New & Noteworthy

On a sultry evening in June, a group of impeccably dressed ladies—members of the local gentry—gathered in the loggia of Castello di Casole to reminisce about the parties they attended there decades...
MBL toned things down for its MBL Corona Line ( www.mbl-northamerica.com ) of audio equipment. The components are designed to power or complement the German company’s more compact Radialstrahlers—...
Though certainly no match for its supercar namesake in a race, the approximately $39,000 Factor Bikes Aston Martin One-77 Cycle ( www.factorbikes.com ) does share at least one element with the...
The Intercontinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort opened in June on central Vietnam’s lush Son Tra Peninsula, not far from the former R&R facility (nicknamed I&I, for Intoxication &...
For fall, Saks Fifth Avenue recently debuted Bark knitwear ( www.bark-italy.it ), the Italian fashion brand’s collection of men’s, women’s, and children’s plush sweaters that are thick and warm...
Casa San Agustín, a new luxury hotel composed of three renovated colonial homes, opened on October 1 in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia. Located within the 11 kilometers of walls surrounding the Old...
From its setting atop a remote hill on the Datça Peninsula, D-Hotel Maris reigns over an undulating landscape at the meeting of the Aegean and Mediterranean Seas, one headland south of Bodrum on Tur­...
Though certainly no match for its supercar namesake in a race, the approximately $39,000 Factor Bikes Aston Martin One-77 Cycle ( www.factorbikes.com ) does share at least one element with the...
Okinawa has been a favored tropical destination for generations of Japanese. With the recent opening of its first luxury-brand hotel, the 160-island chain is now primed to become popular the world...
The bracelet, ring, and earring designs in Brazilian jeweler H. Stern’s new Ancient America Collection ( www.hstern.net ) subtly represent animals that were symbolic to pre-Columbian cultures. The...
" YAAAAHoooooo !" A "coasteerer" clad in a wet suit, life preserver, helmet, and sneakers whoops at the top of his lungs as he cannonballs from a 12-foot-high cliff into the Irish Sea off of St...
Too many truffle oils, even the priciest, are the kitchen equivalent of cheap perfume: Their aromas are so overpowering that they offend rather than entice. Italy’s Fernando Pensato Olio di Oliva...
In 1939, King George VI became the first reigning British monarch to make a royal tour of Canada. To mark the momentous occasion, Canada’s first fam­ily of whiskey, the Bronfmans, created a blend of...
Entrepreneur Michael Polenske has a gift for discovering the sublime. In 2007, he purchased a turn-of-the-century stone building in Yountville, Calif., that for more than 50 years had served as a...
The Krug House is returning to New York for a series of dinners this month at 150 West 15th St., but this time it is collaborating with Michelin-starred chef Marc Forgione on a pairing menu featuring...
The Eurocopter AS350 Astar landed in our backyard at about 9 am. Within a few minutes we were flying high over Revelstoke, British Columbia, our small group of skiers looking down on the Columbia...
When a chicago-based real estate investor and design aficionado first visited the site for her winter residence at the Bighorn Golf Club in Palm Desert, Calif., her architectural vision was clear. “I...
It’s as if the peaty smoke from Islay, that windswept island off the west coast of Scotland, had drifted over an American distillery. The result is Campfire Whiskey ($62), a sweet American bourbon...
Antisocial audio purists and late-night listeners were until recently the primary users of headphones, but the popularity of iPods and other portable devices and the prevalence of streaming digital...
Masa Takayama is renowned for his Japanese restaurant Masa, a serene, 26-seat space in New York City’s Time Warner Center where the chef presides over meals made from sublime ingredients and served...
Over his five-decade career, jazz musician Herbie Hancock has played and collaborated with everyone from Miles Davis to Dave Matthews to former President Bill Clinton. The 14-time Grammy Award winner...
When the Boxster concept car hit the show circuit in 1993, the fresh design foreshadowed Porsche’s return to a no-frills sports car reminiscent of the marque’s 1950s-era 550 Spyder. The Boxster was...
José Andrés may be one of the most innovative chefs in America, but he came up through the profession in the conventional way. Born in Asturias, Spain, he entered the kitchen when he was just a...
Dinner in the impeccably sober brownstones of Old New York, as the author Edith Wharton termed it, was a solemn affair. For these prosperous and proud Dutch and Anglo-Saxon families, the dinner party...
On October 9, 1992, thousands of people along the United States’ Eastern Seaboard watched a chunk of cosmic debris dart across the sky on its way to landing in Peekskill, N.Y., where it hit a parked...
As one of the original chefs to combine French techniques with local and seasonal ingredients—a practice that results in dazzling dishes with robust flavor—Charlie Palmer is one of the most...
George Frederick Kunz was the Indiana Jones of his day. Kunz—who in 1879, at age 23, became Tiffany & Co.’s first chief gemologist—climbed the Ural Mountains of Russia, explored the African...
Befitting its name, Nova Scotia is a verdant, windswept coastland that looks just like Scotland. With the opening of Cabot Links—a delightfully authentic links golf course on Nova Scotia’s Cape...
Once upon a decadent time, around 1670, Pierre Pérignon, a young Benedictine monk and cellar master at the Abbaye d’Hautvillers, near the town of Épernay in northern France, applied his intuition and...
The Dutch and the British can no longer claim to be the sole standard-bearers of gin, the centuries-old alternative to vodka. Today, the latest birthplace of this pot-still-infused spirit is the...

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