The guest rooms, featuring antique-style decor and high ceilings, are some of the city's largest, and the location can't be beat — the hotel is just two blocks from the French Quarter and all of its cultural riches.

The only Relais & Chateaux property in the Midwest, this lakefront inn, owned by husband-and-wife team Lisa and Dan Dobrowolski, is truly an escape-from-it-all retreat, with just 24 rooms (in freestanding cabins and the main lodge) on 300 acres of forests and meadows.

The 94-room Jerome opened in Aspen in 1889, during Colorado's silver-mining heyday, and its red-brick facade is still as stately today.

After your "camping butler" delivers freshly brewed coffee, spend the day exploring the Montana wilderness via horseback riding, fly-fishing, hot-air ballooning or hiking — you can even live out your Wild West fantasies by joining ranch hands for a rootin'-tootin' cattle drive.

On your return, your butler will pop open a bottle of wine so you can toast to a job well done.

Perfectly capturing the region's enchanting pull is this modern adobe-style resort, situated in the pinyon-covered foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, 20 minutes from the city's historic Plaza.

Spread among 57 acres are 65 casitas with terra-cotta walls, hand-woven Navajo rugs, wrought-iron sculpture lamps and kiva fireplaces. Barack Obama visited Asheville, the sophisticated mountain hamlet tucked between the Great Smoky and Blue Ridge mountains.

Like the Crescent City itself, this 504-room grand dame, rising 14 stories and stretching the length of a city block, is back in a big way.

After taking on the Waldorf Astoria moniker, the 1893 landmark underwent a 0 million renovation in 2009, bringing its Italian-crystal chandeliers, mosaic-tiled floors, gilded columns and wrought-iron detailing back to the glory days when Frank Sinatra, Louis Armstrong and Tennessee Williams frequented its cocktail lounges. and Baltimore) and built after the War of 1812 by Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry's former purser, the colonial-style manor house has 78 rooms, including 40 water-facing Master Suites with king-size mahogany sleigh beds, gas fireplaces and unobstructed Miles River views.

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