The Old Red Mill Inn, in the heart of Wilmington, retains rustic charm from its previous life as a sawmill (18 N. Main St., Wilmington, oldredmill.com, from $70). Homemade cookies and intricate quilts create a homey vibe at the Brass Lantern Inn, but be sure to leave the property from time to time to explore Stowe's award-winning restaurants (717 Maple St., Stowe, brasslanterninn.com, from $99).
Great Lakes Seaway Trail
The Georgian-style Hillcrest Inn (1 Hillcrest St., Niagara Falls, N.Y., hillcrestniagara.com, from $119) sits on a quiet block just out of earshot of the boom of Niagara Falls; guests can eat breakfast on a private balcony with views of the upper rapids. The Boothby Inn is a restored 1888 Victorian home in the heart of downtown Erie, mere minutes from the bay (311 W. 6th St., Erie, Pa., theboothbyinn.com, from $130). In the aptly named Shakespeare room, the decorative tiles lining the fireplace depict scenes from some of the Bard's famous plays.
Blue Ridge Parkway
Step back in time with a visit to the Mast Farm Inn, where you can admire the meticulously kept grounds and gardens from a porch rocking chair or sharpen your culinary skills at the Mast Farm Inn School of Cooking (2543 Broadstone Rd., Banner Elk, N.C., mastfarminn.com, from $99). The Bearskin Lodge on the River is situated along a trout stream on the edge of Great Smoky Mountains National Park (840 River Rd., Gatlinburg, Tenn., thebearskinlodge.com, from $45). Log and stone accents give the property an appropriately rustic look.
Historic Route 66
Wicker Park Inn's brick rowhouse has been a fixture of Chicago's leafy Wicker Park neighborhood since the 1890s (1329 N. Wicker Park Ave., Chicago, wickerparkinn.com, from $139). The eight themed guest rooms—from Cape Cod to Provence to Tuscan—are appealingly understated, not kitschy. On the Oklahoma leg of Route 66, the two buildings that compose the present-day Pollard Inn (124 W. Harrison Ave., Guthrie, Okla., pollardinn.biz, from $150) were christened as the Guthrie Savings Bank and the W.N. Wallace Pharmacy in the early 20th century. The bank's original vault stands among multitudes of other historic relics that decorate the halls and guest rooms.
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