As summer fades into fall, check in to one of our favorite Northeastern hotels.
Courtesy of White Barn Inn
White Barn Inn, Kennebunkport, Maine
Set in the charming village of Kennebunkport, this inn has hosted guests since the Civil War era. The Relais & Châteaux property encompasses a stately 12-room, late-19th-century main house, 11 garden units in former carriage houses and four waterfront cottages, including the just-renovated 1,000-square-foot Friendship Cottage (enjoy its panoramic views over the Kennebunk River). Visit the museums, marinas and lobster shacks in the village, spot humpbacks on whale-watching tours or take advantage of the inn’s Guest Chef program: a cooking-seminar series that brings visiting virtuosos like Dale Talde and Manuel Trevino to the restaurant, which occupies a pair of historic namesake barns. Rooms start at $540; 37 Beach Ave.; 207-967-2321;whitebarninn.com.