5 Special Inns with History & Style
Close to the ski slopes of Telluride is Dunton Hot Springs, a former mining ghost town that has been restored into an exclusive resort. The compound is set in the breathtaking grandeur of Colorado and offers visitors a true piece of the Old West with a saloon, historic structures and endless trails to explore on horseback. Read more about Dunton Hot Springs here.
There is one cabin in Elkhorn, Wisconsin that rises above the rest: The Wandawega Tree House located on the premises of Camp Wandawega. Originally founded in the 1920′s as a speakeasy, this lakeside resort was revitalized seven years ago by a husband and wife team. The tree house is a more recent addition to the grounds; the couple gathered many of their woodworking, artistic and builder friends to help create the three-level dwelling. The interior is rich with vintage and antique finds, including reclaimed wood features and out-of-print books on Wisconsin history. Read more about the Wandawega Tree House here.
What used to be “beat up, rundown motel” in downtown Austin is now completely refurbished and welcoming: The Hotel San Josť boasts a mix of Texan history with modern luxury. Revamped by San Antonio-based Lake Flato Architects and seasoned hotelier Liz Lambert, the bungalow style hotel has a large communal courtyard and a local coffee shop in the parking lot. Read more about Hotel San Josť here.
In Western Massachusetts, a modern museum and revamped inn make for an enriching place to visit. Located on the grounds of MASS MoCA (Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art), the Porches Inn used to be a row of dilapidated Victorian houses on a mill complex. The current owners transformed the buildings, outfitting them with “industrial granny chic” decor and modern amenities. The inn also hosts many artists-in-residence programs. Read more about the Porches Inn here.
The Postcard Inn sits on the gulf side of Florida, worlds away from the bustle of Miami. The building evokes a bit of nostalgia for the locals, as real estate developers almost tore down the former Travelodge several years ago. Now a redone, hip and affordable place to stay, the Postcard Inn features a laid-back appeal and surfer decor. Check out more photos of the Postcard Inn here.
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