Show Thumbnails

Show Captions

When the thermometer begins to hit boiling degrees — and days start with sweaty commutes and nights end with incessantly flipping your pillow to the cool side — it’s natural to book it to the beach. Though the ocean breeze and refreshing waters help, the crowds are less than ideal. So we recommend trying something different and packing your bags for the countryside, where you can get away from it all while reconnecting with nature. Here are eight picturesque properties around the country worth checking into.

Blackberry Farm, Tennessee

Close your eyes and picture the countryside — what do you see? Sprawling lawns, perhaps? How about some babbling creeks, rustic barns, serene ponds and majestic mountains in the distance? Blackberry Farm, a gorgeous farm hotel that sits on 4,200 acres in Walland, Tenn., has it all. Still, despite its secluded setting, guests will not be required to rough it during their stay. Pampering amenities include a tranquil spa, two pools and a restaurant that serves up farm-to-table fare (the majority of the produce is picked from the property’s garden). Wine tastings, cooking demonstrations, brewery tours and gardening activities are also on offer. The upscale attitude also spills into the rooms (chic, private cottages shelter plush beds and large porches; some also feature fireplaces and whirlpools). Cozy rooms within the Main House are also available, and are adorned in antiques and elegant furnishings. Foodie and nature lovers, rejoice.

Gramercy Mansion, Maryland

Housed inside a 1902 English Tudor-style mansion, this upscale property seduces romantic couples with its ornately decorated rooms that feature two-person jetted tubs and fireplaces. Elegant manicured gardens, an outdoor pool and free made-to-order breakfasts — plus…