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CULTURE 33 AT AUCTION Selling the eclectic style of Lee Radziwill.

36 NICE RIDE Introducing the world’s first practical sports car.

41 FARE Where to stress eat in Washington during an election year.

STYLE 50 MEN’S STYLE In defense of elevated winter dressing.

53 WELLNESS

57 GUIDE What to buy now.

64 FASHION The hottest ski trends to keep you looking chic on the slopes.

COMPASS 77 ISLAND The Celebration of the Arts Festival honors Hawaiian culture.

80 CRUISE Crystal Cruises offers unrivaled global journeys.

87 TREND The airport hotel is back and better than ever.

92 DESTINATION Amanera is the ultimate escape.

99 TOUR Desirable destinations the Artful Living way.

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ADVENTURE

164 DECOR

188 NATURE

On the importance of a home’s hearth.

A challenge to spend more time in the great outdoors.

172 FAVORITE THINGS

192 EXCURSION

What Kate O’Hara loves right now.

An epic four-country tour of Southern Africa.

176 ARCHITECTURE

198 CURIOSITY

A tour of Charles Stinson’s Shady Island summerhouse.

Inside a luxury survivalist bunker community.

INTEL 207 HISTORY A look at the evolution of the flight attendant.

214 ICON An exclusive interview with legendary newsman Tom Brokaw.

224 NORTH NOTABLES The region’s best and brightest.

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FROM THE EDITORS Kate Nelson: We travel to grow, to learn, to see the beauty in the world and within ourselves. I recently returned from a sojourn to Amanera, an extraordinary resort tucked along the quiet north coast of the Dominican Republic (page 92). I like to think of myself as an Aman junkie and aim to stay at all the properties in the brand’s growing portfolio. Aman is known the world over for its strikingly simple architecture, the ultimate in luxurious minimalism. Hayley Saunders: Design aficionados should start packing their bags and making plans to stay at the eight best new design hotels highlighted in our feature written by Ashlea Halpern (page 110). There’s something for every type of traveler, from a breathtaking Mexican retreat modeled after a Mayan ruin to a Malaysian Victorian Eden full of visual trickery to a quartet of converted historic structures in New Orleans. KN: Closer to home, it’s undeniable that where and how you grow up shapes who you become. That’s certainly the case for the Midwest’s own Tom Brokaw, whose South Dakota upbringing greatly influenced his incredible career. Our exclusive interview with the legendary newsman by Michele Tafoya is undoubtedly a highlight of this issue (page 214). HS: Speaking of South Dakota, it’s also home to one of the world’s most luxurious survivalist underground bunker communities (yes, you read that right). Writer Reid Forgrave digs into this phenomenon and leaves us all wondering: Is it crazy to invest in one — or crazy not to? (page 198) KN: We’re thrilled to have style arbiter David Coggins on board as a regular contributor. A Minnesotan turned New Yorker, he penned the New York Times bestseller Men and Style, and helps gentlemen make informed clothing choices on the regular. You can expect his style column in every issue. (page 50) HS: When it comes to style, ski fashion is in a category of its own. We’ve got the hottest trends to keep you looking chic on and off the slopes, as modeled by Sudanese supermodel Grace Bol and captured by Swiss photographer Hans Feurer (page 64). And the Guide takes you from the city to the beach to the mountains to the desert (page 57). Wherever life takes you next, travel artfully.

