Fairmont Le Château Frontenac Québec City
Everyone has a place or two that they have always wanted to visit and Québec City is at the top of my wish list. With its castle-like architecture and turrets, Fairmont Le Château Frontenac is truly every girl’s dream castle experience! Québec City, located on the St. Lawrence River in Canada has tradition, charm, history, and architecture with a distinct European flavor. Québec displays its French heritage in a variety of ways and the French language is preferred by the majority of the city’s citizens so I better start practicing my French now so I’ll be ready for my Summer vacation.
Landmark Vineyards, California Wine Country
Do you have fantasies of running away for a secret weekend getaway of romance and bliss? Who doesn’t. I discovered this winery online. Landmark has the answer before then question has been asked. Two guest rooms right in the middle of a working vineyard, where you can watch the grapes being harvested and smell the delicious fragrance of Gods natural gift on a crisp California morning.
Vineyard Story: Seeking an escape from the rapidly sub-urbanizing town of Windsor (20 miles north), Landmark’s founder, Damaris Deere Ford, relocated the winery in 1989 to a spectacular piece of property at the base of Sugarloaf Ridge in Kenwood. She also brought in her son Michael Colhoun and daughter-in-law Mary as partners, making it a real family business.
Ford is the great-great-granddaughter of John Deere, and the John Deere company’s signature forest green pops up throughout the property, whether on a pair of rocking chairs or on an antique 1946 tractor near the front gate. The white-shuttered, stand-alone Cottage sleeps up to four and is ideal for families — it has a bedroom, a foldout couch in the living room, a washing machine and dryer, a small front porch, and a spacious, fully equipped kitchen. The smaller Suite has two twin beds (which can be pushed together), a fireplace, and a private patio with views of Sugarloaf Ridge and Hood Mountain.
Both rooms are a stone’s throw from the bocce court and California mission-style tasting room, so guests can sip freely, knowing it’s a quick stumble home through the vines. 707/833-0053, landmarkwine.com, from $170. (original post from CNN.com) facebook.com/landmarkwine
Albergo California (Italy)
Target Destination: Time for a vacation? What if you could stay here for less than $200 a night? This hotel is the Albergo California on the Amalfi Coast of Positano, Italy. Anyone been here yet?
Maria Cinque makes a point of chatting with every one of her guests, if not at check-in (which her son Gianni sometimes handles), then at breakfast the next morning.
She’s particularly delighted to meet Americans, as she and her husband Antonio lived in the Bronx for nine years, returning to Italy in 1974 to run a family hotel five minutes’ walk from the center of Positano — and to teach their children “what it means to be Italian,” in Maria’s words.
Six of the 15 guestrooms are in the original Palazzo Bruno, dating from 1777, including four upstairs rooms with 18th-century ceiling frescoes. Many regulars prefer the ground-floor rooms 51 to 55 because they open directly onto the magnificent, long entrance terrace and enjoy postcard views of Positano framed by ivy trailing off the shady trellis. At sunset, small groups gather on the terrace to sip wine, plan the next day, and pinch themselves, realizing that they’ve got the same view as the chichi Le Sirenuse hotel down the street for one-third the price.
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Wade Rogers : Quebec : Been there too, you’ll love it. Old Quebec is beautiful.
André Levert: Quebec: I’ve been a couple of Times. You would love it!! So much history in there.
Philip Mead: Very pretty in Quebec in the summer. Everything is so fresh and purified by the winter. Also, I would love to visit the West coast for a number of reasons, and also a trip through Europe starting in the Mediterranean and ending in London.