New & Noteworthy

A new Relais & Châteaux hotel, Villa Clarisse, opens June 1 in the historic port of Saint Martin de Ré. The restored 17th-century property has nine rooms and suites (starting at approximately $...
Steuben glassware, based in Corning, N.Y., is introducing color into its collection of handmade crystal for the first time in nearly 80 years. The new Luminescence line features glassware in shades...
Cartier, the 164-year-old French luxury house, is well known for its wide range of animal-inspired motifs, which have included likenesses of crocodiles, eagles, parrots, and dragonflies. However,...
Don Diego was the first of the non-Havana “Cuban-sounding” cigars created to fill the gap left by the 1962 embargo. Initially it was made in the Canary Islands and was extremely mild. In recent times...
Art collectors who travel from New York to the Art Basel fair in Basel, Switzerland, this month will be greeted by a familiar but delightful sight. The booth of New York gallery David Zwirner will...
Not long after the demise of Gray Kunz’s Manhattan restaurant Grayz, chef Martin Brock found a new professional home as chef de cuisine at San Francisco’s acclaimed Restaurant Gary Danko. He returns...
The Tides Beach Club opens May 26 in a renovated century-old property that features 21 rooms, plus two suites furnished by the Jonathan Adler company, with ocean views and private decks. The hotel...
Back in the 1980s, the late Booker Noe, master distiller emeritus of Jim Beam, created what many have come to regard as the modern-day equivalent of pre-Prohibition bourbon, Knob Creek. Aged for nine...
Two of the oldest and rarest bottles of wine in the world will be sold on June 3 at Alandica Culture and Congress Center in Finland’s Åland islands by the Acker Merrall & Condit wine auction...
The 150-year-old Hotel Schweizerhof in Bern, Switzerland, reopened after a two-year, $50 million renovation. The hotel now has 100 rooms and suites (rates from $500 to $3,000), a new lounge and bar,...
It’s amazing how some things can seemingly materialize overnight and take an entire industry by storm. Extraordinary anomalies like Facebook, the iPad, and reality television all fall into this...
The Park Hyatt Aviara Resort in Carlsbad, Calif. is offering access to the members-only Del Mar Thoroughbred Club with its summer racetrack package, available from July 21 through September 7...
Seventy-five exhibitors of antique art and collectibles will convene from June 8 to June 15 for Haughton International Fairs’ Art Antiques London. Among the highlights are a $500,000 pavé-set...
We’ve long been friends of the folks at the LeMay —America’s Car Museum. When we met the foundation’s visionary president and CEO, David Madeira, back in the mid-2000s, both he and his team of...
Washington State’s renowned Quilceda Creek Vintners continues its tradition of turning out world-class wines with the planned summer release of three Cabernet Sauvignon–dominated reds of the 2008...
The new three-floor Espa spa at the Istanbul Edition hotel, designed by London-based Hirsch Bedner Associates (HBA), fuses modern chic with the traditional Turkish spa. Design elements include...
When Charles Hall, the vice president of sales and marketing for Hommage, wants an end-of-week indulgence, he gets the Ultimate Facial at Manhattan’s latest spot for men’s grooming, Hommage Atelier...
Hidden Pond, a 60-acre resort nestled in the picturesque town of Kennebunkport, Maine, reopened on May 13 with 20 new cottages for a total of 34. Rates range from $425 to $985 per night. Surrounded...
For those who believe that an automotive gathering cannot possibly be more exclusive, breathtaking, or debonair than the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, we submit—for your consideration—the...
Industrial designer Robert Brunner has partnered with Zephyr, which makes kitchen ranges, to produce a series of sleek and stylish ventilation hoods. Known for his high-tech design style, Brunner,...
Bang & Olufsen’s BeoSound 8 is a visually striking speaker docking station with its oversize dual conical-shape speakers, yet the stylish, portable design packs a premium sound. Plus, it offers a...
Clothing makers have been adding shimmer to their designs for years hoping that trace amounts of real gold, silver, or platinum would ultimately translate to green at retail. The latest entry comes...
Banyan Tree opens its latest resort in Cotai, Macau, on May 15 as a part of the city’s new 136-acre resort complex, Galaxy Macau. Banyan Tree Macau features 246 suites, each with its own relaxation...
Camacho is known for making strong Honduran cigars and Matt Booth is known for creating unique silver jewelry for Hollywood’s elite. When the two got together a few years ago, the Room 101 limited-...
Australia-based Orion Expedition Cruises has just released its fully refurbished Clelia II under a new name, Orion II, which will make its inaugural voyage from June 10 to July 4. The 24-night ­­­­...
Scandia Home’s bed linens—including traditional goose down comforters—can now be custom-ordered to satisfy almost any design request through its new Designer Atelier, a service that was launched at...
On May 22, about 140 Ferraris will be on parade at Old Pasadena’s historic Colorado Blvd. for the third annual Concorso Ferrari , hosted by Ferrari Club of America’s Southwest Region (FCA SW). A...
During the last several years of financial turbulence, the private aviation industry has reevaluated its business approach in order to maintain its appeal to the consumer. At the forefront of this...
One of the major talking points of the hi-fi community at January’s CES in Las Vegas was the release of the Momentum monoblock amplifier from living audio legend Dan D’Agostino. D’Agostino cofounded...
For more than 130 years, Commander’s Palace in New Orleans has been a bastion of the ultimate in genteel Southern dining. Now, after a post- Katrina $6.5 million makeover, this Garden District icon...

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