Vail, Colorado The Lodge at Vail
Surrounded by the lush White River National Forest, Vail, Colorado, provides all the charm of an alpine village plus the amenities of an international world-class luxury resort. Renowned for its expansive ski terrain, Vail holds impressive reign as the largest ski resort in Colorado and the third largest in the country. Besides world-class winter skiing and snowboarding, there are countless activities to enjoy in Vail during the other seasons of the year, also, whether hiking the nearby Sawatch and Gore mountain ranges, rafting the Colorado River, fly fishing for trout in Gore Creek, bicycling the paths through town, or just taking in the beauty of Vail Valley with a leisurely gondola ride.
Cultural events are just as plentiful in Vail, and include Bravo! Vail, the Vail Jazz Festival, Taste of Vail, the Vail Dance Festival, Vail America Days, Oktoberfest and much more. Set in the cozy confines of Vail Village, The Lodge at Vail offers proximity to cultural attractions, high-end shopping and a wide selection of the town’s restaurants – not to mention that it’s just steps from Gondola One at the ski resort. Soak in the hot tubs of The Lodge at Vail’s Pool One, which is wrapped by fire pits and a full-service bar. Or, enjoy a spa treatment at the 7,500-square-foot RockResorts Spa. Restaurants within The Lodge at Vail include Cucina and award-winning Elway’s Vail. In warmer weather, nearby Red Sky Golf Club is the ideal course to play a round with the Rocky Mountains as a majestic backdrop.
Few luxury resorts in the world can rival all that Vail has to offer, and The Lodge at Vail is the perfect place to take it all in, no matter what time of year.
New York City, New York The SoHo Grand
If there’s any city in the world that needs no introductions, it’s New York. Maybe that familiarity is what prompts us to tag it with so many nicknames – The Big Apple, The Five Boroughs, Gotham, The City So Nice They Named It Twice – we could go on, but then, the city that never sleeps waits on no one!
It is hard to disagree with foreigners who frequently refer to New York as the greatest city in the world. And the Soho Grand Hotel, considered the city’s first boutique hotel and named to Conde Nast Traveler’s Gold List, serves as a luxurious and well-located sanctuary to embark on exploring the all the sights of the city, which can feel as legendary as they are endless: The Statue of Liberty; The Empire State Building; The Metropolitan Museum of Art; One World Trade Center; Greenwich Village; The Guggenheim; Ellis Island; Central Park; Times Square.
From the Soho Grand Hotel, guests also enjoy walking-distance accessibility to famous clubs like the Blue Note, lesser known venues like Zinc, and a host of restaurants, art galleries, quaint shops on cobblestone streets, comedy outlets and the bustling, invigorating energy of the city that locals refer to as the “real New York.”
Coeur d’Alene, ID Coeur d’Alene Resort
Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, offers a distinctive geography carved by the tectonic force of Ice Age glaciers. Today, that translates into an area graced by almost 60 natural lakes, with Lake Couer d’Alene the centerpiece among them. Lake Couer d’Alene offers stunning scenery and attracts anglers, beach lovers, sailing aficionados, fine dining enthusiasts aboard The Buoy Food Boat and those who seek nothing more than the enchantment of a northern Idaho sunset on the water as it reflects the lights of Coeur d’Alene.
Coeur d’Alene serves as the seat of America’s “Inland Empire,” the region bordering the eastern side of the Pacific Northwest that’s set in a basin plateau surround by three mountain ranges. The Coeur d’Alene Resort offers one of the premier golf destinations in the world, highlighted by its recognizable 14th hole floating green. But, set along the shores Lake Couer d’Alene, the luxury resort offers much more than golf. With 18 floors and nearly 340 rooms and suites, Couer d’Alene Resort features its own marina, convention facilities and spa, which is consistently ranked one of the tops spas in the country by Conde Nast Traveler’s. (MSNBC has called it one of the “world’s most romantic spas.”)
