Relais & Châteaux is a world in and of itself, unlike any other. A warm, welcoming, gourmet affair awaits where outstanding quality is coupled with each individual property's passion for their own region and its terroir.
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When you experience Relais & Châteaux, you experience a whole array of sensations. Each of our properties offers the opportunity to enjoy an unparalleled range of sensory experiences, where the beauty of a particular place, the warmth of the hospitality and the quality of the cuisine are in perfect harmony. Scents and tastes, landscapes and colours make every stay a rare and intense experience.
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The United States and Canada are fascinating for their entrepreneurial spirit and bounteous countryside. From the major East Coast cities to the parks and mountains of the American West, there is always something new to see.
This constantly changing New World has much to offer its visitors. The dynamism of the United States and Canada can be seen in their big cities which vie with each other in terms of their architectural daring. Cities such as New-York, Boston, Chicago, Toronto, Vancouver, Los Angeles and San Francisco are all, in their skyscrapers and lifestyle, living testaments to America’s amazing initiative and resourcefulness. Each city offers the opportunity to discover the greatest museums, shows and attractions in the world. The continent has also managed to preserve superb unspoiled countryside. From the Everglades in Florida to the Grand Canyon in Colorado, from Yosemite National Park to Yellowstone National Park, not to mention the immense forests of Quebec and the Rocky Mountains, the United States and Canada have made every effort to protect those great open spaces which are intrinsic to the continent’s identity.
New Brunswick is one of the most beautiful parts of Canada, famous for its constantly changing beaches and coast inhabited by whales. On the heights of St. Andrews, on the Bay of Fundy, which boasts the world’s highest tides, overlooking the little harbor, stands a romantic country house built in 1897. The house has been decorated in polished wood and marble, with period fireplaces and four-poster beds. Seasonal dinners include fresh fish from the Bay of Fundy with organically grown produce from the kitchen garden. Next door, discover the famous 11-hectare Kingsbrae Garden, which is home to a dizzying array of horticultural treasures.
Like Charles Dickens, you will be fascinated by the city of Québec, the “Gibraltar of America” with “its giddy heights, its citadel suspended, as if it were in the air, its picturesque steep streets…” In the heart of the first city to be founded in North America, standing on an archaeological site that formerly housed wharves, cannon emplacements and warehouses, the Auberge Saint-Antoine bears witness to the history of this important commercial and military port. Many relics from the French and English colonial times were discovered when the Auberge was built. Now they can be found among the elegant designer interior of this irresistibly charming museum-hotel.
Yvan Lebrun’s motto is “simplicity and precision.” And it seems to work well for this Chef, originally from the fishing village of Cancale in Brittany. Together with his partner Rolande, he has created one of the best restaurants in North America. His love of food and the pure delight of his guests spur him on to combine the very best of French and Québecois culinary tradition. The gifts of the sea and the land, the noble and the rustic all combine to create exploding and harmonious flavors. Here, hearts of palm are made into flour, dandelion honey becomes a smooth ice cream, maple syrup appears regularly and, of course, oysters have a starring role.
In the heart of Montréal, the Restaurant Toqué!, with its light-filled dining room and contemporary atmosphere, is the meeting place for gourmets in search of new flavors to share with friends. Try Venison loin and tongue, matsutake mushrooms, Jerusalem artichoke purée and wild blackberry. Chef Normand Laprise supports local suppliers and farmers. These artisans of taste help turn his dishes into truly great moments of discovery. From vegetables, wild herbs, seafood and wild mushrooms to edible flowers, duck, beef, lamb and fish, the finest products from Québec go into Laprise’s cuisine, accompanied by a superb and audacious wine list.
At Europea, Chef Jérôme Ferrer prepares refined, creative, market-fresh cuisine with a Québecois accent, calling upon his Catalan roots to glorify the flavors of the earth and the sea. In this Victorian house modernized with an ultra-contemporary décor, try the Gaspésie lobster cappuccino with shavings of truffle, ravioli of Alaskan crab claw with rice lettuce, bay scallops with yuzu and cucumber juices, buffalo tartare, mixed watercress salad or carpaccio of smoked Boileau venison with crunchy vegetables. The à la carte menu, based on the best produce Québec has to offer, is a delightful invitation to explore some of the natural wonders of Canada.
