T+L Reports: Country Escapes
Published: June 2009
When another weekend in the city is the last thing you need, set your sights on one of these pastoral finds. With just three rooms, the Poetry Inn (6380 Silverado Trail, Napa, Calif.; 707/944-0646; www.poetryinn.com; doubles from $575) is one of the most tranquil spaces in the buzzing Napa Valley. Guest rooms have wood-burning fireplaces, private terraces, and both indoor and outdoor showers. Kick off the day with a breakfast of Brie-and-strawberrystuffed French toast at a table overlooking the vineyards. • Maine's Greek Revivalstyle Chebeague Island Inn (61 South Rd., Chebeague Island; 207/846-5155; www.chebeagueislandinn.com; doubles from $185), a 15-minute ferry ride from the mainland across Casco Bay, offers guests a trip back in time with simply styled, whitewashed rooms, cocktails on the veranda, and not a phone or a television in sight. • The 1804 Inn at Barboursville Vineyards (17655 Winery Rd., Barboursville; 434/760-2212; www.barboursvillewine.com; doubles from $300), a restored Georgian villa in Virginia's burgeoning wine region near Charlottesville, is a refined mix of damask, oil paintings, four-poster beds, and claw-foot tubs. Don't miss dinner at Palladio, the vineyard's elegant northern Italian restaurant.