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Taking off on US Route 1, we find ourselves wishing that the journey could last at least a whole year.
Protected by mountains and open to the ocean, New England is the very symbol of the birth of the United States and its inexorable march toward independence, torn between the fading accents of old Europe and its ambitions for the future. It all started here, in these prosperous states — Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island, soon to be joined by Vermont and Maine — forming the first row of stars on the flag of the newly founded nation. Dreaded by the first pioneers for the perils of their dark, dense forests, these regions would become, in the late 19th century, the backdrop of America’s Gilded Age, a name borrowed from the novel by Mark Twain and Charles Dudley Warner. Published in 1873, it describes the apogee of an affluent urban society prospering in the early days of the Industrial Revolution.
Few cities have ever held such fascination. For the literary and artistic movements it has inspired, for the revolutions, fashions and economic momentum it has spawned, New York is today what Jerusalem, Rome and Alexandria were in ancient times: the mother of all cities.
Hotel and restaurant in the woods. 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. ... Learn moreless
Restaurant and hotel in the mountains. Re-discover life’s simple pleasures and natural balance at this traditional farm in Tennessee. All year long, a fantastic team made up mostly by women and headed by the young and talented Chef Cassidee Dabney,creates delicious recipes. Borrowing from both haute cuisine and regional heritage, it is based on local ingredients and takes advantage of the cheese, vegetables, herbs and honey produced in the farm. The Wellhouse and its new wellness facilities are rooted in the same philosophy of balance and harmony between body and soul, and offer an enjoyable addition to the many activities provided, amongst which cooking classes, gardening, cheesemaking, fly-fishing or exploring the region in a Lexus or by horse-drawn carriage. ... Learn moreless
Hotel and restaurant overlooking a lake. Set high atop a massive field stone wall, here all your senses will be awakened by broad clear skies, sparkling lake waters, fragrant forests and fresh mountain air. Built in 1891 as a gentlemans breeding farm, the 21 hillside acres of Blair Hill Inn unveil a panorama of northern Maine’s unspoiled landscape. Through its covered entry by a stone encircled fountain, the scenery unfolds with each step into the light-filled, pristine manor. Maîtresse de Maison Ruth McLaughin showers guests with a genuine kindess. From delicious breakfasts to mountain hikes, star gazing paddles to sumptuous dinners, Blair Hill Inn envelopes you with comforting hospitality. ... Learn moreless
Restaurant and hotel in the country. 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. ... Learn moreless
Hotel and restaurant in town. 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. ... Learn moreless
Hotel and restaurant on a lake. Forget about cars – here your vehicle is the canoe. Canoe Bay offers a different rhythm, another way of looking at things, where you always have plenty of time and feel at one with nature. Set in a well-preserved, enchanting part of Wisconsin, the property features Prairie-style cottages designed by a protégé of Frank Lloyd Wright. Simple pleasures like a stroll through the woods, a swim in the lake or tasting great vintages from the wine cellar will make your days memorable. The lakeside terraces invite you to gaze at the view, daydream or read. Light floods into the cedarwood interiors and soothes the senses. This is a refuge for the most romantic souls. ... Learn moreless
Hotel and restaurant on the seafront. 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. ... Learn moreless
Restaurant in town. Nestled in the heart of Manhattan, Lyon-born Chef 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. ... Learn moreless
Restaurant in town. 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. ... Learn moreless
Restaurant in town. 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 iconic three-star 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. ... Learn moreless
Restaurant in town. Chef Joho embodies the American dream: 30 years after leaving his native France, he has become one of the most respected chefs in the U.S. Everest, his restaurant on the 40th floor of the Chicago Stock Exchange, offers stunning views of the city through large bay windows. Joho offers personalized French cuisine, creating delicious surprises with combinations like foie gras or caviar paired with the humble potato and turnip. In honor of his homeland, Alsace wines star in many of his recipes, like Roasted Maine Lobster in Alsace Gewürztraminer Butter and Ginger. Everest is also home to a remarkable collection of works by contemporary artists. ... Learn moreless
Restaurant in town. Gabriel Kreuther is a virtuoso of foie gras, whether it be tucked between two tender morsels of squab or topped with candied pecans. Alsatian by origin, Gabriel’s homeland is never far away: be it within a leaf of green cabbage, a savory kugelhopf or the restaurant’s stork motif. Having worked his way through the most renowned kitchens of Europe and New York, the chef is now at the helm of a lively restaurant that bears his name in the heart of Midtown. An array of dishes such as delicate frog’s leg beignets dipped in garlic and lemon broth flow in a constant stream from the open kitchen, plated on original tableware by an experienced and passionate team. ... Learn moreless
Restaurant and hotel in the country. 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! ... Learn moreless
Hotel and restaurant in a village. 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. ... Learn moreless
Restaurant and hotel on the seafront. Two restored barns dating from 1820’s create the rustic decor of the restaurant, where you can enjoy a creative and subtle cuisine using the finest ingredients New England and Maine can provide, such as local game or fresh seafood. The Main House nearby, that was originally built in the late 19th century, houses spacious and elegant rooms with this same harmonious blend of tradition and modernity. Close to the swimming pool overlooking the garden, the Garden Rooms open on a beautiful wooded area, whereas the charming Waterfront cottages, decorated in Arts & Craft style, offer spectacular views on the Kennebunk River. ... Learn moreless
Restaurant and hotel in town. 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. ... Learn moreless
Hotel and restaurant in a village. 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. ... Learn moreless
Restaurant in town. 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 three-star 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. ... Learn moreless
Hotel and restaurant in the mountains. 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. ... Learn moreless
Restaurant in town. The 24-foot oil on canvas triptych ocean wave that dresses the wall says it all: at Le Bernardin, the fish is the star of the plate. Together, owner Maguy Le Coze and chef/co-owner Eric Ripert serve the freshest seafood with artistry and consistency. Chef Ripert combines mastery and inspiration to emphasize the supreme quality of the ingredients that are transformed into perfectly executed dishes. Divided into “almost raw,” “barely touched,” and “lightly cooked,” striped bass tartare, braised octopus and seafood truffle pasta invite you on a sensory journey through the delicacies of the ocean. ... Learn moreless