If your perfect vacation includes having a good book, warm fire, and soft bed, then this charming bed-and-breakfast is your dream come true. The brainchild of former Essence editor Monique Greenwood, the 1890s town-house-turned-guesthouse celebrates the richness of African American literature. Each of the rooms is named and decorated in the spirit of one of the genre's greats like Zora Neale Hurston, Toni Morrison, and Walter Mosley—and their prose is always on hand for guests to enjoy. Children over 12 are welcome in the main house; the Writers Retreat apartment can accommodate younger children. Pets are not allowed. Several guests recommend the Langston and Zora rooms.