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Best Outdoor Rooms: The Parker, Palm Springs, California
If curiosity is what moves us at Martha Stewart Living, it stands to reason that our editors love to travel. We've compiled a short list of the hotels we've fallen in love with during our trips around the country. These picks for chosen for their beautiful natural settings and lush gardens and grounds.
The outdoor areas created by landscape architect Judy Kameon as a series of private nooks surrounded by plants (as well as fire pits, petanque courts, and two lush, relaxing pool areas) rival the modern interiors by Jonathan Adler.
From $225 per night, theparkerpalmsprings.com.
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Best Garden to Table: Mar Vista Cottages, Gualala, California
Situated across the road from the ocean, 12 little cottages have well-equipped kitchens -- and most of the food you need is right outside your door: There’s a fruit orchard, herb and vegetable gardens, a fish-cleaning station, and hens laying eggs.
From $175 per night, marvistamendocino.com.
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Best Italian-Inspired Gardens: Glenmere Mansion, Chester, New York
More than 100 years ago, a tycoon built this villa in the Hudson Valley, sparing no expense on its garden, which was designed by one of America’s first female landscape architects, Beatrix Ferrard. The 150 acres remain true to her vision -- an homage to Italy's traditional gardens -- and the hotel was recently restored to its original glory.
From $650 per night, glenmeremansion.com.
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Best Sunrise: Travaasa, Hana, Maui, Hawaii
The sun rises over Maui in paradisiacal Hana, and this secluded resort's grounds -- with swaying palm trees and grassy expanses -- is one of the best places to take it in. (Alternatively, you could watch the sunset from a hot tub on your cottage lanai.)
From $225 per person per night, travaasa.com.
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Best Scent: Los Poblanos Historic Inn, Albuquerque
This intimate 20-room inn is situated amid 25 acres of organic kitchen gardens and lavender fields. You can volunteer to harvest the fragrant crop alongside the farmer, or just buy spa products infused with its essential oil. Lavender honey is made from the inn’s apiary and is served daily at breakfast.
From $160 per night, lospoblanos.com.