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A Cabin With a View

Signal Mountain Lodge, Moran, WyomingWhat better way to enjoy Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming, one of the most beautiful parks in the United States, than by staying within its 310,000 acres at Signal Mountain Lodge? Located in the heart of the park on the shore of Jackson Lake, this lodge is an idyllic setting to enjoy spectacular scenery, friendly four-legged visitors, excellent meals, and dramatic weather that continually presents one of nature’s free shows. Read about it >


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R&R at the Best B&Bs

Barn Anew, Scottsbluff, NebraskaI tend to spend a good amount of time poring over websites when choosing accommodations for a trip. It’s a tricky (but tremendously fun) endeavor, with many factors coming into play: type, location, amenities, cost, convenience, reliable cheers and jeers, and, of course, gut instinct. One group that, as a whole, is guaranteed to offer a level of coziness, slow-paced relaxation, and personal touches you probably won’t find elsewhere is bed and breakfasts. You’ll meet more people, have finer morning meals, and remember the names of the owners long after you’ve returned home. Read about the top five bed and breakfasts >


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A Historic B&B in America’s Oldest City

Just a block or two from the heart of the historic district in St. Augustine, Florida, four bed and breakfasts stand next to each other on the same quiet street. By chance, I selected Penny Farthing Inn, a Victorian inn built as a private home back in 1893. It’s a cheery, peaceful B&B with an accommodating host, some delicious breakfasts, and a wonderfully noise-free night to enhance your slumber. Read about it >


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Georgian Gentility at the Forsyth Park Inn

Forsyth Park Inn, Savannah, GeorgiaIt was built in 1893 as a private residence. At some point, it became a boarding house, followed by an apartment house. In the 1980s, this wonderful Queen Anne Victorian was repurposed as the Forsyth Park Inn. And it was my home for a couple of days in the Savannah Historic District, one of the most beautiful historic districts in the United States. Read about it >


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Staying at the Gates of Namibia’s Best National Park

Giraffe, Etosha Safari LodgeI was traveling from one desert camp in Namibia to the next. From the fantastic Doro Nawas Camp in Damaraland, I drove north, for about 200 miles, through surrealistic landscapes. With fresh memories of a flawless stay at Doro Nawas, I was setting up my next destination, Etosha Safari Lodge, for some very high expectations. Within striking distance of Etosha National Park, the lodge met every single one of them. And when the very first creature to greet me was a curious giraffe, it did, indeed, surpass them. Read about it >


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The Quiet Charms of Dover’s State Street Inn

State Street Inn, Dover, DelawareWith a population of under 40,000, Dover, Delaware, is one of the smallest state capitals in the United States. Yet it teems with a gamut of attractions, from outstanding and important historic sights to a modern casino and one of the nation’s top music festivals. At the heart of it lies The Green (reminiscent of a college campus), the Legislative Mall, and the Victorian Dover Historic District. Within that district, you’ll find State Street Inn, the perfect place to stay and enjoy the charms of Delaware’s capital. Read about it >


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BA in BA: Boutique Accommodations in Buenos Aires

Rooney's Boutique HotelAn accommodation in the heart of Buenos Aires, Argentina, that offers heart-stopping ham omelets, free tango lessons, and the refinement of the Old World transported to the New World — that’s what Rooney’s Boutique Hotel promises you. All of that means you’ll be staying at one of the most atmospheric hotels in this rich and complex city. Read more about it >


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The Best of New Zealand’s Biggest City

St. Mary's in Holy Trinity Cathedral, Auckland, New ZealandAfter an entire day in airports and on planes, from New York to California to New Zealand, the temptation to stay in my comfortable king-size bed in my darkened hotel room and hibernate for a day was eroding my will to go out and explore. But Auckland has too much to experience to sleep it all away. So, after a restorative power nap, I began poking around the largest city in the country. Read about the top five things to see and do in Auckland, New Zealand >


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Beds, Breakfasts, and Bashes at the Hitching Horse Inn

Midway into my South Dakotan expedition, between Sioux Falls in the east and Rapid City in the west, I stopped for a couple of days in Pierre, the small, low-key capital smack in the center of the state. I selected the Hitching Horse Inn as my accommodation for my two-night stay — a quiet, comfortable, convenient bed and breakfast with a good deal of architectural character. It also proved to be the unexpected setting for one of my most memorable stays in a B&B ever, when I had the pleasure of hobnobbing with some of the city’s prominent citizens at a Friday night shindig that was clearly an eagerly anticipated weekly event. Read about it >


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Desert Delights at Doro Nawas, Namibia

Doro Nawas, Damaraland, NamibiaThe building rose like a desert mirage, a castle-like apparition atop a hill in the middle of the flat savannah littered with scrub. But this was no trick of the eye. This was Doro Nawas Camp, a fantastic desert camp in the floodplain of a small tributary of the Huab River in the Damaraland region of Namibia. It was also my unforgettable accommodation for a couple of nights within Damaraland National Park. Read more about it >