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The 12 Hottest Bucket-List Destinations To Visit This Year

The 12 Hottest Bucket-List Destinations To Visit This Year

January 20, 2022 by

The Editors The Editors

Now is the time to travel paths unknown and seek adventures in the hidden corners across the country and close to home. Carpe diem and discover the most fabulous luxury destinations to add to your bucket list.

From kayaking in caves to whale watching, Everyday California offers adventure seekers unique experiences in San Diego. PHOTO COURTESY OF EVERYDAY CALIFORNIA
From kayaking in caves to whale watching, Everyday California offers adventure seekers unique experiences in San Diego.

UPSTATE

NEW YORK

Lake Kora offers a private refuge Rockefeller style LAKE KORA PHOTO COURTESY OF LAKE KORA
Lake Kora offers a private refuge Rockefeller style.

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There is no doubt that chilling in upstate New York is hotter than ever. If you haven’t yet found your dream farmlet, fret not as there are a wealth of country retreats. Duchess County’s Troutbeck in Amenia offers the charm of an English manor house made even more charming and cozy thanks to proprietors Anthony and Charlotte Champalimaud, who collaborated with interiors icon Alexandra Champalimaud (Anthony’s mother), incorporating her signature style (think Frette linens, cozy fireplaces, soaking tubs and riverside hammocks aplenty). The newly opened addition of The Barns rounds out the offerings with robust wellness programming (yoga, acupuncture, infrared sauna) that will leave you yearning for a more permanent country life.

Lake Kora’s Tree House bedroom is high camp indeed LAKE KORA PHOTO COURTESY OF LAKE KORA
Lake Kora’s Tree House bedroom is high camp indeed.

For those who seek something even more private, the inclusive and exclusive Lake Kora fits the bill with 1,000 private acres on a 500-acre lake you can call all your own. The Gilded Age Adirondack great camp designed in 1898 for titans of yesteryear is reimagined for today’s captains of industry. For those with a truly adventurous spirit, reserve an overnight stay in the secluded Island Cabin, accessible only by boat.

Troutbeck chef Gabe McMackin’s fare celebrates the bounty of local farms TROUTBECK FOOD PHOTO BY MATTHEW MANCUSO/COURTESY OF TROUTBECK
Troutbeck chef Gabe McMackin’s fare celebrates the bounty of local farms.

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At Lake Kora, farm-to-table meals range from candlelit house party-style dinners along a 20-foot dining table in the Great Hall to picnics on a hike or barbecues on the lawn. Troutbeck’s culinary program spotlights Michelin-starred chef Gabe McMackin’s mastery of celebrating the bounty of local farms while a rotating roster of guest chefs enriches the experience with cooking demonstrations and special meals served under the stars.

At Troutbeck, guests can enjoy fly-fishing, hiking and river rafting. FLY-FISHING PHOTO BY NICOLE FRANZEN/COURTESY OF TROUTBECK
At Troutbeck, guests can enjoy fly-fishing, hiking and river rafting.

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Home to a host of legendary trout streams, the areas near Troutbeck and Lake Kora offer some of the best fly-fishing in the nation. Troutbeck also offers falconry and foraging programs for those looking to truly go wild.

NEW ORLEANS

LOUISIANA

Bathed in light with custom mosaic tiled flooring and handpainted walls from New Orleans-based artist Ann Marie Auricchio, the Paradise Lounge is the perfect spot for a small bite or afternoon spritz PHOTO BY DOUGLAS FRIEDMAN
Bathed in light with custom mosaic tiled flooring and handpainted walls from New Orleans-based artist Ann Marie Auricchio, the Paradise Lounge is the perfect spot for a small bite or afternoon spritz.

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Embodying the very essence of the motto of New Orleans—“Laissez les bon temps rouler”—the newly opened Hotel Saint Vincent beckons with many a good time to be had. Marrying the idyllic mixture of revelry and reprieve, this 75-room hotel sits pretty in a landmark 1861 building nestled within the Lower Garden District of the Big Easy. Oh, if these walls could talk, we can only imagine the stories to be told. With a city so rich in culture and unbridled energy, it perhaps is best left up to the imagination. Determined to capture the joie de vivre of the beloved locals who paint the city with everevolving zest and splendor, Austin-based design firm Lambert McGuire made sure that no detail was overlooked. The hotel unfolds with sharp design details, featuring vintage ’70s Murano glass chandeliers, custom-tailored furniture and showstopping works commissioned from selected local artists. Peppering in one of the city’s most signature staples, music is at the forefront of importance. Partnering with Preservation Hall, the hotel’s guests-only lounge, Chapel Club, features a monthly jazz rotation for guests to sip and scat along to, NOLA style.

Hotel Saint Vincent features the perfect refuge for guests to enjoy intimate sips and live jazz. PHOTO BY DOUGLAS FRIEDMAN
Hotel Saint Vincent features the perfect refuge for guests to enjoy intimate sips and live jazz.

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Rife with cultural fare and over-the-top experiences, the city summons with mouthwatering offerings and local favorites aplenty. Epicureans can delight in the myriad offerings within Hotel Saint Vincent (our faves are San Lorenzo for coastal Italian cuisine, or perhaps a pre-dinner ’tini at the uberchic Paradise Lounge is calling).

Beat the NOLA heat by sitting poolside PHOTO BY DOUGLAS FRIEDMAN
Beat the NOLA heat by sitting poolside.

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Explore one of the most lauded strips of New Orleans—Magazine Street— where decophiles and shoppers rejoice in a sartorial 6-mile slice of creativity, stretching from Uptown to the French Quarter. Tourists can delight in its decadent boutiques, eclectic cafes and creative hubs. Calling all interior enthusiasts—Leontine Linens is a must-stop shop.

SEDONA

ARIZONA

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Sedona has long been a destination for those seeking a connection to spirituality. The breathtaking red rocks and massive sky alone are mesmerizing, but it’s the area’s sacred vortexes—where the earth’s energy fields align—that draw in visitors looking to heal, meditate and connect to themselves in a deeper way. Aiding in this quest are two hotels: L’Auberge de Sedona, which recently debuted metaphysical programming, and Ambiente, A Landscape Hotel, set to open this spring. In lieu of typical guest rooms, the latter offers 40 individual cube-shaped atriums, all elevated above ground with stunning 360-degree views of nature below.

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Guests—and only guests—staying at L’Auberge de Sedona can dine at the resort’s signature restaurant, Cress on Oak Creek, which serves a prix fixe meal with flavors of southern Spain, Italy and France. Outside of L’Auberge, Elote Cafe offers some of the area’s best traditional Mexican dishes, and longtime favorite Cowboy Club dishes out hearty desert cuisine such as Angus steak and wild game in a festive Old West setting.

