CASABLANCA

casablanca

For me, this is the best movie ever made.  The cast (Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains, Sydney Greenstreet, and Peter Lorre), storyline, and music are first-rate.  The movie was made in 1942 and set in the context of World War II.  If you have similar feelings about this movie, I recommend “The Making of Casablanca”, a book which describes the casting, studio system, the elusive ending, the role the government played, and much more.  Interesting reading.

THE GATEWAYS INN

A lovely B & B in Lenox, Massachusetts, this was built in 1912 as a summer mansion for Harley Procter of Procter & Gamble.gateways-inn-lenox-ma-02[1]  The inn was taken over four years ago by Michele and Eiran Gazit, who are hands-on owners and operators.  It has 12 guest rooms, named after Shakespearean characters, each uniquely and elegantly decorated.  No need to go out to eat – enjoy a beautiful breakfast buffet and dinner in the first-class restaurant followed by live music.  Whether you are skiing in the winter or visiting in the summer – music at Tanglewood, dance at Jacob’s Pillow, Shakespeare & Company or the Norman Rockwell Museum – this inn will enhance your stay.

THE TOWNSEND HOTEL

Located in lovely Birmingham, Michigan, this elegant hotel is a study in graciousness.  The experience starts with19216_58_b[1] making the reservation and guest preferences and then moves to the hotel stay itself.  From the time you arrive until you leave, guests are treated with the highest level of service, courtesy and respect.  This is a great hotel choice if you are going to a sports event in Detroit, doing business with one of the automobile companies, or visiting the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.  An exceptional hotel experience.

BUDDAKAN

7d102f9f8736fc727a327789c8592399[1]This is a wonderful Asian restaurant with several branches.  I ate in the Philadelphia location, which is in the historical district – Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, National Constitution Center, Franklin Court, and Washington Square Park.  The restaurant is starkly beautiful and the food amazing.  It is an easy walk from Center City and well worth it.  I was with a good size group and neither the food nor the service faltered.

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