Historic Inn on Rolling Green Acres
It's like an illustration from a children's story: five stone and wood buildings sit pertly, grouped together on 12 acres of lush green hills. Tracing this little village, brick paths twine around the neat houses and barn, past floral shrubs and ancient trees. Originally owned by William Penn in 1682, this idyllic landscape is now home to the Joseph Ambler Inn, a charming bed and breakfast that's been painstakingly restored over 25 years to keep the ambiance old-fashioned and the comforts modern, many, and luxurious.
Inside the Farmhouse, the Coreybeck, or the John Roberts House, guests open the door onto a deluxe queen room—simple, elegant, and graced with carefully chosen antique furnishings. From a window that overlooks green landscaping, sunlight spills onto a plush queen-size bed, thick with throws and pillows. Next to the bed, a two-person spa tub rests on a tiled corner, ready to bubble away stress, muscle knots, or water-soluble jeans. Every deluxe queen room is different—some have wooden four-post beds and some have electric fireplaces, but all have TVs, Internet access, and private bathrooms.
After settling in under the sloping eaves, travelers can venture down to Joseph Ambler Inn's popular restaurant to use their $20 dining credit on upscale, creative American fare, such as butter-poached jumbo scallops and pistachio-encrusted, Amish Country free-range chicken. In the morning, a complimentary full country breakfast of sausage, eggs, bacon, and french toast, and hot coffee awaits well-rested and ravenous stomachs. Afterward, guests can stroll the grounds for a chance to admire the buildings and blossoms.
North Wales, Pennsylvania: Scenic Borough Close to Philadelphia
Less than an hour from the bright lights of Philadelphia and close to historic Valley Forge, the village of North Wales manages to maintain a pastoral ambiance. Nearby the inn, a rich magnate's old, completely furnished castle and attached museum of more than 40,000 pre-Industrial Age tools draws crowds of history buffs. Antique shoppers can sojourn to Lambertville to discover more than 40 vendors of antique furniture, vintage clothing, costume jewelry, or rare kewpie dolls resembling Grover Cleveland. A luxury van cruise of local wineries allows visitors to explore Pennsylvania's varietals and includes stops for tastings and a lavish lunch. As the sun goes down, a BYOB New Hope restaurant puts an emphasis on sustainable, seasonal cuisine, pleasing taste buds in a chic, laid-back setting.