Summer beckons the modern traveler from coast to coast with unforgettable cultural and sporting events, new and newly revamped hotels, and the best in local cuisine and high-end shopping. Strap on your traveling shoes and indulge in this summary of the country’s most select summer destinations, from the Hamptons to Hawaii.
When the snow melts and temperatures rise, summer in this idyllic mountain town heats up with big city-caliber cultural events and unlimited outdoor recreation.
Aspen Food & Wine Classic, June 19-21 One of town’s most in-demand tickets, the Classic has been bringing celebrity chefs, wine experts and foodies extraordinaire to Aspen for more than 30 years. Tickets usually sell out early, but if you’re in Aspen during the Classic without a pass, head to the bars at The Little Nell, Jimmy’s and Chefs Club by Food & Wine, where visiting chefs and industry insiders often gather. You’ll likely get a hot tip on where that evening’s industry parties are taking place.
Aspen Ideas Festival, June 25-July 4 With almost 400 prominent thinkers, business people, artists, politicians and other leaders giving presentations and performances, this annual festival from the Aspen Institute and The Atlantic is one of the most thought-provoking events on the planet. Passes ($2,000) were still available at press time for the four-day Spotlight Health Forum June 25 to 28. 970.544.7916
USA Pro Challenge, Aug. 19-20 This weeklong bike race is the U.S. version of the Tour de France, attracting the world’s top cyclists to test their legs and lungs in Colorado’s high-altitude, mountainous setting. Join avid fans for the finish of one stage and the start of the next in Aspen, and help cheer on part-time Aspen resident Tejay van Garderen, who won last year’s Challenge. It’s free to watch, but maximize your experience with a VIP ticket ($250 for finish line Aug. 19, $75 for starting line Aug. 20), which gives access to the hospitality tent near the start/finish line, with catering, open bar, large-screen TVs and autograph ops.
Hotel Jerome This historic property just celebrated its 125th anniversary while still basking in the glow of a recent remodel. Distinctive touches include corrugated leather head- and footboards, minifridges resembling old-fashioned steamer trunks, and cashmere drapes. The three executive suites up the chic factor with elements like a leather-fronted wet bar and Chesterfield sofas. The fine-dining Prospect Restaurant, the more casual J-Bar and the often-buzzing Living Room lounge offer a variety of food and cocktails, and an elegant spa provides pampering. Rooms from $450, 330 E. Main St., 855.331.7213
Hyatt Grand Aspen Near the base of Aspen Mountain, this residence club combines the conveniences of a condo with hotel amenities like a concierge, fitness center, sports rental shop and outdoor pool area. The one- to three-bedroom units have full kitchens, fireplaces and private balconies or patios; most spacious are one of the four two-story residences, complete with private elevator. Stop in for a casual lunch or dinner at the Bison Bar, a newer, public venture from the team behind Aspen’s private Caribou Club. Rooms from $400, 415 E. Dean St., 970.429.9100
The St. Regis Aspen’s largest hotel at 179 rooms, The St. Regis has long been a favorite of visiting celebs, athletes, CEOs and other notables. It was freshened up considerably in 2012 with a $40 million redesign by interior architect Lauren Rottet. Last year, Rottet renovated the three 2,000-square-foot presidential suites, which include 24-hour butler service. And this past winter, the Remède Spa, provider of some of Aspen’s most luxurious treatments, got a face-lift of its own. Rooms from $479, 315 E. Dean St., 970.920.3300
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Aspen style-setters who are in the know head to Élu for limited-edition leather goods, footwear and exquisitely draped pieces for men and women designed by Cristina Nicoletti. 614 E. Cooper Ave., 970.920.2925
Miller Sports has the techy apparel you’ll want—from companies like Mammut and Peak Performance—for recreating in the mountains. Pick up a bikini and cover-up from cult swimwear brand Basta Surf too. 408 S. Hunter St., 970.920.1500
A stellar wine program and a prime location in The Little Nell hotel earned Element 47 a five-star rating this year. Savor chef Bryan Moscatello’s cuisine in dishes like Colorado lamb served with seasonal vegetables (from $45). 675 E. Durant Ave., 970.920.6330
To-die-for lobster rolls (market price) in the middle of the Rocky Mountains? Sure! Nantucket-inspired Grey Lady flies in the crustaceans daily. 305 S. Mill St., 970.925.1797
WELCOME TO HOTLANTA
This Southern city comes alive this summer with a compelling dining scene and a retail renaissance thanks to Buckhead’s boutique boom. Y’all come on down!
