What Taliesin in Spring Green, Wisconsin, is to followers of Frank Lloyd Wright, the Roycroft Inn near Buffalo is to devotees of Elbert Hubbard, who modeled the Roycroft Arts and Crafts movement after William Morris. Since the turn of the century, those curious about the fabled Roycroft guilds, from Theodore Roosevelt to Carl Sandburg, have made their way to the inn, a showcase for work ranging from Mission-style furniture to specially bound and typeset books. Guests can curl up in original deep morris chairs, read by the light of Dard Hunter wall and ceiling fixtures, and, after taking a walking tour of snowy East Aurora, warm up in whirlpool tubs added in an extensive and intelligent renovation. Bed down on a sleeping porch (each of the 22 suites has one) that feels old-fashioned but, not to worry, has up-to-the-minute climate control.
Roycroft Inn, 40 S. Grove St., East Aurora, N.Y.; 800/267-0525 or 716/652-5552; suites from $120.