The Sherwood Inn, 26 West Genesee St., Skaneateles, N.Y. 13152, (315) 685-3405. Rates range from $40 to $65 per night double occupancy, including a continental breakfast, plus 10 percent tax.

Skaneateles is 18 miles west of I-81 and about 10 miles south of the New York State Thruway, west of Syracuse. The inn is on the north side of U.S. Route 20 in the middle of Skaneateles.

*The Queen Victoria, 102 Ocean St., Cape May, N.J. 08204, (609) 884-8702. In winter (January and February), rates range from $59 to $85 per night, double occupancy, plus 6 percent tax. During the week, those rates are discounted $10 to $20. Room rates include a substantial breakfast, afternoon tea, the use of the inn's bicycles and parking, and with two- to three-night weekend stays the rate includes free tickets to the trolley tour of Cape May and to the period house museum, the Physick Estate.

Cape May can be reached from Washington via the Henlopen, Delaware-Cape May Ferry, a 70-minute ride between Lewes, Del., and the west side of New Jersey's Cape May Point. From the ferry dock, follow Route 9 into Cape May. (For more information about the ferry, call 609-886-2718.) Or it's about a four-hour drive from Washington to Cape May, via I-95 to the New Jersey Turnpike to U.S. Route 40. Go east about 30 miles, then south on Route 55 to Route 47. Continue south on Route 47 or east on Route 83 to Route 9, which will take you into Cape May. In town, take Lafayette or Washington Streets to Ocean Street. Turn left and stop at the corner of Columbia Avenue, with the inn on the right.

*The 1811 House, Box 39, Manchester Village, Vt. 05254, (802) 362-1811. Rates range from $65 to $105 per night, double occupancy, year-round. That includes breakfast, but not the 6 percent tax and the 14 percent gratuity.

The inn is about 200 miles north of New York City. From the Taconic State Parkway, take Route 295 east to Route 22; go north to Route 7 east (which turns into Route 9 at the Vermont line). Follow Route 9 to Route 7 north in Bennington, Vt. Exit from Route 7 at Arlington, then follow Route 7A into Manchester Village; the inn will be on your right.

*The Cameron Estate Inn, R.D. 1, Mount Joy, Pa. 17552, (717) 653-1773. During the winter, rates range from $45 to $75 per night, double occupancy, including continental breakfast, plus 6 percent tax. (Fireplace rooms are more expensive.)

From Lancaster, Pa., take Route 283 west to Route 230 and follow that to the town of Mount Joy. In Mount Joy follow the Manheim-Mount Joy Road as it becomes New Haven Street and continue south to Donegal Street, which becomes Donegal Springs Road. Follow the (small) signs to the inn.