National Black Arts Festival, July 17-Sept. 13 Since its founding in 1988 in Atlanta, the National Black Arts Festival has garnered world acclaim through showcasing the art, culture and educational initiatives of the African-American community. Kicking off with the successful annual Fine Art + Fashion benefit at Neiman Marcus earlier this year, the NBAF season goes into full effect from July through September with an array of can’t-miss events including curated concerts, films, theatre, a black-tie gala (July 11 at the Intercontinental Buckhead Atlanta) and more, at venues such as The Rialto Center for the Arts and Atlanta Symphony Hall. This summer the festival will focus a historical lens on dance with “Dance Across the Diaspora: A Historical Lens on a Black Cultural Movement.” NBAF Gala tickets from $500, patron tickets $1,500
Mandarin Oriental Atlanta Nestled in the heart of Buckhead’s shopping mecca, the Mandarin Oriental Atlanta offers a sophisticated spot to stay. The 117-room hotel feels intimate while still boasting trademark Mandarin Oriental five-star flourishes like a 60-foot indoor lap pool, sumptuous The Spa at Mandarin Oriental and a full offering of yoga, Pilates, tai chi and meditation classes. Rooms from $275, 3376 Peachtree Road NE, 404.995.7500
The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead If you’re in need of a recharge, this high-luxury choice is the spot to unwind. With an entire floor devoted to the spa experience, the Spa Level boasts a relaxing fragrance throughout and guest rooms include yoga and meditation DVDs as well as a mat. With a dedicated Spa Concierge, the charming spa area includes a relaxation area stocked with snacks and housemade infused waters with complimentary Champagne and mimosas on offer. Services from the varied spa menu include regional twists on treatments such as the Red Clay Body Wrap ($185) or Sweet Tea Body Buff ($160). Spa Treatment package from $399 per night, rooms from $350, 3434 Peachtree Road NE, 404.237.2700
The St. Regis Atlanta The go-to residence for Hollywood heavyweights when visiting town, The St. Regis Atlanta kicked its appeal up even higher with the recent addition of Atlas restaurant. Rooms feature amenities like marble bathrooms stocked with deep soaking garden tubs, rainfall showerheads and mirrors with a 17-inch LCD television behind the glass. If even more pampering is in order, slip down to the on-site Remède Spa, where a customized selection of relaxing facials, body treatments and massages will leave you considering purchasing a permanent place here. Rooms from $350, 88 W. Paces Ferry Road NW, 404.563.7900
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Swanky shopping district Buckhead Atlanta is all abuzz thanks to a bevy of newly opened boutiques. Cruise the pristine pathways of the outdoor development that boasts sophisticated shops like Christian Louboutin, Diptyque, Etro, Hermès, Jimmy Choo and La Perla. If you need a pit stop to refuel, consider popping into new Manhattan import Le Bilboquet restaurant. 3035 Peachtree Road NE, 404.939.9290
Complete with museumworthy works like “La Femme Rouge” by March Chagall, Atlas restaurant offers a perfectly composed dining experience. In a stunning space tucked inside The St. Regis Atlanta, French Laundry veteran Christopher Grossman serves superb cuisine like truffle-potato pierogi dumplings ($18) and pecan smoked white sturgeon ($36) alongside otherworldly desserts. The extensive art collection is as carefully curated as the dishes at this newly opened restaurant. 88 W. Paces Ferry Road NW, 404.600.6471
Why just visit a city when you have an entire archipelago at your disposal? While world-famous Waikiki still defines a trip to Hawaii for many seasoned travelers—shoppers will love the upmarket offerings—the Neighbor Islands have much to impress, as well.
