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Beauty, serenity, heritage and notable historical touches define the Queensbury Hotel (www.thequeensburyhotel.com) in downtown Glens Falls, New York. The majestic colonial revival style hotel stands tall. Upon entering a vast lobby, the roaring fire beckons, while the grand piano and checkered floor lure guests into spacious, elegant surroundings. A large oil painting on canvas depicting a scene from James Fenimore Cooper’s mid-19th century romantic historical novel The last of the Mohicans hangs proudly above the fireplace. Griffith Baily Coale was commissioned to paint the mural for the hotel’s opening in 1926, and it has remained intact ever since, allowing guests to see the aesthetic that has remained intact over the years. From the art and its surroundings to the welcoming front desk staff, the Queensbury transports you back to a more elegant, sensible and gentle era.

Located just minutes from stunning Lake George, not far from the wondrous Adirondack Mountains and a short drive from Saratoga Springs, the Queensbury Hotel is a delightful home away from home, whether for a romantic weekend getaway, a midweek solo trip or a holiday hotspot. Over the years, the hotel has hosted a number of personalities from politics, music and television, including Bob Dylan, Louis Armstrong, Bob Hope and Ronald Reagan.

What began as an idea of ​​the Glens Falls Chamber of Commerce and city officials in 1916 became a reality when the Queensbury Hotel opened its doors in 1926. Nearly a century later, the hotel’s integrity, history and beauty are impressive enough for returning guests and first-time visitors to continue to appreciate. Ed Moore only acquired the property in 2016 and continues to value the quality of the hotel for future generations to admire. Over the years, renovation and expansion work has taken place, giving the spacious, historical atmosphere a modern touch.

The Queensbury Hotel has been a member of Historic Hotels of America since 2017, and while many modern touches have been added, the sense of history has remained intact. It consists of 123 rooms, including spacious suites that include a separate living room and guest bathroom, as well as a master bedroom and en-suite bathroom for total comfort. The view is immaculate, overlooking the mountains and the serene natural surroundings. Various amenities are available including a swimming pool and fitness center for guests looking to stay cool and fit throughout their stay.

Early morning fresh coffee is served along with a leisurely breakfast served at Park 26 in an elegantly presented dining area where visitors can start their day. A delicious dinner is also available at Park 26, which proudly presents its fresh ingredients in a beautifully appetizing presentation. Begin the culinary journey with an artisan cheese platter offering a wide variety of choices from blue cheese to goat cheese, accompanied by crunchy crackers and fresh fruit; Continue the experience with Atlantic salmon on a bed of freshly made beetroot risotto, topped with a watercress citrus salad and drizzled with a hint of white truffle vinaigrette. For a simple twist, opt for one of the many artisan pastas made exclusively in-house for diners’ gourmet delights, including the buratta ravioli, where each pasta pocket is stuffed with fresh, velvety cheese and topped with a tender English pea becomes velouté. For a sweet twist on the culinary journey, ricotta cheesecake encasing a fresh peach with hints of rosemary, raspberry and pistachios is a heart-pounding experience that beautifully complements a meal. From a formal dining experience at Park 26 to a more casual venue, Fenimore’s Pub is available to satisfy a diner’s appetite and quench their thirst in a more casual setting.

From the state down to Manhattan, we’re celebrating the opening of the acclaimed exclusive Brazilian private club, Fasano. With more than a century of outstanding hospitality, Rogerio Fasano and designer Thierry W. Despont present their first US location on prestigious Fifth Avenue. The Fasano brand is the leading name in catering and hospitality in Brazil, bringing elegant style, refined sophistication and appetizing innovation to every project. While hospitality is the brand’s forte, culinary decadence is also a Fasano specialty.

