MARYANN HAMMERS

Best of the Best: Fractional Ownership Clubs

Ritz-Carlton Club, Aspen Highlands The peak experience in fractional ownership.   Visions of the ideal secondary residence often prove elusive: The reality of vacation-home ownership frequently entails more paperwork and maintenance costs than fresh-powder runs and hot toddies by the fire. One alternative to this quagmire is fractional ownership, and no program in this category […]

Travel: Part of the Hole

For those who crave wide-open space, Jackson Hole has it all—expansive vistas framed by the majestic Grand Tetons; rugged backcountry ideal for hiking, mountain biking, and cross-country skiing; lush summer meadows and wildflowers; deep, soft winter snow; and some of the world’s best and most challenging downhill terrain. But the resort area’s seemingly endless expanse […]

Desert Oasis: Desert Star

From the street, Estrella looks like one of those nondescript apartment buildings that dotted the Los Angeles landscape during the 1960s. That is, except for the plaster whippet statues peeking out from each balcony of the Palm Springs resort. Dubious, I approach the unremarkable structure. But all doubts evaporate as I step into a gleaming […]