Enjoy one of America’s unique geographic regions from the luxury of the “Playground of the Pacific Northwest” -- the Couer d’Alene Resort.
Napa Valley, California Napa Valley Mariott Hotel & Spa
The famous vineyards and rolling hillsides of Napa Valley have made it one of the top choices in the world among travelers looking to unwind and experience the good life.
Take a relaxing and scenic two-hour train ride through the valley (from Yountville to St. Helena) on the Napa Valley Train, which includes a gourmet lunch and vineyard tours. Explore Castello di Amorosa, a 136,000-square-foot, authentically built, Tuscan-style castle and winery set on a hillside above Calistoga at the north end of the valley. Take in the coastline and valley from above with a ride on a hot air balloon.
At the luxurious Marriot Napa Valley Hotel & Spa be sure to take advantage of the full-service spa and expansive swimming pool.
Life moves at a slower pace in the Napa Valley. Soak in the sun, the vineyards and those famous valley vistas, and feel your cares melt away.
Dove Mountain, Arizona The Ritz Carlton
Imagine over 6,000 acres of foothills, canyon panoramas and mountainside accommodations, and you get a fair picture for the beauty of Dove Mountain, Arizona. Add over 80 holes of golf to that picture, a 5-Star Ritz-Carlton resort, along with convenient access to the city of Tucson, and you can see why Dove Mountain has become such a coveted destination.
Set in a verdant valley of the Sonoran Desert, Dove Mountain is a golf-resort town with a climate that invites visitors outdoors. “Travel & Leisure Magazine” named The Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain as the No. 1 Hotel in Arizona and the No. 10 Hotel in the Continental U.S., while Conde Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards rate it as the No. 1 Spa in Arizona and the No. 3 Spa in the country. In its colors and architecture, the design of the resort captures the beauty of the sunrises and sunsets of the Arizonan Southwest. Guests of The Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain enjoy Jack Nicklaus Signature golf courses, luxurious amenities and, despite proximity to both Tucson and Phoenix, an opportunity to experience deep connection to the surrounding natural beauty.
Towering saguaro cacti. Blazing yellow blooms of palo verde trees. The jagged peaks of the Tortolita Mountains. And those Arizona sunsets. It’s enough to make any missed putt quickly empty from memory.
Sea Island, Georgia The Lodge at Sea Island
Pairing southern hospitality with an exceptional stretch of Atlantic coastline, Georgia’s Sea Island owns the distinction of being the only resort in the world to have received four Forbes Five-Star ratings for six consecutive years. Ideal for outdoor enthusiasts and ocean lovers, Sea Island provides miles of private beach area, a Yacht Club, a Beach Club, three championship golf courses, as well as tennis and squash centers.
The Lodge at Sea Island, one of the Forbes Five-Star winners for resorts, is designed on grounds that resemble an English manor. The Atlantic Ocean unravels before you from your balcony, while bonfire cookouts and other group activities stretch across the estate below. The faint playing of a bagpiper signals the end of the day and the beginning of a fun-filled night.
Dining choices in The Lodge at Sea Island range from prime wet and dry-aged steaks at Colt & Alison, to Southern favorites and signature dishes in the Oak Room. After a day at the ocean or on the golf course, unwind at night with a concert or romantic stroll on the grounds of The Lodge. Sea Island awaits with a luxurious and classic coastal lifestyle.
Santa Barbara, California The Santa Barbara Inn
Mountain and ocean lovers both agree on Santa Barbara, California, which boasts an envious setting between the steep Santa Ynez Mountains and a south-facing coastline of the Pacific. Adding to its allure, Santa Barbara’s weather is often described as America’s version of a Mediterranean riviera.
Whether you prefer a day at the beach or a hike in Los Padres National Forest, Santa Barbara offers easy access to both vastly different ecological regions, along with a world-renowned park system that is even more accessible to visitors.
