Best Weekends Recommended Destinations

Allison Inn, Newberg OR

OVERVIEW Conceived by the Ken and Joan Austin and managed today by Waterford Hospitaliy,  Allison Inn is destined to be one of the best in the country and certainly the best in the Northwest. Located at the north entrance of Willamette Valley wine country and set on 35 lush acres, the resort is surrounded by...…

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Antrim 1844, Taneytown

Built in 1844 by Col. Andrew Ege, an immigrant from Country Antrim, Ireland, the home and property, then comprised of several out buildings on a site of approximately 2500 acres, was named after the county of his wife’s birthplace in Ireland.  The property changed hands many times over the years and much of the original...…

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Baron’s Cove, Sag Harbor

OVERVIEW Baron’s Cove was built in the 1950’s as the first resort development in Sag Harbor. It quickly became a hub for the creative community and enjoyed visits from a diverse group of celebrities and artists like John and Elaine Steinbeck, Paul Newman, Art Garfunkel, Richard Kind, Jackson Pollock, Willem and Elaine de Kooning, Truman...…

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Bellmoor Inn, Rehoboth DE

OVERVIEW There is something oddly romantic about a nearly deserted beach town in the winter. In season, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware is a bustling seaside resort overflowing with vacationers, but off-season, the pace slows and its real charm shows through. Casually browse the shops in town, stroll the…

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Bernardus Lodge, Carmel CA

OVERVIEW With vineyards in the foreground and the Santa Lucia Mountains as the backdrop, Bernardus Lodge is the quintessential “Relaxing Retreat”, a property so special it raises the bar for all others. The setting could not be more idyllic, but it is the care that went into the design, both inside and out, the attention...…

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Beverly Hills Hotel, Beverly Hills, CA

OVERVIEW Hidden behind 80 year old palm trees and banana leaves, the iconic Beverly Hills Hotel sits on 12 acres of tropical gardens and exotic flowers. The familiar “pink palace” is part of the esteemed Dorchester Group of super luxury hotels. Steeped in history the hotel’s Polo Lounge has been the scene of many Hollywood...…

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Blackberry Farms, Walland

Set on 4200 acres Blackberry Farm is breathtakingly beautiful. It’s rolling hills are bordered by sparkling white fences, there’s a dazzling pond and Boathouse at the base of the Main complex hill, a wonderful farmhouse used as the appropriately named Farmhouse Spa and a delightful pavilion set on another pond and used for various functions....…

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Blantyre, Lenox MA

OVERVIEW In 1902 Robert Paterson built Blantyre as a model of his mother’s ancestral estate in Blantyre, Scotland. Complete with towers, turrets and gargoyles, the grand property served as the family’s summer and fall retreat where they entertained frequently in a lavish style befitting the times. These magnificent properties were the Berkshire’s version of the...…

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Boar’s Head Resort

OVERVIEW The history of the Boar’s Head Resort property dates back some 300 years and has ties to Thomas Jefferson. The 3,000-acre tract that the resort resides on was part of Virginia’s first land grant in 1734, and Terrell’s Ordinary, an inn for westward travelers, opened at the exact location of Boar’s Head in 1759....…

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Boston Harbor Hotel

OVERVIEW With spectacular harbor views, excellent service, an award winning restaurant and a wonderful outdoor entertainment arena, it is no wonder the Boston Harbor Hotel is a favorite of many travelers, myself included. This is not a cookie cutter chain hotel. It has a style and character all its own. Located on Rowe’s Wharf, it...…

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Buttermilk Inn & Falls, Milton NY

OVERVIEW A short 90 minute train or car ride from New York City, Buttermilk Falls Inn + Spa is located in Ulster County directly across the Hudson River from Poughkeepsie. This delightful property sits on a 75 acre spread on the banks of the Hudson and yes, there really is a “falls” right on the...…

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Casa Marina Resort

OVERVIEW If a full service hotel is what you are seeking, The Casa Marina will fit the bill. Opened in 1920 it has the charm of an old world hotel with all the modern amenities. It is located just outside the heart of town on the largest private beach on the island. Many of the...…

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Castle Hill Inn

OVERVIEW The stately and elegant Castle Hill Inn is a top choice for accommodations in Newport. Slightly formal, yet very comfortable. The property sits on 40 acres of magnificent oceanfront, just a short drive from town on Newport’s renowned Ocean Drive.  Perched atop a small bluff, the water views from almost anywhere are nothing short...…

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Cavallo Point, Sausilito CA

OVERVIEW Leave it to the government to appropriate a setting so amazing, but that’s what happened at Fort Baker, an army post created in 1866 for the defense of the San Francisco Bay. Located at the base of the Golden Gate Bridge, the views of the bridge and San Francisco are nothing short of spectacular....…

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Chatham Bars Inn, Chatham MA

Among the most picturesque of Cape Cod towns, Chatham is home to the Chatham Bars Inn, a magical oceanfront resort that can serve as a romantic escape for two or a memorable vacation for the whole family. Built at the turn of the century and last renovated in 2009, the property sits perched on a…

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Cheeca Lodge & Spa, Islamorada

About halfway between Miami and Key West in Islamorada is a wonderful resort called the Cheeca Lodge & Spa. It’s George Bush the 1st’s favorite place in Florida. (at least I think so because there are pictures of him everywhere and there is a George Bush Suite) Anyway, I never miss an opportunity to stop...…

