America's coziest homes away from home

Forget big chains and business hotels, these small boutique hotels and B&Bs have oodles of charm. There are hundreds of places to stay in every state, but we've picked our favorite in each one.

Alabama: Magnolia Springs Bed & Breakfast

This is Southern hospitality at its finest. Greet the morning with a steaming cup of coffee on the wraparound porch of this historic B&B, and then explore the fragrant, oak-shaded town, just north of the Gulf Shore, which more than lives up to its perfect name: Magnolia Springs. Cozy rooms with gleaming wood floors and antiques reveal loads of charming details, like original wavy glass windows.

Alaska: Denali Dome Home

The Alaskan wilderness is this B&B’s backyard. Denali National Park unfolds just south of this unique, domed B&B, which reflects the surrounding nature with light-filled rooms, log furniture, and Alaskan art. Outdoor activities abound, from hiking to rafting to – the ultimate splurge – flightseeing, which takes you soaring over the top of Denali, America’s tallest peak.

Arizona: Briar Patch Inn

The red rock mountains of Sedona are a glowing hub for healing and rejuvenation. So is the Briar Patch Inn, which invites you to unplug – literally. The rustic cottages are free of TVs, phones and internet. The great allure here is the surrounding nine acres: canyon oaks, shaded gardens, breezy creeks and, as night falls, the bright stars in the sky. Other delights include summertime classical music concerts – local musicians serenade as you eat a creekside breakfast – and afternoon mulled cider and homemade cookies.

Arkansas: Arsenic & Old Lace B&B

It’s as much about what’s inside as outside at this charming B&B, set in a beautifully-maintained Queen Anne Victorian home. Stained glass windows, detailed chandeliers and fireplaces dress up the place – splurge on the soaring Tree-Top Suite with a brass four-poster bed and private whirlpool. Beyond the front door lies sun-speckled gardens, the historical town of Eureka Springs and the mighty Ozark Mountains.

California: Glendeven Inn Mendocino

California’s northern coast is on magnificent display at this oceanview farmstead, with eight sprawling acres populated by free range chickens – that means there's fresh eggs for breakfast – and roaming llamas (yes, llamas). The spacious, amenity-rich rooms are the ultimate in B&B living: redwood furnishings, fireplaces and French doors. Plus, there’s Mendocino’s only wine barn, where you can buy locally-produced tipples.

Colorado: Nordic Inn

When in Colorado, there’s really just one item on the travel to-do list: tackle the great outdoors. This long-established B&B, in the famous Colorado ski town of Crested Butte, is the perfect place to do so. Relax in the handsome alpine rooms, fuel up on fresh fruit, granola and potent pots of coffee, and then hit the slopes to ski, hike and bike.

Connecticut: Steamboat Inn

It’s hard to get closer to the Mystic River than Steamboat Inn, which rises over its breezy banks. The 11 rooms, with romantic names like Summer Girl and Harmony, have plush beds, wood-burning fireplaces and spot-on views of the river. Explore the historic little town of Mystic, sail the river on an elegant schooner to spy local lighthouses, and then ease into the evening with daily 5pm sherry and cookies.

Delaware: The John Penrose Virden House

Step into Delaware history at this 19th-century Victorian home in the small coastal town of Lewes, founded in 1631. Everything’s within easy reach: Atlantic Ocean beaches, the bay, and the shops and restaurants of downtown Lewes. The antique-filled house is made for relaxing, from the wicker seats on the porch to the charming rooms with flowered wallpaper.

Florida: Marrero's Guest Mansion

A Victorian mansion in the tropics? Yes, that’s Marrero’s. It was was built in the 1800s by a cigar-maker for his wife, who loved the house so much it's rumored her spirit still roams it by night. By day, this lively B&B celebrates Key West in all its quirky glory. Splash into the saltwater pool, take a deep whiff of the fragrant gardens, and then kick back on the front porch for daily happy hour. Beyond the front door unfolds Duval Street, the main drag of one of Florida’s – if not the country’s – most colorful, rebellious islands.

Georgia: Catherine Ward House Inn

The epitome of Southern charm, this 1880s B&B offers an enticing glimpse into old Savannah. The impeccably-restored Victorian home reveals plush rooms with high ceilings, silk drapes and chandeliers. Outside is just as beautiful: stroll to Forsyth Park, one of Savannah’s most-photographed green spaces. Snap away – and be the envy of Instagram.

