Abigail Stoneman Inn
Newport, Rhode Island
Architecture buffs will have a heavenly weekend in Newport, known for The Elms, Rosecliff, and other carefully restored mansions as well as a lively waterfront. Just a short stroll from historic Bellevue Avenue, this Victorian bed and breakfast offers the quintessential New England experience. Built in 1866 and completely remodeled last June, the inn is named for Newport's first female innkeeper and entrepreneur. Only two guest rooms and three suites are available, including the appropriately named Above and Beyond Suite, which occupies the third floor and comes complete with secret doors, hidden panels, and a concealed bathing salon. The Bath Menu -- featuring some two dozen different bath salts, soaps, and oils -- is an inviting amenity, as are the Bottled Water Menu (20 still and sparkling varieties from around the world) and the Pillow Menu, offering 17 styles, from a triple-down-feather to a buckwheat-hull pillow. The tiny Tea for Two dining nook is pure bliss for breakfast or afternoon tea. Rooms from $325; 800-845-1811.