you are a part of that story while you stay here. The story behind the house is like none other. After they purchased the house, they began searching through old boxes that belonged to Kate Shepherd and her family that contained old letters, receipts and other records. These records add up to about a hundred years worth of time in this family, giving us all just a small glimpse at this amazing family and the Civil War. After studying the receipts more thoroughly, Wendy and Bill learned that Kate Shepherd was a school teacher who used her house as a boarding school and day school in Mobile. They also learned that there was so much information in the receipts about the Civil War and eventually, these papers that belonged to Kate Shepherd's family proved to be what some call the "King Tut's tomb of the Civil War".
This house is absolutely beautiful and the people who own it are too. Each morning Wendy wakes up and makes some of the best breakfasts for her guests. Her husband takes care of the yard and all of the maintenance around the house, all while being followed around by their cute and friendly dog.
My stay here was phenomenal and I will be coming back someday. I urge you all to consider Mobile, AL as a travel destination and I also urge you to go experience the beauty that is the Kate Shepherd house.