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These days, it's standard fare for chefs to use local and seasonal ingredients whenever possible. Some take pride in creating on-the-fly menus using whatever is available at the farmer's market that morning. Others wax poetic about greenery plucked from their own home gardens or foraged from their restaurant's surroundings. Now, some high-end hotels are upping the ante and giving you some true insight to the roots of their food - by offering educational foraging experiences with the hotel's executive chefs and lead bartenders. We've picked five that have caught our attention of late.The Point Resort
At this Five-Star private Adirondack estate on the edge of New York's Upper Saranac Lake, you are in for quite the glamping experience, as indicated by the finely crafted, native timber log mansions found on the property. You are also given the opportunity to look around for food in the lush land with executive chef Loic Leperlier. In the spring and summer, you might gather ingredients like fiddlehead ferns and morels across the 75-acre property, before joining Leperlier in the kitchen to prepare dinner.
All-inclusive and luxury no longer need be mutually exclusive terms, thanks to a burgeoning number of high-end hotels and resorts that require guests only to bring themselves - and the desire for an unforgettable vacation. From private island paradises to fitness-focused retreats, these 10 all-inclusive properties offer luxury travelers the value of knowing that they've paid for the majority of their trip up front (here, that means lodging, meals and most alcohol is included in the per person price).The Point Resort
Formerly the great camp of William Avery Rockefeller, this 11-room Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star property is located in the heart of the Adirondacks on Upper Saranac Lake, near Upstate New York's Lake Placid. Designed as a rugged log mansion, the hotel hasn't changed much since the time of the robber barons. Each room offers a lake view (and a fireplace, making it a perfect romantic winter escape), hand-built bed and private bath, often with the camp's original fixtures. Rich fabrics, fine antiques, 19th-century oil paintings and whimsical rustic furnishings with a welcoming sitting area facing a huge stone fireplace make each guest room a retreat of great comfort and peace. Rates include activities such as curling on the lake with a full ice bar and bonfire, outdoor snow barbecues each Saturday, and sailing, tennis and croquet in the summer. Keep in mind The Point has its annual closing from April 1 to 30. Rates from $1,500 per night.
While the kids are off making arts and crafts or perfecting their athletic skills at camp this summer, consider taking a brief hiatus to create grown-up versions of your own campfire memories. Thanks to the variety of luxury hotels that offer chic cabins and bungalows, all-star amenities and concierges to point you in the right direction (think of them as modern-day camp guides), you'll be able to pack your days with outdoor adventures and retire to a comfortable bed each night. As for the ghost stories, well, those are up to you.The Point Resort
It's no surprise that this sprawling Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star The Point evokes the summer camp of your youth; it was built in 1933 as a Great Camp for the Rockefeller family. Today, the 11-room lakefront property offers a ton of activities, as well as boating, water skiing, fishing, tennis, croquet and hiking on its 75 acres in the Adirondacks - not to mention the experience of dining in the Great Hall at large, round tables that each seat up to 16 guests. Each evening, guests meet for cocktails and then a gourmet dinner and wine pairing prepared by chef Mark Levy before ending the day with a game of pool or nightcaps around the campfire. Evenings at The Point can be such a bonding experience that it's not unusual for guests who meet there to keep in touch and return together in subsequent summers. Of course, if you'd rather dine in your guest room and enjoy a more private getaway, the gracious staff can accommodate that, too.
Sometimes you just can't find a dog sitter. On other occasions, you want the company but not all the chatter that two-legged companions often bring with them. Either way, hotels know that some of you travel with your furry friends. They've heard your growls about how to make the experience better, too, and many of them have obeyed. In fact, the following properties are places that pride themselves on how well they pamper guests and pets.The Point Resort
This Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotel in New York's Adirondacks sits on a 10-acre peninsula on Upper Saranac Lake where your pet can roam around leash-free and even take a dip in the lake. Be sure to find Buddy, the general manager's golden retriever who serves as The Point's dog-in-residence and a playmate for visiting pets. When the bell rings for dinner, chef Mark Levy will prepare your pet fresh chicken and rice or whip up another meal that meets any dietary restrictions. The resort doesn't charge extra to have your pet stay in the rustic-gone-glamorous rooms.
Fall is upon us and there's no better way to usher in the season than taking a trip to experience the beautiful reds, yellows and oranges lining the hillsides all across the country. We leafed through the top fall foliage destinations we think are worth a look.The Point Resort
Visit the Adirondacks, where pick-your-own apple orchards line the mountains in Upstate New York. And make sure you book a room at The Point, an exclusive Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star resort on Upper Saranac Lake, where you can explore the fall foliage from a different perspective - a canoe.
Skip the pet-sitter - jetting off doesn't have to mean leaving your best friend behind. Today, some of the best luxury hotels cater to cats and dogs with the same top-notch service they roll out for two-legged guests. Offering perks from personalized meals to massages, here's our list (in no particular order) of 10 top hotels for pets:The Point Resort
This Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotel in New York's Adirondacks sits on a 10-acre peninsula on Upper Saranac Lake where your pet can roam around leash-free - and even take a dip in the lake. Be sure to find Buddy, the general manager's golden retriever who serves as The Point's dog-in-residence and a playmate for visiting pets. When the bell rings for dinner, chef Mark Levy will prepare your pet fresh chicken and rice or whip up another meal that meets any dietary restrictions. The resort doesn't charge extra to have your pet stay in the rustic-gone-glamorous rooms.