NEW YORK -- Bill Fischer of Fischer Travel is as well known for his expertise in luxury travel as he is for his unlisted phone number. He and his staff of 12 deal exclusively with a high-powered client base, which includes Anne Bass, Donna Karan, Morton Janklow, Magic Johnson, Barbara Streisand, Carly Simon, Sylvester Stallone, Saul Steinberg, Jonathan Tisch, Demi Moore and Bruce Willis, Diane Sawyer and Mike Nichols, as well as assorted Johnsons, Rockefellers and Vanderbilts. And, though affluence is an obvious criteria for members of his clientele, Fischer rates "niceness" as a key client trait.

"We don't care how demanding clients are, they have to appreciate our type of service. We've refused people who were not just millionaires, but billionaires," he claims. This summer, Fischer has two recommendations for long weekend getaways. The first is Twin Farms in Barnard, Vermont -- "a very special property, ideal for New York personalities" -- where accommodations run from $700-$1500 per night. A more rustic choice in the New York Adirondacks is The Point, the former Rockefeller Great Camp on Saranac Lake, which costs $775-$925 per night.

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