Vihula Manor's tree-lined driveway seems to appear out of nowhere at the inland edge of Estonia's largest national park, Lahemaa. Located an hour outside Tallinn, the secluded 16th-century estate offers guests a true escape from city life, with over 120 acres of land along the Mustoja River. Although the surrounding farmland is not particularly interesting, visitors have the entire park at their disposal, where they can explore Lahemaa's bogs or bike to the coast of the Baltic Sea only 4 kilometers away. Somewhat surprisingly, the bucolic property is more popular in the wintertime, when guests can appreciate northern Estonia's endless wealth of snow by skiing or skating. Building facades and rooms are fairly plain, with a few pleasantly rustic touches here and there in the form of wooden rafters or exposed brick. 
 
Vihula's motley attractions and facilities keep things interesting for isolated guests; kids are sure to enjoy the petting zoo and mini-golf course with its scaled-down replicas of famous Baltic buildings. For the adults, a modest vodka museum displays a few fun facts, old distillation machines, and a genuinely terrifying life-sized diorama of men in a 19th-century tavern. The manor's small heated pool and sauna complex is located in a separate building from the spa.  A charming gift shop sells homemade jams, berry chips, and Vihula's own brand of vodka (made in Latvia). There's also an Estonian tavern and a larger restaurant selling foods from across Europe.