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Cliffside Beach Club

OVERVIEW Begun as a private beach, The Cliffside Beach Club became a private club in 1949 where the same members returned year after year to get the same locker, the same umbrella and the same spot on the beach. The Currie Family bought the Club in 1959 and in the 80’s and 90’s added hotel...…

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Cottages on Charleston Harbor, Mt. Pleasant

OVERVIEW One of the fun things about what we do is finding those undiscovered places that didn’t show up in any of our research. Such is the case of the marvelous Cottages on Charleston Harbor in Mt. Pleasant, SC just over the bridge from Charleston. Perfect accommodations for couples or families traveling together. THE ROOMS...…

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Crowne Pointe Inn, Provincetown MA

OVERVIEW Provincetown or “P-Town” as it is affectionately called by locals and fans sits at the northern tip of Cape Cod, bordered on three sides by the Atlantic. Its history goes back nearly 400 years…this is where the Mayflower actually landed and the Mayflower Compact signed. Today, it is a thriving colony of artists and...…

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Edson Hill Manor

OVERVIEW Make-overs are popular today, on the web and in magazines. People love the “before” and “after” shots, I think because of our innate appreciation of “second chances”. Edson Hill Manor in Stowe, Vermont has always been the quintessential Vermont inn; cozy, fireplaces roaring, pine paneled walls and welcome hosts. While it was a comfortable...…

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Eliot Hotel

OVERVIEW Privately owned and operated by the Ullian family, the The Eliot Hotel,  is a stone building with green awnings and an ornate iron entry portico that suggests an exquisite European hideaway. Ideally located in the heart of the Back Bay, the hotel is only steps away from Newbury Street and other attractions, yet just...…

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Estancia La Jolla, La Jolla CA

OVERVIEW Just north of San Diego lies the upscale enclave of La Jolla (pronounced hoy-a), and within it, Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa, a peaceful refuge from the bustle of the city. The impeccably manicured grounds are designed in Spanish hacienda style and bloom with vines, flowers, trees and plants that infuse colors and...…

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Fairmont Grand Del Mar, Del Mar CA

OVERVIEW The magnificent 249-room luxury San Diego resort, Fairmont Grand Del Mar,  captures the elegance and comfort of an old-world Mediterranean estate with an enviable Southern California locale. Its design honors the indelible style of visionary architect Addison Mizner (1872-1933) who drew his inspiration from Spain’s palaces, France’s sun-washed coastal retreats and Florence’s decorative arts...…

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Fearrington House, Pittsboro NC

OVERVIEW For over 200 years the Fearrington property, located in the beautiful countryside between Pittsboro and Chapel Hill in North Carolina was a working farm, passing from generation to generation until it was purchased by RB and Jenny Fitch in 1974. Today, the property includes homes, specialty shops and a market along with the Inn...…

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Four Seasons

OVERVIEW Four Seasons hotels are among the finest in the country. Their design, service level and amenities are matched by few other hotel chains. While the hotels can be very expensive in places like NYC, sometimes, like in Las Vegas, you get an incredible value for this level of lodging. The Four Seasons Las Vegas...…

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Four Seasons Encantado Resort, Santa Fe NM

OVERVIEW Just outside the Sante Fe city limits, Encantado is tucked away against the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. The adobe style design is integrated perfectly to the stunning desert terrain and is positioned to take maximum advantage of the magnificent sunrises and sunsets. Characteristic of Four Seasons resorts, there is an understated...…

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Four Seasons Hotel

OVERVIEW Georgetown is my favorite part of the City with its quaint boutiques, bistros, bars and particularly the C&O Canal whose tow path is a great place to walk or run. The Four Seasons Hotel is perfectly located in Georgetown, right on the Canal. THE ROOMS One of the great things about this hotel is...…

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Four Seasons, San Francisco CA

OVERVIEW Just steps away from the popular Union Square shopping area of downtown San Francisco lies the inimitable Four Seasons Hotel. It may not look like much from the outside, as it is simply another building hiding indiscriminately among the skyscrapers in the financial district, but step inside and let the gilded treatment that the...…

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Glasbern Country Inn, Fogelsville PA

OVERVIEW Just outside Allentown Pennsylvania and under 2 hours from New York and Philadelphia, Glasbern was an old run-down farm from the 1800’s when new owners purchased it in 1985. Seven of the original farm buildings have been restored and converted to luxury accommodations. The 50+ acre setting is wonderful with rolling hills and ponds...…

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Glenmere Mansion, Chester, New York

Perched on a hilltop with sweeping lawns and stunning views of Glenmere Lake, the 1911 pink hued Tuscan style Glenmere Mansion is surrounded by spectacular formal gardens and graceful terraces. Inside the villa surrounds a central, flower filled cortile that is romantically set for dining in the warmer weather. Much of the original architecture has...…

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Green Mountain Inn

OVERVIEW Since 1833, the historic Green Mountain Inn, located in the center of town at the base of the Mountain Road has been welcoming guests to this year round country inn. With 104 antique filled rooms and suites, the Inn has a complete list of amenities, including a restaurant, bar, health club and pool. Yet...…

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Greenwich Hotel

OVERVIEW The Greenwich Hotel exudes so much charm. There is a “soul” to this place that you will find in few other places. The small sign marking the entry is indicative of the hotel itself…unobtrusive and unpretentious. The lobby foyer is small, but opens to a bright room with soaring ceilings, seating nooks set with...…

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Gurney’s Inn, Montauk

OVERVIEW Gurney’s Inn Montauk has undergone a multi-million dollar renovation led by new owners George Filopoulos and Lloyd Goldman that has transformed the once stodgy old resort into the new hot spot at the East End. Wunderkind designer Michael Kramer has created 38 new oceanfront suites with grand terraces overlooking the ocean and 71 other...…

