"Sublime" is the word that comes to mind when thinking about a night at the elegant Pitcher Inn, one of Vermont's trio of Relais & Châteaux properties. Ari Sadri, the hands-on manager, exudes an easygoing and friendly sophistication that makes staying here a delight. Each comfortable guest room has its own unusual and elaborate motif—from a ski-lodge feel with antique equipment and tree branches above a rustic hand-carved bed to a traditional Colonial room with blue-and-white wallpaper and a wood-burning fireplace. Artworks and decor are both creative and tastefully elegant without being stuffy. All the bathrooms are wonderful, with rain showerheads, Fili D'oro linens, and superb toiletries. The intimate and romantic restaurant, one of the finest in the state, overlooks the brook behind the inn. It's a true foodie paradise, with a seasonal menu; autumn, for example, brings delicacies like seared foie gras with warm pears and butternut squash. Afternoon tea is served daily in the library, and chocolate truffles await you in your room after dinner. Heavenly breakfasts are served with classical music and a newspaper.