The Inn at Hastings Park
Classic, $$$ (From $275)
If you're the kind of person who might find yourself retracing Paul Revere's Midnight Ride, or strolling Walden Pond while reading Thoreau, there's a good chance you're the kind of person who would be in heaven at The Inn at Hastings Park, an intimate Relais & Châteaux property fifteen miles from Boston, mere steps from the site where the first shots of the Revolutionary War were fired in 1775. The thrill of old histories and their faded memories, spirits, and patriotic design tendencies are alive and fresh here, among three beautifully restored antique buildings, 22 elegantly decorated rooms and suites, and a colonial-inspired dining room, complete with Windsor chairs, arched windows, and stately fireplace.
At a Glance
The Vibe: Contemporary Americana.
Standout Detail: The hotel prides itself on its "Revolutionary Service" — making guests (couples, families, travelers with small dogs) as comfortable as possible in every aspect of their stay.
This Place Is Perfect For: History buffs, literary folks, academic patriots!
Rooms: The 22 charming rooms have their own design schemes, including three Barn suites, two Parlor suites, and a King suite perched on top of the Main House. There are a lot of details to look at, many of which are made or procured locally — like the wooden sconce light fixtures, throw blankets, wallpapers, and even the chocolates at turndown. Big marble bathrooms are stocked with Molton Brown toiletries. Request a working fireplace or a soaking tub (or both).
On Site: Complimentary use of hotel bicycles, seasonal local pools, and Volvos for country drives. Golf, tennis, and yoga can be arranged at private facilities.
Food + Drink: Artistry on the Green is the new, fine-dining restaurant featuring four-course seasonal menus with wine pairings and specialty dining programs. Town Meeting is a 54-seat bistro with local farm-to-table offerings for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Saturday tea (towers of tiny sandwiches) and Sunday brunch (raw bar, charcuterie spread, made-to-order breakfasting staples) draw a local crowd.
What to Do Nearby
Being just footsteps from the Lexington Battle Green, you'd be remiss to pass on a walking historical tour with local experts. History buffs would like the trolley tour of Lexington and Concord. Nearby, you can also see the homes of novelist Nathaniel Hawthorne, philosopher-poet Ralph Waldo Emerson, and suffragette Louisa May Alcott. Take a stroll around Walden Pond, where Thoreau lived and wrote. Cycle the Minuteman Bikeway, tour local farms, and, depending on the season, find your way to a kayak, canoe, or pair of cross-country skis.