Hawaii: Volcano Village Lodge

Trek through the rainforest as tropical birds flutter overhead, refuel at the lively little Volcano Village, and then kick back in Volcano Village Lodge. Spacious, light-flooded lodges feature everything from meditation lofts to koi ponds, along with all the amenities of a high-end hotel – plush beds, soft robes and slippers, and more.

Idaho: Dreamcatcher

Settle into an outdoor rocking chair as the moon rises in the sky, and the only sounds you'll hear will likely be the occasional rustling from a passing moose or deer. Yes, nature reigns supreme in these parts. Sitting amid 20 acres, between the Teton and Big Hole Mountains, this handsome inn has comfortable rooms with a Western motif and unique copper-inlaid furniture.

Illinois: Welcome Inn Manor

Explore Chicago’s museums and galleries by day, and then retire to this handsome B&B. Comfortable rooms feature dark-wood furnishings, unique art and elegant lighting. In the warm months, head to nearby Lake Michigan, where you can pedal the Lakeshore bike paths. Don’t miss a night out for live jazz – the B&B hosts share their top picks for music in Chi-Town.

Indiana: 1875 Homestead

The lively little artist town of Nashville is dotted with galleries and antique shops – with the sprawling Brown County State Park at its doorstep. Make your base at the 1875 Homestead Bed and Breakfast, a brightly-painted Victorian home filled with cozy nooks, from the library to the fireplace room.

Iowa: Mason House Inn & Caboose Cottage

Rising over the breezy banks of the Des Moines River, this welcoming inn, built in 1846 by Mormon craftsman, was born as a hotel for steamboat travelers. Rooms reflect the past – old-fashioned quilts, rocking chairs, sleigh beds. Plus there’s the Caboose Cottage that’s inside, yes, a real caboose. Bentonsport is equally intriguing, with a historic center dotted with churches, well-preserved general stores, and an old wagon bridge.

Kansas: Tuck U Inn at Glick Mansion

You’re in good company here: this used to be the abode of George Glick, Governor of Kansas. Now the elegant manor is a beautiful B&B with presidential-themed rooms – the Eisenhower Room, the First Lady’s Suite – done up in rich reds and golds. The town of Atchison, birthplace of Amelia Earhart, is crammed with history. Stroll the streets and visit the Amelia Earhart Birthplace Museum and the Muchnic Art Gallery, featuring local artists.

Kentucky: Bourbon Manor Bed & Breakfast

When Kentucky’s most famous liquor is part of the name, you know good things await. This elegant B&B, set in an 1800s Federal home and Antebellum mansion, lives proudly in Bardstown – also known as the Bourbon Capital of the World. The amber liquid is celebrated throughout, from the spirit-themed rooms to a bourbon bar (of course) in a three-level barn.

Louisiana: Sully Mansion

If you’re in Louisiana, New Orleans is a must see and this pretty B&B, in the Garden District, is a cute place to base yourself. Designed by renowned New Orleans architect Thomas Sully, the splendid Queen Anne mansion has original stained-glass windows, soaring ceilings and a front porch overlooking a 100-year-old oak tree.

Maine: Captain Lord Mansion

Looking for quintessential coastal New England? You’ll find it at Captain Lord Mansion in the upscale summer resort of Kennebunkport. A former shipbuilders’ mansion, this sumptuous B&B reveals a warm-hued living room with high-back wing chairs and a crackling fireplace that gives way to handsome guestrooms with four-poster beds. Breakfast here is a grand affair, with a seasonal menu featuring everything from Maine blueberries to local maple syrup.

Maryland: The Inn at Osprey Point

Osprey Point Inn maximizes its perch on the shores of Swan Creek, with easy access to breezy Chesapeake Bay. The handsome rooms have gleaming wood floors, four-poster beds and sweeping waterfront views. Outdoor activities abound – go kayaking, cycling, sailing or fishing, and then cap off the day at the Osprey Point restaurant, feasting on local favorites like crab cakes and fried oysters.

