Best Weekends Recommended Destinations

1770 House

OVERVIEW of 1770 House 1770 House is a magnificently restored 200 year old white clapboard inn with black shutters, a white picket fence and lush gardens located in the heart of all the activity in East Hampton. An acclaimed restaurant, a cozy pub and luxurious rooms make this a very special weekend retreat. The lobby...…

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Allison Inn, Newberg OR

OVERVIEW of Allison Inn 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...…

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American Hotel, Sag Harbor

OVERVIEW of the American Hotel Located in a quaint, waterfront village, with just 8 rooms, an excellent restaurant with a spectacular wine list and a bar everyone seems drawn to, the American Hotel is what I would want my hotel to be like if I owned one. This place has personality in an age of...…

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Andaz Napa

OVERVIEW at Andaz Napa The Andaz Napa is located in the heart of downtown Napa, accessible on foot to everything in town and by car for the surrounding areas. Part of the Hyatt chain, this upscale brand offers luxury accommodations at affordable prices. THE ROOMS at Andaz Napa The 141 rooms are elegantly decorated with...…

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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 of Baron’s Cove 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...…

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Bernardus Lodge, Carmel CA

OVERVIEW of Bernardus Lodge 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...…

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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 of Blantyre 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...…

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Boar’s Head Resort

OVERVIEW of Boar’s Head Resort 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...…

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Boston Harbor Hotel

OVERVIEW of Boston Harbor Hotel 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...…

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Buttermilk Inn & Falls, Milton NY

OVERVIEW of Buttermilk Inn & Falls 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...…

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Casa Marina Resort

OVERVIEW of the Casa Marina Resort 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...…

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Castle Hill Inn

OVERVIEW of The Castle Hill Inn 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...…

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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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Charlotte Inn

OVERVIEW of the Charlotte Inn If I only had one more day on this fine earth, I just might want to spend it at the Charlotte Inn. This is a magnificent inn with museum quality antiques and oil paintings that still manages to be one of the most comfortable places I have ever stayed. The...…

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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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Chesterfield Inn, Chesterfield NH

OVERVIEW of the Chesterfield Inn Perched on a hill overlooking a pond in the front and a field of wildflowers in the back, The Chesterfield Inn is the ideal place to serve as your base when visiting southern Vermont and New Hampshire. Located just over the border from Brattleboro, Vermont and halfway between Keene, New...…

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Cliffside Beach Club

OVERVIEW of the Cliffside Beach Club 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...…

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Crowne Pointe Inn, Provincetown MA

OVERVIEW of the Crowne Pointe Inn 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...…

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Delamar on Greenwich Harbor CT

OVERVIEW of the Delamar on Greenwich Harbor The Delamar on Greenwich Harbor is ideally located in tony Greenwich, Connecticut, easily accessible from NYC, New Jersey, New England and even Philadelphia. Waterfront rooms and great dining make this a wonderful weekend escape. Opened in 2002 after extensive renovations, this absolutely charming 83 room luxury hotel overlooks...…

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Edson Hill Manor

OVERVIEW of Edson Hill Manor 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...…

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Eliot Hotel

OVERVIEW of the Eliot Hotel 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...…

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Estancia La Jolla, La Jolla CA

OVERVIEW of Estancia La Jolla 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...…

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Fairmont Grand Del Mar, Del Mar CA

OVERVIEW of the Fairmont Grand Del Mar 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...…

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Fearrington House, Pittsboro NC

OVERVIEW of the Fearrington House 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...…

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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 of the Four Seasons Washington DC 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 at the Four...…

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Four Seasons Las Vegas

OVERVIEW of Four Seasons Las Vegas 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....…

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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 of Glasbern Country Inn 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...…

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Glenmere Mansion, Chester, New York

OVERVIEW of Glenmere Mansion 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...…

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Green Mountain Inn

OVERVIEW of the Green Mountain Inn 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,...…

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Greenwich Hotel

OVERVIEW of The Greenwich Hotel 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,...…

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Gurney’s Inn, Montauk

OVERVIEW for Gurney’s Inn Montauk 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...…

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Gurney’s Montauk Yacht Club, Montauk

OVERVIEW of Montauk Yacht Club 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...…

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Gurney’s Newport Resort & Marina

OVERVIEW of Gurney’s Newport Resort & Marina 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...…

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Harbor View Hotel

OVERVIEW of the Harborview Hotel 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...…