A stay at Manoir Hovey comes with the promise of an abundance of fresh air in a scenic, unspoiled part of Québec, close to the U.S. This charming manor was built at the turn of the century and modeled on George Washington’s Mount Vernon home. It is nestled in English gardens in a forest on the shores of a lake, and there is a romantic and authentic way of life here. Rates include an array of onsite recreational facilities that make Manoir Hovey a destination in itself. The artful cuisine is enhanced by the wine list, which features 900 wines, and an exceptional selection of Québec’s finest cheeses. A wonderful getaway in all seasons, only 80 minutes from Montréal.
“Epicurean” and “romantic” are the words that best describe Langdon Hall: warm interiors with silky fabrics and wood paneling, tranquil grounds with century-old trees and a pond reflecting the elegant manor house… In the kitchen, every detail counts. Each meal is unforgettable, transforming the finest local ingredients into sophisticated dishes that are as elegant as the setting. For added relaxation, the spa offers sublime body and beauty treatments and there are guided visits to an extraordinary garden. Just a 90-minute drive from Toronto and the Niagara area, this is the place for those who love beauty.
Fashion and designer stores, small unique shops, cafes, bakeries and restaurants all set the scene in the lively, bohemian Kensington district. In this fun neighbourhood the Kensington Riverside Inn, a small boutique inn ideally situated alongside the picturesque Bow River, offers a successful blend of sophistication and comfort. Handpicked pieces by distinguished designers, subtle lighting and artworks hung throughout the building create peaceful, intimate surroundings. Depending on the time of year, the restaurant’s seasonal creative cuisine with its French influences can be served in front of an open fire, on the patio or in the delightful dining room.
Nestled in the Bow River Valley, with the spectacular Canadian Rockies as a backdrop, the Post Hotel offers one of the most picturesque locations imaginable: the heart of Banff National Park, Canada’s first.This is a protected region, designated as a World Heritage Site – unspoiled natural beauty, pristine wilderness and a safe haven for the bountiful wildlife. Imagine skiing or hiking in this breathtaking landscape. Just two hours west of Calgary International airport and you are there: spacious suites, crackling fireplaces, Temple Mountain spa, award winning fresh market cuisine and one of Canada’s largest wine cellars, with over 25,000 bottles and more than 2,200 labels.
Located on fashionable Robson Square, the Wedgewood is a superb address displaying distinct European elegance, right in the heart of the cosmopolitan city of Vancouver. The guest rooms and suites provide every modern comfort, alongside antiques and original artworks, while the restaurant, dedicated to Bacchus, serves inventive, epicurean cuisine. The lounge is the epitome of understated luxury, featuring stylish furniture, rich fabrics, old-fashioned fireplaces and Venetian light fixtures personally selected by the owner. Every member of the staff, from the team at the inviting wellness center to the chef in the restaurant, strives to attain one goal: perfection.
On picturesque Salt Spring Island, Hastings House Country House Hotel is a charming waterfront resort overlooking Ganges Harbor. A magnificent 11th century Sussex-style manor house, built by British architect Warren Hastings in 1940, is the heart of the property and a convivial spot for cocktails and dining. Its inglenook fireplace and other authentic details are embellished with antiques and works by local artists. With 18 suites and rooms, Hastings House is an ideal base for exploring the area. The island itself is a hotspot for artists and locavores. The dining room offers award-winning gourmet cuisine highlighting fresh produce from its own garden.
Nestled in a Pacific Archipelago, Sonora Resort offers a rare alchemy of virgin wilderness and opulent comfort. Accessible only by sea or air, this is the stage for a breathtaking natural spectacle: eagles perched on towering trees, whales and sea lions surfing the currents… Spend adventurous days fishing, hiking, and observing grizzly bears in their natural habitat. For quieter moments immerse yourself in soothing mineral pools. Here, every room commands a stunning view of snow-capped peaks that seem to plunge into the emerald sea. Fresh local ingredients are prepared by accomplished chefs, paired with world class wines and served before an ocean vista.
