Tour the 1668 Turner-Ingersoll Mansion, said to be the inspiration for the mysterious home described in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s 1851 Gothic romance novel “The House of Seven Gables.” After exploring the mansion—painstakingly restored and furnished to match the fictional home—soak up views of Salem Harbor from the adjoining seaside gardens. The author’s birthplace house is also on the grounds and open for tours.
Dashiell Hammett used this classic San Francisco steakhouse as a setting in his 1930 detective novel “The Maltese Falcon.” Present-day patrons will enjoy a trip back in time at this restaurant, tastefully decorated with oak-paneled walls, period furnishings, black-and-white photographs of celebrity patrons and—of course—a replica of the falcon statue. The menu even includes “Sam Spade’s Lamb Chops,” a nod to the dish ordered by the fictional private eye in Hammett’s story.Read MoreCourtesy of Library Hotel Collection
Courtesy of Library Hotel Collection
New York, New York
Just one block from the New York Public Library, the AAA Three Diamond
Library Hotel is a haven for bibliophiles. A unique Dewey Decimal theme prevails, with each floor dedicated to one of the system’s 10 categories and guest rooms stocked with a mini-library of coordinating books. The theme continues in a 24/7 reading room and the rooftop Writer’s Den, which serves literary-inspired cocktails after dark. A visit or stay at this hotel is one of the recommended things for couples to do.Book NowShutterstock.com / SeanPavonePhoto
Mark Twain House and Museum
Wondering what to do in Hartford? Explore the 25-room Victorian Gothic mansion where Mark Twain, née Samuel Clemens, wrote “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer,” “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” and other famous works. Designed and built as a dream home for Twain and his young family, this AAA GEM
® attraction features intricate wood carvings and original furnishings. An adjoining museum provides plenty of rare manuscripts, photographs and in-depth exhibits to satisfy hard-core Twain fans.Read Moreelenaleonova / iStockphoto.com
The Mount, Edith Wharton's Home
Pick your favorite spot to curl up with a good book at The Mount, Edith Wharton’s Home, a 42-room Georgian-style mansion surrounded by immaculate gardens and peaceful walking trails. It was here that Wharton wrote “The House of Mirth” and entertained close friends (including fellow novelist Henry James). The beautifully restored house is open for literary events and tours; don’t miss a peek inside the cozy library containing Wharton’s personal collection of 2,600 books.Read MoreCourtesy of The Plaza Hotel
Courtesy of The Plaza Hotel
The Plaza Hotel
New York, New York
This AAA Five Diamond
hotel makes an appearance in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby” and served as the real-life setting for Truman Capote’s lavish Black and White Ball celebrating the success of his 1966 novel “In Cold Blood.” Modern-day guests with children in tow will be delighted by the “Eloise” Suite, a room decorated in the whimsical—and incredibly pink—style of Eloise, the famed children’s book character who fictionally resides at The Plaza.Book NowAAA / Inspector 55
Sullivan'S Island, South Carolina
This Edgar Allen Poe-themed beach pub is well-loved for its laid-back vibe, local brews and tasty burgers with creative names like the “Tell-Tale Heart” and “Annabel Lee.” While Poe himself never dined here, the tavern is close to Fort Moultrie, where Poe was stationed 1827-28 while serving in the army. Dine on the outdoor patio and you can look out over the landscape that inspired several of Poe’s short stories including “The Gold Bug.”
AAA Travel Editor, Katie Broome
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