Jersey Shore Escapes

Jersey Shore Escapes

Each week, we’ll post a great weekend travel destination within driving distance from the Jersey Shore… all courtesy of our friends at BestWeekends.com


Boutique Luxury Comes to the Jersey Shore

The Reeds

Posted Monday, July 3, 2017

Some of the best properties in America were created by business people who had spent their lives “on the road” and decided to open their own inn or hotel incorporating the “best” of what they had experienced in their travels. The Inn at Dos Brisas in [...]

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Captain Lord Mansion – Maine

Captain Lord

Posted Monday, June 19, 2017

The Captain Lord Mansion, is one of the best B&B’s we have encountered in our travels. But don’t let the term “B&B” dissuade you, because this place is much more than that. This is a AAA Four Diamond property owned by the same people, Rick [...]

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The Sagamore

The Sagamore

Posted Monday, June 5, 2017
Bolton Landing, New York

THE RESORT
There are so few “grand” resorts left that harken back to another time. No modern, glitzy resort can match the charm and elegance of these old world gems. While the Sagamore retains that treasured history, it is a fully contemporary property with [...]

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1770 House, East Hampton

1770 house

Posted Monday, May 22, 2017

1770 House is a magnificently restored 200 year old white clapboard inn with black shutters, a white picket fence and lush gardens located in the heart of all the activity in East Hampton. An acclaimed restaurant, a cozy pub and luxurious rooms make this a [...]

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The Pitcher Inn, Warren, Vermont

Pitcher Inn

Posted Monday, May 1, 2017

Warren, Vermont
THE INN: About 30-45 minutes south of Stowe on Rt. 100 is the picturesque little hamlet of Warren, Vermont, just outside the Sugarbush ski area. With a covered bridge and authentic general store, it is the quintessential Vermont village. After the original 1800’s building burned [...]

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Newport in the Spring

Newport Beach

Posted Monday, April 17, 2017

Newport, Rhode Island is a charming old seaport peninsula surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean on the east, Rhode Island Sound to the south and the Newport Harbor on the west.

Once the summer playground of the Astors, Vanderbilts, Belmonts and other wealthy American families, Newport was [...]

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The Hamptons

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Posted Monday, March 6, 2017

At the far eastern end of  Long Island the Expressway (Rt.495) ends and the road splits, winding around Great Peconic Bay, going north and south. To the North is called the North Fork, to the south The Hamptons. Like many siblings the areas couldn’t be more [...]

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Washington DC

Washington-DC

Posted Monday, February 20, 2017

Washington has been the backdrop for some of the country’s proudest and saddest moments; John Kennedy’s inauguration, the Cuban missile crisis, the Civil Rights movement, the Kennedy and Reagan funerals, Watergate, the Iraq wars, the Clinton sex scandal, the man on the moon, the Mideast Peace [...]

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Whirlwind NYC

Hotel Edison

Posted Monday, February 6, 2017

Every now and then I like to spend a couple of days in NYC trying hotels and restaurants I haven’t been to before.

On this trip we found a remarkable hotel in the heart of the theater district, just steps from Times Square and close to Radio [...]

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Public Chicago

Public

Posted Monday, January 16, 2017

We were big fans of the Ambassador East hotel in Chicago. The stately building was located in a residential neighborhood on the Gold Coast and was home to the iconic “Pump Room”, long a haven for celebrities and sports figures. The Pump Room boasted the infamous [...]

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Sunset Key Cottages – Key West

sunset-key

Posted Monday, January 9, 2017

Few choices are better for a truly special occasion than the Sunset Key Cottages located on a private 27 acre tropical island, just a 10 minute boat ride from the heart of Key West. The exquisite cottages, which make up about a quarter of [...]

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The Pillars – Ft. Lauderdale

the Pillars

Posted Monday, January 2, 2017

THE HOTEL: The Pillars is a wonderful secret…even their neighbors above hadn’t heard of them, and hopefully it will stay that way for awhile. This small intimate little gem of only 18 rooms and 5 suites is a romantic hideaway for adults sitting right on [...]

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Willows Lodge

willows

Posted Monday, December 19, 2016

Woodinville, WA

OVERVIEW
Willows Lodge is a terrific weekend getaway located next to the Sammamish River in the heart of Western Washington’s wine country, just 30 minutes from Seattle. With a climate similar to France, the eastern part of Washington State has become one of the top [...]

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The Exquisite Charlotte Inn

charlotte-inn

Posted Monday, November 28, 2016

If I only had one more day on this fine earth, I just might want to spend it at the Charlotte Inn. This is a magnificent inn with museum quality antiques and oil paintings that still manages to be one of the most comfortable [...]

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Cavallo Point

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Posted Monday, November 14, 2016

Address: 601 Murray Circle, Sausalito, CA
Phone: 888-651-2003
Web Address: http://www.cavallopoint.com

THE RESORT:
Leave it to the government to appropriate a setting so amazing, but that’s what happened at Fort Baker, an army post created in 1866 for the defense of the San Francisco Bay. Located at the base [...]

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Inn at Thorn Hill & Spa

thorn-hill

Posted Monday, November 7, 2016

Address: Thorn Hill Road
Phone: 800-289-8990

Jackson Village, NH

THE INN:
Usually the same names tend to pop up on the “best” lists, but every now and then someone new emerges and that is how the Inn at Thorn Hill caught our attention. A few years ago Travel & [...]

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Royal Blues Boutique Hotel

royal-blue

Posted Monday, October 31, 2016

We are always so impressed when a new hotel or restaurant opens and it is clear that the owners have put a lot of thought into their new venture. Such is the case of the Royal Blues hotel in Deerfield Beach Florida, a stunning 12 room [...]

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Stephanie Inn

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Posted Monday, October 17, 2016

Cannon Beach

OVERVIEW
Just an hour and a half from Portland, the oceanfront Stephanie Inn in Cannon Beach offers spectacular views of majestic Haystack Rock, the Pacific Ocean and the Oregon Coast. Excellent accommodations and dining and exceptional service make this a favorite getaway for Northwest travelers.

