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The Suite Life: 5 Unique Accommodations

You don’t have to be royalty to stay at one of these, but you’ll certainly feel like it

Whether you’ve saved for a special occasion or simply because you only live once, check out five dream accommodations that guarantee a memorable getaway.

Step into history books at a riverfront mansion where Barack Obama and aides prepped for a crucial 2012 debate with Mitt Romney or the cabin late President Warren G. Harding used as a hideaway. Or cruise like a mogul in a suite with panoramic sea views, plus powder room and private dining area.

Whether you’ve saved for a special occasion or simply because you only live once, check out five dream accommodations that guarantee a memorable getaway:

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Pettus House, Kingsmill Resort, Williamsburg, VA

Stay in style in a stately red brick mansion on the banks of the James River in Williamsburg, Va. A property once owned by 17th-century planter Thomas Pettus and built for the Anheuser-Busch brewery family in 2004, it boasts four spacious bedrooms with private baths, multiple fireplaces, private circular driveway, as well as a large wet bar with cushioned stools overlooking the river. The home offers photogenic views of both sunsets and sunrises. It’s popular for family reunions and hosts small weddings on the waterside patio.

For more information, visit kingsmillresort.com or call 800-832-5665.

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Owner's Suites, Windstar Cruises Star Breeze, Star Legend and Star Pride

Two chic Owner’s Suites at the front of each of the recently refurbished, yacht-like, 212-passenger cruise ships offer 575 square feet of luxury and verandahs with unparalleled views. Bedrooms and living rooms are decorated in contemporary style and boast flat-screen TVs and DVDs. A separate dining area seats four, and a powder room complements the larger master bathroom with granite countertops. L’Occitane soap and shampoo, walk-in closets as well as in-suite Nespresso machines and fresh flowers add to the upscale residential feel.

For more information, visit windstarcruises.com or call 877-910-7249.

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The Sea Island Beach Club Penthouse, Sea Island, GA

Steps from five miles of private beach, midway between Savannah and Jacksonville, unwind in a 2,000-square-foot suite atop The Sea Island Beach Club boasting two bedrooms, two baths, kitchenette, dining area, and washer and dryer. The living room has a gas fireplace, and a balcony offers ocean views. The suite is in keeping with Sea Island's signature Spanish Mediterranean décor, including Oriental rugs, exposed-beam ceilings, and oversized bathrooms. Don’t care to cook? Twenty-four-hour room service beckons.

For more information, visit seaisland.com or call 855-572-4975.

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Historic Harding Cabin, Deer Creek State Park Lodge, OH

Oh, if the walls of this rustic, three-bedroom log cabin could talk! Built south of Columbus, Ohio, by Pres. Warren G. Harding’s longtime aide and U.S. Attorney General Harry Daugherty, it served as a gathering place and refuge for the former president when his Interior Secretary was embroiled in the infamous “Teapot Dome” scandal involving sale of oil rights in the early 1920s. Today, the wooden-walled cabin with sleeping quarters upstairs and pullout sofa and chairs downstairs has been updated with a gas fireplace, modern kitchen with dishware and utensils, TV, and DVD player. But the screened porch overlooking a lake and private boat dock evoke a bygone era. A dining area seats eight.

For more information, visit deercreekstateparklodge.com or call 800-282-7275.

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Presidential Suite, Lake Yellowstone Hotel, WY

The best accommodation at Yellowstone National Park’s oldest standing lodging, which was completed in 1891, is a spacious two-bedroom, two-bath suite overlooking Yellowstone Lake. Recently renovated as part of a $28 million hotel upgrade, it features traditional furnishings and a large living room with wet bar and separate dining area. VIPs, including President Calvin Coolidge and Ted Turner, have enjoyed the suite. An American original, the iconic hotel is a National Historic Landmark and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

For information and reservations, visit yellowstonenationalparklodges.com or call 307- 344-7311. The hotel is open from mid-May to early October.

For more travel experiences available from Xanterra Parks & Resorts and its affiliated properties, visit xanterra.com/explore.