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LEE RADZIWILL WAS A PRINCESS,

a tastemaker and of course the younger sister of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. Her passing last year at the age of 85 symbolized the vanishing world of the American aristocracy. And yet, Radziwill defied categories. She was both old guard and bohemian, equally at ease with royalty and rock stars. The world got a chance to see how this style icon lived when the Collection of Lee Bouvier Radziwill went up for auction at Christie’s in New York City late last year. From books to bijoux, étagères to writing tables, these pieces were collected over a lifetime. Each offered a glimpse into her fascinating life as a socialite and designer — an adventurous life that witnessed a momentous era in American history. Once married to Polish Prince Stanislaw Albrecht Radziwill, Lee was one of Truman Capote’s “swans,” the term he used to describe his inner circle of stylish, wealthy female friends. So it’s no surprise that the furnishings in her Upper East Side apartment reflected that cool elegance. The white tufted sofas and ottoman were tailored and perfectly pristine. But it’s the carved wooden camel with its French gilt-metal collar that provided a hint of panache. The princess found the sculpture in Rome, where it was once part of an 18th century crèche scene. A testament to her wit and originality, the piece prompted spirited bidding at auction, selling for some $33,000. “I’m constantly falling in love with objects, and they follow me around the world,” Lee told Architectural Digest in 1975. “I abhor the American idea of starting with a tabula rasa every few years and getting rid of everything. When I buy something, I do so with the intention of keeping it forever.” That passion extended to the color pink. Various shades of plum and raspberry adorned her homes from London to Paris to New York City. It’s a color crush that began with her wedding china from her first marriage to publishing exec Michael Canfield in 1953. Featuring a phoenix with flowering branches, the two-part porcelain dinner service sold for $10,000. And while the stylish host welcomed heads of state, she was just as comfortable mingling with artists like Andy Warhol at the Factory. During the summer months, she would head to the Hamptons, where she spent time with rocker Mick Jagger and artist Peter Beard. Also up for auction were several of Beard’s Africa photographs, annotated in ink. But it was the smallest pieces on the auction block that felt most personal: blue rhinestone button earrings by Kenneth Jay Lane. An Yves Saint Laurent evening clutch. And three pairs of her trademark oversize sunglasses by Giorgio Armani, Roger Vivier, and Dolce & Gabbana. Fetching a cool $3,750, the grouping represents perhaps the ultimate Bouvier accessory.

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DRIVE TIME THE 2020 MCLAREN GT IS THE WORLD’S FIRST PRACTICAL SPORTS CAR. BY M I TC H E L L L A M B E R T

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SPORTS CARS HAVE ONE MAJOR It can even predict the road conditions ahead, drawback: a total lack of practicality. making changes to the suspension within Aerodynamics, performance and handling are two milliseconds. This technology means the top priorities while comfort, luxury and storage GT can be pushed to the limits on the track often feel secondary. Although auto enthusiasts while still allowing for a smooth, comfortable have largely come to accept this tradeoff, ride in the city. McLaren recently debuted a new model that Inside the cabin, nappa leather trim can delivers on both extreme performance and be found on nearly every surface, making extreme comfort: the GT. for an elegant appearance. Heated leather Cramped seats, poor visibility and harsh seats with extra support create an enjoyable suspension are generally associated with any driving experience. The user-friendly 12.3-inch vehicle with serious speed. These don’t add touchscreen controls nearly every aspect of up to a major problem when it comes to a day the auto and simplifies the dash. But the at the track or a night out on the town, but plentiful storage in the back — it can what about those longer journeys where easily hold a set of golf clubs — is what storage is a necessity? The new 2020 McLaren GT ultimately sets the McLaren GT apart from its was designed with these competition. In addition considerations in mind, to the extra room in the and the final result is better front trunk compartment, The 2020 McLaren GT than what was envisioned. the vehicle has an With the combination abundance of space • Starting at $210,000 of a lightweight carbonfor luggage, like the • 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine fiber monocoque chassis automaker’s bespoke set • 7-speed and reverse SSG transmission and a 4.0-liter twin-turbo made just for this model. • 612 horsepower V8 engine, the GT can Impressive performance, • Zero to 60 mph in 3.1 seconds accelerate to 60 mph from a plentiful storage and • Maximum speed of 203 mph standstill in an impressive attractive exterior styling • Grand touring range of 418 miles* 3.1 seconds. The auto make the McLaren GT the • Combined 18 mpg* also boasts an astounding all-around ideal sports • Combined 20.1 cubic feet of storage 612 horsepower and an car. Whether it’s a statewide • Carbon-fiber monocoque chassis incredible top speed of 203 road trip, errands around • Hydraulic power–assisted steering mph. And with Proactive town or a leisurely drive Damping Control, the car is out to the golf course, *Subject to confirmation constantly adjusting to the the GT is able to adapt to current driving conditions. any circumstance.

