After the Olympics hubbub, it’s high time for an escape. Try these charming country getaways, all within a few hours’ drive of London.
The Pig, Brockenhurst, Hampshire An hour and 45 minutes from London Converted from a previously dark manor house, this welcoming inn was named to T+L’s 2012 It List of Best New Hotels. Sitting areas feature wingback chairs, vintage glassware, and working fireplaces, while the 26 guest rooms have claw-foot bathtubs and botanical prints. Just outside your door: the New Forest National Park, where chef James Golding and his staff foraged the ingredients you'll be eating for dinner. Doubles from $196 per night.
This morning on the Weather Channel, T+L's Nilou Motamed presented affordable European getaways. From our No. 3 ranking World's Best hotel to the best-kept secret revealed in our July issue, there's still time left to plan a fall getaway across the Atlantic—without breaking the bank. Read on for some inspiration!
Mexican: the cuisine London could never get right. While the city mastered Emirati, Ethiopian, Polish, Syrian, Lebanese (and how!)—even Argentine steaks—attempts at Mexican fare have historically been less well-received. But that was then. Three years ago, the arrival of Mestizo—followed by the opening of popular burrito bar Chilango—began transforming London into a Mexican food mecca. Now the big guns from across the pond have arrived. Last month, Serge Becker opened hotspot taqueríaLa Bodega Negra in Soho. Not to be outdone, Derek Sanders, the force behind New York City’s haute Mexican diner/speakeasy La Esquina, will soon open his London outpost right around the corner.
And don’t forget Peru! Star Peruvian chef Virgilio Martinez, who gained worldwide recognition for Central restaurant in Lima, will open his first London eatery this June. Meanwhile, Ceviche(pictured), which opened in March in Soho, is receiving buzz for its extensive menu and dedicated Pisco Sour bar.
This morning on the Weather Channel, T+L's Sarah Spagnolo presented easy weekend getaways from Charleston, South Carolina. We know T+L readers love this destination: It ranked No. 4 on the list of Top Cities in the United States and Canada in the just-announced 2012 World's Best Awards readers' survey. Take a look!
A TRIO OF WEEKEND ESCAPES
1. Downtown Charleston Travel + Leisure readers love Charleston. Proof? The city was ranked as the No. 4 Top City in the U.S. and Canada on the 2012 World’s Best Awards readers’ survey. With top-notch restaurants, pristine beaches, and plenty of Lowcountry charms, Charleston is an ideal southern escape. WHERE TO STAY The 19th-century Wentworth Mansion offers a perfect downtown location as well as great value. There are drinks in the parlor each afternoon, chocolate at turndown, and a complimentary breakfast that includes some of the best shrimp and grits we’ve ever tasted. PRICE $329 a night, including breakfast for two. BOOK NOW
For Tanglewood... Our favorite summer music festival—held at the country home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra—celebrates its 75th anniversary this season. Highlights include performances by Yo-Yo Ma and Diana Krall, plus a Fourth of July extravaganza with unofficial Tanglewood bard James Taylor. Nothing beats hearing Sweet Baby James sing about the “dreamlike” Berkshires in the actual Berkshires. Through Sept. 2.
Stay at... Stonover Farm(pictured) A 15-minute walk from Tanglewood’s front gate is what appears to be your archetypal New England farmhouse inn, complete with the requisite duck pond and willow trees. But the suite interiors are more Giorgio Armani than Norman Rockwell, with elegant fabrics and warm neutral tones. On cool evenings, owner Tom Werman—a former L.A. record producer—lights the flagstone fireplaces, cues up some Bill Evans, and pours wine for guests. $$$
T+L's features director, Nilou Motamed, announces the new crop of Travel + Leisure World's Best Award winners, as voted by readers in our annual survey. From Montana's Triple Creek Ranch to Boracay, a pristine island in the Philippines, these hotels, destinations, and travel companies are the best of the best. For all the winners, click here.