FOOD & TRAVEL

The Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Kohala Coast, Hawaii

Legend has it that venture capitalist and business titan Laurance S. Rockefeller had the idea to build Hawaii’s first true resort hotel and had been invited by Governor of Hawaii William Quinn to scout for sites in and around Hawaii’s Big Island (Hawai’i), which Rockefeller did from the air in a helicopter.

On the far western side of the island, Rockefeller spotted a crescent-shaped white sandy beach along Kaua’oa Bay and eventually found his way there to swim in the ocean. In the distance, he noticed the 13,800-foot snow-capped peak of Mauna Kea and instinctively felt that he’d discovered the perfect spot to build a resort. In doing so, he would become the first person to exponentially expand what would soon be Hawaii’s biggest industry — tourism. “There is a beauty of spirit here,” pronounced Rockefeller. “The spirit of Aloha.”

The Hollywood Roosevelt, Los Angeles, California

On a sun-washed stretch of Los Angeles’ Hollywood Boulevard between North Highland Avenue and North La Brea Avenue stands an edifice to glitz and grandeur that originally opened its doors in 1927 to serve as an outpost, watering hole and fixture for the stars, movers and shakers of Tinseltown. And indeed, the Hollywood Roosevelt, as this 363-room, 12-story construction is known, hosted the very first Academy Awards in 1929 in its ballroom and went on to become a sophisticated and well-known playground for cinematic favorites from Charlie Chaplin to Montgomery Clift to Marilyn Monroe. Today, it enjoys the distinction of being the oldest continually operating hotel in Los Angeles. Borrowing its name from U.S. President Teddy Roosevelt, the landmark establishment quickly attracted both the famous and those aspiring to be to its restaurants, bars, ballroom and swank outdoor pool.

The Don Cesar Hotel, St. Pete’s Beach, Florida

Facing the Gulf of Mexico on the central West Coast of Florida in the city of St. Pete’s Beach stands the Don CeSar Hotel, famous for its flamingo-pink color and known colloquially simply as “The Don.”

A magnificent 10-story Moorish- and Mediterranean-style structure built in 1927, The Don is an opulent reminder of America’s brief golden age of grand hotels and high living prior to the stock market crash of 1929.

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High-style Country Living: Trump Winery

People all over the world have wildly varying opinions of American President Donald Trump, basing most of them on their knowledge of his politics, his family and perhaps his real estate empire. Yet notwithstanding their views on these topics, many of these same people might be surprised to learn that the American president is also the owner of one of the largest wineries on the country’s East Coast (in fact, his is the largest by area in the entire state of Virginia).

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Desert Oasis: The Amangiri Hotel in Canyon Point, Utah

In 2009, a radiant new jewel in the crown of American hospitality opened in the far desert region of Canyon Point, Utah on the edge of the state's Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. The Monument is one of the grandest natural rock formations and spectacular protected wilderness reserves in the United States. As part of the growing Aman chain of worldwide resorts located in both remote and urban destinations, this 5-star hotel — known as Amangiri — is an entirely exotic, original experience for adventure-seeking and/or veteran world travelers; in fact, many people consider Amangiri the most exclusive secluded luxury lodging quarters in America.

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An Unforgettable Landscape: Monument Valley

If you ever watched Warner Brothers cartoons as a child, especially those with Bugs Bunny or the Road Runner, you likely remember the Western landscapes prominently featured in them, replete with spectacular canyons, cliffs and seemingly endless single-lane highways that trailed off into the distance.