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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Kathy Perez
Kathy Johnson5 years ago

love them! mostly the tree house

Lin Moy
Lin M6 years ago

I don't do trails but love the others.

Reggie Thomas
Reggie Thomas6 years ago

Kinda nice places to visit, you wanna get away from all noises.

Kimberly McMahen
Kimberly McMahen6 years ago

How cool are these!

Angela N.
Angela N6 years ago

Thank you!

Laura M.
Past Member 6 years ago


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Chandra C6 years ago


Teresa Wlosowicz
Teresa W6 years ago

What about the prices? :-)

Teresa Wlosowicz
Teresa W6 years ago


Engele van Zyl
Engele van Zyl6 years ago

The tree house looks like something interesting. It has a Safari feel to it. I like it.