Finger Lakes Inn & Spa

Mirbeau and Hobbit Hollow Farm

If you're up in New York's Finger Lakes region, the place to stay is the year-old Mirbeau Inn & Spa—despite the Disney-theme-park setting à la Monet's Giverny and its proximity to busy Route 20. Its best aspect is the 10,000-square-foot spa, featuring treatment rooms with fireplaces and a creative selection of wraps, massages, facials, and mineral baths. The bedrooms are furnished with French iron beds and wood armoires crafted by cabinetmaker Matteo Bartolotta, an Italian-born Finger Lakes resident. (And the room to get is the soothing blue number 522, with a great view of the Monet-inspired lily pond.) Ambitious chef Edward Moro has created the best restaurant in the area (ginger-and-soy-cured salmon with mushroom chopsticks and venison with sour cherries are hits; some dishes need work). Rooms, $295-$385; dinner, $80; spa treatments, $10-$350. 851 West Genesee Street, Skaneateles, NY 13152; 877-647-2328;

Noteworthy alternative: five-bedroom, 100-year-old Hobbit Hollow Farm, on 320 acres. $120-$270. 3061 West Lake Road, Skaneateles, NY 13152; 315-685-2791;