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Gurney’s Montauk Yacht Club, Montauk

OVERVIEW Montauk Yacht Club has been around for quite some time, (80+ years to be exact) and its distinctive lighthouse is familiar to many. An extensive 2009 renovation refreshed the property and it is now an even better destination, ideal for couples or families. The Yacht Club is the setting for numerous fashion and celebrity...…

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Gurney’s Newport Resort & Marina

OVERVIEW A few years back, new owners George Filopoulos and Lloyd Goldman  transformed the once stodgy old Gurney’s Montauk resort into the new hot spot at the East End of Long Island. Now they have worked their magic again, this time in Newport, RI to the former Hyatt Hotel on Goat Island. Where Montauk offers...…

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Harbor View Hotel

OVERVIEW At the eastern end of the Island, perched on a bluff overlooking the Lighthouse and Edgartown Harbor, the Harbor View Hotel opened in 1891 and remains the island’s premier full service hotel. While boasting all the modern amenities you would expect, it still retains the charm and elegance of days gone by. A wonderful...…

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Hawk’s Cay, Duck Key FL

OVERVIEW Hawk’s Cay is a 60 acre AAA Four Diamond resort, located on the island of Duck Key about halfway down the Florida Keys. It offers one of the best values we have seen for family vacations. Amenities abound….there’s lots to do for adults and children alike and the price is unbelievable. Imagine rooms starting...…

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Hidden Pond, Kennebunkport ME

OVERVIEW Set on 60 wooded acres, with manicured lawns and beautiful gardens, Hidden Pond is the perfect place if you are traveling with friends or family. 14 gorgeous and individually decorated (each from a different designer) 2-bedroom cottages and 1 bedroom bungalows are spread about the property. They call it “flip flop chic” which perfectly...…

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High Peaks Resort

OVERVIEW For many, many years the Hilton occupied the corner of Main Street and Saranac Avenue and in 2008 the property passed hands and became the High Peaks Resort. The owners took advantage of an ideal location with mountain and lake views and “kicked it up a notch” as Emeril would say. This is a...…

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Hope & Glory, Irvington VA

OVERVIEW Originally an 1890’s schoolhouse, the main building and cottages of Hope & Glory are set amidst lush English gardens with meandering brick pathways, whimsical sculptures and a cascading waterfall. The air is filled with heavenly fragrances and there’s even a moon garden which is in peak bloom and fragrance in the evening.   Best...…

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Hotel Yountville, Yountville

OVERVIEW Hotel Yountville is in the center of the town which is in the center of the valley, making it an ideal base for your visit to Napa. In Yountville itself, you can walk to tasting rooms, Michelin starred restaurants, an amazing bakery and wonderful boutiques. The hotel is an elegant compound of 80 rooms surrounded...…

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Inn at Bowman’s Hill

OVERVIEW You are just a short distance from New Hope as you drive down a narrow country lane looking for the Inn at Bowman Hill, a luxury B&B that sets a standard for accommodations in Bucks County. Suddenly the woods give way to a magnificent stone Colonial set on 5 beautifully manicured acres behind a...…

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Inn at Dos Brisas, Washington TX

OVERVIEW Every serious traveler, foodie and oenophile has dreamed of owning their own place, but few of us, have the resources or the experience to pull it off. Annapolis, Maryland and Houston businessman Doug Bosch and his wife Jennifer had both the resources and the passion to covert their 300 acre family abode into the...…

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Inn at Perry Cabin, St. Michaels MD

OVERVIEW Movie buffs will recognize the Inn at Perry Cabin by Belmond as the site of the wedding in the film “Wedding Crashers” with Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn. To others it is a cozy weekend retreat in a delightful Eastern Shore town on the banks of the Miles River. The Inn is an ideal...…

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Inn at Round Barn Farm, Waitsfield VT

OVERVIEW The Inn at the Round Barn Farm is the quintessential Vermont B&B. A clapboard building, a roaring fireplace, the smell of fresh baked cookies, wide planked pine floors and gorgeous views combine to make this charming inn as comfortable as your own home. We half expected Bing Crosby to come out singing. Built originally...…

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Keswick Hall

OVERVIEW PLEASE NOTE: Keswick is currently closed for extensive renovations. It will re-open in Fall 2020. There is much to enjoy in Charlottesville, but it will be a struggle to leave the confines of the exquisite Keswick Hall, located just outside of town in the rolling hills of Virginia hunt country. In fact, with its...…

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La Mer/Dewey House

OVERVIEW Staying here is getting the best of all worlds. La Mer and Dewey House are delightful, private and intimate oceanfront B&B’s, but are part of the adjacent Southernmost Hotel which has three pools, two outside bars and a fishing pier.  Also part of the complex is the Southernmost Beach Cafe an open air restaurant...…

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Le Pavillon

OVERVIEW Located in the center of the business district and minutes from the Superdome and the French Quarter, Le Pavillon sits on land once a plantation. Built in 1907, this grand hotel has an amazing collection of art, antique furniture and architectural features. You’ll marvel at a 17th century hand carved wood fireplace, full and...…

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Little Palm Island, Torch Key FL

OVERVIEW I went looking for Paradise..and I found it on a small island in the Florida Keys. Among the many wonderful and romantic places we have visited, Little Palm Island stands out as one of the most romantic. Private and secluded with ample opportunity to be alone, this is the perfect place for a special...…