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DEEP BREATHS, AMERICA: WE’RE HEADED INTO ANOTHER ELECTION YEAR. WHILE THE PAST

four years have sluggishly passed by, here we are again, anxiously watching as the future of our country hangs in the balance. If 2016 taught us anything, it’s that food offers the only real solace in this murky quagmire that is our nation’s political situation. So, throw moderation to the wind and nurture your appetite — and your anxieties! Treat yourself for making it this far! While it’s tempting to hole up at home with a Costco-sized case of Easy Mac, these are times when we need to stick together. Luckily for us, the epicenter of it all, Washington, is in the midst of an impressive food renaissance. The town once known for its expense-account dinners, corporate chains and relatively tame food scene is bursting with new restaurants from diverse culinary talents. Be it a sky-high seafood tower or a simmering pot of galbi jjim, these D.C. eateries are serving up comfort food in epic proportions. So gather your hungriest comrades and bring your political appetite, because this is going to be a tough one to swallow.

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Anju

Desperate for some of Mom’s home cooking? Head to Anju near Dupont Circle. The duo behind fast-casual hit Chiko, chefs Scott Drewno and Danny Lee, recently opened this ambitious Korean spot with protégé Angel Barreto heading up the kitchen. Lee’s mother had a big hand in creating the menu; her spicy-sweet red chili–braised chicken thighs can soothe any ailment. Stop in for a casual dinner or a late-night bite in the bar, or gather a crew upstairs for Welcome to the Jeongol, a Korean hot pot tasting menu. What better way to commiserate with your friends than over a steaming pot of tender braised beef short ribs bathing in an unctuous sweet soy broth?

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Andrew Dana and Daniela Moreira want you to think of their deli as “Jewish-ish.” The menu at this smash-hit Park View shop boasts all your beloved carb-y staples — hulking wood-fired bagels, perfectly frizzled potato latkes, chocolate-marbled babka — but with a little extra flair. Case in point: The bagels (which Moreira describes as a love child between the New York City and Montreal styles) come dusted with za’atar and smeared with candied salmon cream cheese. Pick up some black-and-white cookies, which eat like alfajores (a favorite from Moreira’s childhood in Argentina) and are sandwiched with dulce de leche before being glazed. Lines form early here, but luckily there’s a second Georgetown outpost in the works.


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Pizza is the name of the game at chef Colin Clark’s downtown osteria in the recently remodeled Hamilton Hotel. Before opening last summer, he spent months training with certified pizzaiolo Roberto Caporuscio (he wasn’t allowed to even touch the dough until he’d sufficiently practiced with a dishtowel). Mind you, Clark is no novice; he’s worked closely with top chefs like Fabio Trabocchi and Marc Vetri. His résumé shows in the wellexecuted seafood plates, chewy housemade pastas and freshly baked focaccia sandwiches, but it’s the authentic Neapolitan pizzas that are a must-order. Wind down at the counter while you sip a negroni and watch your fennel sausage, rapini and smoked mozzarella pie bake in the 800-degree wood oven. It’s called pizza therapy, people.

In Case of Emergency, Down Glass Four watering holes for drowning your sorrows. Residents Café & Bar

While this chic all-day cafe in Dupont Circle makes a pretty mean breakfast sandwich, we’re here for the signature espresso martini. And this is not the Kahlúadominated abomination of the nineties. At this recently opened eatery, vodka is combined with freshly brewed Vigilante espresso, Italian coffee liqueur and a bit of ghee for added creaminess. Not a vodka fan? Try the equally buzzy rum and bourbon variations.