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Hawk’s Cay, Duck Key FL

OVERVIEW of Hawk’s Cay 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....…

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Hidden Pond, Kennebunkport ME

OVERVIEW of Hidden Pond 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...…

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High Peaks Resort

OVERVIEW of High Peaks Resort 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...…

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Hotel Fauchere, Milford PA

OVERVIEW of Hotel Fauchere The hotel has a rich history and has entertained guests from Babe Ruth to Mae West to Robert Frost to three U.S. Presidents. Founded in 1852, by Delmonico’s master chef Louis Fauchère, the Hotel Fauchère was operated by the Fauchère family for 124 years, until closing in 1976. Current owners undertook a...…

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Hotel Yountville, Yountville

OVERVIEW of Hotel Yountville 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...…

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Hudson Hotel

OVERVIEW I am not usually a fan of trendy, boutique hotels. Their funky design and eclectic furnishings usually leaves me cold. The Hudson Hotel, however is an exception. There is so much to like about this delightful hotel on the West Side, not the least of which are some great rates that make this a...…

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Inn at Dos Brisas, Washington TX

OVERVIEW of Inn at Dos Brisas 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...…

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Inn at Leola Village, Leola PA

OVERVIEW of Inn at Leola Village Set in the heart of Amish country in Lancaster, PA, the Inn at Leola Village is a female owned and operated historic property. The original buildings date back to 1867 and served as farmhouses, a tobacco farm and a carriage house. This is a wonderful weekend destination where you...…

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Inn at Little Washington, Washington, VA

OVERVIEW of Inn at Little Washington In the late 70’s Reinhardt Lynch and Patrick O’Connell had a successful catering business but dreamed of creating the perfect inn and restaurant. They found an old gas station in the sleepy little village of Washington, Virginia nestled between the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Shenandoah Valley and began...…

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Inn at Perry Cabin, St. Michaels MD

OVERVIEW of the Inn at Perry Cabin 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...…

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Inn at Thorn Hill & Spa, Jackson NH

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Perched on a hill with wonderful views of the mountains and the village below, there’s much to like here at the Inn at Thorn Hill from good sized rooms with amenities like two person Jacuzzis and steam showers to a…

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Inn on Main, Manasquan

OVERVIEW of The Inn on Main We were thrilled a few years back when Inn on Main opened in our little town. There had not been many properties if this caliber in the area, so this was a welcome addition. Ideally located in the center of town, within walking distance of the train station and...…

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Keswick Hall

OVERVIEW of Keswick Hall PLEASE NOTE: Keswick has recently re-opened after extensive renovations. We have not visited since the renovation. 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....…

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L’Auberge Carmel, CA

OVERVIEW of L’Auberge Carmel Built in 1929 and recently renovated, L’Auberge Carmel has only 20 guestrooms that surround a charming brick courtyard. The white stucco building with arched doorways, green trim and flower boxes filled with red flowers has the look and feel of an inn you might encounter in the French countryside. The small...…

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L’Auberge Provencal, Boyce VA

OVERVIEW of L’Auberge Provencale In the rolling countryside of Northern Virginia sits an absolutely charming French country inn, L’Auberge Provencale, that seems to have been plucked from Provence and set down here. Just an hour and a half from Washington, the Inn is the perfect place to escape the city and enjoy the peace and...…

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Lake Placid Lodge

OVERVIEW of The Lake Placid Lodge The Lake Placid Lodge is a spectacular property on the banks of Lake Placid that offers a main lodge and a collection of lakeside cabins. Rooms are extraordinarily decorated, the food is outstanding and the views breathtaking. In December 2005, just two months after our first visit, a devastating...…

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Lambertville House, Lambertville

OVERVIEW of Lambertville House Lambertville House, a historic inn listed on the National Register of Historic Places sits a few blocks from the Delaware River in the heart of Lambertville. With 26 rooms and suites, this splendid facility has been welcoming guests for almost 200 years. It has retained the charm of its long history,...…

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Le Pavillon

OVERVIEW of Le Pavillon 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...…

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Lenox Hotel

OVERVIEW of The Lenox Hotel Originally built in 1900, The Lenox Hotel, was the first “boutique” hotel in Boston and has a fascinating history. Legendary tenor Enrico Caruso arrived on his private train, Ali McGraw and Ryan O’Neal stayed here while filming Love Story and Tony Curtis during The Boston Strangler production. Judy Garland stayed...…

