Put your passports away—these indulgent Southern romantic getaways are right in our own backyard.
St. Michaels, MD
This colonial-era manor was one of the English Crown’s original land grants. Today, Frette linens keep you warm at night, a master gardener tends the perpetually-in-bloom grounds, and an inspired chef leads the only four-star restaurant in Maryland. Visit perrycabin.com for rates and availability.
Staying at this 4,200-acre estate in the Smoky Mountains is like spending time in an artisan community where everyone is eager to make you feel at home. Have caviar and Rhône delivered right to your room, or enjoy a farm-harvested picnic by the creek. Visit blackberryfarm.com for rates and availability.
Sea Island, GA
The Cloister offers classic elegance and luxury without a hint of pretension. This barrier-island resort is known for its friendly Southern service and picture-perfect live oak trees draped with moss. Here you’ll find wood-beamed rooms accented with jewel-toned Turkish rugs; plush, pillow-topped beds; and privacy worthy of a G-8 Summit. (The 2004 Summit was hosted here.) Visit seaisland.com for rates and availability.
Palm Beach, FL
A highly trained staff of 1,800 waits on you hand-and-foot at this famous Italian-Renaissance hotel in Palm Beach, where discerning travelers from around the world go to get away from it all. You can indulge in a moonlit outdoor massage in the warm, Atlantic breeze, and choose among the hotel’s nine restaurants—ranging in culinary traditions from contemporary French to American. Visit thebreakers.com for rates and availability.
Little Torch Key, FL
You’ll need a boat or plane to get to this 5-acre, white-sand island resort. A stay so secluded, you’ll have no qualms lingering in your bungalow’s outdoor bamboo shower. The resort’s Indonesian feel and two-attendants-per-guest service make it worth the splurge. Visit littlepalmisland.com for rates and availability.