Rediscovering Eastern Americana

Boston Strong, Internationally Refined {Back Bay} Mandarin Oriental Boston Even with an interior design style, service, and architecture that encompass the best of New England, Europe, and Asia, the Mandarin Oriental Boston puts one at the heart of an unquestionably American experience. Its exclusive Back Bay location on Boylston Street is steps away from The […]

Rediscovering Eastern Americana
August 7, 2015

Boston Strong, Internationally Refined

{Back Bay} Mandarin Oriental Boston
Even with an interior design style, service, and architecture that encompass the best of New England, Europe, and Asia, the Mandarin Oriental Boston puts one at the heart of an unquestionably American experience. Its exclusive Back Bay location on Boylston Street is steps away from The Boston Public Library (the nation’s first free municipal library, housing such rare works as John Adams’ private book collection and several first edition Shakespeare folios) and the Freedom Trail, featuring 16 landmarks that trace key events in America’s early history. New England’s fabled seafood bounty is captured brilliantly in such notable restaurants as Neptune Oyster, Bina Osteria, and New York Times-acclaimed O Ya. Culinary offerings inside the Mandarin Oriental expand on that tradition, including Bar Boulud, which showcases internationally renowned chef Daniel Boulud’s French takes on New England-style cuisine. The Mandarin Oriental Boston is also home to Massachusetts’ only Forbes Five-Star awarded spa. / mandarinoriental.com/boston

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Liberty “Belle”

{Philadelphia} The Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia
While there is no shortage of grand luxury hotels in Philadelphia, this city’s Ritz-Carlton is a standout, allowing guests to savor the city’s past while enjoying the comforts of the present. The iconic Center City landmark property began as The Girard Trust Company by the architectural firm McKim, Mead and White, with its Rotunda completed in 1908 and its tower going up in 1923 and added onto in 1931. It is also a short stroll away from the historic landmarks that define Philadelphia’s most fashionable and culturally significant neighborhoods, including Rittenhouse Square. Highlights include the Art Alliance, Rosenbach Museum & Library, The Curtis Institute, and The Plays and Players Theater. The attentive concierge will also help you plan for your leisure time in town, whether it be reservations for dinner at one of Philadelphia’s hottest restaurants (LaCroix, Sbraga, R2L, Butcher and Singer, Parc) or a custom tour to Independence Hall, Carpenter’s Hall, the Declaration House, Elfreth’s Alley, and other significant sites. / ritzcarlton.com

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By George! Capella’s Got It!

{Georgetown} Capella Washington, D.C.
Capella Washington, D.C. makes its stylish debut in the city’s fashionably historic Georgetown, just below bustling M Street and situated right along the picturesque Chesapeake and Ohio Canal. While this stunning five-star property makes a strong first impression with its interior and exterior design, it also offers guests a variety of gracious services such as a complimentary in-room refreshment center, the absence of set check-in or check-out times, as well as a gorgeous rooftop deck appointed with an indoor/outdoor pool, state-of-the-art fitness equipment, and postcard views of the Washington Monument, Kennedy Center, and Potomac River. Georgetown Waterfront Park, less than a block from the hotel, unfolds with a plethora of dining options, including the new highly regarded Italian Fiola Mare, offering succulently prepared seafood in a convivial atmosphere. Popular dishes include their Maine lobster ravioli and bomboloni and Sardinian ricotta doughnuts with gelato and butterscotch sauce. For breakfast, head to Baked & Wired, a funky neighborhood bakery proffering unforgettable quiches, phenomenal cupcakes, and addictive cookies and bars. / capellahotels.com/washingtondc/georgetown

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