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Home: Cooking with Gas

If ever a kitchen has evoked a supercar, the Venus is it. Made by Snaidero, of Majano, Italy, the kitchen with a goddess’ name showcases a vibrant color palette, symmetrical curves, innovative materials, and state-of-the-art technologies—attributes not unlike those of the Ferrari Enzo, Ferrari F50, and Maserati Birdcage. And why not? The automobiles and the […]

Private Travel: Virgin Territories

Water World The 161-foot Feadship Teleost, docked at the 3-year-old Wharf Marina, cuts a distinct silhouette. In the Caribbean, this vessel would not appear particularly remarkable, but here she is the only megayacht in the only marina in the Seychelles that can accommodate boats her size, and she is 100 feet longer than any other […]

Journeys: Capital Venture

Looming over a Brussels suburb like a magnum opus for atomic energy is the Atomium, a structure representing an atom that has been magnified 165 billion times. The Atomium was erected for the 1958 World’s Fair, when Europe, still skittish after World War II, and the rest of the world held faith that the atom […]

Private Travel: Private Landings

Something Wild Two female lions, appearing only marginally concerned with our presence, laze around the carcass of the young impala they killed minutes ago. Lions spend as many as 23 hours each day dozing, and these two, not unlike many of us, cannot decide which is the more enticing option: to sleep or to eat. […]

Private Travel: Private Landings: Flight Preparation

Like spas and residential units before them, private airstrips might one day become essential components to resort developers’ project plans, or at least to the plans for properties situated in the most remote locations. The following resorts, each under construction now, will require time and effort to reach if you are traveling by car, boat, […]

Private Travel: Private Landings: Getting There

The following charter, flight-card, and fractional providers offer aircraft that will enable you to minimize your travel time when visiting any of the featured resorts or other properties with on-site or nearby airstrips. (Note: Unless otherwise indicated, a one-sixteenth fractional share of a jet corresponds to 50 flight hours per year, a one-half share to […]

Private Travel: Haute and Heavy

Somewhere in the world, a Boeing jet flies with a throne in its center, and on a plaque above that seat an ornately engraved passage gives praise to that royal leader’s god. In other large jets—known in the aviation industry as heavy metal—you might find a dance floor, an exercise room, a waterfall, a car […]

Private Travel: Elevating First Class

It is midnight somewhere high over Asia, and a few of us have moved from our seats to the forward bar of the plane’s upper deck. It is difficult to sleep; after all, seldom is one aboard a test flight of a new aircraft, much less the largest passenger plane ever built.   Taxiing into […]

Health & Grooming: Time’s on Your Side

Even if 50 is the new 30, our skin and bodies can be slow to catch on. Doctors at the Miami Institute for Age Management and Intervention, a surgical center and medical spa, promise to erase some of the ravages of time and help you feel better as you grow older. Their services range from […]

Collectibles: Wave of the Past

As old as it is, the Hawaiian surfboard from 1895 that is the highlight of an upcoming surf memorabilia auction may be relatively new when compared to the sport itself. In fact, the board dates from a surfing renaissance in Hawaii, where, it is believed, the sport was invented. Presumably, islanders were riding the waves […]

Vacation Homes: Virginia Is for (Wine) Lovers

Virginia winemaker Patricia Kluge acknowledges that her adoptive home state is no Napa Valley. “We’re not trying to compete with Napa as a wine region,” says Kluge, a British-born businesswoman who has been producing sparkling wine and Bordeaux-style blends since 1999 at her Kluge Estate Winery and Vineyard outside of Charlottesville. “Napa has two climates […]

Antiques: Flags of Our Forefathers

Much of what we believe about the American flag and its history is not true, or so claims Jeff Bridgman, an antiques dealer in the rural Pennsylvania town of Dillsburg, near Gettysburg, who specializes in vintage examples of Old Glory. He says, for example, that Betsy Ross probably did not create the first American flag, […]

Dining: Dean’s New Digs

Dean Fearing has left the Mansion, and he is preparing to open his own place. Fearing’s Restaurant, housed in the new Ritz-Carlton, Dallas, is scheduled to debut with the hotel at the end of July.   Fearing spent two decades as the executive chef at the Mansion on Turtle Creek, establishing the Dallas hotel’s restaurant […]

