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. 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 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 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 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 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 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