At the turn of the 20th century, Philadelphia’s moneyed elite moved west across the Schuylkill River to spread out in magnificent mansions epitomizing Victorian style. The Gables Bed & Breakfast is set in one of these homes, an immaculately restored 1889 red-brick mansion on a leafy plot near Clark Park. Among the Gables’ charms are local chestnut and cherry woodwork, oak floors with mahogany, ash, and cherry wood inlay, and a wraparound front porch shaded by Norway maple, Japanese cherry, crab apple, and magnolia trees. A hearty breakfast is included, and the city’s No. 36 trolley runs right down the street, providing easy access to Philadelphia 30th Street Station and Center City.
The home’s history includes a stint as a Jesuit residence hall, and the 10 guestrooms are larger than might be expected, with modern bathrooms. Each is done in Victorian style with period wallpapers, jewel tones, brass beds, and antique furnishings; three rooms have fireplaces.