Deep Creek Lake, Maryland
Some couples dreaming of a romantic getaway may picture a mountain lodge beside a lake. They see themselves sipping morning coffee on a deck, watching the mist dance across the water.
Lake Pointe Inn, on the edge of Deep Creek Lake in McHenry, comes as close as any Mid-Atlantic inn in bringing that dream to life. Stone and native hemlock give the inn an outdoorsy look, but urban-style luxury is what you get. A sauna and steam shower help ensure relaxation.
As its name suggests, the inn sits on a point jutting into the lake. A wraparound deck, supported by 16 stone columns, is furnished with rocking chairs. Inside, the Great Room sports the dark woods and sharp angles favored by Frank Lloyd Wright. A nine-foot-tall stone fireplace climbs to the ceiling.
The inn makes it easy for guests to get on the water, providing canoes and kayaks. Each afternoon, the inn's 28-foot pontoon boat takes guests on a cruise.
Seven guest rooms offer lake views; three look toward Wisp Ski and Golf Resort.
Bottom line: A lakefront hideaway that pampers the senses.
Lake Pointe Inn, 800-523-5253; deepcreekinns.com. Rooms: $173 to $259 a night, double occupancy, with gourmet breakfast.