Massachusetts: Centerboard Inn

Nantucket is classic New England, as is this delightful inn, once a whaling captain’s mansion. You’re a clamshell’s throw away from essentially everything: Main Street, cozy restaurants and the beaches. Bring your outdoor gear for sailing, tennis, biking and golfing. The airy rooms are a vision of crisp whites, blonde woods and cool pastels.

Michigan: Avalyn Garden

Relive your college days in Ann Arbor, the lush and lively home to one of the top public universities in the country – the University of Michigan. This inviting B&B is just a short walk to the campus – and to the University of Michigan football stadium – but it also feels worlds away, with quiet rooms like the Monet Room, with a pastel-hued French Impressionism theme.

Minnesota: Rivertown Inn

This stately mansion once owned by a lumber baron is now a literary-inspired boutique B&B with grand rooms named after famous scribes. Relax in the Oscar Wilde Suite, which reveals a rich swirl of jewel tones, tufted leather furniture, a pentagonal bed and a fireplace. Beyond the front doors lies historic Stillwater, surrounded by the St. Croix River Valley, which is an easy hop (and escape) from the Twin Cities.

Mississippi: Blue Creek Cabin

The ultimate rustic fantasy? Holing up in a log cabin for the weekend. Blue Creek Cabin feeds that dream, with plenty of plush amenities as a bonus. This 1800s log cabin is outfitted with antiques, carved furniture and an Amish handmade copper bathtub. Come evening, settle into a rocker on the wraparound porch or gather around the outdoor fire pit. Once you’ve had your fill of nature, head into the dynamic town of Oxford, home to the University of Mississippi.

Missouri: Red Bud Cove

Hit the streets of Branson, which proudly calls itself the entertainment capital of the Midwest. The clubs around town thrum with everything from comedy to country to rock and roll. After a night or two of this, you’ll welcome the cozy Red Bud Cove, where you can wake up to gorgeous views of Table Rock Lake – and relax in the evening, gazing at the sunset over the water.

Montana: Howlers Inn & Wolf Sanctuary

Follow the call of the wild to Howlers Inn, where you can rise and do your morning stretches while watching wolves do theirs. The Howlers Inn & Wolf Sanctuary sits amid 42 acres in Bridger Canyon in Bozeman. You may be surrounded by wilderness, but the log-cabin rooms are rustic-luxe – wood-paneled walls, oversized tubs in the bathrooms, and picture windows that overlook the frolicking wolves, and towering mountains beyond.

Nebraska: Bakers

Blair has the best of two worlds – a small town ambiance, but also easy access to Nebraska’s biggest city, Omaha. Bakers Bed and Breakfast is simple but welcoming, with comfortable rooms, as well as a cozy living and dining room, where you’re invited to gather around to play puzzles – and to rise and shine over a tasty breakfast.

Nevada: A Cowboy’s Dream

Beyond the flashing lights and hedonistic allure of Vegas lies the other side of Nevada: cowboy country. Saddle up and ride into A Cowboy’s Dream in Alamo, 90 miles north of Vegas. The B&B celebrates the wild west around every corner, from the 10-gallon hats to western art to clawfoot bathtubs to rocking chairs on the porch. The wild west is also outside – the surrounding area includes the Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge, hot springs, and grasslands.

New Hampshire: The Inn on Golden Pond

Feeling adventurous? Dive into the pond – like Katharine Hepburn did in the movie On Golden Pond, which was filmed here. The “golden pond” is actually Squam Lake – the second-largest lake entirely in New Hampshire – which is filled with nesting birds, from loons to herons. The welcoming Inn on Golden Pond, surrounded by 50 wooded acres, offers easy access to the lake, and hiking, trekking and birdwatching. Inside, it oozes rustic charm, with quilted bedspreads, carved deer and picture windows.

New Jersey: Bungalow Hotel

The Jersey Shore may have a reputation of spray tans and rollicking beach parties, but there’s another side to his summer playground. Bungalow Hotel is a crisp, stylized departure from the usual shore experience. Designed by husband-and-wife duo Courtney and Robert Novogratz, this boutique hotel is filled with art, from splashy pop art to antique globes. The rooms have snowy-white linens, fresh flowers and picture windows. The colorful bar and lobby invites playful nights with billiards and foosball.

