Caroline Patek

Correspondent

  • New York City, NY, USA

Caroline Patek is a correspondent who lives in New York and covers the area for Forbes Travel Guide. The Georgetown University graduate worked in the editorial departments at National Geographic Kids and Washington Life Magazine and in digital media at Discovery Channel. Patek has traveled around the globe, and her favorite spots are Istanbul, Tokyo and Paris.

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    What’s the best time to visit Morris Inn?

    While Morris Inn is used almost exclusively by the university during home football weekends, the fall is still a wonderful time to visit the property. With the excitement of new students and the colors of fall foliage, the surrounding Notre Dame campus is alive with excitement. Plan a visit while the school's Fighting Irish football team is away and still enjoy the buzz of one of the most famous sporting sites in the world. There are tours of Notre Dame Stadium available most days and restaurants on campus (and off of it) fill with football fans eager to cheer on the Irish. Similarly, a buzz pervades the campus during the annual spring football practices and Blue-Gold game, too. During the events leading up to the spring scrimmage, a pep rally is held to unveil "The Shirt," a commemorative T-shirt that features a different design every year. More low-key than the fall football weekends, the event has become its own tradition for alumni and fans.

    Apart from football — yes, there are things going on around campus that don’t involve helmets and shoulder pads — Notre Dame features a variety of activities centered around world-renowned architecture and classic works of art. When the weather is nice, spend hours wandering around the picturesque campus while admiring the intricate details of the various buildings' designs before continuing on to the Grotto and St. Mary's Lake.
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    What restaurants does Morris Inn have?

    Sorin's, named after Notre Dame's founder Father Edward Sorin, is Morris Inn's fine-dining option, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. The restaurant's menu is periodically changed to offer the freshest seasonal items but continuously features a host of seafood and poultry options such as the pan-seared duck breast and a bacon salt-seasoned rainbow trout. The restaurant offers an excellent selection of wines, including a grouping that features bottles from the wineries of Notre Dame alumni. Recently renovated with fresh carpeting and new fixtures, Sorin's still features the wall murals depicting the campus at different points in time that have become a touchstone for generations of graduates.

    Rohr's, which opened after the South Bend hotel's renovation and took the place of the former Leahy's Lounge, offers a more casual dining atmosphere. Complete with a well-stocked bar, the restaurant's menu features traditional American fare in the form of burgers and sandwiches, but also includes an interesting array of non-standard pub selections such as a fresh Scottish salmon in butter sauce served over Brussels sprouts.

    Even with the renovation and name change, the Morris’ institution is still affectionately referred to as "Murf's Bar" by locals and Notre Dame alums out of reverence for longtime bartender Patrick "Murf" Murphy, who's been serving drinks since 1977. Patrons from all walks come to hear Murf tell anecdotes about the politicians, sports personalities and celebrities who make their way to the bar for a drink any time that they're in town. Rohr’s menu even features a Murf burger (Swiss, cheddar, sautéed mushrooms and onions) and onion strings. Taking a cue from Murf, the rest of the wait staff is friendly and eager to offer suggestions to help indecisive customers.

    Fireside Terrace is open from spring to fall and has outdoor seating adjacent to Sorin's. With a splendid view of the campus and a shared menu with Rohr's, the terrace offers a pleasant compromise between the two.
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    Where is Morris Inn located?

    Morris Inn sits at the heart of Notre Dame's campus, which is surrounded by the city of South Bend, Indiana. With the world renowned Golden Dome of the Main Administration Building in view, the Morris is just a short walk from all that the university has to offer. Visit the famed Notre Dame Stadium, home of the Fighting Irish football team, as well as the new Purcell Pavilion, where the school's basketball team holds court, and the new Compton Ice Arena, where the hockey team plays. Similarly, the Inn provides easy access to the university's DeBartolo Performing Arts Center and Snite Museum of Art. Visitors also have the opportunity to explore the breathtaking art and architecture of the campus' Basilica of the Sacred Heart, as well as the Hesburgh Library that showcases the world-renowned Word of Life mosaic, known to generations of sports fans simply as "Touchdown Jesus."

    When the weather is nice, take a stroll through the Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes, a small-scale reproduction of the actual shrine to St. Bernadette in France. Behind the South Bend hotel, Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore offers school souvenirs of every variety. And just off campus, Eddy Street Commons is home to restaurants and shops that have quickly become favorites of students and visitors alike. South of the hotel is the city’s downtown, an area offering a variety of drink and dining options, as well as monuments to the past such as the Studebaker National Museum.
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    What are the best fine jewelry stores in San Francisco?

    When it comes to shopping for fine jewelry in the City by the Bay, you only need to know one thing: San Francisco is home to Graff Diamonds’ flagship California store. Located on Post Street, the 2,500-square-foot store was elegantly designed by architect Peter Marino, complete with a limestone façade, parchment paneling and stitched leather desks for an intimate viewing experience. Browse the precious stones expertly displayed throughout the space, and once you’ve picked out your next show-stopping bauble, head to one of the nearby luxury hotels, such as Forbes Travel Guide Five-Stars Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco and The St. Regis San Francisco, to celebrate with a drink.
  • On January 22, 2014
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    What are the best fine jewelry stores in Las Vegas?

    One of the great things about Las Vegas is that for as many ways as there are to win money, there are just as many, if not more, ways to spend your earnings. Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Wynn Las Vegas is home to a host of luxury shops, including Graff Diamonds. Opened in 2005, the Sin City store houses an array of one-of-a-kind jewels, collection pieces and timepieces from Graff Luxury Watches. Aside from the impressive jewelry, the Las Vegas store is also a pillar of commitment to customers since it’s open every single day of the year — as you would expect in Las Vegas.