Los Angeles may be sunny and star-studded year-round, but summer is the prime time to grab a seat and some grub outdoors in La-La Land. Alfresco restaurants around L.A. serve up delicious bites alongside ideal locations for spotting celebs — whether they are dining at the restaurant or just walking by on the way to designer shops and exclusive clubs. So even though we’d hate to have you snag our reservation, we’re giving you the lowdown on the best hotel restaurants for dining alfresco. Bon appetit!
THE Blvd at Beverly Wilshire Beverly Hills — A Four Seasons Hotel (pictured above)
Talk about a spot to see and be seen! Located along Wilshire Boulevard, the aptly named Blvd restaurant is bookended by luxury boutiques frequented by stars — who also pass by on their way to Rodeo Drive. Over a third of the seating is outdoors, allowing diners to enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner there. The restaurant boasts an extensive wine list, but the dessert menu is perhaps more decadent, with options such as a candy cart, a “chocolate experience,” and even birthday cake.
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Unlike culinary capitals such as New York City and San Francisco, beach destinations are rarely the first stop on an epicurean getaway. But plenty of tropical locales boast impressive chef creations, from farm-fresh plates to straight-from-the-ocean cuisine. And just because you appreciate a quality porterhouse cut and kicking back on the beach with a mai tai shouldn’t mean you have to sacrifice one for the other. Whether you’re looking for a truly delicious all-inclusive plan or some mouthwatering organic delights, we’ve got the best foodie beach destinations for all palates.
To foodies, all-inclusive resort dining means sloppy buffet lines and leftover a la carte “crab meat” (and to be fair, it often is). But luckily some resorts don’t mind offering some actually decent, and often delicious, menu options that you’ll look forward to chowing down. These resorts may be pricey, and few and far between, but they’re worth the visit. Your taste buds — and your stomach — will thank you!
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Love fresh produce? You don’t have to give it up on vacation. Everything from zucchini to asparagus, spring peas to corn and watermelon to strawberries begins sprouting up during the spring and summer. And if you’re not quite ready to put on the overalls and bring in the harvest yourself, the next best thing is to visit a local farmers’ market, where fresh produce abounds. We’ve picked out our five favorite farmers’ markets across the States, so no matter where your summer vacations take you, you’ll have plenty of tasty treats to bring home. And we’ve even found a great hotel near each spot so you can be sure to beat the crowds.
1. Copley Square Farmers’ Market, Boston (pictured above)
A farmers’ market is a particularly nice summer treat in Boston, which certainly has some cold months. The Copley Square Farmers’ Market, located in the historic and upscale Back Bay area, is open May through November and features several dozen vendors selling local goods.
Where to Stay: After a thorough renovation several years ago, the historic Copley Square Hotel features cutely decorated (if small) rooms and a long list of freebies, such as Wi-Fi, morning coffee and tea, and a nightly wine reception. Not only is the hotel steps from Copley Square, but it is also within walking distance of Fenway Park.
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Staying fit on the road is never easy, particularly when it comes to eating well. Many of us let our diets go out the window when we travel, partly because there simply aren’t any healthy options to be had. After all, if the only edible-looking option on the room service menu is the burger, what is one to do? Luckily, hotels are starting to recognize the demand for more healthful food options, and a handful of chains are taking action. Hyatt, Fairmont and Westin are among the brands paving the way, working with health experts and organizations to come up with some tasty, guilt-free menu options. Here’s hoping other hotel chains get on board with this trend.
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If you love cooking, it follows that you may also enjoy it on vacation — especially if you have a master chef offering instructions. Plus, the best part of going to a cooking class? You don’t have to do the cleanup! Check out awesome hotels across the States (and one in Berlin because, well, why not?!) that offer on-site cooking lessons.
Mansion on Forsyth Park, Savannah, Ga.
