FROM PLATE TO PILLOW

At these foodie hotels, you'll want to come for the restaurants and stay for the rooms.






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Publication: Sunset
Date published: March 1, 2013

GUADALUPE VALLEY, BAJA Corazón de Tierra at La Villa del Valle

eat Baja-bred chef Diego Hernandez's locally driven tasting menus have diners crossing the border to visit this up-and-coming wine country 90 minutes south of San Diego. Dishes range from deconstructed salads (like smoked radishes with pickled pig trotters, carrot purée, and fennel) to more complex black cod covered in onion embers with lemonverbena purée. Desserts are mindblowingly creative, such as the Swiss chard panna cotta with mezcal bread and guava ice cream. Sliding glass doors frame the giant vegetable garden outside. }$$}; corazondetierra.com sleep This six-room hillside Tuscan-villa-meets-Mexicanhacienda is surrounded by vineyards and olive groves, and the comfortably chic rooms have crisp white linens and valley views. From $195; lavaiadeivaae.com

NEAR SEDONA, AZ Garland's Oak Creek Lodge

eat There's no TV or cell reception at this early-igoos lodge, so what's left to do? Eat. Very well. Breakfast, afternoon tea, and four-course dinners (nonguests $45) feature veggies and fruits from the lodge's garden, eggs from its chickens, and cider from the on-site press, for dishes like buttermilk pumpkin waffles with apple cider syrup, crackly roast chicken with wild mushrooms, and hot-from-the-oven apple tarts.

sleep Sixteen log cabins share 10 acres with the organic gardens, right alongside Oak Creek. Rooms can book upa year in advance for the season (late Mar-mid-Nov). from $305; 2-night min.; garlands iodge.com

PORTLAND

Clyde Common at the Ace Hotel

EAT Among the reasons to plant yourself here: a buzzy happy hour, fun communal seating, and a newly added brunch that includes cocktails like the I, Chihuahua (tequila and orange marmalade) and the Caesar (a vodka-andClamato riff on the traditional Bloody Mary). The sweet and savory apple-and-cheddar galette puts the other pastries to shame. Brunch $; clydecommon.com

sleep This four-story 1912 building turned hipster hotel wins for atmosphere, location, and price. Stay tuned: An Algerian Frenchthemed speakeasy is rumored to be opening in the basement this spring. From $160; acehotei.com/ Portland; fá

ASPEN, CO

Element 47 at the Little Nell

eat There are no more stuffy prixfixe dinners here (formerly the restaurant Montagna). So peel off your ski boots and get comfy in the leather chairs for gravlax breakfasts, Wagyu burgers with duck-fat fries for lunch, and citrus-cured fluke and Anjou pear tortellini fordinner. Après-ski apps and microbrews are de rigueur. $$$}; element47aspen.com

sleep Private fireplaces, heated marble floors, and thick robes make it hard to leave your room. From Í280; thelittleneii.com;

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