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Off the Record

Known around town as the place “to be seen and not heard,” this D.C. institution is housed in the basement of the historic Hay-Adams Hotel just across from the White House. You’ll find past and present politicos grabbing a drink at the sleek mahogany bar or tucked away in one of the crimson tufted booths. Don’t forget to cast your “vote” by ordering a candidate-themed cocktail and collecting a limited-edition coaster from Pulitzer-prized political cartoonist Matt Wuerker.

Tiki on 18th

Buttercream Bakeshop

If sugar is your vice, a visit to this insanely popular downtown pastry shop is obligatory. Chef Tiffany MacIsaac’s whimsical confections don’t take themselves too seriously. Everything from the nostalgic housemade Ho Hos to the birthday cake batter cream puffs looks (and tastes) like grownup versions of your favorite childhood goodies. In need of a major distraction from the news? MacIsaac is about to launch hands-on cake decorating classes in her bakery.

Sometimes you just need an electric blue drink with an umbrella in it. This Adams Morgan establishment is a newer addition to the tiki trend, serving up funky booze-forward cocktails in a palm- and wickeradorned paradise. Some serious names are behind the bar program here, and it shows in perfectly executed favorites like the frosty Missionary’s Downfall with Caribbean rum, fresh mint, peach and pineapple.

The Dabney Cellar

If you’re looking for a dark corner to hide away from the world (while also slurping down Sloop Point oysters and a glass of dry heirloom cider), grab a seat in this cozy subterranean tavern. The walls are lined with firewood that’s used to fuel the hearth in chef Jeremiah Langhorne’s Michelin-starred restaurant upstairs. He also uses the Cellar as a testing ground for new dishes, so the menu is constantly changing.

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If anything can snap you out of your election year funk, it’s the vibrant Burmese food at newish H Street eatery Thamee. From the mother-daughter team behind the immensely popular Toli Moli bodega in Union Market, this full-service spot serves up baseball-sized beef meatballs bathing in minty coconut curry; turmeric-tinted golden rice; and punchy potables concocted with coconut oil and rhubarb amaro.

When a James Beard winner decides to make Philly cheesesteaks, you know it’s going to be good. Chef (and now bestselling author) Kwame Onwuachi wanted to open a place that served his favorite comfort foods: cheesesteaks, wings and waffle fries — and Philly Wing Fry does exactly that. To be fair, his signature sandwich isn’t quite like the old-school version. The young talent (who also owns critically acclaimed Kith and Kin) heaps sliced 50-day dry-aged prime rib onto a cushy hoagie smeared with roasted garlic mayo. The whole thing is then topped with caramelized onions, melty smoked provolone and pickled pearl onions for contrast. Pro tip: Pop by in the morning for the breakfast menu; we promise it’ll cure any election night hangover woes.

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For a truly lavish #treatyoself experience, head to star chef Fabio Trabocchi’s elegant seafood joint. The James Beard winner and Food & Wine Best New Chef alum just did a complete remodel on his 5-yearold riverside restaurant. Live your best Oprah life (she’s a fan) and cozy up in one of the French blue chairs overlooking the Potomac while pondering what to order on the all-you-can-drink Champagne brunch menu. Our vote? The over-the-top lobster roll tossed in Calabrian chili aioli and piled high on a warm brioche bun.

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Inspired by the grande dame restaurants of New Orleans, this soon-to-open midtown eatery is the perfect place to pretend you’re taking it easy in the Big Easy. This collaboration between local seafood master Kyle Bailey and the James Beard–winning cocktail geniuses behind NOLA’s Cure has it all: a gleaming raw bar, old-school seafood gumbo, house-cured meats and beignet bread pudding. (You guys: Beignet. Bread. Pudding.) If things are really going south politically, belly up to the bar and check out the list of revisited classic cocktails. There’s no bad day that an absinthe-washed Sazerac can’t fix.

