Modern stays in Massachusetts
The South End neighborhood in Boston is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and is the largest existing Victorian residential district in North America. However, its possible to find contemporary digs in these historic brick buildings, such as those at the Clarendon Square Inn. This six-story, 19th-century townhouse has been meticulously renovated and restored, and the three guest rooms are outfitted with designer fabrics, limestone and tile baths, iPod docking stations, and original artwork hung on walls blissfully free of decorative patterning. The garden terrace is a sunny spot for morning coffee, though nothing beats stargazing from the rooftop Jacuzzi hot tub.
198 West Brookline St., Boston, 617-536-2229, www.clarendonsquare.com, $195-$420