Best Weekends Recommended Destinations

1770 House

OVERVIEW 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.

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1770 House

Without a doubt 1770 is one of the most romantic restaurants in the Hamptons. The small elegant and intimate dining room has beamed ceilings and fans and thick crown moldings above walls half painted beige and half covered with a subtle grass cloth. Wall sconces and antiques clocks adorn the walls and the dark…

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1789

Set in a renovated Federal house in Georgetown, 1789 has always been a favorite of locals and tourists alike. Six separate dining areas are decorated in wonderful American antiques, equestrian and historical prints. My favorites are The John Carroll Room and the Pub. The John Carroll Room is decorated with Currier and Ives prints,…

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Allison Inn, Newberg OR

OVERVIEW 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 is surrounded…

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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…

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Auberge du Soleil

The Auberge setting may be the best in the Valley, high atop a hill overlooking neighboring vineyards. It is the perfect place to watch the setting sun each day. I'm not sure which meal I enjoy more here. The food, wine and panoramic vistas lend themselves to long leisurely meals.

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Aureole

There's a reason chefs become celebrities...they start out being very good at what they do and Charlie Palmer was no exception. Trained at the Culinary Institute of America, he cut his teeth at the River Cafe where he earned 3 stars from the New York Times. He then created a new style of cooking at…

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Bistro Jeanty

"In every day French life, it is the Bistro that is woven into the daily pattern of meals and celebrations. The Bistro is that little neighborhood restaurant where they know who you are, greet you warmly, and serve you satisfying foods that change with the seasons and define regional homey French cuisine."…

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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 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…

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Boston Harbor Hotel

OVERVIEW 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.

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Cafe Sole

'A meal in Provence' is how Café Sole describes itself and that is a very apt description. The setting and the wonderfully prepared seafood with a French influence can transport you to the French countryside. Owners John and Judy Correa have created a very special place that is will be a highlight of your trip to…

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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…

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Castle Hill Inn

As you look around the bar and restaurant at Castle Hill, it is evident that this is a special occasion destination. Everyone is dressed up and everyone seems to be celebrating something. Most of the people at the bar, waiting for a table, were there for a special event.

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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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Chatham Bars Inn, Chatham MA

OVERVIEW 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 New Englanders flock to the beaches.

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Commander’s Palace

For many, myself included, Commanders Palace is the quintessential New Orleans restaurant. I mean how can you not love a place that offers $.25 martinis at lunch. Owned since 1974 by the legendary Brennan family, Commander's Palace launched the careers of renowned chefs Paul Prudhomme and Emeril Lagasse and current chef Tory McPail was…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Fearrington House, Pittsboro NC

OVERVIEW 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 along with the Inn…

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Galatoire’s

Another New Orleans institution, Galatoire's, has been open in the heart of the French Quarter since 1905 when Jean Galatoire came to New Orleans from a small town in France. He brought classic French cooking and married those techniques to fresh ingredients from Louisiana. Now the fifth generation of Galatoires and their descendants continue…

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Grace White Barn Inn, Kennebunkport ME

OVERVIEW 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. Renovations have brightened the…

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Inn at Dos Brisas, Washington TX

OVERVIEW 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 acre family abode into the…

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Inn at Leola Village, Leola PA

OVERVIEW 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 can enjoy the charm…

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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…

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Inn at Little Washington, Washington, VA

OVERVIEW 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 the transformation. In no time…

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Kanu at The Whiteface Lodge

Soaring ceilings and huge hand cut timber beams, massive iron chandeliers decorated with antlers, enormous stone fireplaces and floor to ceiling windows overlooking the wooded area beyond create a dramatic, luxurious and rustic setting for a meal at Kanu that you won't soon forget. Twig style Adirondack tables and chairs sit atop beautiful Oriental…

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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…

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La Toque

Chef/Owner Ken Frank came to love French cooking while living in France as a teenager. He first achieved national acclaim in 1977 when he was Chef of La Guillotine Restaurant at age 21. He was the original Chef at Michael’s in Santa Monica, considered the Los Angeles birthplace of “California Cuisine,” which he left in…

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Les Nomades

If pedigree means anything to the success of a restaurant, then it explains Les Nomades perch atop the list of Chicago restaurants. Owner Mary Beth Liccioni and her husband Chef Roland spent a portion of their career working with acclaimed chef Jean Banchet at Le Francais in Wheeling and later bought the restaurant from Banchet.…

