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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.
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.
Restaurant on a golf course. Over the years, Addison has established itself as one of the finest culinary experiences in California. Chef William Bradley’s artisanal approach to cooking, based on an admiration for French cuisine, draws inspiration from the seasons. Ever attentive to the purity of the flavors, he enhances his ingredients by drawing on their inherent properties. The wine collection, with some 36,000 bottles under the enlightened management of sommelier Elizabeth Huettinger, includes twenty special cuvées crafted with winemakers from across the globe. The wine and food pairings are in perfect harmony with the refined, elegant service. ... 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 boutique hotel hidden away in an olive grove reminiscent of Provence. The secluded, romantic maisons with private terraces, custom furnishings and fireplaces are perched on a hillside, framing one of California wine country’s most spectacular views above the renowned vineyards below. The Restaurant’s Mediterranean-inspired cuisine showcases the best seasonal ingredients of the region, while the Auberge Spa incorporates natural ingredients indigenous to Northern California and the region into each customized treatment. The 15,000-bottle cellar features an award-winning selection of domestic and international wines for guests to enjoy on the terrace as the sun sets on the horizon. ... 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. It is a perfect backdrop for Chef Brady Williams' contemporary yet approachable cuisine. The menu, which combines reformed classics and innovative techniques, feels both timeless and sophisticated. Canlis is a modern restaurant with a sense of history, place and time. ... Learn moreless
Hotel and restaurant in the mountains. The Château du Sureau is the ideal place from which to explore the waterfalls and granite domes of Yosemite National Park, one of America’s most spectacular natural sites. This majestic hotel is reminiscent of the finest European châteaux. Its elegant interior, with guest rooms named after herbs and flowers, is resplendent with antiques, tapestries and artworks. The restaurant showcases the freshest Californian produce in sophisticated dishes packed with flavor and accompanied by the region’s best wines. If you are lucky enough to visit on July, you will be treated to the Elderberry Harvest Dinner, a fabulous five-course feast in honor of the château’s namesake. ... 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
Restaurant in town. The cuisine of Gary Danko, the ambassador of contemporary American fine dining, draws on traditions from around the world. Using seasonings from Asia, he adds a pinch of audacity to his French-style technique, creating dishes like the sublime buckwheat blini with smoked salmon, Kendall Farms crème fraîche and Black Sea Osetra caviar. Danko only uses what’s in season. Sea scallops are served with asparagus-pea purée in the spring and paired with butternut squash and caramelized apples in the winter. In the heart of one of San Francisco’s trendiest districts, his restaurant offers an intimate, inviting atmosphere, with modern paintings standing out against taupe walls. ... Learn moreless
Hotel and restaurant in town. This exquisite gem of a hotel is located in Healdsburg, a small town offering all the magic of the Sonoma Wine Country. Enjoy superb cuisine, art galleries and boutique shopping. Meticulous attention to detail sets Hotel Les Mars apart, from the limestone facade and wrought ironwork of its exterior to its dramatic interior finishes and antique furniture. A 17th-century Flemish tapestry hangs in the lobby, and walnut panels and leather-bound books line the library. Nearby, country roads meander through vineyards and rolling hills to more than 100 world-class wineries, including Chalk Hill, Alexander Valley, Dry Creek Valley and Russian River Valley. ... Learn moreless
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 town. Built as a private residence in 1900 and classified as a historical landmark, Hôtel St Germain has the allure of a sumptuous French townhouse, with excellent old world service, thoroughly modern amenities and memorable fine dining. Graceful interiors evoke the haunting, exotic beauty of 19th-century New Orleans. The grand dining room is adorned with a 200-year-old Aubusson tapestry. Just steps away from the bustle of the Dallas Center for the Performing Arts, the Winspear Opera House and Meyerson Symphony Center, this unique, European-style urban sanctuary celebrates the art of gracious living as a personal reflection of the proprietors’ French heritage. ... Learn moreless
Restaurant and hotel in town. Henry Miller said that he learned to pray in front of the stunning scenery of Big Sur. Carmel-by-the-Sea is the ideal base for marveling at these immense cliffs plunging down into the ocean. Halfway between San Francisco and the Santa Barbara coast, inhabited by seals and whales, Carmel – where Clint Eastwood was once mayor – will charm you with its art galleries and pebble beaches. This romantic hotel, decorated with lovely European fabrics and antiques, is ideally located in the heart of the village, a pleasant short walk away from the famous Carmel Beach. The delicious cuisine, a well-stocked wine cellar and superb massages will give it a special place in your heart. ... Learn moreless
