French Thyme Suite at Hartstone Inn & Hideaway

Camden, Maine

Location: Mere steps from the picturesque harbor of midcoast Maine

The Suite: Talk about a hideaway! This suite has two private entrances plus a private deck with adirondack chairs exclusively for the suite occupants. The airy room is decorated with original artwork, bright flowers and bath amenities scented with fresh herbs, all sweetly inspired by the French countryside and redolent of the beautiful gardens outside your door. A sitting room fireplace and an oversized Jacuzzi tub offer plenty of space for in-room relaxation, though you may just bliss out and forget you’re in the States, not Provence after all.

The Inn: Hartstone is a historic 1835 B&B located in the seaside village of Camden. The inn is well known for its culinary chops, Chef Michael’s cooking school and superb breakfasts featuring local goodies like Maine Lobster Benedict and almond pancakes with fresh-picked, plump summer blueberries.





Mountain Suite at Lucille’s Mountain Top Inn

Nacoochee, Georgia

Location: Deep in the Blue Ridge Mountains of northern Georgia

The Suite: Here, you’ll have two of almost everything: two televisions, two vanities, two sitting areas, even two showers (one rainfall shower indoors and one outdoor copper shower on the private deck). What better place, then, for a romantic getaway for two? Enjoy the sun sinking over the Blue Ridge peaks with your significant other, sipping wine from a nearby vineyard, wrapped in plush bathrobes. The little in-room extras, like fresh flowers and custom soaps, add to the exclusive feel — perfect for a mountain escape that’s as far from roughing it as one can get.

The Inn: Originally operated by an architect (Lucille’s husband, in fact), this luxe inn is all about its Arts and Crafts Style features, including a crow’s nest that provides 360-degree mountain views. Nearby are some of the South’s best wineries and outdoor adventures, from fly fishing to river tubing — but past guests rightfully claim it’s hard to leave the picturesque property at all.





Eaton Square Suite at Abbington Green Bed & Breakfast Inn

Asheville, North Carolina

Location: Ten minutes from the Biltmore Estate

The Suite: Spread out over 750 square feet, two levels and five separate rooms, the Eaton Square Suite is like having an absurdly well-decorated apartment of your own in Asheville. Named for a sophisticated square in Belgravia, London, this suite is likewise packed with upscale amenities: king-size beds with custom linens, a gas fireplace, a 55-inch TV, state-of-the-art double whirlpool tub, a towel warmer, even a full kitchen with crystal and fine china. The Biltmore has nothing on the Eaten Square Suite ...

The Inn: … though the inn was designed by the Biltmore’s on-site architect, Richard Sharp Smith. (Makes sense when you see the award-winning English-style gardens and formal floor plan.) The well-restored inn is now home to eight classically decorated rooms — three of which are dog friendly — and its own pampering day spa.





Caroline Suite at Queen Anne B&B and Spa

Fredericksburg, Texas

Location: Right on action-packed West Main Street

The Suite: With an ebony four-poster king bed at its center, the Caroline Suite is the type of room that looks so relaxing the minute you step inside, you’ll be forgiven for never leaving. Custom silk and velvet bedding, 500-thread-count sateen sheets and down pillows await your full night’s rest while the contemporary white, black and taupe palette calms tired eyes. The indulgent extras continue in the bathroom, with its vessel sink and an antique vanity for your beautification rituals.

The Inn: Consider us thoroughly obsessed with the modern-meets-Victorian design of the Queen Anne, a winning combination of crisp white textiles and plush duvets, wrought-iron furniture and restored wood floors. The inn’s relaxing vibe continues in the garden-side hot tub, an oversized gazebo and the Tranquility Cottage, an on-site massage studio. There’s one more relaxing reason this B&B has a full five stars!





Puerta Cobre at Adobe & Pines Inn

Taos, New Mexico

Location:In the heart of the Southwest

The Suite: This room is situated in its very own casita, complete with private entrance, kitchenette and hot tub. Done up in a warming palette of turquoise, copper and gold and outfitted in Southwestern textiles, the Puerta Cobre has a true sense of place indoors and out. The first gas fireplace can be enjoyed from both the living room and bedroom, while a second fireplace is located next to the bathroom’s oversized jetted tub — a treat for cool desert nights that is, according to the innkeepers, “like being inside one of Taos Pueblo's golden-flecked pots.”

The Inn: You just might think the Adobe & Pines Inn is magical, with its orchard and labyrinth accompanied by the sounds of a trickling stream and clucking resident chickens. As if all that atmosphere isn’t enough, creative Southwest dishes like breakfast migas with green chiles will bring you back to Earth.





Queen’s Retreat at Copperstone Inn

Rockton, Illinois

Location:About 90 minutes northwest of Chicago

The Suite: The Copperstone Inn promises palatial digs — and delivers, with its appropriately named Queen’s Retreat. The private balcony alone is fit for a state visit, facing the Copperstone’s 100-acre expanse of ponds, orchards and rolling farmland. From the rich floral wallpaper to the king-size bed, the sparkling chandelier to the vertical spa shower, the spacious suite has everything you need for a pretty royal stay, plus contemporary amenities like Bose surround sound and an iPod dock, too. Nothing fusty here.

The Inn: The all-suite Copperstone Inn is located in a pristine 1858 limestone farmhouse spanning well over 15,000 square feet in total. Within its spacious walls, guests can make use of a large theater room, private yoga lessons and a mini spa — city comforts that feel right at home in little Rockton.





Master Suite at Gibson Mansion Bed and Breakfast

Missoula, Montana

Location:Tranquility with stunning mountain views

The Suite: This master suite is likely more luxurious than anything you’ve got going on at home. Within the second-floor masters’ quarters, you’ll find an original cast-iron wood-burning fireplace and a private balcony with its own bistro table set for the homemade scones and tea tray delivered fresh to your room each morning. Impressive period antiques like a canopy bed and marble-topped sewing table add to the fancy Old World feel.

The Inn: This turn-of-the-century Victorian manse surprises with a Tesla charging station and other modern conveniences, but it’s the inn’s elegant pedigree, its peony-and-tea-rose-filled garden and the burbling lion fountain that have earned Gibson Mansion such love from past guests. Plus the warm attentions of innkeepers Tom and Nancy (and Peyton the mansion dog), of course.





Tweedledum Suite at Cheshire Cat Inn

Santa Barbara, California

Location:4 blocks from the heart of downtown

The Suite: With its oak-beamed ceilings, English antiques and charming floral wallpaper, the Tweedledum Suite is straight out of a storybook. The private wet bar, walk-in closet and kitchenette make the 500-square-foot suite positively homelike, while the Jacuzzi tub and fireplace are both suitable spots for some reading of your own. Located in the property’s Coach House, the suite faces right onto the romantic formal gardens — even more space for getting lost in a book.

The Inn: As you may have guessed from the B&B’s name (and the suite’s as well, for that matter), the Cheshire Cat has a charming-beyond-words Alice in Wonderland theme throughout its three buildings and gardens. Be sure to stick around for the afternoon social hour there, including Santa Barbara wines and nibbles like curried deviled eggs and fine imported cheese.



—by Dara Continenza