World class spas. High thread-count sheets. Epic views. 5 star restaurants. Prime locations. Top-notch service. Luxurious spas and activities and amenities galore… Yes, I’ll admit it. I’m a sucker for a nice hotel.
Here is my list of some of the dreamiest hotels in the mid-Atlantic, in no particular order. Some of these I’ve already visited, while others are still on my local travel bucket list. But I will make it to them all… one day!
Let me know what you think of these picks (and if you have any that I should add to my list) in the comments below!
Lodge at Primland (Meadows of Dan, Virginia)
I’m always on the lookout for the best of the best in the mid-Atlantic and was beyond pleased to see Virginia’s own Lodge at Primland coming in at #46 on Travel & Leisure’s international list of the World’s Best Hotels in 2013. This environmentally-conscious Blue Ridge mountain retreat is a peaceful hidden gem and one of the mid-Atlantic’s ultimate places to get away from it all. All lodge guests can sign up for an extensive array of activities (think: camp for grown-ups, with clay pigeon shooting, ATV tours, horseback riding, geocaching and more). Or if unwinding is more your style, relax in comfort and enjoy the resort’s regionally-focused fine dining, an 18-hole golf course, a destination spa, library with sprawling views and — my favorite — an observatory for those starry, starry Blue Ridge nights.
Inn at Perry Cabin (St. Michaels, Maryland)
I visited the quaint Chesapeake Bay town of St. Michaels, Maryland last fall. While I was charmed by all of the B&Bs that touted down-home comfort and local history, my eyes kept wandering over to the Inn at Perry Cabin. The waterfront colonial resort and spa dates back to the 1800s and today is run by the illustrious Orient Express brand. Being so close… well I just had to go in and check things out for myself. I was super-impressed with the attentive service of the lobby staff, the fresh flowers that were scattered around the entire property and the ultra-luxe decor. I enjoyed a restful Sunday brunch at the resort’s Sherwood’s Landing restaurant overlooking the glistening water, and left yearning for the day when I would get to wake up with those views from my very own room as an Inn guest.
Hotel Hershey (Hershey, Pennsylvania)
Hershey, Pennsylvania’s known as the “Sweetest Place on Earth.” I happen to have a very sizable sweet tooth, so how could I possibly resist including the Hotel Hershey on my list of dream hotels? I love that it’s a historic four star hotel with a design inspired by none other than Mr. Milton S. Hershey’s Mediterranean travels. Not only is it gorgeous, classy and good for both families and adults alike, but the Hotel Hershey brings a dose of sweet luxury to each guest, with decadent amenities such as the Chocolate Spa featuring imaginative chocolate-based treatments (A Cocoa Massage? Yes, please!) and a nightly Hershey Kiss turndown service.
Bellmoor Inn & Spa (Rehoboth Beach, Delaware)
When I think of the beach, I think of salty skin, sandy feet, bathing suits and towels… the kind of stuff that must drive high-end hotels (and their cleaning staff) crazy! But Rehoboth Beach’s Bellmoor Inn and Spa doesn’t get bogged down with those details. I stayed at the Bellmoor earlier this year during a winter visit to the Lewes Polar Bear Plunge and the historic hotel manages to be luxurious (there’s an adults-only club level!), yet totally laid back — in typical beachy style. Plus, the location can’t be beat. It’s just steps away from the beach and all of Rehoboth’s best restaurants. (And, it’s just one block away from my favorite, the Henlopen City Oyster House. Yum!)
The Greenbrier (White Sulfur Springs, West Virginia)
The Greenbrier has long been considered one of the region’s grandest resorts… 26 Presidents, Hollywood royalty and actual royalty have all visited the Greenbrier in its 200+ year history. There’s even a declassified bunker that was once designed to house Congress in the event of a Cold War strike! While the resort’s bold floral and somewhat clashing color palette is a far cry from the chic and simply-decorated rooms I tend to gravitate towards, the exterior of this massive 710-roomed property (which to me resembles a super-sized White House) looks elegant and refined. Consider me intrigued!
Inn at Little Washington (Washington, Virginia)
This summer, I took a little road trip down to Sperryville, Virginia. One of the stops along the way included the small, sleepy town of Washington, Virginia. People come from all around the world to dine at the historic Inn at Little Washington. Walking by, the bellman noticed me staring wide-eyed at the Inn, waved me and my friend over and said “Do you want to come in?” He proceeded to give us a tour of the downstairs and said we could stay as long as we wanted. It was very eclectically decorated… like a collection of some eccentric billionaire’s travel mementos. A quick walkthrough was enough… between the absolutely exceptional service, the kindness to random passersby and the promise of a world-class meal… I was hooked.