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10 Presidential Getaways Slideshow

10 Presidential Getaways Slideshow

Kennebunkport, Maine

It's all lobster rolls, blueberry jam, and bike rides in the postcard-perfect Maine town of Kennebunkport, where the Bush clan has summered for more than a century. Their nine-bedroom compound sits on Walker's Point, a lushly wooded finger of land jutting into the ink-blue Atlantic, but you can stay just as comfortably in one of the sophisticated one- and two-bedroom cottages at Hidden Pond, where days start with baskets of house-baked pastries hanging on your door and end with dinner at Earth, the hotel restaurant run by James Beard Award winner Ken Oringer. From $399/night.

Santa Barbara, Calif.

Ronald and Nancy Reagan spent so much time on their Rancho del Cielo outside Santa Barbara it became known at the Western White House. Spend an afternoon like the 40th president, riding horses through the Santa Ynez Mountains before retiring to the 97-room Canary Hotel (pictured) in downtown. Dinner at Coast features Santa Barbara abalone and uni, delivered by servers sporting locally made, biodegradable shoes. From $260/night.

Fort Myers, Fla.

Presidents Harding and Hoover found Fort Myers, Fla., to be a welcome respite while vacationing at friend Thomas Edison's winter estate on the Caloosahatchee River. You can visit his breezy, veranda-wrapped bungalow today, preserved down to the oyster plates in the dining room, before lunch of stone crab claws and coconut-crusted mahimahi at the Island Cow on nearby Sanibel Island, just a few miles from pristine Bowman's Beach, one of the isle’s most secluded

Lake Champlain

In the summer of 1791, Thomas Jefferson sailed up Lake Champlain, the slender freshwater corridor between New York and Vermont, chronicling the inns he stayed at along the way. He'd have loved the sunny cottages at Basin Harbor Club, a 126-year-old retreat on the southern tip of the Lake. Some have screened-in porches, and others have native stone fireplaces for curling up after dinner at the club's dining room, where the menu features ingredients sourced through Vermont Fresh Network. From $150/night.

Oahu, Hawaii

At $3,500 a night, the five-bedroom Kailua Beach house the Obamas rented during two of their trips to Oahu might not be within everyone's budget, but the Big Island has plenty of values, from charming HomeAway cottages on the North Shore (many less than $200 a night) and Kahuku shrimp trucks to burgers at Kua 'Aina Sandwich Shop, an Obama favorite.

Miami

Like so many snowbirds, Richard Nixon flew south for the winter to Miami, where his Key Biscayne pad was so slick, Scarface was filmed there. After dinner at James Beard Award winner Michael Schwartz's Design District restaurant, Michael's Genuine Food & Drink, sleep off the whole local snapper (rubbed in fennel pollen and wood-roasted) at one of the Kelly Wearstler-designed, bay-view suites at the Viceroy downtown (pictured). From $195/night.

Cape Cod, Mass.

Both the Clintons and the Obamas have vacationed here, but the Cape and its islands are especially synonymous with the Kennedys, whose clapboard "Compound" still stands in Hyannis Port (pictured). Glimpse the presidential estate from the deck of the Eventide, an agile sailboat built in 1933 that runs excursions May through October from Hyannis Harbor. The views are best served with a frosty gin and tonic and lobster roll, prepared in the onboard galley.

Jackson Hole, Wyo.

Though the Hamptons are more the Clintons' speed these days, Bill Clinton vacationed twice at the breathtaking ski resort of Jackson Hole during his terms. Had it been open during his presidency, he'd have likely booked one of the plush, stone-and-fir-furnished suites at Amangani, Aman's first resort in North America (pictured). Heated to 80 degrees all year round, the quartzite-tiled pool is the perfect place for an après-ski drink — and for drinking in the jaw-dropping views of the Teton Mountains and Snake River Valley beyond. From $595/night.

Key West, Fla.

You can still visit Harry Truman's "Little White House" on Front Street in the southernmost of the Florida Keys. It's a living museum now, and just a short walk to the Orchid Key Inn, a historic Art Deco property that's cushy studio-style rooms boast Terrazzo marble floors, i-Home systems, and complimentary Wi-Fi, and the bar features freshly infused cocktails and poolside breakfasts. From $184/night.

Vieques, Puerto Rico

Franklin D. Roosevelt loved cruising so much, he had the USS Houston outfitted with wheelchair ramps. One favorite port of call: Puerto Rico. During Roosevelt's term, the lush isle of Vieques off the east coast became an important U.S. naval base. The military has since quit the island, and has been replaced by wildlife preservationists and hotels like the W hotel, which features Alain Ducasse dinners and coconut-and-coffee body scrubs on their north shore retreat. From $284/night.


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Petoskey/ Charlevoix, Michigan

These neighboring resort towns along the Lower Peninsula's northwest shore began entertaining vacationers who came by steamship more than a century ago. No wonder they're so good at it, offering an ever-growing to-do list for travelers and a relaxed attitude. Petoskey climbs hills along Little Traverse Bay, and Charlevoix (pictured) nestles between Lake Michigan and Lake Charlevoix 17 miles southwest.