THE [...]

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Deer Hill Inn

deer-hill

Posted Monday, October 10, 2016

West Dover, Vermont

THE INN:The delightful Deer Hill Inn oozes Vermont charm. It reminds me of the inns in the old holiday movies with Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye. Wonderfully, cozy public rooms beckon with comfortable chairs, bookshelves, fireplaces and mountain views. Spectacular gardens brimming with [...]

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Fall Foliage at Hotel Fauchere

hotel-fauchere

Posted Monday, September 26, 2016

OVERVIEW
Hotel Fauchere in Milford, Pa has a rich history and has entertained guests from Babe Ruth to Mae West to Robert Frost to three U.S. Presidents. Founded in 1852, by Delmonico’s master chef Louis Fauchère, the Hotel Fauchère was operated by the Fauchère family for [...]

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Gurney’s Montauk Inn & Seawater Spa

gurneys

Posted Monday, September 12, 2016

If we are to believe the New York newspapers, the Hamptons are filled with self-indulgent models, celebrities and wannabees on a trek to see and be seen. I guess for about 8 weeks in July and August, that’s probably true. In that time frame, people pay [...]

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National Parks Mark 100 Years

Smoky-Mountains-National-Park

Posted Monday, August 28, 2016

From USA Today

August marks the 100th year of the country’s National Park Service which today oversees more than 400 parks and historic sites. here’s a list of the “best of” for the National Parks:

Best Guided Cave Tours: Mammoth Cove National park, Kentucky
Best Parks for Families: Haleakala [...]

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The Charles Hotel in Cambridge

The Charles Hotel

Posted Monday, August 22, 2016

Called the most European of American cities, Boston is an exciting contemporary city steeped in history, but keeping pace with the rush of modern times. History, culture, fine dining, shopping, sports and outdoor activities combine to make this a destination worthy of any special weekend. Sleek [...]

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Mountain View Grand Resort

Mountain View Grand

Posted Monday, August 15, 2016

The year was 1865. The Civil War was ending, Lincoln had been assassinated and the Mountain View Grand Resort was built in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. The property began as the family farm of William and Mary Jane Dodge and originally called Mountain View [...]

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Ritz Carlton Philadelphia Transformed

Ritz Philly

Posted Monday, July 11, 2016

The Ritz Carlton brand is one of our favorites and The Ritz Carlton, Philadelphia has just completed a $25 million redesign which has restored its place at the top of the lodging options in city. Originally built as a reproduction of the Pantheon when it [...]

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Escape to the Cape

Ocean Edge

Posted Monday, June 27, 2016

Ocean’s Edge Resort & Golf Club in Brewster, MA began as a private residence in 1890, burned to the ground in 1906 and was rebuilt in 1912 to a grand home that included 16 rooms.  All main bedrooms were outfitted with Italian marble fireplaces, individual [...]

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Father’s Day Escapes

ritz carlton FL

Posted Monday, June 13, 2016

Our friends at J Public Relations have passed along these great Father’s Day escapes:

Cheeca Lodge & Spa | Islamorada, FL

Set on 27-acres in the “Sportfishing Capital of the World” Cheeca Lodge & Spa is offering special “intro to fly-casting” classes for Father’s Day led by local Captain Bou [...]

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Woodstock Inn & Resort

Woodstock inn

Posted Monday, May 23, 2016

By Jim Flynn
BestWeekends.com

We do a lot of research before we visit a property so when we finally make a trip, we know the property is going to be special. Sometimes, the property exceeds even our expectations and that was the case this week on our visit [...]

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Luxury in Amish Country

leola

Posted Monday, May 16, 2016

Visiting Lancaster County, Pennsylvania is an opportunity to step back in time. “Known for its extensive Amish population, the farmlands of the Pennsylvania Dutch Country are among the most productive in the nation. But many of the farmers here are different from most Americans; different by [...]

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The Allison Inn & Spa

The Allison

Posted Monday May 9, 2016

Newberg, Oregon
Our “Relaxing Retreats” are usually small, intimate properties with unparalleled accommodations, dining and service. Except for its size at 85 rooms, The Allison Inn & Spa fits quite nicely in this group of the finest properties we have visited. Privately owned by the Austin [...]

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The Inn at Little Washington

Inn at Little Washington

Posted Monday, May 2, 2016

In the late 70’s Reinhardt Lynch and Patrick O’Connell had a successful catering business but dreamed of creating the perfect inn and restaurant. They found an old gas station in the sleepy little village of Washington, Virginia nestled between the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Shenandoah [...]

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Willows Lodge

Willows

Posted Monday, April 11, 2016

OVERVIEW
Willows Lodge is a terrific weekend getaway located next to the Sammamish River in the heart of Western Washington’s wine country, just 30 minutes from Seattle. With a climate similar to France, the eastern part of Washington State has become one of the top wine-producing [...]

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Family Fun on Nantucket

Nantucket

Posted Monday, April 4, 2016

About 30 miles off the coast of Massachusetts sits the magical island of Nantucket, unmatched in its beauty and charm. Once the whaling capital of the world, Nantucket is 14 miles long and 3.5 miles wide and has a charm like few other places; cobblestone streets [...]

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Port d’Hiver

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Posted Monday, March 14, 2016

Address: 201 Ocean Avenue, Melbourne Beach, FL
Phone: 866-621-7678
Web Address: http://www.portdiver.com

THE INN:
The wind is blowing, temperatures are frigid and the snow falling. You’re daydreaming about sitting on a beach with the warm sun in your face and a cocktail in your hand. We have the perfect place, [...]