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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 of the Lodge at Glendorn 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...…

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Lodge at Pebble Beach, CA

OVERVIEW of Pebble Beach 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...…

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Lodge at Spruce Peak

OVERVIEW of Lodge at Spruce Peak 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...…

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Lodge at Torrey Pines, La Jolla CA

OVERVIEW of The Lodge at Torrey Pines 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...…

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Loews Regency Hotel

OVERVIEW of The Loew’s Regency Hotel The Regency is a Loews Hotel, located on the Upper East Side near some of the City’s best shopping, museums and restaurants. With 379 rooms and 58 suites, it is one of my favorites for a number of reasons; great location, a wonderful bar, large rooms and one of...…

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Mandarin Oriental

OVERVIEW of the Mandarin Oriental 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...…

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Mandarin Oriental

OVERVIEW of Mandarin Oriental 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...…

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Mandarin Oriental

OVERVIEW of the Mandarin Oriental Washington DC 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”,...…

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Mandarin Oriental, Miami FL

OVERVIEW of Mandarin Oriental 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, La Vegas has the Strip and Miami has water views from nearly every room. Set on Brickell Key,...…

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Manor on Golden Pond, Holderness NH

OVERVIEW of The Manor on Golden Pond Like many, the movie, “On Golden Pond” is one of my favorites and this is where it was filmed. The area is as beautiful as you remember it from the film. A boat tour will allow you to revisit the settings for many of the scenes; the boathouse,...…

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Mansion on Forsyth

OVERVIEW of the Mansion on Forsyth Opulent, over the top, hip and trendy are all apt descriptions of the Mansion of Forsyth. Built in a magnificently renovated 1888 Victorian mansion, the 126 room MFP is located right on beautiful Forsyth Park in the heart of Savannah. Throughout the hotel, the hallways (with red ceilings and...…

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Marshall House

OVERVIEW of the Marshal House The unique 65 room Marshall House, right in the middle of the downtown area is the choice for a full service hotel. Originally built in 1851, it went through a $12 million renovation in the late 90’s which upgraded all of the facilities, but retained its old southern character. Today...…

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Mayflower Inn, Washington CT

OVERVIEW of The Mayflower Inn 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...…

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Meadowood, St Helena

OVERVIEW of Meadowood 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...…

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Mirbeau Inn, Skaneateles NY

OVERVIEW of Mirbeau Inn 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...…

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Mirror Lake Inn

OVERVIEW of Mirror Lake Inn 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...…

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Montage Palmetto Bluff, Bluffton SC

OVERVIEW of Montage Palmetto Bluff 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...…

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Montage, Laguna Beach CA

OVERVIEW of Montage 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...…

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Morris House Hotel

OVERVIEW The Morris House Hotel may just be our “find” of the year. Ideally located in the Society Hill area of the City, this 15 room, circa 1787 boutique hotel oozes with charm. It is a registered national landmark that has retained much of its colonial past, while modernizing just enough to be acceptable to...…

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Nantucket Hotel

OVERVIEW of the Nantucket Hotel 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...…

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Nemacolin Woodlands, Farmington PA

 OVERVIEW of Nemacolin Woodlands 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...…

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Nick’s Cove, Marshall CA

OVERVIEW of Nick’s Cove The 1 ½ drive to Nick’s from San Francisco is worth the trip alone as you make your way up the coast though redwood forests, on winding mountain roads with more hairpin turns than you’ve ever experienced and beside green pastures with grazing livestock. The mountains were dotted with yellow flowers...…

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North Block Hotel, Yountville

OVERVIEW of North Block Hotel 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...…

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Ocean House, Watch Hill RI

OVERVIEW of Ocean House 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...…

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Ocean Key Resort

OVERVIEW of the Ocean Key Resort 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 at the Ocean Key Resort The 100 rooms...…

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Ocean Place Resort & Spa, Long Branch

OVERVIEW of The Ocean Place Resort & Spa 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 at The Ocean...…

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Ocean’s Edge Resort, Brewster MA

OVERVIEW of Ocean’s Edge Resort 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...…

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Ojai Valley Inn, Ojai CA

OVERVIEW of Ojai Valley Inn 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...…

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Old Edwards Inn, Highlands NC

OVERVIEW of Old Edwards Inn 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...…

