Spot Light: The Presidents’ House Bed and Breakfast

Motel chains offer something known, and there is some security in that. Like going to eat at McDonalds in a strange place, you know what you will find. If you stay overnight in a chain motel it will not be anything new and it also won’t be anything memorable.

But for the gourmand, the person who savors the flavor of a well prepared meal, the joy of discovering a fantastic local restaurant while on a trip is a treasure. So is the comfort of finding a warm and inviting place to stay.

The Presidents’ House B&B in Catlettsburg, Kentucky is just 3 miles off I-64 in eastern Kentucky close to the West Virginia state line.  It is a perfect location for a romantic interlude for people living in the Kentucky-West Virginia-Ohio tri-state region and makes an excellent stopping place during a long trip or as a special weekend for a reunion. With its vast collection of Presidential memorabilia, wine under the arbor in good weather or by the fireplace in the colder season, and a hearty breakfast to send you on your way, this B&B is priced below the comparable best lodging in the region.

Milt Hankins has always been a Presidential buff and has one of the largest private collections of Presidential memorabilia in the United States. When he and his wife Deborah purchased the B&B in 2002, he used the opportunity to showcase his collection.

Lincoln Loft bedroom

Lincoln bath room

Each room is decorated with the theme of a President, or in the case of the Roosevelt suite, two Presidents. The other guest rooms are named for Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, Jimmy Carter, and John F. Kennedy. Additional memorabilia are on display in the living room, the parlor and the dining room.

Kennedy Room

Carter Bedroom

Wireless internet is available throughout the house and grounds. There is a refrigerator on the back enclosed porch for guests to store items that need cold storage. That is quite a bonus for the traveler who may be using a cooler in their car as well as long-term guests who want to keep their own snacks and drinks available. For more information go to

The Guesthouse has the Jefferson Retreat on the first floor and the Lincoln Loft upstairs.


Once a traveler enjoys several bed and breakfast stays, the concept of owning one often becomes a concept to consider. The availability of working from home and producing an income that permits a flexible lifestyle is appealing to many.

Deb and Milt Hankins got bitten by the “I want to own a B&B” bug when they travelled to Wales, England and Scotland and stayed in many bed and breakfasts. After comparing them and analyzing what the best ones provided, they carefully thought through the demands running this kind of business would have. Their search for a bed and breakfast to purchase was narrowed down to the southeast region and by the amount of money they could invest. They looked for a small town that would be close enough to a highway to attract travelers as well close enough to a city where university and cultural activities would bring visitors. In addition, they wanted to find a location near some industry that brings in regular workers from out of town who would need a long term stay.

They were excited when they found the bed and breakfast for sale in Catlettsburg, Kentucky. The town is small but located between small cities: Ashland, Kentucky and Huntington, West Virginia. Both cities have medical centers and there is an oil refinery nearby as well. Marshall University is in Huntington and that brings reservations on football game weekends as well as for other events. They found the demands of the B&B were not full time, permitting each to get involved in other things. Deb took a job with as a high level problem solver with the local call center and usually works from home. With the space available in the B&B, Milt was able to have a home-based business as a private book seller on  They live in an apartment over the detached garage. 

They both are early morning people, so getting up to prepare breakfasts is not difficult and they enjoy preparing interesting meals that get many positive comments. They love interacting with the guests, sharing stories and hearing the travelers’ trip plans.

However, as much as he hates to admit it, aging has left Milt feeling less energetic and they have decided that it is time for them to sell this business. They both have mixed feelings, as they love the B&B but recognize that it takes more than they can comfortably give it now.

The Presidents’ House Bed and Breakfast is on the market, for sale at $299,000. This is a phenomenal price for a turn-key business. Occupancy is high with many rooms rented long term by visiting workers at the refinery 3 miles away and the hospital in town.  You can read about it on the Showcase website. Check it out! Live the dream!

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