The monthly challenge of the Hideaway Report is to make the issue topical and within the constraints of its modest format to provide variety. I also strive to balance reviews of promising new hotels and resorts with reassessments of those that have long been on the radar of Andrew Harper members.
This issue contains three stories, each of which is completely dissimilar. My trip to North Carolina was primarily motivated by a desire to experience High Hampton, a venerable resort reinvented by the teams from Blackberry Farm and Blackberry Mountain in neighboring Tennessee, two properties that number among the finest in the United States. But my journey also enabled me to reacquaint myself with the charming town of Highlands, and to revel once again in the sublime scenery of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
In complete contrast, the coverage of Chicago documents the resurgence of a great American metropolis after the long and depressing months of the COVID-19 pandemic. It was a joy to discover that the city is bustling once again, and that far from being depleted, its restaurant scene is booming. We also took the opportunity to revisit the (newly renovated) Four Seasons and The Peninsula, located a short walk from each other along Michigan Avenue, both of which are of perpetual interest to members and habitually appear high on lists of their preferred hotels.
Another perennial favorite, The American Club, is located 150 miles to the north in Kohler, Wisconsin. Not only has the property been augmented by three splendid new cabins, it has also seen the debut of a 10-hole “short course,” the Baths, intended to complement the resort’s four 18-hole championship tracks. This month, the Whistling Straits course, laid out beside Lake Michigan, sees the best golfers from Europe and the United States compete for the 43rd Ryder Cup.
In short, this issue is packed with travel news, and hopefully it contains a little of something for everyone!