Kim Fredericks

100 Favorite Restaurants: Asking for Truffle

The most popular dish on Marc Haeberlin’s menu at Auberge de l’Ill, in the Alsace region of France, is an irresistible paragon of excess. Dubbed La Truffe Sous la Cendre and invented 40 years ago by Haeberlin’s now-semiretired father, Paul, it features a 1-ounce (30-gram) black Perigord truffle, which is covered in layers of foie […]

Private Preview 2007: The O Property Collection

Amanresorts was among the first luxury brands to establish accommodations on Turks and Caicos, the British West Indies islands on the Bahamas’ southeast fringe. The firm’s Amanyara resort, an assemblage of lavish pavilions, soon will have as company the Ritz-Carlton Molasses Reef resort (in 2008) and the Fairmont Turks & Caicos (in 2009). But the […]

Spas: Back on Track

Last Fourth of July weekend, 64-year-old Larry Saliterman took a spill on his mountain bike, got up, brushed himself off, and then hopped back on and continued riding. Unaware that he had injured himself seriously, Saliterman remained active throughout the weekend, going in-line skating and completing Aspen’s annual five-mile footrace. “The day after the race, […]

Best Of The Best 2006: Yellowstone Club

Accolades are not unfamiliar to the Yellowstone Club. Last June, the Big Sky, Mont., mountain retreat—the world’s only private ski and golf community—earned Robb Report’s Best of the Best honors for the second consecutive year. This exclusive enclave on more than 13,000 acres again receives our award in part because it added a third lodge, […]

Best Of The Best 2006: Urban Infusion

Ritz-Carlton Club owners can play golf in Jupiter, Fla., ski in Aspen and Bachelor Gulch, Colo., or lounge on the beach in St. Thomas. In the coming years, members in search of an American city experience will have an option on either coast. Ritz-Carlton is transforming a landmark building in San Francisco into a hotel, […]

Best Of The Best 2006: Mountain Pass

The fractional program at the Villas at Tristant, a ski-in/ski-out development on the perimeter of Mountain Village near Telluride, Colo., offers more than just a few weeks’ vacation per year. Ownership at this collection of 20 three- and four-bedroom villas incorporates a Telluride ski and golf membership, which includes two season ski passes, preferred tee […]

Best Of The Best 2006: Shares Cropper

Not every 200-year-old estate in Tuscany comes with crumbling walls and spotty phone service. At Castello di Casole, a 5,500-acre domain that once served a noble family from nearby Siena, owners reside in one of 29 casali (farmhouses) equipped with nearly every modern amenity. A steady flow of Gabbro Cabernet, a wine produced at the […]

FrontRunner: Taking It to the Extreme

The challenging terrain at Aspen Highlands (800.525.6200, http://www.aspensnowmass.com) helps the resort lure expert skiers away from Aspen Mountain and other high-profile neighbors. Highlights at the ski area include the heart-shaped Highland Bowl, which sprawls beneath the resort’s 12,392-foot summit and offers a gut-wrenching vertical charge of steep pitches and chutes. Until recently, however, the arduous […]

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