The Wickaninnish Inn stands on an outcrop between the Pacific Ocean, Chesterman Beach and a forest of giant evergreens. Artists, including renowned wood carver Henry Nolla, designed elements of its two buildings with the aim of blending art, nature and culture. You can even meet local artists at the onsite carving shed. Each room has a fireplace and picture window offering views of the coastline. Set off on a day of sea kayaking, or to see whales, sea lions or bears around Clayoquot Sound. Relax with a soothing spa treatment after your day's adventures. From November to March, you can admire mighty Pacific storms, watching from the comfort of your guest room as waves come crashing ashore.
Located on Manhattan’s sophisticated Upper East Side, The Surrey has won the hearts of style icons, tastemakers and art aficionados the world over. Just steps from Central Park, guests have access to luxury shopping on Madison Avenue, world-renowned museums and first-class restaurants. New York City’s only Relais & Châteaux hotel, The Surrey houses a collection of 31 original artworks by modern masters such as Chuck Close and Claes Oldenburg. Guests can relax with a treatment at Cornelia Spa, admire the skyline views from the Private Roof Garden, sip a cocktail at Bar Pleiades or savor a meal at Café Boulud. The French eatery directed by Chef Daniel Boulud is a neighborhood gem.
At the edge of New York’s Meatpacking District, Del Posto’s owners Joseph and Lidia Bastianich and Mario Batali have created a temple to Italian cuisine in this palazzo of mahogany and marble devoted to the pleasures of the palate. In a dining room decorated with columns and plush curtains, Chef Mark Ladner brings contemporary creativity to classic Italian dishes: truffled beef carne cruda with Grana Padano and watercress buds, and for dessert, fette biscottate with chocolate, mint, and candied bread. Songs by Gershwin are played on the elegant piano near the bar and the talented sommelier shares his knowledge with rum and amaro tastings.
It would be hard to find a better location than Marea. Situated on the south side of New York's Central Park, Marea attracts worldwide gourmets thanks to its exquisite Italian-inspired seafood and elegant yet relaxed setting. The menu, by Chef Michael White, starts off with delicate crudo and continues with pastas like fusilli with red wine braised octopus and bone marrow. A selection of composed fish and meat dishes follow, with award-winning desserts to finish. Part of the joy of Marea, meaning "tide" in Italian, is its stunning decor. Crisp white tablecloths, a dramatic onyx bar and stunning lacquered rosewood paneling, envelope guests with a modern comfort devoid of its cool reputation.
Lyon-born Daniel Boulud has become one of America’s most celebrated chef-restaurateurs. His reputation may be international, but his warm, welcoming style remains very personal. His mantra is to “prepare the finest American produce according to French culinary tradition.” Superb ingredients are skillfully combined, elevating rustic dishes to new levels of refinement, sophistication and pleasure. In Boulud’s masterful hands, the best American regional products, from Nantucket Bay scallops to Montana beef, are cooked to perfection in a restaurant where a contemporary décor is elegantly juxtaposed with striking neoclassical architecture.
Jean-Georges Vongerichten has been described as a “genius” and a “great master of gastronomy”. At his legendary Manhattan restaurant, with its Zen-inspired interior, the French-born Chef serves Thai-French fusion cuisine, updating the menu every three months. And the results are breathtaking: yellowfin tuna ribbons with avocado, spicy radish and ginger marinade, foie gras with sour cherry granola, aged balsamic vinegar and sorrel, Jean-Georges’s signature chocolate cake and vanilla bean ice cream… Every dish is given the finishing touches at your table. This final personal touch inspires the senses and brings the diner that little bit closer to the secrets of the Chef.
After the success of his California restaurant, The French Laundry, Chef Thomas Keller brought his distinctive hands-on approach from Napa Valley to Manhattan. Keller works with remarkable attention to detail, not only in his cuisine but also in the presentation, mood and surroundings. In an elegant dining room overlooking Central Park, Chef de cuisine Eli Kaimeh interprets modern American recipes with a touch of French influence. Representative dishes include Oysters and Pearls, a sabayon of pearl tapioca with poached oysters and caviar, and Calotte de Boeuf Grillée. The culinary delights at Per Se will convince you that perfection does indeed exist.
