The Inn at Bowman’s Hill // New Hope
Englishman Michael Amery wasn’t planning on turning his stone farmhouse into an inn, but his regular guests are glad he did. A driveway winds through five grassy acres and ends at a picturesque stone house (bonus if it’s dusted in snow) where 13 fireplaces roar, an orchid-filled conservatory is drenched in light, and tasteful rooms pair soaking tubs with pond views. The full English breakfast is a multi-course affair with eggs from the inn’s chickens. If you must leave, stroll down the hill to Bowman’s Tavern, which features live music every evening. $295 to $895 per night. go here for: The two brand-new suites, which boast fireplaces, steam showers, and plenty of space for an in-room massage. // 518 Lurgan Road, New Hope, PA.
Ash Mill Farm Bed & Breakfast // Holicong
A mini horse named Holly, 15 sheep and four tenacious goats add to the shabby-chic vibe at this 11-acre Bucks County B&B. New owners recently upgraded the seven rooms and suites (all with their own bathrooms) and worked with original elements of the late-18th-century buildings, so painted stone walls and wide-planked wood floors meld with flat-screens and wi-fi. $130 to $295 per night. go here for: Affordable family time—kids are welcome (they can help feed the animals!), and New Hope and Peddler’s Village are minutes away. // 5358 York Road, Holicong, PA.
The Peacock Inn // Princeton
The basement was a speakeasy in the ’20s, and Albert Einstein slept here, but a massive renovation turned this historic home—just steps away from Princeton’s main shopping drag—into a high-quality hotel, with Hollandia mattresses, rain showerheads and a Le Bernardin-trained chef. But it’s still family-owned, so breakfast is complimentary and service is B&B sweet—with St. Regis-level polish. $300 to $600 per night. go here for: Small-town charm with big-city hotel luxury. // 20 Bayard Lane, Princeton, NJ.
Hamanassett Bed & Breakfast // Chester Heights
Georgia-raised Ashley Mon doles out Southern charm at her posh Brandywine Valley B&B: Dogs are welcome, a guest pantry is always open, and multi-course breakfasts are served on antique china. The guest rooms and cottages are romantically appointed—expect canopy beds and antique furnishings—but the many sitting areas (billiards room, library, solarium) and cooking classes will lure you to mingle with other guests. $199 to $475 per night. go here for: Exploring the area. Longwood Gardens, Winterthur, hiking, horseback riding and cross-country skiing are near. // 115 Indian Springs drive, Chester Heights, PA.
Rittenhouse 1715 // Rittenhouse
If you’ve ever wondered what lies behind the grand facades of those Rittenhouse mansions, book a room at this stately boutique hotel. Owner Jarred Yaron, a well-traveled local entrepreneur, demonstrates his keen knowledge of hospitality through thoughtful touches like fresh-baked Famous 4th Street cookies in the lobby, original art on the walls, Frette linens on the beds, a juice bar in the breakfast room, and treats from Shane Confectionery on your pillow at night. $249 to $600 per night. go here for: The location. It’s steps away from the city’s best shopping, restaurants and attractions, without the pretension of larger hotels. // 1715 Rittenhouse Street, Philadelphia, PA.