On September 11, 2012Hayley Bosch answered the question:Fossett’s Restaurant, located inside Keswick Hall at Monticello, is open for dinner daily from 6 to 9:30 p.m.; for breakfast Monday through Saturday from 7 to 11 a.m.; and for Sunday brunch from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
This Virginia restaurant serves classic cuisine infused with the freshest ingredients — think egg-white frittata with local chèvre, English peas, heirloom peppers and baby watercress, and summer vegetable risotto with vegetables from the Keswick Hall garden.
For brunch, our Forbes Travel Guide editors love to chow down on the Virginia crab Benedict and peanut butter French toast.
Whether you’re staying at Keswick Hall at Monticello or not, Fossett’s Restaurant is a dining destination in its own right. During the warmer months, take advantage of the outdoor patio and soak up Virginia’s wine-country vistas. In the cooler months, you’ll still be treated to top-notch views through the floor-to-ceiling windows that line Fossett’s on three sides.
On September 11, 2012Hayley Bosch answered the question:As the signature restaurant of Keswick Hall at Monticello, Fossett’s Restaurant is located in the middle of Virginia’s wine country; the 600-acre resort is just 15 minutes outside Charlottesville near Monticello. As you pull up to the massive estate, you’ll find Fossett’s inside the main building, Keswick Hall, where panoramic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains’ foothills serve as the backdrop. Surrounded by floor-to-ceiling windows on three sides, you’re practically guaranteed a great view at every turn (but if you want to be even closer to the sights, snag a table on the beautiful stone patio). The exact address for Fossett’s is 701 Club Drive, Keswick, Virginia.
On September 7, 2012Hayley Bosch answered the question:Pan Pacific Hotel Seattle is located in a central part of Seattle, inside the city’s 2200 Westlake Plaza. This prime location offers easy access to a giant 47,000-square-foot Whole Foods Market, tons of retail space and, of course, a Starbucks. The 160-room hotel sits in the downtown neighborhood of South Lake Union, just a short distance from some of the city’s most famous landmarks.
Located at 2125 Terry Ave., Pan Pacific Seattle is 15 miles from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. The hotel is also conveniently located near the city’s financial center and the vibrant restaurants and shops on Pike and Pine streets. If you’re in town for a convention, you’re in luck — Pan Pacific Hotel Seattle is just six blocks from the Washington State Convention Center.
On September 7, 2012Hayley Bosch answered the question:If your trip to Seattle falls through, don’t worry about paying a hefty cancellation fee for your room at Pan Pacific Hotel Seattle. As long as you notify the Seattle hotel by 6 p.m. Pacific Standard Time the evening before you’re set to check in, you’ll escape a charge equal to one night’s room and tax. Of course, our Forbes Travel Guide editors suggest notifying Pan Pacific Hotel Seattle as soon as you know you’re canceling your trip. While you may not be able to make it, someone else may want to snag your reservation.
On September 7, 2012Hayley Bosch answered the question:Though not located within the actual hotel itself, you’ll have easy access to Seastar Restaurant and Raw Bar when you stay at Pan Pacific Hotel Seattle. It’s part of the enormous 2200 Westlake Plaza, where you’ll find tons of shops including a spa, Whole Foods and a Starbucks. Located directly above Whole Foods, Seastar Restaurant is a great place to sample some of Seattle’s legendary seafood. Chef/owner John Howie serves fresh catches from the Pacific Northwest, such as wild king salmon and plenty of oysters. Open for lunch during the workweek and dinner daily, Seastar doesn’t disappoint with its seafood-dominated menu (non-fish eaters can select from a few beef or pasta dishes, too). The Lobby Bar acts as Pan Pacific Hotel Seattle’s second restaurant, serving breakfast and dinner daily, as well as lunch on the weekends.
On September 7, 2012Hayley Bosch answered the question:Retreat to the Lobby Bar at Pan Pacific Hotel Seattle when you’re in need of a low-key setting and a refreshing libation. Open for breakfast and dinner daily, as well as lunch on the weekends, The Lobby Bar serves a delightful international menu prepared by chef John Howie’s kitchen at Seastar Restaurant. The cocktail menu changes with the seasons, but you can count on the drinks to be fresh. During the spring, past libations have included the Terra-tini, a zippy concoction of Juniper Green Organic gin, Aperol, arugula, fresh lemon juice and simple syrup that’s shaken and served. During the warmer months, snag a seat out on the patio and get a good glimpse of the iconic Space Needle.
On September 7, 2012Hayley Bosch answered the question:Pan Pacific Hotel Seattle’s 160 rooms come in all shapes and sizes — ranging from the 340-square-foot Deluxe City View Queen to the enormous 1,250-square-foot penthouse — so the average price depends on the room type and time of year.
