Luxury travelers know that high-end hotel accommodations vary by size and that larger chains offer the benefits of a rewards program, consistent service and convenient booking. But, small boutique hotels or inns can provide personalized service and a unique experience, and because they have fewer guests to look after, an innkeeper will have the time to allow you to relax in luxury.
Most people choose to stay in inns for a weekend away because of their beautiful surroundings and cozy rooms. CNN recently released a list of America's most charming inns, and these three destinations have the distinction of being particularly special, as well as being located fairly close to major airports.
The Inn at Little Washington in Washington, VA, is located just an hour outside of Washington, DC. So while it's not far to get to, the extraordinary staff goes the extra mile to entice visitors to take the journey. This old-fashioned inn has many little touches that will make guests swear that they're in New England. Travelers can look forward to wood burning stoves and handmade quilts.
The Swag in Waynesville, NC, is known for its beautiful views. Located in western North Carolina, The Swag has the distinction of being on the highest point in the eastern United States. The surroundings are breathtaking, and visitors can enjoy them from the adirondack chairs sprinkled throughout the property. However, Waynesville happens to be in a dry county, so travelers should bring their own alcoholic beverages if they would like them.
Winvian in Morris, CT gives its guests more than 100 acres of Connecticut landscape to enjoy. Guests can play croquet or bocce, or get a drink in the inn's unique helicopter-turned-bar. Best of all, this beautiful getaway is just up the road from Waterbury, CT.