The Mayflower Inn and Spa, Washington, CT
The Mayflower is patrician New England luxury at its best. Rooms have four-poster beds high enough to require stepping stools, roaring fireplaces and views of the endless surrounding woods. At the spa, indulge in a sugar and sea salt scrub or a mind-and-body liberating Thai massage. And if you can get to the Inn by Friday afternoon, sign up for their new fencing class to learn the elements of lunging and parrying.