New Mexico: Four Kachinas

Artist Georgia O’Keefe was inspired by the dusky red landscapes of Santa Fe – and so is Four Kachinas Inn. This earthy abode oozes southwestern charm: the walls are hung with local art and spacious rooms have Saltillo tiles, Spanish colonial furniture and colorful weavings. Greet the morning in the sun-dappled patio, feasting on a homemade breakfast – and then pick up a paintbrush. Santa Fe has a way of turning everyone into an artist.

New York: The Kaaterskill

The Catskill Mountains may be just a couple of hours north of New York City, but it feels worlds away – and especially at rustic retreats like The Kaaterskill Inn. This is the best of the Catskills – views of the mountains piercing the sky, quiet paths that meander through the woods and gorgeous, alpine suites named after notable locals like Hudson River School painter George Inness. After a day of hiking, retreat to the Kaaterskill spa, which offers massages and warm stone treatments.

North Carolina: Biltmore Village Inn

By day, hike the Blue Ridge and Appalachian Mountains wilderness; by night, hit Asheville’s breweries and coffeeshops. In between, relax at the 1892 Biltmore Village Inn, whose apt motto is “Southern hospitality in Victorian style.” Regal rooms feature dark woods, four-poster beds, fireplaces and sweeping mountain views. Breakfast is taken very seriously here – the feast includes seasonal specialties like French toast with lavender whipped cream, and breakfast tostada with sweet potato, beans and chorizo. Plus, the daily social hour at 5pm invites all to wine and cheese.

North Dakota: Dakotah Rose Bed & Breakfast

From the quiet, sweeping plains to the surreal Badlands, North Dakota is the epitome of the fast Midwest. But even here you can find sweet little B&Bs, like the inviting Dakotah Rose on the banks of the Souris River in Minot. Set in an elegant home dating back to the early 1900s, the rooms have lovely historical touches like leaded glass windows and clawfoot tubs, while the garden is populated by maples, oaks and lilac bushes.

Ohio: Amish Country Lodging

Berlin sits in the heart of Ohio’s largest Amish community, which is filled with craft shops, colorful quilt auctions, and Amish family-style dining. For the full experience, bed down at Amish Country Lodging, which offers a rustic array of lodges, including cabins with fireplaces, surrounded by quiet woods, as well as treehouses rising amid the foliage.

Oklahoma: Shiloh Morning Inn

This enticing inn has an impressive backyard: the largest state park in Oklahoma, the Lake Murray State Park. Spend the day hiking, trekking and birdwatching – the inn lends binoculars – and then kick back at the handsome Shiloh Morning Inn. The beautifully-appointed rooms have plush beds, fireplaces and soaking tubs for two.

Oregon: Heceta Lighthouse

Light up your meander down the Oregon coast at this beautiful B&B, which shares the cliffside with one of Oregon’s most famous lighthouses: Heceta Head. The Heceta Head Keeper’s House commands stunning views of the Pacific Ocean – and offers access to the beach and lighthouse via a sloping path. The lovely rooms each have their own special angle of the surrounding landscape – of waves crashing on basalt rocks, the lighthouse piercing the sky and the sun-dappled garden. Breakfast isn’t just fruit and cereal – it’s seven courses that includes local sausages, pungent cheeses and more.

Pennsylvania: The Lodge at Glendorn

You’ve never seen a family camp like this. This luxury nature resort, surrounded by 1,500 acres nudging up against the Allegheny National Forest, was originally born as a family retreat. Today it continues to cater to all ages, but with a generous dose of pampering around every bend. Stay in one of the standalone cabins, with knotty pine paneling, wood-burning fireplaces, and views of nature, including waterfalls, streams and hemlock trees. Explore the outdoors, from fly fishing to quiet strolls through the woods, and then cap off the day with a massage in the forest spa.

Rhode Island: Cliffside Inn

Waterfront, genteel Newport is famous for its Gilded Age mansions. Stay in one of your own at Cliffside Inn, an elegant Victorian mansion that was once home to artist Beatrice Turner. The inn’s signature experience is a stay in Beatrice’s Room, which has door panels hand-painted by Turner, as well as a carved mahogany bed and fireplace with a stone mantel. Wake up to a seasonal breakfast and then trek the nearby 3.5-mile Cliff Walk overlooking the Atlantic.

