21 Ultimate Gifts: All the Bells and Whistles

THE GIFT   A model railroad with four iconic American trains from the golden age of railroading.   A re-creation of landmarks, major cities, and stations on the trains’ routes from New York to Los Angeles.   At least 32 train cars and at least 30 automated features constructed in quarter-inch scale (1 quarter inch […]

Winter Golf Getaways: Point of Return

NICKLAUS’ LATEST PUNTA MITA COURSE ADDS TO THE RIVIERA NAYARIT’S ATTRACTIONS. Mexico’s Riviera Nayarit region stretches along the Pacific Ocean from Nuevo Vallarta, near Puerto Vallarta International Airport, to the town of San Blas, about a 100-mile drive to the north. With more than 35 tourism developments in some stage of construction, the area is […]

Winter Golf Getaways: Charting Courses

CRUISING ABOARD CALLISTO TO GOLF CLUBS IN MOROCCO AND SPAIN. Perrygolf is best known for its upscale golfing excursions—by land, sea, and sky—throughout the British Isles. But when the weather fouls on the Firth of Forth, the 24-year-old tour company guides many of its clients to warmer climes. This December, the Wilmington, N.C.–based company is […]

Winter Golf Getaways: Classic Rockefeller

A BIG ISLAND LEGEND IS REBORN.   When the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel opened on Hawaii’s Big Island in 1965, it was, at a cost of $15 million, the most expensive resort ever built. The property, set on one of the Hawaiian Islands’ best beaches, had a cultlike following for more than three decades, but […]

Dining: Carne Cum Laude

Serious practitioners of the art may cite endless rules for successful barbecuing, but Steven Raichlen grills by just three: “Keep it hot, keep it clean, and keep it lubricated.” On a particularly warm summer day, he stands before some 50 barbecue enthusiasts on an outdoor patio at the Broadmoor resort in Colorado Springs, Colo. He […]

Boating: Going Deep

Like a Giant Oyster, the personal submersible’s transparent, spherical cabin closes, and William Kohnen—one of the craft’s inventors—and I slip slowly beneath the surface of the water. Two scuba divers follow us, taking pictures of the descent. As we approach the ocean floor, a sand dab skitters across it, the two eyes on the side […]

Private Golf: Course Requirements

If it is true, as the golfing adage contends, that you “drive for show” (and “putt for dough”), then each of the clubs pictured here presents the ideal combination off the tee, promising to add not only yards to your game, but cachet to your bag. The Honma Beres MG712 4-Star driver ($1,700, www­.honmagolf.com) features […]