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Omni Bedford Springs, Bedford Springs PA

OVERVIEW of Omni Bedford Springs 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...…

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Oyster Point Hotel, Red Bank

OVERVIEW of the Oyster Point Hotel Red Bank is just about the hottest town in this part of the Jersey Shore. Great restaurants, a hopping night scene, delightful shops and boutiques and wonderful antique stores are all part of a revitalization project started about 10 years ago. It is working beyond anyone’s imagination. This is...…

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Peninsula Hotel

OVERVIEW of the Peninsula Hotel 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...…

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Penn’s View

OVERVIEW of Penn’s View Penn’s View is conveniently located at Front and Market Streets in Old City, walking distance to many attractions, restaurants and bars. The small lobby evokes memories of small European hotels….lots of marble and interesting murals. This charming little boutique hotel is a great value for a major city. Rates are often...…

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Pitcher Inn, Warren VT

OVERVIEW of Pitcher Inn About 30-45 minutes south of Stowe on Rt. 100 is the picturesque little hamlet of Warren, Vermont, just outside the Sugarbush ski area. With a covered bridge and an authentic general store, it is the quintessential Vermont village. After the original 1800’s building burned to the ground in 1993, David Sellers...…

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Planter’s Inn

OVERVIEW of The Planter’s Inn The Planter’s Inn, with 56 rooms and 6 suites, is a delightful haven and ideally located in the center of the historic district. This Relais & Chateau property boasts exquisite rooms and a world class restaurant. THE ROOMS at The Planter’s Inn Over $22,000 has been spent decorating each room...…

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Ponte Verde Beach Resorts, Ponte Verde FL

OVERVIEW of Ponde Verde Beach Resorts 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...…

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Rabbit Hill Inn, Lower Waterford VT

OVERVIEW of Rabbit Hill Inn 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...…

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Rancho Bernardo, San Diego CA

OVERVIEW of Rancho Bernardo 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...…

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Rancho Valencia Resort, San Diego CA

OVERVIEW of Rancho Valencia Resort 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...…

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Ritz Carlton

OVERVIEW of Ritz Carlton Philadelphia The Ritz Carlton brand is one of our favorites and The Ritz Carlton, Philadelphia has recently completed a $25 million redesign which has restored its place at the top of the lodging options in city. Originally built as a reproduction of the Pantheon when it opened in 1908 as The...…

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Ritz Carlton Central Park

OVERVIEW of Ritz Carlton Central Park The Ritz Carlton Central Park is a magnificent hotel ideally located on Central Park West, overlooking the Park. The service is impeccable, the rooms beautiful and the views of the Park are just spectacular. We first saw this hotel in the Fall with the leaves changing in the Park and...…

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Ritz Carlton, Amelia Island FL

OVERVIEW of Ritz Carlton, Amelia Island 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...…

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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 lobby with ornate chandeliers, gold framed mirrors, marble floors...…

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Ritz Carlton, Key Biscayne FL

OVERVIEW at Ritz Carlton, Key Biscayne 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...…

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Ritz Carlton, Naples FL

OVERVIEW of Ritz Carlton, Naples 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...…

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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 of Royal Blues Hotel 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...…

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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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Salish Lodge, Snoqualmie WA

OVERVIEW of the Salish Lodge Built in 1916 as The Snoqualmie Falls Lodge, the Inn became famous for its country breakfasts which it still is today. The Lodge was completely remodeled in 1988 and become the Salish Lodge. The setting could not be more dramatic as the Inn sits on a hillside in the foothills...…

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San Ysidro Ranch, Santa Barbara CA

OVERVIEW of San Ysidro Ranch 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...…

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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

OVERVIEW of Sofitel Philadelphia We are big fans of the French Sofitel chain of hotels. We think of them as 4+ star hotels at a 3 star price. While there are only 8 in the U.S. they are located in tourist favorites like NYC, Philadelphia, Washington, DC and Chicago. They combine location and a contemporary...…

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Sofitel

OVERVIEW of Sofitel Hotel I have become a real fan of the French inspired, Sofitel Hotels, having enjoyed them in New York, Washington, Philadelphia, Chicago and LA. They are sophisticated and stylish with the amenities and design of a 4-4 ½ star hotel, but with very reasonable prices. (except maybe Peak Season) They are probably...…

