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8 Unique Places to Stay For Stunning Lake & River Views

Craft Lodging Rooms with a View

Whether it’s the rush of a meandering river or the tranquility of a vibrant lake, there’s something so magnetic about water. As humans, we have always sought reprieve from our day-to-day at the water's edge or in the adventure and excitement of plunging in for a swim, kayaking, or simply relaxing with friends.

If you find yourself drawn toward the water to relax and recharge or to thrill-seek, explore our curated selection of craft lodging within reach of an aquatic escape. From historic hotels with  waterfall views to exquisite lakefront inns tucked away in wine country, your bed and breakfast on the water awaits. 

Lakefront Hotels

Geneva on the Lake

Experience the timeless beauty of the Finger Lakes region at Geneva on the Lake. Set on the shores of Seneca Lake, this historic resort offers a tranquil oasis surrounded by vineyards and rolling hills. Spend your days relaxing in elegant suites, strolling through the manicured gardens dotted with fountains and sculptures, or cooling off in the swimming pool. Venture into the surrounding area and discover the Seneca Lake Wine Trail, The Corning Museum of Glass, and  the natural splendor of the Finger Lakes at Watkins Glen State Park.

Guests at the Inn on Lake Granbury can find plenty of tranquil spaces to enjoy the inn's scenic lakefront location.

Inn on Lake Granbury

Discover lakeside luxury at the Inn on Lake Granbury. Located just steps from the shores of Lake Granbury, this award-winning inn combines Southern hospitality with contemporary comfort. Relax in the saltwater pool, enjoy the breeze off the lake, and take advantage of being within walking distance to the best of downtown where shopping and attractions await. With its serene setting and personalized service, the Inn on Lake Granbury offers a memorable retreat for couples, families, and solo travelers alike.

Inn at Lake Joseph

Welcome to the Catskills! The Inn at Lake Joseph is situated on the lake’s tranquil shores surrounded by the scenic beauty of the Catskill Mountains. Allow yourself to leave the hustle and bustle of daily life behind and revel in luxurious accommodations overlooking the pristine private lake and daily activities, like hiking, fishing, and birdwatching — or simply relaxing in a hammock. With its idyllic setting and array of outdoor activities, the Inn at Lake Joseph is the perfect destination for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts.

The Huron House Luxury Bed & Breakfast offers plenty of outdoor space to enjoy the property's lakefront location.

Huron House Luxury Bed & Breakfast

An adults-only haven, Huron House Luxury Bed & Breakfast provides a transportive experience along the stunning shores of Lake Huron. Each of the romantic suites boasts panoramic views of the lake, as well as luxurious amenities such as whirlpool tubs and fireplace. Stroll hand-in-hand along the sandy beach, watch the sunset from the private deck, or explore local attractions like Lumberman’s Monument or the weekly farmer’s market. 

Riverfront Hotels

Elegant guest rooms with waterfront views are available at the Black Dolphin Inn in New Smyrna Beach.

Black Dolphin Inn

An elegant, Spanish Isle-inspired estate, Black Dolphin Inn sits on the Atlantic Intracoastal waterway within view of Cape Canaveral. ​​During your stay, you’ll find one-of-a-kind rooms with mid-century furnishings and spa-like bathrooms. When you’re not relaxing in your room or by the fire pit overlooking the water, you can try your hand at fishing the nearby Indian River Lagoon, explore the natural wonders of Canaveral National Seashore, or discover all there is to see and do in New Smyrna. 

The Lodge at River Run

Surrounded by the serene beauty of Western North Carolina, The Lodge at River Run provides the opportunity to get up close with nature. Check in to warm, rustic lodging and begin relaxing on the riverfront terrace or patio or cast a line in the Elk River. During the day, take the short drive to nearby Beech Mountain Ski Area, explore local wineries, or set out on one of the area’s stunning hikes.  

Unique Places to Stay on the Water

Ledges Hotel in the Pocono Mountains is situated next to a beautiful gorge.

Ledges Hotel

Perched atop the scenic gorge of Paupack High Falls, Ledges Hotel offers a one-of-a-kind experience in the heart of the Pocono Mountains. Housed in a restored 19th-century glass factory, the waterfront hotel seamlessly blends modern luxury with a historic flair. Relax on the expansive deck overlooking the rushing waters of the falls, make your way next door to the Hawley Silk Mill to browse boutique shops, or rent a boat to explore stunning Lake Wallenpaupack. 

Offering a private patio area with water views, the Waterfront Hambleton Inn Bed & Breakfast is a unique place to stay on the riverfront.

Waterfront Hambleton Inn Bed & Breakfast

Nestled between Broad Creek and the Miles River, both letting out into the Chesapeake Bay, the adults-only Waterfront Hambleton Inn Bed & Breakfast invites you to experience the history and charm of Saint Michaels, Maryland. Enjoy water views from the patio or take the short walk downtown where you’ll find several spots to shop, dine, and explore. Try to time your visit to align with Wine Fest, when you can sample small-production wines from Europe and the U.S.

Best Places to Stay in Banner Elk NC

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The Lodge at River Run

Banner Elk NC, NC

Best Places to Stay in Forestburgh

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Inn at Lake Joseph

Forestburgh, NY

Best Places to Stay in Geneva

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Best Places to Stay in Granbury

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Inn on Lake Granbury

Granbury, TX

Best Places to Stay in Hawley

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Hawley, PA

Settlers Inn
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Hawley, PA

Best Places to Stay in New Smyrna Beach

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Black Dolphin Inn

New Smyrna Beach, FL

Best Places to Stay in Oscoda

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Oscoda, MI

Best Places to Stay in St Michaels

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Waterfront Hambleton Inn Bed & Breakfast

St Michaels, MD

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