After this long there is no shame in admitting you need a little inspiration to get you in the mood — it’s been too long since we’ve all traveled! So we’ve rounded up 20 incredible, available, independent hotels that are just waiting to show you a good time.
LOCATION: Atlanta, Georgia
WHAT GETS US IN THE MOOD: Interior designer Barb Shadomy’s artistic influence is everywhere. Each room has its own character: one recalls 1940’s Hollywood with quilted-satin bed covers, another is tucked into the eaves, with leaded glass windows, subway tiles and eye-popping nighttime views of Atlanta’s cityscape. Tea and coffee, fresh fruit and goodies like homemade chocolate cake and caramel shortbread bars are available all day, free of charge.
LOCATION: Jennings, St. Mary’s, Antigua
WHAT GETS US IN THE MOOD: Tucked away inside 140 undeveloped acres, Hermitage Bay offers barefoot luxury and a relaxed ambiance. Framed by lush hillsides and clear turquoise waters, this all-inclusive resort is casual and comfortable, yet indulgent and unique. Glimpse tropical gardens and an inspiring mangrove as you make your way to one of 30 individual suites. Each room offers views of the region’s natural beauty.
LOCATION: Minneapolis, Minnesota
WHAT GETS US IN THE MOOD: As you explore the beautiful estate and its gorgeous grounds, you’ll experience the ideal balance of rich history and modern convenience. Rich wood panels, ornate fixtures, lush lawns and other incredible sights make 300 Clifton a lodging choice that’s as beautiful as it is memorable. Guests can enjoy ultimate relaxation with an in-room massage, a year-round hot tub, and luxe Intelligent Nutrients USDA Organic Hair Care products offered in each room.
VALHALLA RESORT HOTEL
LOCATION: Helen, Georgia
WHAT GETS US IN THE MOOD: Lose yourself in an inspiring mountain setting that’s nothing short of regal. The luxurious touches will inspire you to relax, reflect and renew — while the impeccable service will make you feel as though your cares are completely washed away. This unique adults-only resort combines grand European architecture with rustic-contemporary design. The result? A supreme retreat that lives up to its mythic namesake in every way.
WICKER PARK INN
LOCATION: Chicago, Illinois
WHAT GETS US IN THE MOOD: Nestled in the trendy Wicker Park neighborhood and set in an 1890s row house, the Wicker Park Inn is a boutique Bed & Breakfast that combines comfort with convenience. Each of the nine luxurious guest rooms features elegant decor, modern amenities and unique details such as exposed brick walls, wallpaper accents, decorative fireplace, skylights and wooden floors.
THE SPRINGS RESORT & SPA
LOCATION: La Fortuna, Arenal, Costa Rica
WHAT GETS US IN THE MOOD: Thanks to its perch 1,000 feet above the Arenal Valley, The Springs offers incomparable views of the Arenal Volcano, plus inspiring city views and comfortable breezes. Natural hot and cold springs, five unique dining experiences, and an impressive full-service spa, make this a spot that truly defines the word “vacation.”
THE STATE HOTEL
LOCATION: Seattle, Washington
WHAT GETS US IN THE MOOD: The State Hotel believes in energizing Seattle through the arts — so it’s proud to have partnered with street artist Shepard Fairey in a five-story mural on the west side of the hotel, as well as local artists Kate Blairstone and Kyler Martz for artwork throughout the hotel. During your stay, wander up to the rooftop deck, open year-round, and take in iconic views of the ferries, the Olympic Mountains and Pike Place Market.
ROYAL BELIZE PRIVATE ISLAND
LOCATION: Dangriga, Belize
WHAT GETS US IN THE MOOD: For the ultimate in bucket list check-offs, Royal Belize is a completely private, hyper-luxurious experience where everything is included. The resort hosts only one party at a time, so it’s truly all about you. The discreet yet attentive staff makes sure you don’t have to worry about meals, snacks, drinks or planning from the moment you arrive.
LOCATION: Blowing Rock, North Carolina
WHAT GETS US IN THE MOOD: Greenery and beautiful foliage surround you as you approach the Meadowbrook Inn. Once you set foot on property, you’ll enjoy the warm welcome and sincere service that makes this hotel an area favorite. For a true taste of the High Country, grab a cold craft brew or a bottle of local wine from the front desk. Fresh mountain air and thoughtful hospitality — it’s truly Blowing Rock at it’s finest.