Maui Film Festival, June 3-7 For one week, Hollywood glamour descends to the Valley Isle—albeit in flip-flops! The heart of the action is in Wailea on the South Shore, home of the island’s most luxe resorts. While the famed Celestial Cinema under-the-stars screenings attract film buffs for both its venue and well-curated program, don’t forget other A-list events as well. Premier festival passes from $460
Kapalua Wine & Food Festival, June 11-14 Vintners and oenophiles descend upon this exclusive West Maui enclave in June. This year, a special spotlight shines upon big, bold reds. But don’t forget the food. Star chefs Charlie Palmer and Michael Mina will offer demonstrations that promise to satisfy both curiosity and taste buds. As for accommodations, you can’t go wrong here: Kapalua is home to both The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua and Montage Kapalua Bay. Four-day festival passes $950
Hawaii Food & Wine Festival, Aug. 29-Sept. 13 Summer in the islands closes on a high note: the fifth edition of this truly moveable feast, which crosses three islands, from the Kona Coast to Honolulu. Serious epicureans will want to extend their summer vacations to catch this, especially the firework-studded finale in Ko Olina.
Hotel Wailea This boutique luxury property in the posh Maui enclave of Wailea is finding its place in the sun. After a renovation of its 72 suites by acclaimed Hawaiian designer Marion Philpotts-Miller comes its latest addition: a swanky pool area flanked by cool cabanas. Next up: a superb spa by Tracy Lee, who has lent her expertise to Auberge Resorts. One-bedroom suites from $449, 555 Kaukahi St., Wailea, Maui, 866.970.4167
Mauna Kea Beach Hotel Celebrate the landmark property’s 50th anniversary with the over-the-top Golden Anniversary package. Including first-class airfare and lodging in the premier Mauna Kea or Mauna Loa suites for five nights, this VIP extravaganza folds in an array of perks, from private stargazing to a private helicopter journey. Package from $50,000, rooms from $425, 62-100 Mauna Kea Beach Drive, Kohala Coast, Hawaii Island, 808.882.7222
The Modern Honolulu If there’s any Honolulu hotel that has major swagger, it is this 353-room bastion of cool. Of course, expect a heat wave if you drop by the exclusive Grey Goose Summer Club on select Sundays. But if it’s ultimate serenity you seek, just book the exclusive penthouse. Rooms from $339, 1775 Ala Moana Blvd., Waikiki, O’ahu, 808.943.5800
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Ala Moana Center shines with its new Italian acquisition, Brunello Cucinelli. The Honolulu outpost offers discreetly plush and exquisitely crafted pieces for both men and women. Ala Moana Center, 1450 Ala Moana Blvd., Honolulu, 808.955.9517
In a coup for Kalakaua Avenue, Valentino opens at major shopping destination Royal Hawaiian Center, bringing with it some of the most romantic, ethereal summer dresses to be seen on the island. 2201 Kalakaua Ave., Honolulu, 808.922.2299
The Banyan Tree is back in business in Kapalua. The new menu, under the auspices of Executive Sous-Chef Kenneth Sniffen, is decidedly low-key rustic. The result: delicious. The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua, 1 Ritz-Carlton Drive, Kapalua, Maui, 808.669.6200
Icon Roy Yamaguchi has tapped lush Kauai for his latest culinary venture. Set on the island’s posh South Shore, Eating House 1849 pays homage to the islands’ rich, multiethnic tapestry of cuisines. The Shops at Kukuiula, 2829 Ala Kalanikaumaka, Po‘ipu, Kaua’i, 808.742.5000
THE HOME OF ENDLESS SUMMER
There is never a bad time to visit L.A., but during the summer, the city is at its peak. From postcard-perfect beaches to headlining hotels, L.A. offers a little of something for everyone.
Hollywood Bowl Concert Series, all summer The Hollywood Bowl’s annual concert series is a perennial seasonal highlight. Located at the largest amphitheater in the United States, the venue will draw in acts like Sheryl Crow, Journey and Ed Sheeran. Don’t forget the July 4th Fireworks Spectacular with legend Smokey Robinson and the finest fireworks in the city. Tickets $17-$258, 2301 Highland Ave., L.A., 323.850.2000
Santa Monica Twilight Concerts, July 9-Sept. 10 Nothing beats jamming to great music at the beach. Santa Monica’s Twilight Concerts at the Pier celebrates its 30th birthday this year, with performances every Thursday evening from July to September. To make a night out of it, be sure to bring along a blanket, picnic basket and your favorite bottle of wine. Free, 200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, 310.458.8901
Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival, Aug. 27-30 This annual food fest will bring together top culinary talent for cooking demos, Q&As and exclusive dining experiences. Downtown L.A., home to some of the city’s most famous chefs, naturally serves as the hub. Tickets from $50, weekend package $1,000
Beverly Hills Bounty The Peninsula Beverly Hills (rooms from $705, 9882 S. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.551.2888) is kicking off summer with its annual rooftop barbecue series featuring seasonal cocktails and Executive Chef David Codney’s legendary beer-can chicken. To celebrate Independence Day, Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills (rooms from $505, 300 S. Doheny Drive, L.A., 310.273.2222) is offering a package (from $1,600 with minimum two-night stay) with the Hollywood Bowl, complete with a private box, gourmet picnic basket and car service.
