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  1. Cigar smoking is an inherently low-tech activity. The product itself has barely changed in a century; it still comprises only a roll of leaves and a tiny smear of glue, and it is made with the...
  2. Town-car driver Russell Figaredo greets most members of Private Escapes Destination Clubs with a refreshing glass of fruit juice or a bottle of water when they arrive in the Big Apple. But when two...
  3. Visitors to Nice, France, have a new venue for surveying the action along the Riviera, at the Palais de la Mediterranee ( www.lepalaisdelamediterranee.com ). Although the rebuilt landmark opened in...
  4. The basement level of West Virginia’s Greenbrier hotel ( www.greenbrier.com ) contains rooms that once were always booked for, though never occupied by, Beltway power brokers. The 1,100 bunks tucked...
  5. Those fond of the beach lifestyle now can own a part-time residence at the 118-year-old Hotel del Coronado ( www.hoteldelrealty.com ) on San Diego’s Coronado Island. The resort, which provided the...
  6. Sferra Fine Linens has created bedding so precious that you might hesitate to lie on it. The Burano sets—each comprising one ivory fitted sheet, one ivory flat sheet, and two pillowcases—are made...
  7. Domus has occupied the front ranks of the world’s architecture and design journals since its founding by Milanese architect Gio Ponti in 1928. In December, the German publisher Taschen ( www.taschen...
  8. About the time in 1912 that Boston pharmaceutical tycoon and philanthropist George Robert White completed renovating what now is known as the Wyck Estate, the French château–style mansion on the...
  9. To coincide with the opening of its fourth U.S. showroom, which is located outside Los Angeles in Culver City, Calif., German furniture company Vitra ( www.vitra.com ) commissioned architect Greg...
  10. Nearly a decade after the death of Gianni Versace, who once described his couture as having “the memory of the classic mixed with a touch of the future,” the designer continues to influence his...

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