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Katarina Kovacevic is a freelance travel writer specializing in hotels and resorts. She's the author of The Food Lovers' Guide to Phoenix & Scottsdale and founder/editor of Style Jaunt, a blog about fashionable travel. Her work has appea...

Unique local stays

Independent spirit and local flavor come to life when you stay at an inn, which offers a more personalized travel experience.

Unique local stays

Unique local stays

Independent spirit and local flavor come to life when you stay
at an inn, which offers a more personalized travel experience.

Argos Inn

Unique local stays

Owner Avi Smith handpicks every decorative detail at Argos Inn — from the rich and revamped French furnishings to the artsy doorknobs and original paintings. Born and raised near Ithaca, New York, Smith returned to his hometown after 10 years in San Francisco’s dot-com industry and purchased this historic Colonial-style mansion near Ithaca’s main drag. The building itself has a long and storied history — it housed Revolutionary War veterans and past town presidents. Today, Argos Inn and its 10 unique rooms are meticulously restored to original splendor with added amenities like Bar Argos, where old-time cocktails evoke the inn’s bygone days.

Farmhouse Inn

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Sonoma County’s Farmhouse Inn has been in the Bartolomei family since 1911. Ninety years after its original purchase, brother-sister duo Joe and Catherine turned it into one of the Russian River Valley’s most-popular escapes, adding a restaurant and spa, which both make proper use of the region’s harvest — spring-forest honey, heirloom cider apples and herbs grown in Farmhouse’s own kitchen. Rooms play up the area’s romantic wine country with private alfresco decks and windowed jet tubs overlooking the woodsy outdoors.

The Carolina Inn

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John Sprunt Hill built The Carolina Inn in 1924 as a place of respite for University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill alumni and visitors. Eleven years later, he donated the inn to the university, requiring profits be used to maintain the library’s North Carolina Collection. The property has seen a handful of major renovations since its beginnings but retains its 18th- and 19th-century design elements — a two-story portico, central demi-lune window, and hipped-gable brick end walls. The best way to feel The Carolina Inn’s southern charm? Afternoon tea overlooking the garden terrace.

The Inn at 410

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Once the home of Arizona’s first territorial attorney general, The Inn at 410 in Flagstaff is restored to its 1800's style. Each of the eight guestrooms features a different design. There’s The Southwest with its native artifacts and adobe-inspired fireplace, Sunflower Fields lined with van Gogh paintings and bright hues of yellow and blue, and Monet’s Garden that’s accessed through the inn’s own garden patio, among others. The inn’s homemade breakfast is a sought-after meal with local Southwestern specialties and country cooking.

The Weekapaug Inn

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Entrepreneur Frederick Buffum and his wife, Phebe, started The Weekapaug Inn on the shores of Rhode Island in 1899. Drawing visitors with its comfortable coastal vibe, the inn has passed through the hands of several area residents since, but it retains its low-key New England personality. Discover Weekapaug’s appeal for yourself with the inn’s own Naturalist who leads guided beach walks and evening constellation sessions. Or, savor regional flavors during the three-course Cooking Through the Seasons dinner and family-style Beer Dinner featuring seasonal craft beers.

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