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WE TAKE MANY THINGS INTO ACCOUNT WHEN WE DECIDE WHAT TO

wear. Is it a first date, a job interview, opening night at the opera? I obsess over these fine distinctions because I write about what men wear and why. But when it’s winter in Minnesota, those nuances get buried under two feet of snow. We rightly want to know what the weather’s going to be and just how bad the weather’s going to be. In “A Child’s Christmas in Wales,” Dylan Thomas wrote, “I can never remember whether it snowed for six days and six nights when I was 12 or whether it snowed for 12 days and 12 nights when I was 6.” During my Minnesota childhood, it was a major event when the snow came. My sister and I would watch it pile up and wait for word that school had been canceled so we could go sledding. Now I live in New York City, but I still visit Minneapolis come Christmas and hope for snow (and keep a pair of Sorels at my parents’ house, just in case). I remember my father would get a winter hat that seemed to grow larger every year. It was a miracle he made it out the front door. Somehow my mom found each of the children a pair of enormous gloves that went up to our elbows. Apparently they were what Will Steger wore on his Arctic expeditions. Yes, we took these matters seriously. It was a major production just to get our outdoor clothes on. The clothing has changed, but the spirit remains: No more snow pants! If it’s going to snow — and it is — then have the overcoat to end all overcoats. Something nicely tailored, preferably double-breasted, with an enormous collar and a vaguely military air. You want to look as if you’re off to lead a platoon to commandeer a bluff then celebrate with a swig of whisky from your flask. Yet a parka remains part of the equation, so why not make it a stylish and sustainable one? Minnesota’s own Askov Finlayson just introduced a climate-positive one that has the added benefit of looking good. A well-dressed man in winter needs a great sweater. What makes a sweater great? It should look like you inherited it from your grandfather if your grandfather was Tolstoy: a huge shawl collar, big buttons, made out of something that looks like a piece of gnarled wood from a cutting board. You want to look like you’re about to read five chapters on the life of Cézanne next to the fire — or better yet, write five chapters on the life of Cézanne. If you have a sweater that people at parties want to touch and family members want to borrow (even without asking), that’s a great sweater. A Minnesotan rightly feels sympathy with residents of similarly dignified cold climates. He has a connection with the Danish chef and the Swedish ship captain. What does a Scotsman don on the shortest days of the year? Why Harris tweed, of course. Warm and indestructible, it comes in restrained hues (moss and oatmeal) to match the Scottish landscape, and every bolt is woven by a local on a pedal-powered loom in their garage. When you wear Harris tweed, you’re wearing a historic fabric designed to deal with conditions as demanding as ours. And if you visit the J. Press store in New York City, you can choose a unique bolt of fabric to be made into a sports coat just for you. Now that is embracing the season. It’s good to know that people have been stylishly dealing with these issues of what we might call “pessimistic conditions” for decades, even longer. A good pair of Sorels (the older the better) can be your ally in a true blizzard. Sturdy English boots come in handy, too. Hunter boots are ideal for intense wet (and those wonderful knee-high highland socks for colder days). When you can actually see the ground, the leather Islay boot by Crockett & Jones is a mainstay. Accessories are a chance to shine, to show that you’re not one who can be beaten down by the weather. You’ll need a scarf, naturally, but yours should be unusually wonderful. It can be long and patterned or boldly colored. But it should announce your presence when you step into a restaurant. Don’t just whisk it off; extend this process as long as possible. Slowly uncoil it from your neck as more of the patrons look on in jealousy. Or just wear it inside and let people speculate about which successful Broadway play you just produced. It’s easy to overlook gloves, but please don’t let them be an afterthought. Hestra, a classic Swedish glove company, makes elegant table-cut dress gloves at its factory in Hungary. It’s a tradition that dates back to the 17th century, and they are so lovely it’s a privilege to decide between fawn and moss. Hestra also makes more heavy-duty gloves if your day is going to involve shoveling out your car. Yes, winter is the grand imposition, but be empowered to take on the elements on your own terms. A man of style is always prepared for whatever comes his way. A Minnesotan turned New Yorker, David Coggins is the author of the New York Times bestseller Men and Style and writes a style column for Artful Living.

