It took six long years for Lani and Richard Eklund to turn this 1865 house, built by the founder of this Central Valley town near Lodi, into the B&B of their mutual dreams. But oh, the results. Anyone who loves history will appreciate the couple’s efforts to preserve this National Register of Historic Places landmark filled with Civil War–era character. “It really was a simple farmhouse, and you still appreciate how the family lived in the house when you stay here,” said Lani. “And our visitors who come from other parts of the world talk about how they enjoy the same kind of hospitality here that they would have experienced back in those days.”
The brick house on the edge of Lodi wine country is filled with all sorts of period details: three original fireplaces, Douglas fir floors, and beautifully detailed redwood trim and doors. While all of the rooms have their charms, try the secluded Water Tower Suite for the ultimate couple’s escape. From your hideaway, snuggle up in the window seat and look out across property’s English-style gardens. If you can drag yourself away, head to a nearby winery (the closest is just a half-mile away), pick up a bottle of something tasty, then come back to toast the sunset from your suite’s private deck.