This week we bring you all of the inspiration for the potentially lesser-travelled, more authentic and equally desirable parts of the US. Highlighting fantastic locations and hotels that will make the perfect additions to your itinerary…
1 Hotel Hanalei Bay
The top spot on this island state features a pristine sandy beach with an uplifting mountain backdrop – there’s no sunset quite like the one seen from Mount Makana, while Hanalei Pier makes a great stepping-off point for paddle-boarding. It’s a hideaway garlanded by lush greenery on Kauai’s tranquil north shore.
The hotel is relaxed with hushed décor and a strong focus on sustainability, but the cuisine has some real bite with tropical cocktails and great local food dished up all day – and night, when there’s live entertainment on the ocean-facing Welina Terrace. Rooms and suites are spacious and feature rain showers in bathrooms, to cool off after your morning gym visit.
Hotel Saint Cecilia
The state capital of Texas is full of surprises and is known as the Live Music Capital of the World, home to hundreds of live music venues and some of the premier music festivals in the country. There’s a great down-town vibe with a hidden hipster culture, and the Hotel Saint Cecilia is in an area packed with excellent entertainment, shopping and sightseeing.
This is a boutique hotel in the proper sense of the word, with just 14 rooms, and oasis-like grounds that are almost a miniature park. It’s something quite new and different for this city, as evidenced by its own vinyl library for the record-players in each room! The cool lounge and patio are for guests only and the stylish pool is long and narrow.
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Rosewood Inn Of the Anasazi
For a location in this famous south-west city, you can’t get better: you’re just a quarter-block away from the Santa Fe Plaza and Palace Of The Governors, with ample great galleries, stores and museums close by – including the wonderful Georgia O’Keeffe Museum. A day-trip to Taos is also a must.
Reopened in 2021, this century-old sandstone beauty is intimate yet full of atmosphere, with most of its fixtures handcrafted. Your suite can have a balcony and even its own dining room, while the Anasazi Restaurant features a dedicated tasting table offering grilled elk. You can have a massage in your room and feed your mind in the superb library.
Kimpton Palladian Hotel
You are at the heart of this lovely city in one of its very finest hotels, at the axis of Belltown and the shopping district. Pike Place Market is a short walk away, and the nearby waterfront area hums with super restaurants, live music venues, and endless great shops and eclectic cafés – the antithesis of bland, corporate America.
There are 97 rooms in this local landmark, built in 1910 and dripping with heavyweight chic leavened with playful references to everyone from David Bowie to Kelsey Grammer. In-house is the acclaimed Shaker+Spear seafood eatery, the Pennyroyal Lounge, and a whimsical lobby lined with books and leather armchairs.
White Barn Inn, Auberge Resorts Collection
A 90-minute drive north of Boston, this is a historic gem of local hospitality in the delightful coastal town of Kennebunk. There are miles of deserted beaches and trails to walk or cycle along, while in winter dog sleds will pull you through a magical backwoods wonderland. Get stuck into a maple syrup farm tour, or a chocolate-making class…
The hotel’s design was overseen by New York’s Jenny Wolf Interiors, and the infinity pool has a seaward vista. The White Barn restaurant is a favourite for New England fare – five stars from Forbes – and has a rustic elegance that makes you want to linger; the Little Barn stablemate, meanwhile, is more casual. The 27 rooms, suites and cottages are truly delightful with their spindle beds, antique furniture and cosy fabrics.
Four Seasons Hotel Nashville
The hometown of country music, Nashville is the vibrant capital city of Tennessee with its unique blend of history, culture, food, and fun. Your itinerary here can include visiting legendary music venues, indulging in amazing food and take a stroll in the beautiful state parks.
The Four Seasons Nashville is our top pick for accommodation, centrally located in Downtown Nashville’s So Bro neighbourhood. Guests will enjoy the classically designed rooms, unparalleled Four Seasons service and warm Southern hospitality. The hotel features several restaurants and no trip is complete without visiting the spa and rooftop pool.
So, pick a new-to-you city or state and let your 360 Private Travel designer fix you up with one of these places, or something similar.