by by Hunter R. Slaton | April 01, 2009

OT0409 PugetNorthwest Passage. All 28 rooms at the Inn at Langley, on the Puget Sound's rugged, romantic Whidbey Island, Wash., offer 180-degree waterfront views and private decks. On weekends (and Thursdays in summer), chef Matt Costello uses regional and island specialties, plus herbs from the inn's own garden, to make a memorable six-course dinner.




OT0409 HiltonSurf and Turf. Hilton Head Island, S.C., offers some great resorts, including the 412-room Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa. Posh touches, like the 8,000-square-foot Heavenly Spa and access to the nearby Port Royal Golf Club and Racquet Club, set the place apart.






OT0409 AuroraOffshore Chilling. Southern California's Catalina Island is home to the boutique Aurora Hotel & Spa, an 18-room, minimalist gem done up in teal and chocolate. Its roof deck provides great views of the Pacific Ocean, while its spa room and location -- an hour away from the mainland -- provide the recipe for relaxation.






OT0409 MarquesaHemingway Would Approve. The historic Marquesa Hotel is itself an island of refinement on freewheeling Key West, Fla. In an 1884 Greek Revival building, the property comprises just 27 rooms -- plus six new off-site "conch cottages" -- set among two pools, a three-tiered waterfall and landscaped gardens.