The beach and harbor are steps from the 100 shops and galleries of Petoskey's Gaslight District and landmark Stafford's Perry Hotel. Charlevoix's boutiques string along the waterfront. Local restaurants deliver memorable meals. In the warmer months, visitors golf at the Inn at Bay Harbor, a first-class resort with courses heralded as the Midwest's Pebble Beach.


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Palm Springs, California

Glamorized as Old Hollywood&rsquos vacation destination of choice, Palm Springs is still as hip as it was in Frank Sinatra's day. The desert oasis allures with stylish resorts, world-class restaurants, and majestic desert views.

There&rsquos a little something for everyone. It&rsquos a haven for golfers (with more than 100 area courses), hikers, and adventure seekers. Try a backcountry Jeep tour through San Jacinto Mountain trails, or trek to Joshua Tree National Park (less than an hour away). Looking to unwind? Soak in the natural healing waters at Desert Hot Springs or head to one of the many day spas for a hot stone couples massage. Palm Springs also has a foodie scene and many of the finest establishments offer patio dining under the stars.

For a relaxing staycation, book a suite at the Ritz-Carlton Rancho Mirage. With everything from clifftop dining to a luxe spa surrounded by the beautiful Santa Rosa Mountains, you won&rsquot have to leave the grounds to have an unforgettable weekend. Plus, there&rsquos postcard-worthy scenery in every direction. We recommend taking it all in from a cabana at the pool while sipping an Arnold Palmer. The golf legend debuted the now-famous iced tea-lemonade drink in Palm Springs in the late &rsquo60s.


Trump likes his steak well-done

Yes, you read that correctly — the 45th president of the United States of America enjoys his steaks burnt to a crisp. Ordering a well-done steak is a bit of an insult to cattle, but Trump's butler, Anthony Senecal, revealed that his steaks would be so well-done that they'd "rock on the plate."

Some studies have suggested that consuming over-cooked meat can lead to memory problems in later life and put you at a higher risk of prostate cancer. More than anything, however, a well-done steak is simply a waste of good meat. It is fine dining for the unrefined usually resulting in a tough and tasteless (and basically ruined) steak. The only person he's hurting, in this case, is himself — and maybe the chef that's forced to overcook such lovely meat.


Dayton: Where History Takes Flight

Before North Carolina was declared first in flight, inventors Wilbur and Orville Wright were busy working on their heavier-than-air flying machine in the back room of their Dayton bicycle shop. It’s also where they perfected, tested and manufactured subsequent designs, including the Model B, the first ever mass-produced aircraft. To this day, the legacy of the two brothers is alive throughout the town where there are many other sites that will thrill aviation enthusiasts and history buffs.

Marriott at the University of Dayton


Buffalo Trace Distillery

Buffalo Trace Distillery

If you’ve never heard of Buffalo Trace Distillery, it’s likely that you’ve heard of some of the brands they produce. Since 2002, the highly acclaimed and sought after Old Rip Van Winkle and Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve labels have been produced at the Frankfort, Kentucky, distillery. Other notable labels coming out of the distillery include Blanton’s, Elmer T. Lee and Eagle Rare.

Buffalo Trace offers a few different tours, but the most important thing to remember is all of them are complimentary and include a tasting. I recommend the Trace Tour since it’s open to all ages and takes visitors past the bourbon barrels and inside Blanton’s Bottling Hall. The Hard Hat Tour is also worth checking out as you’ll see the entire bourbon-making process from grain to distillation.


20 Best Couples Retreats That'll Make Your Relationship Stronger Than Ever

Most relationships start with a &ldquohoneymoon phase.&rdquo You know, that period where you literally can&rsquot keep your hands off each other. But as your relationship progresses and you and your S.O. face new challenges together, there's less time for romance, which can make your bond feel stagnant. The fix? Some good old quality time.

&ldquoAny time a couple can spend time together away from the rigmaroles of life is beneficial for the relationship, and couples retreats offer wonderful activities to help couples connect and have fun together. It&rsquos a time to assess and mend the relationship and return home with an improved rhythm,&rdquo says Laurel Steinberg, Ph.D., a New York-based relationship therapist and assistant professor at The American Academy of Clinical Sexologists.

When you make it to your destination, talk openly about your relationship and feelings for each other, suggests Steinberg. Get moving, too: Physical activities like hiking and kayaking are all about working toward a common goal together, which can enhance intimacy. And yes, sex should be on the agenda. &ldquoSex without fear of children or pets coming into the room is a big plus of a couples retreat, giving partners freedom to savor one another with abandon,&rdquo she adds.

Need ideas for where to go? From luxurious beach resorts to stunning mountain views, here are some of the best couples retreats. Happy planning!