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L’Auberge’s new metaphysical programming helps guests dig deep into their own spirituality. Led by local wellness expert Paula Lockwood, classes—on sound healing, astrology, crystals, reiki and even the area’s famous vortexes—in combination with the area’s stunning nature, are bound to make a lasting impact. Post-class, guests can relax at the resort’s L’Apothecary Spa, and even indulge in a creekside massage to further soak up the area’s special energy. Beyond the resort, visitors can explore Sedona’s abundant mystical shops; enjoy top-rated trails such as the Cathedral Rock hike, Doe Mountain Trail and more; and sample pours from wineries on the Verde Valley Wine Trail.

SANTA YNEZ VALLEY

CALIFORNIA

The lobby at Hotel Ynez PHOTO: COURTESY OF HOTEL YNEZ
The lobby at Hotel Ynez

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Located about 35 miles northwest of Santa Barbara, Calif., the Santa Ynez Valley is dotted with enchanting hotels, wineries, restaurants and shops, all touched with a Nancy Meyers-esque golden-hour glow. From the charming Danish city Solving to the winery-and-boutique-filled towns of Santa Ynez and Los Olivos, there’s no shortage of dreamy places to explore. Check in at the recently opened Hotel Ynez to experience laid-back luxury at its finest. Each of the 18 airy guest rooms is equipped with Mascioni bedding, vintage vanities and modern amenities, while the peaceful surrounds— including lush gardens and a relaxing pool area—are perfect for winding down between activities.

Alfresco seating at Nella Kitchen & Bar in Los Olivos. PHOTO: BY BRI BURKETT
Alfresco seating at Nella Kitchen & Bar in Los Olivos

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There’s no shortage of excellent food in the area, from the artisan breads and pastries at Bob’s Well Bread Bakery in Los Alamos—or the recently opened Ballard outpost—to seasonally inspired Italian food at Nella Kitchen & Bar and the wine-and-seafood-focused menu at Bar Le Côte. Recently opened by Per Se alums Greg and Daisy Ryan—who also run the Michelin-starred Bell’s nearby—and partner chef Brad Mathews of Fishing With Dynamite, it’s arguably the hottest reservation to snag.

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Wineries are the name of the game here—this is where the movie Sideways took place, after all. Hop on one of Hotel Ynez’s Linus e-bikes to explore the Foxen Canyon Wine Trail, where 16 wineries and tasting rooms, including the Fess Parker Winery, reside. There are also fantastic hiking trails such as Lover’s Loop and the Grass Mountain Trail, and well-curated boutiques, including the recently opened second location of Santa Ynez General. Stocked with a mix of items from up-and-coming Californian and more established European brands, a sense of discovery abounds.

PROVIDENCE

RHODE ISLAND

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Named after owner Joseph R. Paolino Jr.’s late mother, Beatrice Temkin, The Beatrice is the first new boutique hotel to open in Providence in nearly a decade. Meant to embody her elegant, modern style, the property is housed inside the iconic 1887 Exchange building, and features high ceilings, luxurious design and an incredible waterfall chandelier by ZDS Inc. Book one of the 47 rooms (our rec: The Barton Suite) for plush bedding, Dyson hair dryers, heated towel racks, BeeKind bath products and Mascioni linens. Plus—posh pets are welcome as well.

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While a multitude of restaurants and eateries await in the city, dining is made easy (and delicious) with Bellini, The Beatrice’s world-class restaurant by the renowned Ignazio Cipriani. Plating modern Italian cuisine, guests can expect a variety of delectable dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Some of our favorites? Steak tartare with quail egg and black truffle, comforting Umbrian lentil salad dotted with butternut squash in baby kale, tagliatelle flavored by porcini mushrooms and the wild salmon drizzled in a white asparagus puree. For dessert, head to one of the four Knead Doughnuts locations for flavors like brown butter pecan, vanilla glazed brioche and chocolate chip old fashioned.

At Bellini, the signature cocktail is none other than the Bellini in a variety of fruit flavors PHOTO COURTESY OF THE BEATRICE
At Bellini, the signature cocktail is none other than the Bellini in a variety of fruit flavors.

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A string of 85 bonfires illuminate downtown Providence between May and December, attracting locals and visitors alike to an abundance of live music and performances. Better known as WaterFire Providence, the community event hosts nearly 1 million people annually and strives to revitalize the urban experience.

A room at The Beatrice, dotted in plush fabrics and neutral tones. PHOTO COURTESY OF THE BEATRICE
A room at The Beatrice, dotted in plush fabrics and neutral tones.

TELLURIDE

COLORADO

Helitrax’s permit grants it exclusive heli-skiing access to over 200 square miles of terrain surrounding Telluride. PHOTO COURTESY OF VISIT TELLURIDE AND TELLURIDE HELITRAX
Helitrax’s permit grants it exclusive heli-skiing access to over 200 square miles of terrain surrounding Telluride.

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An award-winning boutique hotel with stunning mountain views, Lumière with Inspirato is known for high-touch service and luxury amenities like chef’s kitchens, resident concierge to arrange your heli-ski excursion and a ski valet who will warm your boots overnight and help you buckle them in the morning.

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At Alpino Vino, pair grilled cheese panini on Parmesan sourdough with the tomato- Gorgonzola soup. New on-mountain hot spot Bon Vivant is known for dishes like duck cassoulet and beef bourguignon. In Telluride, 221 South Oak is set inside a refurbished historic home and features new American cuisine from former Top Chef star Eliza Gavin. Chefs Erich Owen and Ross Martin, the masterminds behind The National, recently opened LittleHouse, a cozy Euroinfluenced bistro that embraces experimentation.

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For laps in untracked powder in high-alpine cirques and summits, book a day of heli-skiing with Telluride Helitrax. The company sets up clients with powerboards and avalanche gear, and at lunchtime, guides serve a gourmet picnic. Your conveyance for the day: a Eurocopter AS350 B3e, a bird built for high-altitude mountain flying. You’ll log 10,000 to 14,000 vertical feet over six runs—all in Colorado’s light, fluffy powder.