One of the Savannah’s top luxury hotels, the Mansion on Forsyth also boasts one of the city’s top attractions: its on-site cooking classes at the 700 Kitchen Cooking School. In classes of no more than 15 students, the hotel’s culinary director, Chef Darin Sehnert, teaches everyone from novices to (at least self-proclaimed) experts. Though different classes focus on a variety of cuisines, such as Italian and Caribbean, the most popular are the low country cuisine classes, where menus include delectable delights such as Low Country Crab Stew, Angel Biscuits and Green Tomato Cobbler. Classes are available for lunch and dinner; most last three hours and cost $100/person.
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New York City has more to offer than the glittering lights of Times Square or the chic shops lining SoHo’s streets — it also has one of the greatest food scenes in the entire world. And many of the city’s delicious, top-tier restaurants can be found in the Big Apple’s best hotels. So keeping your palate (and hungry belly) in mind, check out our six favorite NYC hotels fit for the most picky of foodies. Chow down!
We Americans love our coffee. After all, the average adult guzzles around 70 gallons of coffee a year — and spends over $1,000 annually on morning doses of caffeine. While the habit can be hard on your wallet, the health benefits of consuming coffee are numerous: Research shows it can reduce your risk of developing type 2 diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, dementia and heart disease. And particularly for business travelers who need to work through the night and then impress clients the next morning — all the while recovering from jet lag — a ready cup of joe is essential. We’ve found five of the best hotel coffee bars across the States so you can get that jolt you need without ever having to leave your hotel.
Best Coffee Bar to Impress Clients:
Knave at Le Parker Meridien, New York City (pictured above)
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Alibi at The Liberty Hotel, Boston (pictured above)
Alibi is located in the “drunk tank” of the former Charles Street Prison, where those arrested for public intoxication were kept overnight — a unique place to relive a little Boston history (hopefully on better terms). Thick brick walls with cell doors and windows, original stone floors from the jail, mug shots of celebrities like Frank Sinatra, Jim Morrison and Nick Nolte hanging on the walls, and jail-themed cocktails, like The Doing Thyme, The Walk of Shame and Gordon Gekko, are unsubtle reminders of the bar’s theme. But leather couches, dark wood tables and candlelight make the experience much pleasanter today than it was for its former visitors.
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You may have gotten over themed spots after your tenth birthday party (um, hello, Princess Tea Party Fest), but they’re actually great for some old-fashioned adult fun, too. Hotels across the world have fabulously themed bars that run the gamut from classy to trashy. We’ve shuffled through the clutter to find the top hotel bars that, despite (or because) of being themed, are super cool. Check out all of our favorites.
Located in the luxurious Milestone Hotel — perhaps the most famous boutique hotel in London — Stables Bar embraces an over-the-top horse theme that only Londoners can truly appreciate or understand. (As you may know, Londoners love their horses almost as much as they love their dogs.) The split-level bar, decorated with rich green tartan upholstery and mahogany-paneled walls, has tons of riders’ paraphernalia including horse murals and paintings, bridles, saddles, needle-point horse pillows and even a somewhat terrifying jockey mannequin. Needless to say, the bar takes its former use as a carriage house very seriously. Stables also has satellite TVs for viewing sporting events and an exclusive list of champagnes and cocktails.
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Even during the warmer months, a cavernous, cozy bar can be just the way to beat the heat. Here are some of our favorite hotel bars that have the cozy thing — from leather couches to dim lighting, dark liquors to rich fabrics — down pat.
The Rose Bar, a velvet-heavy lounge filled with celebs and beautiful people, is still one of the coolest scenes in town — a testament to the staying power of this super-trendy Ian Schrager-Julian Schnabel project. When our reporter stopped in for a drink, he ran into Sting. While we can’t guarantee you’ll bump into one of The Police while sipping a martini from the extensive menu, we can guarantee that, with candlelight, a laid-back atmosphere and Warhols strewn about, it is the perfect setting for a long fun night.
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