Hollywood’s Finest The iconic Hollywood Roosevelt (rooms from $299, 7000 Hollywood Blvd., L.A., 323.856.1970) completed a stunning $25 million renovation by renowned design firm Yabu Pushelberg. Meanwhile, The London Hotel (rooms from $349, 1020 N. San Vicente Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.854.1111) recently underwent a $25 million renovation of its own that includes a dazzling penthouse created by fashion designer Vivienne Westwood.
Westside Wonders The Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows (rooms from $399, 101 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, 310.576.7777) is introducing a Day of Restoration ($320) at its Exhale spa. The four-hour service includes an exfoliating facial, a classic Swedish massage and more. The newly transformed W Los Angeles-Westwood (rooms from $399, 930 Hilgard Ave., L.A., 310.208.8765) recently completed a multimillion-dollar renovation. With exotic poolside cabanas and hip eatery STK, it’s one of the Westside’s most popular spots.
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For discerning shoppers, Melrose Place is the place to be. Some incredible recent additions that add to the mix: Centered around a serene pool and set up like a chic, modern home, The Row’s first free-standing store offers everything from creamy cashmere to sculptural alligator skin bags. Irene Neuwirth’s whimsical, Commune-designed jewelry shop is a must-see, and ladies in need of a makeup touch-up or new lipstick can browse the intimate beauty lounge at Violet Grey.
Downtown L.A. has emerged as one of the country’s top foodie destinations, and Redbird is the latest addition to the thriving scene. Chef Neal Fraser’s restaurant features a unique retractable roof that’s perfect for the warm summer months. 114 E. Second St., L.A., 213.788.1191
Terrine, overseen by restaurateur Stephane Bombet and chef Kris Morningstar, has been packed with Hollywood notables like Jesse Tyler Ferguson, who’s often spotted dining on the bustling patio. 8265 Beverly Blvd., L.A., 323.746.5130
THE BIG APPLE BLOOMS
The advent of warm weather brings endless cultural events, including NYC’s beloved tradition of outdoor theater and music performances. Those in pursuit of sun and fun flock to the Hamptons, where the beach scene draws the chicest crowd.
Shakespeare in the Park, May 27-Aug. 23 This beloved New York institution turns 53 this year. Sam Waterston fills Prospero’s shoes in this season’s production of The Tempest (staged May 27 through July 5). Cymbeline (July 27 through Aug. 23), directed by Tony winner Daniel Sullivan, caps off the season. Line up for free tickets, released two per person on performance days until they’re gone. Delacorte Theater, Central Park
Jazz Age Lawn Party, June 13-14, Aug. 15-16 Modern-day dandies and would-be flappers flock to Governors Island two weekends each summer to get their Prohibition-era fix. Party founder and general master of ceremonies Michael Arenella and His Dreamland Orchestra perform tunes from the ’20s and early ’30s. Tickets from $35, Governors Island
Lincoln Center Festival 2015, July 6-Aug. 2 Danny Elfman’s Music from the Films of Tim Burton kicks off this year’s festival. It’s just one of 15 intriguing festival offerings that range from unconventional theater to daring orchestral performances, including director Yukio Ninagawa’s bold take on Haruki Murakami’s fantastical Kafka on the Shore (July 23-26). Tickets from $65, 10 Lincoln Center Plaza
New York Edition Nobody does effortlessly chic like hotelier Ian Schrager. He continues to make luxury more accessible with this third installment of the famed Edition hotels for Marriott opening at the Clock Tower building opposite Madison Square Park this month, with 273 rooms and a Jason Atherton restaurant, Social on Madison. Rooms from $725, 5 Madison Ave., 212.413.4200
The Inn at Windmill Lane Just off Montauk Highway, nestled in the quiet hamlet of Amagansett, The Inn at Windmill Lane (formerly The Reform Club) is one of the most low-key luxe hotels in the Hamptons. And it just got even more luxurious, with a new four-bedroom private home, complete with gourmet kitchen and wraparound porch, built on the property, which also houses three cottages and seven suites in the Main House. Beyond that, Edward Villafane, the new general manager, has ramped up the guest experience with added amenities such as the Bose Radio Wave III with Bluetooth and iPads, fine Matouk linens and a concierge team that can handle tough-to-get restaurant reservations. Rooms from $935, 23 Windmill Lane, Amagansett, 631.267.8500
The Renwick Midtown gets a delightful splash of downtown style when this artfully reimagined 173-room hotel opens its doors this summer. Sleep where Steinbeck and Fitzgerald once laid their writerly heads, in loft-style guest rooms that design firm Stonehill & Taylor has outfitted with quirky items meant to evoke an artist’s studio. And forget about framed photos on the wall—functional art from local artists will spark conversation and imagination. 118 E. 40th St.
