Southmoreland on the Plaza, Kansas City
Like the 12 other rooms at this inn, the recently opened George Kessler suite (pictured here) is named after a famous local resident: the landscape architect who designed the city's magnificent parks in the late 19th century. Located in the carriage house behind the 1913 Colonial Revivalstyle main building, this high-ceilinged suite has a deck, whirlpool bath, and woodstove. You'll be tempted to hole up—eating freshly baked cookies from the kitchen and watching one of the inn's 175 videos (all with happy endings). But don't. Head to the sunporch for a hearty breakfast of applesauce bread, spinach-and-bacon frittatas, and apricot-banana smoothies. Then set out to explore the City of Fountains. You're just blocks from the Moorish-style Country Club Plaza (America's first shopping mall), Frank Lloyd Wright's 1940 Community Christian Church, and the renowned Asian collection at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.
Southmoreland on the Plaza, 116 E. 46th St., Kansas City, Mo.; 816/531-7979, fax 816/531-2407; doubles from $125, $235 for the suite, including breakfast.