For lovers of out-of-sight Italian villages and rural vineyards.
Alternative destination: Virginia Wine Country.
Where to lodge: The Goodstone Inn & Restaurant
Virginia Wine Country offers a rural experience similar to the Italian countryside even though its architecture might be more colonial than Tuscan. The Goodstone Inn & Restaurant at Middleburg is just a 50-mile drive west of Washington D.C. and offers private lodging in its cottages. Guests are also welcome to the wineries available at Boxwood Winery, Greenhill Vineyards, and Stone Tower Winery.