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Lodge at Glendorn, Bradford

As you pass through the entry gates, a long driveway, bordered by lush foliage, leads to The Big House, home to a group of rooms and suites, the main dining rooms, the Billiard Room and other public rooms. Guests can also select one of 12 rustic and charming cabins spread throughout the property in the...…

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Lodge at Glendorn, Bradford, PA

OVERVIEW Built in 1929 by the Dorn Family and used as a retreat for family and friends The Lodge at Glendorn began welcoming guests in 1995. Today it is owned by Cliff and Tracy Forrest, former guests who purchased Glendorn when the Dorn family put it up for auction in 2009.  It is a member...…

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Lodge at Pebble Beach, CA

OVERVIEW Set high above the crashing waves, overlooking Carmel Bay, Pebble Beach Resorts is world renowned for its golf courses which host the annual AT&T Pro-Am PGA event and has been host to 5 U.S. Open tournaments. Golfers the world over are familiar with this amazing setting. Playing these courses is a golfer’s Nirvana and...…

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Lodge at Spruce Peak

OVERVIEW The dramatic Spruce Peak opened in September 2008 and is destined to take its place beside the great resorts out West in the best ski areas.The $400 million project includes 300 luxury guestrooms and private mountain cabins, a new base lodge, upscale retail shops (think Ralph Lauren), a marvelous 21,000 sq. ft spa and wellness...…

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Lodge at Torrey Pines, La Jolla CA

OVERVIEW Set on 6 1/2 acres beside the famed Torrey Pines Golf Course and overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the Lodge at Torrey Pines is one of the most dramatic settings for a resort in the country. The beautiful Torrey Pines State Park with its beaches, rugged cliffs and forests of rare Torrey pine is just...…

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Maison Fleurie, Yountville

OVERVIEW This may well be THE value accommodation in the Napa Valley. Located in the heart of the valley in Yountville, this charming B&B sits on a half acre of beautifully sculpted gardens and is made up of three stone and brick buildings. Maison Fleurie was built in 1873 as the Magnolia Hotel, constructed of stone from...…

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Mandarin Oriental

OVERVIEW Handmade furniture, carpeting and original artwork grace the lobby while a fireplace adds warmth and coziness. Located in the Back Bay area on Boylston Street and connected to the Prudential Center, the location is ideal for both business and pleasure travelers. With only 136 rooms and 12 suites, it has the feel of an...…

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Mandarin Oriental

OVERVIEW The Time Warner Center has become a mecca for New Yorkers seeking the hottest restaurants and shops. Occupying floors 35-54 of the Center, the Mandarin offers stunning views of Central Park, the Hudson River and the City and its bars and restaurants are the “in” places to be seen. The Mandarin chain has slowly...…

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Mandarin Oriental

The Mandarin Oriental Washington is located in the heart of the district in the southwest section, overlooking the marina, the Tidal Basin and the monuments. The view of the Jefferson Memorial at night is quite spectacular. While I would generally scoff at a description of “Feng Shui touches”, there is something incredibly soothing and calming...…

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Mandarin Oriental, Miami FL

OVERVIEW One of the things that make Mandarin special is their ability to find locations that afford a spectacular view. New York has Central Park and the river, Washington DC has the Jefferson Memorial, San Francisco has the Bay, La Vegas has the Strip and Miami has…

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Mayflower Inn, Washington CT

OVERVIEW Located just two hours from Manhattan in the hills of Connecticut,  the 30 room luxury inn sits on 58 gorgeous acres of gardens and woodlands and is surrounded by a 3,000 acre nature preserve. The majestic Mayflower House is home to reception, The Tap Room lounge, the Mayflower Dining Room and some wonderful parlors,...…

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Meadowood, St Helena

OVERVIEW In 1979 H. William Harlan was searching for land on which to create a wine estate when he was introduced to Meadowood, which had been founded in 1964 as a private country club. The property wasn’t ideally suited to grape growing, but Mr. Harlan was intrigued and called his partners to share the news...…

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Mirbeau Inn, Skaneateles NY

OVERVIEW The name “Mirbeau”, which may be loosely translated as “reflected beauty,” is inspired, in part, by the soft light and warm colors of Monet’s paintings. Set on 12 acres just blocks from the lake, Mirbeau was designed to evoke the warmth and comfort of a French wine country estate. The chateau-like Inn and Spa...…

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Mirror Lake Inn

OVERVIEW Some places are just so comfortable and welcoming, you know from the start that you will keep coming back. Mirror Lake is one of those places. It is a delightful place to stay in any season, but it becomes truly magical when all lit up with tiny lights and surrounded by snow. It evokes...…

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Montage Palmetto Bluff, Bluffton SC

OVERVIEW Nestled beside the May River, the Inn at Palmetto Bluff in Bluffton, SC is a spectacular resort just 15 minutes from downtown Savannah. Built on a 20,000 acre parcel, the Inn is part of a complex that includes residential homes, a delightful Village reminiscent of a New England town and a host of recreational...…

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Montage, Laguna Beach CA

OVERVIEW Perched on a bluff above the mighty Pacific Ocean with the rugged coastline below, the Montage Laguna Beach is a stunning property set on 30 beautifully manicured acres halfway between Los Angeles and San Diego. The gorgeous lobby has massive floor to ceiling windows that showcase the crashing waves and slender palms lining the...…

