By Malerie Yolen-Cohen, August 17, 2010
Been there, done that. Or have you? Discover 23 weekend getaway properties so transformed, you’ll never believe you’d set foot in them before (and why fall is the perfect time to visit them).
Inn at Westwynd Farm
1620 Sand Beach Rd /// Hummelstown, PA (877) 937-8996
From White Plains: 3½ hours
Not every redo is contemporary highbrow. Sometimes, it’s about giving the people what they want. When Carolyn Troxell and her husband, Frank, transformed their 32-acre working horse farm into a B&B in 2002, they discovered that the “Jacuzzi room” was sold out nearly every day. People were actually tussling over the bookings. What to do? Last year, they created a whole new wing with four Jacuzzi-in-the-corner bedrooms and added jetted bathtubs to existing rooms, ending up with an extremely popular inn. There are more living rooms and dens, and more complimentary baked goods and unlimited soft drinks here than in most lodgings, making this an ideal place for family and friends reunions.
Room: With an ambience ripped from the pages of a romance novel, each pasture-view room has a fireplace and bedside Jacuzzi and are done up in whites and creams offset by deeply colored window treatments and bedding. Carolyn loves hauling antiques back from weekend shows, so rooms showcase an eclectic assortment of distressed old-timey furniture.
Board: Westwynd Farm is known for its three-course hot breakfast served in the just-built cathedral-ceiling great room or on an outside patio besides a koi pond. Gluten-free? Diabetic? Vegetarian? No problem: Carolyn can cook to your specs. For dinner, try The Chocolate Avenue Grill downtown (ChocolateAvenueGrill.com), offering an inventive and delish take on all things cocoa.
Only Here: Watch a variety of horses, alpacas, and burro gambol all over a vast expanse of farmland (they are particularly frisky in the spring and fall) and pay a visit to the barn next door. This is, after all, horse country though some guests are surprised to discover that downtown Hershey is a mere three miles away.
While Here: Car buffs will love the AACA (Antique Automobile Club of America Museum, aacamurseum.org), which showcases dozens of iconic motorcars displayed in a hanger-sized building that is fast becoming a hotspot for “quirky” weddings. The largest international flea market and car swap takes place from October 6 to 9 here. Pick up a souvenir in the museum’s Dog House Garage shop on your way out.
Facts: $109 to $189 per room gets you unlimited baked snacks, soft drinks, and gourmet three-course breakfast for two.