- Newbury Guest House (Boston, MA; tel. 800/437-7668): This lovely property would be a good deal even if it weren't ideally located on Newbury Street, Boston's version of Rodeo Drive. Rates even include breakfast.
- Pilgrim Sands Motel (Plymouth, MA; tel. 800/729-7263): The ocean views and two pools (indoor and outdoor) make this a great deal, whether you're immersing yourself in Pilgrim lore or passing through on the way from Boston to Cape Cod.
- White Horse Inn (Provincetown, Cape Cod, MA; tel. 508/487-1790): The very embodiment of Provincetown funkiness, this inn has hosted such celebrities as filmmaker John Waters and poet laureate Robert Pinsky. Rooms are short on amenities but long on artiness. The apartments, cobbled together by innkeeper Frank Schaefer, are highly original and a lot of fun.
- Nauset House Inn (East Orleans, Cape Cod, MA; tel. 800/771-5508): This romantic 1810 farmhouse is like a sepia-toned vision of old Cape Cod. Recline in a wicker divan surrounded by fragrant flowers while the wind whistles outside. Better yet, stroll to Nauset Beach and take a quiet walk as the sun sets. Your genial hosts also prepare one of the finest breakfasts in town.
- Hopkins Inn (New Preston, CT; tel. 860/868-7295): This yellow farmhouse bestows the top view of Lake Waramaug, and is at its best on soft summer days when robust Alpine dishes can be taken out on the terrace. The somewhat spartan rooms don't tempt winding-down guests with either phones or TVs. The Hopkins Vineyard is adjacent.
- Bee and Thistle Inn (Old Lyme, CT; tel. 800/622-4946): Known for decades for its cuisine, this 1756 house also has a detached cottage and 11 pretty guest rooms, two of which have fireplaces. Easily one of the area's most romantic weekend getaways, it sits on 5 acres beside the small Lieutenant River.
- Inn at the Mad River Barn (Waitsfield, VT; tel. 800/631-0466): It takes a few minutes to adapt to the spartan rooms and no-frills accommodations here. But you'll soon discover that the real action takes place in the living room and dining room, where skiers relax and chat after a day on the slopes, and share heaping helpings at mealtime.
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