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FrontRunners: Town And Country

A little bit of country meets a little bit of city on the New England Luxury Escape ($4,300 for double occupancy), a four-night package trip that begins at Boston’s XV Beacon (877.982.3226, www .xvbeacon.com) and concludes with two nights at the Twin Farms resort (800.894.6327, http://www.twinfarms.com) in Barnard, Vt. Accommodations at the turn-of-the-20th-century, Beaux Arts–style […]

FrontRunners: American Ambrosia

Like the island on which it is located, American Seasons restaurant (508.228.7111, http://www.americanseasons.com) in historic Nantucket, Mass., is uniquely American, serving cuisine from New England (Atlantic halibut), the South (Vidalia onion bisque), the Pacific Coast (steak and short ribs), and the Wild West (quail with sweet potato). Executive Chef Michael LaScola began his career as […]

FrontRunners: Upward Nobility

Bess of Hardwick underwent a remarkable transformation in Elizabethan England. Born in 1527, she rose from near poverty to become one of the wealthiest women of her day, marrying four times and establishing a dynasty for her Cavendish descendants, the earls and dukes of Devonshire. More than 200 pieces from the family’s collection of art […]

FrontRunners: Nights of the Round Table

Members of Dorothy Parker’s literary Round Table surely would applaud the recent $3 million refurbishment of the Algonquin Hotel (212.840.6800, http://www.algonquinhotel.com), the Manhattan landmark where they met for lunch and discourse in the 1920s. The 102-year-old hotel—where The New Yorker was launched when editor Harold Ross persuaded his fellow poker player, Raoul Fleischmann, to invest […]

Front Runners: Duke as Docent

Inheriting an estimated $80 million and a Gilded Age cottage overlooking the Atlantic in Newport, R.I., is daunting at any age. Doris Duke did so when she was just 12 years old. She used that fortune wisely, becoming an ardent preservationist and a knowledgeable collector of art and antiques that she acquired from all over […]

Best of the Best 2004: Airlines

Cathay Pacific Airways The acclaimed airline returns to its routes.   Legend has it that American entrepreneur Roy Farrell and a group of foreign correspondents, doubtless inspired by Marco Polo’s 13th-century adventures in the land he called Cathay and we now know as China, cooked up the name Cathay Pacific in a bar somewhere in […]

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