Standard rooms with views of the iconic Space Needle are generally more expensive than those with a city vista. The deluxe room with two double beds and a view of the city runs between $220 and $300, while the same room that looks out onto the Space Needle costs anywhere from $240 to $500. The premium rooms will set you back anywhere from $230 to $550, while the largest of the standard rooms is the Space Needle Corner King, which costs between $320 and $750.
Pan Pacific Hotel Seattle also features five different suites. The spacious 510-square-foot Studio Suite costs anywhere from $295 to $450. A bit larger is the Balcony Studio Suite, ranging from $320 or as much as $515. Of course, as you go up in size, so goes the price. The Balcony Suite runs between $585 and $2,500, while the Space Needle Suite checks in between $660 and $2,700. The luxe Denny Suite (the penthouse) costs an average of $1,050 — but when those December holidays roll around, expect to pay up to $6,500.
On September 6, 2012Hayley Bosch answered the question:Given it’s small size you might think otherwise, but Anguilla is chockfull of fantastic restaurants. But it’s not necessarily the fine-dining eateries that make the best food experiences. Here are Forbes Travel Guide’s picks for the five best food experiences to be had on this tiny Caribbean island:
1. Ribs on Sandy Island. Take the water taxi out to Sandy Island — it’s two miles from Sandy Ground Beach — and dig into some finger-licking-good ribs. Served fresh off the grill from the lone shack on the island, these juicy ribs are worth the trip. Once you’ve gotten your fill, you can relax on the white sand.
2. Mango’s. It’s a toes-in-the-sand kind of place with fresh seafood dominating the menu. Order up Anguillan lobster and you’ll get a real taste of the island. The food is great, but the beachfront setting is even better.
3. Madeariman Reef Bar & Restaurant. Chow down on local cuisine on the beach overlooking Shoal Bay. The open-air restaurant serves dishes like lobster pizza, allowing you to take advantage of the fresh seafood in a casual setting.
4. CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa. While you can eat at the resort’s restaurants, the best food experience is a tour of the world’s only resort hydroponic farm. See how the luxurious resort grows its own fruits and vegetables and learn about the process.
5. Smokey’s at The Cove. Head to Smokey’s for music and lunch — live music plays Friday through Wednesday. Overlooking Cove Bay, this delightful restaurant serves up plenty of lobster and plenty of rum.
On September 6, 2012Hayley Bosch answered the question:If you’re looking for a wild party, Anguilla may not quench your thirst for rowdy nighttime activities. Forbes Travel Guide editors warn the laidback lifestyle is contagious and carries well into the evenings across the tiny Caribbean island. Angilla is known for its live music and there are plenty of places to enjoy it. Island regulars spend night after night at Elvis’ Beach Bar in Sandy Ground. Elvis serves up strong rum drinks and is a must-do if you wan to experience the local scene.
Another popular nighttime spot is The Pumphouse, which is located near Elvis’ Beach Bar. Whether you progress from one to the other or simply stay put for the night, you’ll find a local scene that is flavorful and vibrant, with plenty of music and rum to go around.
On September 6, 2012Hayley Bosch answered the question:Anguilla is compact (just 35 square miles), so you can easily cover the bases in just one day. Forbes Travel Guide editors suggest starting with a pastry from Le Bon Pain — the chocolate croissant is particularly popular. This little boulangerie is run by a Frenchman and the sweet aroma will envelope your senses so much that you’ll have no choice but to indulge in an item or two.
Next, head to Sandy Ground Beach and hop on a water taxi to Sandy Island for some spectacular snorkeling. This’ll take a few hours, especially if you want to really enjoy the underwater life, but it’s definitely worth it. After working up an appetite, board the water taxi and make your way back to the mainland. Drive over to Cove Bay for lunch at Smokey’s for some beachfront seafood and roti (a Caribbean specialty). Enjoy the beach setting for a while and soak up some rays — you’re on an island after all.
Refresh at your hotel and prep for dinner at Blanchards. This Anguilla institution is one of the best restaurants on the island — and one of the most popular, so make a reservation before you go. Once inside you’ll chow down on an eclectic menu with Asian and Mediterranean influences.
Once dinner is finished and the sun is down, head to Elvis’ Beach Bar for some live music and a lively taste of the local scene. This laidback beach shack sits on Sandy Ground Beach and serves up strong rum drinks and has atmosphere to spare.
On September 6, 2012Hayley Bosch answered the question:While it may be paradise for scuba divers and sun seekers, Anguilla isn’t a haven for those that like to shop until they drop. If you’re looking for fashionable clothing or beachwear, Forbes Travel Guide editors recommend hitting up the boutiques inside the large hotels that dot the tiny island. That said, you can find one-of-a-kind art pieces all over the place — part of the shopping experience here is the hunt. Some shops like Cheddie’s Carving Studio have interesting art, while others are in the form of galleries like the Devonish Art Gallery.
If you’re looking for high-end, luxury shopping, you’ll want to hop on the ferry and take a 45-minute ride across to St. Martin. There you’ll find all kinds of designer shops, one right after another.
