When a Grant Achatz disciple like John B. Shields decamps from Chicago to rural Virginia, you get amazing 10-course meals in a setting that will make you yearn for the simple life.
132 E. Main St., Chilhowie, Va., 276-646-8787; townhouseva.com
On this property co-owned by Richard Branson, David Felton gives Blue Hill at Stone Barns serious out-from-Manhattan competition.
2 Main St., Peapack-Gladstone, N.J., 908-901-9500; ninetyacres.com
In her most formal spot yet, Barbara Lynch combines French technique with Italian soul in food worth dressing up for.
354 Congress St., Boston, 617-737-0099; mentonboston.com