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Travel news: Short and sweet

COUNTRY

Topnotch Resort & Spa, Vermont

• AESTHETIC
From the mounted moose head in the lobby to the handmade quilts on the four-poster beds, the look is country chic and the vibe is countryfriendly: Milk and freshly baked cookies are set out by the lobby fireplace very day at 4 p.m.

• CLIENTELE
The nature crowd: young couples, hikers and famous fans who reportedly include Robert Redford and Brooke Shields.

• CELEB CHEF
Mark Timms joined the resort’s Norma’s Restaurant as head chef last year, after winning Iron Chef Atlanta in 2007 and Best Spa Cuisine accolades from Condé Nast Traveler in 2008.

• SIGNATURE DISH

The spa cuisine is lovely, but wrap your seaweed a little lighter so you can try the Deconstructed Fish and Chips: pan-seared halibut with creamy home fries and English-pea purée.

• SPA ESSENTIAL

Named after the nearby mountain, the Mount Mansfield Saucha has three stages: a sea-salt exfoliation, a wrap with indigenous Vermont herbs and an 80-minute aromatherapy massage with custom-made essential oils.

• MUST-DO

Get in touch with your inner equestrian during an hour-long horseback-riding lesson at the foot of Mount Mansfield. (Don’t forget our Hermès riding boots!)

CITY

The Hazelton Hotel,Toronto

Travel-news-Hotel.jpg• AESTHETIC
Designed by It firm Yabu Pushelberg, the look is minimalist without the chilliness the word implies:  Think polished black marble, plush white linens and private balconies that overlook the boutiques and bistros below.

• CLIENTELE
The film crowd, from movie execs to Brangelina.

• CELEB CHEF
Mark McEwan — of Bymark, North 44 and the Food Network’s The Heat — founded and oversees ONE, the hotel’s award winning restaurant.

• SIGNATURE DISH
The upscale, comfort-food philosophy reaches its nadir on the dessert list: Peanut Butter Crème Brûlée comes with a peanut butter-and-jam sandwich.

• SPA ESSENTIAL
The Discovery for Her Treatment uses Bulgarian rose to detoxify skin that’s stressed from parabens, pollution and too many pomtinis.

• MUST-DO
Book the Silver Screening Room for a private movie night and a snack menu that includes Tempura Onion Rings.

Photo courtesy of the Hazelton Hotel

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