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Brookfield Place mall, across the West Side Highway from the gleaming new One World Trade Center, opens as a brand-new luxury retail experience. Brands such as Hermès and Bottega Veneta are all under the same roof. Opt for an edible indulgence from the kiosk of La Boutique de Joel Robuchon, which will serve as an amuse-bouche until the revived L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon opens its doors in the luxe digs later this summer. 200 Vesey St., 212.417.7000
Hamptons locals love the excellent seafood and traditional French bistro fare at Upstairs at Pierre’s quaint Bridgehampton mainstay, the only restaurant in the Hamptons that stays open 365 days a year. Things are about to get livelier as Pierre’s expands its reach with a new, exclusive, invitation-only upstairs lounge this summer, outfitted with cozy sofas in lieu of tables. 2468 Main St., Bridgehampton, 631.537.5110
This summer in the O.C., the next installment of the duo of Laguna’s Festival of Arts and the Pageant of the Masters creates a beachy cultural bounty for visitors.
Festival of the Arts, July 6-Aug. 30/Pageant of the Masters, July 8-Aug. 31 Laguna Beach’s Festival of Arts and Pageant of the Masters go hand-in-hand as Orange County’s premier summer cultural event, luring millions of visitors from around the globe to view works by 140 artists and experience a breathtaking 90-minute tableaux vivant production. There’s a plethora of other events—Saturday Concerts on the Green for jazz; Sunday in the Park Music Series for an eclectic mix of genres; and Thursday Art, Jazz, Wine & Chocolate for a taste of everything. We suggest booking a Festival of Arts tour—offered 11am to 3pm on weekdays and 11am to 4pm on weekends—to give you the lay of the land. Then catch the pageant of living pictures, performed in an outdoor theater nightly at 8:30pm. You’ll marvel at the production—it’s set to an original musical score, with costumed actors stepping into elaborate sets that recreate classical and contemporary works of art. This year’s show, titled The Pursuit of Happiness, explores the pastimes and activities that made life joyous for past generations. If your visit coincides, book a ticket to the Celebrity Benefit Concert and Pageant on Aug. 29. You’ll enjoy an exclusive concert with Grammy Award-winning and Oscar-nominated singer-songwriter Melissa Manchester. Festival of Arts tickets $7 weekdays, $10 weekends; Pageant of the Masters tickets $15-$230; Celebrity Benefit Concert and Pageant tickets $40-$230, 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.497.6582
Montage Laguna Beach The hotel’s Elements of Wellness summer program lets you customize your retreat to your individual needs and preferences via a personal spa concierge. From $1,590 per night with deluxe accommodations and six daily Elements credits, 30801 S. Coast Highway, 949.715.6000
The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel The hotel’s Epic Bucket List Experience folds together an oceanfront suite here and a consultation with your private butler to live out dreams that will last a lifetime—a surfing lesson with a pro, an underwater snorkeling adventure or a backstage visit at the Pageant of the Masters. Dream package $30,000, rooms from $579, 1 Ritz Carlton Drive, Dana Point, 949.240.2000
The St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort Relax in a newly renovated, coastal-inspired suite and take in the very best this hotel has to offer with its new Seaside Splendor package. Curate your own escape with perks ranging from 24-hour butler service to a luxury yacht cruise. The package includes a $500 dining credit. Package from $1,650, rooms from $445, 1 Monarch Beach Resort N, Dana Point, 949.234.3200
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Chanel unveiled its new boutique at South Coast Plaza in April, featuring an elegant interior crafted by New York architect Peter Marino. 3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 714.754.7455
Spring also saw the opening of Dolce & Gabbana’s first boutique in South Coast Plaza. Look for a lineup of watches, eyewear, shoes, handbags and more. The store also will feature specialists in makeup, fragrances and skincare. 3333 Bristol St., Coast Mesa
