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Andaz Savannah

OVERVIEW We became fans of the Andaz luxury boutique brand of Hyatt when we stayed in one in Napa and loved it. They are very well done with service and amenities seen more often in hotels a class or two higher. Best of all they are very reasonably priced. Here we were greeted with a...…

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Ballastone Inn

OVERVIEWThe wonderfully restored 1838 Ballastone Inn is the choice of accommodations for virtually every visiting celebrity; Paul Newman and JoAnne Woodward, Kevin Spacey, Matt Damon and more. The Inn’s walls are filled with accolades from its noted visitors and from the travel press. This is truly a very special place to stay when in Savannah....…

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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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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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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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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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Fearrington House, Pittsboro NC

OVERVIEWFor 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 and...…

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French Quarter Inn

OVERVIEW The 50 room French Quarter Inn is a sister property of the Harbourview Inn and overlooks the Market Square in the heart of the historic district.  Up the maghogany railed stairway from the street level, you enter a large richly appointed lobby and upon check-in are offered a glass of champagne and lady fingers....…

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Green Truck Pub

We came upon the wonderful Green Truck Pub on our last visit to Savannah because everyone was talking about it. We kept hearing, “Have you been to Green Truck yet?” Too many people open restaurants with no real vision as to what they want to be or how they will differentiate from others. Not so,...…

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Hamilton Turner Inn

OVERVIEW The circa 1873 Hamilton-Turner Inn is a charming Victorian mansion located on the beautiful Lafayette Square. Surrounded by lush greenery and gardens, the Inn has some great architectural features like 13 foot ceilings, 12 foot. windows, delightful balconies and some rooms with private entrances. There are 18 individually decorated rooms and suites furnished with...…

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Harbourview Inn

OVERVIEW The 52 warmly decorated rooms at the Harbourview Inn, in shades of brown, are spacious with 14′ ceilings, triple sheeted 4 poster beds with luxury linens and coverlets, custom made armoires and original art. Many have overstuffed club chairs with ottomans. The large, European tiled baths are outfitted with replicas of old Charleston features....…

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Hawk’s Cay, Duck Key FL

OVERVIEWHawk’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 at...…

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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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Keswick Hall

OVERVIEWPLEASE 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 beautiful...…

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L’Auberge Provencal, Boyce VA

OVERVIEW 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 tranquility of the...…

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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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Little Palm Island, Torch Key FL

OVERVIEWI 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 occasion,...…

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Little Pearl

When you come to Key West you are going to want some seafood and The Little Pearl is a wonderful neighborhood wine bar and seafood restaurant. Brought to you by the owners of sister restaurant Thirsty Mermaid, Little Pearl shines with creative cooking and a killer wine list. The small, intimate dining room has a...…

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Mandarin Oriental, Miami FL

OVERVIEWOne 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 water views from nearly every room. Set on Brickell...…

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Mansion on Forsyth

OVERVIEW 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 curtains) are filled with...…

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Marshall House

OVERVIEW 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 the room doors, 12...…

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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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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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Old Edwards Inn, Highlands NC

OVERVIEWPerched 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 art...…

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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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Planter’s Inn

OVERVIEWThe 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 Over $22,000 has been spent decorating each room with original art, mattresses made specially by a local...…

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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

OVERVIEWPort 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 compound...…

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Ritz Carlton, Amelia Island FL

OVERVIEWLocated 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 ROOMSThere are 446...…

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Ritz Carlton, Atlanta GA

OVERVIEWLocated 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 and...…

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Ritz Carlton, Ft Lauderdale FL

OVERVIEWStaying at a Ritz Carlton is always a pleasure and staying at one on the water makes the experience even better. The Ritz Carlton Ft. Lauderdale sits right on the Atlantic and boasts an elevated pool with fantastic ocean views. This is Ft Lauderdale’s only AAA Five Diamond rated hotel. THE ROOMS The hotel has...…

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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

OVERVIEWTwo 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 and...…

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Royal Blues Hotel, Deerfield Beach FL

OVERVIEWWe 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. It...…

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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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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 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 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

OVERVIEWYou 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 clapboard...…

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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

OVERVIEWThe 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 of...…

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The Inn at Sugar Hollow Farm

OVERVIEW The setting for the Inn at Sugar Hollow couldn’t be more picturesque, nestled among the trees of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The view from the rear stone patio across the wild flower meadow to the towering trees is quite spectacular. I can only imagine what it looks like in Fall or covered with a...…

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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 Sanctuary, Kiawah Island SC

OVERVIEWPerched 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 were...…

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Williamsburg Inn, Williamsburg VA

OVERVIEWThe 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 built...…

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