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1770 House

OVERVIEW1770 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 area is wood paneled...…

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American Hotel, Sag Harbor

OVERVIEW 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 minimalist and sterile accommodations....…

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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 isolated beach, enjoy a fireside drink…..just what you...…

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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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Casa Madrona, Sausilito, CA

OVERVIEWJust across the Bay from San Francisco is the charming seaside town of Sausilito, filled with wonderful shops, cafes and art galleries. If you want to escape the rigors of a big city, yet be close enough to get there when you want, Casa Madrona is the perfect choice. Perched on a hillside overlooking 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

OVERVIEWLeave 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. In...…

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Charlotte Inn

OVERVIEW 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 owners, Gery and Paula...…

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Chateau Inn & Suites, Spring Lake

OVERVIEW Long the standard for accommodations and service in this part of the Jersey Shore, The Chateau Inn and Suites in Spring Lake remains the choice of many, including celebrities who visit the area. They raised the bar even higher a few years ago with their departure from the “Victorian and wicker” decor that characterizes...…

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Chesterfield Inn, Chesterfield NH

OVERVIEWPerched 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 Hampshire it is the perfect...…

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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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Cliffside Inn

OVERVIEW Just outside of town and about a block from the legendary Cliff Walk is one of the most charming B&B’s we have seen, the Cliffside Inn. Once the home of noted artist Beatrice Turner, it has retained all the wonderful subtleties of days gone by, while including all the modern conveniences travelers look for...…

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Delamar on Greenwich Harbor CT

OVERVIEWThe 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 Greenwich Harbor in a wonderful waterfront setting....…

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Encore at Wynn

OVERVIEWWynn and Encore are sister properties in Las Vegas. They sit next to each other on the Strip and are, in many ways, interchangeable. Here are the differences; Encore is slightly newer, debuting about 3 years after Wynn opened, it is slightly smaller in terms of number of rooms (although at 2,000 plus rooms each, who...…

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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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Four Seasons

OVERVIEWFour 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 is...…

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Four Seasons Encantado Resort, Santa Fe NM

OVERVIEWJust 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 sense...…

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Francis Malbone Inn

OVERVIEW Conveniently located downtown, within walking distance to everything, The Francis Malbone is our choice as the best B&B in downtown Newport. That says something because this town is filled with wonderful B&B’s. This gorgeous inn was built in 1790 for a shipping merchant and stands today as an elegant respite from the frenzy of...…

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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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Gurney’s Inn, Montauk

OVERVIEWGurney’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 rooms,...…

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Gurney’s Montauk Yacht Club, Montauk

OVERVIEWMontauk 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 photo...…

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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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Hob Knob Inn

OVERVIEW Affectionately named after her grandparent’s sprawling country home in Ohio….The Hob Knob, owner Margaret H. White has created a charming and comfortable eco boutique hotel which may be the only truly “green” property on the island. Everyone has their preference for the type of accommodations they prefer; B&B’s, inns or full service hotels. The...…

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Hotel Bel-Air, Los Angeles CA

OVERVIEWThe Hotel Bel-Air opened its doors in 1946 and quickly became a favorite of the Hollywood elite including Grace Kelly, Cary Grant, Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn. Purchased in 2008 by Dallas businesswoman Caroline Hunt, the hotel became a member of the esteemed Dorchester Collection of hotels which includes the Dorchester in London, the Hotel...…

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Hotel Viking

OVERVIEW The Hotel Viking opened to rave reviews in May of 1926 and quickly became a favorite of famous dignitaries and celebrities. Today, it is a member of the prestigious Historic Hotels of America. A recent A $6.2 million restoration maintained the hotel’s historical character while installing the latest comfort and technological amenities. Centrally located...…

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Inn on Main, Manasquan

OVERVIEWWe 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 restaurants, and just a mile from...…

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L’Auberge de Sedona, Sedona AZ

OVERVIEWIt would be hard to find a better setting for a romantic weekend away than L’Auberge de Sedona in Arizona. From the spectacular Red Rocks to cozy creek side cottages to private dining beside the rushing waters of the creek, a weekend here will rejuvenate an old relationship or get a new one off to...…

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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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Lodge at Glendorn, Bradford, PA

OVERVIEWBuilt 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 of...…

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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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Manor on Golden Pond, Holderness NH

OVERVIEW 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, Purgatory Cove and the lakeside home....…

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Mill Street Inn

OVERVIEW An article surfaced the delightful Mill Street Inn and I was charmed by this all-suite property housed in a 19th century mill. With 23 suites, the Inn is located just two blocks from the center of town, convenient to restaurants and shopping. It is a member of the prestigious “Small Luxury Hotels of 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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Newport Beach Hotel & Suites

OVERVIEWThe 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 ROOMS...…

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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

OVERVIEWSitting 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 a...…

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Oyster Point Hotel, Red Bank

OVERVIEWRed 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 a fun town, day or night....…

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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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Pitcher Inn, Warren VT

OVERVIEWAbout 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 and a team of...…

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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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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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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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Sagamore Pendry

OVERVIEW Baltimore has always been a great weekend destination, but it has only been in the last few years that the quality of lodging options has achieved a level consistent with other great city destinations. The latest entry into the market is the Sagamore Pendry, a restored 1914 property located on Recreation Pier in the...…

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San Ysidro Ranch, Santa Barbara CA

OVERVIEWTucked 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 another...…

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Sherburne Inn

OVERVIEW The words elegant, gracious and tranquil aptly describe this beautiful year round inn, just a block from the center of town. The first thing you notice as you approach the Sherburne Inn is the meticulously manicured lawn and the beautiful rear gardens surrounding an intimate setting of Adirondack chairs. It looks so inviting and...…

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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 CO

OVERVIEW 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...…

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Stephanie Inn, Cannon Beach OR

OVERVIEW 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 getaway for Northwest travelers....…

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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 Baker House 1650, East Hampton

OVERVIEWBaker 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 a...…

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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 Chanler at Cliff Walk

OVERVIEW 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 acres of lushly landscaped property surrounded...…

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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 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 Little Nell, Aspen CO.

OVERVIEW Aspen is a wonderfully designed village with most everything contained in a 5-6 block radius. They have preserved the old buildings and blended in new ones seamlessly. Reminds me of East Hampton, NY, great design, galleries, tony shops, restaurants and bars. While most think of Aspen for its winter festivities, I suspect it is...…

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The Palazzo at the The Venetian

OVERVIEWThis 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 far...…

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The Reeds at Shelter Haven, Stone Harbor, NJ

OVERVIEWSome 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 New York State are...…

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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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The Virginia, Cape May NJ

OVERVIEWThe 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 winter make this a favorite...…

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The Wauwinet

OVERVIEW 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 is a gorgeous...…

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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

OVERVIEWYou’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, nights...…

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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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Union Street Inn

OVERVIEWUnion Street Inn, the only one of our Featured Properties in Nantucket to actually be in-town, is a beautiful circa 1770 inn with wide plank pine floors and 12 luxuriously appointed, guest rooms. Exquisitely maintained and gorgeously decorated, the rooms here (6 have working fireplaces) are among the most romantic we have seen in a...…

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Village Inn of Woodstock VT

OVERVIEW Woodstock Vermont is what everyone envisions a charming Vermont town to be. There’s a village green, a covered bridge, stately circa 1800 Colonial homes, a river running through the town, beautiful mountain views and nice, friendly people, all of whom to seem know each other. It is pure Norman Rockwell…a step back in time…that...…

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Vineyard Square Hotel

OVERVIEW 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 hotel a crisp, fresh feel....…

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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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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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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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