In a superb, light-filled art deco dining room with soaring ten-meter-high ceilings and a view of historic Madison Square Park, this restaurant offers the perfect backdrop for Chef Daniel Humm’s sumptuous contemporary cuisine. His sophisticated creations, like the glazed Muscovy duck with honey and lavender (a treat not to be missed!) emphasize purity, simplicity and seasonal ingredients. The tasting menu takes diners on a culinary journey that highlights the agricultural bounty of New York, together with the food traditions that have taken root there, all executed with a gracious sense of genuine hospitality.
Thomas Henkelmann is the most French of German Chefs. Born in the Black Forest, this devotee of French gastronomy learned his trade in Alsace before moving his pots and pans to this beautiful 18th century Italianate manor house near the Connecticut coast. Inspired by his travels, Chef Henkelmann likes to break down boundaries and create surprising combinations, like his champagne sauerkraut accompanied by a seafood mousseline. Each of his recipes makes a subtle reference to his origins. Thomas’s partner Theresa, an interior designer, has created a décor worthy of his cooking, ensuring the hotel’s recognition as one of Greenwich’s most tasteful addresses.
Bedford Post, an authentic country inn just an hour from Manhattan, is the ideal setting for a tranquil getaway. Surrounded by pristine woodlands, this historic residence dating back to the 1780s now belongs to Richard Gere and his partner Russell Hernandez. A genuinely warm, hospitable atmosphere reigns in this temple to the pleasures of body and mind. The Bedford Post offers infinite ways to relax, including yoga courses, as well as more terrestrial delights in its two restaurants: Campagna, which serves flavorful Italian cuisine by Chef Michael White, and The Barn, which offers delicious brunches and breakfasts with homemade bread and cakes.
Reflecting the luxury of the Gilded Age, this magnificent 150-acre estate sits in rolling farmlands overlooking the Catskill Mountains and Glenmere Lake. One hour from New York City, the sumptuous hotel and glamorous spa boast a central open cortile, majestic marble-columned porticoes, a private modern art collection and spectacular gardens designed by America’s first major female landscape architect, Beatrix Farrand. In the two restaurants, the chefs offer a wealth of dishes featuring local farm produce. The picturesque gardens, pool and tennis, bocce and croquet courts make this the ultimate romantic Hudson Valley getaway… though you might think you’re in Tuscany!
The Point was built by the Rockefellers as a woodland retreat, during the heyday of the Adirondack Great Camps. Today it is a marvelous union of rustic simplicity and extraordinary luxury. The magnificent guest rooms are housed in four log buildings on the peaceful wooded shore of Upper Saranac Lake. The Point is a study in delicious contrasts: exceptional meals, blazing campfires at the edge of the lake, artworks and antiques, snowshoes and skis for exploring the magical white forest… Enjoy gourmet picnic excursions, journeys through the rippling waters in gleaming mahogany boats, and a staff that organizes each day according to the pleasure of the guests.
On the shores of Lake Placid, its mirror-like waters reflecting the majestic Adirondack Mountains, sits Lake Placid Lodge. Guests are charmed by the distinctive Arts and Crafts style of the main lodge and the craftsmanship evident throughout the resort. Everything from the beds to the great stone fireplaces has been built by hand by local artisans. A stay here revolves around nature and the outdoors, with activities like hiking, biking, boating and skiing. Of course, relaxation is always available, as is the excellent farm-to-table cuisine in the Lodge’s restaurants. Meals savored on the deck are made even more enjoyable by the spectacular lake and mountain views.
Founded in 1852 by Swiss-born Louis Fauchère, the hotel was run by the Fauchère family for 124 years and earned a legendary history. After a meticulous restoration in 2006, new owners revived that legacy with a casually elegant and welcoming décor enhanced by a collection of Hudson River School paintings. The hotel’s sophisticated Delmonico Room serves creative traditional cuisine and the chic modern ambiance of Bar Louis attracts a lively lunch and dinner crowd. An adjacent Patisserie Fauchère, hiking trails and a day spa, all located in the heart of a classic American small town with great architecture and shopping makes Hotel Fauchère a great getaway.