Din Tai Fung, a Taiwan-based chain that The New York Times once named among the top 10 restaurants in the world, opened its sixth U.S. outpost in O.C. It immediately became the talk of the town. 3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 714.549.3388
Taco Asylum is no ordinary taco shop. It’s the brainchild of talented chef Carlos Anthony (a Cutthroat Kitchen winner), whose inventive spins on the Mexican favorite have won the hearts and palates of locals. 2937 S. Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 714.922.6010
SUMMER BUCKET-LIST BONANZA
Attending the historic racetrack in picturesque Del Mar is something everyone should experience. But this SoCal region is hotter than ever, with lavish hotels and a foodie scene that is second to none.
Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, July 16-Sept. 7 The annual races at the historic Del Mar Thoroughbred Club is San Diego’s ultimate summer rite of passage. Concerts throughout the season, held on both Fridays and Saturdays, lure in big names including local rockers like Switchfoot and Pinback, along with Cake and Beck. And the DMTC is better than ever, thanks to new venues like the Moët bar and lounge, along with the wildly popular Ballast Point tasting room, where people-watching is primo on the veranda overlooking the paddock. Founded by crooner Bing Crosby, DMTC continues its celebrity allure today, especially on Opening Day and Pacific Classic day, the biggest purse race of the year with a cool $1 million. Keep eyes peeled for regulars like celeb-chef Bobby Flay, horse trainer Bob Baffert, Elizabeth Hurley and elite athletes like QBs Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees, along with skier Bode Miller. All own horses and second homes nearby. Clubhouse-level tickets from $25, Turf Club tickets from $200, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar, 858.755.1141
L’Auberge Del Mar This oceanfront hotel in the heart of Olde Del Mar is getting spiffed up just in time for race season. Its waterfront terrace, affording one of the most Instagram-worthy sunset views, is relaunching this summer as Coastline. The seafood-forward menu will include bubbles, bites and brews. Book a private table on the twinkling patio where marriage proposals are de rigueur. Rooms from $500, 1540 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar, 858.259.1515
Rancho Valencia This lush 49-casita property boasts new tennis courts and a next-level fitness center (with visiting rockstar yogis). For spa aficionados: The resort recently teamed up with Spanish skincare powerhouse Natura Bisse for an exclusive line of juicy custom treatments including the Citrus Supreme ($425), a hydrating, firming face-and-body souffle mask. Rooms from $495 per night, Valencia suite with private Jacuzzis and patios from $968, 5921 Valencia Circle, Rancho Santa Fe, 858.756.1123
The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe This historic Lilian J. Rice-designed property has recently been renovated with understated Hollywood glamour in mind. Book a cottage on the croquet lawn, where lessons come equipped with tipples. The lobby bar and firelit veranda at Morada offer family-style dining that’s a hit with the locals. Rooms from $450, 5951 Linea Del Cielo, Rancho Santa Fe, 858.756.1131
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Laura Gambucci’s new flagship is a not-to-miss shopping experience. Designed by local starchitect Jennifer Luce as a nod to Halston’s apartment from the 1970s, the store in La Jolla is an homage to both architecture and high fashion, with looks from Givenchy, Barbara Bui and Maison Margiela. Statement accessories abound. 7629 Girard Ave., Ste. C-3, La Jolla, 858.551.0214
James Beard Award semifinalist William Bradley turns out modern, technique-driven French fare at Addison, the jewel of The Grand Del Mar. Four- and 10-course tasting menus ($98, $235) are inspired by the changing seasons. 5200 Grand Del Mar Way, 858.314.1900
You’re as likely to find chef Trey Foshee in a Cardiff canyon foraging for nasturtium pods as you are in the kitchen of George’s California Modern in La Jolla. Book for TBL3, where Foshee dishes his exclusive 12- to 14-course tasting menu ($170, $250 with beverage pairings). 1250 Prospect St., 858.454.4244
As locals say, Congress leaves town—and the fun begins. The city of chic turns summertime into 24/7 sizzle!
