Inn at Perry Cabin, St. Michaels, Maryland $$$$
Concierge.com's insider take:
The quarter-mile brick driveway shaded by century-old linden trees conveys a subtle message: You have arrived at someplace special. It would be completely out of character, however, for the Inn at Perry Cabin to trumpet the news. The 78 rooms of this genteel resort, now run by Orient-Express, ooze blue-blood class. The hallways are decorated with Audubon bird prints and photographs of classic yachts, while the spacious quarters tastefully mix period and modern furniture. The master suites, with sitting rooms and expansive bathrooms, are large enough to hold board meetings. Room 7, a ground-floor corner, has the best wide-angle views of the estate-like grounds, while second-floor Rooms 15 and 18 have beautiful water views. The emphasis is on subdued opulence, with Molton Brown toiletries, hideaway flat-screen TVs, an infinity pool, on-site Linden Spa, and inspired American fare at Sherwood's Landing restaurant. Outside, Adirondack chairs arc along the Miles River shoreline, which can be explored by kayak or rowing skiff from nearby St. Michaels. Borrow a one-speed fat-tire bike and cruise next door to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum or to the postcard-perfect small town of St. Michaels, less than a half-mile to the east. If the Inn looks familiar as you ride back, it's because of its starring role in the raucous movie Wedding Crashers. However, The First Kiss, the 1928 silent movie also filmed here, is far more in character.