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4 USA Staycations for 2021

While international travel may still be restricted for residents of the USA, there are a plethora of beautiful cities to visit in the continental United States.

By Norah Bradford

With the holiday travel season right around the corner, now is the perfect time to pick the ideal destination for your next staycation. Here are four places to consider adding to you travel itinerary this holiday season and beyond.


Where to Enjoy Lunch

Brix Napa Valley

Brix Napa Valley is thrilled to welcome guests for indoor and outdoor dining as conditions allow. Brix also offers a robust menu of take-out dishes and a wide selection of wines from the vast cellar. Owned by the Kelleher family, the restaurant’s name reflects the measurement of sugar levels at which the grapes for the Kelleher Family Vineyard’s Cabernet Sauvignon are harvested. More than two acres of gardens and orchards provide ingredients for the seasonal menu inspired by the culinary traditions of Northern California.

Where to Enjoy Dinner

The French Laundry

Yountville's claim to fame is that it is the smallest town with the largest number of Michelin Stars in North America. Chef Thomas Keller’s three Michelin starred restaurant and first Napa Valley venture, The French Laundry — now in its 26th year — features an iconic chef's tasting menu and a tasting of vegetables inspired by their verdant culinary garden located across the street.

Where to Stay

Four Seasons Napa Valley

In the food and wine capital of North America, Four Seasons welcomes you to a one-of-a-kind California wine country resort set within a world-class vineyard with the all-new Four Seasons Resort and Residences Napa Valley, opening early 2021.

Your experience is perfectly paired with innovative dining, decadent spa treatments, and thoughtfully personalised Four Seasons service.

Stay in the Palisades Room and enjoy a sense of seclusion in wine country with nothing in your view but vineyards and the Palisades Mountains.

Santa Fe

Where to Enjoy Lunch

Hotel Santa Fe

Fresh seasonal ingredients and local Pueblo and Northern New Mexican culinary traditions make Amaya at Hotel Santa Fe one of downtown Santa Fe’s favourite restaurants. Their chefs source the best possible ingredients and blend them together to create contemporary menus with nods to the region’s rich Native American history. Amaya’s casual, inviting atmosphere encourages guests to linger on the restaurant’s glass-enclosed patio, which opens to outdoor gardens during warmer months.

Where to Enjoy Dinner


Santacafé is where old-world elegance meets contemporary cuisine. Boasting one of the best outdoor patio dining experiences the “City Different” has to offer, Santacafé combines the traditions of modern American cooking with exquisite, locally-sourced ingredients. Nestled in the charm and elegance of one of Santa Fe’s most beloved historical homes, Santacafé has been a restaurant icon for more than 40 years.

Where to Stay

Rosewood Hotel Inn of the Anasazi Santa Fe

An elegant retreat with timeless appeal in the cultural heart of New Mexico awaits. Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi combines the service of the Rosewood Group with the charm of a hotel containing a library and art collection focused on the Southwest. Enjoy a relaxing stay then stroll downtown and shop some of the 250 art galleries, arts and crafts stores, and markets rated #1 in America by readers of


Where to Enjoy Lunch

Prime 112 Browns Hotel

Founded by restaurateur Myles Chefetz and located in the historic Browns Hotel, Prime 112 is a chef-driven boutique steakhouse that offers an innovative menu in a high-energy environment. From the excellent quality, dry-aged beef to elevated sides or appetisers, including the Truffled Lobster Mac and Cheese and Kobe Beef Sliders, Prime 112 only offers premium product selections. The atmosphere is lively with the hustle and bustle of the room creating a collective dining atmosphere that is second to none.

Where to Enjoy Dinner

Cecconis Miami Beach

Situated in the ground floor courtyard of Soho Beach House, Cecconi’s Miami Beach is a modern-day classic Italian restaurant currently serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner seven days a week with a weekend brunch menu on Saturday and Sunday. Cecconi’s has become a critically acclaimed dining destination, featuring simply prepared Venetian-inspired food. Cecconi’s offers an elegant and relaxed dining experience to enjoy the cuisine of celebrated executive Chef Sergio Sigala.

Where to Stay

The Ritz Carlton South Beach Miami

Set within a restored art deco landmark, The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach returns after a complete transformation to once again welcome travellers to one of the country’s most alluring cities. The luxury hotel experience includes a classic cocktail lounge that celebrates the intriguing stories of the city’s past, an elevated pool overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, and a full-service spa that serves as a retreat for rejuvenation amid the excitement of Miami. The oceanfront resort offers rooms and suites overlooking the ocean, pool, or South Beach. Enjoy alfresco dining at the oceanfront DiLido Beach Club, or the hotel’s signature restaurant, Fuego y Mar, which serves Latin American cuisine with a dining room and terrace that overlooks the pool.

New York City

Where to Enjoy Lunch

The Baylander

Ian Duke, owner of Hamptons hotspots Southampton Social Club, Union Burger Bar, and the new Union Sushi & Steak, as well as Prohibition and Lucky’s Famous Burgers in New York City, has brought the partnerships together to open an exciting culinary adventure. The world’s smallest aircraft carrier The Baylander, also referred to by its naval reference as The Steel Beach, has opened as a riverfront bar and restaurant and is docked on the West Side of Manhattan at the West Harlem Piers and is crewed and operated by Ian’s partner Michael Trenk and the entire Prohibition team. Open mid- afternoon to evening, The Baylander offers the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of the city to enjoy food and cocktails at the waterfront.

Where to Enjoy Dinner

Located in the Theater District, Russian Samovar boasts a 19th-century feel, complete with picturesque green and red shades and Russian folk prints. The elegant establishment is famous for its 26 flavoured vodkas prepared in-house, alongside its many Russian delicacies. Owned by Roman Kaplan and managed by his daughter Vlada Von Shats and her two sons, Michael and Nicholas, Russian Samovar offers some of the finest Russian cuisine in New York. Russian Samovar Restaurant and Piano Bar is unique in its long-standing ties to the arts community, and has become a home for many famous Russian emigre poets and writers who keep coming back for the exceptional dining experience.

Where to Stay

Moxy NYC Cathedrale

Moxy NYC East Village is located in the heart of New York City’s East Village, the Lower Manhattan neighbourhood where rock ‘n roll, outsider art, LGBTQ+ activism, and generations of immigrants all merged to give birth to American counterculture. For the modern traveler who wants it all, this lifestyle hotel on East 11th Street near Gramercy Park packs in all the bells and whistles with none of the price tag. The in-house restaurant, Cathédrale, is an exciting French-Mediterranean restaurant by Tao Group Hospitality. Building on the fame of Tao, Lavo, and Avra, Cathédrale brings elemental cooking and a poised French-Mediterranean sense of hospitality to its striking setting.


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