After a night or 2 there, head east to Newport, Rhode Island, for a taste of the Gilded Age way of life with a stay at the historic Castle Hill Inn. Constructed as the summer season house of biologist and marine biologist Alexander Agassiz, it became a hotel after WWII and hosted Grace Kelly in the 50s. The final stop is Twin Farms in Barnard, Vermont, a sprawling country retreat as soon as owned by author Sinclair Lewis and his other half, Dorothy Thompson.
Picture: Kim Sargent/ Courtesy of GlenmereFamed French chef Daniel Boulud designed this road trip with romance in mind, calling it perfect for empty nesters or a young couple. It starts at a hotel that holds an unique place in his heart: Glenmere Mansion in Chester, New York, where he married his spouse. “What I enjoy most about Glenmere Mansion is the real authentic hospitality that Relais & & Châteaux homes is understood for and the great attention to information in each room,” Boulud tells ADVERTISEMENT. “The estate, set on top of a hill, makes you feel as though you are transported to Tuscany, mixing effectively with the bounty of the Hudson Valley.” The next stop is Blantyre, a Scottish-inspired estate in the Berkshires. While Boulud waits to resume his New York restaurants, hes transferred some of his group to this western Massachusetts enclave for a pop-up of Café Boulud at Blantyre so guests of the hotel and locals from the surrounding location can enjoy his French food with a concentrate on regional active ingredients and ethnic flavors. He recommends continuing north to the Adirondacks to remain at The Point, the essential cabin by the lake, developed by the Rockefellers. “This property is a wonderland for grown-ups,” Boulud remarks. “As you pull back to your space, the terrific odor of the wooden cabin is soothing, making you forget the electronic ball and chain.” A scenic lookout at The Point
Image: Courtesy of The Point.
After a night or two there, head east to Newport, Rhode Island, for a taste of the Gilded Age lifestyle with a stay at the historical Castle Hill Inn. Developed as the summertime house of naturalist and marine biologist Alexander Agassiz, it became a hotel after WWII and hosted Grace Kelly in the 50s. While Boulud waits to reopen his New York restaurants, hes moved some of his team to this western Massachusetts enclave for a pop-up of Café Boulud at Blantyre so guests of the hotel and locals from the surrounding area can enjoy his French cuisine with a focus on ethnic tastes and local active ingredients.