Food & Wine

Victoria Best of Bliss 2012

In a frantic and hurried world, Victoria offers a respite from the chaos of everyday life. The pages are dedicated to living beautifully when entertaining, cooking, and decorating and even in artistic pursuits - and now you can enjoy every single page on your tablet! With a distinct personality all its own, Victoria personifies feminity, passion, and an enterprising spirit. Each issue features decorating and entertaining ideas, recipes, travel stories, essays from inspiring women, and much more.

United States
Hoffman Media
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7 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
dear friends

Choosing the best of the features we have presented in Victoria over the past five years was quite a challenge. You see, we believe that every story, every column, every page is our best effort. Throughout the year, we listen to you, our readers; we garner ideas from around the country and abroad; and each staff member brings carefully edited suggestions to our planning meetings. This enables us to produce a publication that, issue after issue, allows you to dream, to travel from your favorite armchair, and to be inspired in creative ways. I think you will want to prepare a wish list of travel opportunities as you study these pages, so brew a cup of tea, get a notepad and pen, and settle into a quiet corner for a look…

3 min.
blair hill inn a lakeside labor of love

As one drives through the bucolic Maine countryside into the small town of Greenville, time feels pleasantly slowed. Visions of sparkling water appear in the distance, and the fragrant scent of pine wafts through open car windows. Leading away from town, the road meanders upward, and around a bend, an expansive view appears. Blair Hill Inn rises majestically on the crest of an endless lawn as the last of the day’s light shimmers far below on Moosehead Lake. Welcoming and noble, the historical home-turned-inn beckons at the end of a long journey. This feeling of grandeur in such a picturesque place caused Dan McLaughlin to fall in love with the Lyman Blair House upon first sight. Enticed by an ad featured in Preservation magazine, he flew out to look at the…

4 min.
the charlotte inn guardian of history

Salt-laden breezes off Nantucket Sound, the sky wiped clear of clouds, gardens punctuated by vivid blue hydrangeas in lavish bloom, roses tumbling over the tops of picket fences, the pungent aroma of freshly brewed coffee wafting in the air—this is a summer welcome in one of America’s favorite vacation towns. Although Martha’s Vineyard is a mere 7 miles off the coast of Massachusetts, picturesque Edgartown, the oldest and largest village on the island, seems light-years away as visitors start the day with a walk past plein air painters at work in the crystal-clear light of early morning. Just a block off Main Street, inside 27 South Summer Street, The Charlotte Inn’s owners, Gery and Paula Conover, are beginning their day much as all genial hosts do, with warm greetings, the offer…

2 min.
a crown jewel by the sea

On opening day, more than one hundred years ago, 1,440 San Diegans—ladies in bustles, gentlemen in top hats—boarded boats to cross the bay and view the new hotel. Presidents and celebrities attended, and hundreds of other guests occupied tents to be near the festivities. The Hotel del Coronado brought a Gatsby-esque civility to what was previously only a barren landscape. The sparkling white Queen Anne Revival structure, with its signature red roofs and whimsical turrets, remains the North Star of Coronado Island, minutes from downtown San Diego. As a California Historical Landmark, the seaside beauty has been restored, renewed, and expanded. Tourists flock to marvel at its heavy wooden panels, brass birdcage elevator, and cathedral-like dining-room ceiling crafted from pegs and glue instead of nails. For more than a century, the Hotel…

2 min.
the blantyre estate a regal retreat

Return to a bygone era, where superior service, heavenly cuisine, and exquisite décor envelop your every sense. The romantic European ambience of the Blantyre Estate’s luxury country-house hotel is an experience you will not soon forget. When Robert Paterson acquired the 220-acre property in the late 1890s, he had a vision to build nothing less than a castle—complete with towers, turrets, and gargoyles—modeled after his mother’s ancestral home in Blantyre, Scotland. Construction began in 1901, oftentimes with more than three hundred people working to complete the structure. Unfortunately, decades of economic setbacks and ownership transitions took their toll. By the 1970s, the property had been abandoned. But in 1980, Ann Fitzpatrick Brown became the eighth owner and set about restoring the estate to its premier splendor. Today, the Blantyre radiates a serene…

2 min.
discover the heart of north carolina

Bordered by verdant pastures and tucked amid stately oaks, the Fearrington Inn was once home to a flourishing eighteenth-century dairy farm. When the inn’s creators, R.B. Fitch and his wife, Jenny, purchased the property in 1974, they dedicated themselves to preserving the farmstead’s architectural heritage and storybook setting. Today, the vibrant Fearrington Village includes a world-class inn, a restaurant, a spa, and quaint boutiques. Inspired by their visits throughout the European countryside, the Fitches modeled the inn and other new buildings after those in picturesque English villages. Graced with antiques, original artwork, and fresh flowers, each of the thirty-five guest rooms radiates romantic country elegance and offers serene vistas of the courtyard gardens or the neighboring bucolic landscape. Soothing amenities such as plush featherbeds, marble vanities, heated towel racks, and turndown…