Easy Escapes: New Hotels in Washington, Florida, Virginia, Vermont

Transporting new hotels a short drive from four busy cities.
FoodandWine Recipe
Hotel Murano

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Tacoma, Washington

Location Perk: 40 minutes from Seattle

Hotel Murano

There are four great reasons to head out to Tacoma: the Traver Gallery, the Tacoma Art Museum, the Museum of Glass and now, the Hotel Murano. Each floor displays works by a different glass artist, like Tacoma-born Dale Chihuly; hand-blown lamps illuminate guest rooms.

Plus: Terrific Washington State Red Wines

Hawks Cay

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Florida Keys

Location Perk: Two hours from Miami

Hawks Cay

A private-island resort with a Latin-inspired restaurant; a great place to go after Miami’s South Beach Wine & Food Festival, presented by F&W.

Plus: Miami Design District: Best Restaurants and Shops

Woodstock Inn & Resort

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Woodstock, Vermont

Location Perk: Two hours from Boston

Woodstock Inn & Resort

This historic inn recently got a makeover from design star Alexandra Champalimaud. The team behind NYC’s cult Blue Ribbon restaurants consulted on the locally driven menu at its new dining spot, the Red Rooster.

Plus: Vermont Restaurant Guide

Alexandria, Virginia

Location Perk: 20 minutes from Washington

Lorien Hotel & Spa

Kimpton’s newest hotel opens this month in Old Town Alexandria. Vicente Wolf designed the rooms and spa; the restaurant is by top DC chef Robert Wiedmaier.

Plus: Alexandria Restaurant Guide

PUBLISHED February 2009