D.C. Jazz Fest, June 10-16 Ever since D.C. native Duke Ellington lit up the nights at the Lincoln Theatre, the city has embraced the only truly American musical art form in a supremely large way. Excellent venues host multiple nights of music, parties and special events. This year’s venue lineup includes The Hamilton Live and the new Yards Park—a spectacular waterfront setting. The festival has evolved into a South by Southwest for jazz and now attracts the finest players on the planet. Ticket prices vary
AFI Docs, June 17-21 Celluloid sensations flock to D.C. in June for the American Film Institute’s summer film fest, AFI Docs, which is now considered the world’s best documentary film event. Washington’s cultural elite spend a solid week at swank soirees with directors celebrating fantastic films. Spike Lee, Errol Morris and Ken Burns are all on the advisory board for the fest, and for good reason. Ticket prices vary
Citi Open, Aug. 1-9 Watch bodies, at rest and in beautiful motion, at one of the summer’s premier tennis events. Attending this summer’s Citi Open now comes with a luxury twist during the tennis classic: platinum box seats. Sit courtside on summer evenings at the Fitzgerald Tennis Center and gain access to all 11 sessions, featuring 80 of the finest men’s and women’s singles players in the world vying for $2 million. Platinum guests also receive premium parking; access to the on-site club bar and restaurant; name recognition on their box; and an invitation to an exclusive box-seat reception with tournament VIPs, players, coaches and dignitaries. $635 per seat, 16th and Kennedy streets NW, 202.721.9500
The Embassy Row Hotel After an extensive $15 million renovation, this midcentury-mod castle reopened this spring with 231 redesigned guest rooms, the best rooftop pool in the city and a lobby that could double as the set for Mad Men. To reintroduce locals and visitors to the esteemed property, the hotel launches a Feel Like a Million Bucks package through the end of June—including dinner for two at Station Kitchen & Cocktails and a curated city itinerary and tour, among other perks. Package from $329, rooms from $179, 2015 Massachusetts Ave. NW, 202.265.1600
The Hay-Adams This summer the hotel amps up the allure. If you’re in town for the Fourth, consider a package that includes a three-course dinner for two, wine and an open tab at the lobby bar—and exclusive access to the outdoor ninth-floor patio to watch the National Mall’s pyrotechnics, complete with Champagne and desserts. If you visit any other time throughout the summer, dive into Jazz at The Hay on Saturday nights. One-bedroom suites from $1,599, 800 16th St. NW, 202.638.6600
The Ritz-Carlton, Washington D.C. Falling for the two-night Summer of Love package is easy, especially for the setting: the newly renovated 2,250-square-foot Ritz-Carlton suite, which boasts an outdoor terrace, butler and rose-petal turndown. The package also includes a private consultation with The Tiny Jewel Box to design the custom engagement ring or jewelry piece of your dreams, a chauffeured cruise of D.C.’s monuments and party for up to 50 guests on your suite’s terrace to celebrate. Package from $65,000, rooms from $399, 1150 22nd St. NW, 202.835.0500
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Downtown D.C. bows the new CityCenterDC, a splashy development featuring Burberry, Salvatore Ferragamo, Hermès and CH Carolina Herrera. Dior and David Yurman are slated for summer openings. 825 10th St., 202.289.9000
Georgetown continues its retail boom of edgy fashion brands that go well beyond the District’s classic, preppy vibe with openings from Alice and Olivia, Steven Alan, Calypso St. Barth, Rent the Runway and an expanded Kate Spade New York shop.
José Andrés’ latest—China Chilcano, a Chinese-Peruvian venture—proves his ambitions are bigger than ever, leaving D.C. gourmands ecstatic about the Spanish chef’s global tastes. 418 Seventh St. NW, 202.638.1910
Georgetown’s Capella hotel brings celebrated chef Frank Ruta to its Grill Room. The former White House toque took over the kitchen this spring and instantly put the resto on the culinary map. 1050 31st St. NW, 202.617.2400