Built in 1911 for real estate maven Robert Goelet on a hill overlooking Glenmere Lake, the pink Tuscan-style mansion was never intended to blend in with its 3,000 wooded acres but rather to make a grand statement. Designed by Carrère and Hastings, architects of nearby Tuxedo Park's most imposing houses and the New York Public Library, Glenmere was planned around a columned interior courtyard bordered on one side by a magnificent marble staircase. It was then embellished with balconies, terraces, porticos, medieval stone plaques, and ornamental metalwork by Samuel Yellin, not to mention murals by American illustrator and painter J. Alden Twachtman. The 19 stylish bedrooms-no two are alike, thanks to interior designer Scott Snyder-have views of lawn and lake and baths swathed in Carrara marble. Some are filled with modern art from the hoteliers' own collection, such as a lithograph by Robert Rauschenberg and a Robert Motherwell etchingFood is key to the Glenmere experience. In addition to the main dining room-whose menu features updates of classics, such as monkfish with lobster Newburg sauce and a savory crème brûlée made with caramelized onions and Gruyère-there's a tavern offering jazzed-up macaroni and cheese and a fig-and-blue-cheese pizza. In warm weather, your meals can be served in the courtyard to the sound of water gurgling from a central fountain or on the terrace overlooking the lake.