16 B & Bs, resorts and everything in the US for a last-minute Labor Day trip
With towering resorts on the shores of exclusive beaches and upscale boutiques in metropolitan cities, classic bed and breakfasts can go down the drain. The Applewood Mansion, which was built in 1912, however, is a surprising reminder that guest rooms are very much alive. There is something unmistakably sweet about a five-room space (plus a separate cottage) that feels more like an elegant private residence than a hotel, and The Applewood Manor in Asheville is no exception.
The surrounding cherry trees, oaks, pines and maples and the Blue Ridge Mountains light up every nook and cranny of the highly decorated interiors, all outfitted with Regency-style antiques from 1stDibs. Additionally, as the estate was the home of the original owner (until his death in 1939), the mansion looks like a private residence. The main level comprises a large entrance hall which extends to the rear of the house, a colorful living room with several fireplaces, a living room, a formal dining room, a pantry, a powder room. and a kitchen. Four of the bedrooms, all designed in the style of their unique names (Granny Smith, Northern Spy, York Imperial and MacIntosh), are on the second floor of the mansion. The last bedroom, the vast Winesap suite, occupies the entire third floor.
Spread over nearly 1,000 acres, some of which make up a fully functioning ranch, the Snake River Sporting Club in Jackson Hole is like a transcendent threshold to an extremely rugged oasis. When it comes to sleeping quarters, there’s no bad choice between the three rustic multi-room cabins: The Shooting Cabin is a woodland setting perched on over 31 acres, the four-bedroom Fairway Lodge boasts vaulted ceilings of 20 feet tall in the open plan living room, and the Caddis Lodge has breathtaking views of the Snake River Canyon. There is also plenty to do at the club: clay pigeon shooting, horseback riding, golf, mountain biking, archery, platform tennis and hiking. From equestrian trails and serene pastures to granite mountains and the nearby river, the Snake River Sporting Club is a gentle reminder that the Old West has never gone anywhere and is more popular than ever.