Modern stays in Massachusetts
The light-filled simplicity of The Outermost Inn is the polar opposite of Victorian fussiness. The seven rooms in this contemporary structure have pale wood floors, doors, headboards, and bookcases, with area carpets and kilims, recessed lighting, and discreetly placed art. Think of a Shaker sensibility with fine linens and fluffy comforters. Located on the Gay Head Cliffs, the views encompass 20 acres of meadows and the sea, meaning you can hike, bird-watch, surf, swim, and fly-fish without needing to get in a car. The inn was designed and built, and is owned and operated, by Hugh and Jeanne Taylor. (Yes, those Taylors, as in James and Livingston, Hughs brothers.) Aside from dust ruffles adorning the beds, it fits the bill for frou-frou-free lodging.
81 Light House Road, Aquinnah, 508-645-3511, www.outermostinn.com, $310-$430