I'm such a sucker for hunting the best places to rest my head while spending time away from home. I'll usually spend hours reading reviews on websites and emailing friends for feedback on their personal experiences. And since I don't believe in reinventing the wheel, I figured, why not share all of this hard work with you? I'll get you started today with a few of my favorite boutique hotels and B&B's that I think you'll love as much as I do. Don't forget to read along in the coming months as there are too many of these little gems to release all at once. I'll be digging into this subject more and revealing my next favorites soon!
Newport, Rhode Island
Forty 1° North (351 Thames Street; 401-846-8018), is on the water, has 28 rooms with chic touches, like iPads loaded with your morning newspaper, a wet bar and Malin + Goetz toiletries. Many rooms have bay views. I adored every inch of this sophisticated boutique hotel.
Tip: Makes for an intimate getaway with that special someone. It's expensive but worth it. Watch for specials as they have been known to run deals on Jetsetter and other travel discount websites from time to time.
Read: The New York Times recently published the article "36 Hours in Newport, R.I." for itinerary inspiration and other must-see attractions in area.
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Mexican Beachfront Bed and Breakfast Quinta-Maria Cortez (132 Calle Sagitario; +52 322-221-5317), is located on a sensational little beach just minutes south of Puerto Vallarta. This bed & breakfast destination is a favorite for travelers in search of a relaxing getaway in a unique setting.
Tip: I stayed in the split-level Rafael suite with two other travel-mates, which makes for a perfect girls getaway. The suite has a distinct flair with a sunken shower/tub and large terrace. You can't really go wrong with any of the suites, just be prepared for a lot of stairs and old-world charm. The kind staff will assist you with your luggage so no need to worry about schlepping it around yourself. Most importantly, don't make plans for breakfast because you will be served the most delicious meal on the main level of the villa every morning overlooking the beach — it was truly the best meal I had during my stay!
Read: Trip Advisor's highlights on this beautiful Mexican city.
A historic Nantucket Inn, The White Elephant (50 Easton Street; 508-228-2500), sits serenely on the waterfront, and is only minutes from many unique boutiques, art galleries, mouth-watering restaurants, and fascinating museums for which the island is known for. The luxury hotel consists of 54 chic, sunlit guest rooms and suites, most with working fireplaces and harbor views.
Tip: My twin sister and I celebrated our 30th Birthday on Nantucket last year and it was one of my most memorable trips. Have brunch at The White Elephant's Brant Point Grill, book a hot-stone massage at the spa, lounge in the blue chaises on the lawn while sipping white wine and rent bikes to get yourself around the island.
Charleston, South Carolina
Charleston's finest accommodation, Charleston Place Hotel (205 Meeting Street; 843-722-4900), is located in the heart of historic downtown. This romantic and vibrant abide is consistently ranked among the best hotels by the readers of Condé Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure magazines. There's no shortage of Southern hospitality here, all within strolling distance of the city's impressive shops, galleries and restaurants.
Tip: I visited Charleston for the first time a few months ago with a couple of my girlfriends. While you're there, shop on King Street, take a horse-drawn carriage ride to tour town, visit the nearby beaches, rent bikes to navigate your way through the historic homes and eat shrimp & grits at Hominy Grill.
Signing Off Peacefully Rested,
Renee Woodruff blogs about food, travel and living life to the fullest on Shape.com. Follow her on Twitter.