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The Bedford Bath Ritual at Springs Eternal Spa

By |2019-04-08T08:17:32-04:00April 7th, 2019|Blog|

 Springs Eternal Spa at Bedford Springs Resort The Omni Bedford Springs Resort is an historic destination spa in the mountains of central Pennsylvania. The abundance of natural mineral springs combined with fresh mountain air has made for a healthful retreat for more than two centuries. In 1796, Dr. John Anderson purchased more than 2,000 acres from [...]

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Omni Bedford Springs Resort: The Grand Dame of Cumberland Valley

By |2019-04-07T21:57:27-04:00March 27th, 2019|Blog|

Bedford Springs Resort and Spa The dreamy mountains of Cumberland Valley are conveniently positioned between Pennsylvania's capital of Harrisburg and Pittsburgh. Cumberland County is home to nearly fifty miles of the Appalachian Trail, hundreds of springs, ponds and lakes, a few storied universities, and pre-Revolutionary and Civil War history. Boating, hiking, fly-fishing, and touring covered bridges [...]

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Nemacolin Woodlands Resort: Create Your Own Experience

By |2018-09-20T18:03:40-04:00September 19th, 2018|Blog|

A MOUNTAIN NEST One hour southeast of Pittsburgh is Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, a luxurious mountain retreat sprawling across 2,000 acres of scenic hills and valleys. This area, known as the Laurel Highlands, is a storied region where Native American and colonial history runs deep and beautiful, mountainous terrain climbs steep. It is home to Pennsylvania's highest [...]

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Malabar Farm: Agricultural Legacy & Living Classroom

By |2018-07-29T22:41:30-04:00July 25th, 2018|Articles|

Malabar Farm “As soils are depleted, human health, vitality and intelligence go with them.”  ~Louis Bromfield To say Louis Bromfield was a strong advocate of scientific agriculture is an understatement. Bromfield not only championed the American farmer in a time of great depression, but spearheaded a radical conservation effort in the name of soil, rain [...]

Chicken Consommé for the Soul: Grand Hotel

By |2018-07-29T09:06:49-04:00July 15th, 2018|Blog|

If ever there is that one bite that becomes burned into your culinary memory, the Grand Hotel's chicken consommé was one of mine. Having spent a few glorious sunny summer days on Mackinac Island, we took our meals in the variety of Grand-owned restaurants around the property and in town. We chose to have the five-course dinner in the Main [...]

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Destination Grand: The Grand Hotel, Mackinac Island

By |2018-07-29T21:50:20-04:00July 1st, 2018|Blog|

The Grand Hotel experience begins even before stepping foot onto northern Michigan's Mackinac Island. First glimpse of the stately white columns and billowing flags of the hotel unfurling along the hillside hints at the timeless luxury that awaits across across the bay. The fifteen-minute ferry ride (we used Shepler's Ferry out of Mackinaw City) is just a teaser as the boat [...]

Taking the Waters: A Spa Day at the Greenbrier

By |2018-06-22T11:30:33-04:00June 15th, 2018|Blog|

Taking the Waters. A Spa Day at the Greenbrier, West Virginia When in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, it only makes sense to do what the Native Americans and travelers, including George Washington, have done for centuries ... take the waters. Sink your body into the local mineral waters for whatever ails you. Tucked into the folds [...]

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Ritual & Refinement: Afternoon Tea at the Langham Hotel, Boston

By |2018-07-29T21:55:42-04:00June 1st, 2018|Blog|

I have been on a bit of an Afternoon Tea odyssey lately. There is something genteel and charming about the formality of it all. Tea cups with roses. Tiny sandwiches. Tiers of minature sweets. While living in England for a few years, friends and I sat sipping darjeeling with pinky's out at the Savoy. We drove the Fortnum & [...]

“The Grande Dame of the Sea”: Wentworth By The Sea | New Hampshire

By |2018-07-29T22:44:47-04:00June 1st, 2018|Blog|

In an effort to research some of America's great hotels for my book America's Grande Dames, I discovered this majestic beacon perched on a hill overlooking the island of New Castle, just near Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Wentworth-by-the Sea has an aristocratic ring to it. It was in fact built by a local ale tycoon in 1874 and [...]

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Seattle Architectural Foundation Walking Tour

By |2018-06-12T14:20:04-04:00May 15th, 2017|Blog|

During my last trip to Seattle, the Executive Director of the Seattle Architectural Foundation hooked me up with a private walking tour around downtown. I had the pleasure of spending two hours with Eva Weaver, one of SAF's deeply knowledgeable tour guides. The customized tour focused on Art Deco skyscrapers in the Northwest style, built in the late 1920s [...]

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A Modern Grand Dame: Boston Harbor Hotel

By |2018-06-12T14:20:05-04:00January 5th, 2017|Blog|

This waterfront building has always held a particular allure for me.  The enormous flag billowing in the archway. The perfect location between harbor and city. Back door airport water taxi service. For decades, I admired this hotel from afar. It was now time to see what all the hubbub is about, especially after reading about the massive [...]

UA Parks & Rec Bring French Luncheon Close to Home

By |2017-01-03T13:42:55-04:00January 3rd, 2017|News|

CityScene's TriVillage Magazine covered our upcoming Elegant French Luncheon cooking class, held on February 21, 6:30-8:30. It is offered through Upper Arlington's Lifelong Learning program and held in the demo kitchen at the Kingsdale Giant Eagle Market District. Gather your favorite people for a sophisticated afternoon meal, which will impress with both its ease and [...]

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