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. 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. The Inn at Hastings Park revives a colonial-era tradition of hospitality in Lexington, MA, a town considered to be the Birthplace of American Liberty. The Inn is comprised of three thoughtfully restored buildings with a design scheme that celebrates the historic character of the architecture, yet reinterprets it with modern flair. The property interiors feature artisan crafted furniture and design accents, most created by local designers. Each guest room is unique in its size and color scheme, with elements such as fireplaces and alcoves. The casually elegant restaurant serves inspired twists on New England cuisine using local, seasonal ingredients. ... 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 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 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 the mountains. On the scenic southwest plateau of North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, Old Edwards Inn and Spa cascades over several acres in downtown Highlands. The historic, European-style resort features a world-renowned spa, private golf at Old Edwards Club, premium leisure amenities, and casually elegant restaurants offering local and regionally inspired cuisine. Guestrooms, suites, cottages and estates include hand-selected furnishings and antiques, fireplaces, balconies, heated marble bathroom floors, robes and slippers. Surrounded by pristine forests, rivers, trails and waterfalls, the village of Highlands brims with live and performing arts, boutique shopping and acclaimed restaurants along its charming Main Street. ... Learn moreless
Restaurant in town. It would be hard to find a better location than Marea. Situated on the south side of New York's Central Park, Marea attracts worldwide gourmets thanks to its exquisite Italian-inspired seafood and elegant yet relaxed setting. The menu, by Chef Michael White, starts off with delicate crudo and continues with pastas like fusilli with red wine braised octopus and bone marrow. A selection of composed fish and meat dishes follow, with award-winning desserts to finish. Part of the joy of Marea, meaning "tide" in Italian, is its stunning decor. Crisp white tablecloths, a dramatic onyx bar and stunning lacquered rosewood paneling, envelope guests with a modern comfort devoid of its cool reputation. ... 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
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
Hotel and restaurant on the seafront. The blue of the awnings stands out against the white of the frontage, reflecting the contrast between the water and the sparkling sands: the Royal Blues Hotel, on the oceanfront on Florida's East coast, is a veritable ode to the sea. Each of this boutique hotel's guest rooms offers splendid ocean views – an invitation to saunter down to the beach or head for the Deerfield Beach Fishing Pier. The flowing lines of the architecture, contemporary works of art and furniture in combinations of wood, leather and marble are all reminiscent of a yacht. Chanson Restaurant, with its creative world cuisine, gives seafood pride of place. Its interior boasts an impressive saltwater aquarium overhead. ... Learn moreless