Escape: American Inns
Two of the most patrician cities in the NortheastKennebunkport, Maine, and Newport, Rhode Islandhave travel buzz. People are talking about Earth, star Boston chef Ken Oringer's new garden-inspired restaurant at Kennebunkport's Hidden Pond; at sister property The Tides Beach Club, Jonathan Adler recently redesigned the rooms, plus there's a new raw bar. Meanwhile, Kennebunkport chef Jonathan Cartwright of the White Barn Inn has a new restaurant in Newport's Vanderbilt Grace Hotel.
Reform Club; Amagansett, NY
The Reform Club in the Hamptons town of Amagansett, NY, is a 10-room inn. There's no restaurant, but guests can use the kitchen or hire a personal chef.
The Willows Inn; Lummi Island, WA
Twentysomething chef Blaine Wetzel creates visually stunning local food inspired by his time working at Copenhagen's acclaimed Noma.
McCarthy Lodge; McCarthy, AK
At this remote lodge, chef Joshua Slaughter uses techniques he learned at NYC's WD-50. He infuses a spring radish with vinegar and serves it with Szechuan pepper.