Hotels

By Bart Beeson If The Federal in Brunswick, Maine could talk, you would imagine it would spin long yarns about seafaring days and ocean adventures. The hotel’s original building dates back to the early 1800s and was once the Captain Daniel Stone Inn, named after the well-known sea merchant who

By Everett Potter Manhattan has long been a place where exclusivity reigns. So it seems fitting that it’s home to a new property, The Ned NoMad, which is both a members’ club and luxury hotel that opened a few weeks ago. Situated in the 1903 Beaux Arts Johnston Building, it

By Everett Potter The famed French industrial architect and designer Philippe Starck might not be the first name that comes to mind when choosing to redesign one of Switzerland’s rarefied five-star hotels. Starck seemed a somewhat unlikely choice to deconstruct and reimagine the hotel Eden au Lac in Zurich, better

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