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Nantucket Hotel

OVERVIEW A few years back, the Snider family purchased the old Point Breeze Hotel (circa 1891), poured a ton of money into a complete renovation and the result is the wonderful, family friendly Nantucket Hotel + Resort. Properties are run better when the owners are also the operators and The Nantucket proves the rule. THE...…

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Nemacolin Woodlands, Farmington PA

 OVERVIEW Nemacolin began life in the late 60’s as a private game reserve where Pittsburgh industrialist, Willard Rockwell entertained friends and business associates for hunting and fishing weekends on its then 400 acres. Today the resort is owned by the Hardy Family (84 Lumber) encompasses some 3000 acres and is a Forbes Four Star and...…

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Newport Beach Hotel & Suites

OVERVIEW The Newport Hotel and Suites is one of the best values I have seen in a long time. Ideally located across the street from the Easton Beach, minutes from the Cliff Walk and next to the Newport Pond, the hotel is the perfect choice for couples traveling together and even better for families. THE...…

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North Block Hotel, Yountville

OVERVIEW North Block is a boutique hotel in Yountville that could have been plucked from a Pottery Barn catalog. The stone buildings with slate roofs surround a courtyard that has seating areas and fireplaces. The entrance way is lined with citrus trees, hand painted tiles and lanterns. The chic lobby is bathed in shades of brown...…

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Ocean House, Watch Hill RI

OVERVIEW Perched high on a bluff overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, the Ocean House opened originally in 1868 and became the “summer home” to the rich and famous for 135 years before falling into disrepair and closing in 2003. A group of local sentimental investors bought the property and spent $140 million to build an upscale...…

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Ocean Key Resort

OVERVIEW If location is everything, then the Ocean Key Resort has it all. Situated at the end of bustling Duval Street and right on the Gulf, the Resort stands next to Mallory Square the site of the nightly sundown festival. THE ROOMS The 100 rooms are decorated in vibrant island colors and look out on...…

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Ocean Place Resort & Spa, Long Branch

OVERVIEW Sitting right next to the lively Pier Village with its boutique shops and restaurants, Ocean Place is the only full service hotel directly on the ocean at the Jersey Shore. The views from the rooms are spectacular up and down the beach. THE ROOMS This recently renovated gem offers generous sized rooms decorated in...…

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Ocean’s Edge Resort, Brewster MA

OVERVIEW Ocean’s Edge Resort & Golf Club in Brewster, MA began as a private residence in 1890, burned to the ground in 1906 and was rebuilt in 1912 to a grand home that included 16 rooms.  All main bedrooms were outfitted with Italian marble fireplaces, individual bathrooms and walk-in closets. Woodworkers were brought over from...…

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Ojai Valley Inn, Ojai CA

OVERVIEW In a lush valley surrounded by the Topatopa Mountain range lies the tiny town of Ojai California. Just a two hour drive north of Los Angeles, this laid back country town is a remote yet supremely accessible haven for those looking to get out of the city bustle. Ojai Valley Inn & Spa occupies...…

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Old Edwards Inn, Highlands NC

OVERVIEW Perched on a plateau 4118 ft above sea level in the hills of western North Carolina and the Blue Ridge Mountains and surrounded by pristine mountains, lakes, and waterfalls Old Edwards Inn is the perfect weekend getaway. The resort is located in the beautiful, upscale town of Highlands NC which offers an array of...…

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Omni Bedford Springs, Bedford Springs PA

OVERVIEW The grand Bedford Springs Resort, set on 2,200 acres and minutes off the Pennsylvania Turnpike has a fascinating history. Original construction began in the 1790’s near seven natural springs. Believed to have “curative powers” the springs were the primary draw when the hotel opened to colonial travelers in 1804. A $120 million renovation restored...…

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Parrot Key Resort

OVERVIEW It is not often that a new resort is built in Key West, so Parrot Key, made the wait worthwhile. Located about two miles outside the center of town on North Roosevelt Blvd.(U.S. 1) this is the perfect places for families, couples traveling together or “girl’s weekends”.  You are close enough to all the...…

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Peninsula Hotel

OVERVIEW Since 1928 Peninsula Hong Kong has set the world standard for exceptional service, style and comfort. In 2001 Peninsula Chicago opened and quickly reached the pinnacle of American hotels. It is consistently rated one of the top three or four hotels in the country. Hotel entry is at street level where you are whisked...…

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Ponte Verde Beach Resorts, Ponte Verde FL

OVERVIEW The resort consists of two spectacular oceanfront properties, the original and stately “grande dame” Ponte Vedra Inn and Club built in 1928 and the more intimate Lodge & Club originated in 1989. The Inn & Club (250 rooms) and the Lodge (66 rooms) both offer elegantly appointed and oversize rooms with most of the...…

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Port D’Hiver, Melbourne FL

OVERVIEW Port d’Hiver in Melbourne Beach, Florida. Melbourne Beach is a delightful, uncrowded town on the eastern coastline and this is a B&B that has raised the bar on our expectations of what a B&B can be like. It is a gorgeous historic property with beautiful rooms and exquisite service. Set in its own little...…

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Rabbit Hill Inn, Lower Waterford VT

OVERVIEW There is so much to like about the 200+ year old Rabbit Hill Inn in northeastern Vermont that it is hard to know where to begin. The best place, I guess, is with the innkeepers who after nearly 20 years still enjoy welcoming guests and it shows in their warm and gracious hospitality. The...…

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Rancho Bernardo, San Diego CA

