What makes an inn, cottage, or bed and breakfast uniquely cozy? No matter the location, it’s the total opposite of a sprawling property with hundreds of rooms and a cookie-cutter aesthetic. These places instead have fewer rooms and a strong focus on highlighting their historic and architectural roots. With a slower pace and laid-back feel, activities might include afternoon tea, browsing titles in the library, or simply enjoying a glass of wine in the courtyard. Back in your room, a soaking tub or a crackling fireplace awaits. If you’re looking for a cozy place to stay for your next trip, here are 17 charming inns to choose from.
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Checking into this historic 57-room property in a suburb north of Chicago feels like jetting over to England thanks to the Tudor-style architecture and afternoon tea service. All rooms feature a wet bar, so you can stay in and sip, but the inn’s White Hart Pub is also a great place to dine on bangers and mash, fish and chips, or shepherd’s pie. For more elevated dining, The English Room’s fare hits the spot, including Saturday and Sunday brunch.
Tucked into this sprawling 429-acre ocean-front property on Cape Cod is the 90-room Nickerson Mansion, a Victorian-style villa built in 1907 and inducted into the Historic Hotels of America last year. Kick back in the mansion’s LaSalette Room, a library where a fireplace and book collection await. Mansion guests have access to the resort’s seven restaurants and five pool areas (two are indoors).
Is there anything cozier than bunking in accommodations designed by Frank Lloyd Wright? Overlooking Mirror Lake, and within Mirror Lake State Park, the 880-square-foot cottage built in 1959 features walls of windows in the living room and dining area, plus a full kitchen and a bedroom with a bath. Wright fans will swoon at built-in banquettes, a sloped roof, and a stone fireplace.
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