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Chesterfield Inn – New Hampshire

Chesterfield Inn

Posted Monday, March 7, 2016

West Chesterfield, New Hampshire

THE INN:
Perched on a hill overlooking a pond in the front and a field of wildflowers in the back, The Chesterfield Inn is the ideal place to serve as your base when visiting southern Vermont and New Hampshire. Located just over the [...]

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Mansion on Turtle Creek

Mansion on Turtle Creek

Posted Monday, February 29, 2016

Address: 2821 Turtle Creek Blvd.
Phone: 214-559-2100
Web Address: http://www. mansiononturtlecreek.com
Dallas, Texas

THE HOTEL:
The Mansion is our first foray into an “urban escape” and we couldn’t have asked for a better place to start. This is a marvelous retreat that merits a trip even from places outside local driving [...]

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Top of the Bucket List – The Point Resort

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Posted Monday, February 22, 2016

Imagine having a wealthy friend who purchases one of the Great Camps in the Adirondacks, decorates it exquisitely, hires a world class chef, outfits it with every possible recreational amenity and then invites you and some other interesting people for the weekend….that my friends, is The [...]

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Ritz Carlton – Ft. Lauderdale

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Posted Monday, February 15, 2016

You expect a 5 star property to have great rooms, dining and public spaces and the Ritz Carlton Ft Lauderdale has all three. Sitting right across the street from the ocean, with spectacular views, the setting couldn’t be more perfect for a weekend retreat. But [...]

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Casa Madrona

Casa Madrona

Posted Monday, February 1, 2016

San Francisco is one of the country’s favorite destinations and one of the few where some of our favorite accommodations are just outside the city limits. We have long been fans of Sausilito, just across the Bay from the city. Cavallo Point was one of our [...]

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Stephanie Inn, Cannon Beach, Oregon

Stephanie Inn

Posted Monday, January 25, 2016

Cannon Beach
OVERVIEW
Just an hour and a half from Portland, the oceanfront Stephanie Inn in Cannon Beach offers spectacular views of majestic Haystack Rock, the Pacific Ocean and the Oregon Coast. Excellent accommodations and dining and exceptional service make this a favorite getaway for Northwest travelers.THE [...]

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Embassy Row Hotel, Washington, DC

Embassy Bedroom

Posted Monday, January 18, 2016

It’s always great to find a first class, moderately priced hotel in a major city as we did last weekend in Washington, DC. The Embassy Row Hotel, located in the heart of the vibrant Dupont Circle area, is the perfect base for a weekend of [...]

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Little Palm Island

Little Palm

Posted Monday, January 4, 2016

I went looking for Paradise…..and I found it on a small island in the Florida Keys. Among the many wonderful and romantic places we have visited, Little Palm Island stands out as one of the most romantic. Private and secluded with ample opportunity to be [...]

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Mirror Lake Inn

mirror lake inn

Posted Monday, December 21, 2015

Some places are just so comfortable and welcoming, you know from the start that you will keep coming back. Mirror Lake is one of those places. It is a delightful place to stay in any season, but it becomes truly magical at Christmas when all [...]

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La Samanna – French West Indies

la samanna

Posted Monday, December 14, 2015

The island of St Martin/Sit Maarten is shared by the French at the northern end and the Dutch at the southern end. It is 34 square miles in size and is nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, offering over 37 white sand beaches. [...]

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The Village Inn at Woodstock

Village Inn

Posted Monday, December 7, 2015

THE INN:
Woodstock Vermont is what everyone envisions a charming Vermont town to be. There’s a village green, a covered bridge, stately circa 1800 Colonial homes, a river running through the town, beautiful mountain views and nice, friendly people, all of whom to seem know each other. [...]

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Salish Lodge, a Washington Retreat

Salish Lodge

Posted Monday, November 30, 2015

OVERVIEW
Few major cities enjoy such a delightful weekend retreat just 30 minutes from the hustle and bustle of downtown. Built in 1916 as The Snoqualmie Falls Lodge, the Inn became famous for its country breakfasts which it still is today. The Lodge was completely [...]

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Nick’s Cove and Cottages

nick's

Posted Monday, November 23, 2015

Marshall, California

THE COTTAGES:
The 1 ½ drive to Nick’s from San Francisco is worth the trip alone as you make your way up the coast though redwood forests, on winding mountain roads with more hairpin turns than you’ve ever experienced and beside green pastures with [...]

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Deer Hill Inn – Vermont

Deer Hill

Posted Monday, November 16, 2015

THE INN:The delightful Deer Hill Inn oozes Vermont charm. It reminds me of the inns in the old holiday movies with Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye. Wonderfully, cozy public rooms beckon with comfortable chairs, bookshelves, fireplaces and mountain views. Spectacular gardens brimming with flowers dot [...]

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Hotel Fauchere

Hotel Fauchere

Posted Monday, November 9, 2015

Milford, Pa

THE HOTEL
One of the great things about Relais & Chateau properties is that they offer an oasis of style and luxury found in few other places. As a new member of that group, Hotel Fauchere carries on that tradition in grand form.

The hotel has a [...]

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Meadowood in Napa

Meadowood

Posted Monday, November 2, 2015

OVERVIEW
“In 1979 H. William Harlan was searching for land on which to create a wine estate when he was introduced to Meadowood, which had been founded in 1964 as a private country club. The property wasn’t ideally suited to grape growing, but Mr. Harlan was intrigued [...]

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Cheeca Lodge – Isalmorada

Cheeca

Posted Monday, October 26, 2015

About halfway between Miami and Key West in Islamorada is a wonderful resort called the Cheeca Lodge & Spa. It’s George Bush the 1st’s favorite place in Florida. (at least I think so because there are pictures of him everywhere and there is a George [...]

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Hope & Glory

Hope & Glory

Posted Monday, October 19, 2015

Every now and then we encounter the “perfect storm” for our business, that time when location, accommodations, people and food come together to create a magical experience. Such was the case when we visited the idyllic town of Irvington, Virginia (673 residents) on the western shore [...]

