10 characterful US hotels and B&Bs: The founder of designtripper.com selects 10 great small hotels, inns and lodges in fantastic, often off the beaten track locations across the US, from arty city guesthouses to rural hideaways
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Owned by ad execs David Hernandez and Tereasa Surratt, this 25-acre Wisconsin retreat, an hour and a half from Chicago sticks close to its roots as a Latvian summer camp, offering canoeing, archery, hiking, fishing, shuffleboard … you name it. Though they like to call it “camping indoors,” the collection of buildings – a rustic main lodge, a two-storey hotel, a modern treehouse, a teepee and chic cabins – are fitted out in a mix of flea market finds, vintage furniture and interesting ephemera. A stack of leather suitcases are piled in one corner, weather-worn water skis in another; Hudson Bay blankets are neatly folded across beds; and vintage radios, alarm clocks, lanterns, thermoses, wellies and fishing lures abound. Creative projects never stop: this summer they opened a tiny camp shop in the lodge, and they’re currently kitting out a little 50s airstream.
another of our favs picks from the round up: our friends at Longman & Eagle
and this amazing space:
Porches, North Adams, The Berkshires, Massachusetts
Just over a decade ago, Nancy Fitzpatrick (of the Red Lion Inn
in Stockbridge) brought a row of five dilapidated Victorian row houses to life in the rusty old post-industrial town of North Adams – an unlikely tourist destination save for the hulking former industrial complex-cum-contemporary museum across the street, MASS MoCA
. Once a textile mill and later an electric company that employed nearly 25% of the town’s population, the 100,000 sq ft space is now the country’s largest contemporary art museum.
Inside the inn, original materials, like skirting boards and wood panelling, were salvaged to give the thoroughly modern rehab a sense of historical integrity. The 47 antique-fitted rooms are playfully decorated with paint-by-numbers, silhouettes and cross-stitch. Cushy amenities come in the form of freestanding clawfoot baths, a slate-surround heated pool in the shade of the forested hill out back, a fire pit with handmade wooden benches and tree stump seating, and, of course, the seemingly endless front porch full of high-back rockers.
• 231 River St, +1 413 664 0400, porches.com, doubles from $130 B&B