by Jonathan Vatner | March 01, 2004

The Inn at Rancho Santa FeA few of the finest 2004 additions to the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Historic Hotels of America (

The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe
Near San Diego and originally built as a guest house for land speculators, the inn (shown left) is known for its long winding paths and a top-class restaurant serving bold California cuisine. (858) 756-1131;

Napa River Inn
Once a mill, this charming hotel in Napa Valley has evolved far from its industrial roots. Book one of the grander suites for the ultimate in civilized luxury. (877) 251-8500;

Oheka Castle
This hundred-year-old castle in Huntington, N.Y., is the second-largest private residence in America. An intricate and comprehensive 20-year restoration has made it like new. (631) 692-2707;