Bypass the big hotels and resorts for an intimate stay at a luxurious bed and breakfast with elegant rooms, gourmet food and impeccable service.
Melbourne Beach, Florida
Port D'Hiver is a dream beach house with luxe rooms, a refreshing pool and someone on hand to whip up gourmet breakfasts, sweep up the sand and keep things tidy. Rooms are spread out over 4 houses, each with its own benefits. You might watch the sunrise over the beach without even leaving your bed in the Sunrise Room in the South Cabana, while the Carriage House room has ocean and courtyard views and a king-sized bamboo bed. Breakfast is a feast of fresh-squeezed juices, scones, eggs and grits served on your private patio, outside in the garden courtyard or in the dining room. After a day at the beach, return to the garden courtyard for a complimentary happy hour with tasty finger foods and wine.
Jacob Hill Inn
Providence, Rhode Island
You won't find nicer digs in Providence than the Jacob Hill Inn where the rooms and common areas are perfectly plush. All of the rooms at this luxurious bed and breakfast are suites with a separate sitting area and fireplace, and most of the rooms have deep soaking tubs or Jacuzzis. Soft sheets, fancy bath products and lotions and Godiva chocolates at turndown add to the experience. If you can tear yourself away from the room, relax by the pool or challenge your partner to a game of tennis. In cooler weather, take the fun inside to the billiard room with inviting leather sofas, a ping-pong table and large plasma TV that creates a screening-room atmosphere.
Simpson House Inn
Santa Barbara, California
Surrounded by mature oak trees, magnolias and a proper English garden, the Simpson House Inn is a landmark Victorian estate in charming Santa Barbara. There are 15 sumptuous rooms, suites and cottages to choose from, each with lavish d'cor and an inviting atmosphere. The cottages are the most exclusive with private courtyards, bubbling fountains, snug sitting rooms with wood-burning fireplaces and Jacuzzi tubs. In keeping with the cool and healthy California vibe, breakfast is a gourmet vegetarian spread. Complimentary bicycles are provided, as are beach essentials for the short trolley ride to the ocean.
Bedford Village Inn
Bedford, New Hampshire
The Bedford Village Inn has come a long way since its days as a working farm. This bed and breakfast, originally built in 1810, promises the high-end New England experience in a bucolic countryside setting with rolling hills, colorful gardens, nearly hidden gazebos and granite stone walls. There are 14 guest suites with 4-poster king-size beds, rich fabrics and Italian marble whirlpool tubs. The continental breakfast is a smorgasbord of tasty treats with pastries, fruit, yogurt and granola. Dinner is worth the splurge for the top-notch local ingredients paired with a vintage wine from the cellar stocked with 8,000 notable bottles.
Lodge at Sedona
Set in Sedona's picturesque Red Rock country, the Lodge at Sedona is an idyllic escape with 2 acres of gardens, rock formations and even some waterfalls. Many of the king guest suites and queen rooms have stellar views of the majestic red rocks and a cozy seating area or window seat where you can take in the scenery. Creative breakfast entrees are served in the morning while healthy snacks are available throughout the day, including evening hors d'oeuvres to celebrate the colorful sunset. While there isn't a full spa on-site, the inn brings in local licensed masseuses for relaxing treatments in your suite. Continue the relaxation with a stroll in the meditative labyrinth, a classic circular 7-path labyrinth built with stones from local riverbeds where guests can walk and explore Sedona's spiritual side.
Clarendon Square Inn
The contemporary Clarendon Square Inn in Boston offers city chic and a modern take on the classic B and B with fashionable rooms, private baths and 600-thread-count sheets. The least expensive rooms are the Interior Queens which make up for their smaller size with big style: They're decorated in the Hollywood Regency style with cool fabrics and crystal chandeliers. Breakfast is a smorgasbord of sweet and savory with decadent treats like cinnamon buns, rich cheeses and nutella-topped toast and more healthy offerings including yogurt and fresh fruit. The rooftop terrace and hot tub create a romantic urban oasis with a sweeping view of Boston's city lights and the surrounding South End neighborhood.
Fleur de Lys Mansion
St. Louis, Missouri
With just 4 rooms, the Fleur de Lys Mansion in St. Louis is a truly private escape with impeccable service. The d'cor is elegant with inviting beds piled high with pillows and lush comforters, stately wood furniture and unique flourishes, like the hand-painted mural in the Forest Park Room that brings some of the park's splendor indoors. Sip liqueur by the fireside in the parlor, cozy up on the leather couch in the library or take a dip in the indoor Jacuzzi.
Embrace your sense of adventure without roughing it at Pearson's Pond Luxury Inn in a prime Alaska location along the Inside Passage. The inn is a serene wilderness escape with great views of the gardens, mountains or water and plenty of privacy. Enter your room from your private deck and come and go as you please. Rooms offer the ultimate in seclusion with private entries from your personal deck, well-appointed bathrooms, kitchenettes, fireplaces and blackout shades to ensure a good night's sleep. You'll need your rest before setting off from your Alaskan adventure on foot, bike or kayak around the area's impressive glaciers, lakes and trails which are just a short walk away.
White House Inn and Spa
The White House Inn and Spa is a sophisticated inn at the gateway to California's beloved Napa Valley. The staff pampers guests with comfortable rooms, plush linens and robes, flat-screen TVs and romantic fireplaces. This luxury bed and breakfast is Napa's first green hotel, incorporating sustainable goods like cork flooring and energy-efficient systems. And in keeping with the Napa spirit of good food and great wine, breakfast is a gourmet spread and the evening cocktail hour features fine local wines. To sample more of the region's best wines, set off on the inn's VIP exclusive wine tour complete with a personal driver, picnic lunch, private tour with a vintner and stops at 3 boutique wineries.
Foley House Inn
Embrace Southern hospitality and charm at the Foley House Inn, Savannah's most renowned bed and breakfast in 2 restored mansions overlooking a classic city square. Rooms have original art, working fireplaces, antique furniture and expansive windows, many of which offer private patios overlooking the garden. Tasty food is available all day starting with an elaborate breakfast feast and moving on to afternoon tea, pre-dinner snacks and a nightcap of port in the gorgeous parlor.