Tap Literary Greatness at These Getaways
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 1, 2009 6:56 PM CDT
A cat at the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum in Key West.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Looking to vacation in a spot that inspired your favorite novel? USA Today asks travel expert Melissa Biggs Bradley about the best hotels to connect physically with the literature.

  • The Resort at Paws Up, Greenough, Mont.: "The Blackfoot River, which runs through this 37,000-acre ranch, is the river referred to in Norman Maclean's wonderful A River Runs Through It," Bradley says.

  • Blantyre, Lennox, Mass.: This western outpost was home to literary royalty, and the "exquisite country house hotel" ain't bad, neither. "Edith Wharton wrote The House of Mirth at her grand estate, The Mount, in this tiny town," says Bradley. "Down the road, Herman Melville penned Moby-Dick."
  • The Algonquin Hotel, New York: Since its opening in 1902, the famed hotel "has drawn a slew of literary giants, including Gertrude Stein, Simone de Beauvoir and, most famously, the Algonquin Round Table," Bradley says.
  • L'Hotel, Paris: "Oscar Wilde famously expired in this Left Bank property while complaining about the mortally ugly (now banished) wallpaper," Bradley says.
  • The Gardens, Key West, Fla.: Ernest Hemingway adored the island where he wrote A Farewell to Arms. "It's the best place I've ever been anytime, anywhere," he said.
For the full list, click the link below.