When I'm traveling, however, I look on breakfast in a different light. It becomes a celebration of the new day and new surroundings. Recently, I visited three very different inns in three very different parts of the country: northern California, Puerto Rico and Colorado. What these places have in common are bountiful breakfasts, beautiful surroundings and serious hiking just steps away from the breakfast room. Talk about having your cake--or, in this case, your breakfast--and not only eating it, but burning it off, too!
HORNED DORSET, PUERTO RICO
I love waking up at the enchanting Horned Dorset Primavera on Puerto Rico's largely unspoiled west coast. I hear the roosters first, then the squawking of the more exotic birds that inhabit the grounds. If I look out one window, I see lumpy green hills; in the other direction, the pale blue Caribbean shimmers in the early-morning light. I stay in bed for another half-hour, taking in all this beauty. Then I put on a bathing suit and head for the pool.