Great Holiday Escapes

You want fabulous? Celebrate with a splurge at a deluxe resort.
Wanda McKinney, Cassandra M. Vanhooser, Jennifer Mckenzie Frazier

Two More Fabulous Spots

Keswick Hall, Club, & Estate
Every wish list should include a request for a special holiday escape. This list-topper sits at the heart of a 600-acre country estate just outside Charlottesville, Virginia.

Happy visitors can hole up in the library with a good book and a cup of hot cocoa. They also may choose a facial or a massage in the resort's spa. There's a heated outdoor pool for the daring. The concierge can book other pursuits from sporting clays to a walk with the hounds, hosted by the Keswick Hunt Club's Master of the Foxhounds.

"Keswick Hall is spectacular year-round," says general manager Tony McHale, "but it's magical in winter."

No truer words were ever spoken.

Keswick Hall, Club, & Estate: www.keswick.com, 1-800-274-5391, or [434] 979-3440. Rates: start at $295.

The Mansion on Turtle Creek
Opulence. Magnificence. That's what you get when you visit this hotel―a premier spot in Dallas.

Built in 1925 as the residence of a cotton magnate, the restored hotel still feels much like a home, a very sophisticated and lavish home. From top to bottom, The Mansion personifies style and grace.

On Thanksgiving Day, visitors enjoy a feast in The Mansion Restaurant. Diners can choose to eat either in the main restaurant area for $75 per person (three courses) or in the 22-seat Chef's Room for $120 per person (six courses). While each meal includes the traditional fare, guests also find surprises such as a chestnut soufflé and Nantucket bay scallops.

"Everyone is treated like a movie star," says Hugo Reynoso, a 15-year veteran at The Mansion Restaurant. "There are no autographs here, no matter how famous you are." Still, we imagine you'll feel as special as a celebrity during your stay.

The Mansion on Turtle Creek, A Rosewood Hotel: www.mansiononturtlecreek.com or [214]559-2100. Rates: start at $525.


"Great Holiday Escapes" is from the November 2007 issue of Southern Living. Because prices, dates, and other specifics are subject to change, please check all information to make sure it's still current before making your travel plans.

 

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