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Luxurious American resort towns
Money is no object, but time is not your friend. Unfortunately, this quandary is all too familiar. If you canít make it overseas
for a week-long vacation, you can still find solace in many stateside
resort towns. Our top choices are all in the lower 48 states, and are
accessible from major and regional airports. Furthermore, each town
offers the upscale luxury you demand, the accessibility you need, and
the ability to see and be seen while youíre there.
Number 10

Sandpoint, ID


In the Northern Idaho panhandle, breathtaking scenery is just the
beginning. Sandpoint, with a population of less than 9,000 people, is
becoming a destination that is accessible, although it feels far
removed. Heading outdoors for recreation on Lake Pend Oreille, and on
the slopes of Schweitzer Mountain Ski Resort will quickly erase stress.
At least it works for Ben Stein and Viggo Mortensen, both of whom have
residences in the area. New visitors are sure to enjoy the artistic and
cultural depth found here. Galleries house impressive works of local
and regional artists, the Festival at Sandpoint concert series draws
great musicians, plus the Lakedance International Film Festival has
quickly gained recognition. You may come to Sandpoint for the natural
beauty, but you will discover there is much more to see.

See and be seen: Try skiing at Schweitzer when itís in season or go to the summer Festival at Sandpoint.

Number 9

Lake Geneva, WI


Chicago may have a unique personality that makes it a Midwestern
standout, but where do Chicagoans go to decompress? To Wisconsin, of
course. The pace there is more relaxed and the population is
comparatively sparse. You may not equate Americaís Dairyland with
luxurious retreats, but one notable spot is Lake Geneva. Not to be
confused with its European namesake, this lake town of over 14,000
residents was actually named after Geneva, New York, and the adjacent
Seneca Lake. For todayís residents and visitors, The Hamptons of the
Midwest offers resorts, spas, boating, golf, hiking, hot-air
ballooning, parasailing, and more. If Al Capone made the short trip
from Chicago and managed to relax, we wager you can too.

See and be seen:
Attend Septemberís Lake Geneva Classic Car Rally. In addition to
pristine automobiles, antique wooden boats and aircraft are also on
display.
Number 8

Newport Beach, CA

Just because scenes from Romy and Micheleís High School Reunion were
shot here does not mean that you can dismiss this must-see locale in
the O.C. For decades, multigenerational stars from Lauren Bacall to Kobe Bryant
have headed home to this oceanside city of 70,000 inhabitants. Visitors
will definitely love the upscale activities it offers. Naturally,
galleries, boutiques and nightlife hot spots are plentiful. Note the
quaint Balboa Fun Zone amusement area on the Balboa Peninsula; it
should not be missed. Once you have your fill of nostalgia, select from
a variety of fine restaurants, golf courses and boating excursions.
Each offers some of the best Pacific views you will ever witness.

See and be seen: Attend the Newport Beach Film Festival in April, which features hundreds of films from dozens of countries.

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Number 3

Palm Springs, CA


Once upon a time, Palm Springs was thought of as The Playground of the
Stars -- an oasis in the desert where Sinatra liked to escape from Las
Vegas. Rest assured that any perceptions of The Chairmanís peers
currently overrunning the joint are greatly exaggerated. Nestled in the
Coachella Valley below Mt. San Jacinto, and located a couple of hours
east of Los Angeles, Palm Springs will surprise the first-time visitor.
The population of year-round residents has grown larger (over 50,000),
not to mention younger. The residentsí ages range from 25 to over 65
and they all enjoy world-class golf, tennis and dining. There is also
the weekly outdoor Village Fest, plus endless trails for hiking and
horseback riding. If you love the desert but are looking for a
tasteful, neon-free alternative to Vegas, this is the place. Olí Blue
Eyes had it right all along.

See and be seen: Attend
the Classic Ball during the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic golf tournament
in January. Costing $750 per person, itís hardly a casual affair.

Number 2

Aspen, CO

To the unappreciative viewer, the movie Dumb & Dumber
-- set in and partially filmed in Aspen -- seems only to live up to its
title. But those more familiar with the mountain getaway town of about
6,000 people could see the oddball main characters as representations
of the unique individuals Aspen has seen over the past few decades. In
any event, it is safe to say the widely perceived view of Aspen as a
high-rent haven remains intact. From the downtown shops and galleries
to the world-class ski resorts, restaurants and nightlife, ultimate
luxury in Aspen is not the exception, it's the rule. This is why stars
like Jack Nicholson, Michael Douglas, Kurt Russell, and Kevin Costner
have all made Aspen their part-time homes.

