When Dave and I arrived in Columbus, Miss., last weekend, we thought we would spend the weekend at our Aunt Jackie and Uncle Pete’s house just outside of the city. Instead, after eating po boys at Proffitt’s Porch and exploring the Tennessee Williams home and Rosenzweig Arts Center, we stopped in front of a gorgeous yellow house. Jackie handed me and Dave Christmas and birthday cards, and told us our stay at the Painted Lady bed and breakfast was a gift for all the Christmases and birthdays we will be missing in the next year or two or five.
Dave and I had such a fabulous time during our two-night stay at A Painted Lady of Columbus Bed and Breakfast that I feel the need to share it with the world.
The Painted Lady was built in 1890. When Jennifer Miller bought it in 2001, it was unliveable, she told me one morning over breakfast. She expected it to be a 20-year project to make it inhabitable, but she moved in anyway and started doing the renovations mostly by herself, on top of her full-time job. Her husband also worked on the house, she said, and she eventually hired professionals to do some of the major projects. She opened for business as the Painted Lady in 2006, with just a few cosmetic renovations left to finish.
While the outside of the Painted Lady is stunning, the inside will make your jaw drop. The entire place is painstakingly decorated with antiques and elaborate décor. In the library suite, where Dave and I stayed, we even had a stuffed bobcat. Many of the antiques belonged to Jennifer’s mother and grandmother, which she said made her work at the B&B that much more special, because she was surrounded by family every day in the antiques.
Our suite consisted of a sitting room, bedroom and bathroom. The sitting room had a ridiculously large TV, which Dave appreciated. The bedroom had a king-size bed, which I always adore, and Jennifer left Godiva truffles on our pillows each day. There was a vase filled with real flowers on our bedroom mantle, and there were even rose petals scattered on the bedspread when we got there. It would make a perfect honeymoon getaway.
Jennifer was a fantastic hostess. We arrived before the normal check-in time, and she had made arrangements with Jackie for us to be able to get in early. She was really friendly, checked on us several times, refilled the K-cups for our en suite Keurig coffee machine and the toiletries in our bathroom each day. She is a killer cook – we had a cheesy grits and sausage casserole for breakfast the first day, and a blueberry Belgian waffle the second day. Both days we had a “first course” of a yogurt parfait. I have eaten a lot of yogurt parfaits in my lifetime (I love them), and these were literally the best two I have ever had. Not even exaggerating.
So in conclusion, if you are ever looking for a bed and breakfast in Columbus, Miss., do yourself a favor and book a room at the Painted Lady.