Looking for a chic, modern escape to spend the weekend? Make your way to a bed and breakfast. That's right, a B&B. Sure, some inns still have Victorian furnishings draped in doilies and teddy bears propped up on four-poster beds, but not all.
There are so many more options today for getaways with spacious rooms clear of clutter and luxurious amenities such as fine linens, whirlpool tubs, and private decks with mountain views. Restaurant seating and breakfast in bed also are available at some inns, so you don't have to rub elbows with other guests. Unless you want to.
The Inn at English Meadows, Kennebunk, ME (pictured)
You can spend a weekend in the country while relaxing in stylish surroundings at The Inn at English Meadows located minutes from famed Kennebunkport. Frette linens, Malin & Goetz toiletries, plush fabrics, and contemporary art collected during the innkeepers' travels (not to mention the sweet smell of freshly baked treats) will tease your senses. Stay in your robes and cozy up by the gas fireplace with a bottle of wine from the innkeepers' private collection.
Queen Anne Bed and Breakfast Inn, Denver, CO
The eco-friendly Queen Anne Bed and Breakfast Inn is nestled in the Clement Historic District and offers 14 guest rooms dressed in contemporary and antique furnishings. Four of the suites have been designed by local artists and feature their original works plus organic bedding and linens, Keetsa eco-mattresses, and Jason Organics toiletries. Enjoy breakfast made from fresh ingredients grown in the B&B's large-scale gardens featuring over 100 varieties of vegetables, fruits, and herbs.
Fire Mountain Inn, Highlands, NC
Dealing with a case of technology overload? Go completely unplugged at the Fire Mountain Inn, a secluded hideaway situated on hundreds of acres of woodland. There is no internet access and TVs, radios, in-room phones, and alarm clocks have been removed from the main inn, treehouses and private cabins. Enjoy spacious, clutter-free rooms and sublime mountain views.
Inn on Randolph, Napa, CA
Whether you stay in one of the historic rooms or private cottages at the Inn on Randolph, you will experience tranquility at this oasis of sumptuous elegance. This 1860s Victorian is dressed in soothing colors and modern décor, while the airy rooms are warm and feature luxurious bathrooms with spa tubs and heated floors, fireplaces, and fine bed linens.
The Platinum Pebble Boutique Inn, West Harwich, MA
Formerly a sea captain's hideaway built in the 1850s, The Platinum Pebble Boutique Inn seamlessly blends luxurious touches with the inn's original detailing such as the wide-board wooden pumpkin-pine flooring in the Map Room. Relax on the "gossip chair" while using the guest iPad or spend some time in the Sitting Room with a good book. After, take a short stroll to the famous Cape Cod beaches or the conservations at Bells Neck where you can observe ospreys and kingfishers.
Iris Inn Bed and Breakfast, Waynesboro, VA
Nestled on a 12-acre Blue Ridge mountaintop, the Iris Inn Bed and Breakfast offers spectacular views of the Shenandoah Valley from the outdoor decks (accessible from each guest room). For the ultimate escape, stay in one of the six private, glass-enclosed adult treehouses featuring full kitchens, modern furnishings, luxurious bathrooms with heated floors, and gas fireplaces. The inn's location will put you in close proximity to the Blue Ridge Parkway, Monticello, and plentiful wineries and hiking trails.
--Mary White, Founder of BnBFinder.com