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 in a village. 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. ... Learn moreless
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
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 in the mountains. In a gorgeously green and unspoilt part of Pennsylvania, halfway between Pittsburgh and Buffalo, lies this charming inn. Built in the 1920s and handed down from one generation of the Dorn family to the next, the inn is now owned by J. Cliff Forrest who ensures it retains all its original charm and authenticity. The main lodge and individual chalets are built with sequoia wood and blend perfectly into the breathtaking natural surroundings. In the forest of hemlock spruces it is not uncommon to spot foxes, deer, bear or beavers and there are 5 km of privately owned banks along Fuller Brook for fly fishing, accompanied by experienced guides. ... Learn moreless
Restaurant in town. Razor clams marinated in fennel and lemon, spaghetti with blue crab, bottarga and chiles, swordfish poached in olive oil with baby zucchini and rack of lamb en crepinette with ratatouille: the menu is fragrant with the irresistible scents of the rivieras serving traditional regional dishes with a modern twist. Ahmass Fakahany and Chef White have a long and close affection for the joie de vivre and cuisines of Liguria and the South of France. Chef White, known for his exceptional crudo and refined pastas, celebrates this cuisine and an extensive selection of wines from these two regions in Altamarea Group’s elegant Fifth Avenue Restaurant. ... 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 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
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 town. The morning coffee enjoyed in the courtyard, the tea served by the fireplace in winter, the library, the music room with its piano: The Ivy is as welcoming as a private home. Built at the end of the 19th century and recently renovated, this beautiful mansion melts perfectly into the historic and prestigious Mount Vernon district, with turrets rising above the trees. Behind the ivy-clad walls and high shining windows this charming boutique hotel is structured around a magnificent staircase, covered by the original skylights, which leads to the guest rooms. In the evening, guests will appreciate the cuisine of Magdalena, one of Baltimore’s finest restaurants. ... 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