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The Grand Del Mar – San Diego

Grand Del Mar

Posted Monday, October 12, 2015

OVERVIEW
This magnificent 249-room luxury San Diego resort captures the elegance and comfort of an old-world Mediterranean estate with an enviable Southern California locale. Its design honors the indelible style of visionary architect Addison Mizner (1872 – 1933) who drew his inspiration from Spain’s palaces, France’s sun-washed [...]

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Southern California’s Best – Rancho Valencia

Rancho Valencia

Posted Monday, October 5, 2015

As the song says, “It never rains in California….” We enjoyed 6 days of beautiful sunshine on our recent trip to San Diego. In fact, they told us they had not had any significant rainfall in 22 months! No wonder they are plagued with wildfires.

Our base [...]

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Enjoy the Foliage at Stowe Meadows

Stowe Meadows

Posted Monday, September 28, 2015

Elmore is a few miles outside of Stowe and the drive to Stowe Meadows takes you up the mountain and through the woods, but you’ll be rewarded for the trek with a gorgeous luxury B&B with stunning mountain views and owners who couldn’t be more [...]

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Captain Lord Mansion – Kennebunkport, Maine

Captain Lord

Posted Monday, September 21, 2015

THE INN:
The Captain Lord Mansion, is one of the best B&B’s we have encountered in our travels. But don’t let the term “B&B” dissuade you, because this place is much more than that. This is a AAA Four Diamond property owned by the same [...]

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Wonderful Mid-Week Escape

Antrim

Posted Monday, September 7, 2015

Antrim 1844 Country House Hotel
antrim1844.com
410.756.6812

Set in the hills of Maryland and not far from Gettysburg, Antrim 1844 Country House is one of our favorite retreats. Now with the leaves beginning to turn and the air getting cooler, Antrim is an ideal place to slip away for [...]

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The Chesterfield Inn

Chesterfield Inn

Posted Monday, August 24, 2015

THE INN:
Perched on a hill overlooking a pond in the front and a field of wildflowers in the back, The Chesterfield Inn is the ideal place to serve as your base when visiting southern Vermont and New Hampshire. Located just over the border from Brattleboro, [...]

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Windham Hill Inn

Windham Hill Inn

Posted Monday, August 17, 2015

Address: 311 Lawrence Drive, West Townsend, Vermont
Phone: 800-944-4080
Web Address: http://www.windhamhill.com

THE INN
As I sat in an Adirondack chair with a cup of coffee and gazed at the morning mist traveling across the distant mountains, I realized it would be impossible to come to Windham Hill and [...]

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Edson Hill Manor

Edson Hill Chairs

Posted Monday, August 10, 2015

Make-overs are popular today, on the web and in magazines. People love the “before” and “after” shots, I think because of our innate appreciation of “second chances”.

Edson Hill Manor in Stowe, Vermont has always been the quintessential Vermont inn; cozy, fireplaces roaring, pine paneled walls and [...]

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Blantyre: Berkshire Luxury

Blantyre

Posted Monday, July 27, 2015

In 1902 Robert Paterson built Blantyre www.blantyre.com, as a model of his mother’s ancestral estate in Blantyre, Scotland. Complete with towers, turrets and gargoyles and draped in ivy, the grand property served as the family’s summer and fall retreat where they entertained frequently in a [...]

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Napa Valley – A Wine Mecca

Chateau Montelena

Posted Monday, July20, 2015

Destination Overview
The Napa Valley is one of the premier wine producing regions in the world with over 400 wineries. Warm days and cool nights are particularly conducive to the production of world class wines. Despite its reputation and reams of press about it, the valley maintains its [...]

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Rabbit Hill Inn

Rabbit Hill Inn

Posted Monday, July 13, 2015

Address:
48 Lower Waterford Road
Phone: 800-762-8669
Web Address: http://www.rabbithillinn.com

Lower Waterford, Vermont

THE INN: There is so much to like about the 200+ year old Rabbit Hill Inn in northeastern Vermont that it is hard to know where to begin. The best place, I guess, is with the [...]

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The Ivy – Baltimore’s First Luxury Boutique Hotel

The Ivy Exterior

Posted Monday, June 22, 2015

Baltimore as a weekend destination has much to offer; the Inner Harbor area with its dining and shopping attractions , Camden Yards and the Baltimore Orioles, the football Ravens, historical venues and a vibrant cultural scene.  But until recently, it has lacked world class accommodations that [...]

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The Bellmoor Inn – Rehoboth

Bellmoor

Posted Monday, June 15, 2015

Seasonal beach towns are not usually known for great accommodations, but the Bellmoor Inn in Rehoboth is so special, it is worth the trip at any time of year. In fact, our trip in April, provided the perfect “Quick Escape” from the dreariness of an [...]

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Manor on Golden Pond

Manor on Golden Pond

Posted Monday, June 8, 2015

Address: Rt. 3, Holderness, New Hampshire
Phone: 800-545-2141
Web Address: http://www.manorongoldenpond.com

THE INN:
Like many, the movie, “On Golden Pond” is one of my favorites and this is where it was filmed. The area is as beautiful as you remember it from the film. A boat tour will allow you [...]

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Topping Rose House

TOPPING ROUSE HOUSE

Posted Monday, June 1, 2015

The Hamptons have not been known for having a lot of lodging options. Most people who come here rent or “share” homes. There are some delightful B&B’s and a couple of resorts in Montauk have recently undergone major renovations, but there have been few “full service” [...]

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NYC – Outside

Grand Banks

Posted Monday, May 25, 2015

I don’t know about you, but it was a long winter. It seemed like I had been in the house for months. Lately I’ve been dreaming  about a balmy day in NYC, where the sun is warm, the air smells clean and everything I do is….outside.

Here’s [...]

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Mayflower Grace

Mayflower Grace-2

Posted Monday, May 18, 2015

Sometimes you need to get away to do nothing but relax, curl up with a good book, take a walk, enjoy a glass of wine. The Mayflower Grace is the perfect country retreat to enjoy the ultimate pursuit of leisure. Located just two hours from Manhattan [...]