Art: Birds of Passage

A duck rescued Joseph Hautman from a fate of teaching physics to college students. “When I won, I had no artistic career,” Hautman, a 50-year-old Minnesotan, says in reference to his victory in the 1992 Federal Duck Stamp Contest, a wildlife art competition. That triumph, which he earned with his rendering of a spectacled eider […]

Spirits: Mixing It Up

Brazil’s national spirit, the sugarcane-derived cachaça, is the third-most-imbibed distillate in the world (behind vodka and soju). Until recently, however, less than 1 percent of the total production of cachaça entered the United States, and the low-grade varieties that reached the country served almost exclusively as ingredients for caipirinhas and similar cocktails. But with the […]

Contributors: Hot Tubs Flying and Ice Driving

Senior Editor Michael Schulze knows what you’re missing when you fly into Cibolo Creek Ranch; he made the four-hour drive from Midland International Airport, the less convenient means of reaching this resort in southwest Texas. “Oil rigs and vast expanses of nothing,” says Schulze, describing the view along Interstate 20. The ranch is one of […]

The Collector: Patriot Games

  Its OwnerBruce Gimelson, a 64-year-old art and antiques dealer in Garrison, N.Y., once bought and sold a letter in which John Hancock, writing on July 6, 1776, proclaimed, “We are finally free from the bonds of slavery.” He also assisted in the sale of a plaster bust of Thomas Jefferson that was sculpted in […]

Sport: Following the Freak Fish

Each May, when chinook salmon season begins in British Columbia, fishermen converge on the Lodge at Whale Channel, located in Barnard Harbour about 90 miles south of the remote northern coastal city of Prince Rupert. The lodge floats on a steel barge, which is attached to long cedar logs called “boom sticks” that keep the […]

Golf: Tee to Shining Tee

“You gave that one a good whack,” says instructor Pier Falcomer as we watch my drive sail into the distance. From the vantage point of the tee box, the white sands of Princess Margaret Beach stretch out in a crescent below the steep, palm-covered hills of Bequia, the northernmost island in the Grenadines. My shot—a […]

Wardrobe: Ford’s New Models

Ttom Ford’s long-awaited menswear collection, which he unveiled this spring, appears surprisingly traditional. Maybe the designer has become more reserved now that he is 45 years old or because his own name is on the label. For one reason or another, Ford has departed from the hip, overtly sexy clothing that he propagated during the […]

From the Editors: Lincoln Continental Divide

If a car’s visibility in pop culture is any measure, then the Lincoln Continental convertible’s cool quotient is on the rise. In mid-May, the cover of Sports Illustrated announced that Cleveland Indians center fielder Grady Sizemore, “one of the greatest players of our generation,” drives a 1966 baby blue Continental convertible. On TV, the HBO […]

Feature: Testing the Waters

The sun is shining, a breeze is blowing, and the top is down as I navigate a dark blue 1960 Mercedes-Benz 300D onto a scenic road overlooking Newport Beach in Southern California. “In postwar Germany, things were not so great,” says my passenger, Mike Kunz, who manages the Mercedes-Benz Classic Center in the nearby city […]

Wheels: Continental Drifting

‘‘Now throttle! Fool! Fool! Fool!” Driving instructor Thierry Bouillon erupts as I slide a Bentley Continental GT sideways around an icy hairpin turn. Until this moment, I had been quite pleased with my display of car control, so the insult catches me a bit off guard, and I hesitate for a moment before I glance […]

Aviation: Snow Bird

The P-38 fighter plane known as Glacier Girl is expected to complete its mission to England in July—65 years late, but the circumstances that delayed the flight were extraordinary. The pilot abandoned the plane in Greenland in July 1942, after its Allied squadron, while heading from the United States to England, encountered bad weather, flew […]

Boating: Room, with a View

Producing unusual designs is not an uncommon practice for Italy’s Azimut Yachts and its founder and chairman, Paolo Vitelli. In 1982, seven years after Vitelli had moved from offering sailboats for charter to designing and building motoryachts, his company became the first manufacturer to introduce a fiberglass yacht that was more than 100 feet long. […]