Hotel and restaurant in the country. With log cabins scattered under the trees, an avalanche of cosy cushions and blankets, carefully preserved rustic furniture and hunting trophies hanging over the mantle — you know that you have arrived in the Far West! Magee Homestead is a real Wyoming ranch, where cattle has been raised and grains grown since the early 1900s. Even the newly renovated individual cabins once housed cowboys in their time. Today, this luxe prairie hideaway is devoted to leisure and rejuvenation, whether for a romantic getaway or a group adventure. For an ultimate pleasure, savour the delicious cuisine featuring ingredients produced at the ranch or from the surrounding Rockies, as the sun sets on the horizon. ... Learn moreless
Restaurant in town. Located at the base of the Santa Cruz Mountains in the heart of the oldest American Viticultural Area (AVA) in California, Manresa is the showcase for the inventive cuisine of David Kinch. Influenced by European traditions and refinement, American ingenuity, and the vast bounty California has to offer, Manresa celebrates the mountains, fields, and sea. Kinch’s passion for creating menus that display the terroir, or “sense of place,” of the California Coast led him to partner with the nearby Love Apple Farms to grow fruits and vegetables exclusively for the restaurant. This provides Manresa the ability to serve guests food that fully imparts a taste of the place and time at which it is served thanks to its exquisite ingredients. ... Learn moreless
Restaurant and hotel in the country. Meadowood invites you to embark on a unique tasting journey in the heart of Napa Valley’s prestigious wine country. Learn about and enjoy local wines while relaxing on the estate or going on private tours and tastings at the legendary wineries in the area. The Restaurant at Meadowood, headed by three-star young Chef Christopher Kostow, is one of the best in the region. Activities include golf, tennis, hiking, swimming and Meadowood’s signature activity: croquet. In the cozy lodges, rooms and suites, with decks and views of the fairways or forested hills, everything comes together to create memories that will last a lifetime. ... 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
Hotel and restaurant in town. Blending luxury with the authentic spirit of relaxed Southern Californian living, Rancho Valencia welcomes its guests with grace and gusto. Near the chic beaches of La Jolla and Del Mar, this is an exclusive and tranquil hideaway set among 18 hectares of rolling hills, orange groves and gardens full of hibiscus and cacti. Reminiscent of Spanish-colonial haciendas, the bungalow suites boast stunning craftsmanship, including hand-painted tiles and custom furnishings. With its world-renowned tennis program, innovative cuisine and rejuvenating spa, not to mention the year-round sunny climate, Rancho Valencia is the perfect place to discover this beautiful region. ... Learn moreless
Restaurant in town. Joshua Skenes has made fire his signature. He has transposed the campfires of his childhood to Saison, his restaurant in San Francisco, where he refines the art of cooking over hot coals. For him, it’s the best way to bring out the flavor of the ingredients. His menus highlight the finest products that exist, even aging them if necessary, as with game and certain vegetables, to concentrate the flavors. His cuisine is the result of know-how, an art that cannot be rushed, and he wants his diners to know that he takes all the time necessary. But the ambience is always relaxed and casual — after the meal, there’s nothing like a cup of buckwheat tea amidst the flaming hearth. ... Learn moreless
Hotel and restaurant in the country. In December of 2016, chef Kyle Connaughton and his wife Katina, a farmer, opened SingleThread. The restaurant’s eleven course tasting menu is driven by the couple’s farm produce and personalised to meet the preferences of their guests. With five guest rooms above the restaurant, overnight guests can enjoy luxurious amenities and an exclusive breakfast. Authentic hospitality is a driving principle at SingleThread. “When you come here, whether you’re dining in our restaurant or spending the night upstairs, we want you to feel like a guest in our home,” says Kyle. ... 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 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 country. With its elegant architecture, private plunge pools and interiors awash with leather and silky fabrics, this ranch resort offers you the opportunity to experience the life of a gentleman rancher, surrounded by horses, organic crops and rolling hills. Set on a rise in Texas Hill Country, an hour from Houston, the sprawling 120-hectare property comprises five large villas and four additional rooms. Its organic farm produces over 400 different crops year-round, most of which are of heirloom variety. The Inn also features what is arguably the finest food in Texas. It’s a tough choice among horseback riding, organic gardening, cooking classes, fishing or tennis at this country retreat. ... Learn moreless