Sugar Hill Inn
SUGAR HILL, NEW HAMPSHIRE
With stunning White Mountains scenery, a cozy indoor tavern and an on-site spa room, New Hampshire's Sugar Hill Inn provides a relaxing escape from daily life. It's a child-free zone, so the boutique property is a perfect setting for second honeymoons and quiet getaways. Your stay includes a full country breakfast, and guests have the option of enjoying a four-course prix fixe dinner with more than 100 international wines from which to choose. Lounge by the pool, sip a cocktail fireside or embark on a leisurely package adventure featuring experiences such as maple tapping in March and sleigh rides in winter.
Point Pleasant Inn & Resort
BRISTOL, RHODE ISLAND
Looking to start your vacation with a round of tennis or maybe spend a morning socializing over a game of bocce ball? Rather de-stress in a sauna? No matter your preference, Point Pleasant Inn and Resort is your place. Set on 25 acres overlooking Bristol Harbor, this historical manor house features just seven guestrooms—allowing visitors plenty of personal space to roam. Take a dip in the outdoor pool, then head indoors for a game of billiards. And don't miss the evening cocktail hour, complete with ample hors d'oeuvres.
Without question, Vermont—a state known for its stunning fall foliage and idyllic landscapes—is one of the most popular destinations for B&B getaways. Elegant Crisanver House takes full advantage of its peaceful surrounds, and offers a wealth of amenities to help ease guests' tensions. There's a swimming pool, a shuffleboard court and a tennis court for use during warmer months; a secluded firepit to gather around on cool evenings; and a spa that can easily accommodate couples. Along with five guestrooms in the main house and three private cottages from which to choose, guests have the option of taking breakfast in a light-filled conservatory or on an outdoor deck, depending on the season. The best part? Spectacular views of Vermont's Green Mountains abound at every turn.
Steeles Tavern Manor and Alpine Hideaway Cottages
STEELES TAVERN, VIRGINIA
Nestled on a 50-acre property in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, this refined B&B treats its occupants to some of the best Virginia has to offer. Every morning, guests at this historical 1916 manor house sit down to gourmet breakfasts prepared with locally sourced foods, such as a Southwest quiche made with herbs and vegetables grown on-site. A nightly social features Virginia wines and microbrews as well as locally farmed cheeses. Those staying at one of Steeles Tavern's three secluded luxury cabins enjoy private kitchens in which they can prepare meals, along with cozy fireplaces and back deck hot tubs.
Stanford Inn by the Sea Eco Resort
Set among lush organic gardens between forest and the Pacific Ocean, Mendicino's Stanford Inn by the Sea is a holistic wellness center, offering everything from spa services to foraging tours. Enjoy the indoor waters of a solarium swimming pool; practice tai chi and yoga; or splurge on a multi-day package such as a vegan cooking getaway. Each of the inn's 33 wood-paneled rooms features a private deck with ocean views and a wood-burning fireplace. There's an award-winning vegan restaurant on-site, as well as easy access to bicycle and canoe rentals. Did we mention it's also dog-friendly?
The Inns at El Rancho Merlita
The dry desert skies around Tuscon's Inns at El Rancho Merlita are ideal for stargazing; this lovely ranch property has a hand-built patio especially for that purpose. Eight spacious rooms are spread among two distinct structures—the ranch's original home and its guest house. Rooms feature beamed ceilings and Western art, and guests enjoy access to the B&B's wealth of relaxation-focused amenities. Take time to meditate in the inn's quiet Hideaway, contemplate life around the labyrinth or enjoy a restorative swim in the saltwater pool. Additionally, there's an in-room massage service, as well as horseshoes and bocce ball. Satisfying home-cooked breakfasts alternate between sweet and savory—though they're always delicious.
Hale Kai Hawaii Bed & Breakfast
While it's difficult not to relax in Hawaii, Hilo's Hale Kai Hawaii goes that extra mile to erase the word stress from your mind. Imagine waking up each morning to a lanai overlooking Hilo Bay and the Pacific Ocean, swimming in a pool just beyond your door or soaking in a hot tub while palm trees sway nearby. Guests staying in each of the B&B's four guestrooms enjoy breakfast on the upper lanai, dining on island fruits and dishes like coconut-macadamia pancakes—served with local coffee, of course—while keeping an eye out for dolphins and surfers in the waters below.
—by Laura Kiniry