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7 Great Destination Inns

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Many travelers use bed and breakfasts as a base from which to explore the rich cultural and historical environs in which inns are often located. However, as both the days and the level of mercury in the thermometer grow shorter, it’s a good time to think of B&Bs as not just a place to store your luggage while you tour around, but as cozy havens where you can warm up, settle down and nestle in while the snow piles up outside. These seven destination inns provide the perfect settings for a long winter’s nap …

1. Bear Mountain Lodge

Courtesy Bear Mountain Lodge
Bethlehem, NH

Nestled in the heart of New Hampshire's White Mountains on 26 acres of land, Bear Mountain Lodge was built in 2005. Constructed with huge logs and decorated with comfortable western furniture, the Lodge is a terrific getaway for guests who want to mix a romantic getaway with the outdoors. Special packages are avaialble with in-room massage, fresh flowers, chocolate truffles, and more. Website

2. Blair Hill Inn

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Greenville, ME

Blair Hill Inn, an 1891 Queen Anne mansion, was built by a wealthy Chicago socialite after he fell in love with the area on a visit to Maine. The inn was named one of the top 5 "most visually stunning wedding locations in North America" by Outside magazine in 2005 and one of GQ's "10 Perfect Cold Weather Escapes" in January 2007. Website

3. Little Palm Island

Little Torch Key, FL

This is a property that truly puts the destination in "destination inn." Trade the white of snow for the natural white sand beach on this private 5-acre tropical island in the Lower Keys. This 30-suite resort, which has been praised by Frommer's, Fodor's and Travel + Leisure is accessible only by boat or seaplane. Little Palm Island is situated 28 miles east of Key West and 120 miles southwest of Miami. Website

4. Hacienda Corona de Guevavi Bed and Breakfast Inn

Nogales, AZ

Hacienda Corona is a beautifully restored large ranch house overlooking 36 acres of the historic Guevavi Ranch. The ranch is located along the banks of the Santa Cruz River between the towns of Tubac and Patagonia in Southern Arizona. Hacienda Corona is exquisitely decorated with early Arizona character and is restored with all the modern conveniences you would expect in a five star inn. Website

5. Bedford Post Inn

Bedford, NY

With a yoga studio and two different restaurants onsite, you can feed the body and soul at this Relais & Chateaux property owned by actor Richard Gere and his wife, actress Carey Lowell. And you never need to leave the property! Website

6. Arabian Horse Inn

Arabian Horse Inn - Exterior
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Sudbury, MA

Built in 1880, the grand main house is now more than 225 years old. The Arabian Horse Inn sits on nine acres, with a barn, woods, horse pastures, a spring-fed pond and stream all surrounded by old stone walls. Three guest rooms are available, all with private baths. For the best nestle-in weekend, choose the Tanah Suite which includes a king-size canopy bed, two Victorian chairs, a working fireplace, and a two-person Jacuzzi tub. Website

7. Silver Thatch Inn

Charlottesville, Virginia

While Charlottesville offers plenty of discoveries for tourists, you might just want to park yourself at the Silver Thatch Inn and stay put for the weekend. Choose the Thomas Jefferson, John Tyler or William Henry Harrison Rooms and you'll get a fire to keep you company as you snuggle in the big, comfy beds. For dinner, no driving necessary -- just amble down to the either the onsite restaurant for some contemporary cuisine or head to the inn's tavern (Iggy's) for a light bite. Website

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