South Carolina: 86 Cannon

Cobblestone streets, antebellum mansions, horse-drawn carriages, and perhaps a mint julep or three on a breezy porch. Charleston is the quintessential Southern city, exemplified by lovely B&Bs like 86 Cannon. This boutique inn, set in a beautifully-preserved 1860s home, features classic rooms that look right out of the glossy pages of an interior design magazine. After exploring Charleston, enjoy the nightly wine and cheese service.

South Dakota: Town Hall Inn

The town of Deadwood is anything but dead – this historic hub is filled with beautifully preserved Gold Rush-era architecture, and also serves as a jumping-off point to explore the surrounding Black Hills region, from hiking to biking to horseback riding. In nearby Lead is one of South Dakota’s most unique places to stay – Town Hall Inn, which is housed in, yes, the former town hall. The elegant suites, with dark-wood furnishings and upholstered chairs, are charmingly named: Mayor’s Office, Jury Room, Auditors Office, etc.

Tennessee: Germantown Inn

Nashville boasts plenty of splashy high-rise hotels, but for a taste of the city’s past head to historic Germantown. Founded in the 1850s by European immigrants as Nashville’s first suburb, Germantown is lined with old architecture, looming trees and funky little coffee shops. The boutique Germantown Inn has become the face of the revitalized Germantown. Airy suites, named after US presidents, have original flooring, plush linens and antique chandeliers.

Texas: Heywood Hotel

The “celebrate local” movement has long been at the heart of Austin. But few places salute it as stylishly as the Heywood Hotel, which reveals arts, crafts and furnishings by Austin artists throughout. Best of all, most pieces are for sale, so you can take a bit of the city home with you. This seven-room inn, set in an expanded 1920s bungalow, embodies the progressive, creative East Austin neighborhood. Inside, it’s all mid-century design, pine floors, cathedral ceilings, and pops of color, all rooted in an enthusiastic green-friendly philosophy.

Utah: Sunflower Hill

Roam Utah’s glowing red-rock arches, and then retire to this historic ranch house in Moab, with rooms that look right out of a French countryside inn – think antique beds, candelabras and balconies. Cool off in the pool, fringed by gardens. You’re in the center of the outdoor action – the entrance to Arches National Park is a quick drive away.

Vermont: Barrows House Inn

This classic country inn oozes New England charm – as do the surrounding hills of southern Vermont. Cozy up in the impeccable rooms, which have gleaming wood floors and leather wingback chairs, or in the spacious cottages – perfect for groups or families – which have large decks with grills so you can throw an impromptu BBQ after a day of hiking. But leave at least one night (or three) open for dinner at the inn’s acclaimed restaurant, which serves farm-fresh local cuisine.

Virginia: The Hope and Glory Inn

Detention – with a bar? School has never been so fun. This former 1800s academy has been transformed into a stylish inn in waterfront Irvington in Chesapeake Bay. The entire boutique inn salutes the schooldays of the past – from the Recess Spa to the Dining Hall to Detention Bar, where you’re provided with pencils and composition books entitled "Why are you in Detention”. A perfect topic to ruminate on after a drink or two.

Washington: Sea Cliff Gardens

The best of Washington’s nature – waterfalls, rivers, mountains – comes together on the Olympic Peninsula, which is bordered to the west by the Pacific Ocean, to the north by the Strait of Juan de Fuca, and to the east by Hood Canal. This Victorian B&B, filled with European antiques, maximizes its waterfront perch throughout – picture windows frame ocean views and flower-filled gardens offer breezy vantage points to gaze out over the water, where Vancouver Island rises in the distance.

West Virginia: Stonehouse

The motto says it all: "Welcome to the Stonehouse – a doily-free environment". The airy Stonehouse, with high ceilings and exposed stone, is an elegant departure from the traditionally precious B&B. Beyond the front door are the cobblestone streets of historic Harpers Ferry, which rises over the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers.

Wisconsin: Old Rittenhouse Inn

It’s hard to find a better spot in the state for a natural getaway: Bayfield is the hub of the Apostle Island National Lakeshore – lush parkland that unfolds across 21 wilderness islands and peninsula shoreline. The Old Rittenhouse Inn more than matches the beauty outdoors. This grand Victorian inn takes B&B living to a high art – maple furnishings, flower wallpaper, fireplaces and views of shimmering Lake Superior.

Wyoming: Wildflower Lodge