Social disease ran rampant in the West

Venereal disease was widespread, and treatment of STD's was downright dangerous. As Christopher Knowlton explained in his book, Cattle Kingdom (via Delancey Place), prostitutes "faced the constant threat of disease — and not only sexually transmitted diseases such as syphilis, popularly known as 'the calamity' in light of the poor prospects for a cure, or gonorrhea, which was equally prevalent." STD treatment was limited as penicillin wasn't invented yet. Writer Keith Souter tells of using calomel, a powder of mercurous chloride, which could cause patients to "salivate, perspire, feel dry, want to vomit and purge their bowels," but these were symptoms of mercury poisoning. Likewise, gonorrhea also was treated with mercury, but also arsenic and other deadly elements, according to J.R. Thorpe at Bustle.

Men who contracted STD's could pass it on to their wives or working girls. In 1907, 19-year-old Anna Groves contracted venereal disease from one of her customers. When the man refused to do anything to help her, Anna fired a shot at him through the window of a Wyoming saloon. The bullet missed its mark but Anna was arrested anyway. In reporting the incident, Laramie's Semi-Weekly Boomerang noted Anna was in poor health, although she "pleaded guilty and expressed regrets that she was such a poor shot." Anna was sentenced to two years in the state penitentiary, but pardoned after five months when it became painfully apparent she was fatally ill.


14 Genius Packing Tips to Help You Travel Like a Pro

Going on vacation is the best. Not so fun? Trying to cram your cutest outfits into your suitcase. Indeed, the anxiety of figuring out what to pack (and how to make it all a fit) can put bit of a damper on your pre-getaway excitement.

To the rescue: These savvy packing tips from Good Housekeeping Institute experts. Whether you're someone who starts packing a week ahead of time or waits until the last minute, these hacks will ensure that your favorite dress doesn't get wrinkled and you have plenty of room for souvenirs. Keep reading to learn how to pack faster, smarter, and sans stress.

Roll clothes and pack them first.

The best way to prevent creases and make the most of your space is to use the roll method. Lay tops facedown, fold in the sleeves and roll from the bottom up. For pants, put the legs together and roll from the waist down. Once you&rsquove rolled everything, place pants and tops in your suitcase before shoes and accessories then, fit in other oddly shaped items like hair tools.

Choose travel-friendly fabrics.

Our Textiles Lab pros always recommend opting for knits and stretchy fabrics (like these Amazon Essentials t-shirts made with spandex). Even when these fabrics wrinkle, the creases will fall out when you hang them up. Woven fabrics (like linen or cotton twill) are more prone to wrinkling.

Pack the first outfit you'll want to wear on top.

If you know you&rsquore getting off the plane and going straight to dinner or a meeting, plan your outfit and put it into your suitcase last. That way, when you arrive, you won&rsquot have to dig through everything else to find it (plus, it will be less likely to wrinkle). This strategy is a great excuse to think about what you&rsquoll wear in advance so you don&rsquot make one of the biggest packing mistakes: waiting until the last minute to pack. Have trouble making a packing list and sticking to it? Check out this useful planner from Erin Condren.

Place heavy items at the base.

Keep weightier things like shoes and books by the wheeled end of your suitcase. This placement helps your bag stay stable when upright, and stops other items from getting smushed. (GH experts like Away&rsquos The Carry-On &mdash it topped our Lab&rsquos recent luggage test and has a 100-day trial period.)

Layer plastic dry cleaning bags between clothes.

The next time you pick up your dry cleaning, save the plastic bags. You can use them to protect delicate items from accidental pulls by layering them between your clothes. They help your clothing slide (not snag) when your bag gets jostled (and they help reduce wrinkling!).

Use packing cubes.

Our pros like Eagle Creek&rsquos set. These blocks keep your suitcase organized and stack together easily &mdash no more trying to fit in oddly shaped items like a puzzle. Plus, the durable cubes are lightweight and thin so you won&rsquot lose any precious suitcase space.

Avoid over or under-packing.

While you might be tempted to leave space for souvenirs, extra room means items can shift and crumple or break. Fill empty spaces with dry cleaner bags (and fill them later with mementos from your trip). It&rsquos important not to over-pack either (especially if you&rsquore only bringing a carry-on), since that&rsquos a surefire way to create crease marks and can make it extra tricky to repack when you're going home &mdash or heading off to another spot.

Get an extra tote for souvenirs.

You're going to want to shop so bring a foldable bag like this cute backpack from Baggu. It won&rsquot take up much space on the way to your destination (it folds into a small pouch!) and you can fill it with (almost) anything you buy on your travels.

Take a mini iron.

Despite your best packing efforts, some wrinkles and creases are inevitable. That's where Reliable&rsquos pint-size steam iron comes in. At only 1.6 pounds, it takes up very little space and is perfect for quick touch-ups anywhere (it works as an iron and steamer). It performed well in our Cleaning Lab tests (just don&rsquot expect it to de-wrinkle a full garment in record time).

Bring two small laundry bags.

Use one for lights and one for darks. If you forget, grab plastic bags from your hotel room&rsquos closet. When you get home, throw the presorted loads in the wash. Other Cleaning Lab must-haves: two-gallon resealable bags for wet bathing suits and an instant stain remover like Shout Wipe & Go ($27 for a pack of 12).


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