Sometimes you just have to get away, and there’s no time for planning. When you feel the need, there are some great options out there, especially if you are an adventurous soul looking to experience something fresh and new. At Select Registry, we know the feeling of wanting to try out a new locale, and so we’ve put together a very short list of possibilities for those of you who have a yen for spending a few days “elsewhere.”
This 1905 Edwardian manor is resplendent with perfectly manicured gardens, oriental carpets, stained glass windows, fresh flowers, down featherbeds and comforters, fireplaces, and private baths complete with Jacuzzi tubs. A historical home with all the comforts of modern day life, any one of the nine rooms will take you back to another time when tranquility and a slower pace ruled the day. The daily complimentary breakfast is enjoyed in the Inn’s lovely breakfast room or in the conservatory. Every dish is prepared fresh and from scratch, with a menu that is filled with West Coast flare. When evening comes, enjoy the sherry hour where you can mingle with other guests, and later at night, you can grab a cookie or two before retiring. Beaconsfield Inn sits on a quiet, tree-lined street only four blocks from Inner Harbor. If charm, romance, and luxury are what you are looking for, then you’ve found the right spot for the perfect last minute vacation. Take advantage of the many outdoor activities and the city pleasures to make your holiday complete.
Listed on the National Historic Register, this elegant Inn was once a part of the Winterthur Estate, named for Alexandria de Montchanin, grandmother of the founder of the famed DuPont Company. A settlement home to laborers working in the nearby DuPont powder mills, the Inn consists of 11 restored buildings dating from 1799 to 1920 and features 28 beautifully-appointed guestrooms and suites. Beautifully decorated with period and reproduction furniture, the comfortable accommodations include marble bathrooms and high-end amenities. And to make your vacation even more spectacular, most rooms come with manicured courtyards and several with cozy fireplaces. The Spa offers a myriad of body treatments and facials, all performed in a peaceful and luxurious ambiance. After you’ve relaxed and regrouped, enjoy delicious fare at Krazy Kat’s Restaurant in the renovated blacksmith’s shop, which boasts its original forge. Here you can have breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with seasonally-inspired cuisine that you can enjoy amongst tiger print chairs and fun portraits of militarily-clothed cats and dogs. Located in the Brandywine Valley, only 10 minutes northwest of Wilmington and 25 miles south of Philadelphia, the area offers many local attractions such as golf, bike paths, garden tours, culinary classes, historic sites, and a long list of major museums. You may not have enough time to do everything, but even just relaxing in one of the inviting sitting areas can bring you just what you need to renew and regenerate the soul.
On the shores of Watts Bar Lake, Whitestone Country Inn offers exceptional panoramic views of the nearby Smoky Mountains. With rolling hillsides, thick woodlands, and sensitively-landscaped gardens, this is the place to let your hair down as your cares melt away into the sunset. Here every room and suite is named for a specific bird found in the nearby Wildlife and Waterfowl Refuge. The spacious and charmingly-decorated 22 rooms all invite you to lay back and enjoy the antiques, inviting fireplaces, luxury linens and bathrobes, whirlpool or Jacuzzi tubs, and classic amenities that will make you feel like royalty. The Inn offers gourmet cuisine in the three dining rooms, with two overlooking the lake. Start your day with a complimentary breakfast, and then come back for both lunch and dinner to sample the chef’s daily delicacies. Once out, you will be enticed by the magnificent sights all around. Choose an activity such as hiking, fishing, golfing, boating, biking, or playing tennis to make your last-minute getaway vacation fulfilling and complete.
Historic yet cosmopolitan, Shepherdstown is only 90 minutes from Washington D.C. and Baltimore, MD, making it the perfect last-minute vacation when you need to get out of the city and find your sanity once again. This gracious bed & breakfast offers spacious guestrooms on the second floor where you will find not a single television or telephone to interrupt the peace. The Inn brings new meaning to ‘getting away from it’ with its homey and comfortable atmosphere that includes hardwood floors, oriental rugs, large wardrobes, soft waffle robes, bedside chocolates, comforters or quilts, and feather mattress toppers. And here you can feel free to request a hypoallergenic fiber bed if you should need one. The living room boasts three seating areas, a gas fireplace, videos, a game table, television and DVD player. Here you can connect with the world, should you need to, so you don’t need to be afraid that you are totally cut off after all! A complimentary, full breakfast that is cooked to order helps prepare you for your day. Plan a trip to Harpers Ferry National Park, Antietam Battlefield National Park, or the Appalachian Trail. Go biking or hiking on the nearby C & O Canal Path. Have a meal at one of the many local restaurants, and enjoy the area’s shops, galleries, and so much more. With many cultural events and festivals, you will always find something interesting to do, helping you to make wonderful memories for the future.
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