The autumn months are a magical time to travel, and these three hotels have gone above and beyond to create unforgettable travel experiences. From Washington, DC to Kentucky and Finger Lakes, New York – you now have the opportunity to create memories that will last a lifetime!
The Jefferson – Washington, DC
Perched on the prestigious corner of 16th and M Streets since 1923, The Jefferson, Washington, DC is home to Michelin starred Plume, the only Forbes Travel Guide five-star rated restaurant in DC, and North America’s only glass-top bar, Quill. With tributes to Thomas Jefferson and his beloved Monticello throughout, The Jefferson boasts the country’s largest Madeira collection (the libation used to toast the signing of the Declaration of Independence) offering one of the last bottles of 1720 Madeira in the world. New discoveries unfold at every turn: private nooks, original Thomas Jefferson-signed documents, a Book Room filled with historic leather-bound volumes on Jefferson’s favorite subjects, and signed editions from contemporary authors who have been distinguished guests. Our pick is a stay at the refined Thomas Jefferson Suite with aerial views of the Washington Monument!
The Jefferson has launched its Deluxe Golden Fall Package starting at $79,000 per night, which is a lavish way to take in the fall colors with an amazing collection of perks and amenities. Guests become the new owner of an Audi convertible to drive past DC’s most colorful foliage; enjoy a French picnic lunch for the leaf-peepers outing; fly high in a Chartered helicopter ride to the Virginia vineyards with chauffeured pick-up and wine tour; a “golden hour” sunset yacht cruise; sip a Gold bottle of Cristal champagne upon check-in and find fall-themed treats at turndown; and savor a “golden” Michelin starred dinner for two at Plume with a sommelier pairing and daily champagne breakfasts for two. To top this entire experience, guests stay in the gorgeous Presidential Suite, and take home two bathrobes with gold monogramming.
The Jefferson http://luxegetaways.info/jefferson-dc
Inns of Aurora – Finger Lakes, NY
Located in the pristine Finger Lakes region of New York, the Inns of Aurora is the ultimate lakeside retreat with four distinct properties – the classic, federal-style Aurora Inn, Italianate limestone E.B. Morgan House, warm and contemporary Rowland House, and vibrantly decorated Wallcourt Hall. Personal touches seen throughout each property, including a nightly turndown service and resident innkeepers, provide an all-encompassing luxury stay experience. Many of the intimate guestrooms feature fireplaces and balconies overlooking picturesque Cayuga Lake. Each day begins with organic, fair-trade coffee and fresh, homemade scones, necessary fuel for taking a kayak out to explore the lake – a must do activity while on property. Afternoons are best spent tasting at the numerous nearby wineries and breweries before indulging in the signature home furnishings of MacKenzie-Childs’ studio and farm, located down the road. In the evening, guests can dine on award-winning cuisine prepared by Executive Chef Patrick Higgins at the Aurora Inn Dining Room (recently featured at the revered James Beard House) or choose a more laid back meal at Fargo Bar & Grill. Days come to a close by pulling an Adirondack chair up to one of the lakeside fire pits to enjoy a glass of wine while taking in a panoramic sunset or calm, star-filled night. Not a bad place to spend any weekend, but with their Fall Getaways package, it’s better than ever!
The Fall Wine Country Getaway package is the ideal way to experience two of the best parts of the Finger Lakes region – fall foliage and wine. The private six hour wine tour includes a driver, who is an expert on the area and will curate a tasting itinerary to fit individual guest preferences; as well as a gourmet picnic lunch. As guests make their way to each winery, they will be able to take in the vibrant foliage and rolling hills. Upon returning to the Inns, they are treated to dinner in the Aurora Inn Dining Room to enjoy a seasonal farm-to-table dinner by Executive Chef Patrick Higgins.
Inns of Aurora http://luxegetaways.info/inns-aurora
21c Museum Hotel – Lexington, KY
21c Museum Hotel is a boutique hotel in Lexington, Kentucky that was founded by Laura Lee Brown and Steve Wilson, contemporary art collectors who wanted to build a major project around art. With 2,000 works of art and counting, Brown and Wilson ran out of space to display their art collection, and opened the first 21c Museum Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky in 2016, which also doubles as an art museum. 21c Lexington presents rotating solo and group exhibitions, site-specific installations and a full roster of cultural programming curated by Chief Curator Alice Gray Stites. 21c Lexington is housed in the former Fayette National Bank building (originally designed in 1913) and located in downtown Lexington’s Historic District. Lockbox is the signature restaurant located on the ground floor of the historic First National Bank Building, and is committed to sourcing local, high-quality ingredients around the Bluegrass Region. For those looking for a truly memorable experience, the original bank vault, The Safe, provides an intimate setting for private dining groups of up to 12.
This season, guests can get close and personal with a multi-million dollar, Thoroughbred racing horse by booking the Kentucky Bred package. Guests will start their day by fueling up with breakfast for two at Lockbox, and then venturing through the fall-foliage filled Horse Country for a behind-the-scenes tour of the area’s premier horse farms and world famous Keeneland Race Course. Travelers will also receive a signed copy of New York Times bestselling author Joe Drape’s American Pharaoh: The Untold Story of the Triple Crown Winner’s Legendary Rise. For any horse-love, Kentucky is a must, and this unique package by 21c Lexington comes complete with culture and adventure!