Let the Golden Age of television inspire your next travel destination this year…
With the 69th Emmy Awards being hosted on Sunday 17th September, take a closer look at the locations that have inspired some of the most talk-about American-export television programmes to reach our screens, and find our favourite five-star places to stay to match.
New from HBO last year, in the very capable hands of writer Jonathan Nolan, Westworld has scooped an admirable amount of 2017 Emmy nominations. Ranked as the most-watched first season of a HBO original production in the network’s history, this re-imagination of a 1970s cult classic sees increasingly self-aware artificial intelligence navigate their way through a Western fantasy world.
Westworld might well be make-believe, but the wild American southwest is still very much alive and kicking in Arizona. The landscape is totally otherworldly, with windswept red sandstone, said by some wellness practitioners to channel unique energy, while the magnificent Grand Canyon is a rite of passage for anyone who visits.
Alternatively, head to Amangiri in Utah. Surrounded by uninterrupted desert, this is perfect stomping ground for the adventurous and curious, with strangely beautiful scenes of jagged canyons to explore and fascinating Navajo culture to learn about.
It’s happening again! Twenty-five years ago, television fans were captivated by the question, “Who killed Laura Palmer?”. Despite learning the answer more than two decades ago, mysteries are still abounding in the small mountain town of Twin Peaks. Unfortunately, this David Lynch masterpiece just missed the broadcast deadline to be included in this year’s awards, though its critical success surely tips it for future awards.
First hitting screens in the year 1990, Twin Peaks has always been blessed in the style department, becoming iconic for a cast that was expertly draped in the grungy plaids and knitwear that encapsulated a decade. The heart of the enigma, though, centres around the Great Northern Hotel, the wood-panelled lodge perched on a crashing waterfall in Washington State.
Explore the woody interior of the west coast that inspired the setting in California. For many, its main attraction is its beaches, but the towering redwoods, ancient sequoia trees and spectacular waterfalls of Yosemite National Park make for rife exploration territory. Stay at a lodge, such as Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite or The Majestic Yosemite Hotel, to channel the American pioneer spirit, or head to The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe to really hide away in the mountains.
Having won eight Emmy awards during its time on screen (from 2007 to 2015), along with swooping 57 nominations, it’s fair to say Mad Men is one of America’s most successful television creations.
Set in New York‘s Manhattan, this super-slick production is possibly the most stylish of its kind. With immaculate 1960s fashion, the costumes brought retro-chic back into full swing with their sense of timeless elegance. After all, when did sipping on an Old Fashioned in a Manhattan lounge ever go out of style?
The question for us now is, “Where would today’s Don and Betty Draper go?”. We think the New York EDITION would be a great start, where Michelin-starred British chef, Jason Atherton, heads up the Clocktower Restaurant, with walls plated in gilded frames of black and white photographs of past celebrity visitors. You might also catch one of the pair in The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel, where Café Carlyle keeps New York cabaret alive with regular live jazz music – New York native Woody Allen and his band frequently drop by to play.
House of Cards
Claire and Francis Underwood, the formidable power couple of Washington D.C, have brought a rollercoaster of political and personal vendettas to our screens for the past four years. The actors behind two of the most ruthless politicians are Robin Wright and Kevin Spacey, who have both received Emmy nominations for their cut-throat portrayals this year, and with that (no spoilers!) cliff-hanger finale, who knows what next year will hold.
While political drama spirals out of hand in House of Cards, American politics is hardly free from controversy in the real world. Take yourself to the source of the real-life stories and see the prestigious United States Capitol, Lincoln Memorial and White House, all laden with national history and definitive moments, from the Declaration of Independence, to Martin Luther King’s speech and the infamous Watergate scandal.
Stay at the iconic The Ritz-Carlton, Georgetown, a converted industrial building bordering Foggy Bottom, one of the oldest neighbourhoods in the city. Stop by in spring to see the beautiful blossoms framing the monuments and colonial buildings.
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