West Philadelphia Spotlight: The Gables Bed & Breakfast

To step into The Gables Bed and Breakfast is to step back in time. The meticulously restored Victorian is on the edge of Clark Park and a just a stone’s throw from Baltimore Avenue, but it feels a world away from the 21st century hustle and bustle.

The house was first built in the late 1800’s, and when innkeepers Don and Warren first took it over seventeen years ago they immediately set about transforming it to its former glory. It now boasts 10 guestrooms, all unique, and all of which appear to be plucked from the past. Some have claw-footed tubs in the bathrooms, others have carved armoires, wrought iron tables or Franklin stoves. Beds range from four-poster to canopied to brass, all piled high with antique quilts. Of course, they do (secretly!) have all the amenities of modern life as well, including TV’s – tucked away in wardrobes when possible – and wireless internet….
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