Inns of all kinds have comfort in common
If you and your sweetheart want to celebrate spring in style, staying in a cozy and romantic bed and breakfast or inn is a wonderful way to celebrate the season of flowers, inspiration, and life renewal. More intimate than a chain hotel or megaresort, inns range from quaint guesthouses to full-service inns to chic lodges and offer personalized service and pampering from the moment of check-in and throughout. throughout your stay.
From California to Maine, Alaska to Florida, every state has its share of hostels, so it all comes down to picking what you like, whether it’s lakeside, mountainous or quaint. a small town. Here is a sample of inns that will make your heart sway during a romantic getaway.
The Swag in Waynesville, North Carolina,
The Swag, a tranquil mountaintop hideaway in North Carolina’s Smoky Mountains strip, is where log cabin meets luxury and chic meets rustic. Combined with a verdant garden filled with jewel-colored flowers and vegetables, myriad hiking trails to view wildflowers and local wildlife, including everything from birds to bears, and the inclusion of three sumptuous meals, this It’s the perfect getaway for the Smokies.
With a dizzying 5,000 feet in elevation, The Swag, sharing a border with Great Smoky Mountains National Park, offers dramatic and spectacular views at every turn, especially from Gooseberry Knob, a popular spot for picnicking, cuddling while watch the sunrise (or sunset) or simply relax. Only 17 suites, cabins and chalets make up the inn, but don’t look for TV. You won’t find any. Rates are all inclusive.
Contact: 2300 Swag Road, Waynesville, NC; www.theswag.com.
The Georges in Lexington, Virginia.
With just 21 rooms spread across three buildings in historic downtown Lexington, The Georges is conveniently located within walking distance of restaurants, shopping, and historic sites. Each of the rooms offers views of Washington and Lee University, the Virginia Military Institute, Main Street, or House Mountain, which overlooks Lexington.
Rooms are spacious, linens luxurious, and breakfast is freshly cooked and included at TAPS, one of two The Georges restaurants – the other is Haywood’s Piano Bar and Grill – best described as gourmet continental. Lexington is nestled in the hills and prairies of Virginia’s scenic Shenandoah Valley. So there are plenty of nooks and crannies to explore and photograph, including the magnificent stone arch at Natural Bridge State Park.
Contact: 11 N. Main St., Lexington, Virginia; www.thegeorges.com
Lookout Point Lakeside Inn in Hot Springs, Ark.
If you want a lakeside setting with myriad possibilities for romance combined with the adventure of canoeing, boating, or kayaking, the luxurious Lookout Point Lakeside Inn on Lake Hamilton fits the description perfectly. Each of the comfortable rooms – each uniquely and elegantly decorated in vibrant colors – overlooks the sparkling lake, its shadows and swirls created by the surrounding Ouachita Mountains.
Just 16 extravagant rooms make up the boutique inn, guaranteeing privacy and plenty of quiet time. To add to the romance, breakfast can be served in your room, an intimate table for two, and loaded with items such as fresh fruit, butter cookies, lemon and ricotta pancakes, and quesadillas. with eggs and cheese. A short drive away are Hot Springs National Parks, gardens, wineries and spas.
Contact: 104 Lookout Circle, Hot Springs, Ark; www.lookoutpointinn.com.
Hotel Les Mars in Healdsburg, CA.
Hotel Les Mars in Healdsburg is one of those quintessential wine-growing country inns, with French furnishings including four-poster beds, rich colors, and gorgeous antiques. The hotel, a member of Relais & Châteaux, brings the French countryside to small-town California.
The old-style hotel offers in-room breakfast and personalized service extras for its guests, including a partnership with Silver Service Tours for wine tours in a Range Rover or Mercedes. Right off the bat, the 16-room inn’s draws are extras like ironwork, four-poster beds, gas fireplaces, original artwork, marble vanities, and huge showers.
After touring the wineries, galleries, and shops of Sonoma County—historic Healdsburg Plaza is just a block away and 100 wineries are less than a 10-minute drive away—unwind with the The hotel’s daily wine and cheese reception which is held in the warm and inviting walnut-panelled library.
Contact: 27 North St., Healdsburg, CA; www.hotellesmars.com
Harraseeket Inn in Freeport, Maine
While a 94-room, suite, and townhouse inn might not seem romantic at first glance, the Harraseeket Inn in Freeport is the anomaly. With its classic New England look and historic buildings dating back to 1798, the inn offers champagne, roses and chocolate-covered strawberries, all the ingredients for a romantic getaway for two. Plus, many rooms have fireplaces, as you’d expect in Maine’s colder climate, so there’s plenty of opportunity to snuggle up.
Two restaurants anchor the inn. The first is Maine Harvest, open for a sumptuous breakfast buffet of eggs your way, pancakes, French toast, and fresh seasonal fruit. The other is Broad Arrow Tavern, which has an open kitchen, oven and wood-fired grill. Products such as lobster, blueberries, raspberries, beef, eggs and maple syrup are, as you would expect, sourced locally. The Inn is within walking distance of all of Freeport Village, so plan a visit to the original LL Bean or go whale, moose and bird watching. Don’t miss the opportunity to take your darling on a scenic cruise to enjoy Maine’s beautiful rugged coastline.
Contact Information: 162 Main Street, Freeport, Maine; www.harraseeketinn.com
Inn at Lost Creek in Telluride, Colorado.
High-altitude lovebirds will enjoy Telluride’s Inn at Lost Creek, rising above sea level at around 9,500 feet. Here, the light is unreal, bursting with silver, gold and red, all at the same time. The dog-friendly hostel, which offers 32 rooms ranging from studios to two-bedroom condominiums, is located in the heart of the mountain village of Telluride.
With lots of wood, natural stone and light, the hostel can be defined as elegant mountain. In the winter, the snow is pure and pristine, and the Inn at Lost Creek happens to offer ski-in ski-out accommodations. In spring and summer, the air is clean and idyllic for hiking in the wildflower-filled San Juan Mountains, with its venerable peaks soaring above 14,000 feet. Breakfast is buffet style with all the usual fixings of eggs, bacon, and pastries, plus extras like smoked salmon. Time your visit for one of Telluride’s many festivals, including the Telluride Wine Festival, Telluride Jazz Festival, and Telluride Film Festival.
Contact: 119 Lost Creek Lane, Telluride Mountain Village, Colorado; www.innatlostcreek.com
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