CALIFORNIA WINE COUNTRY

One of wine country’s latest culinary hits, The Matheson in Healdsburg PHOTO: COURTESY OF THE MATHESON
One of wine country’s latest culinary hits, The Matheson in Healdsburg

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For the first time in the brand’s history, Four Seasons offers a fully immersive wine country experience at its recently opened 85-room property in Calistoga, Calif. Four Seasons Resort and Residences Napa Valley teamed with winemaking legend Thomas Rivers Brown and Elusa Winery to provide guests with grape-to-glass experiences mere steps from the property. Guests can expect bespoke experiences at Spa Talisa (don’t overlook the mud treatment), outdoor spin classes, complimentary bikes for exploring wine country and exceptional dining at TRUSS Restaurant + Bar, led by celebrated chef Erik Anderson. Want even more privacy and space? Reserve a private three-bedroom retreat up to 3,395 square feet, complete with chef-prepared dinners, a custom wine tasting and sunset cocktails on a private terrace.

The new Four Seasons Resort and Residences Napa Valley is surrounded by Elusa Winery in Calistoga. PHOTO: BY M. WOOLSEY
The new Four Seasons Resort and Residences Napa Valley is surrounded by Elusa Winery in Calistoga.

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In Sonoma, Healdsburg’s historic plaza recently welcomed The Matheson and Roof 106. The trilevel building features two restaurants, each with its own vibrant personality. Inside The Matheson, guests will find a vaulted ceiling constructed with beams stained with natural hues and in red, similar to Bordeaux wine barrels. Sourcing from local growers, ranchers, fishermen and artisans, the culinary team created five- and eight-course tasting menus. The Sushi Kitchen features a la carte sashimi, hand rolls and specialty dishes, and the bar seats up to 12 guests. Roof 106, located on the third floor, offers seasonal dishes from the wood-burning oven, and the wheat flour for the dough is sourced from a biodynamic, organic farm and vineyard owned by Lou Preston, a renowned Dry Creek Valley winemaker, farmer and baker.

Extraordinary art, such as this sculpture by Yayoi Kusama, accompanies world-class wine at The Donum Estate in Sonoma PHOTO: COURTESY OF THE DONUM ESTATE
Extraordinary art, such as this sculpture by Yayoi Kusama, accompanies world-class wine at The Donum Estate in Sonoma.

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Visitors to wine country enjoy both organic small-batch wines and art at The Donum Estate, a 200-acre oasis in Sonoma. Winemaker Dan Fishman dedicates 82 acres to pinot noir and 9 acres to chardonnay, and guests now sip his creations in a new wine tasting pavilion. Mei and Allan Warburg, owners of Donum, add art to the equation. The Donum Collection—50 major works from renowned international artists like Doug Aitken, Wim Delvoye and Anselm Kiefer—has another lure for visitors, as the property’s collection includes paintings and open-air sculptures. The Donum Home, which was recently reconfigured by Danish architect David Thulstrup, now showcases recent acquisitions by Tracey Emin (“Another 30 Years,” 2019) and Jeppe Hein (“Chardonnay Mirror Balloon,” “Rose Mirror Balloon” and “Redwine Mirror Balloon,” 2020).

CHARLOTTESVILLE

VIRGINIA

Keswick Hall is complemented by a Pete Dye championship golf course with a new clubhouse. PHOTO BY GREG POWERS
Keswick Hall is complemented by a Pete Dye championship golf course with a new clubhouse.

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After an extensive three-year renovation, Keswick Hall reopened near Charlottesville, Va., and the wait was worth it: The 80-suite resort, which dates back to 1912, is stunning. New York Citybased architecture firm Hart Howerton reimagined the sprawling property with both lavish and understated touches—it’s an oasis of calm, a place to breathe again among the rolling foothills of the Shenandoah Mountains. Amenities include a new spa (opening this spring), newly installed European clay tennis courts (the first subirrigated clay courts in the mid-Atlantic) and a heated horizon pool, which features ultraviolet light filtration and cozy cabanas.

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Before Keswick reopened, locals buzzed about the property’s stand-alone restaurant and bar, Marigold by Jean-Georges. The chatter wasn’t misguided, as the venue— with its rustic exterior and post-and-beam interior—is a visual knockout. The outdoor space is no less charming, with lush flower and herb gardens, a petanque court for boules (think bocce) and a stone fireplace. The culinary team sources locally and from Oakdale Farm, which is run by the resort and produces vegetables, edible flowers and, starting this spring, its own honey. The kitchen’s standout courses include spice-crusted Faroe Island salmon, roasted Maine lobster and prime tenderloin. Every dish from Vongerichten’s team is a steady balance of beauty, taste and restraint, explaining why it’s already an instant classic.

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Another crown jewel at Keswick is its Pete Dye championship golf course, which, according to regulars, is playing exceptionally well in its course maturity. A renovated clubhouse, complemented by a pro shop and members lounge, opened this winter. For oenophiles, the Monticello Wine Trail pays homage to Thomas Jefferson’s wine heritage and now includes more than 30 wineries; book a private tour with Monticello Wine Tour & Coach Co. to visit up to five wineries and tasting rooms in an afternoon or evening.

DOOR COUNTY

WISCONSIN

Smartly dressed rooms complement picturesque lake views at The Dörr Hotel THE DÖRR HOTEL PHOTO BY MARK BALLOGG/COURTESY OF HOTEL
Smartly dressed rooms complement picturesque lake views at The Dörr Hotel.

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The recently opened Dörr Hotel on Sister Bay is the luxe new waterfront development everyone’s talking about right now for its rich Scandinavian influence and impressive accommodations. Level up your stay by booking the The Dörr Suite, boasting top-of-the-line amenities in a pristine and thoughtfully appointed space. Plus, the spacious private balcony offers the perfect spot to appreciate the natural beauty of Door County’s waterfront in all its glory.

Door County’s shoreline is one of the most scenic in the Midwest. SHORELINE PHOTO BY JON JAROSH/DCVB
Door County’s shoreline is one of the most scenic in the Midwest.

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Attending a proper fish boil is essential while in Door County, and Fish Creek’s White Gull Inn is the quintessential destination to do so. Primed with a thorough history lesson on the tradition, the intimate and utterly breathtaking experience of the boiling of Lake Michigan whitefish is one that’s not to be missed. Looking for a more intimate evening of fine dining? Head to Sister Bay’s Waterfront Restaurant. Here, offerings from its seasonal menu showcasing local fish and hand-rolled pasta pair well with a bottle from the eatery’s extensive wine list and the unbeatable views from every table.

Guests will find dashes of The Dörr Hotel’s Scandinavian influence everywhere—at their doors THE DÖRR HOTEL PHOTO BY MARK BALLOGG/COURTESY OF
HOTEL
Guests will find dashes of The Dörr Hotel’s Scandinavian influence everywhere—at their doors.

