“Where are you off to next?” is the question to ask this fall, and you will definitely want to have a good answer. Whether it’s a long weekend getaway to somewhere close, or a month-long journey to far off lands and exotic ports of call, travel awakens our curiosity for adventure and broadens our perspective. With the summer season winding down on the East End many of you may be left wondering “Where to?”
Recently we took a jaunt to Massachusetts and had the pleasure of visiting two of the over 400 Leading Hotels of the World. Each with its own unique character, you will be transported to a place far from ordinary where you’ll experience the elegance of luxury hospitality.
THE NEWBURY BOSTON
First stop, The Newbury in Boston’s stunning Back Bay neighborhood. The hotel is prominently located at the corner of Arlington and Newbury streets, directly across from the famed Boston Public Garden. This magnificent hotel has hosted distinguished travelers and Bostonians for nearly 100 years since it opened its doors as one of the first Ritz-Carlton properties in the U.S. back in 1927.
During an extensive two-year refurbishment prior to opening in May 2021 the team at the Newbury had the unique challenge of honoring the history and tradition of the building while adding a chic contemporary appeal. The result is a stately modern elegance that captures the sophistication of its classic New England charm while bringing it into the 21st century.
Once you’ve settled in and begin to explore the property you’ll notice beautiful curated works of art specifically chosen for each space hanging in the public areas.
The Newbury offers some of the best restaurants in the city, starting with the bright and lively social atmosphere of Contessa, where you can enjoy delicious, elegant Italian cuisine, artfully presented and expertly prepared. The squash carpaccio, tuna crudo, and lobster pasta are sensational. Maybe it’s the cozy feeling of sipping one of the finely crafted signature cocktails offered at the Street Bar, while perched on a rich leather bar stool looking out over the Boston public garden, that you seek. We suggest either the signature martini or the pink flamingo, and take it from us, this is a fantastic way to spend a Sunday afternoon.
Steps away from designer boutiques, art galleries, and posh patio cafes, the Newbury offers access to world-class shopping and dining off campus as well. Don’t forget to stop by Tiffany & Co. adjacent to the lobby entrance on Newbury Street. This location offers many special pieces you won’t find at some of the larger retail locations.
In the mood for a more personalized experience? You can add one of their package offerings to your stay such as tea for two in your room or a museum tour. If you’re booking a suite with one of the original wood-burning fireplaces you’ll want to schedule a fireplace butler who will come to your room to stoke a fire with kindling of your choice and serve an assortment of campfire inspired snacks from the hotel’s culinary team. They’ll even toast the marshmallows for you! What could be more perfect for a cozy autumn getaway than that?
The Newbury is a quintessential luxury hotel experience that is not to be missed.
Once the days start becoming shorter and the crisp chill of the autumn breeze sets in, you might start thinking about a serene mountain retreat. Captivating views and world-class fine dining can be found, tucked in to the beautiful rolling hills of the Berkshire Mountains. If this sounds like the luxurious, restful getaway you’ve been craving, then Wheatleigh in Lenox is just what you’re looking for. This 19-room luxury hotel built in 1893 in the style of a Florentine palazzo is one of the many historic mansions of the Berkshires from the Gilded Age. Just a scenic two-hour drive from either Boston or New York City, the Berkshires have been a preferred destination for many influential artists, writers, and captains of industry for well over a century. That legacy and tradition is imprinted in the fabric of the community to this day as the Berkshires remain a thriving arts center with ample year round activities to enjoy from hiking and skiing to hot air ballooning.
At Wheatleigh they seamlessly unite the past and present. An opulent gilded age aesthetic meets the creature comforts of accessible modern luxury. While you’ll surely be eager to explore all the wonderful places and activities the Berkshires have to offer, we chose to start by unwinding at Wheatleigh in one of their magnificent suites.
The interiors are spectacular and the breathtaking views from your private terrace will amaze. The suite is adorned with custom furnishings and English limestone baths. The antique soaking tub is sure to melt all your stress away, and if there’s any tension left after a nice relaxing bath you can book an in-room massage.
Wheatleigh also offers world-class dining in a warm, intimate setting. Sample exquisite, refined cuisine in the glass-covered portico overlooking the Berkshire Mountains, created by husband and wife team Nate and Elizabeth Grant. New to the Wheatleigh team, but not to the Leading Hotels of the World family, Nate spent 10 years at San Ysidro Ranch as the executive chef. His wife Elizabeth was the pastry chef at Rosewood Miramar Beach and was part of the culinary team to earn a Michelin star there. The dining experience here is exceptional, whether you’re in the mood for a tasting menu in the portico, ordering a la carte in the main dining room, or grabbing a casual bite in the library, you’ll be amazed at the sophisticated cuisine from this culinary power couple.
Exploring the many towns and historic sites of the Berkshires is a must. Take in a concert at neighboring Tanglewood, steps from Wheatleigh their fall concert lineup has something for everyone. Meander the hiking trails and watch the foliage turn. Explore nearby Great Barrington to shop the cozy boutiques and visit art galleries. You can tour the Edith Wharton Museum and the Norman Rockwell Estate or leisurely drive the winding tree-lined country roads. The choice is yours and the options are plentiful.