Top Hideaway Report Stories of 2019

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Each year, Hideaway Report editors travel far and wide to uncover new hotels and unique experiences in off-the-beaten-path destinations; 2019 was no different. Our editors brought back stories of hot new restaurants, beloved but overtouristed cities and sites and, of course, new hideaways destined to be classics. Of all the Hideaway Report articles we published this year, these 10 were reader favorites. Check back in January for our much-anticipated Editors’ Choice Awards, when our editors weigh in on their favorite hotels, amenities and more.

Best Restaurants in Chicago

Chef Sangtae Park from Omakase Yume
Chef Sangtae Park from Omakase Yume - Photo by Hideaway Report editor

A few excellent restaurants in Chicago may have closed, but the vacuum is quickly being filled. Our writer discovered eight new additions to the Windy City dining scene.
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Where Not to Travel in Summer

A view of the city of Bratislava, Slovakia
A view of the city of Bratislava, Slovakia - RudyBalasko/iStock/Thinkstock

As the list grows of places that have become no-go zones due to tourists, we've come up with alternative destinations to visit in summer.
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Our Notre Dame

Notre Dame Cathedral
Notre Dame Cathedral - Westend61 / Getty Images

Trips give us precious little time to possess the world’s great sights. Some, like Notre Dame, are so extraordinary we feel like we own them, if just for a bit.
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Utah Hideaways

A view of the pool at Amangiri
A view of the pool at Amangiri - Photo by Hideaway Report editor

On our Southwest road trip through Utah, we anticipated our stays at both Amangiri and Under Canvas Zion, but only one experience lived up to the hype.
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New Lowcountry Hotels

The Spectator Hotel in Charleston, South Carolina
The Spectator Hotel in Charleston, South Carolina - The Spectator Hotel

Both Savannah and Charleston have unique restaurant scenes, an ever-growing constellation of museums and attractions. These are the new hotels worth recommending.
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Coastal Retreats in California

The beach at the Malibu Beach Inn
The beach at the Malibu Beach Inn - Photo by Hideaway Report editor

After assessing several small hotels in the heart of Los Angeles, a little time along the coast seemed like just the thing for our writer. One hotel in Malibu made the cut.
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New Hotels in New Orleans

The Eliza Jane in New Orleans, Louisiana
The Eliza Jane in New Orleans, Louisiana - Taggart Cojan Sorensen

Hip new hotels, bars and restaurants are making New Orleans more exciting than ever. Here are three new hotels one of our writers visited during her recent stay. One hotel that's been the darling of the travel press came up woefully short.
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California Guest Ranch

Horseback riding at the Alisal Guest Ranch & Resort
Horseback riding at the Alisal Guest Ranch & Resort - Alisal Guest Ranch & Resort

Opened in 1946, Alisal Guest Ranch & Resort was once a low-profile hideaway for Hollywood’s elite, a place where Clark Gable married his fourth wife and Doris Day vacationed regularly. Even now, it is still a relatively low-key retreat, where life moves at an easy pace, with outdoor activities steeped in Western culture and traditions centered on family.
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Perfect Day In... the Marais

Place des Vosges with a view of Pavillon de la Reine
Place des Vosges with a view of Pavillon de la Reine - Hannah Loewentheil

You could easily spend your entire time in Paris in the Marais. The area between the Third and Fourth Arrondissements is full of cafés, museums and shops.
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13 Favorite Spas in the World

The yoga pavilion at Schloss Elmau in Elmau, Germany
The yoga pavilion at Schloss Elmau in Elmau, Germany - HILMER & SATTLER and ALBRECHT/Jan Pautzke

Many Hideaway Report-recommended properties offer on-site spas and fitness centers. This list of 13 showcases our favorite wellness retreats and what’s new, what not to miss and when to book at each of them.
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By Hideaway Report Staff
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