Travel: Sporty Country Retreat: Cliff Park Inn, Milford, PA

Just a two-and-a-half-hour drive from Philly, in the Poconos, Cliff Park Inn offers a romantic escape at an 1820s estate, with 14 tasteful, well-appointed rooms (many with fireplaces) that have a sophisticated country feel. (No chintz-and-prints here.) Hit the inn’s trails to ski, hike or snowshoe, or tee off at the inn’s nine-hole USGA-rated Scottish Links course. Feeling more subdued? Head into town and browse the quaint shops and galleries. Or take a scenic drive along Hawk’s Nest Road—you may recognize it from those BMW commercials. Before dinner, soak yourself in your room’s claw-foot tub and enjoy the sweeping views of a 900-acre bluff from your private sun porch. For dinner, stay on-site; the elegant Cypress Dining Room overlooks the links. The Cliff Inn’s pub features more-casual picks.

Cliff Park Inn, 800-225-6535; Rooms from $129.