For all travelers, the Great American West is another world, a planet unto itself beyond a border marked by the formidable peaks of the Rocky Mountains.
Stepping gingerly among the rocks, the horse plunges its hooves into the still-fresh snow that accumulated overnight. The sun rises slowly over the mountains, its crystalline light caressing the steep slopes of Arapahoe Basin, where a few early skiers are already out for a run. The powdery snow of the Rockies is perfect for skiing, especially in Aspen or Keystone, Colorado, or at the Whitefish or Big Sky resorts in Montana. But this land was not always so hospitable. It wasn’t until 1806, when Lewis and Clark returned from their perilous two-year odyssey, that anyone knew for sure: it was possible to reach the Pacific coast by land. Before then, the 4,800 kilometers (nearly 3,000 miles) of the Rocky Mountain range, stretching from New Mexico to northern British Columbia, seemed an unbreachable barrier. Those early explorers had discovered a window into the entrails of the earth, where living geology puts on an extraordinary show, spewing forth the geysers of Yellowstone, the world’s oldest national park and a showcase for its free-roaming population of bears, bison and elk. But the Rockies are also the “water tower of the American West,” so-called due to the many abundant streams and rivers that flow through its valleys.
Three days a week, the farmers of Napa Valley sell their produce directly to the public in San Francisco’s Ferry Plaza. The market is a ritual for many local residents, who bring the entire family for a stroll among the stands overflowing with fruits and vegetables, cheeses, plants and flowers. The sights (and flavors!) of this veritable cornucopia bear witness to the region bounty of California — especially Napa Valley, a fertile enclave protected by the Vaca and Mayacamas Mountains, whose name evokes the sagas of venerable families and their love of the land.
Hotel and restaurant on the seafront. Gaze out into an infinite expanse of sky and ocean from 300 feet above the sea – the property is perched on a lush, tropical hillside with unobstructed views of three Hawaiian islands. Designed for couples, the hotel rests on 15 acres of your own private playground. Start your day together with morning yoga practice beside a waterfall, lounge in the laid back poolside cabanas, explore winding pathways through tropical gardens and orchards, and then relax in the intimacy of your expansive suite with its white oak floors and sustainably-harvested Ohia wood furniture. Our culinary approach is equally committed to Maui, with ingredients sourced locally or grown in the hotel’s very own kitchen garden and orchard. ... Learn moreless
Hotel and restaurant in the mountains. In the summer, slip your boots into the stirrups, don your cowboy hat and set off to explore the magnificent scenery of Montana, with its majestic wildlife, conifers and mountain meadows adorned with wild flowers. In the winter, grab your skis and carve down the slopes of the Rockies, mush your own dog sled team or enjoy a romantic massage for two. The pleasures change with the seasons but the program is always delightfully fulfilling, immersing you in an authentic Western experience. The Blue Ribbon trout streams, horseback riding adventures, vintners' weekends and authentic western cattle drives are only a few of the experiences to embraceduring your stay at Triple Creek Ranch. ... Learn moreless
Hotel and restaurant in the mountains. Savor Colorado’s timeless American West at The Home Ranch, an all-inclusive guest ranch set in the grandeur of the Elk River Valley, near Steamboat Springs. Distinguished by its stunning Rocky Mountain setting amid a million-acre wilderness, the ranch is an equestrian, fly fishing and hiking paradise in the summer and fall, a nordic and downhill skiing nirvana in the winter, and a family vacation dream all year long. Renowned for its Western horseback riding program, the rustic elegance of its lodging, and the beauty of its setting, the guest experience is crowned by the celebrated Haute Mountain Cuisine of the chef, prepared with fruits, vegetables, and meats from its own natural farm. ... Learn moreless
Hotel and restaurant in the mountains. In the legendary Montana ranch land, The Ranch at Rock Creek spans over 2,500 hectares of lush meadows and rolling foothills, framed by distant snow-capped peaks. In addition to its outstanding staff, superb amenities and stunning scenery, the ranch offers an array of activities: horseback riding on spectacular trails, fly fishing on the Blue Ribbon Rock Creek, hiking, wildlife watching, mountain biking, archery and more. History buffs can visit nearby historic ghost towns, while lovers of the West can experience a summer rodeo. After a vigorous day outdoors, the excellent spa provides welcome relaxation. Experience the true West without sacrificing true comfort. ... Learn moreless
