Rooms at this hip new boutique hotel have balcony views of Muscle Beach and come with a free supply of surf wax for boarders looking to take advantage of the location 200 feet from the Pacific. The hotel will debut a new restaurant, Barlo Kitchen + Cocktails, in Fall 2011. High, the rooftop lounge, is a popular Venice destination for locals and tourists.
The Stone House; Little Compton, Rhode Island
This eco-friendly, restored 19th-century mansion has 13 rooms and a Hinckley yacht available for charter. At the Tap Room, chef Wayne Gibson serves dishes made with ingredients sourced from local farms and honey harvested from a beehive on the property.