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identifying Slovenia on a map, but you should know that this diminutive Adriatic country is one of the greenest in the world, both literally and figuratively. In fact, health and wellness are Slovenia’s biggest tourism drivers, from the mountains to the Mediterranean Sea, from spelunking to spa therapy. Here’s how to do it right. Fly into the capital of Ljubljana via Turkish Airlines. From here, many attractions like Lake Bled are an easy day trip away. Slovenia’s most popular tourist destination is as relaxing as it is picturesque. Do some standup paddleboard yoga on the lake or try forest bathing to calm the mind. There’s great hiking in nearby Triglav National Park, too. Simply being in nature can do wonders for your health. After a day exploring, return to Rikli Balance Hotel. This distinctly Slovenian spa resort was founded in the 19th century by Swiss naturopath Arnold Rikli, whose novel prescriptions for health included having guests walk barefoot on dew-covered grass to improve circulation. The saunas and swimming pools here span two floors, and spa treatments employ local ingredients. Warm spruce tip sheaves are tapped across your back in a percussive rhythm during a relaxing massage with mountain pine oil, while Carniolan honey is used in facials, scrubs, massages, and milk and honey baths.

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Beekeeping has a long tradition here, and Slovenia has even pioneered a new kind of tourism: apitourism. Eco-conscious beekeeping routes foster an appreciation for the world’s most important pollinator. Meet local beekeepers, visit hives and learn how to extract honey. The sweet beehive air is thought to strengthen the immune system and help with respiratory issues, so you’re invited to recline on a lounge chair next to buzzing beehives and take long deep breaths. (Good vibrations indeed.) For serious Slovenian hydrotherapy, head east. The country’s largest concentration of wellness retreats is located in the thermal Pannonian Basin. There’s Terme Zrece, where the mineral waters contain a high concentration of calcium, magnesium and hydrogen carbonate, which encourage healing and mitigate inflammation once absorbed through the skin. Locally harvested mountain peat and volcanic mud are also applied as a warm body wrap for detoxification. Terme Dolenjske Toplice has been highly respected since the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy, while the healing waters of Terme Olimia were used by the ancient Celts and Romans for medicinal purposes. With offerings from apitherapy to hydrotherapy, Slovenia is fast becoming one of the hottest new wellness destinations. Sometimes a strong dose of fresh mountain air is just what the doctor ordered.


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BRIGHT IDEA Fusalp High-Tech Ski Suit, fusalp.com • Dsquared2 Quilted Jacket • Ugg Fur Boots, ugg.com • Vanrycke Rose Gold Necklaces, vanrycke.com • Bogner Ski Poles

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with my toes in the sand of Maui, Hawaii’s D.T. Fleming Beach awaiting the start of the Hi’uwai and E ala E ceremonies (the latter meaning “awakening”). The sun hasn’t yet risen but will soon. The waves are crashing on the shore as cultural practitioners lead our group in traditional chants to raise the sun. Once it’s up, we quietly run into the ocean to cleanse ourselves, renewing in body and spirit. The 27th annual Celebration of the Arts Festival at the luxe Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua has officially commenced. The spirit of aloha is overwhelmingly alive during this three-day festival. Unlike any get-together I’ve ever experienced, this long weekend is bursting with traditional native Hawaiian culture and history. From hula performances to hands-on art demonstrations, there are activities to pack every minute of your itinerary. A can’t-miss

