The Rittenhouse is to Philadelphia what the Plaza Hotel is to New York City. Like the Midtown institution, the Center City resort has an illustrious history, draws a monied crowd, provides on customized service, and offers views of Philadelphia’s landmark public square and park. Each of these days renovated visitor rooms and suites is generously proportioned (from 450 to six hundred rectangular ft). That said, try and cozy a room with a park view—because of the building’s cantilevered facade, interior rooms incorporate pointed corner nooks (occupied through a table or a desk and chairs) that both experience like a spacious refuge or a Feng shui nightmare. While the critical vicinity puts you inside a quick walk of some of the town’s great eating places (Stephen Starr’s Parc, for instance), Scarpetta, positioned in the resort, also indicates up: anticipate stylish Italian plates consisting of crispy fritto misto, braised rabbit pappardelle, and a completely vegetarian menu.
The 22 rooms at this 13,000-acre winery are every absolutely precise: in the Chile suite, sisal covers the walls and the doors are carved from cork; inside the Norge suite (in honor of Alex Vik’s Scandinavian history), present-day works through Norway’s pleasant-recognized artists hang along with rare folks textiles. You can experience horses through the vineyards, or flavor en primeur vintages in the very well paneled library. Note that this property was referred to as Viña Vik Millahue.
“Coûte que coûte” goes the punning family motto of Sir Charles Coote, for whom the opulent Ballyfin property was conceived in the early nineteenth century. “No, remember the price” is how this loosely translates, proving as apt an adage within the twenty-first century as it changed into then. Many tens of millions of euros may also have been lavished on this stately pile in Ireland’s County Laois, each in its unique construction and, more currently, its painstaking recovery. For the architectural historian, the residence is a head-turner—the end result of Regency craftsmanship added collectively in lusciously modeled plasterwork, scagliola in varying colorations, stained glass, and staggeringly complex parquetry. For the sybarite, the residence is an area of consolation and grandeur, now not least within the Gold Drawing Room in which partitions are hung with lustrous silk and substantial home windows frame perspectives of the 28-acre lake. New this yr is Ballyfin’s 21st room and first standalone assets: the tiny Gardener’s Cottage (really Ireland’s last love-nest), overlooking, to the rear, the walled gardens, which deliver Ballyfin’s kitchen with natural fruit and veggies. The grounds are made for on foot within the complimentary wellies, with grottoes and rockeries, a folly and a fernery, a rose garden, and an aviary. There is not any finer Irish-USA house revel in.