Best Weekends Recommended Destinations

Daniel

There may be no more perfect restaurant in New York for a very special occasion than Daniel, Daniel Boulud’s eponymous Upper East Side salon. Earning near perfect marks for food, decor and service from Zagat, Daniel stands at the top of a very impressive list of world renowned New York restaurants. If you are truly...…

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Del Posto

Del Posto is an exciting collaboration between restaurateurs Lydia and Joseph Bastianich and Mario Batali that in 2010 received a coveted 4 stars from the New York Times. DP is the first Italian restaurant to receive 4 stars from the Times since 1974. This was as near a perfect dining experience as I can remember....…

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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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Fairmont Grand Del Mar, Del Mar CA

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

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Inn at Dos Brisas, Washington TX

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

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Inn at Leola Village, Leola PA

OVERVIEWSet 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 can enjoy the charm of the...…

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Inn at Little Washington

Every once in a while, you come across an experience so sublime, you feel the need to tell everyone about it. Such is the dining experience at the Inn at Little Washington, about an hour and a half outside of Washington in the Virginia countryside. This is a truly remarkable place and I suggest you...…

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Inn at Little Washington, Washington, VA

OVERVIEWIn 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 the transformation. In no time the...…

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L’Auberge Carmel, CA

OVERVIEWBuilt 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 entryway leads to the...…

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Le Bernardin

Fish is not usually my first choice for a meal when I dine out, but that may be because I had never experienced Eric Ripert’s cooking before. This is unlike any seafood you have ever had. But, I’ll get to the food in a minute. I knew that Le Bernardin has been the top rated...…

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Menton

Menton is that rare opportunity to experience the culinary mastery of one of America’s best chefs in Barbara Lynch and the brilliance of its Wine Director, Cat Silirie. Lynch is a James Beard Award winner, has won the coveted AAA Five Diamond award and Forbes Five Star award for Menton. The Boston Globe gave the...…

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Nemacolin Woodlands, Farmington PA

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

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Ocean House, Watch Hill RI

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

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Picasso

Las Vegas is less than 10% the size of NYC, yet it has only one less Five Star restaurant than the Big Apple. This is a foodie town! The point is, there are lots of choices for an over-the-top meal, but Picasso is my favorite for a host of reasons. The gorgeous dining room is...…

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Plume at The Jefferson Hotel

Start your evening in Quill, a dark and intimate cocktail lounge with an excellent drink menu. Tuesday through Saturday, legendary Peter Robinson entertains at the piano. Hotel guests can also enjoy their drinks in the cozy Book Room beside a roaring fire. The signature restaurant, Plume, is the only Forbes Five Star restaurant in Washington...…

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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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Waldorf Astoria

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

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