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Sofitel

OVERVIEW of Sofitel Washington DC The French inspired Sofitel Lafayette Square is a favorite for its service, stylish rooms and price/value. With 220 rooms and 17 suites, this charming hotel is both comfortable and intimate. I was greeted immediately upon leaving my cab and the doorman introduced himself and asked for the name on my...…

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Sofitel Hotel

OVERVIEW of Sofitel Hotel Sofitel Hotels are a favorite of ours and are recommended in our New York, Washington, DC and LA profiles. As I have said before you get a 4 star experience at a 3 star price. Their weekend rates are amazingly reasonable given the style and ambiance you enjoy. The Chicago hotel...…

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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 of Sound View 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...…

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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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Stephanie Inn, Cannon Beach OR

OVERVIEW of the Stephanie Inn Just an hour and a half from Portland, the oceanfront Stephanie Inn in Cannon Beach offers spectacular views of majestic Haystack Rock, the Pacific Ocean and the Oregon Coast. Fireplace rooms and a wonderful restaurant add to the charm. Excellent accommodations and dining and exceptional service make this a favorite...…

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Sunset Key Cottages

OVERVIEW of Sunset Key Cottages 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 at Sunset Key Cottages The exquisite cottages, which make up about a quarter of...…

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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 at The Atlantic Hotel & Spa 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...…

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The Boulders, Carefree AZ

OVERVIEW of the Boulders Resort 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...…

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The Breakers on the Ocean

OVERVIEW of The Breakers on the Ocean 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...…

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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 Chanler at Cliff Walk

OVERVIEW of The Chanler at Cliff Walk If the adage “location, location, location” is true, then The Chanler is perfectly positioned to take advantage of it. Perched atop towering cliffs overlooking Eaton Beach and the Atlantic Ocean, few spots offer as dramatic a setting. Housed in a spectacularly renovated 1873 mansion, The Chanler sits on...…

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The Clifton

OVERVIEW at The Clifton 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...…

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The Goodstone Inn & Restaurant, Middleburg VA

OVERVIEW of the Goodstone Inn & Restaurant 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...…

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The Greenbrier, White Sulpher Springs WV

OVERVIEW of The Greenbrier 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...…

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The Hay Adams

OVERVIEW of The Hay Adams Even the most jaded political observer would have to admit to being impressed by the view from the Hay Adams, across Lafayette Square to the White House. At night with the building all lit up, it was quite spectacular. The historic Italian Renaissance-style hotel opened in 1928 and today has...…

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The Ivy Hotel, Baltimore MD

OVERVIEW Baltimore as a weekend destination has much to offer; the Inner Harbor area with its dining and shopping attractions , Camden Yards and the Baltimore Orioles, the football Ravens, historical venues and a vibrant cultural scene.  But until recently, it has lacked world class accommodations that add an extra element of enjoyment to a...…

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The Jefferson

OVERVIEW of the Jefferson Hotel The Jefferson Hotel was built in 1923 as an apartment building and converted to a hotel in the 50’s. It closed in 2007 for a two year renovation that resulted in the stunning property it is today. The hotel is a Forbes Four Star recipient and is currently ranked the #1...…

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The Liberty Hotel

OVERVIEW of The Liberty Hotel The Liberty Hotel, is ideally located in my favorite part of town, Beacon Hill, just steps from the cafes and boutiques of Charles Street. The 298 room hotel is the former Charles Street Jail and carries the jail theme throughout the hotel from the tiered floor lobby to the restaurant,...…

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The Lowell

OVERVIEW of The Lowell Every list of the most “romantic” hotels in New York City includes the Lowell at or near the top. This is our choice for any special occasion.  With only 47 suites and 21 rooms, it is small, intimate and ideally located on a tree lined street just off Madison Avenue on...…

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The Palazzo at the The Venetian

OVERVIEW of The Palazzo at the The Venetian 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...…

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The Pillars Hotel, Ft. Lauderdale FL

OVERVIEW of The Pillars 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...…

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The Point, Upper Saranac Lake NY

OVERVIEW of The Point Imagine having a wealthy friend who purchases one of the Great Camps in the Adirondacks, decorates it exquisitely, hires a world class chef, outfits it with every possible recreational amenity and then invites you and some other interesting people for the weekend….that my friends, is The Point. I must admit to...…

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The Reeds at Shelter Haven, Stone Harbor, NJ

