By offering local charms, access to adventure, and more intimate service, boutique hotels give luxurious chains a run for their money – especially among travelers in the know. From a two-suite lighthouse escape on a private island off the Maine Coast to an unexpected art haven in the Bluegrass State, here are the best small stays in the country.
Blantyre, The Berkshires
A Tudor-style Relais & Chateaux property modeled after a Scottish estate, Blantyre has just 21 rooms and several cottages sprawled across 117 acres in the scenic Berkshires. The decoration will appeal to your inner Anglophile, with the 19th century antiques, four poster beds, and in-room fireplaces, but it's what waits outside that separates the property. An 18-hole golf course surrounds the property and there are mountain biking trails to tear up in nearby October Mountain State Forest. Feeling a bit lazier? Grab a cocktail and play croquet or bocce on the property's verdant lawn. You're just three hours from Manhattan here, but the experience is as transporting as a Transatlantic flight. [Rooms from $675; blantyre.com]