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This Month’s Hottest Hotels

From Chicago to Sydney, the month’s hottest hotels

BERNARDUS LODGE
CARMEL VALLEY, CALIF.

WHAT YOU’LL FIND JUST OUTSIDE: Twenty-six acres of vineyards and lavender mingle with Italian cypress, Russian sage, California oak and olive trees, with the Santa Lucia Mountains as a backdrop.

HOT PLATE: In tandem with a redesign, the on-site restaurant Marinus unveiled a new menu last month—and while you can’t go wrong with any of chef Cal Stamenov’s seasonal dishes, his alderwood-smoked Sonoma duck with onion soubise, foie gras, fennel and sauce Périgord is extravagantly good.

SIGNATURE DRINK: The obvious choice is one of the Bernardus Winery’s award-winning vintages, but adventurous types might try the Landscape, made with pinot noir grape puree, rosemary-and-lavender-infused vodka, sparkling wine and lemon juice and served in a martini glass. Hic.

BEST PLACE TO HANG OUT: You could do a lot worse than kicking back in one of the Adirondack chairs by the outdoor fireplace, a crisp sauvignon blanc in hand, waiting to school your fellow guests at croquet on the impeccably groomed lawn.

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