Cameo Heights Mansion

Washington’s Wild Side

Cameo Heights Mansion - Touchet, WA

Drive Time: Just under 4 hours from Seattle or 3.5 hours from Portland

You’ll be forgiven for mistaking the green hills and sun-kissed arbors for Tuscany at this Walla Walla Valley inn. Seven magnificent suites have vineyard views plus extra amenities like skylights, hot tub and private pool access. Fresh-from-the-oven pastry can be delivered to the privacy of your room at breakfast, and an on-site spa keeps the pampering vibe going all day. Hard to believe Seattle is just a drive away.

From points west, you’ll pass through the Yakama Indian Reservation and the Mt. Adams Recreation Area, where thousands of wild horses and buffalo roam the valley plains. Time your visit for late August and you could pop into the Ellensburg Rodeo on the way.



1906 Lodge

Mummies and Me in San Diego

1906 Lodge, A Four Sisters Inn - Coronado, CA

Drive Time: 2 hours from Los Angeles or a very doable 5-hour drive from Las Vegas

The luxurious 1906 Lodge is well located on Coronado, an island oasis bobbing in the Pacific just off the San Diego coast. Architect-owned and Mission-styled, the inn exudes California calm within every inch of its stucco walls. Bicycles and beach chairs are available to borrow, while goodies like fresh-baked cookies and hors d'oeuvres during wine hour greet sun-dazed, surf-tired guests at dusk.

Turn this road trip into a two-fer with a stop in San Diego. Snorkel with leopard sharks at La Jolla Cove or reserve a VIP panda tour at the San Diego Zoo. Learn about your own species at the superb San Diego Museum of Man, an anthropology museum that counts authentic mummies among its collection.



Beacon Inn

Bookish in British Columbia

Beacon Inn - Sidney, British Columbia, Canada

Drive Time: A 3-hour ferry from Seattle and a short drive from Victoria’s Inner Harbour

Escape the masses in seaside Sidney, a sleepy but sophisticated village nicknamed “Booktown” for its abundance of bookshops. The Beacon Inn’s gas fireplaces, soaking tubs, and feather beds are all worthy places for getting lost in a good story. Guests are encouraged to cap off days spent indoors or out with a glass of sherry or cup of tea. What better place to finally finish that stack of Pulitzers you’ve been meaning to read?

Canada’s craft-beer scene is legendary, so embark on the BC Ale Trail for sours, ciders and more. Or reserve a spot well in advance for a grand champagne tea at the Empress Hotel, a must-do in Victoria. (Believe in spirits of the nonalcoholic variety? Some locals swear the old hotel is haunted.)



McCaffrey House Bed & Breakfast

California Goes Green (and Gold)

McCaffrey House Bed & Breakfast - Twain Harte, CA

Drive Time: 3 hours from San Francisco, Oakland and San Jose; 2 hours from Sacramento

Hidden away in a forest hollow deep within California Gold Country is the McCaffrey House. Owners Michael and Stephanie McCaffrey turned their family vacation spot into this elegant inn with eco-minded amenities (a Tesla charging station, pure mineral-rich well water). The sprawling lodge-like property is the perfect home base for exploring Yosemite National Park.

Gold, you say? Seek the shiny stuff at Gold Prospecting Adventures in nearby Jamestown, where you’ll travel back in time to a mining camp and pan for gold in a cold, glittering creek. Or detour to Calaveras Big Trees State Park and spy the 300-foot redwoods up close; a gentle forest hike is just the right remedy for road-trip-weary muscles.



Lido Palms Resort & Spa

Deserts, Dinosaurs and Bananas

Lido Palms Resort & Spa - Desert Hot Springs, CA

Drive Time: Under 2 hours from Los Angeles and San Diego; 4 hours from Phoenix

Recharge in the sparkling mineral waters of this Desert Hot Springs resort. The silica-rich water is known for soothing muscle pain and smoothing skin. On-site spa treatments, from salt scrubs to clay wraps to Swiss Water Massages, are downright indulgent.

Palm Springs has some fabulously weird roadside attractions. Off Interstate 10, visit the enormous Cabazon Dinosaurs, made famous in Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure. Hit up the Beauty Bubble Salon and Museum, a kitschy shrine to vintage beauty, or the International Banana Museum for — well, you’ve probably guessed. Nearby, explore the eerie Bombay Beach ruins along the Salton Sea.



Ho’oilo House

A Road Trip Worth Flying For

Ho’oilo House - Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii

Drive Time: Less than an hour from Maui’s Kahului Airport

OK, this one is cheating, since you may need a flight to Hawaii first. But the journey is well worth it to this spacious home in Lahaina. Its mountain location is far from Maui’s crowds — no one wandering into your ocean views here. Breakfast features local coffee plus papaya and mango from the house’s own orchards. (Pro-tip: Check into the Honu Suite to experience an outdoor shower built with black lava stone.)

The Road to Hana is one of the world’s most iconic drives. Most of the trip takes place on rough one-lane roads that thread through lush rainforest. Stop in the hippie town of Paia, the jagged black-sand beach of Wai’anapanapa, and popular Wailua Falls. End in historical, untouched Hana.



—by Dara Continenza