On September 6, 2012Hayley Bosch answered the question:Kids are bound to have a blast in Anguilla, no matter how old they are. From snorkeling in the crystal clear water to picnicking on deserted islands, there’s plenty of fun to be had. Here are Forbes Travel Guide’s picks for the five best things to do with kids in Anguilla:
1. Snorkel. Rent some snorkeling gear from your hotel (or a dive shop on the beach) and head to Shoal Bay to explore the endless underwater life. It’s one of the best beaches on the island and it’s a great spot to snorkel for beginners, thanks to its calm waters.
2. Travel to Sandy Island. It’s a full day trip, but visiting Sandy Island is worth the trek. Take the shuttle boat to Sandy Island’s white-sand beaches for a day of snorkeling (the waters are calm here) and fresh seafood even a picky eater will like.
3. Take a ride on a glass bottom boat. Junior’s Glass Bottom Boat departs from Shoal Bay and is a great alternative to snorkeling. You’ll be able to see all of the underwater life without having to get in the water.
4. Picnic on a deserted island. Rent a boat (with a captain, if you like) and head to one of the uninhabited islands off the coast of Anguilla. A picnic on Anguillita Island, Sombrero Island or Dog Island makes for a unique experience for kids and adults.
5. Relax on Sandy Ground Beach. Anguilla’s popular Sandy Ground Beach is good for easy swimming and the village-like atmosphere is ideal for the adults. Multiple beach bars like Elvis’ Beach Bar line the shore, so you won’t have to leave for lunch.
On September 6, 2012Hayley Bosch answered the question:Anguilla may be a small island — it’s only 35 square miles — but it doesn’t lack for things to see and do. Pristine white sand beaches line the island, while live music keeps the scene grooving well into the night. Here’s Forbes Travel Guide’s picks for the five best things to see and do in Anguilla:
1. Snorkel. If anything, you’ll have trouble deciding which beach to snorkel because all of them are temptingly beautiful. Once you’ve made a decision — whether you go for Barnes Bay or a deserted cove — get ready to see colorful fish and sea creatures galore.
2. Hit the beach. Is there anything better than relaxing on a white stretch of sand with turquoise water lapping at the shore and rum punch at the ready? The sun is strong and steady here, so be sure to lather up with sunscreen often.
3. Groove to live music. The tiny island is known for its live music scene and Elvis’ Beach Bar is the place to experience the best of it. Located at Sandy Ground Beach, this beached boat-shaped bar will give you a good dose of local flavor.
4. Go sailing. Even if you don’t know how to sail, you can still take part in this quintessential Caribbean activity. Charter a sailboat (and a captain) to island hop or simply sail a Hobie Cat (a kayak-like boat) in the bay.
5. Explore Prickly Pear Cays. This pair of uninhabited islands is a must-see during your trip to Anguilla. They’re uninhibited and remote (located about six miles from Road Bay), but have some of the best snorkeling and calm waters in the Caribbean. Get lunch at the onsite restaurant, Agatha’s.
On September 6, 2012Hayley Bosch answered the question:The gym at The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa is anything but ordinary, even by luxury standards. Sprawled out over 175,000 square feet, this gym is consistently ranked as one of the top in the nation, and is actually a private club for many wealthy Houstonians. As a guest of the hotel, you have complimentary access to this exclusive fitness center and its plethora of classes.
With 250 state-of-the-art cardiovascular and strength training machines, we’re confident you’ll enjoy your workout during your stay at The Houstonian. Get in shape with one of the nearly 200 group exercise classes offered weekly. Or perhaps you want to go for a jog without stepping foot out into humid Houston, air—in which case take a few laps on the indoor track.
This gym literally has it all — more than anyone could ask for in a fitness center, much less one in a hotel. Whether you want to rock climb, cycle, lift free weights or play racquetball, you will find a wealth of creative fitness activities in the gym at The Houstonian.
On September 6, 2012Hayley Bosch answered the question:No matter which of the 289 fabulously appointed guest rooms you book, your stay at The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa will be full of special amenities. After a divine night’s sleep you’ll wake up to a stellar view of the densely wooded property just outside your floor-to-ceiling windows. Plus, each and every guest room at this Houston hotel is packed to the brim with those extras that make your stay that much better.
Start your morning with a cup of coffee brewed in your personal Keurig. After you’ve gotten your caffeine, perhaps you’ll shower using the L’Occitane bath products— or listen to your iPod docked in the room’s iHome alarm clock—and prepare to start your day. If it’s a rainy one, grab one of the umbrellas and head out. Don’t worry if you leave the light on; the luxury hotel’s eco-friendly lighting and climate control features will turn it off for you.
After a long day, cozy up in your terrycloth robe and flip on the 42-inch flat-screen HDTV. If you feel yourself drifting off to sleep, go ahead and turn on the Do Not Disturb light. With all of these amenities, it’s hard not to revel in the luxury of The Houstonian.