Napa Retreat Vs. Chicago Sojourn: Choose A Vacation You’ll Love
Whether you delight in a relaxed country retreat or favor a high-energy urban sojourn, luxurious design is just a reservation away.
Stanly Ranch sits in the midst of 712 acres of Napa Valley’s lush vineyards and rolling hills and is framed by the Napa River and the wild beauty of the San Pablo Bay Estuary. This newest entry in the Auberge Resorts Collection is a true getaway. At the end of a long driveway shaded by towering eucalyptus trees, guests are welcomed into convivial gathering spaces; while the Halehouse Wellbeing Center and 135 airy cottages and guest rooms are designed, by Overland Partners, to ensure privacy and pay homage to the property’s rich legacy. Those who would like to make Stanly Ranch a permanent home can choose from one of 70 three- to six-bedroom Vineyard Homes or 40 two-bedroom Villas. At Haleouse, guests can take part in individualized programs designed by leading wellness specialists, medical professionals, and sports experts from around the world. aubergeresorts.com
Chicago-based design firm KTGY Simeone Deary Design Group has recently completed a redesign of Waldorf Astoria Chicago, updating their original design from 2009. The revamp includes fully updated guest rooms, as well as the Presidential Suite and the lavishly appointed Astoria Suite. In addition, the firm enhanced the hotel’s lobby, spa, as well as the new, lobby-level Peacock Lounge and the beloved Bernard’s bar, a sophisticated, intimate craft cocktail and champagne bar. The luxury, Gold Coast property is adorned with design elements befitting the sumptuous accomodations, such as the lobby’s glittering Swarovski crystal chandelier, inspired by a vintage brooch, as well as the black-and-white-pinstriped stone that trims the herringbone-wood entryways of the palatial hotel suites. The Peacock Lounge’s real feathered wall panels and Impressionist art is inspired by Chicago businesswoman and socialite Bertha Palmer’s grand, Gilded Age home. The hotel is a stone’s throw from Oak and State Streets for the best in shopping, and Rush Street, known for it’s nightlife. waldorfastoriachicagohotel.com