The Santa Barbara Inn, with its majestic Spanish Colonial white walls and red-tiled roofs, overlooks the Pacific. Private balconies offer ocean or mountain views, and the hotel is set within a few minutes’ walk to miles of beaches. Guests also enjoy close proximity to golfing, Santa Cruz Island and the vibrant night life of Los Angeles’.
Whether you are a mountain or ocean person, Santa Barbara will steal your breath with its stunning geographical beauty.
Ludlow, Vermont Castle Hill Resort & Spa
The Vermont town of Ludlow is ski country, but Okemo Mountain Resort, Ludlow’s centerpiece ski area, also offers one of New England’s best golf courses. And with the Green Mountains as backdrop, the train ride from Ludlow to Okemo provides a stunning tour of the area’s fall colors.
In addition to world-class skiing, the area’s ziplines, mountain biking and chair lift rides provide various ways to take in the New England beauty of Ludlow and the surrounding environs. For those who visit to ski and snowboard, Okemo delivers the largest vertical drop in all of Vermont.
In close proximity to Okemo, Castle Hill Resort & Spa blends the classic warmth of colonial New England with luxurious modern amenities. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Castle Hill pampers its guests with cozy but elegant accommodations, magnificent views and a host of relaxing spa treatments.
Discover the charm of New England’s past from the vantage of today’s luxuries in Ludlow, Vermont.
Chicago, Illinois The Langham Chicago
Chicago is America’s middle anchor of culture and commerce, an urban hub that rivals anything the East or West coasts have to offer.
From the comedy of famed Second City, birthplace to multiple Saturday Night Live cast members, to big Broadway productions at the CIBC Theatre, Chicago is one of the country’s most treasured homes to the live theater form -- grab a seat at one of the city’s 200 theaters and experience the unexpected. Sports fans owe themselves a visit to Wrigley Field -- whether they’re Cubs fans or not -- as it is truly an American landmark. From the Gold Coast to the South Shore, Chicago also offers lively beaches along Lake Michigan to soak in the sun and take in the downtown skyline. Some of the best include North Avenue Beach, Oak Street Beach and Rainbow Park.
The Langham Chicago, the city’s newest Forbes Five-Star hotel, provides guests a luxurious haven in the heart of the downtown district. "U.S. News & World Report" lists The Langham No. 1 in their “Best USA Hotels” rankings. Enjoy amenities like the Chuan Spa, the hotel’s health club and its 67-foot-long indoor pool. On-site restaurants include the Travelle Kitchen + Bar and the upscale Langham Supper Club. The Langham is also close to Chicago’s restaurant row on Randolph Street in the West Loop.
From the center of The City of Big Shoulders, The Langham Chicago pampers its guests with luxury and convenience. It’s the perfect setting to take in one of America’s most vibrant cities.
Seattle, Washington Loews Hotel 1000
The unofficial capitol of the Pacific Northwest, Seattle offers experiences few port cities in the world can match. From its isthmus between Puget Sound and Lake Washington, The Emerald City invites visitors take in all the wonders of its vast waters, whether that be whale watching, sailing, deep-sea fishing or just enjoying a meal from the comfort of a seat in Pike Place Market.
Tour the Space Needle and take in the city and nearby Mount Rainier from a vantage more than 600 feet in the air on the observation deck. Explore the massive sculptures and scenic grounds at Chihuly Garden and Glass. Distinctive districts like Queen Anne and Freemont provide visitors with lively cultural attractions, while the neighborhood of Ballard offers authentic Scandinavian ambience in a marina setting.
Outdoor adventurers can arrange a full-day tour though Mount Rainier National Park and experience natural wonders ranging from evergreen forests and flowered meadows to glaciers and roaring waterfalls. City lovers will appreciate the funky kitsch of the Museum of Pop Culture, where interactive exhibits allow visitors to express their inner rock star or feel like a famous Hollywood actor for a day.
And after a day of sightseeing, a luxurious room at Loews Hotel 1000 awaits. With an on-site spa and views to the water, it’s the ideal way to unwind and reflect on the experiences offered by one of the truly great port cities of the world.
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