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. What other city better embodies the American melting pot, the fast life, extravagance and the lure of risk? It’s the capital of jazz and of big money, the inevitable setting for Citizen Kane. And its dizzying metamorphoses never cease: “New York was an inexhaustible space, a labyrinth of endless steps, and no matter how far he walked, no matter how well he came to know its neighborhoods and streets, it always left him with the feeling of being lost. Lost, not only in the city, but within himself as well.” Like the protagonist Daniel Quinn in City of Glass, the first volume of Paul Auster’s New York Trilogy, the traveler setting foot in Manhattan risks being overwhelmed — understandably, because the Big Apple, a megalopolis of some 20 million inhabitants, seems to subsume the entire world.
Hotel and restaurant on the seafront. 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. ... 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. 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. ... Learn moreless
Hotel and restaurant in town. 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. ... Learn moreless
Hotel and restaurant in the mountains. 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. ... Learn moreless
Hotel and restaurant on the seafront. 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. ... 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
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
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. 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. ... Learn moreless