The September Hideaway Report follows Andrew Harper's travels to Vermont where he evaluates new properties on a leisurely driving tour. Mr. Harper also discovers splendid new luxury hotel options in San Francisco, California.
The small, elegant The Reluctant Panther Inn is located in Manchester, a town that features an eclectic mix of historical homes and upscale shopping outlets. Elegant décor and a stylish mix of contemporary and antique furnishings contribute to a sophisticated atmosphere. All 20 individually decorated rooms include fireplaces, original artwork and marble baths.
The lovely Four Columns Inn is set on the picturesque green of the pretty town of Newfane with its Federal, Greek Revival and Victorian architecture. The interior strikes a sophisticated balance between classic and contemporary styles. Many rooms feature fireplaces; all come with a complimentary Vermont continental breakfast.
The distinctive historic Inn at Shelburne Farms, once the home of Dr. William Seward and Lila Vanderbilt Webb, is beautifully situated on a 1,400-acre estate overlooking Lake Champlain. Fully restored in 1987, preserving many of the beautiful appointments in the gracious public areas. Many of the 24 rooms feature original furnishings.
Edson Hill is a distinctive 23-room hotel nestled on 38 hillside acres in the Stowe ski area. Reopened in late 2014 following major refurbishments, the property comprises an original manor house and four houses with rooms arrayed on the slope above. Stylish décor offers a refreshed and lightened take on traditional New England interiors.
The Battery is an elite urban 14-room hotel tucked within a members-only social club in the Financial District. Sophisticated guest accommodations offer beds with leather headboards, original art and baths with natural stone tile, eggshell soaking tubs and walk-in showers.
The historical Palace Hotel established in 1875 then rebuilt in 1909 is in a convenient downtown location. Following a recent multimillion-dollar renovation, the 556 rooms combine modern comforts, fresh color schemes and tasteful new furnishings with original Beaux Arts design features. Voluptuous interiors of public spaces, including the central Garden Court with its impressive glass-domed ceiling, crystal chandeliers and marble columns, have retained the property’s timeless elegance.