Upstate New York has long been the the posh playground of the well-suited and well-spoken; the Adirondacks making glorious frames for the "Millionaires Row" mansions on the deep green shores of Lake George. One of these mansions, built by Edward Morse Shepard in 1898, is a prime example of the Queen Anne-inspired architecture that swept the nation. Nice that it has recently undergone a transformation from private dwelling to haughty public escape destination.
Choose from 10 suites, each uniquely decorated with plush period furnishings, minutely-detailed Persian rugs, double jacuzzi tubs, and canopy beds - some even sport their own fireplace.
Walking local trails can be appetite-fuelling work, and the Inn at Erlowest is ready to serve the most discerning of palettes. Twin opulent dining halls and a terrace overlooking the lake are ideal locales for Champagne followed by dishes like Maryland Crab Cakes, Quail Salad, Wild Boar Short Ribs, or Pan Roasted Duck Breast.