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OVERNIGHT SUCCESS: 1-95's High Road

By Carolyn Spencer Brown
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, September 7, 1997; Page E04
   


The annual I-95 winter pilgrimage to points south needn't be a blur of highway motels with psychedelic bedspreads, instant coffee in Styrofoam cups and the dubious achievement of memorizing the entire menu at Denny's.

For those who prefer the bed-and-breakfast experience -- but who find themselves having to stick pretty close to I-95 -- the Snobird Inn Route, a consortium of 17 B&Bs located hard by that joyless stretch of highway from Boston to St. Augustine, Fla., offers some relief.

Most of the inns, which range in style from Queen Anne to Victorian, are no more than five minutes from an I-95 exit (two exceptions: the B&Bs in Beaufort, S.C., and St. Augustine, both a bit farther afield). Plus they're flexible about guests who want their breakfasts at the crack of dawn because they have to get back on the road.

While the group's Web page, http://www.ctg.net/snobirds, features all the inns, there is no central booking number; you have to call each property to make inquiries or reservations. The site features drawings of the properties, descriptions, amenities and, sometimes, directions from the highway.

Some furnish e-mail links, others phone numbers. You can request a Snobird brochure -- handy to keep in the glove compartment -- from participating inns. Or call Juliette Swenson (1-888-733-0505), who coordinates the effort from the Owl & the Pussycat bed and breakfast outside Richmond.

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