Best Weekends Recommended Destinations

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…

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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…

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Blackberry Farm, Walland, TN

OVERVIEW of Blackberry Farm

Few places can match the beauty of the 4200 acre Blackberry Farm. Add exquisite accommodations, exceptional food, an amazing wine cellar and near perfect service, and you have a weekend like few others.  It's rolling hills are bordered by sparkling white fences, there's…

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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…

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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…

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Chatham Bars Inn, Chatham MA

OVERVIEW of the Chatham Bars Inn

Cape Cod is the body of land that extends from Massachusetts into the Atlantic like a beckoning finger.  Its year round population of 200,000+ explodes in the summer as Bostonians seek to escape the city and…

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Encore at Wynn

OVERVIEW of Encore at Wynn

Wynn 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…

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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…

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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.…

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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…

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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,…

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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…

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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…

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L’Auberge de Sedona, Sedona AZ

OVERVIEW of L'Auberge de Sedona

It 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…

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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…

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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…

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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,…

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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,…

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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…

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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,…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Primland Resort

OVERVIEW of Primland Resort

Primland was conceived by Didier Primat, a grandson of Marcel Schlumberger, one of the founders of the Schlumberger oil field services company. A lover of the outdoors, Primat acquired thousands of acres of land in Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains in the 1970s, which he eventually developed into Primland,…

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Ritz Carlton, Atlanta GA

OVERVIEW of Ritz Carlton, Atlanta

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…

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Ritz Carlton, Ft Lauderdale FL

OVERVIEW at Ritz Carlton, Ft Lauderdale

Staying 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…

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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…

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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…

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Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek, Dallas TX

OVERVIEW of Mansion on Turtle Creek

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…

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Royal Palms, Camelback AZ

OVERVIEW of The Royal Palms

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…

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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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St. Regis, Aspen CO

OVERVIEW of 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…

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The Breakers, Palm Beach FL

OVERVIEW of The Breakers

The legendary Breakers Hotel, located on 140 oceanfront acres on Palm Beach Island, was first built in 1896, burned down twice in the early 1900's and today is one of the few grand hotels left in the country. The opulent Mediterranean style…

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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…

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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…

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The Inn of Five Graces, Santa Fe NM

OVERVIEW of Inn of Five Graces

The Inn is part of the acclaimed Relais & Chateau group and owned by Ira and Sylvia Seret, internationally-known importers of unique and exotic architectural elements, rugs, furnishings and antiques. The Inn is a series of buildings most of which…

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The Ivy Hotel, Baltimore MD

OVERVIEW of The Ivy Hotel

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…

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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…

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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…

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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,…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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