With international travel still mostly at a standstill, 2020 is proving to be the year of the road trip. According to a recent survey by leading luxury travel network Virtuoso, 87{143106009d8b87d45252e1fd973f0c0835ad3aabba3679e828c3cd83539ae06c} of respondents want to take road trips and 70{143106009d8b87d45252e1fd973f0c0835ad3aabba3679e828c3cd83539ae06c} are traveling less than 1,500 miles from home. The decision of whether or not to travel at all right now is a very personal one, and you might want to consult your doctor before straying far from home, but if you are itching to travel, a road trip presents fewer risks than flying or taking the train. Just in time for late summer and fall travel, Relais & Châteaux—which worked with top doctors and Bureau Veritas to give stringent health and safety guidelines to its North American member hotels—is debuting three new celebrity-designed routes du bonheur. AD gets an exclusive look.

Route 1: Westchester County & New England by Richard Gere



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The Bedford Post Inn.

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This eight-hour road trip through bucolic Westchester County and north to Vermont starts at the Bedford Post Inn, which has been run by actor Richard Gere and his partners since 2007. For a small town, Bedford, New York, has more than its fair share of famous residents: Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones, Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds, and Martha Stewart—just to name a few—live in and around Bedford. From there, Gere suggests driving up to Winvian Farm in Connecticut, which comprises 18 chalets and one suite, designed by 15 different architects. The quirky accommodations include a treehouse, a lighthouse in the woods, and a log cabin.



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A soaring guest room at Twin Farms.

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After a night or two there, head east to Newport, Rhode Island, for a taste of the Gilded Age lifestyle with a stay at the historic Castle Hill Inn. Built as the summer home of naturalist and marine biologist Alexander Agassiz, it became a hotel after WWII and hosted Grace Kelly in the ’50s. The final stop is Twin Farms in Barnard, Vermont, a sprawling country retreat once owned by author Sinclair Lewis and his wife, Dorothy Thompson. With 300 acres of grounds and standalone cottages, there’s plenty of space for social distancing.

“I grew up in the Northeast, and to me, there’s no more beautiful place anywhere,” Gere tells AD. “Get in your car now and visit these wonderful Relais & Châteaux inns.”    

Route 2: Upstate New York & the Berkshires by Daniel Boulud



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