Hotels

By Brian E. Clark Lucy, a miniature brown-and-white bull terrier, may well have the best job on Mackinac Island. The friendly pooch is 18 months old, weighs in at roughly 30 pounds and is about half the size of a regular bull terrier. She has the unofficial title of assistant

  By Everett Potter One of Lake Como’s most dramatic and unique private homes has just opened as a 24-suite hotel. Passalacqua commands seven acres of terraced and manicured gardens in the village of Moltrasio, overlooking the majestic lake. I’ve visited sleepy Moltrasio on many occasions, a village about 15 minutes

  By Brian E. Clark On a Backroads bicycling trip that included Havana, Cuba a few years ago, I rode in a rickety, 100-year-old elevator – complete with a human operator. It clanked and groaned to the top of a crumbling, six-story building to get to its five occupants to

By Everett Potter Coastal Maine has recently seen a spate of older hotels transformed for more sophisticated visitors. Now it’s getting yet another hipster hideaway this summer with the mid-June opening of The Wanderer in Kennebunk. Located near some of Maine’s best beaches, this 17-cottage compound has a lounge pool, a

By Everett Potter It’s rare indeed that a new Auberge Resorts property comes along, especially one that’s just 90 minutes from New York City, up in the Catskills. The company has a memorable roster of luxury lairs, including Auberge du Soleil in Napa Valley, White Barn in Kennebunkport, Malliouhana in

By Larry Olmsted I often travel with my dogs, and I am hardly alone. In recent years Americans have spent record amounts pampering their pets, and increasingly treating four-legged friends like human children, including on the road. Pet travel has increased steadily for the past 20 years, and a 2020

By Ann Abel Call it the ACE effect. The hotel brand became famous for setting up shop in offbeat neighborhoods—where the rent was presumably cheaper—and then transforming those areas into new capitals of cool. They were pioneers in neighborhoods like New York’s NoMad, district, London’s Shoreditch, and DTLA. And they inspired

by Kim D. McHugh Engaged in a Corn Dance, more than 200 festively adorned tribal members enter the main square of the Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo near Santa Fe. The dance amplifies why New Mexico has “Land of Enchantment” on its license plates. It is one of many annual celebrations that

By Everett Potter Three new hotels are on the verge of opening just in time for what’s expected to be a very busy summer season in the Northeast. Located in New Hampshire, Cape Cod and the Catskills, some of the most desirable vacation destinations in the region, the properties are

By Everett Potter Maine has enjoyed a sizeable increase in visitors during the pandemic, as more people discover the considerable charms of its fabled rocky coastline, fishing villages and food scene. As visitors increase, so does the demand for small hotels that have a distinctive Maine flavor. Here are three