Century House, Nantucket, Massachusetts

A cliffside oceanfront location and a range of artistic and historical touches set this 19th-century inn apart from Nantucket's hotel crowd. The 18 distinctive rooms at the Century House are adorned with antiques, art, books, and flowers. This is the oldest continuously running inn in Nantucket, and original features, such as antique cast-iron fireplaces and pine floors, provide a beautiful glimmer of a bygone era. The innkeepers operate an artist-in-residence program, and every so often guests can rub shoulders with painters staying at the property. Many of thef residences' artworks are displayed on the walls of the B&B.

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Lava Lava Beach Club, Waikoloa, Hawaii

Privacy, proximity to the water and panoramic ocean views are the top draws at Lava Lava Beach Club, where self-catering stand-alone cottages sit steps from the sea. Lava Lava promises an easygoing island ambiance plus a wide range of creature comforts and on-site activities. Cottages have private lanais, free Wi-Fi, king-size beds, kitchenettes and, most importantly, concert-size Koa ukuleles. Complimentary bikes and stand-up paddleboards are available for guest use, and the on-site restaurant hosts live music nightly and offers a fun menu of locally inspired dishes. In keeping with Hawaiian hospitality, staff members frequently surprise guests with gratis appetizers and cocktails in afternoons.

Camano Island Waterfront Inn, Camano Island, Washington

It's easy to get to Camano Island Waterfront Inn. Cross the Camano Gateway Bridge to reach the island, which is about an hour's drive from Seattle—no ferry needed. We suggest you arrive hungry. After all, al fresco farm-to-table dining is a highlight here. Gourmet meals—including the complimentary hot breakfast—feature locally sourced and organic ingredients, including herbs and vegetables picked from the inn's garden. The property sits on a reserved beach in Puget Sound, and all guestrooms have private patios overlooking the ocean. Several rooms even have decks with hot tubs. We can imagine few activities more relaxing than a soak in a private oceanfront hot tub with a glass of local wine.

Tropical Inn, Key West, Florida

For those seeking to stay on famous Duval Street, may we suggest Tropical Inn. It's an effortlessly cool oasis of serenity on Key West's busy, tourist-packed thoroughfare. A robust dining, shopping and partying scene is steps away, but you wouldn't know it while napping in your private cottage or taking a dip in the inn's palm-shaded pool  surrounded with tropical gardens. Reserve the Key Lime Loft and take in cool breezes and sweeping sunset views from your private rooftop deck.

Union Street Inn, Nantucket, Massachusetts

Tucked on a quiet tree-lined street in the town of Nantucket (a short walk from the ferry terminals), Union Street Inn affords a heavenly combination of history and luxury. There's no shortage of New England elegance in this 18th-centure mansion, which was once the home of a whaling captain. Impeccable service, Frette linens, four-poster beds, MALIN+GOETZ bath products, deliver a luxurious island experience, and the gourmet fare is fit for the finest ship commander. Made-to-order breakfast at this Diamond Collection property might include challah bread French toast with Vermont-sourced syrup or blueberry pancakes. In the afternoon, complimentary freshly baked double chocolate brownies are served on the patio.

Channel Bass Inn, Chincoteague, Virginia

Channel Bass Inn is in a fabulous location, and offers lovely guestrooms and a highly acclaimed morning meal that will leave you yearning for the next day's breakfast. After exploring the wildlife refuge on Assateague Island National Seashore or catching a glimpse of the Chincoteague wild ponies, guests can escape to one of the inn's many quiet nooks for a relaxing moment. Have a beverage and some scones, and head outside to the blooming Japanese gardens or to your soundproof room with distant bay views. The inn is about two miles from Assateague Island and a short walk from the bay.

 

 

The Mermaid & Alligator, Key West, Florida

The Mermaid & Alligator maintains an old Key West ambiance with highlights such as a wraparound veranda, French doors (to let in those ocean breezes) and Dade County Pine floors. The inn was the home of a successful lawyer at the turn of the century, and present-day comforts—such as immense soaking tubs and a heated outdoor plunge pool—mingle nicely with tasteful Victorian touches. The property is a short walk from Duval Street and the Hemingway Home and Museum. But be sure to make it back in time for the complimentary 5 o'clock wine hour!

Surf Song Bed & Breakfast, Tybee Island, Georgia

A haven for travelers seeking sea views and on Tybee Island, Surf Song Bed & Breakfast is a historical beach cottage built in the 19th century. So many special little extras impart a welcoming air in this five-room inn by the sea. Beach chairs and towels are available for guest use. And afternoon snacks of fresh baked goods, plus homemade Southern-style breakfasts served al fresco keep travelers fueled for untold island adventures. When not lounging on the beach, guests can unwind by the large in-ground swimming pool or on the wraparound veranda's cozy lounge chairs.

Tucker House Inn Bed & Breakfast, Friday Harbor, Washington

Tucker House Inn is located in historical Friday Harbor on San Juan Island, steps from the Pacific. The oceanfront B&B is in a great spot for whale watching, and nearby hiking trails lead to lighthouses and scenic lookout points along the waterfront. Guests can take advantage of a bounty of inn amenities, including jetted tubs, spacious bathrooms, kitchens (in select rooms) and freshly baked cookies served in the afternoon. Kayaks and bikes with helmets are available for guest use. One of the best perks: A complimentary three-course breakfast featuring dishes crafted with sustainable ingredients—such as lemon ricotta pancakes, and local Italian Sausage with spinach, basil and Italian cheeses—greets guests every morning.  Grab a copy of the inn's cookbook in the gift shop!

Metivier Inn, Mackinac Island, Michigan

There are no chain stores on Mackinac Island, and a local ordinance bans the use of cars. An old-fashioned, small-town way of life supersedes commercial, fast-paced habits here. The Metivier Inn upholds those time-honored Mackinac Island traditions with warm hospitality, colorful gardens, home-cooked buffet breakfasts and charming guestrooms adorned with French-country furnishings. The inn sits among restaurants and boutiques on Market Street, tucked on a quiet expanse of flower-dusted lawn. Guests enjoy people watching on the wraparound porch or snapping pictures of the inn's vibrant gardens. Grab a room facing Market Street and escape to a past century as you fall asleep to the soft sound of horses clomping by.

 

 

 

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