- 1 North Branch Inn, NY
- 2 Salt House Inn, MA
- 3 Farmhouse Inn, CA
- 4 Snapdragon Inn, VT
- 5 Planters Inn, SC
- 6 The Manor on Golden Pond, NH
- 7 Harvest Inn by Charlie Palmer, St. Helena, CA
- 8 Mirror Lake Inn Resort & Spa, NY
- 9 Rustic Inn, WY
- 10 Weekapaug Inn, RI
- 11 The Inn at Kent Falls, CT
- 12 Baker House 1650, NY
12 Best Inns in the U.S.
Put on your comfiest sweater, curl up with a good read and set up shop in front of the fireplace, because these inns are the perfect spot to hibernate.
North Branch Inn, NY
Venture just two hours north out of NYC, through the Catskills and the old-world hamlet of North Branch, and you'll stumble upon this little husband-and-wife-run treasure. The 19th-century property expertly mixes modern amenities – high speed WiFi, Malin + Goetz toiletries, and a five-course Sunday supper club – with comforting vintage touches – wood-burning stoves, a two-lane, handset wooden bowling alley, and a movie theater replete with seats from Radio City Music Hall. Nine guestrooms are split between two buildings: the Main House and the Library House, and the end of 2016 is set to see three additional rooms open in a neighboring Victorian-style post office.
Salt House Inn, MA
New England is the indisputable heartland of America's most charming boutique inns, mom-and-pop B&Bs, and historic country homes – the Salt House Inn being just one in an endless sea of them. The traditional Cape Cod stay has been around since the 1850s, and in its early existence, it housed salt miners within its weathered cedar shake walls. Today, the connected cottages have received a modern-meets-still-rustic interior facelift. Guestrooms work off of a palette of stark white – from the walls to the white duvets – offset only by warm wooden floors, and curated collections of antique tableware, framed black and white photography, old school instruments, and other period trinkets. Outside the inn, all three miles of Provincetown – or P-town – beckons with art galleries, quaint cafes and seafood joints, and historical must-see sites like the Pilgrim Monument.
Farmhouse Inn, CA
Despite the overwhelming presence of boutique inns along the Atlantic, they're not a strictly East Coast commodity – case in point: Sonoma's Farmhouse Inn. The 25-room property, located just 30 minutes from Calistoga and Napa Valley, attracts visitors from near and far with guestrooms done up in homey, (you guessed it) farmstead-style decor (think: plaid throws and rustic tree limb end tables, all adhering to a neutral palette of white, beige and brown), brightened up by bouquets of fresh seasonal flowers. Beyond its aesthetically-pleasing interiors, the inn also knows a thing or two about food – starting with a nightly turndown service that includes homemade cookies and milk, and ending with the Farmhouse Restaurant, an onsite Michelin-starred, farm-to-table dining experience with killer dishes like peach salad, chanterelle tortellini and wild Alaskan halibut.
Snapdragon Inn, VT
A gateway to New England’s Upper Valley, or the best excuse to hole up away from home, Snapdragon is the quintessential Vermont retreat. Getting here is a cinch for East Coasters, and staying put is even easier. Find a snug spot in the nine elegant guest rooms, in the bright red drawing room, or in the intimate library, next to the fire. You can combine lazy mornings with afternoons out exploring Windsor's eclectic Main Street and quiet Lake Runnemede.
Planters Inn, SC
This southern charmer has all the romantic essentials — fireplaces, four-poster beds and a handsome low-lit bar — that invite serious cozying up. The look is antebellum elegance to a tee, with Elizabeth O'Neill Verner etchings and Audubon prints in the drawing rooms, and heavy floral drapes and reading nooks in the bedrooms. For a memorable meal, start with a glass of bubbly in the Champagne bar, then head to the Peninsula Grill for award-winning New American fare and a slice of the inn's now patented Ultimate Coconut Cake.
The Manor on Golden Pond, NH
This 24-room inn is set on 13 gorgeous lakefront acres and was made famous for its role in the 1981 film, On Golden Pond. Life at the Manor is much as the movie depicts: slow, relaxing and governed by the seasons. In winter, that means hunkering down in the classically styled guest rooms ⎯ complete with working fireplaces and Jacuzzis ⎯ and watching the snow fall across the White Mountains.
Harvest Inn by Charlie Palmer, St. Helena, CA
Napa does a good country inn, but this standout in St. Helena tops our list for its dreamy woodland setting and five unique accommodation options: the Grove, the Manor, the Vineyard, the Fountain and the Harvest Lofts. Manor rooms win the cozy factor, thanks to huge red brick fireplaces, English Tudor-style interiors and an ideal location between towering redwood trees. For seclusion-seekers, Manor Vineyard Fireplace & Spa rooms are your best bet and come with patios overlooking the valley, feather bedding and deep soaking tubs. Room service is available for brunch, lunch and dinner, but it's worth leaving your room for a meal at the Harvest Table restaurant or a treatment in the plush spa.
Mirror Lake Inn Resort & Spa, NY
Cozy doesn't have to mean compact, as this Lake Placid favorite proves. The Old World hideaway packs in 131 rooms, a 5,000-square-foot spa and three restaurants, but retains the intimate vibe and stellar service of a countryside inn. During winter, it's all about the creature comforts: a grand living room with a roaring fireplace, four-poster beds and Mission-style furnishings in the bedrooms and meals-of-a-lifetime at the View restaurant.
Rustic Inn, WY
The breathtaking Wyoming wilderness is on full display at this Jackson Hole inn, just five blocks from downtown. Creekside log cabins all have private decks with Adirondack chairs for watching the locals (deer, moose, elk and more), and interiors are decorated with bright textiles, wildlife imagery and traditional wood furnishings. At night, fire pits light up across the 12-acre grounds and become the evening's main entertainment, along with drinks in the bar and serious stargazing.
Weekapaug Inn, RI
The classic inn gets a modern spin at Rhode Island’s knockout Weekapaug, a splurge-worthy stay overlooking Quonochontaug Pond. The roaring fires and clawfoot tubs, as well as a "no phone or TV" policy in the rooms make unplugging a top priority. What we love best: a resident naturalist is on hand for bird watching sessions and the light-flooded Garden Room has dazzling water views.
The Inn at Kent Falls, CT
Two hours north of NYC, this award-winning inn is like a Martha Stewart spread brought to life. Think giant overstuffed white sofas and arm chairs, time-worn king floorboards, giant log burning fireplaces and an elegant grand piano. Depending on the season, you could spend your days hiking Litchfield County's rolling hills, skiing Mohawk Mountain, antiquing in Kent or fishing on the Housatonic. Book the Lakes Suite for a candlelit soak in the roll-top bath, or, for ultimate privacy, the beamed Gables Suite in the inn's original attic.
Baker House 1650, NY
Set back from the Montauk Highway and within walking distance of East Hampton’s best shops and restaurants, Baker House 1650 is an ideal getaway for every season. The seven bedrooms and suites are individually designed in a house-envy mix of William Morris wallpaper, mullioned bay windows, 17th-century hand hewn wood beams, sleigh beds and antique pedestal sinks. Don't miss a stroll through the gardens, filled with 200-year-old wisteria trees.
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