Lodg­ing With Bed­time Sto­ries

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Settle in with great and quirky books at some of our fa­vorite read­ing spots. Bed, and of­ten free break­fast, in­cluded: K There has been a “work­ing li­brary” at Ari­zona Inn (2200 E. Elm St., Tuc­son, 800-933-1093, www. ari­zon­ainn.com) since it was built in 1930 by Ari­zona’s first fe­male U.S. rep­re­sen­ta­tive, Isabella Green­way. The col­lec­tion has ex­panded dur­ing gen­er­a­tions of fam­ily own­er­ship. Isabella’s great-grand­son, Will Conroy, has been fill­ing the shelves with fiction and po­etry by writ­ers loved by his late fa­ther, Frank, au­thor and di­rec­tor of the famed Iowa Writ­ers’ Work­shop for nearly 20 years.

Conroy has dis­cov­ered that read­ers rarely walk off with the inn’s books; those who do usu­ally send them back with apolo­gies. “It seems ci­vil­ity lives on among book lovers. Ev­ery time I get con­fir­ma­tion of this out here in the desert, I feel good and think of my dad,” Conroy says. Dou­ble rooms range from $169 to $319 per night. K Frank Conroy’s in­flu­ence is present, too, at the Co­ralville Mar­riott Ho­tel and Con­fer­ence Cen­ter in Co­ralville, Iowa (300 E. Ninth St., 319-688-4000, www.mar­riott. com). Ad­ja­cent to the Univer­sity of Iowa, the ho­tel’s Iowa Writ­ers’ Li­brary has books by au­thors who have taught or stud­ied at the school’s Writ­ers’ Work­shop, from Robert Penn War­ren to Michael Cun­ning­ham, win­ner of the 1999 Pulitzer for “The Hours.” Dou­ble rooms range from $109 to $259. K Bougainvil­lea House in the French Quar­ter (924 Gov­er­nor Ni­cholls St., New Or­leans, 504-5225000, www.1822Bougainvil­lea. com) cat­a­logues fiction and non­fic­tion with New Or­leans themes, and publi­ca­tions on Hur­ri­cane Ka­t­rina, which this pop­u­lar B&B — some­times booked months in ad­vance — sur­vived in­tact. Dou­ble rooms be­gin at $125. K Across Lake Pontchar­train, in the col­lege town of Ham­mond, La., Hughes House (300 N. Holly St., 985-542-0148, www.hugh­esbb. com) has signed vol­umes by writ­ers, in­clud­ing Eu­dora Welty. An eclec­tic mix in­cludes books on book­bind­ing, furniture, porce­lain and sil­ver, early Amer­i­can cut crys­tal and the Ori­ent. (“My hus­band in early years was a mer­ce­nary in the Chi­nese army,” ex­plains innkeeper Lee Collins.) Dou­ble rooms be­gin at $95. K All rooms at the Sylvia Beach Ho­tel (267 NW Cliff St., New­port, Ore., 541-265-5428, www. sylvi­abeach­ho­tel.com) are named for fa­mous writ­ers. The ho­tel over­looks a beach, but not a beach named Sylvia. The ho­tel is named af­ter the Sylvia Beach who was the con­fi­dante of Hem­ing­way, Fitzger- ald and other Amer­i­can writ­ers who gath­ered at her Paris book­shop, Shake­speare & Co. The clifftop ho­tel’s “Clas­sics” rooms honor the likes of Mark Twain, Agatha Christie and Co­lette with ap­pro­pri­ate books, and have decks and fire­places. “Best Sell­ers” rooms face north with views of the sea and a light­house and books by Jane Austen, Alice Walker and oth­ers. There’s cof­fee in a book-filled Read­ing Room; din­ner is served in the Ta­bles of Con­tent restau­rant, where menus list dishes in chap­ters, not cour­ses. Dou­ble rooms range from about $68 to $183. K Linda Green­law, Stephen King and other Maine-based writ­ers, past and present, are at home in the li­brary of the Berry Manor Inn in Rock­land, Maine (81 Tal­bot Ave., 800-774-5692, www. berry­manorinn.com). This his­toric house near the har­bor also has a vin­tage set of Nancy Drew mys­ter­ies and its own vol­un­teer li­brar­ian, a reg­u­lar guest who or­ga­nizes the li­brary by topic and au­thor and puts the books she likes best in prom­i­nent po­si­tions. Dou­ble rooms range from $115 to $360, de­pend­ing on room size and sea­son. K Rooms at the Fin­ger Lakes re­gion’s De­sired Haven Bed and Break­fast in Bloom­field, N.Y. (9138 Dug­way Rd., 585-624-3904, www. de­sired-haven.com) are stocked with books keyed to guests’ in­ter­ests. ( You’ll be asked when you book a room.) Innkeeper Lianna Houck also de­ploys “old Life mag­a­zines, chil­dren’s books dat­ing to the early 1900s, silly joke books, even an old 1950s McCall’s pat­tern book.” Suites, for two to four, are $195 or $225. K Buf­falo’s Beau Fleuve Bed & Break­fast Inn (242 Lin­wood Ave., 716-882-6116, www.beau­fleuve. com) takes a cue from the city’s Frank Lloyd Wright ar­chi­tec­ture. Books on Wright and the Arts and Crafts move­ment ac­com­pany vol­umes on the Erie Canal, his­toric Buf­falo and Vic­to­rian houses. Guest room books are ge­o­graph­i­cally as­sorted: Joyce in the Ir­ish Room, the do­ges of Venice in the Ital­ian Room, etc. Dou­ble rooms range from $105 to $145. K Near the Sa­can­daga River, the Saratoga Rose Inn and Restau­rant (4136 Rock­well St., Hadley, N.Y., 800-942-5025, www. saratog­a­rose.com) de­votes much of its li­brary space to travel lit­er­a­ture, but a lot of ec­cen­tric stuff, too, such as 100-year-old how-to books. Dou­ble rooms range from $165 to $205. K Art is the fo­cus of the li­brary at the Greenville Arms 1889 Inn (Routes 32 and 81, Greenville, N.Y., 888-665-0044, www. greenvil­learms.com). The site of the Hud­son Val­ley Art Work­shops, the inn has col­lected sev­eral hun­dred vol­umes on art, in­clud­ing signed copies by many who have taught there. Dou­ble rooms range from $115 to $235.

— C.M.

ARI­ZONA INN

The ex­ten­sive li­brary at Tuc­son’s Ari­zona Inn.

GREENVILLE ARMS 1889 INN

Books at the Greenville Arms 1889 Inn fo­cus on art.

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