Arch Cape Inn

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1. Arch Cape Inn and Retreat, Arch Cape, OR
Explore the Oregon coast while staying in a storybook French chateau with ocean views, European antiques and original works of art. Cynthia Malkowski, innkeeper at Arch Cape, encourages guests to pick vegetables they'd like to eat from the inn's kitchen garden. Look out for the nearby 24 "Whale Watching Spoken Here" sites, which are stocked with volunteers eager to help you spot whales during the winter and spring migrations.

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The Swag Country Inn

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2. The Swag Country Inn, Waynesville, NC
Thirty minutes outside Asheville, the Swag Country Inn—named for the dip between the peaks where it sits—borders the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, giving visitors a private experience by one of the nation's busiest parks. Besides hiking and spotting wildlife, you can visit up to 90 preserved historic structures, from churches to outbuildings, says Swag Country Inn staffer Sarah Franquet. On Wednesdays, you might choose to enjoy a gourmet picnic, courtesy of executive chef Bryan Kimmett, atop the inn's Gooseberry Knob. Be sure to take a close look at the inn's exterior—the Swag is built from centuries-old hand-hewn logs brought in from an old church in Tennessee.

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3. Churchill Manor Bed and Breakfast, Napa, CA
After a long day of wine tasting (hey, it's hard work!), you could relax in a stately mansion located on a quiet, tree-lined street just a short stroll from the Napa riverfront. Built in 1889, Churchill Manor was the first residence in Napa to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and all the original woodwork, including redwood mantels and pocket doors, has been left virtually untouched. For a unique view of Napa's vineyards, ask one of the nearby hot-air balloon companies to pick you up at the inn for a sunrise experience, suggests innkeeper Joanna Guidotti. (Balloons have to land before winds pick up at 9 a.m., so this activity is best for early birds.)

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Inn Above Onion Creek

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4. The Inn Above Onion Creek, Kyle, TX
This 12-room country inn and spa sits on 100 acres of Texas hill country, just 25 miles from Austin. Take a hiking tour—you may even be accompanied by Nigel, one of the inn's cats—and watch the hummingbirds zip around the gardens in the spring. Visitors can explore three nearby wineries, including Bella Vista Ranch, which also produces olive oil. If you're in the mood for something more fast-paced, Wemberley Zipline Adventures is only a 12-minute drive from the inn and its outings offer 15-mile views.

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