By Sara Welch
In the Brattleboro, Vermont, area, you'd do well to consider the Meadowlark Inn (www.meadowlarkinnvt.com; 800-616-6359), a 19th-century farmhouse turned bed-and-breakfast, locally famous for its lavish morning meals. The innkeepers, Lucia Osiecki and Deborah Jones -- both graduates of the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts, in nearby Massachusetts -- grow their own vegetables, edible-flower garnishes, and herbs, and patronize nearby farmers for cheeses, syrups, and eggs. Expect flaky pastries and beautiful fruit plates, plus hot entrees served up with locally roasted coffee. Visit in the summer, and Osiecki and Jones might even send you home with a grocery bag bursting with organic cucumbers, zucchini, heirloom tomatoes, fresh basil, parsley, and other produce from the inn's gardens.
The Meadowlark's eight cozy rooms (rates from $130 a night) have private baths and views of the surrounding meadows and mountains. (Bird watchers, take note: With numerous birdhouses on the property, the inn is certified as a backyard wildlife habitat by the National Wildlife Federation. Even bald eagles have been spotted in the vicinity.) You may opt to stay in the Asian-inspired Kyoto Room or the Pineloft, which has a fireplace and three-sided views of the meadows. The Dream Catcher offers unexpected Southwestern decor and a Jacuzzi tub for two.