11/02/2012 07:09 am ET Updated Jan 02, 2013

8 Presidential Hideaways To Visit (PHOTOS)

The leaders of the free world -- just like the rest of us -- need to catch up on some quality "R&R" every now and then. And after a stressful election season, what could be better than leaving Washington behind to kick back at a private haven far, far away from the political realm? You may not need a break quite as badly as a president, but that doesn't mean you can't head to an oasis where you'll be treated like one.

We've unveiled some spectacular presidential retreats that drip with history, elegance and utter seclusion.

-- Liz Weiss

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