Finger Lakes, NY

10 Fitch Luxurious Romantic Inn

10 Fitch Luxurious Romantic Inn

Auburn, New York

 

New York is one of the largest producers of wine in the US, with varietals that include Riesling, chardonnay and cabernet franc. The state's scenic Finger Lakes Region is best known for its ice wine, a sweet, late-harvest dessert wine made from grapes that have frozen on the vine.

It's also home to Auburn's 10 Fitch Luxurious Romantic Inn. This adults-only Colonial Revival property is just a 10-minute drive from the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail — the longest operating wine trail in the country. Each of the inn's three guest rooms features a mix of antiques and original artworks. There's also a shady veranda and a sun room for lingering, and a backyard garden with its own Koi pond. Picnic baskets filled with cheese and crackers, gourmet wraps and homemade cookies are available for wine country outings. Picnic dinners are also an option, delivered to your room with a romantic table for two.

 

 


 

Walla Walla, Washington

Inn at Blackberry Creek

Inn at Blackberry Creek

Walla Walla, Washington

 

Washington's Walla Walla Valley is hailed for its red wines, most notably Cabernet sauvignon, and its AVA spreads across nearly 320 acres, throughout southeast Washington and into northeast Oregon. In the Walla Walla Valley alone there are approximately 25 tasting rooms.

Spend a harvest weekend sipping and swishing between them with a stay at the Inn at Blackberry Creek, a restored Victorian farmhouse set on two creekside acres, a little over a mile from downtown Walla Walla. Choose from three large en suites — each with a king-size bed, antique furnishings and an electric fireplace — and a separate suite with its own kitchen, outdoor hot tub and private garden. Maple and sycamore trees adorn the property, as do wild blackberries, which are usually ripe for picking in September. Visitors often include rabbits, pheasant and birds such as goldfinches and blue jays.

 

 


 

Virginia

Inn at Westwood Farm

Inn at Westwood Farm

Orange, Virginia

 

Central Virginia's bucolic wine country extends west from its rolling hills to the eastern slopes of the Blue Ridge Mountains: a terroir best known for creating multilayered wines with Old World flavor. While the state is home to approximately 200 wineries, Central Virginia is its hub.

It's also where you'll find L Inn at Westwood Farm, an early-20th-century farmhouse B&B set on 15 spacious acres. There are four en suite guest rooms — each one bright and airy and sporting its own unique décor, such as a four-poster queen-size bed or antique Persian rug. Amenities include coffee and tea delivered to your door each morning, and complimentary Virginia wine in the evenings. Westwood Farm cultivates its own fresh flowers and boasts pick-your-own fruits and veggies. There are even chickens that supply daily eggs. The inn is just a 90-minute drive from DC and is close to more than a dozen wineries, including the historic Barboursville Vineyards, with its Bordeaux-style flagship wine, Octagon.

 

 


 

Sonoma, CA

Sonoma Orchid Bed and Breakfast Inn

Sonoma Orchid Bed and Breakfast Inn

Guerneville, California

 

No harvest roundup would be complete without mentioning Northern California's world-renowned “Wine Country,” a premium wine-growing region that includes over 400 wineries spread across Napa and Sonoma counties, all just north of San Francisco. While Sonoma County may be the lesser-known of the two counties, its offerings are equally as grand.

Take full advantage of them with a stay at the Sonoma Orchid Bed and Breakfast Inn, a solar-powered historic farmhouse occupying a scenic hilltop overlooking the winding Russian River. Guestrooms include six within the main house — some that are pet-friendly — and three private-entrance rooms located within a separate cottage. All stays come with a tasting pass providing discounted and free tastings to over 100 area wineries. Guests have full range of the B&B's main kitchen, as well as a spacious living area and hot tub. An added perk: Korbel Champagne Cellars is literally next door.

Along with its plethora of pinot noirs and chardonnays, Sonoma is also known for its olive oils. Visitors can experience both at Trattore Farms. While the harvest season for the latter typically doesn't begin until early December, you can still learn about the oil-making process with a “Get Your Boots Dirty” vineyard, orchard and olive mill tour.

 

 


 

Paso Robles, CA

Creekside Bed and Breakfast

Creekside Bed and Breakfast

Paso Robles, California

 

California is home to numerous other distinct wine regions, including its central Paso Robles American Viticultural Area (AVA): 614,000 acres specializing in heritage reds like zinfandels, cabernet sauvignons and Syrahs.

The Creekside Bed and Breakfast in Paso Robles offers an ideal base for exploring this, as well as San Luis Obispo County's dozen or so other AVAs, which together result in more than 200 mostly family-owned, small-batch wineries. Lodgings include two private four-person retreats — one featuring Tuscan walls, tiled floors and a balcony; and the other a creekside space with knotty pine walls and a kitchenette — as well as a spacious suite. While only a 10-minute drive to at least 12 wineries, the inn itself is secluded and peaceful, tucked among a canopy of moss-covered oak trees, with onsite spa treatments from a vine-inspired scrub to a sensory “Vineyard Escape,” incorporating oils infused with various wine elements.

 

 


 

Hermann Hill Vineyard & Inn

Hermann Hill Vineyard & Inn

Hermann, Missouri

 

The Missouri Rhineland area stretches about 100 miles along the Missouri River, from just outside St. Louis west almost to Jefferson City. It's one of the Midwest's premier wine regions, and Hermann is at its heart. This 19th-century river town is known for its Old World feel and vast wine culture, something you can experience with a stay at Hermann Hill Vineyard & Inn.

The property is an easy walk to other local wineries, including members of the Hermann Wine Trail, and comes with valley views that are breathtaking. Accommodations range from suites with private balconies and king-size oak sleigh beds to cottages offering bluff-top views of the Missouri River, as well as their own outdoor hot tubs. There's an onsite spa looking out onto the inn's own vineyard, and amenities that include sit-down or in-room breakfast and a nightly delivery of cookies and ice cream, topped with Hermann Hill's own Port Chocolate Raspberry sauce.

 

 


 

Fredericksburg, Texas

TimberRose Bed and Breakfast

TimberRose Bed and Breakfast

Fredericksburg, Texas

 

Spread among the wildflowers, cactus and live oak trees of the Texas rolling Hill Country are dozens of wineries, where you'll find everything from sauvignon blanc and semillion to primitivo, malbec and merlot.

This is the country's southernmost AVA — home to the Texas Wine Trail as well as the lovely TimberRose Bed & Breakfast. Situated amid 50 acres of pastures, TimberRose is a working ranch offering four distinct lodging options. There's a glamping-style Airstream trailer with its own kitchenette and covered patio, two private cottages — each with its own hot tub — and a larger barnhouse, complete with game room, that sleeps four. Egg-laying hens, black-and-white-belted cattle and miniature Mediterranean donkeys roam the property, and fishing ponds are stocked with bass, catfish and bluegill. The heart of Texas Hill Country, downtown Fredericksburg, is only a 10-minute drive away.

 

 

 

 

 

—by Laura Kiniry