The region that put American wine on the map has a lot new going on. Forget mansion-size tasting rooms; there’s a crop of intimate places. Casual dining is better than ever, with newcomers like Charter Oak, a shrine to open-fire cooking. Calistoga Ranch is no longer the only place to stay in hot springs country: The five-room Francis House opened in August, and Four Seasons Resort & Residences arrives this summer.
Park City, Utah
There are few ski areas in North America where a morning flight can have you floating on dry champagne powder by early afternoon. That accessibility has long made Park City a favorite winter playground. Auberge Resorts’ Lodge at Blue Sky, on a3,500-acre ranch, will bring the mountains even closer: A helicopter can pick you up at the airport and have you skiing on untouched terrain before check-in. The 46-suite lodge debuts in May, and it will have daylong “teaser” heli-ski packages, which include meals in a fire-warmed yurt. Once open, it will have signature Auberge service and warm and cold weather activities (for kids, too) and a range of lodgings. Our favorite: the 500-square-foot tents. Park City’s High West Distillery already has a tasting room and restaurant on-site, so you can toast your achievements.
California and Arizona have traditionally been the favored spots for a serious mind-body reboot. Now this bucolic patch of Massachusetts, renowned for such cultural institutions as Tanglewood, Jacob’sPillow, and Mass MoCA, is picking up the wellness mantle. A hiker’s paradise with many miles of forested trails and five ski areas, it is already home to two destination retreats: the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health in Stockbridge and Canyon Ranch Lenox. Next summer Miraval in the Berkshires, which has outposts in Tucson and Austin, comes toLenox too. This is big: There will be golf and Miraval’s signature equestrian therapy program, and, unlike Kripalu and Canyon Ranch, Miraval will serve alcohol. So much for ye olde New England Puritanism.
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