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A Perfect Family Vacation

chatham bars

Posted Monday, May 11, 2015

Cape Cod is the body of land that extends from Massachusetts into the Atlantic like a beckoning finger.  Its year round population of 200,000+ explodes in the summer as Bostonians seek to escape the city and New Englanders flock to the beaches.  Among the most picturesque [...]

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Monet Inspired Country Inn

Mirbeau Gardens

Posted Tuesday, May 5, 2015

The Mirbeau Inn
851 West Genessee St.
Skaneateles, NY
877-647-2328
www.mirbeau.com

The name “Mirbeau”, which may be loosely translated as “reflected beauty,” is inspired, in part, by the soft light and warm colors of Monet’s paintings. Set on 12 acres just blocks from the lake, Mirbeau was designed to evoke the [...]

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Cruising the California Coast

Cavallo Point

Posted Monday, April 27, 2015

Living in the East, we are used to our relatively flat coastline, so the rugged California coast is a dramatic departure from what we are used to seeing.

Just an hour and a half north of San Francisco, Nick’s Cove and Cottages (www.nickscove)  is a collection [...]

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South Carolina Luxury – Palmetto Bluff

Palmetto

Posted Monday, April 20, 2015

Nestled beside the May River, the Inn at Palmetto Bluff  (www.palmettobluff.com) has become one of the country’s best resorts. Part of the acclaimed Montage Hotel and Resort group, the Inn is built on a 20,000 acre parcel in the Carolina Low Country, just 20 minutes [...]

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Ocean House – Rhode Island

Ocean House

Posted Monday, April 13, 2015

Watch Hill, Rhode Island

OVERVIEW
Perched high on a bluff overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, the Ocean House opened originally in 1868 and became the “summer home” to the rich and famous for 135 years before falling into disrepair and closing in 2003. A group of local sentimental [...]

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Mandarin Oriental – Miami

Mandarin Miami

Posted Monday, March 16, 2015

In our travels for BestWeekends.com, we have stayed in virtually every kind of accommodation; hotels, resorts, inns and B&B’s. In the hotel category, we have stayed in everything from a Holiday Inn to Ritz Carltons, to Trump Hotels, to Waldorf Astoria properties to St. Moritz hotels [...]

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Ritz Carlton Key Biscayne, Miami

Ritz Key Biscayne

Posted Monday, March 9, 2015

Minutes from Miami by car, but light years away in temperament, Key Biscayne is a delightful low key island tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the big city. The island is probably best known as the Southern White House during the Nixon administration, but [...]

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Blantyre – Berkshire Luxury

Blantyre

Posted Monday, March 2, 2015

Lenox, Massacusetts

In 1902 Robert Paterson built Blantyre as a model of his mother’s ancestral estate in Blantyre, Scotland. Complete with towers, turrets and gargoyles, the grand property served as the family’s summer and fall retreat where they entertained frequently in a lavish style befitting the [...]

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New Hope Re-Visited

New Hope

Posted Monday, February 23, 2015

There are few places within an hour from the Jersey Shore to enjoy a romantic weekend away other than big cities like New York or Philadelphia. But there is a wonderful and oddly, little known destination; New Hope Pa and Lambertville, NJ. that offers a wonderful [...]

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Washington DC Re-Visited

Jefferson hotel

Posted Monday, February 16, 2015

The majestic government buildings, the inspiring monuments and the beautiful town homes of Georgetown make Washington DC one of the nation’s most beautiful cities. It is a wonderful weekend destination because there is so much to see, the accommodation options are excellent and the restaurants are [...]

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The Little Nell

The Little Nell

Posted Monday, February 2, 2015

OVERVIEW
Aspen is a wonderfully designed village with most everything contained in a 5-6 block radius. They have preserved the old buildings and blended in new ones seamlessly. Reminds me of East Hampton, NY, great design, galleries, tony shops, restaurants and bars. While most think of Aspen [...]

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Sunset Key Cottages-Key West

Sunset Key

Posted Monday, January 26, 2015

As I sit here awaiting the first major snowstorm of the year my thoughts take me to Key West…..

Few choices are better for a truly special occasion than the Sunset Key Cottages located on a private 27 acre tropical island, just a [...]

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Family Fun in the Florida Keys

Hawks Cay

Posted Monday, January 19, 2015

Address: 61 Hawks Cay Boulevard
Phone: 888-395-5539
Web Address: www.hawkscay.com

Duck Key

THE RESORT:
Hawk’s Cay is a 60 acre AAA Four Diamond resort, located on the island of Duck Key about halfway down the Florida Keys. It offers one of the best values we have seen for family vacations. [...]

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Windham Hill

Windham Hill Inn

Posted Monday, January 12, 2015

Address: 311 Lawrence Drive, West Townsend, Vermont
Phone: 800-944-4080
Web Address: http://www.windhamhill.com

THE INN
As I sat in an Adirondack chair with a cup of coffee and gazed at the morning mist traveling across the distant mountains, I realized it would be impossible to come to Windham Hill and [...]

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Waldorf Astoria-Chicago

Waldorf Chicago

Posted, Monday, January 5, 2015

It is not often that a new hotel enters a major city and takes it by storm… almost immediately. This is particularly true in Chicago which boasts some of the best hotels in the country. But that is what has happened with the Waldorf Astoria [...]

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Royal Palms Resort & Spa

Royal Palms

Posted Monday, December 29, 2014

Royal Palms Resort & Spa
5200 Camelback Road
Camelback, AZ
800.672.6011

THE INN:
Living in the East, the primary option in this country for warm weather in the winter is Florida. A two hour flight and you are soaking up the rays. But Florida has become very built up and crowded. [...]