See and be seen:
Aprilís end-of-season Snowmass party is always a good time to go to
Aspen, but the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival preceding it by a month or so
is an even better bet. Number 1

The Hamptons, NY

If no other common thread exists between Martha Stewart, Jerry Seinfeld, Katie Couric, and Ralph Lauren,
at least they all know the experience of a ďhouse in the Hamptons.Ē
Less than 100 miles east of New York City on Eastern Long Island, this
collection of towns offers more than just celeb refuge. The old-money
mansions and picturesque villages share acreage with farms, vineyards
and forests, whereas the surfers and tourists in Montauk, by
comparison, offer a more down-to-earth retreat. And when it all gets to
be too much, seek refuge on Shelter Island.

See and be seen:
Visit the Watermill Summer Benefit in July. From Lou Reed to Russell
Simmons to Isabella Rossellini, the stars supporting the arts at this
event are as diverse as they are generous.

small towns, big fun


Just because you have more money than time, it does not mean you have
to compromise the quality of your getaway. Even if you only have a few
days to unwind, domestic resort towns with premium accommodations
provide the luxury you demand, the accessibility you need and the
ability to see and be seen.

Resources:
http://en.wikipedia.org
www.style.com
www.thehamptons.com
www.robertwilson.com
www.ci.palm-springs.ca.us
www.bhcc.com
www.newportbeachfilmfest.com
www.visitnewportbeach.com
www.classiccarrally.net
www.lakegenevawi.com
www.cherryhillsvillage.com
www.chcc.com
www.keywestcity.com
www.jacksonhole.com
www.jacksonholechamber.com
www.sandpointonline.com
http://lakedance.com
www.verizonheritage.com
www.imdb.com
http://city.aspenpitkin.com
www.hbocomedyfestival.com

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Number 7

Hilton Head Island, SC

It is little wonder
this popular island community of just under 37,000 people can be
inhabited by 150,000 or more during the high season. Conveniently
located between Charleston and Savannah, Hilton Head Island boasts many
visitors who come for the Atlantic beaches and all the fun that goes
along with them. Others try to avoid the sand altogether -- or at least
the sand traps. Since 1967, Harbour Town Golf Links at Sea Pines Resort
has posed a challenge with holes requiring shorter, precise shots. Take
heart: Even the pros have to be on their A-game when the Verizon
Heritage Tournament plays here in April. If you need a change of pace,
unwind on the water with a yacht rental.

See and be seen: Go to the Harbour Town Golf Links in April, and the Sea Pines Resort in the spring through fall.
Number 6

Cherry Hills Village, CO


If you have any doubts about the quality of life in this Denver suburb,
consider this: The average household income in 2000 was about $190,000
and the median house value was $893,000. As a visitor, you will notice
an absence of retail businesses as you drive through the town, further
underscoring the echelon of your surroundings. Cherry Hills Village has
played host to the PGA, the U.S. Open and the U.S. Womenís Open golf
championships. The village is rather enthusiastic about the game. Even
the municipal courses in the area play better than some private clubs
elsewhere. If you can manage an invite from a member of Cherry Hills
Country Club (annual dues are around $100,000), you'll be in golf
nirvana.

See and be seen: Go to Cherry Hills
Country Club any time of the year. This is where professional
championships are held and some of Denverís best golfers come to play.
Number 5

Key West, FL


This is probably as close as you will come to leaving the continental
United States without ever having to show your passport. Just 106 miles
from Cuba, this so-called Conch Republic is as much about history and
beauty as it is a state of mind. ďPermanent vacationĒ may be one way to
describe it, but it is better experienced than imagined. How you get
there is a matter of time and preference. Obviously, boating is an
option, whether on your own craft or a rental. Driving U.S. Route 1(the
Overseas Highway) through the Keys can be relaxing if you are not in a
hurry; expect a five-hour drive from Miami
as most sections are only two lanes with plenty of traffic and heavily
enforced 45 mph to 55 mph speed limits. If nothing else, Key West has a
commercial airport. Once there -- especially in the western Old Town
district -- you will understand why Jimmy Buffett made a career singing
about places like this.