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Cave Point County Park in Sturgeon Bay is a must-visit for a day spent kayaking, biking, hiking or even scuba diving. Boasting 900 feet of shoreline on the lake side of the peninsula, the nearly 19-acre park is a scenic haven consistently teeming with visitors in search of a beautiful adventure. Its picturesque sea caves create thunderous echoes as waves crash against them—a truly awe-inspiring spectacle. To see it all, take flight with Grizzly Scenic Air Tours for a 100-minute journey above the peninsula. With custom-designed tours on offer, there’s no better way to experience Door County.

SAVANNAH

GEORGIA

After settling into Common Thread among the refined interiors by local firm KS McRorie Interior Design, explore the menu, structured like a chef’s tasting menu, starting light and transitioning to savory RESTAURANT PHOTO BY JOHN PARK
After settling into Common Thread among the refined interiors by local firm KS McRorie Interior Design, explore the menu, structured like a chef’s tasting menu, starting light and transitioning to savory.

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When planning on where to stay in a city, the best location is right in the center of it all. Richard Kessler’s Plant Riverside District is just that—a new kind of “generator” full of shops, restaurants, hotels and jaw-dropping views of the Savannah River. The whole district is anchored by the brand-new JW Marriott Savannah Plant Riverside District, an entity that occupies three separate hotels, each with its own individualized aesthetic and experience: the Power Plant, repurposed as a contemporary riverside retreat; Three Muses, boasting European elegance; and the Atlantic, perfect for those seeking adventure.

The Southern coast, known for amazing canopies of Spanish moss and live oaks, is the perfect place to explore natural wonders. PHOTO COURTESY OF SAVANNAH PLANT RIVERSIDE DISTRICT
The Southern coast, known for amazing canopies of Spanish moss and live oaks, is the perfect place to explore natural wonders.

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In a town steeped in history and tradition, entering into a recently restored Victorian home for your dinner reservation is par for the course. Common Thread, located in what is known as the Krouskoff House, goes by the philosophy that regardless of language or background, food is the thread that connects us all. At the helm is executive chef Brandon Carter. “For me, one of the most interesting things we have is our dry-aged beef program. Right now, we’re aging bone-in strips for about 24 days,” Carter says. “Some of the more creative dishes are the scallops with lamb and collard dolmas or merguez with field pea loubia and preserved lemon.”

The Plant Riverside District’s Three Muses building boasts a classic vibe, perfect for a romantic getaway PHOTO COURTESY OF SAVANNAH PLANT RIVERSIDE DISTRICT
The Plant Riverside District’s Three Muses building boasts a classic vibe, perfect for a romantic getaway.

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SCAD has undoubtedly made an impact on the city, bringing people from all over the world to work, live and grow in Savannah. All of these influences come together at SCAD Museum of Art. This year marks 10 years, and in celebration, deFINE ART kicks off in February. Explore this annual exhibition of culture-defining contemporary art and curated experiences including works from Katharina Grosse, Norbert Bisky, Elaine Cameron- Weir, Carter Flachbarth, Doreen Garner, Matthew Angelo Harrison, Hayv Kahraman, Sang Hoon Kim and Barthélémy Toguo.

OCEANSIDE

CALIFORNIA

Soak up the salty air at The Rooftop Bar at Mission Pacific Hotel as you nosh on a menu created by chef Roberto Alcocer in collaboration with San Diego’s top surfers. PHOTO COURTESY OF SAVANNAH PLANT RIVERSIDE DISTRICT
Soak up the salty air at The Rooftop Bar at Mission Pacific Hotel as you nosh on a menu created by chef Roberto Alcocer in collaboration with San Diego’s top surfers.

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Make your California dreams a reality at The Seabird Resort, a Destination by Hyatt hotel, and Mission Pacific Hotel, a Joie de Vivre by Hyatt hotel, which bowed in May 2021, directly across from the historic Oceanside Pier. (The boutique hotels allow guests to experience amenities at both properties with their single overnight reservation.) Enjoy a true coastal experience at The Seabird, where 226 rooms are sprawled across the charming six-story saltbox. Perfect for families, its Grand Estate Suite is the largest of its accommodations, with two bedrooms and panoramic ocean views. In contrast, the next-door Mission Pacific Hotel takes a contemporary approach to its look with a sexier edge that makes it a spectacular respite for couples, with 161 guest rooms on offer.

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Book a reservation at The Seabird’s stunning Piper restaurant, which dazzles with a handmade pasta bar—set up sushi-style. Mission Pacific Hotel’s crown jewel, The Rooftop Bar, offers an “après-surf” experience with local beers and Baja-inspired cuisine on its top floor while the ground level is home to Valle, chef Roberto Alcocer’s love letter to the Guadalupe Valley.

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Ask about the Little Seabirds program to sign the kids up for treasure hunts and kite flying while you try your hand at surf lessons with North County Surf Academy. Tap Everyday California for the ultimate whale watching experience.

KEY BISCAYNE

FLORIDA

dune at the ritz
Within sight of Miami, yet worlds away, The Ritz-Carlton located on the island of Key Biscayne feels like a secluded island paradise.

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Located on a tropical island, The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Miami is a destination in itself. Even though it’s just a few miles offshore from Miami’s cosmopolitan center, the property feels like a secluded getaway far from the action, and perfect for families looking for a beach vacation on the outskirts of South Beach’s neon lights. Lounge on the resort’s white sand beach and soak up panoramic ocean views. The property offers two pools, a splash pad for kids, a luxurious spa, as well as an expansive tennis center and three cutting-edge padel tennis courts, designed by the legendary Cliff Drysdale.

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At The Ritz, have your pick of locally inspired dining options including Lightkeepers, Cantina Beach, Dune Burgers on the Beach and Rumbar. A melting pot of international cuisine, Key Biscayne has a variety of options. Check out Artisan Kitchen & Bar’s eclectic Venezuelan tapas; Peruvian ceviche and pisco sours at El Gran Inka; or Argentine dishes and Italian pastas at Novecento. For a romantic dinner for two, opt for Costa Med’s Mediterranean fare.

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The island is surrounded by the aquamarine waters of Biscayne National Park, a boating, fishing and diving sanctuary. Scale the 109 steps of the Cape Florida Lighthouse at Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park. The historic lighthouse overlooks a group of Prohibitionera free-standing structures called Stiltsville perched on the sand flats. Get an up-close view of the colorful wooden stilt houses via HistoryMiami Museum’s Stiltsville sunset cruise led by historian Dr. Paul S. George. Or, soar above the scene in a seaplane courtesy of Miami Seaplane Tours.













