February 2007

  It has been said that the English are mad about gardens. I found that out the hard way, when a humorless guard at the Chelsea Flower Show held my press pass to a blue London sky for scrutiny. "An obvious forgery," he pronounced it, waving past the toffs in

I was having dinner with a New York couple last winter at the Arlberg Hospiz Hotel St. Christoph in Austria, one of the Alps’ most desirable ski hotels. The husband, a Wall Streeter with a townhouse in Midtown, confessed to me that he hadn’t paid anywhere close to full price.

WHY IT’S A CONTENDER: A case can be made that Grand America, a hyper-elegant hotel that’s like a Ritz-Carlton on steroids, is one of the best ski hotels in the US. The kicker is that the hotel is located in the middle of Salt Lake City, a good 40 minute

  Why It’s A Contender: Thailand is thick with spectacular, high-profile seaside hideaways with equally spectacular prices. Rayavadee, a Thai-owned resort near Phuket, offers luxury, excellent service and food, and one of the most breathtakingly romantic settings on earth. All of this comes at two thirds or even half of

Now that winter has finally arrived in North America, it seems like a good time to speak with Nate Goldberg, a man whom I think embodies the very best of winter sports. Nate’s actual title these days is Product Manager-Beaver Creek Nordic Center at Beaver Creek Resort in Colorado. In

  When publicist Rob Kulat traveled from Chicago to the Paris Air Show last year, he did what he always does to combat jet lag. "I reset my internal clock several days before I left," Kulat says, "progressively going to bed earlier and earlier, and waking up earlier and earlier."