OVERVIEW Nestled amidst the sprawling neighborhoods of San Diego’s coastal mountains, Rancho Bernardo has been awarded the AAA Four Diamond award for 33 years running and has earned the Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator Magazine. It is a cozy and intimate respite just 30 minutes from downtown San Diego. Stucco buildings with red tiled...…

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Rancho Valencia Resort, San Diego CA

OVERVIEW Set on 45 acres of lush gardens and olive groves, the Mediterranean-inspired Rancho Valencia,  is an all-suite property and recently completed a $30 million renovation including remodeled guest casitas, a brand new restaurant and new bar, completely remodeled meeting space, as well as major enhancements to The Spa and fitness center. This marvelous resort...…

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Ritz Carlton, Amelia Island FL

OVERVIEW Located on a barrier island off the coast of Florida, the Ritz Carlton Amelia Island sits majestically behind the dunes overlooking the Atlantic. Impeccably manicured grounds with lush plantings and colorful flowers wind through the property and take full advantage of the natural habitat. You will dream about the sunrises here. THE ROOMS There...…

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Ritz Carlton, Atlanta GA

OVERVIEW Located in the heart of downtown Atlanta, the Ritz Carlton Atlanta is a luxury oasis close to the city's attractions and minutes from Georgia Aquarium and Centennial Olympic Park, Newly renovated guestrooms make this a wonderful "home away from home." Guests arrive in a stunning…

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Ritz Carlton, Key Biscayne FL

OVERVIEW Minutes from Miami by car, but light years away in temperament, Key Biscayne is a delightful low key island tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the big city. The island is probably best known as the Southern White House during the Nixon administration, but today it is home to the stunning Ritz...…

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Ritz Carlton, Naples FL

OVERVIEW Two things I truly enjoy on vacation are a beach on which to take long walks and beautiful sunsets. The gorgeous Ritz Carlton in Naples, Florida has both. Set on 20 beachfront acres overlooking the Gulf of Mexico with 3 miles of white sandy beach, we enjoyed one spectacular sunset from our room balcony...…

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Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek, Dallas TX

OVERVIEW The Mansion is our first foray into an “urban escape” and we couldn’t have asked for a better place to start. This is a marvelous retreat that merits a trip even from places outside local driving distances. Built in 1908 by Texas cotton baron Sheppard T. King as his family’s estate, the property burned...…

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Royal Blues Hotel, Deerfield Beach FL

OVERVIEW We are always so impressed when a new hotel or restaurant opens and it is clear that the owners have put a lot of thought into their new venture. Such is the case of the Royal Blues Hotel in Deerfield Beach Florida, a stunning 12 room boutique hotel conceived by Hollywood producer Edward Walson....…

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Royal Palms, Camelback AZ

OVERVIEW Located at the base of the Camelback Mountains, The Royal Palms Resort & Spa is truly an oasis in every sense of the word. There is a sense of tranquility here that you will find in few other places. The sprawling hacienda style estate is meticulously manicured and has wonderful meandering pathways between buildings...…

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San Ysidro Ranch, Santa Barbara CA

OVERVIEW Tucked away in the coastal hills of Santa Barbara, San Ysidro Ranch is a quick drive from the freeway through a mélange of upscale neighborhoods landing you at the ornate entrance to the property. A long cobbled drive bordered on either side by verdant olive trees and fragrant lavender bushes seemingly delivers you into...…

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Sea Island Resort, Sea Island, GA

Sea Island is everything a great resort should be and more. Beautiful rooms, terrific food, exemplary service and wonderful golf make a visit here a "must" on any travel wish list. There is such a sense of tradition here and it is not just the marvelous pictures of celebrities, politicians and others from days gone…

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Sofitel, Los Angeles CA

OVERVIEW Los Angeles is notorious for having no real downtown area. However if it did have one, it would probably be the few blocks surrounding the Beverly Center. A major shopping and dining destination in its own right, the Beverly Center has garnered a panoply of other establishments in its vicinity−including the Sofitel Los Angeles....…

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Sound View, Greenport, NY

OVERVIEW We came upon, Sound View, a wonderful little gem of a hotel on the Eastern end of Long Island, via a mention in a magazine and it looked so interesting that we immediately booked an overnight. Built @1935 as a “motel”, it has been completely transformed into a charming boutique hotel by the Brooklyn...…

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St. Regis, Aspen

St. Regis hotels have a rich heritage dating back 100 years to the opening of the St. Regis in New York by the Astor family. Many of the early traditions remain; fresh flowers in the rooms, the English style butler service, afternoon tea and midnight suppers. Another tradition, started by John Jacob Astor has guests...…

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Sunset Key Cottages

OVERVIEW Few choices are better for a truly special occasion than the Sunset Key Cottages located on a private 27 acre tropical island, just a 10 minute boat ride from the heart of Key West. THE ROOMS The exquisite cottages, which make up about a quarter of the island (the rest are private homes), seem...…

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The American Club, Kohler WI

The American Club is testament to what one man can do if he has the resources and a vision. Built in 1918 to house immigrant workers for the Kohler Company, the Tudor style building with slate roofs, dormers and red brick exterior, was considered an architectural marvel and an example of employer benevolence at the…

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The Atlantic Hotel & Spa, Ft. Lauderdale FL

OVERVIEW There is no shortage of beach front hotels in Fort Lauderdale, but most are the traditional cookie cutter chains. The Atlantic Resort & Spa is an elegant and charming Mediterranean styled luxury boutique hotel with 124 rooms, 58 suites and 5 penthouses, most with balconies and stunning views of the ocean across the street....…

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The Baker House 1650, East Hampton

