A view from the St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort near Miami Beach.
The Mandarin Oriental in Munich.
A room in the Chapman House in Nantucket.
Isabella's skirt steak tacos.
Central Michel Richard in Atlantic City's Revel Resort.
The Gnome's Water Rebellion cocktail at Hank's Oyster Bar in Capitol Hill.
The Oktoberfest lager from Alexandria's Port City Brewing Company.

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St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort, three minutes from Miami’s South Beach, offers guests butler service, a spa and 243 luxurious guest rooms and suites. The 24th-floor presidential suite boasts a 1,200-square-foot balcony (above). Rates from $850. 

Celebrate Oktoberfest at the Mandarin Oriental Munich (left). A special package from September 22 to October 7 includes a carriage tour from the hotel to the festival grounds and a three-course dinner in the Hippodrom tent, where many of Munich’s finest beers will flow. Nightly rates from $1,440 per couple. mandarinoriental.com

An 11-room boutique hotel, Chapman House in Nantucket is the perfect spot for a late-summer fling. Housed in a landmark 1717 structure, accommodations (left) were designed by Boston’s Rachel Reider Interiors in classic yet playful style. Rates from $229 in September and $129 in October. theverandahouse.com/chapmanhouse

“Top Chef” star Mike Isabella (left) has opened Bandolero, a Mexican small-plate eatery, in Georgetown. Bethesda-based Streetsense designed the space inspired by the “Day of the Dead” with a copper-fronted bar and painted black walls. Savor stiff margaritas and skirt steak tacos (below). 3241 M Street, NW; 202-625-4488; bandolerodc.com

Chef Michel Richard has opened three restaurants at Atlantic City’s new Revel resort: O Bistro and Wine Bar, O Dining Room and Central Michel Richard. The latter serves up his signature lobster burgers and chocolate lava cake in a light and airy space (left, below) overlooking the casino. revelresorts.com

Chef Jamie Leeds and mixologist Gina Chersevani have joined forces to open Hank’s Oyster Bar on Capitol Hill. The new outpost marries Leeds’s signature menu (à la Hank’s in Dupont and Old Town) with Chersevani’s handcrafted cocktails, such as Gnome’s Water Rebellion (left, below) made with Pimm’s, cucumber water, ginger and tarragon. 633 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE; 202-733-1971; hanksoysterbar.com

Alexandria’s Port City Brewing Company is re-releasing its Oktoberfest lager (left, below) in September. Ranked among the top new beers of 2011, it is brewed with German malts and hops and served unfiltered. Offered by bottle or draft at the brewery and by select retailers, restaurants and bars. 3950 Wheeler Avenue, Alexandria, Virginia; 703-797-2739; portcitybrewery.com