Inn of the Month: Bucks County, PA's Auldridge Mead
There are no teddy bears or ruffles or jars of potpourri to contend with at this seven-room inn set on 15 acres of rolling countryside. And every piece of furniture is worth a second look -- on close inspection you may find that it was made by the innkeeper himself, a physicist turned Wall Streeter turned woodworker and collector. Craig Mattoli is a bit eccentric, and his inn is too: the 1790 farmhouse has steep stairs and a few awkward spaces. But the beds are divine, and wait till you taste his sour-cream pancakes (ask about the cooking classes). A bonus: the antiques shops of New Hope and Lambertville are minutes away.
AULDRIDGE MEAD, 523 Geigel Hill Rd., Ottsville; 610/847-5842; doubles from $100, including breakfast.