The 12 Hottest Bucket-List Destinations To Visit This Year

January 20, 2022 by The Editors

Now is the time to travel paths unknown and seek adventures in the hidden corners across the country and close to home. Carpe diem and discover the most fabulous luxury destinations to add to your bucket list.

From kayaking in caves to whale watching, Everyday California offers adventure seekers unique experiences in San Diego. PHOTO COURTESY OF EVERYDAY CALIFORNIA
From kayaking in caves to whale watching, Everyday California offers adventure seekers unique experiences in San Diego.

UPSTATE

NEW YORK

Lake Kora offers a private refuge Rockefeller style LAKE KORA PHOTO COURTESY OF LAKE KORA
Lake Kora offers a private refuge Rockefeller style.

Stay

There is no doubt that chilling in upstate New York is hotter than ever. If you haven’t yet found your dream farmlet, fret not as there are a wealth of country retreats. Duchess County’s Troutbeck in Amenia offers the charm of an English manor house made even more charming and cozy thanks to proprietors Anthony and Charlotte Champalimaud, who collaborated with interiors icon Alexandra Champalimaud (Anthony’s mother), incorporating her signature style (think Frette linens, cozy fireplaces, soaking tubs and riverside hammocks aplenty). The newly opened addition of The Barns rounds out the offerings with robust wellness programming (yoga, acupuncture, infrared sauna) that will leave you yearning for a more permanent country life.

Lake Kora’s Tree House bedroom is high camp indeed LAKE KORA PHOTO COURTESY OF LAKE KORA
Lake Kora’s Tree House bedroom is high camp indeed.

For those who seek something even more private, the inclusive and exclusive Lake Kora fits the bill with 1,000 private acres on a 500-acre lake you can call all your own. The Gilded Age Adirondack great camp designed in 1898 for titans of yesteryear is reimagined for today’s captains of industry. For those with a truly adventurous spirit, reserve an overnight stay in the secluded Island Cabin, accessible only by boat.

Troutbeck chef Gabe McMackin’s fare celebrates the bounty of local farms TROUTBECK FOOD PHOTO BY MATTHEW MANCUSO/COURTESY OF TROUTBECK
Troutbeck chef Gabe McMackin’s fare celebrates the bounty of local farms.

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At Lake Kora, farm-to-table meals range from candlelit house party-style dinners along a 20-foot dining table in the Great Hall to picnics on a hike or barbecues on the lawn. Troutbeck’s culinary program spotlights Michelin-starred chef Gabe McMackin’s mastery of celebrating the bounty of local farms while a rotating roster of guest chefs enriches the experience with cooking demonstrations and special meals served under the stars.

At Troutbeck, guests can enjoy fly-fishing, hiking and river rafting. FLY-FISHING PHOTO BY NICOLE FRANZEN/COURTESY OF TROUTBECK
At Troutbeck, guests can enjoy fly-fishing, hiking and river rafting.

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Home to a host of legendary trout streams, the areas near Troutbeck and Lake Kora offer some of the best fly-fishing in the nation. Troutbeck also offers falconry and foraging programs for those looking to truly go wild.

NEW ORLEANS

LOUISIANA

Bathed in light with custom mosaic tiled flooring and handpainted walls from New Orleans-based artist Ann Marie Auricchio, the Paradise Lounge is the perfect spot for a small bite or afternoon spritz PHOTO BY DOUGLAS FRIEDMAN
Bathed in light with custom mosaic tiled flooring and handpainted walls from New Orleans-based artist Ann Marie Auricchio, the Paradise Lounge is the perfect spot for a small bite or afternoon spritz.

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Embodying the very essence of the motto of New Orleans—“Laissez les bon temps rouler”—the newly opened Hotel Saint Vincent beckons with many a good time to be had. Marrying the idyllic mixture of revelry and reprieve, this 75-room hotel sits pretty in a landmark 1861 building nestled within the Lower Garden District of the Big Easy. Oh, if these walls could talk, we can only imagine the stories to be told. With a city so rich in culture and unbridled energy, it perhaps is best left up to the imagination. Determined to capture the joie de vivre of the beloved locals who paint the city with everevolving zest and splendor, Austin-based design firm Lambert McGuire made sure that no detail was overlooked. The hotel unfolds with sharp design details, featuring vintage ’70s Murano glass chandeliers, custom-tailored furniture and showstopping works commissioned from selected local artists. Peppering in one of the city’s most signature staples, music is at the forefront of importance. Partnering with Preservation Hall, the hotel’s guests-only lounge, Chapel Club, features a monthly jazz rotation for guests to sip and scat along to, NOLA style.

Hotel Saint Vincent features the perfect refuge for guests to enjoy intimate sips and live jazz. PHOTO BY DOUGLAS FRIEDMAN
Hotel Saint Vincent features the perfect refuge for guests to enjoy intimate sips and live jazz.

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Rife with cultural fare and over-the-top experiences, the city summons with mouthwatering offerings and local favorites aplenty. Epicureans can delight in the myriad offerings within Hotel Saint Vincent (our faves are San Lorenzo for coastal Italian cuisine, or perhaps a pre-dinner ’tini at the uberchic Paradise Lounge is calling).

Beat the NOLA heat by sitting poolside PHOTO BY DOUGLAS FRIEDMAN
Beat the NOLA heat by sitting poolside.

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Explore one of the most lauded strips of New Orleans—Magazine Street— where decophiles and shoppers rejoice in a sartorial 6-mile slice of creativity, stretching from Uptown to the French Quarter. Tourists can delight in its decadent boutiques, eclectic cafes and creative hubs. Calling all interior enthusiasts—Leontine Linens is a must-stop shop.

SEDONA

ARIZONA

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Sedona has long been a destination for those seeking a connection to spirituality. The breathtaking red rocks and massive sky alone are mesmerizing, but it’s the area’s sacred vortexes—where the earth’s energy fields align—that draw in visitors looking to heal, meditate and connect to themselves in a deeper way. Aiding in this quest are two hotels: L’Auberge de Sedona, which recently debuted metaphysical programming, and Ambiente, A Landscape Hotel, set to open this spring. In lieu of typical guest rooms, the latter offers 40 individual cube-shaped atriums, all elevated above ground with stunning 360-degree views of nature below.

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Guests—and only guests—staying at L’Auberge de Sedona can dine at the resort’s signature restaurant, Cress on Oak Creek, which serves a prix fixe meal with flavors of southern Spain, Italy and France. Outside of L’Auberge, Elote Cafe offers some of the area’s best traditional Mexican dishes, and longtime favorite Cowboy Club dishes out hearty desert cuisine such as Angus steak and wild game in a festive Old West setting.

