T+L Reports: Country Escapes
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.
Virginia is one of the country’s fastest-growing wine regions, and Palladio is one of the best restaurants in the state—it’s built on the grounds of a now-ruined estate designed by Thomas Jefferson, and the food is as noteworthy as the wine.
1804 Inn at Barboursville Vineyards
The restored interior of this intimate inn’s Georgian villa, in Virginia’s burgeoning wine region 20 miles from Charlottesville, is a refined mix of damask, oil paintings, four-poster beds, and claw-foot tubs. Three palatial suites have private balconies with views of the vineyards, lake, and majestic Blue Ridge Mountains; the Octagon Suite also overlooks the ruins of a historic Thomas Jefferson–designed mansion. For maximum seclusion, book one of the two cottage rooms, which are carved out of the brick 18th-century servant’s quarters and screened from the rest of the property by a row of stately boxwood trees. Don’t miss dinner at Palladio, the vineyard’s elegant northern Italian restaurant.
Chebeague Island Inn
Chebeague Island Inn is a tasteful, pared-down vision of grand seaside living—massive fieldstone fireplace, board games, and overstuffed chairs in the great room lobby and a wide porch made for watching boats and sipping stiff cocktails at sunset. The restaurant leans heavily on fresh local ingredients (try one of its five signature seafood chowders), and a “flambé ice cream parlor” adds a dose of culinary theater. All 21 rooms are crisply tailored in ginghams and plaids and feature works by Maine artists; some have shared baths. In keeping with the remote island flavor, there’s not a phone or television in sight. Stays here are about quiet seaside relaxation, unless you’re up for a round at the inn’s nine-hole golf course, a game of croquet, or a buzz around the island on one of the inn’s L. L. Bean touring bikes. Note: The hotel opens for the summer season in May and shutters in mid-October.