See and be seen: In January,
attend the Acura Key West international boat regatta, which is where
royalty and the wealthy mingle with Conchs and Parrotheads in
greater-than-usual numbers.
Number 4

Jackson, WY


If ever a place could clear the mind while replenishing the soul, the
austere beauty of Jackson, Wyoming, stands a strong chance. A common
misnomer, Jackson Hole applies only to the valley between the Teton and
Gros Ventre ranges, not to the town of Jackson itself. What else should
you know about The Last of the Old West? Well, Harrison Ford, Sandra Bullock
and Dick Cheney have residences around here. The other 8,600 or so
residents are blessed with outstanding skiing facilities, including the
Snow King Resort, which is located in the middle of town, plus the
Grand Targhee and Jackson Hole Mountain resorts nearby. If powder is
not your playground of choice, you can indulge in fishing, hunting,
mountain biking, horseback riding, hot-air ballooning, and more. When
youíve had your fill of the outdoors, the area offers a number of
luxury lodges and spas. You will undoubtedly leave Jackson whole again.

See and be seen: If
visiting the worldís largest ball of barbed wire doesnít do the trick,
try going to Old West Days in late May. If you ski, the place to be is
Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.

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Resort towns in the U.S.
Number 3

Palm Springs, CA


Once upon a time, Palm Springs was thought of as The Playground of the
Stars -- an oasis in the desert where Sinatra liked to escape from Las
Vegas. Rest assured that any perceptions of The Chairmanís peers
currently overrunning the joint are greatly exaggerated. Nestled in the
Coachella Valley below Mt. San Jacinto, and located a couple of hours
east of Los Angeles, Palm Springs will surprise the first-time visitor.
The population of year-round residents has grown larger (over 50,000),
not to mention younger. The residentsí ages range from 25 to over 65
and they all enjoy world-class golf, tennis and dining. There is also
the weekly outdoor Village Fest, plus endless trails for hiking and
horseback riding. If you love the desert but are looking for a
tasteful, neon-free alternative to Vegas, this is the place. Olí Blue
Eyes had it right all along.

See and be seen: Attend
the Classic Ball during the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic golf tournament
in January. Costing $750 per person, itís hardly a casual affair.

Number 2

Aspen, CO

To the unappreciative viewer, the movie Dumb & Dumber
-- set in and partially filmed in Aspen -- seems only to live up to its
title. But those more familiar with the mountain getaway town of about
6,000 people could see the oddball main characters as representations
of the unique individuals Aspen has seen over the past few decades. In
any event, it is safe to say the widely perceived view of Aspen as a
high-rent haven remains intact. From the downtown shops and galleries
to the world-class ski resorts, restaurants and nightlife, ultimate
luxury in Aspen is not the exception, it's the rule. This is why stars
like Jack Nicholson, Michael Douglas, Kurt Russell, and Kevin Costner
have all made Aspen their part-time homes.

See and be seen:
Aprilís end-of-season Snowmass party is always a good time to go to
Aspen, but the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival preceding it by a month or so
is an even better bet. Number 1

The Hamptons, NY

If no other common thread exists between Martha Stewart, Jerry Seinfeld, Katie Couric, and Ralph Lauren,
at least they all know the experience of a ďhouse in the Hamptons.Ē
Less than 100 miles east of New York City on Eastern Long Island, this
collection of towns offers more than just celeb refuge. The old-money
mansions and picturesque villages share acreage with farms, vineyards
and forests, whereas the surfers and tourists in Montauk, by
comparison, offer a more down-to-earth retreat. And when it all gets to
be too much, seek refuge on Shelter Island.

See and be seen:
Visit the Watermill Summer Benefit in July. From Lou Reed to Russell
Simmons to Isabella Rossellini, the stars supporting the arts at this
event are as diverse as they are generous.

small towns, big fun


Just because you have more money than time, it does not mean you have
to compromise the quality of your getaway. Even if you only have a few
days to unwind, domestic resort towns with premium accommodations
provide the luxury you demand, the accessibility you need and the
ability to see and be seen.

Resources:
http://en.wikipedia.org
www.style.com
www.thehamptons.com
www.robertwilson.com
www.ci.palm-springs.ca.us
www.bhcc.com
www.newportbeachfilmfest.com
www.visitnewportbeach.com
www.classiccarrally.net
www.lakegenevawi.com
www.cherryhillsvillage.com
www.chcc.com
www.keywestcity.com
www.jacksonhole.com
www.jacksonholechamber.com
www.sandpointonline.com
http://lakedance.com
www.verizonheritage.com
www.imdb.com
http://city.aspenpitkin.com
www.hbocomedyfestival.com

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