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L’Auberge’s new metaphysical programming helps guests dig deep into their own spirituality. Led by local wellness expert Paula Lockwood, classes—on sound healing, astrology, crystals, reiki and even the area’s famous vortexes—in combination with the area’s stunning nature, are bound to make a lasting impact. Post-class, guests can relax at the resort’s L’Apothecary Spa, and even indulge in a creekside massage to further soak up the area’s special energy. Beyond the resort, visitors can explore Sedona’s abundant mystical shops; enjoy top-rated trails such as the Cathedral Rock hike, Doe Mountain Trail and more; and sample pours from wineries on the Verde Valley Wine Trail.

SANTA YNEZ VALLEY

CALIFORNIA

The lobby at Hotel Ynez PHOTO: COURTESY OF HOTEL YNEZ
The lobby at Hotel Ynez

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Located about 35 miles northwest of Santa Barbara, Calif., the Santa Ynez Valley is dotted with enchanting hotels, wineries, restaurants and shops, all touched with a Nancy Meyers-esque golden-hour glow. From the charming Danish city Solving to the winery-and-boutique-filled towns of Santa Ynez and Los Olivos, there’s no shortage of dreamy places to explore. Check in at the recently opened Hotel Ynez to experience laid-back luxury at its finest. Each of the 18 airy guest rooms is equipped with Mascioni bedding, vintage vanities and modern amenities, while the peaceful surrounds— including lush gardens and a relaxing pool area—are perfect for winding down between activities.

Alfresco seating at Nella Kitchen & Bar in Los Olivos. PHOTO: BY BRI BURKETT
Alfresco seating at Nella Kitchen & Bar in Los Olivos

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There’s no shortage of excellent food in the area, from the artisan breads and pastries at Bob’s Well Bread Bakery in Los Alamos—or the recently opened Ballard outpost—to seasonally inspired Italian food at Nella Kitchen & Bar and the wine-and-seafood-focused menu at Bar Le Côte. Recently opened by Per Se alums Greg and Daisy Ryan—who also run the Michelin-starred Bell’s nearby—and partner chef Brad Mathews of Fishing With Dynamite, it’s arguably the hottest reservation to snag.

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Wineries are the name of the game here—this is where the movie Sideways took place, after all. Hop on one of Hotel Ynez’s Linus e-bikes to explore the Foxen Canyon Wine Trail, where 16 wineries and tasting rooms, including the Fess Parker Winery, reside. There are also fantastic hiking trails such as Lover’s Loop and the Grass Mountain Trail, and well-curated boutiques, including the recently opened second location of Santa Ynez General. Stocked with a mix of items from up-and-coming Californian and more established European brands, a sense of discovery abounds.

PROVIDENCE

RHODE ISLAND

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Named after owner Joseph R. Paolino Jr.’s late mother, Beatrice Temkin, The Beatrice is the first new boutique hotel to open in Providence in nearly a decade. Meant to embody her elegant, modern style, the property is housed inside the iconic 1887 Exchange building, and features high ceilings, luxurious design and an incredible waterfall chandelier by ZDS Inc. Book one of the 47 rooms (our rec: The Barton Suite) for plush bedding, Dyson hair dryers, heated towel racks, BeeKind bath products and Mascioni linens. Plus—posh pets are welcome as well.

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While a multitude of restaurants and eateries await in the city, dining is made easy (and delicious) with Bellini, The Beatrice’s world-class restaurant by the renowned Ignazio Cipriani. Plating modern Italian cuisine, guests can expect a variety of delectable dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Some of our favorites? Steak tartare with quail egg and black truffle, comforting Umbrian lentil salad dotted with butternut squash in baby kale, tagliatelle flavored by porcini mushrooms and the wild salmon drizzled in a white asparagus puree. For dessert, head to one of the four Knead Doughnuts locations for flavors like brown butter pecan, vanilla glazed brioche and chocolate chip old fashioned.

At Bellini, the signature cocktail is none other than the Bellini in a variety of fruit flavors PHOTO COURTESY OF THE BEATRICE
At Bellini, the signature cocktail is none other than the Bellini in a variety of fruit flavors.

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A string of 85 bonfires illuminate downtown Providence between May and December, attracting locals and visitors alike to an abundance of live music and performances. Better known as WaterFire Providence, the community event hosts nearly 1 million people annually and strives to revitalize the urban experience.

A room at The Beatrice, dotted in plush fabrics and neutral tones. PHOTO COURTESY OF THE BEATRICE
A room at The Beatrice, dotted in plush fabrics and neutral tones.

TELLURIDE

COLORADO

Helitrax’s permit grants it exclusive heli-skiing access to over 200 square miles of terrain surrounding Telluride. PHOTO COURTESY OF VISIT TELLURIDE AND TELLURIDE HELITRAX
Helitrax’s permit grants it exclusive heli-skiing access to over 200 square miles of terrain surrounding Telluride.

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An award-winning boutique hotel with stunning mountain views, Lumière with Inspirato is known for high-touch service and luxury amenities like chef’s kitchens, resident concierge to arrange your heli-ski excursion and a ski valet who will warm your boots overnight and help you buckle them in the morning.

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At Alpino Vino, pair grilled cheese panini on Parmesan sourdough with the tomato- Gorgonzola soup. New on-mountain hot spot Bon Vivant is known for dishes like duck cassoulet and beef bourguignon. In Telluride, 221 South Oak is set inside a refurbished historic home and features new American cuisine from former Top Chef star Eliza Gavin. Chefs Erich Owen and Ross Martin, the masterminds behind The National, recently opened LittleHouse, a cozy Euroinfluenced bistro that embraces experimentation.

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For laps in untracked powder in high-alpine cirques and summits, book a day of heli-skiing with Telluride Helitrax. The company sets up clients with powerboards and avalanche gear, and at lunchtime, guides serve a gourmet picnic. Your conveyance for the day: a Eurocopter AS350 B3e, a bird built for high-altitude mountain flying. You’ll log 10,000 to 14,000 vertical feet over six runs—all in Colorado’s light, fluffy powder.

