The Sunset Inn

The Sunset Inn

SUNSET BEACH, NORTH CAROLINA

Situated along the East Coast's 3,000-mile Intracoastal Waterway, the Sunset Inn provides elegant comfort in natural, untamed surrounds. Choose from 14 guestrooms, each with a screened-in porch overlooking the nearby salt marsh. Enjoy an easy stroll to the ocean or laze away on a porch swing, keeping an eye out for snowy egrets and green herons. The inlet waters are ideal for kayaking—but if you're looking for a little more stimulation, head to South Carolina's Myrtle Beach, which is a 25-mile drive south.

 

 


 

Gallatin River Lodge

Gallatin River Lodge

BOZEMAN, MONTANA

Outdoor enthusiasts and film aficionados alike flock to the Gallatin River Lodge, a secluded boutique ranch less than 20 minutes' drive from Bozeman, Montana. This property sits on a trout pond just a short walk from the Gallatin River, a waterway known for its world-class fly-fishing as well as its role in Robert Redford's 1992 movie, "A River Runs Through It". There are 12 guestrooms: six sport both fireplaces and Jacuzzi tubs, and another six occupy the B&B's more contemporary Trout Cabin. Guests can enjoy access to some of the state's most experienced fly-fishing guides, as well as the onsite Gallatin River Grill and a full bar stocked with plenty of Montana microbrews.

 

 


 

Bayfront Westcott House Bed & Breakfast Inn

Bayfront Westcott House Bed & Breakfast Inn

ST. AUGUSTINE, FLORIDA

Whether or not you believe in the healing powers of St. Augustine's legendary Fountain of Youth, it's easy to agree that a stay at the city's Bayfront Westcott House can make you feel 10 years younger. This lovely waterside inn offers 16 rooms with jetted tubs, fireplaces, and flat-screen TVs; complimentary nightly social hours; free use of beach chairs, towels and umbrellas; and an indulgent made-to-order breakfast of everything from French toast to four-cheese Spanish casserole. Book an in-room massage or spend your day exploring. Anastasia State Park's white-sand beaches are only a few miles drive away.

 

 


 

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Long Lake Waterfront Bed & Breakfast

NANAIMO, BRITISH COLUMBIA

Set among old growth forest in Nanaimo, Long Lake Waterfront Bed & Breakfast offers the ideal atmosphere for unwinding. Three spacious luxury suites offer access to the B&B's beachfront hot tub, and use of canoes and kayaks is included with your stay. Paddle the local waters watching for grazing deer and soaring eagles, or book a whale-watching tour departing from the nearby village of Cowichan Bay. Nanaimo is renowned for its cold-water scuba diving, and the local waters are home to several thriving artificial reefs.

 

 


 

Ma'ukele Lodge

Ma'ukele Lodge

PUNA COAST, HAWAII

Channel your inner bohemian with a stay at the Big Island's Ma'ukele Lodge, a private home with a trio of uniquely decorated rooms—including one with its own outdoor garden bath. Guests drift to sleep listening to the sounds of crashing surf and melodious tree frogs, and awake to stunning environs that include black-sand beaches and swaying palms. Savor Hawaiian tunes from a live band at nearby Uncle Roberts; spend an afternoon snorkeling in crystal clear waters filled with sea turtles, tropical fish and colorful coral reefs; or embark on a lava tour through Volcano National Park. Plus, there are several area hot springs in the area that are perfect for soaking.

 

 


 

Seawind Landing Country Inn

Seawind Landing Country Inn

GUYSBOROUGH, NOVA SCOTIA

Located on a 20-acre peninsula jutting out into the Atlantic Ocean, the lovely Seawind Landing Country Inn is a coastal lover's paradise. This 13-guestroom B&B occupies 25 acres with plenty of nature trails and a mile of shoreline. Rooms are separated between the Main Inn and Land's End, and select guestrooms have ocean views, private decks and in-room Jacuzzi tubs. The area is known for its Acadian history and fresh Atlantic seafood, which is served in the B&B's seaside dining room. Spend an hour or two collecting beach glass or escape to a nearby secluded island (only accessible at low tide).

 


 

Tickle Pink

Tickle Pink Inn

CARMEL, CALIFORNIA

Tickle Pink Inn has been welcoming guests to Big Sur's mist-shrouded coast for more than six decades. The inn is perched on a cliff overlooking scenic Highway One and features 35 guestrooms, each sporting soft hues, European-style furnishings and balconies with Pacific Ocean views. Enjoy a complimentary bottle of Champagne on arrival and join fellow guests at nightly wine and cheese reception (included with your stay at no cost). When you're not curling up by the fire in the Terrace Lounge, consider scuba diving the waters of nearby Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park or watching the sunset at Carmel Beach.

 

 


 

Torch Lake Bed and Breakfast

Torch Lake Bed & Breakfast

CENTRAL LAKE, MICHIGAN

Known for its unusually transparent turquoise waters, Michigan's 19-mile-long Torch Lake is often touted as one of the most beautiful lakes in the world. Torch Lake Bed & Breakfast offers a front-row seat to this incredible natural vision. Choose from four en-suite guestrooms, with access to the inn's lake-top private decks. Take a kayak out for a spin or utilize the inn's paddleboards and snorkeling equipment. Sailing, windsurfing, and fishing are all popular lake activities. Moreover, the inn offers a mooring package for guests who want to bring their own boats

 

 


 

—by Laura Kiniry