West Cornwall, Connecticut
Travel time: 2 hours.
Size: Sleeps 4.
Dates: Every other week from June through August.
Price: $215 a night.
Even the drive to this three-story 1870s Litchfield County Victorian is picture perfect: Pass through a covered bridge and you’ll spot it peeking through the leaves, perched on an oak-dotted hillside. The two-bedroom, one-bath house has undergone a top-to-bottom interior restoration and a systems overhaul, which means you can bask in period charm (bay windows, a claw-foot tub, exposed-beam ceilings) without forgoing the ease of modern conveniences (reliable plumbing and electricity). The décor is a shabby-chic mix of plush velvet chairs, Shaker furniture, perfectly weathered Oriental rugs, and knickknacks from local haunts like Michael Trapp’s antique shop (7 River Rd.; 860-672-6098), just up the road. Fill your days with walks to the nearby stream, afternoon dips in Cream Hill Lake, and kayaking excursions on the Housatonic River.