Less than two hours from Manhattan, nestled in lush grounds, this property boasts a highly acclaimed spa. The gardens feature 24 hectares of specimen trees, manicured lawns and the famous Shakespeare garden and maze. The spa, with its stunning décor in blue and white, offers an amazing array of treatments, as well as classes in dream interpretation, dance, painting, writing, yoga and tai chi. Workshops on topics like marriage, sleep and stress are led by renowned experts. The guest rooms reflect the tranquil elegance evident throughout the property, while culinary offerings include the healthy and delicious spa cuisine as well as the fine dining available at the inn.
Nestled among the bucolic valleys and pristine lakes of the Litchfield Hills, Winvian is a unique hotel complex with 45 hectares of lush grounds bordered by centuries-old maple trees. A team of 15 architects designed the 18 original chalets and one suite, each with its own special design and atmosphere. Guests can choose to stay in a two-level treehouse 10 meters off the ground, a lighthouse in the middle of the forest, or perhaps a lodge built around a massive oak tree. In addition to the spa, hot air balloon rides, horseback riding, fly fishing, race car driving and other unforgettable experiences are available, all just two hours from the buzz of New York and Boston.
Blantyre is a beautiful country manor surrounded by 46 hectares of lawn and woodlands, ideally located halfway between Boston and New York City. The Main House, Carriage House and three cottages are reminiscent of a gentler time of elegance and romance. Built in 1902, the majestic Tudor style estate boasts sumptuous guestrooms, a spa, an exceptional wine cellar, renowned cuisine and a delicious hot chocolate menu. This enchanting resort has activities galore with tennis in the summer. When the seasons change, the property transforms into a romantic winter wonderland, with ice skating, snowshoeing, sleigh rides and a 34-meter-tall Christmas tree.
Weekapaug Inn was founded in 1899 and has been exquisitely restored. It remains faithful to its tradition of providing a warm family welcome. All the charm, peace and simplicity of a home caressed by the Atlantic breeze have been preserved, as has the magnificent surrounding countryside. Depending on the season, guests can enjoy invigorating swims or long walks on the private beach, nautical activities, and the opportunity for spotting many different species of birds. The restaurant serves delicious traditional cuisine made from local farm-produced ingredients, adding the finishing touch to this perfect retreat for anyone who loves all that is authentic.
Perched high on the bluffs of Watch Hill, Ocean House is one of the last remaining oceanfront hotels in New England. This grand Victorian property has been meticulously restored, with inviting porches and terraces overlooking the vast grounds. Savor life to the rhythm of the tides, with sailing and walks along the beach followed by teatime, cocktails and a variety of dining options, from modern cuisine to American bistro fare. Relax at the spectacular spa or enjoy a day of golf, tennis, croquet, fishing or water sports. Just steps away, the quintessential New England village of Watch Hill offers tasty seafood, charming antique shops and art galleries.
First built in 1875 as a summer residence for a noted Harvard University marine biologist, this magnificent inn on an exclusive sixteen hectare peninsula bordering the ocean is a romantic haven. Whether you are in a cottage on Castle Hill’s private beach, relaxing on the terrace or sitting at a table in the restaurant, you will be guaranteed panoramic views of the Atlantic and its many maritime activities including sailing, fishing and regattas. The menu features local and regional dishes, with a focus on organic ingredients paired with exceptional wines. Castle Hill is the perfect base from which to explore the beauty of Newport with its Gilded Age mansions, sandy beaches and rich history.
The Wauwinet is a quaint, elegant retreat built in 1860 on the northeastern shore of Nantucket, at the edge of the Great Point Wildlife Sanctuary. It boasts a beautiful private bay and ocean beaches, so guests can choose between the lively Atlantic surf or the calm warmer waters bayside. Spend time just relaxing, whale spotting, going on lobstering excursions or taking surfcasting or cooking lessons. Drive the scenic back roads to Great Point, or tour nearby Siasconset in the hotel’s prized 1948 Woody (a vintage Chevy Fleetmaster station wagon). The Wauwinet’s restaurant, Topper’s, with its expansive bay views, is accessible by land or by sea aboard the Wauwinet Lady.