CASA CAYUCO ECO ADVENTURE LODGE
LOCATION: Bocas del Toro, Panama
WHAT GETS US IN THE MOOD: Powered by two very robust solar power centers and features a massive rainwater catchment and purification system. Casa Cayuco prides itself on having a net zero carbon footprint while providing a comfortable, eco-luxe stay for every guest. Spend your time snorkeling, surfing, kayaking, diving, hiking, visiting indigenous villages or simply relaxing with a drink on the white sand beaches.
LOCATION: Providence, Rhode Island
WHAT GETS US IN THE MOOD: Catch a rotating art exhibition in the lobby — this boutique hotel is passionate about immersing guests in fresh and local art. Don’t miss dining at Backstage Kitchen + Bar. This artsy haunt celebrates Providence’s thriving theater scene. Start your day with fan favorite the “HOLLAH” French Toast, then come back for an encore performance featuring classic New England dishes with a creative twist.
SHADE HOTEL MANHATTAN BEACH
LOCATION: Manhattan Beach, California
WHAT GETS US IN THE MOOD: Roll down the iconic Manhattan Beach boardwalk in style — the hotel offers free bike rentals. From Tempur-Pedic™ beds and pillows to an in-room espresso machine, your room is filled with everything you need to relax and recharge. Even your bathroom is filled with features that promote relaxation. With a large vanity, a luxurious jacuzzi tub and chromatherapy lights, you’ll have all that you need to ensure a stay that’s as restful as it is unforgettable.
THE CHATEAUX DEER VALLEY
LOCATION: Park City, Utah
WHAT GETS US IN THE MOOD: From snow-capped mountains to majestic trees — the beauty of your external surroundings will prepare you for the inspiring interiors of The Chateaux. Once on property, your eyes will take in the expansive fireplaces, cashmere throws and pine-knotted doors. With a jetted hot tub and relaxing outdoor heated pool, The Chateaux invites you to admire the beautiful natural surroundings at every turn.
LOCATION: Gloucester, Massachusetts
WHAT GETS US IN THE MOOD: As you approach this jewel on the shores of Gloucester, you’ll immediately feel transported to New England’s historic seaside hotels and grand summer homes. From soothing stripes, to warm woods, to marvelous marble — the decor in each guest room complements the sights and sounds of the sea. You’ll feel calm, comfortable, and totally at peace.
HENRY HOWARD HOTEL
LOCATION: New Orleans, Louisiana
WHAT GETS US IN THE MOOD: Beyond a front porch perfect for sipping something cold while watching the world pass, inside the massive twelve-foot doors, The Henry Howard Hotel serves up bespoke furnishings, local artwork, a parlor bar, and guestrooms and suites with wood floors, luxurious linens, summer-weight comforters, floor-to-ceiling windows, exposed brick, and, if you can believe it, more.
THE INN AT HONEY RUN
LOCATION: Millersburg, Ohio
WHAT GETS US IN THE MOOD: Expect total relaxation at this adult-only resort. If you opt for one of the 25 rooms in the main inn, expect big windows with views of forest or the ivy bank, plus common areas with fireplaces and soaring ceilings. Honeycomb rooms, built into the hillside with garden views, are optimal for getting cozy in front of floor-to-ceiling sandstone fireplaces.
VOLCANO VILLAGE LODGE
LOCATION: Volcano, Hawaii
WHAT GETS US IN THE MOOD: Guests enjoy the quiet pitter patter of rain on the roof of their private hideaway. Many of the lodges are positioned for absolute privacy and are tucked away into the rain forest making it feel like you are staying in a secluded tree house. Sit on your private deck and enjoy a cup of fresh ground local Kona coffee before breakfast. Then after a day of exploring, soak in the hot tub and maybe relax by the fire in your room with a good book before retiring for the night.
THE LENOX HOTEL
LOCATION: Boston, Massachusetts
WHAT GETS US IN THE MOOD: The Lenox is the only hotel in Boston with wood-burning fireplaces (they’re available in corner rooms). The newly renovated lobby conjures up over a hundred years of glamorous history: You can imagine Mrs. Prada – a regular guest for 30 years – nodding her elegantly behatted head with approval.
LOCATION: Ranguana Caye, Belize
WHAT GETS US IN THE MOOD: The moment you arrive via boat to Ranguana Caye, a sense of true relaxation will wash over you. Wildlife is ever-present here: from turtle hatchlings that grace the beach, to the vibrantly colored fish in the crystal-clear water. Each of the three island cabanas is designed to maximize your immersion in this truly spectacular place.
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