Sublime is a word which 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 room has its own unusual and elaborate motif—from a ski-lodge feel with antique skis and tree branches above a rustic hand-carved bed to a traditional Colonial room with charming blue-and-white
wallpaper and a wood-burning fireplace. The artwork 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. Afternoon tea is served daily in the library, and chocolate truffles await you in your room after dinner. The intimate and romantic restaurant (one of the best in the state) which overlooks the brook behind the inn, is a true foodie's paradise: try the seared foie gras with warm pears and butternut squash. Heavenly breakfasts are served with classical music and a newspaper.