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Ten Top Summer Getaways

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Montage Laguna Beach, California

Montage Laguna Beach, California
Jennifer Hall

Laguna Beach lifeguards used to lug their surfboards around the 30-acre headland above Treasure Island, Christmas Cove, and Goff Cove, because the long walk (or an even longer paddle) was the only way to reach the beaches below the cliffs…

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Post Ranch Inn, Big Sur, California

Post Ranch Inn, Big Sur, California
Jennifer Hall

Couples from Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, Paris, and Hong Kong gather around Post Ranch Inn’s resident astronomer, asking questions on a cold night in March. The sky is clear, and the Big Sur, Calif., resort’s 12-inch Mead tracking telescope is focused…

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Twin Farms, Vermont

Twin Farms, Vermont
Sheila Gibson Stoodley

Spring in Vermont rarely arrives the same way twice. Sometimes it drips in, with punishing snowstorms giving way to copious rainstorms. Occasionally, it arrives in one great mid-May burst. Dandelions that did not exist on Thursday freckle the hills on Saturday…

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The Point Resort, New York

The Point Resort, New York
Emily Liebert

Before the “purse dog” or the “Labradoodle,” there was the gundog, and in the late 19th century, the age of the Great Camp, these hunting companions were treated with the utmost respect. This mind-set prevails at the Point, an Adirondack resort…

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Il San Pietro di Positano, Italy

Il San Pietro di Positano, Italy
Margie Goldsmith

From the twisting road that follows the Amalfi Coast outside of Positano, Italy, you might not notice the entrance to Il San Pietro di Positano. The only indication that you have arrived at the resort is a stone chapel perched on a rocky bluff…

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Gleneagles, Scotland

Gleneagles, Scotland
Bruce Wallin

The Harris hawk is a sociable creature, known to pursue and attack its quarry in casts, or teams, in the wild. The bird’s group mentality makes it an ideal companion on the hunt and the species of choice at Gleneagles’ British School of Falconry…

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Le Cap Estel, France

Le Cap Estel, France
Scott Goetz

By the time a South African couple purchased Le Cap Estel in 2000, the resort had slipped in rank on the status-conscious Côte d’Azur. Newer and flashier hotels on the stretch of coast between Monaco and Nice had long since lured royalty…

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Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora

Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora
Jenny Hontz

Since it opened last September, the Spa at Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora has been creating quite a scene for its patrons: Sitting on the French Polynesian island’s highest point, it offers unparalleled views of a lagoon and the volcanic mountains…

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Laucala Island, Fiji

Laucala Island, Fiji
Farhad Heydari

In the cerulean waters of northern Fiji’s far-flung Vanua Levu, a lush and undulant island formerly belonging to the late publishing magnate Malcolm Forbes has been converted into one of the world’s most exclusive refuges…

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Hotel Caruso

Hotel Caruso
Becca Hensley

Hotel Caruso dangles from a cliff in Ravello, an Italian village of some 1,000 steps and at least as many lemon trees. The resort’s executive chef, Mimmo Di Raffaele, utilizes the ubiquitous citrus in his desserts…

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