As lovers of beautiful spaces, we often find that the loveliest, the most exquisite, the most personal and memorable are often the smallest. The House Method editors put together their list of the very best small getaways for design lovers. These micro inns and B&Bs leave no detail behind, every need and comfort of their guests seen to, their environments impeccably dressed. Enjoy.
Nashville’s Germantown Inn comprises just ten guest rooms, each inspired by historical figures: the four guest rooms in the carriage house named for famous women, and the six rooms in the main inn named for former US presidents. The antebellum building features simple furnishings that combine classic and traditional styles with splashes of modern color and Pop Art influence. On the walls, find artwork that blends classic portraiture with neon paint and modern photo collage. Visit in the spring and fall when you can take full advantage of the Germantown Inn’s expansive outdoor spaces.
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The Attwater is the embodiment of Newport’s optimistic and lively nautical spirit. The hotel’s interior was designed by Boston-based interior designer Rachel Reider, who adorned the hotel in bright pops of color—orange, yellow, green, blue—loud patterns, and a mix of traditional and ultra-mod shapes.
Guests can sleep in and enjoy breakfast all day in the Attwater’s Breakfast Café or take in a facial or massage at the inn’s onsite spa.
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The elegance of the Hudson Milliner Guesthouse & Inn lies in the way it honors classic American styles of architecture, furniture, and art, from Early American to Shaker, industrial, and farmhouse.
The smallest guest house on our list, the Hudson Milliner has just four guest suites whose original details have been beautifully preserved—see marvelous pocket doors, free-standing clawfoot tubs, mahogany stairwells, pre-tin plaster moldings, and restored vintage kitchen appliances. The guest house is a project of Brooklyn-based artists Charlotta Janssen and Shannon Greer, who fill its rooms will bold, larger-than-life works of statement-making art.
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Guest House Raleigh is the first lodging of its kind in North Carolina’s capital city. The house was originally owned by Annie and Arthur Gorham—Annie a teacher and Arthur the first African American mailman in Raleigh. Owner–designer team (and married people) Matt Tomasulo and Nicole Alvarez saved the house from demolition in 2016 and moved the house six blocks to its current location.
The eight guest rooms are simple, a backdrop of modern white elevated with dusty blues and blushes, and feature artwork from local painters and makers and goods from local Raleigh shops. The communal dining room is in a dark teal and features mix of modern and classic English-style furniture.
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An elevation of the classic bed and breakfast, The Publishing House is a modern and uber-stylish experience that feels more like your impossibly chic friend’s house than an impersonal hotel. The B&B mixes retro neon and teal-green mid-mod with clawfoot tubs, Shaker-style details, and topless art (what more do you need?). The central fireplace is almost a brutalist situation, with a main stair that feels like the stairway to a zen garden in the heavens.
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This recently restored, LEED-certified mansion in Ithaca, New York, is bursting with exquisite nineteenth-century details. Victorian stained glass lamps, a light-flooded sunroom and shaded patio, Art Deco detailed door sashes, built-in shelving, and velvet furniture come together to make the Argos Inn a treasure trove of design delights.
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The Buchanan Lofts in Lafayette, Louisiana, are wild, quirky, and bang in the middle of downtown Lafayette. Each loft is unique—some in dark and modern styles or industrial minimalism, others in southwestern-inspired warmth, one large suite is dressed in quirky eclecticism. The lofts are great for those who prefer to be self-sufficient since each is outfitted with a full kitchen and has access to a washer/dryer.
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The Inn at Moonlight Beach is all perfectly personal. This micro boutique hotel just minutes from Moonlight Beach was designed with guests’ wellness top of mind. Start your perfect California day with a prepared picnic basket of coffee, fresh fruit, boiled eggs, cold-pressed juice, and oatmeal. Book an oceanview suite, relax in the untamed garden, participate in a yoga class, or take a bike ride to the beach. The hotel is adorned in Asian-inspired minimalism–soothing neutrals, natural fibers, and light-filled spaces.
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The Kimber Modern is in Austin’s ultra hip South Congress neighborhood. Owner Kimber Cavendish was raised by parents who owned Reno motels and a B&B on the Oregon coast. Guest rooms are vibrant, energetic, filled with modern art touches. In the hotel’s common area, you’ll find Jacobsen egg chairs, an Eames surfboard table, and a industrial stainless steel kitchen. Outside in the courtyard, sit by the fire and chat with a friend or doze in a bright blue hammock.
Named for the Roman god thought to watch over travelers, the Mercury Inn in Portland, Maine, is a haven for guests in search of a serene, environmentally conscious haven. The bed and breakfast is owned by husbands Tim Karu and Jacob Krueger, who decided to open the inn in the service of their passions: hospitality, fine food, and, of course, Greek and Roman mythology.
The inn’s design is funky and playful and dappled with nods to its coastal home. A simple backdrop of gray and white is brought to life with splashes of yellow, navy, aqua, and lime green. The inn includes just seven guest rooms, but each include seasonal breakfast, homemade snacks and drinks, concierge services, and access to a small library of books.
Located in the heart of downtown Santa Fe, New Mexico, The Inn of the Five Graces is a small adobe building that boasts a feast of incredible color and texture. Enjoy the trappings of the Silk Road that adorb lush guest rooms that are outfitted with kiva fireplaces, sitting areas, hand-laid tile mosaics, and private patios. The sensory experience of staying at the Inn of the Five Graces is one for the lover of history, culture, and spiritual transcendence.
There’s no wrong way to stay in California wine country, but there certainly is a superior way. The Farmhouse Inn & Restaurant is one of Sonoma County’s most celebrated lodgings. Dine at its Michelin-star restaurant, indulge in a Sommelier-led wine tour, or take in a couple’s massage in the world-class spa. Rooms are outfitted in a refreshing mix of farmhouse meets coastal California, many featuring gas fireplaces, private balconies, and luxurious spa tubs.