Editor's Letter: The Rockies, Palm Beach & New York


Telluride is one of those Colorado mountain resorts that is almost equally appealing in summer and winter, such is the grandeur of its natural setting. On my late August trip, both Colorado Avenue, the main street of the old mining town, and Heritage Square, at the center of the modern Mountain Village, were thronged with visitors. Of course, this was doubtless due in part to the pandemic. Still deprived of much of the world, American travelers had arrived in the Rockies en masse. The primary purpose of my own trip was to stay at the reinvented Madeline Hotel, which now features stylish public areas and a splendid new restaurant, the Timber Room. I came away impressed and only wish I could return during the upcoming ski season.

A friend once asked me whether, if I were forced to choose, I would opt to live beside the sea or in the mountains. Ultimately, I would cast my vote for the sea, but I have long been a mountain junkie as well, so on this trip I decided to take a 300-mile drive across the majestic San Juan Range to Colorado Springs and my next destination, The Ranch at Emerald Valley. This is one of three wilderness camps operated by the Broadmoor Hotel. Despite being only a 30-minute drive up a steep dirt road from the golf courses surrounding the famous resort, the ranch feels surprisingly remote, and I passed three idyllic days there, at an elevation of 8,200 feet, in a comfortable old log cabin, spending my time hiking, riding and pursuing some notably obliging trout.

In order to feature a variety of destinations in this issue, I also decided to review four hotels in Palm Beach. These included The Brazilian Court, which had received a trenchant member critique, as well as the new White Elephant, the subtropical sibling of the well-known resort on the Nantucket waterfront. This Hideaway Report also contains brief stories about two utterly contrasting properties: the sumptuous Le Grand Contrôle, situated next to the Château de Versailles outside Paris, and the TWA Hotel at JFK in New York, an evocative memorial to the jet age of the 1960s.

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From the November 2021
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By Andrew Harper Editor Andrew Harper editors travel the world anonymously to give you the unvarnished truth about luxury hotels. Hotels have no idea who the editors are, so they are treated exactly as you might be.

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