2. Rudyard Kipling's Naulakha
Dummerston, Vermont -- $350-450/nt
Two-and-a-half hours down the road from Bode's place, get your literary fix with a stay in the secluded country home of Nobel Prize-winning author and poet Rudyard Kipling, the very place where he wrote such classics as The Jungle Book. Fully restored with much of its original furniture, this four-bedroom boasts a full library, a game room with a billiard table, and, reportedly, "Vermont's first" tennis court.
Local tip for travelers: Kip named the house after the Naulakha Pavilion, a white marble chamber inside Lahore Fort, Pakistan. It looks nothing like the Naulakha Pavilion ... but who cares! There's swimming and boating to be had in the Connecticut River, on and off-track biking, hiking, and golf to amuse yourself with.