CALIFORNIA WINE COUNTRY

One of wine country’s latest culinary hits, The Matheson in Healdsburg PHOTO: COURTESY OF THE MATHESON
One of wine country’s latest culinary hits, The Matheson in Healdsburg

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For the first time in the brand’s history, Four Seasons offers a fully immersive wine country experience at its recently opened 85-room property in Calistoga, Calif. Four Seasons Resort and Residences Napa Valley teamed with winemaking legend Thomas Rivers Brown and Elusa Winery to provide guests with grape-to-glass experiences mere steps from the property. Guests can expect bespoke experiences at Spa Talisa (don’t overlook the mud treatment), outdoor spin classes, complimentary bikes for exploring wine country and exceptional dining at TRUSS Restaurant + Bar, led by celebrated chef Erik Anderson. Want even more privacy and space? Reserve a private three-bedroom retreat up to 3,395 square feet, complete with chef-prepared dinners, a custom wine tasting and sunset cocktails on a private terrace.

The new Four Seasons Resort and Residences Napa Valley is surrounded by Elusa Winery in Calistoga. PHOTO: BY M. WOOLSEY
The new Four Seasons Resort and Residences Napa Valley is surrounded by Elusa Winery in Calistoga.

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In Sonoma, Healdsburg’s historic plaza recently welcomed The Matheson and Roof 106. The trilevel building features two restaurants, each with its own vibrant personality. Inside The Matheson, guests will find a vaulted ceiling constructed with beams stained with natural hues and in red, similar to Bordeaux wine barrels. Sourcing from local growers, ranchers, fishermen and artisans, the culinary team created five- and eight-course tasting menus. The Sushi Kitchen features a la carte sashimi, hand rolls and specialty dishes, and the bar seats up to 12 guests. Roof 106, located on the third floor, offers seasonal dishes from the wood-burning oven, and the wheat flour for the dough is sourced from a biodynamic, organic farm and vineyard owned by Lou Preston, a renowned Dry Creek Valley winemaker, farmer and baker.

Extraordinary art, such as this sculpture by Yayoi Kusama, accompanies world-class wine at The Donum Estate in Sonoma PHOTO: COURTESY OF THE DONUM ESTATE
Extraordinary art, such as this sculpture by Yayoi Kusama, accompanies world-class wine at The Donum Estate in Sonoma.

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Visitors to wine country enjoy both organic small-batch wines and art at The Donum Estate, a 200-acre oasis in Sonoma. Winemaker Dan Fishman dedicates 82 acres to pinot noir and 9 acres to chardonnay, and guests now sip his creations in a new wine tasting pavilion. Mei and Allan Warburg, owners of Donum, add art to the equation. The Donum Collection—50 major works from renowned international artists like Doug Aitken, Wim Delvoye and Anselm Kiefer—has another lure for visitors, as the property’s collection includes paintings and open-air sculptures. The Donum Home, which was recently reconfigured by Danish architect David Thulstrup, now showcases recent acquisitions by Tracey Emin (“Another 30 Years,” 2019) and Jeppe Hein (“Chardonnay Mirror Balloon,” “Rose Mirror Balloon” and “Redwine Mirror Balloon,” 2020).

CHARLOTTESVILLE

VIRGINIA

Keswick Hall is complemented by a Pete Dye championship golf course with a new clubhouse. PHOTO BY GREG POWERS
Keswick Hall is complemented by a Pete Dye championship golf course with a new clubhouse.

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After an extensive three-year renovation, Keswick Hall reopened near Charlottesville, Va., and the wait was worth it: The 80-suite resort, which dates back to 1912, is stunning. New York Citybased architecture firm Hart Howerton reimagined the sprawling property with both lavish and understated touches—it’s an oasis of calm, a place to breathe again among the rolling foothills of the Shenandoah Mountains. Amenities include a new spa (opening this spring), newly installed European clay tennis courts (the first subirrigated clay courts in the mid-Atlantic) and a heated horizon pool, which features ultraviolet light filtration and cozy cabanas.

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Before Keswick reopened, locals buzzed about the property’s stand-alone restaurant and bar, Marigold by Jean-Georges. The chatter wasn’t misguided, as the venue— with its rustic exterior and post-and-beam interior—is a visual knockout. The outdoor space is no less charming, with lush flower and herb gardens, a petanque court for boules (think bocce) and a stone fireplace. The culinary team sources locally and from Oakdale Farm, which is run by the resort and produces vegetables, edible flowers and, starting this spring, its own honey. The kitchen’s standout courses include spice-crusted Faroe Island salmon, roasted Maine lobster and prime tenderloin. Every dish from Vongerichten’s team is a steady balance of beauty, taste and restraint, explaining why it’s already an instant classic.

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Another crown jewel at Keswick is its Pete Dye championship golf course, which, according to regulars, is playing exceptionally well in its course maturity. A renovated clubhouse, complemented by a pro shop and members lounge, opened this winter. For oenophiles, the Monticello Wine Trail pays homage to Thomas Jefferson’s wine heritage and now includes more than 30 wineries; book a private tour with Monticello Wine Tour & Coach Co. to visit up to five wineries and tasting rooms in an afternoon or evening.

DOOR COUNTY

WISCONSIN

Smartly dressed rooms complement picturesque lake views at The Dörr Hotel THE DÖRR HOTEL PHOTO BY MARK BALLOGG/COURTESY OF HOTEL
Smartly dressed rooms complement picturesque lake views at The Dörr Hotel.

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The recently opened Dörr Hotel on Sister Bay is the luxe new waterfront development everyone’s talking about right now for its rich Scandinavian influence and impressive accommodations. Level up your stay by booking the The Dörr Suite, boasting top-of-the-line amenities in a pristine and thoughtfully appointed space. Plus, the spacious private balcony offers the perfect spot to appreciate the natural beauty of Door County’s waterfront in all its glory.

Door County’s shoreline is one of the most scenic in the Midwest. SHORELINE PHOTO BY JON JAROSH/DCVB
Door County’s shoreline is one of the most scenic in the Midwest.

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Attending a proper fish boil is essential while in Door County, and Fish Creek’s White Gull Inn is the quintessential destination to do so. Primed with a thorough history lesson on the tradition, the intimate and utterly breathtaking experience of the boiling of Lake Michigan whitefish is one that’s not to be missed. Looking for a more intimate evening of fine dining? Head to Sister Bay’s Waterfront Restaurant. Here, offerings from its seasonal menu showcasing local fish and hand-rolled pasta pair well with a bottle from the eatery’s extensive wine list and the unbeatable views from every table.

Guests will find dashes of The Dörr Hotel’s Scandinavian influence everywhere—at their doors THE DÖRR HOTEL PHOTO BY MARK BALLOGG/COURTESY OF
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Guests will find dashes of The Dörr Hotel’s Scandinavian influence everywhere—at their doors.