Restaurant in town. In Jackson Square, one of San Francisco’s oldest and most charming districts, a century-old landmarked building houses one of the finest restaurants in the city. Chef Michael Tusk prepares Italian- and French-inspired Californian cuisine using only fresh local ingredients procured by a carefully selected local network of small farmers and producers. The same care is applied to the selection of wines suggested for each dish. In an elegant, art déco-inspired setting, you can savor dishes like whole roast duck for two with black garlic and green gage plums or risotto with cardoons, porcini mushroom and white truffle. ... Learn moreless
Restaurant in town. Three generations of the Canlis family have welcomed guests to Seattle’s most storied and celebrated restaurant. Built by Peter Canlis and architect Roland Terry in 1950, the landmark property is now run by brothers Mark and Brian Canlis. Perched high above the city and adorned in glass, the dining room boasts sweeping views of Lake Union and the Cascade Mountains beyond. It is a perfect backdrop for Chef Jason Franey’s inventive and contemporary yet approachable cuisine. On the menu, reformed classics pair with an enlightened and artfully composed tasting menu. Canlis is a modern restaurant with a sense of history, place and time. ... Learn moreless
Hotel and restaurant in the mountains. The last inhabitants left in 1918. This former mining town deep in Colorado has been restored from top to bottom and offers an exquisite retreat. Log cabins and spacious tents provide delightfully comfortable rooms; meals are taken in the saloon which has retained its original character, and provides a convivial gathering spot. The landscape of this splendid alpine valley, nestled in the San Juan mountains, changes with the passing seasons, from pristine white snow to flaming orange in autumn. This magnificent site’s natural hot springs with their life-enhancing benefits are an added bonus. ... Learn moreless
Hotel and restaurant in the mountains. Aspen, nestled at the foot of the Rocky Mountains, has become a premier ski destination for jetsetters and one of the most famous resorts in the world. The Little Nell is a luxurious hotel in the heart of the town, with direct ski in/out access to Aspen Mountain, a true Colorado gem, which can be enjoyed in every season. The stylishly decorated guest rooms and suites with their fine furnishings, fireplaces, and works of art offer a gentle, comforting ambiance after a day in the fresh air, as do all its attractive public areas, which have been designed with your comfort in mind. The hotel’s signature restaurant, Element 47, offering an extensive wine program, and Alpine cuisine based on locally sourced ingredients was awarded a Forbes Five Star designation in 2015. ... Learn moreless
Restaurant in the country. Chef Thomas Keller’s technique has become so famous that Pixar studios asked him to create the ratatouille featured at the end of the film “Ratatouille”. In the heart of Napa Valley, this emblematic three-star Chef, whose restaurant Per Se is a New York culinary landmark, has created one of California’s finest dining spots. Working closely with fellow Chef David Breeden, Keller and his team serve minimalist cuisine using products like oysters and truffles in “sequenced meals”: in order to maximize surprises, no single ingredient is ever repeated in a meal. There is a new menu every day, and the herbs and vegetables come straight from the culinary garden. ... Learn moreless
Hotel and restaurant in a vineyard. In the midst of the famous vineyards of Napa Valley, French restaurateur Claude Rouas and his business partner Robert Harmon have created an elegant hotel hidden away in an olive grove reminiscent of Provence. The secluded, romantic hillside “maisons”, with their private terraces, custom furnishings and fireplaces, overlook the sculpture garden, which features over 100 works by renowned artists. The Mediterranean-inspired cuisine offers the very best of the region, as does the spa, with treatments based on grapes, olives, herbs and flowers. The 15,000-bottle wine cellar will transport wine lovers to heaven, as they watch the sun setting on the horizon. ... Learn moreless