Midtown New York welcomes the lavish Fasano Restaurant (www.fasanorestaurantny.com) in the former Four Seasons. Fasano is reminiscent of European haute glamour. The discreet entrance leads to an intimate lounge area before arriving at an expansive dining area behind an expansive hallway. The truly professional and attentive staff gives each guest their undivided attention, ensuring an unforgettable dining experience. Northern Italian cuisine is an absolute delight for the senses as each course is beautifully presented and elegantly served. Chef Nicola Fideli transforms traditional Northern Italian cuisine into an epic dining experience that oozes with flavor and exudes a delightful journey in every bite. Keep it simple with a mixed salad and organic vegetables, or take the culinary journey a little further by starting with a rocket salad with wafer-thin artichokes and a touch of Parmigiano-Reggiano. A selection of pasta, fish, meat and risotto are just a few of the many delicious options. Choose a beautifully presented Dover sole a la Meuniere with pronounced sage and lemon aroma; or the fascinating veal chocolate in the exclusive Fasano style. Based on distinctive, quality ingredients with bold flavors, dishes satiate the appetite for a memorable, inviting experience.

The touch of luxury continues along Manhattan and arrives at the acclaimed, Michelin-starred Caviar Russe (www.caviarrusse.com) restaurant, which expands its Madison Avenue flagship with a specially designed raw food bar, a champagne bar, and a Cocktail lounge on the main floor has expanded. Walk through the huge glass door where you’ll find an expansive 14-seat bar area with a 28-seat surround lounge surrounded by subtle artwork by David Drebin.

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The bar at Caviar Russe is an experience like no other as guests prepare for hearty, fresh bites that proudly flaunt the touch of caviar on every bite. Chef Edgar Panchernikov offers fine dining that is sure to be an exciting experience for the senses. The highly qualified staff provide insight into the variety of drink and food offerings and share insights into several interesting types of caviar, taking into account size, texture, color and of course taste.

Caviar Russe takes the caviar experience to the next level, adding a traditional twist to its imported caviar, sustainably farmed on its own small farm in Germany. The caviar served must meet certain Caviar Russe standards. Start the caviar journey with the small homemade bagel with smoked salmon, pickled shallots and caviar; Continue the culinary escape with toro tartare nori cornet, dashi and caviar before settling on the lobster rolls with a delicate touch of caviar. Escape from the caviar realm with bao buns, foie gras, eel and shiso, or opt for a simple raw food selection with a truffle miso aioli dipping sauce for a touch of delicious sophistication.

Guests can quench their thirst with an extensive list of beverage options straight from the menu, or rely on the bartender to create a superb mix. Desserts range from bite-sized, freshly baked homemade madeleines to extra rich chocolate cremeuxboth intended to serve as delicious palate cleansers after an intense caviar expedition.

Continuing the concept of traditional gourmet attributes with a modern twist, Thierry Atlan (www.thierry-atlan.com) has landed in Lower Manhattan to offer diners a delicious taste of his chocolate, ice cream and macaron universe. Atlan is a true master of his craft as the French chocolatier uses quality ingredients in every bite, exuding deeply robust flavors and a long-lasting uplift that lingers on the palate.

Atlan was awarded the prestigious title of Mealier Ouvrier de France Chocolatier in 1997 and is currently the only gourmet talent in the US to hold such a prominent role. Starting with the French Air Force, he continued his culinary path at the famous École Lenôtre in Paris, then as Chef Chocolatier at Disneyland Paris before becoming an international consultant for chocolate companies on a global scale. After working mostly behind the scenes, Atlan decided in 2015 to step into the spotlight by starting his own company. Along with his daughter Julie Atlan, they both intend to introduce the world to pure perfection with every delicious sweet bite that looks and tastes alike chef d’oeuvres.

In conversation with the experienced chocolatier, he has a deep appreciation and an all-encompassing passion for excellence. The atmosphere of its premises is a beautifully lavish escape from the stressful city atmosphere. Guests are lured into a clean and fresh realm reminiscent of a Parisian destination. The family ambience offers an inviting location in the heart of Soho, a boutique geared towards satisfying every throbbing sweet tooth while offering elegant options from delicious ice cream and gift boxes to chocolate bars and bite-sized chocolate snacks. •

Lola Cristall is the Paris editor of Lucire.

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