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 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 in the mountains. Built in 1917, the elegantly restored Greek Revival mansion features a majestic colonnade flanked by towering architectural columns framing a breathtaking sunset view of the surrounding mountainscape. The property, with its panoramic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, was once the summer home of the famed American artist Elliott Daingerfield. The accommodations are exquisite, with impeccably decorated guest rooms and an award-winning spa offering an extensive array of relaxing and rejuvenating treatments. The restaurant, Rowland's, features the most sophisticated cuisine in the High Country framed in a picture-perfect setting. ... 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 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 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
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 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 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 and hotel in the country. Patrick O’Connell abandoned his dream of becoming an actor for cooking and the “living theater” of the restaurant world. Just an hour’s drive from Washington DC, this sumptuous hideaway nestled at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains is a world-renowned destination for gourmets in the know. The menu spotlights Chef O’Connell’s spectacular, refined American dishes, like carpaccio of herb-crusted baby lamb with Caesar salad ice cream, served in dining rooms whose inspired décor creates a wondrous cocoon of luxury. The Inn’s rooms and suites are aptly named after America’s culinary pioneers, and opulent lounges complete the transformation to an idyllic fantasy world. ... 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