OVERVIEW Baker House 1650 is the most magnificent B&B we have encountered in all our travels. Designed in 1910 from a 1648 farmhouse, this architectural marvel is a stunning property and unlike anything you have experienced before. Beautifully decorated in period antiques and comfortable furniture, the public rooms include a wood paneled reading room with...…

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The Boulders, Carefree AZ

OVERVIEW As its name implies, The Boulders Resort is set amidst massive, 12 million year old boulders on 1300 acres of natural beauty in the Sonoran Desert just outside of Scottsdale, Arizona. The stunning majesty of these rock formations matched with clear blue skies, the natural colors of desert flowers and the lush fairways of...…

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The Breakers on the Ocean

OVERVIEW Nestled in the heart of the “Irish Riviera” in Spring Lake, NJ, The Breakers on the Ocean is an elegant, full service hotel, just steps from the beach and the Atlantic. A delightful wrap-around porch offers the opportunity to soak in the ocean views while enjoying a book or a cocktail. Whether you are...…

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The Breakers, Palm Beach FL

There are 540 guestrooms and 68 suites in the resort, yet the hotel does not have a “big” hotel feel to it. I was surprised, in fact, to find that they had so many rooms. The gorgeous rooms are elegantly decorated in hues of coral and teal and feature Italian armoires, rich fabrics, luxury linens…

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The Clifton

OVERVIEW You feel you are in for something special as you pass through the property gates of The Clifton and ascend the stone driveway to the stately Southern mansion perched at the top of the hill….and you won’t be disappointed at this stunning Relais & Chateau property. The rolling lawns rise to meet the white...…

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The Gardens Hotel

OVERVIEW Once the largest private estate on the island, the Gardens Hotel has been transformed into an exotic oasis just blocks from the action on Duval. The Main Building, which houses Reception, has a delightful living room with reading material, videos and information on what to do in Key West; the Breakfast Room, which spills...…

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The Goodstone Inn & Restaurant, Middleburg VA

OVERVIEW The marvelous Goodstone Inn & Restaurant in Middleburg, Virginia, in the heart of hunt country, is set on 265 exquisite acres of rolling countryside. Originally a private country retreat, it has operated as a luxury inn since 1998. The original carriage house and the stables have been meticulously renovated and serve as the centerpiece...…

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The Greenbrier, White Sulpher Springs WV

OVERVIEW Built on 6500 beautiful acres, The Greenbrier is a magnificent resort located in the Allegheny Mountains of West Virginia. The resort got its start in the late 1700 s when word spread of the restorative powers of the mineral springs. The first buildings were erected in the early 1800 s and the legendary hotel...…

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The Harborfront Inn, Greenport

OVERVIEW The historic village of Greenport, New York is the perfect base for a visit to the North Fork of Long Island. Ideally located at the eastern end of the North Fork, Greenport gives you easy access to many of the best wineries and two short ferry rides get you first to Shelter Island and...…

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The Palazzo at the The Venetian

OVERVIEW This is another instance, like Wynn and Encore, where there are two sister hotels, side by side, that share a lot of features. There are a few design differences, but The Venetian and The Palazzo are very similar. This is a huge resort, the trip from the front desk to the elevators was so...…

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The Pillars Hotel, Ft. Lauderdale FL

The Pillars is a wonderful secret…even their neighbors hadn’t heard of them when we first visited. This small intimate little gem of only 18 rooms and 5 suites is a romantic hideaway for adults sitting right on the Inter coastal amidst lush gardens. The pace is slower, there is no urgency to do anything but...…

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The Rittenhouse

OVERVIEW Joining the Ritz Carlton at the top of the list of Philadelphia hotels is the Rittenhouse Hotel located on beautiful Rittenhouse Square in the heart of the City. This serene park is my favorite in Philadelphia and is surrounded by some wonderful cafes that spill out onto the sidewalk in the nice weather. THE...…

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The Ritz Carlton

OVERVIEW It is hard to match the elegance of the Ritz Carlton in New Orleans. Located on the edge of the French Quarter it is close to most everything and a wonderful base for exploring the city. The gorgeous lobby opens onto a stunning courtyard filled with trees, bushes and colorful flowers. It is a...…

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The Roosevelt

OVERVIEW Another New Orleans hotel with a long history, the 116 year old Roosevelt has been through a number of incarnations, the latest after the devastating Hurricane Katrina. Originally opened on New Year’s Eve at the stroke of midnight in 1907, the 500 room hotel was sold to Dimension Development after the hurricane in 2005...…

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The Sagamore, Bolton Landing NY

OVERVIEW It’s all about the views here at this extraordinary resort located on a 70 acre island in Lake George. The Adirondack mountains provide the backdrop for the stunning lake views that surround the property. Sunrises and sunsets are dazzling and the pristine lake, fed by natural spring waters, provides both recreation and tranquility. The...…

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The Sanctuary, Kiawah Island SC

OVERVIEW Perched majestically on the shores of Kiawah Island overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, The Sanctuary is a blend of modern convenience and Southern charm. The design goal was to create a seaside mansion that seemed as if it had been there for hundreds of years, passed from one homeowner to another. 50 foot live oaks...…

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The Vanderbilt

OVERVIEW In a town with great accommodations, the relatively new The Vanderbilt takes its place among the best. Originally built in 1909 by Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt, the former Vanderbilt Hall was purchased by the Grace Hotel Group in recent years and painstakingly restored to its present glory.  Great care was taken to maintain elements of...…

