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.
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
Hotel and restaurant in a village. 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. ... 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 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
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 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 country. 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. ... Learn moreless
Hotel and restaurant in town. Charleston is one of North America’s best-preserved architectural treasures. With its antebellum mansions, cobblestone streets and serene harbor, the city wears a patina of European-influenced splendor. Originally built in 1844, the Planters Inn stands in the very heart of the Historic District. From flickering carriage lanterns to handcrafted four-poster beds from the Baker Historic Charleston Foundation Collection, this is where understated elegance meets Lowcountry inspiration. The courtyard is a charming urban oasis adorned with boxwoods, fountains and fruit trees, a romantic setting in which to experience the regional American cuisine of the acclaimed Peninsula Grill. ... Learn moreless
Hotel and restaurant in a village. Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia and in an area that was home to three U.S. Presidents, including Thomas Jefferson, the Clifton Inn offers a window into the beauty and elegance of Jefferson’s Virginia. Steeped in American history and ideally located just minutes from Charlottesville, the grounds of the University of Virginia and numerous vineyards, one visit may be all you need to begin your love affair with this unique Presidential Precinct and the Clifton Inn. From tennis on the Hartru court to sunset dining on the Verandah, we offer the modern traveler the comfort of a Relais luxury stay within Virginia’s bucolic Piedmont region. ... 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