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Gurney’s Montauk Resort & Seawater Spa

gurneys

Posted Monday, December 22, 2014

Montauk is a delightful little beach town at the eastern tip of Long island. It’s got great beaches, world class deep sea fishing, excellent golf (Montauk Downs) and fantastic restaurants. The recent renovation of the Montauk Yacht Club and now Gurney’s has provided the area with [...]

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Whiteface Lodge

Whiteface Lodge

Posted Monday, December 15, 2014

Developer Joe Barile set out to recreate the grandeur of the great Adirondack camps, but with a modern touch to it and he has certainly succeeded. The Whiteface Lodge is a magnificent facility destined to take its place along with other great US resorts. Established [...]

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Luxury Relaxation in Connecticut

Mayflower Grace

Posted Monday, December 1, 2014

Washington, Connecticut
Sometimes you need to get away to do nothing but relax, curl up with a good book, take a walk, enjoy a glass of wine. The Mayflower Grace is the perfect country retreat to enjoy the ultimate pursuit of leisure. Located just two hours [...]

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France in the Virginia Countryside

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Posted Monday, November 24, 2014

L’Auberge Provancale
Address:
13630 Lord Fairfax Highway
Phone: 800-638-1702
Web Address: http://www.laubergeprovencale.com

In the rolling countryside of Northern Virginia sits an absolutely charming French country inn,L’Auberge Provencale that seems to have been plucked from Provence and set down here. Just an hour and a half from Washington, the Inn [...]

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Woolverton Inn

woolverton

Posted Monday, November 17, 2014\

Lambertville, New Jersey

High on a hill surrounded by 300 acres of spectacular countryside, the circa 1792 stone Woolverton Inn offers THE ultimate bucolic retreat from your everyday life. Sheep grazing in the meadow, deer prancing across the field, the scent of freshly mown [...]

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Get Away Before the Day

Newport Beach

Posted Monday, October 27, 2014

Feeling the need to get away before the Holidays? Look no further than Newport, Rhode Island, just three hours from the Jersey Shore.

The Newport Hotel and Suites is one of the best values I have seen in a long time. Ideally located across the street [...]

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Holidays at Mirror Lake Inn

mirror lake inn

Posted Monday, November 3, 2014

Some places are just so comfortable and welcoming, you know from the start that you will keep coming back. Mirror Lake (Lake Placid, NY)  is one of those places. It is a delightful place to stay in any season, but it becomes truly magical when all [...]

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Bucket List: Nantucket- A Weekend with Elin Hilderbrand

Elin

Posted Monday, October 27, 2014

For fans of Nantucket or Elin Hilderbrand’s novels about Nantucket, this is a great trip.

The Nantucket Hotel & Resort
January 16-18, 2015

Highlights:
Spend a weekend with author Elin Hilderbrand on her island of Nantucket. Enjoy a private tour of the island with Elin showcasing many of the [...]

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Vermont Luxury-Topnotch Resort

The Roost

Posted Monday, October 20, 2014

When the Stowe Mountain Lodge opened a few years back, the existing properties in town were forced to raise their game and few have done it better than The Topnotch Resort & Spa. A summer of 2013 renovation introduced a new entryway, lobby and lobby [...]

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Upper East Side-The Surrey

Roof Garden

Posted Monday, October 13, 2014

We’re big fans of the Upper East Side in NYC. Elegant hotels, top restaurants and shopping, close proximity to the Park and little of the glitz and grime you find in other parts of the City. A recent visit took us to The Surrey, the only [...]

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Antrim 1844

Antrim

Posted Monday, October 6, 2014
THE INN:
Built in 1844 by Col. Andrew Ege, an immigrant from Country Antrim, Ireland, the home and property, then comprised of several out buildings on a site of approximately 2500 acres, was named after the county of his wife’s birthplace in Ireland.  The property changed [...]

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Inn at Perry Cabin

inn at perry cabin

Posted Monday, September 22, 2014

Movie buffs will recognize the Inn at Perry Cabin, www.perrycabin.com, as the site of the wedding in the film “Wedding Crashers” with Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn. To others it is a cozy weekend retreat in the delightful Eastern Shore town of St, Michaels on [...]

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Inn at Thorn Hill & Spa

Thorn Hill

Posted Monday, September 15, 2014

Address: Thorn Hill Road, Jackson Village, NH
Phone: 800-289-8990
Web Address: http://www.innatthornhill.com

THE INN:
Usually the same names tend to pop up on the “best” lists, but every now and then someone new emerges and that is how the Inn at Thorn Hill caught our attention. A few years [...]

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Port d’Hiver, Melbourne Beach Florida

Port d'Hiver

Posted Monday, September 8, 2014

Melbourne Beach, Florida

THE INN:
The wind is blowing, temperatures are frigid and the snow falling. You’re daydreaming about sitting on a beach with the warm sun in your face and a cocktail in your hand. We have the perfect place, Port d’Hiver in Melbourne Beach, Florida. [...]

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Fall Foliage in Vermont

Vermont Foliage

Posted Monday, September 1, 2014

Fall foliage peaks begin around September 24 in Vermont and end in late October, early November in the Carolinas. But to us, there is no better place to enjoy the leaves than Vermont.

For the active traveler, Vermont is a wonderful place to hike and bike, to [...]

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The Pillars

the Pillars

Posted Monday, August 25, 2014

Fort Lauderdale

THE HOTEL: The Pillars is a wonderful secret…even their neighbors above hadn’t heard of them, and hopefully it will stay that way for awhile. This small intimate little gem of only 18 rooms and 5 suites is a romantic hideaway for adults sitting right [...]

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The Bellmoor Inn-Delaware

The Bellmoor Inn

Posted Monday, August 18, 2014

There is something oddly romantic about a nearly deserted beach town in the winter. In season, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware is a bustling seaside resort overflowing with vacationers, but off-season, the pace slows and its real charm shows through. Casually browse the shops in town, stroll the [...]