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Cave Point County Park in Sturgeon Bay is a must-visit for a day spent kayaking, biking, hiking or even scuba diving. Boasting 900 feet of shoreline on the lake side of the peninsula, the nearly 19-acre park is a scenic haven consistently teeming with visitors in search of a beautiful adventure. Its picturesque sea caves create thunderous echoes as waves crash against them—a truly awe-inspiring spectacle. To see it all, take flight with Grizzly Scenic Air Tours for a 100-minute journey above the peninsula. With custom-designed tours on offer, there’s no better way to experience Door County.

SAVANNAH

GEORGIA

After settling into Common Thread among the refined interiors by local firm KS McRorie Interior Design, explore the menu, structured like a chef’s tasting menu, starting light and transitioning to savory RESTAURANT PHOTO BY JOHN PARK
After settling into Common Thread among the refined interiors by local firm KS McRorie Interior Design, explore the menu, structured like a chef’s tasting menu, starting light and transitioning to savory.

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When planning on where to stay in a city, the best location is right in the center of it all. Richard Kessler’s Plant Riverside District is just that—a new kind of “generator” full of shops, restaurants, hotels and jaw-dropping views of the Savannah River. The whole district is anchored by the brand-new JW Marriott Savannah Plant Riverside District, an entity that occupies three separate hotels, each with its own individualized aesthetic and experience: the Power Plant, repurposed as a contemporary riverside retreat; Three Muses, boasting European elegance; and the Atlantic, perfect for those seeking adventure.

The Southern coast, known for amazing canopies of Spanish moss and live oaks, is the perfect place to explore natural wonders. PHOTO COURTESY OF SAVANNAH PLANT RIVERSIDE DISTRICT
The Southern coast, known for amazing canopies of Spanish moss and live oaks, is the perfect place to explore natural wonders.

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In a town steeped in history and tradition, entering into a recently restored Victorian home for your dinner reservation is par for the course. Common Thread, located in what is known as the Krouskoff House, goes by the philosophy that regardless of language or background, food is the thread that connects us all. At the helm is executive chef Brandon Carter. “For me, one of the most interesting things we have is our dry-aged beef program. Right now, we’re aging bone-in strips for about 24 days,” Carter says. “Some of the more creative dishes are the scallops with lamb and collard dolmas or merguez with field pea loubia and preserved lemon.”

The Plant Riverside District’s Three Muses building boasts a classic vibe, perfect for a romantic getaway PHOTO COURTESY OF SAVANNAH PLANT RIVERSIDE DISTRICT
The Plant Riverside District’s Three Muses building boasts a classic vibe, perfect for a romantic getaway.

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SCAD has undoubtedly made an impact on the city, bringing people from all over the world to work, live and grow in Savannah. All of these influences come together at SCAD Museum of Art. This year marks 10 years, and in celebration, deFINE ART kicks off in February. Explore this annual exhibition of culture-defining contemporary art and curated experiences including works from Katharina Grosse, Norbert Bisky, Elaine Cameron- Weir, Carter Flachbarth, Doreen Garner, Matthew Angelo Harrison, Hayv Kahraman, Sang Hoon Kim and Barthélémy Toguo.

OCEANSIDE

CALIFORNIA

Soak up the salty air at The Rooftop Bar at Mission Pacific Hotel as you nosh on a menu created by chef Roberto Alcocer in collaboration with San Diego’s top surfers. PHOTO COURTESY OF SAVANNAH PLANT RIVERSIDE DISTRICT
Soak up the salty air at The Rooftop Bar at Mission Pacific Hotel as you nosh on a menu created by chef Roberto Alcocer in collaboration with San Diego’s top surfers.

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Make your California dreams a reality at The Seabird Resort, a Destination by Hyatt hotel, and Mission Pacific Hotel, a Joie de Vivre by Hyatt hotel, which bowed in May 2021, directly across from the historic Oceanside Pier. (The boutique hotels allow guests to experience amenities at both properties with their single overnight reservation.) Enjoy a true coastal experience at The Seabird, where 226 rooms are sprawled across the charming six-story saltbox. Perfect for families, its Grand Estate Suite is the largest of its accommodations, with two bedrooms and panoramic ocean views. In contrast, the next-door Mission Pacific Hotel takes a contemporary approach to its look with a sexier edge that makes it a spectacular respite for couples, with 161 guest rooms on offer.

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Book a reservation at The Seabird’s stunning Piper restaurant, which dazzles with a handmade pasta bar—set up sushi-style. Mission Pacific Hotel’s crown jewel, The Rooftop Bar, offers an “après-surf” experience with local beers and Baja-inspired cuisine on its top floor while the ground level is home to Valle, chef Roberto Alcocer’s love letter to the Guadalupe Valley.

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Ask about the Little Seabirds program to sign the kids up for treasure hunts and kite flying while you try your hand at surf lessons with North County Surf Academy. Tap Everyday California for the ultimate whale watching experience.

KEY BISCAYNE

FLORIDA

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Within sight of Miami, yet worlds away, The Ritz-Carlton located on the island of Key Biscayne feels like a secluded island paradise.

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Located on a tropical island, The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Miami is a destination in itself. Even though it’s just a few miles offshore from Miami’s cosmopolitan center, the property feels like a secluded getaway far from the action, and perfect for families looking for a beach vacation on the outskirts of South Beach’s neon lights. Lounge on the resort’s white sand beach and soak up panoramic ocean views. The property offers two pools, a splash pad for kids, a luxurious spa, as well as an expansive tennis center and three cutting-edge padel tennis courts, designed by the legendary Cliff Drysdale.

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At The Ritz, have your pick of locally inspired dining options including Lightkeepers, Cantina Beach, Dune Burgers on the Beach and Rumbar. A melting pot of international cuisine, Key Biscayne has a variety of options. Check out Artisan Kitchen & Bar’s eclectic Venezuelan tapas; Peruvian ceviche and pisco sours at El Gran Inka; or Argentine dishes and Italian pastas at Novecento. For a romantic dinner for two, opt for Costa Med’s Mediterranean fare.

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The island is surrounded by the aquamarine waters of Biscayne National Park, a boating, fishing and diving sanctuary. Scale the 109 steps of the Cape Florida Lighthouse at Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park. The historic lighthouse overlooks a group of Prohibitionera free-standing structures called Stiltsville perched on the sand flats. Get an up-close view of the colorful wooden stilt houses via HistoryMiami Museum’s Stiltsville sunset cruise led by historian Dr. Paul S. George. Or, soar above the scene in a seaplane courtesy of Miami Seaplane Tours.