For Sue and me, the search for the perfect small towns is synonymous with the search for a great bed and breakfast. We were small town hopping on our way back from Annapolis, and spent the night at the Chancellor’s House Bed and Breakfast in Bedford, Pa. We were impressed with the home as soon as we pulled up to the curb – and were anxious to see what the interior was like. From the moment we entered the door, it was clear the owners, Lynn and Steve George, put a lot of love, skill and determination in restoring their magnificent 1875 home. The home, rooms and grounds are gorgeous. The home is just a couple of blocks from downtown Bedford. Bedford only has a population of 2800, but it has the variety and type of restaurants and shops you would associate with slightly larger towns.
As much as anything, the appeal and pleasure of staying at a B&B is meeting the owners and sharing their hospitality. It’s what B&B owners and guests have in common – and what brings them together. Lynn and Steve warmly greeted us. They were cheerful and upbeat. We immediately felt welcomed and excited about our choice. We were tired and hungry, so they suggested a restaurant downtown. We had dinner and called it a night.
We learned over breakfast the next morning that Lynn worked at Carnegie Melon and Steve was the former architect for the city of Pittsburgh, Pa. They originally had a get away farm in Bedford, but when they retired they bought the Chancelor’s House and spent eight years restoring it. In addition to the Chancellor’s House, they are both stay very active. Lyn still travels to Pittsburg, while Steve is active on a number of boards in Bedford – and is involved a long lists of civic initiatives that include establishing a new 8 mile regional bike path and a new museum.