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Topnotch Resort

OVERVIEW Topnotch Resort & Spa completed a major renovation in the summer of 2013 that introduced a new entryway, lobby and lobby lounge, The Roost and the re-branding of Norma’s restaurant as The Flannel. The design offers a contemporary take on the quintessential Vermont lodge and blends nicely with the existing structure. The latest upgrade...…

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Topping Rose, Bridgehampton

OVERVIEW In 2005, two old friends, Bill Campbell and Simon Critchell, joined together to purchase and restore Topping Rose House, which was built in 1842 for Judge Abraham Topping Rose and his family, and transform it into a year-round luxury boutique hotel.  The stunning design by architect Roger Ferris & Partners and designer Champalimaud deftly...…

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Triple Creek, Darby MT

OVERVIEW You’re not at Triple Creek Ranch long before you notice the breeze whispering through the Ponderosas, the water rushing down the creek and the soft whinny of the horses in the stable. A kind of serenity descends upon you before you even notice it. While your days can be as active as you want,...…

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Trump International Hotel

OVERVIEW Its gold façade glistening in the desert sun, Trump sits on the edge of the Strip, close enough to walk anywhere, yet seemingly far away from the bustling crowds. If you want luxury and proximity without the hordes tramping through a casino, this is a place for you. As with all Trump hotels, the...…

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Trump International Hotel

OVERVIEW Say what you want about Donald Trump, the man knows how to do a hotel right and the Chicago incarnation is no exception. Located in the Loop beside the Chicago River, the soaring 92 story Trump is a bold design against the Chicago skyline. The views from the signature floor to ceiling windows are...…

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Twin Farms, Barnard VT

OVERVIEW When Nobel prize-winning author Sinclair Lewis proposed to journalist Dorothy Thompson, she promised to marry him if he bought her a farm in Vermont with sweeping lawns, orchards, and “delicious air.” They found their idyll in a 1795-era farmhouse on 300 acres — all of which they purchased in 1928 for $10,000. The property...…

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Ventana Inn, Big Sur CA

OVERVIEW Nestled in a mountain meadow, amidst the towering redwoods, oak and bay laurel of Big Sur and 1200 feet above the Pacific, the Ventana Inn and Spa is a tranquil and serene refuge that will calm the soul of even the most stressed among us. The drive alone along the rugged coastline with its...…

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Waldorf Astoria

OVERVIEW Located within the bustling City Center, right on the Strip, the Waldorf Astoria (formally the Mandarin Oriental) is close to all the major attractions and casinos, but thankfully does not have one itself. Guests arrive on the ground floor and are whisked to reception on the 23rd floor which is also home to the...…

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Waldorf Astoria

OVERVIEW It is not often that a new hotel enters a major city and takes it by storm… almost immediately. This is particularly true in Chicago which boasts some of the best hotels in the country. But that is what happened with the Waldorf Astoria Chicago, formally the Elysian and it is easy to see...…

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Wequassett Resort & Golf Club, Chatham MA

OVERVIEW Located on The Cape (Cape Cod) on 27 exquisitely landscaped acres overlooking Pleasant Bay, Wequassett (pronounced we cwoss it) is a privately owned and operated resort that is a mecca for families and couples seeking luxurious accommodations, great food and lots to do. It features…

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White Barn Inn, Kennebunkport ME

OVERVIEW The White Barn Inn has long had a reputation as one of the finest in the country. A member of the prestigous Relais & Chateau group, the Inn exhibits all the wonderful traits savvy travelers have come to expect from a Relais property….amazing service, exceptional accommodations and wonderful food. Renovations have brightened the rooms...…

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White Elephant Hotel

OVERVIEW Minutes from the center of town and sitting on the edge of the harbor is the elegant White Elephant Hotel, a sophisticated luxury hotel with 53 guest rooms and suites and 11 garden cottages. Personal service, as evidenced by the high staff to guest ratio, is important here and it shows. The public rooms...…

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Whiteface Lodge

OVERVIEW Developer Joe Barile set out to recreate the grandeur of the great Adirondack camps, but with a modern touch to it and he has certainly succeeded. The Whiteface Lodge is a magnificent facility destined to take its place along with other great US resorts. Established as a private residence club, its 85 suites are...…

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Williamsburg Inn, Williamsburg VA

OVERVIEW The Inn was conceived and built by John D. Rockefeller Jr. in 1937. whose vision for a luxurious guest experience lives on today at this remarkable property. Rockefeller and his wife were involved in every aspect of the design and traveled throughout England in search of furnishings. They even had a “sample” guest room...…

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Windham Hill Inn, W. Townsend VT

OVERVIEW As I sat in an Adirondack chair with a cup of coffee and gazed at the morning mist traveling across the distant mountains, I realized it would be impossible to come to Windham Hill and not feel the weight of the world lifted from your shoulders. The setting is spectacular with dramatic views down...…

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Windsor Court

OVERVIEW A $22 million renovation has restored Windsor Court to the top of the list of New Orleans hotels. All 316 guestrooms have been refurbished, the Grill Room and Polo Lounge refreshed, a Cocktail Bar has been added to the lobby and a new spa has debuted. It is the only hotel in New Orleans...…

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Woodstock Inn, Woodstock VT

OVERVIEW Sometimes, when we visit a property it exceeds even our expectations and that was the case on our visit to the Woodstock Inn & Resort in Woodstock, Vermont. This is a beautiful resort in a wonderful town in one of our favorite states. The Inn traces its heritage back to 1793 when Captain Israel...…

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