Final Best of the Best from Travel Week ~ USA

It has been quite a whirlwind virtual trip around the feels good to be home! Are you ready for my "best of the best" in the good old USA?
If I could just pick up and move to one place in the US, it might be Sausalito, California. Until then, I have found the perfect home away from home - Cavallo Point, The Lodge at Golden Gate. Seriously, how amazing is that view?! The setting of this stunning former Army base turned luxury sustainable resort is enough to make anyone want to book a reservation ASAP, but the added benefit of cooking classes and a "healing arts" program, make me immediately think this would be an excellent destination for a girls' getaway.


Heading down to Southern California, we find another destination where I would love to have the opportunity to visit - Golden Door.  With a fifty year history, it is world renowned as the ultimate health and fitness destination. While many people think of a spa week as a something you do solo or with a group of women, Golden Door offers quite a few co-ed weeks, and, the men only weeks are becoming more and more popular. The week long programs are all-inclusive with many amenities including all meals featuring farm to table ingredients, multiple sessions with a personal Fitness Guide, a daily in-room massage and other spa treatments; access to 20 miles of private trails for walking and hiking; numerous fitness classes and gyms to choose from; and a complete spa wardrobe with daily laundry service. No excuses here!

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What do you get when you combine 6,000 acres of pristine natural beauty surrounded by the red rock canyons of Western Colorado, an owner who founded the Discovery Channel and the luxuries of a five star resort? Gateway Canyons...the ideal vacation for families with active teenagers (or adult children), groups of friends or even a corporate retreat. Discovery Channel founder, John Hendricks, took his favorite touches from the many luxury properties where he has stayed, and has brought them back to his own resort at Gateway Canyons, so luxury lovers will not be disappointed. What really makes this property stand out, however, is the multitude of activities available - horseback riding, fly fishing, mountain biking, river rafting and helicopter tours, as well as an off road driving experience and auto museum which make this a "must visit" for driving enthusiasts.

Kiawah Island very well may be the consummate family resort, and The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island is definitely THE place to stay. If anyone is looking for a place to spend the holidays, this is it. An island that truly has something for everyone, I can't think of a better place for a multi-generational vacation. Whether it is world class golf on the Ocean Course, geo-caching or a junior naturalist program for the kids or biking on the sand, every member of the family will love their vacation at The Sanctuary.
I can't wrap up the US without including at least one "city hotel"...I have lived in the NYC area for 30 years but I really wasn't all that familiar with The Lowell, although it has been providing legendary service since 1928 and was the favorite hotel of F.Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald.  Just off Fifth Avenue, on a tree lined street on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, The Lowell is the only hotel in the city to offer wood burning fireplaces in many of the rooms, while others have private terraces. The 49 suites and 27 deluxe rooms are all decorated by acclaimed designer, Michael Smith, creating an enchanting oasis amidst the bustle of city life.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

SO...there we have it...just a few of the remarkable properties I discovered at Virtuoso Travel Week. For every one I included in a post, there were five more that were equally as spectacular. It is a big world and it is filled with more beautiful places than any of us could visit in a lifetime...but it can't hurt to try!

Here are my other posts on my "best of the best" from travel week:

Africa Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific South America Asia Europe Mexico and the Caribbean