It’s easy to assume the release of Hollywood’s film adaptation of The Great Gatsby will have us all reminiscing about the Roaring Twenties and dreaming of luxurious mansions and lavish dinners suitable only for the most distinguished palates. But if you plan to travel near Gatsby’s Northeastern stomping grounds anytime soon, Rhode Island’s Vanderbilt Grace Hotel can make your F. Scott Fitzgerald-sparked fantasies come true.
This Newport boutique hotel and its elegant restaurant, the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Muse by Jonathan Cartwright, have taken the best of America’s Jazz Era and rolled it into one package experience, appropriately named “The Grace Gatsby.” Available through September 30, guests at the restored 1909 mansion will be pampered, Gatsby-style, during a two-night stay that includes a daily champagne breakfast, sunset sailing cruise for two and passports to tour some of the city’s most extravagant estates.
But the highlight of your Grace Gatsby rendezvous will likely be the Vintage Vanderbilt five-course dinner with wine pairings at Muse by Jonathan Cartwright. Catering to the gastronomy of the Gilded Age, world-renowned chef Cartwright serves a prix fixe menu of enticing delectables such as lobster bisque and bouillon, truffled turkey (with champagne glazed Virginia ham and roast partridge), petite fours and meringues with clotted cream. If that’s not enough to make you feel like a bit character dining alongside Jay Gatsby and Daisy Buchanan, sip on a White Bordeaux from Château Magneau or Pauillac wine from Les Tourelles de Longueville, and let your imagination wander to an aristocratic age gone by.
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