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Little Nell, Aspen

Virtually every list of the best accommodations in the U.S. includes The Little Nell and for good reason. This sophisticated but intimate hotel is the only ski in-ski-out hotel in Aspen and its service and dining are legendary. A complete guestroom renovation in 2009 by acclaimed designer Holly Hunt has taken their accommodations to…

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Lodge at Glendorn, Bradford, PA

OVERVIEW 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 2009.  It is a…

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Lodge at Pebble Beach, CA

OVERVIEW 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 golfer's Nirvana…

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Lodge at Torrey Pines, La Jolla CA

OVERVIEW 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 of rare Torrey pine is…

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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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Meadowood, St Helena

OVERVIEW 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 the…

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Michael’s on the Hill

Michael's is the most romantic restaurant in town and one we never miss when we are in the area. You enter the old converted farmhouse down a stone walk bordered by colorful flowers (or snow!). The living room, has comfortable seating while waiting for your table and it's where a pianist entertains behind a…

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Nemacolin Woodlands, Farmington PA

 OVERVIEW 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 Four Star…

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Ocean House, Watch Hill RI

OVERVIEW 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 build an…

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Ojai Valley Inn, Ojai CA

OVERVIEW 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…

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Old Edwards Inn, Highlands NC

OVERVIEW 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…

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Oran Mor Bistro

Two friends, Chef Edwin Claflin and Jon Tancinco, who met in culinary school, took over the reins of this island institution in 2016. Oran Mor  has been an island favorite from the time Peter Wallace opened it and Chris Freeman continued the tradition. The transition has been seemless and the restaurant remains an island…

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They had me at bacon.. Sat at the bar before dinner and lo and behold one of the apps was a bacon bar; Double-Cut Nueske's, Wisconsin  Snake River Kurobuta, Idaho; Durham Ranch Wild Boar, Wyoming, Benton's,Tennessee, Candied Hobbs, California. You can buy them individually or do a tasting for $22. I just…

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Quality Meats

I don't know anyone who doesn't love a good steak and in New York a new steakhouse pops up virtually every day. The pure male bonding haunts still draw them in, but a new breed is emerging that keeps the basic tenets intact, but adds some nuances that expand the appeal to a larger audience.…

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Rancho Valencia Resort, San Diego CA

OVERVIEW 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…

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River Cafe

Just across the Brooklyn Bridge, a short cab ride from Manhattan, is the magical River Café and the best view of any restaurant in New York. Go an hour before sunset and watch the skyline transform itself from daylight to evening. Sun splashed buildings give way to a twinkling light tableau. It is quite…

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Sea Island Resort, Sea Island, GA

OVERVIEW 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…

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The American Club, Kohler WI

OVERVIEW 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…

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The Boarding House

When I want an excellent meal, but something a little less formal, I head to the Boarding House. You have three choices on where to eat; in the romantic candlelit wine cellar, on the patio or at the lively bar. Weather permitting, I like to eat outside and do a little people watching. This…

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The Breakers, Palm Beach FL

OVERVIEW 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 building is nothing…

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The Goodstone Inn & Restaurant, Middleburg VA

OVERVIEW 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 renovated and serve as the…

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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 Rittenhouse

OVERVIEW 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 nice weather.…

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The Sanctuary, Kiawah Island SC

OVERVIEW 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 foot live…

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The Spiced Pear

Nearly floor to ceiling windows capture the spectacular ocean vistas from the Spiced Pear's an elegant dining room, decorated in shades of beige and yellow and offset by a black floral carpet. Shaded light chandeliers cast a warm glow on a room with beautiful crown moldings, a marble fireplace, crisp table linens and sparkling…

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The Surrey

OVERVIEW 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 eccentric celebrities.…

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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…

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Triple Creek, Darby MT

OVERVIEW 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 active as you…

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Troquet on South

Troquet on South combines three of my favorite things in a restaurant; ambiance, wine (an extraordinary wine program) and excellent food. Let' start with the wine. Troquet on South is acclaimed for offering rare and hard-to-find wines at reasonable price points. There are some 45 wines…

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Ventana Inn, Big Sur CA

OVERVIEW 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 coastline with…

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Vetri Cucina

Vetri may be the toughest table to get in Philadelphia, partly because there are only 10 tables, but mostly because everyone in Philadelphia wants to eat here. The time on the phone to get a reservation, however, is well worth the effort. This is a most wonderful dining experience on so many levels.

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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…

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Whiteface Lodge

OVERVIEW 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 85 suites…

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Willows Lodge, Woodinville WA

OVERVIEW 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.

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Windsor Court

OVERVIEW 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 in New…

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XV Beacon

OVERVIEW 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 York.

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