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Twin Farms

Twin Farms

Posted Monday, August 11, 2014

Barnard, Vermont
Set on 300 acres of rolling hills in the heart of Vermont and the Green Mountains,the all-inclusive Twin Farms is one of the most magnificent properties you will find anywhere. The Relais & Chateau property and Forbes 5 star award winner combines a marvelous [...]

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Idyllic Vermont-The Pitcher Inn

Pitcher Inn

Posted Monday, August 4, 2014

About 30-45 minutes south of Stowe on Rt. 100 is the picturesque little hamlet of Warren, Vermont, just outside the Sugarbush ski area. With a covered bridge and authentic general store, it is the quintessential Vermont village. After the original 1800’s building burned to the ground [...]

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Connecticut Luxury

Rock Hall

Posted Monday, July 28, 2014

Colebrook, CT

THE PROPERTY:
One of the great pleasures about what we do is finding largely undiscovered properties. Rock Hall, open just since 2008, is ideally located in the Litchfield Hills of Connecticut in the Southern Berkshires and is equally convenient from NYC, Boston, Albany and anything [...]

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On Golden Pond

Manor on Golden Pond

Posted Monday, July 21, 2014

Holderness
THE INN:
Like many, the movie, “On Golden Pond” is one of my favorites and this is where it was filmed. The area is as beautiful as you remember it from the film. A boat tour will allow you to revisit the settings for many of the [...]

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Rabbit Hill Inn

Rabbit Hill Inn

Posted Monday, July 14, 2014

Lower Waterford, Vermont

THE INN: There is so much to like about the 200+ year old Rabbit Hill Inn in northeastern Vermont that it is hard to know where to begin. The best place, I guess, is with the innkeepers who after 15 years still enjoy [...]

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The Lodge at Glendorn

Glendorn Cabin

Posted Monday, July 7, 2014

Sometimes we encounter a property so extraordinary; we can’t wait to tell everyone about it. Such is the case of our trip this week to The Lodge at Glendorn.  Built in 1929 by the Dorn Family and used as a retreat for family and friends The [...]

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Virginia Hotel, Cape May NJ

Virginia Hotel

Posted Monday, June 30, 2014

25 Jackson Street, Cape May, NJ
800-732-4236
www.virginiahotel.com

I am a big fan of Cape May, NJ, a wonderful little seaside resort town at the southern tip of the state that is a great weekend destination at any time of the year. It wasn’t until recently, however, that we [...]

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Summer in the Green Mountains

Stowe Meadows

Posted Monday, June 23, 2014

Nestled in the valley between the Green Mountains on the west and the Hogback Mountains on the east, lies the picturesque village of Stowe, Vermont. The quintessential Currier & Ives Vermont town with its white church steeple, covered bridge and magnificent mountain views is the perfect [...]

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Upstate Oasis-Glenmere Mansion

Glenmere Mansion

Posted Monday, June 16, 2014

Glenmere Mansion, is a 150 acre estate in the lower Hudson Valley of New York. Once the Gilded Age retreat of the Goelet family, a $30 million renovation has transformed the property into a magnificent country home and one of the finest small hotels in [...]

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Return to Nantucket

Cottage

Posted Monday, June 2, 2014

We talked about Nantucket earlier in the year, but since we are here for the next week, we thought we would re-visit this island paradise. With all the traveling we do, this is the place we return to each year. It is an idyllic refuge that [...]

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Escape to the Pennsylvania Countryside

Glasbern

Posted Monday, May 26, 2014

Just outside Allentown Pennsylvania and under 2 hours from New York and Philadelphia, Glasbern was an old run-down farm from the 1800′s when the current owners purchased it in 1985. Seven of the original farm buildings have been restored and converted to luxury accommodations. The [...]

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Visiting Napa Valley

Spring Mountain

Posted Monday, May 19, 2014

Stunning landscape, world class wineries, exceptional food and unique lodging make the Napa Valley one of the country’s favorite destinations. Stretching from the town of Napa in the south to Calistoga in the north, the 26 mile valley has 15 wine appellations and 450 wineries.

The [...]

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Exploring the Pacific Northwest

Salish Lodge

Posted Monday, May 12, 2014

The Pacific Northwest is a wonderful wine country alternative to Napa and Sonoma, producing some of the best wines in the country. Here’s some of our favorites;

Built in 1916 as The Snoqualmie Falls Lodge, the Lodge became the Salish Lodge in 1988, added a wonderful [...]

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The City by the Bay

San Francisco

Posted Monday, May 5, 2014

Talk to anyone who has been to San Francisco and more than likely they’ll rank it as one of their favorite cities. Travelers from around the world fall in love with its stunning views of the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz, its hilly topography, its cable [...]

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The Inn at Little Washington

Inn at Little Washington

Posted Monday, April 28, 2014

You can’t consider yourself a true “Foodie” until you’ve made the trek to the mecca of U.S. inns and restaurants. In the late 70’s Reinhardt Lynch and Patrick O’Connell had a successful catering business but dreamed of creating the perfect inn and restaurant. They found an [...]

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America’s Favorite Little City

Charleston 14

Posted Monday, April 21, 2014

Charleston is that rare southern city that has retained the charm of its past while reinventing itself for the new millennium. It is also one of those great walking around cities where you can discover something interesting down every alley and around every corner. The city [...]

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Chicago – No Second City

Chicago

Posted Monday, April 14, 2014

Chicago is no “Second City” when it comes to a terrific weekend destinations. You’ll find world class accommodations and dining, one of the best art museums in the world, the Cubs and Wrigley Field, Navy Pier, and in the Magnificent Mile, one of the best shopping [...]

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More Quick Escapes From the Jersey Shore

Glasbern

Posted Monday, April 7, 2014

Quick Escapes are ideal when you need to get away but don’t have a lot of time. Leave on Saturday morning, return on Sunday night. 36 hours is just enough to recharge your batteries.

Just outside Allentown Pennsylvania, The Glasbern Inn, was an old run-down farm [...]

