The idea I had for this newsletter back in 1979 – to share information about peaceful and unspoiled sanctuaries with a limited and compatible group of sophisticated travelers — remains at the core of its identity today.
There is no concealing my disdain for crowds, noise, rudeness, fast food, packaged destinations, characterless hotels and copycat resorts.
Small rates big, and I search for charm not chic. I am comforted by comfort, invigorated by serenity and scenery, and am grateful for hospitable welcomes and warmhearted service.
- Andrew Harper Founder
40 Years of Travel Inspiration
Our founding editor left his corporate life to
travel the world. In his desire for authenticity,
he sought out small hideaways in unspoiled
corners of the globe, sharing his findings
under the pen name Andrew Harper.
We opened a full-service travel office in
response to an overwhelming number of
requests from members to re-create our travel
In order to meet rising demand, we opened an expanded travel office in the Chicago area.
Our founding editor retired and appointed a new editor-in-chief. He continues to serve as editor-in-chief to this day.
Andrew Harper and his editors started to write more in-depth articles about a destination’s best restaurants, sightseeing and activities, in addition to hotels. The additional coverage has grown the Hideaway Report, the Collection and our website into resources for researching all aspects of an upscale vacation.
This summer we moved the travel office to a new space in the heart of Chicago’s Loop.
Andrew Harper editors, anonymous as always
Andrew Harper editors have traveled to more than 100 countries and have visited all seven continents, including Antarctica. Collectively, they have stayed in virtually every preeminent five-star hotel and dined in a significant proportion of the world’s Michelin two- and three-star restaurants. They have canoed down the Zambezi, hiked to Everest Base Camp, lunched with the owners of Château Margaux, sailed through the Galápagos Islands, crossed Patagonia on horseback, driven across Tibet, wreck-dived in Indonesia, climbed volcanoes in Kamchatka, sipped gin-and-tonic with the Masai on the slopes of Mount Kenya and fly-fished for bonefish in the coral lagoons of the Seychelles.
Aside from uncovering one-of-a-kind hideaways around the world, our editors have:
Worked with premier publications such as the New York Times and leading
publishing companies such as Condé Nast, Hearst and American Express
Published, collectively, five books
Acquired specialist knowledge of wine, French and Italian cuisine, contemporary art,
African safaris, wildlife conservation, fly-fishing, spas and health resorts.