Henderson Park Inn
DESTIN, FLORIDAVisitors flock to Destin for its emerald waters and white sand beaches; Henderson Park Inn, a 32-room B&B, is this bustling resort town's only beachfront property. With its Victorian-style furnishings, mansard roof and weathered shingle siding, the inn looks like it belongs in some other more romantic era. Most rooms feature sweeping ocean views and kitchenettes complete with mini-fridges and microwaves. But it's the inn's inclusive perks—complimentary beach chairs and umbrellas, bicycles to explore the roadways of neighboring Henderson Beach State Park, and a daily sunset happy hour—that have most guests extending their stay. The breakfast buffet includes made-to-order Belgian waffles and omelets, and even lunch is included in the rate. Dinner isn't included. Nonetheless, we recommend visiting the inn's Beach Walk Cafe for a leisurely dinner of grilled lobster and wine.
Casa de Las Palapas Private Estate
PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICOMexico's Casa de Las Palapas was once the home of a Hollywood luminary. Today, this private waterfront villa caters to guests who come to bask in the beauty of the Pacific Coast. Perfect for everything from girls' getaways to family vacations, Casa de Las Palapas is only five minutes' drive south of Puerto Vallarta's buzzing downtown. Along with its own private beach and fire pit area, the multi-level estate boasts an in-ground swimming pool, two fully equipped kitchens and common room with 180 degree ocean views, a wet bar and a pool table. A full-time chef is available to whip up two meals daily for your group, and a concierge is on hand to lend bartending skills and provide regional transport to such spots as snorkeling sites and shopping locales.
Wildhorse Mountain Ranch
SUMMERLAND, BRITISH COLUMBIA
Located in the heart of British Columbia's orchard- and winery-filled Okanagan Valley, Summerland's Wildhorse Mountain Ranch is the best base from which to enjoy the region's open space and sun-drenched climate. Accommodations are simple—choose from a selection of single, double and triple rooms with private or shared bath—and feature rustic furnishings befitting of their log cabin surrounds. While home-cooked country breakfasts and nights spent around the campfire are par for the course, Wildhorse Mountain's main draw is its horses. The ranch features a week-long vacation package that includes roundtrip airport transfer, multiple trail rides and lessons in everything from horse jumping to dressage. Lunch and dinner are available for an extra fee.
MAUI, HAWAIIFrom its saline pool and soaking tub to its hammock forest sporting ocean views, Hawaii's Lumera Maui exudes relaxation. Each of the resort's 24 guestrooms is styled with one-of-a-kind furnishings from around the world. Wander among the property's six-acre garden filled with mango and papaya trees; enjoy workshops in yoga, hula dancing and aromatherapy (included in the rate); and splurge on dinners at the Wooden Crate, Lumeria's farm-to-table restaurant serving up dishes like braised tempeh with basil, lime and curry sauce incorporating herbs, fruits and vegetables grown onsite. A spa package is available for guests who really want to indulge, with credit toward treatments such as clay facials and couples' acupuncture. visiting the inn's Beach Walk Cafe for a leisurely dinner of grilled lobster and wine.
CAYUCOS, CALIFORNIAOccupying a spacious 160 acres off California's Central Coast, Wellspring Ranch provides an ideal escape for anyone seeking to truly disconnect. This all-inclusive eco-resort features two lofts with king-size beds, two cabana yurts and a 28-foot airstream trailer—each equipped with amenities such as organic bath products, towel warmers and fireplaces. Give plein air painting a go with complimentary paints and easels in Wellspring's Monet-inspired gardens, enjoy miles of hiking trails, or curl up with a book in the ranch's communal cozy communal space after free workshops in yoga and guided meditation. There's also a pond-side fire pit for making s'mores and a cedar hot tub perfect for soaking under the stars. Meals are included. Want more? Tack on a couples' massage or a tour of local wineries for an additional fee.
Rose Hill Manor
Escape to Texas Hill Country, known for its towering live oak trees, wandering creeks and wildflowers; Rose Hill Manor (the only Fredericksburg inn that serves a full hot breakfast) is arguably the best base from which to explore this scenic region. Along with a multi-course breakfast of hot dishes like cinnamon French toast or ham and spinach frittata served at private tables, stays include a wine tasting for two at neighboring Pedernales Cellars and (beginning this January) a nightly buffet-style selection of appetizers and desserts. All rooms feature either a porch or deck with spectacular Hill Country views.
Pearson's Pond Luxury Inn & Adventure Spa
JUNEAU, ALASKAAlaska's Pearson's Pond Luxury Inn & Adventure Spa is an oasis on the banks of a glacier-fed pond in the Tongass Rainforest. Along with a daily Continental breakfast, guests enjoy a wide range of complimentary offerings. There are kayaks, daypacks and fishing gear for use, a fitness room for rainy days and two outdoor hot tubs&mdsah;plus a sauna&mdsah;for easing weary muscles. The area boasts an array of hiking trails ranging from easy lakeside jaunts to strenuous uphill climbs. While lunch and dinner aren't included in the nightly price, each of the B&B's five boutique-style guests rooms come equipped with a kitchenette, and there are onsite barbecues for whipping up meals.
Friends Lake Inn
CHESTERTOWN, NEW YORK
Savor New York's stunning mountain scenery in a restored 19th-century Adirondack hotel. Friends Lake Inn features a substantial range of free onsite amenities. There's a tap room serving up regional microbrews; complimentary kayaks for use; and even a dedicated Nordic Ski Center where guests can rent skis and snowshoes, and purchase trail passes on weekends throughout winter. In addition to the chef-cooked made-to-order breakfast, guests can enjoy a three-course dinner for two—either in the inn's fine dining room or its more casual tap room (think burgers and barbecued wild boar)—and it's all included in the inn's nightly rates.
—by Laura Kiniry