|The New World at Your Fingertips|
From sea to shining sea across North America, there’s an abundance of ways to relax, learn something new, and experience novel events. Below are a few gems that you shouldn’t miss.
Where to Stay
Charleston Place, an Orient-Express hotel in Charleston, South Carolina, is perfect for those who demand luxury without shoulder-to-shoulder crowds. You’ll find an elegant atmosphere, award-winning restaurant, luxury spa, and two local golf courses that Golf Magazine ranked among the “100 Greatest Golf Courses in the World.”
For a posh escape in the land of rich, beautiful people, book a suite at The Peninsula in Beverly Hills, California. It’s a charming blend of urban resort (just blocks from shopping on famous Rodeo Drive) and serene retreat (modeled after an 18th-century French country estate).
Where to Eat
One of the finest restaurants in the entire world, Charlie Trotter’s in Chicago is a once-in-a-lifetime treat. The restaurant serves only tasting menus—three are created daily—because Chef Trotter prefers his cuisine to be experienced in a progression of small courses.
When on the West Coast of the U.S., nothing compares to what you’ll find at The French Laundry, located in Napa Valley just north of San Francisco. The uniquely American restaurant, which was inspired by France’s small country eateries, has a kitchen staff that’s obsessed with everything culinary.
Where to Go
The most famous wine region in the U.S. can be found in California’s Napa Valley and Sonoma Valley, just a short drive north of San Francisco. This upscale region is home to fabulous restaurants, luxurious resorts, and too many vineyards to count—most of which offer tastings of their winning products.
Nowhere in the world will you see theatre productions like the ones in New York City. Broadway offers something for everyone: classic musical theatre productions, exciting new dramas and comedies, and traditional favorites.
Where to Shop
Nothing says “posh” like shopping on New York’s Fifth Avenue. Mix with the elite at stores like Prada, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bergdorf Goodman, and Fendi.
Newbury Street is where Boston’s upper crust can be found shopping for clothing and jewelry, dining in upscale bistros, and browsing specialty food stores. You’ll find shops belonging to companies such as Chanel, Ralph Lauren, M.A.C., and Marc Jacobs.
What to Do
Chicago is an urban wonderland in the middle of American’s heartland. Known for its long list of world-class museums—notably the Field Museum of Natural History and Museum of Contemporary Art—it’s also a cultural haven for classical music lovers and ballet fans, as well as enthusiasts of quintessentially American architect Frank Lloyd Wright, whose works can be seen in and around Chicago.
San Francisco is a sophisticated city, always on the cutting edge of everything new and different. Most famous for the Golden Gate Bridge, it’s another Golden Gate—the Golden Gate Park—that’s actually more notable. This inner-city oasis, the largest man-made park in the world, features a Conservatory of Flowers that transports you to the rainforest; the de Young Museum of Art, an architectural marvel; delightful Japanese Tea Garden; Strybing Arboreteum, an outdoor wonderland filled with beautiful plants from around the world; and much more.