OVERVIEW of The Reeds Some of the best properties in America were created by business people who had spent their lives “on the road” and decided to open their own inn or hotel incorporating the “best” of what they had experienced in their travels. The Inn at Dos Brisas in Texas and Glenmere Mansion in...…

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The Rittenhouse

OVERVIEW of The Rittenhouse 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...…

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The Ritz Carlton

OVERVIEW of Ritz Carlton New Orleans 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...…

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The Roosevelt

OVERVIEW of The Roosevelt 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...…

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The Roxy Tribeca

OVERVIEW of The Roxy Tribeca This “has it all” hotel came up in a search one weekend on Hotwire when we were looking for last minute accommodations in NYC. That weekend and one other we were able to get rates under $200. The Roxy Tribeca, formally the Tribeca Grand, is a real find in the...…

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The Sagamore, Bolton Landing NY

OVERVIEW of The Sagamore 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...…

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The Sanctuary, Kiawah Island SC

OVERVIEW of The Sanctuary 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...…

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The Surrey

OVERVIEW of The Surrey The Surrey, the only Relais & Chateaux property in NYC, is an utterly charming hotel just a block from both Central Park and Madison Avenue and is everything a sophisticated hotel should be.  Built in 1926 as a residence hotel, the original Surrey was home to many of New York’s most...…

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The Vanderbilt

OVERVIEW of The Vanderbilt 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...…

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The Virginia, Cape May NJ

OVERVIEW of The Virginia Hotel The Virginia Hotel, is a landmark building circa 1879 and located in the heart of the historic district, just a few blocks from the beach. Wraparound porches and a delightful outdoor dining patio beckon in warm weather and a lively bar area around a roaring fireplace and grand piano in...…

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The Wauwinet

OVERVIEW of The Wauwinet An acclaimed Relais & Chateau property (the only one on Nantucket), the Wauwinet is located about 9 miles from town at the northeastern part of the island and if you like inn accommodations, this would have to top any list. The rooms are beautifully decorated in country pine antiques and there...…

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Topnotch Resort

OVERVIEW of Topnotch Resort & Spa 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...…

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Topping Rose, Bridgehampton

OVERVIEW of Topping Rose 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...…

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Triple Creek, Darby MT

OVERVIEW of Triple Creek Ranch 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...…

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Trump International Hotel

OVERVIEW of Trump International Hotel 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...…

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Trump International Hotel

OVERVIEW of Trump International Hotel 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...…

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Twin Farms, Barnard VT

OVERVIEW of Twin Farms 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...…

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Ventana Inn, Big Sur CA

OVERVIEW of Ventana Inn 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...…

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Vineyard Square Hotel

OVERVIEW of the Vineyard Square Hotel With wonderful views of the harbor, the 28 room Vineyard Square Hotel and Suites is perfectly located in the center of town, surrounded by shops, art galleries and restaurants. Virtually anywhere you would like  to go in Edgartown is only steps away. Hardwood floors and sparkling white trim give this...…

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Waldorf Astoria

OVERVIEW of Waldorf Astoria 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...…

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Waldorf Astoria

OVERVIEW of Waldorf Astoria 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...…

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Wequassett Resort & Golf Club, Chatham MA

OVERVIEW of Wequassett Resort & Golf Club

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…

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White Barn Inn, Kennebunkport ME

OVERVIEW of The White Barn Inn 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....…

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White Elephant Hotel

OVERVIEW of White Elephant Hotel 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...…

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Whiteface Lodge

OVERVIEW of Whiteface Lodge 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...…

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Williamsburg Inn, Williamsburg VA

OVERVIEW of the Williamsburg Inn 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...…

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Willows Lodge, Woodinville WA

OVERVIEW of Willows Lodge Willows Lodge is a terrific weekend getaway located next to the Sammamish River in the heart of Western Washington’s wine country, just 30 minutes from Seattle. With a climate similar to France, the eastern part of Washington State has become one of the top wine-producing regions in the world. The sleek...…

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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 of Windsor Court 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...…

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Woodstock Inn, Woodstock VT

OVERVIEW of Woodstock Inn 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...…

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XV Beacon

OVERVIEW of XV Beacon Generally the description “hip and trendy” for a hotel translates into a minimalist, ultra modern décor that has about as much warmth as, well, a glass and chrome table. XV Beacon manages to be hip and trendy without succumbing to that styling found in so many boutique hotels, particularly in New...…

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