In October, Robb Report Club Members took in the brilliant oranges, reds, and yellows of New England’s fall foliage through Aston Martin windshields, stopping throughout the drive at a curated selection of must-see destinations. The five-night excursion began in Greenwich, Conn., at the Homestead Inn, where guests enjoyed multiple courses at the hotel’s French restaurant Thomas Henkelmann, along with wine pairings by Sequoia Grove. During the next day’s drive, Westchester County’s Union Church, home to artist Henri Matisse’s final masterpiece, merited a stop. The colorful rose window commissioned by Nelson A. Rockefeller is surrounded by nine stained-glass works by modernist Marc Chagall. Farther up the Hudson Valley, the drive concluded at the 19-room mansion Glenmere. Castello Banfi’s exceptional Tuscan wines accompanied dinner in the 150-acre, Tuscan-style estate’s private China Room.
Glenmere’s luxurious amenities warranted a day spent off the road enjoying the hotel’s spa and manicured grounds. Designer Dennis Basso hosted a private trunk show featuring furs that the ladies borrowed for a Jazz Age–inspired dinner party that evening. Cascading orchids by L’Olivier and Jardin d’Eden tableware by Christofle decorated a stunning table, while Krug poured Champagne throughout the meal.
The next day’s route followed the hilly Taconic State Parkway through the eastern Hudson Valley among fall colors galore. Upon arriving at the Wheatleigh in Lenox, Mass., drivers and passengers took to the skies in a sunset, hot-air-balloon ride. An after-hours tour of the local Norman Rockwell Museum was followed by a drive down quaint Main Street—essentially a Rockwell painting come to life. Getting to Kennebunkport, Maine, included a stop for apple picking at Bartlett’s Orchard. The drive concluded with a waterfront lobster dinner at Pier 77 Restaurant and an overnight stay at the romantic White Barn Inn, where drivers bid farewell and hesitantly relinquished their Aston Martin keys. (astonmartin.com)