Break out your itinerary: Here are 10 new regions to visit with 10 fantastic hotels that you'll want to tack on to this summer's urban adventure.More
Visit: The Loire Valley. When French Royalty abandoned Paris during the Renaissance, this lush region is where they chose to build their opulent homes. There is very good reason for that: the area's vineyards and farmland—famous for their pears, Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé wines, and goat cheese—are scattered with chateaux of the era. Be sure to visit Château de Chenonceau, where Catherine de Medici once lived, and it's less crowded, but equally dreamy neighbor Château de Gué-Péan.
Book a Room at: Chateau de Perreux. This castle-turned-boutique hotel sits on a hilltop with views of the Loire meadows. The serene property has 11 simply decorated rooms and an elegant garden and pool where guests can relax.
Drive Time: Two hours.
36 Rue de Pocé
Nazelle Négron, Amboise
Rates from $150
Visit: The Catskills. Popular amongst New York City transplants, this upstate region is the new alternative to the Hamptons. Highlights among the many design boutiques and foodie destinations include: housewares mecca Nest in Narrowsburg; Table on Ten in Bloomville, for its mouthwatering wood-fired pizzas; and The Heron restaurant, also in Narrowsburg, known for its andouille mac and cheese and fried chicken. Yes, please.
Book a Room at: The Hillside Schoolhouse. Plan ahead to stay at this charming former schoolhouse. With only two rooms, the property is the ideal hideaway for an upstate weekend, especially if there are four of you.
Drive Time: Two and a half hours.
259 Van Tuyl Road
Rates from $225