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. In a superb, light-filled art deco dining room with soaring ten-meter-high ceilings and a view of historic Madison Square Park, this restaurant offers the perfect backdrop for iconic three-star Chef Daniel Humm’s sumptuous contemporary cuisine. His sophisticated creations, like the glazed Muscovy duck with honey and lavender (a treat not to be missed!) emphasize purity, simplicity and seasonal ingredients. The tasting menu takes diners on a culinary journey that highlights the agricultural bounty of New York, together with the food traditions that have taken root there, all executed with a gracious sense of genuine hospitality. ... Learn moreless
Restaurant in town. Chef Joho embodies the American dream: 30 years after leaving his native France, he has become one of the most respected chefs in the U.S. Everest, his restaurant on the 40th floor of the Chicago Stock Exchange, offers stunning views of the city through large bay windows. Joho offers personalized French cuisine, creating delicious surprises with combinations like foie gras or caviar paired with the humble potato and turnip. In honor of his homeland, Alsace wines star in many of his recipes, like Roasted Maine Lobster in Alsace Gewürztraminer Butter and Ginger. Everest is also home to a remarkable collection of works by contemporary artists. ... 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 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
Restaurant and hotel in town. Thomas Henkelmann is the most French of German Chefs. Born in the Black Forest, this devotee of French gastronomy learned his trade in Alsace before moving his pots and pans to this beautiful 18th century Italianate manor house near the Connecticut coast. Inspired by his travels, Chef Henkelmann likes to break down boundaries and create surprising combinations, like his champagne sauerkraut accompanied by a seafood mousseline. Each of his recipes makes a subtle reference to his origins. Thomas’s partner Theresa, an interior designer, has created a décor worthy of his cooking, ensuring the hotel’s recognition as one of Greenwich’s most tasteful addresses. ... 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
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 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 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
Restaurant in town. Authentic ingredients and perfect technique combine to create exceptional dishes at Chef Barbara Lynch’s restaurant Menton. A blend of French discipline and Italian passion reflects the restaurant’s namesake, a French seaside town near the Italian border. Located in Boston’s Fort Point, with its historic buildings alongside futuristic constructions, the restaurant has been meticulously conceived down to the last detail. The carefully selected wine list includes great champagnes and rare vintages from lesser-known vineyards. For an unforgettable dining experience, Menton offers the Chef’s Table, the ideal vantage point from which to observe the kitchen. ... Learn moreless