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Family Summer Vacation at Wequassett

Wequasett

Posted Monday, March 31, 2014

Summer is approaching and we’ll soon start thinking about a summer vacation. Here’s a wonderful place for couples or families.

Located on “The Cape” (Cape Cod) on 27 exquisitely landscaped acres overlooking Pleasant Bay, Wequassett (pronounced “we cwoss it”) Resort & Golf Club is a privately [...]

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Off to “The Vineyard”

Vineyard

Posted Monday, March 24, 2014

A short seven miles from the Cape Cod coast and bounded by Vineyard Sound, Nantucket Sound and the Atlantic Ocean sits the beautiful “Vineyard” as it is called by regulars. 20 miles long and 9 miles wide at its widest point, the island is the summer [...]

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Special Occasion Weekends

The Point

Posted Monday, March 17, 2014

Celebrating a special occasion requires a truly special destination. Here are three of our “bucket list” favorites:

The Point, Upper Saranac Lake, NY. In all the years we have been traveling, our 24 hours at The Point remain the most amazing we have experienced. This former [...]

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The Perfect Island

Nantucket

Posted Monday, March 10, 2014

About 30 miles off the coast of Massachusetts sits the magical island of Nantucket, unmatched in its beauty and charm. Cobblestone streets and gas lamps, quaint lanes of cedar shingled cottages, 80+ miles of pristine beaches, ponds, moors and cranberry bogs make the island the perfect [...]

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Quick Escapes from the Jersey Shore

Buttermilk

Posted Monday, March 3, 2014

Sometimes you don’t have a lot of time to get away…but still need a break. We’ve created “Quick Escapes” for just that reason. Leave Saturday morning, arrive in time for lunch and come back Sunday night, refreshed and rejuvenated. Here are the first two of a [...]

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Escape the Winter Blues

Little Palm

Posted Monday, February 24, 2014

As the winter drags on (more snow predicted this week) we begin to think of going somewhere warm where we can renew that summer tan and relax beside a pool or on a beach. Florida offers lots of options from the huge Disney properties to elegant [...]

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The City of Brotherly Love

Rouge

Posted Monday, February17, 2014

Major cities are a great weekend destination at any time of the year. With lots of lodging, dining and activity options, they can cater to virtually any taste. Where New York can be overwhelming, Philadelphia is easy… easy to get to, easy to get around and easy [...]

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A Return to the South: Savannah, Georgia

Savannah

Posted Monday, February 10, 2014

Just two hours south of Charleston, Savannah seems years apart from its neighbor to the north in their leap into the 21st century. While Charleston has charged into the new millennium, Savannah seems content to walk there, at its own pace. A stroll [...]

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Charlottesville-Home of Presidents, Wine and Music

Charlottesville

Posted Monday, February 3, 2014

Nestled in the shadows of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Charlottesville, Virginia is a largely undiscovered destination for weekend travel, yet offers everything you would want for an enjoyable getaway. Best known as the home of the University of Virginia (think ACC sports) and Thomas Jefferson’s beloved [...]

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Bush Summer Home and The Kennebunkport Festival

Hidden

Posted Monday, January 27, 2014

Kennebunkport, on the coast of Maine, was settled in the 1600’s and was known for its ship building expertise. Today, its craftsman are highly sought after for the design and building of quality boats. It is best known, however, as the summer home [...]

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A Tale of Two Cities

New Hope

Posted Monday, January 20, 2014

New Hope, PA and Lambertville, NJ sit on opposite sides of the Delaware River and have very different personalities. New Hope is funky, eccentric and edgy. Lambertville is more sophisticated, conservative and quiet. Walk down the street in New Hope and you’ll see hippies, bikers, gays [...]

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Winter in Stowe

Stowe

Nestled in the valley between the Green Mountains on the west and the Hogback Mountains on the east, lies the picturesque village of Stowe, Vermont. The quintessential Currier & Ives Vermont town with its white church steeple, covered bridge and magnificent mountain views is the perfect weekend getaway. This beautiful [...]

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The Gilded Age-Newport Rhode Island

The Chanler

Newport, Rhode Island is a charming old seaport peninsula surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean on the east, Rhode Island Sound to the south and the Newport Harbor on the west. Once the summer playground of the Astors, Vanderbilts, Belmonts and other wealthy American families, Newport was a symbol of the [...]

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Key West-A Trip to Margaritaville

Key West

Once the base for Caribbean pirates and later home to Ernest Hemingway and Tennessee Williams, Key West, Florida also served as the winter White House for President Truman and the inspiration for the drawings of John James Audubon.

Inhabitants are a colorful blend of eclectic artists, writers and others just escaping [...]

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The Hamptons and The North Fork of Long Island

Baker House

At the far eastern end of  Long Island, the Expressway (Rt.495) ends and the road splits, winding around Great Peconic Bay. To the North is the North Fork, to the south The Hamptons. The North Fork is a rural community with many year round residents and a wine industry that [...]

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A Weekend in Bean Town

Boston

Boston is an exciting contemporary city steeped in history, but keeping pace with the rush of modern times. Unlike some major cities, Boston is “manageable” and doesn’t overwhelm. It is easy to navigate and you can walk to most everything; Charles Street for art galleries, pubs and beautiful brownstones, Newberry [...]

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Lake Placid-Two Time Olympic Host

lake placid lodge

Hard to believe the “Miracle on Ice” was 33 years ago or that this tiny hamlet of 3,000 has hosted two Winter Olympics, 1980 and 1932. Lake Placid today, is a wonderful year-round resort community and is home to the U.S. Winter Olympic team training.

Crystal clear lakes amid the tall [...]

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A Trip To Napa East

Napa East

A trip to the California wine country is on just about everyone’s “wish” list. But you don’t have to invest that much time and money to enjoy the pleasures of good food and wine. “Long Island has the potential to be the East Coast version of the Napa Valley, a [...]

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