At the heart of Martha’s Vineyard, the former haunt of whale hunters, you’ll find a captain’s house in the traditional British style. Built in 1864, The Charlotte Inn transports you to another time, and you can’t help but be swept away by its romantic atmosphere. The staff is courteous and alert to every detail. There is a new kind of luxury here: no computers or cell phones are allowed except in guest rooms. The suites have been exquisitely decorated with antique lamps and silk or linen fabrics. Between glasses of iced tea on the flower-filled patio, discover the beautiful island and explore its famous lighthouses and beaches, ideal for water sports and sailing.
Authentic ingredients and perfect technique combine to create exceptional dishes at Chef Barbara Lynch’s restaurant Menton. A blend of French discipline and Italian passion reflects the restaurant’s namesake, a French seaside town near the Italian border. Located in Boston’s Fort Point, with its historic buildings alongside futuristic constructions, the restaurant has been meticulously conceived down to the last detail. The carefully selected wine list includes great champagnes and rare vintages from lesser-known vineyards. For an unforgettable dining experience, Menton offers the Chef’s Table, the ideal vantage point from which to observe the kitchen.
As a child, Jonathan Cartwright wanted to be a cyclist and win the Tour de France, but later he discovered cooking and became more interested in wearing a white apron than a yellow jersey. Now a respected Chef, he has turned the White Barn Inn into a great place to eat, as well as an elegant place to stay. The restaurant is housed in an authentic New England barn dating back to the early 1800s. “Cooking requires the same effort and team spirit as cycling,” Cartwright says. A true perfectionist, he values the quality of his ingredients above all, especially the fresh Maine lobster that is the star of his menu, alongside other creations inspired by local produce.
For more than a century now, lovers of the great outdoors have come to unwind at this gracious New England Victorian inn overlooking the coast. Behind its traditional white clapboard exterior, the inn’s décor today bears the imprint of modern European design. The award winning restaurant, Natalie’s, offers a new take on fine dining, showcasing Maine’s bounty, including the famous Maine lobster. Perched on a hilltop, from its wrap around porch and delightful picture windows, the inn offers 180-degree views of Penobscot Bay, Camden Harbor and the surrounding mountains, the perfect invitation to explore the beautiful coastline of Maine.
Above your bed is a blackboard covered with algebraic formulas. In another suite, a chessboard painted on an antique chest invites you to enjoy a strategic duel by the fireside. The walls of the library are lined with beautiful books. Set among Vermont’s Green Mountains, The Pitcher Inn is a delightfully elegant hotel in which each room has a Vermont theme but has been designed and decorated to be distinctly different. Intellectual curiosity is celebrated here, as is culinary excellence, with a delicious menu influenced by French and Italian cuisine. There are also in-room massages and sports activities on offer at the nearby Sugarbush ski and golf resort.
Twin Farms is a unique country estate in Vermont, situated on over 120 hectares of wildflower meadows, hardwood forests, ancient gardens and private ponds. The original 1790s farmhouse and lodge have been converted into gracious living and dining rooms and six elegant suites. Ten guest cottages, each with its own interior design style, are dotted about the property, and The Farmhouse at Copper Hill provides four additional suites, ideal for small gatherings. Since opening in 1993, Twin Farms has upheld a tradition of graceful hospitality and quiet beauty. Guests enjoy the use of a handsome pub, the fitness and wellness centers, a lakeside cabana and a Japanese-style furo.
Stroll among the pines and maples, watch the fireflies when night falls across the Vermont countryside, admire the star-filled skies in the moonlight… Welcome to Windham Hill, a romantic place where the summer nights offer up a magical spectacle and autumn reveals all the glorious colors of nature. At the end of a country road, in the heart of 160 hectares of unspoiled nature, this elegant inn offers exceptional views of the Green Mountains and a luxurious, meticulously tended flower garden. The elegant rooms and suites provide a haven of peace, and the cuisine showcasing seasonal produce from the garden is sure to delight even the most discerning of gourmets.