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Jai Mahal Palace, A Taj Hotel, Jaipur India

Because it is run by the venerable India-based Taj Group (93 hotels in 55 locations across India, and 16 others - including the Boston Taj and Taj Pierre in NYC - worldwide), the Jai Mahal Palace in Jaipur holds bend-over-backwards service sacrosanct. As with other high-end hotel brands – Four Seasons or Ritz Carlton for example [...]

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Hope Town Harbour Lodge: Hope Town, Abaco, Bahamas

Hope Town Harbour Lodge

Set between gingerbread-trimmed buildings and translucent aquamarine sea, on an island too sparsely populated to merit even one traffic light, Hope Town Harbour Lodge is a delightful collection of historic buildings and charming cottages. The resort sits perched on a tiny hill in the village of Hope Town, on the northern tip of Elbow Cay, a narrow [...]

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AKA Wall Street, an extended stay “hotel residence,” was carved out of a 19 story brick and limestone office building built in 1907. In New York City’s financial district, on the corner of William St. and Maiden Lane, AKA Wall Street is that rare kind of lodging that combines understated luxury for discerning travelers, attentive service, [...]

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Montreal Beach Resort: Cape May NJ

The story of the builder of this beachfront hotel, The Montreal Beach Resort, nowhere near Canada, might give you goosebumps. Fifty years ago, in 1966, holocaust survivor, Harry Hirsch, had the gumption and foresight to purchase this property in the sleepy residential town of Cape May, constructing a 27-room inn he named Montreal Beach Inn [...]

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Ram’s Head Inn, Shelter Island NY

On a bulb of land separated from the rest of Shelter Island by a couple of narrow causeways, the hilltop Ram’s Head Inn was originally built by Joan Covey as a resort in 1929. At the start of the Great Depression, Covey enticed her Real Estate clientele in Great Neck, Long Island, to enjoy an [...]

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Emerson Resort and Spa: Mt. Tremper NY

Emerson Resort and Spa is named after poet Ralph Waldo Emerson, and in fact, excerpts of his poems can be seen throughout the property, most notably over the reception desk, and above gas fireplaces in deluxe rooms. In 2007, after being destroyed by fire, the Inn portion of Emerson Resort was rebuilt next to the existing (and undamaged) [...]

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  On the northern edge of Brooklyn, where this NYC borough borders Queens across the Pulaski Bridge, Greenpoint is blooming like tulips in May: the corner of Newtown Creek where it meets the East River in particular. New construction, renovated apartments, and gutted and repurposed factories are attracting more and more Millennials priced out of Manhattan [...]

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Stirling Guest Hotel: Reading PA

Stirling Guest Hotel, the mansion on a hill in Reading PA built in 1890 for iron industrialist and engineer, James Hervey Sternbergh (who designed and patented machinery in the manufacture of nuts and bolts) was named for a castle in Scotland, and is now one of the most regal places to stay in Reading PA. Sternbergh had [...]

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Ocean House: Watch Hill RI

If you want to be spoiled in the best way possible, come to the Ocean House  in Watch Hill RI, and you’ll enjoy as civilized and tranquil a shore stay as you’ll find anywhere in the world, with over the top service well worth the pretty penny you’ll spend. Originally built in 1868, by 2003 the [...]

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The nickname “Knickerbocker” harks back to the mid 1800’s when Washington Irving, author of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Rip Van Winkle, penned his first blockbuster called Knickerbocker’s History of New York, narrated by a fictional Dutch historian named Diedrich Knickerbocker. That nickname, appropriated by the New York Knicks basketball team, was also the [...]

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