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event? The Celebration of Island Tastes, a traditional Hawaiian feast (think steamed kalua pork and sweet potatoes from the imu) enjoyed while watching hula and choir performances. The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua created the celebration in partnership with its full-time cultural advisor. This breathtaking five-star resort is the only property in the Ritz-Carlton portfolio to have such a role. Taking place next to the Honokahua Preservation Site, the resting place of more than 2,000 Hawaiian ancestors, the festival aims to honor those ancestors and share Hawaiian culture and values with visitors. Spanning nearly 54 acres of lush green vegetation overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua is the perfect setting for almost any occasion. The resort describes itself as “island-inspired luxury,” and it is exactly that. Aloha spirit meets unmatched amenities, including golf courses overlooking the water,

a dreamy spa inspired by ancient traditions, inventive dining experiences at the numerous restaurants, and more. Guests looking to take their stay to the next level (quite literally) can book a room on the Club Level to enjoy exclusive perks like concierge services and complimentary food and drinks throughout the day. Aloha means peace, love and compassion. This spirit is alive and well at the Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua. It’s hard to put into words how special the resort’s Celebration of the Arts Festival really is — it needs to be experienced to truly understand its significance. After being fully immersed in the spirit of aloha, I will forever have a place in my heart for Kapalua. Plan ahead: Partake in the 28th annual Celebration of the Arts Festival and book your stay at the Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua the weekend of April 10–12 at ritzcarlton.com.


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TWA Hotel Spend some time in the stylish, sassy and deliciously retro TWA Hotel (2019) at New York City’s JFK Airport, and you’ll understand why this groovy destination is the place to see and be seen. Want to see (or show) a little more? Head up to the pool bar and quaff a runway martini whilst watching said runways and soaking up some sun. And no need to wait for summer to enjoy a dip; the pool is heated, the bar is hot and both are open year-round. Afterward, have a bite in the food hall or at the glam Paris Café before perusing the TWA’s curated exhibits or working off your indulgences in the Peloton-equipped fitness center. When it’s time to sleep, the inn offers 512 guest rooms tricked out with sound-canceling windows and blackout shades.

Pullman Guangzhou Baiyun Airport Hotel If you stay in the executive wing of China’s Pullman Guangzhou Baiyun (2009), you’re in the lap of luxury from the moment you touch down, thanks to a chauffeured car waiting for you on the tarmac. Once you’ve landed in one of the hotel’s 578 plush rooms, you can relax with a cocktail, stretch your legs with a few laps in the outdoor pool, or beat jet lag at its own game with a leisurely sauna. A bit peckish from racking up all those frequent-flier miles? Immerse yourself in a Cantonese-inspired, gourmet dream at Tian Yuan or stop by the Societe Lounge & Bar for a nightcap. Convenience, however, is the Pullman’s biggest indulgence. The airport’s terminal 1 is a mere 15-second walk from this sleekly modern stay, and every room provides flight information to let you know before you go.

Sofitel London Heathrow Hotel For English hospitality served with a dash of je ne sais quoi, look no further than the Sofitel London Heathrow (2008). Among its 605 luxe accommodations are magnifique suites spacious enough to dissolve

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any flight-induced claustrophobia as well as well-appointed guest rooms where you can dream from beneath a duvet of down. If you can manage to pull yourself away from such splendid slumber, celebrate the victory with a little pop-fizz-clink at the Champagne bar, get pampered at the salon and spa, or sweat it out in the gym. And when you’re ready for some sustenance, rest assured chef Mark Lawton won’t disappoint. Roasted breast of pigeon with foie gras and blood orange, anyone? The best part: The Sofitel has direct access to Heathrow’s terminal 5 and is just 20 minutes from central London via express train.

Crowne Plaza Changi Airport Hotel Leave it to the seven-time world’s best airport to have one of the world’s comeliest airport hotels. The Crowne Plaza Changi (2008) is a verdant oasis that belies its proximity to Singapore’s busiest hub. In the Club Lounge, catch up on emails in a spacious work area, breakfast privately in the morning, or sip a Singapore Sling come evening. Thanks to the inn’s Sleep Advantage program, 40 winks are all but guaranteed in the 563 chicly designed rooms. For even more tranquility, opt to stay in a Quiet Zone, where outside noise and distractions are strictly verboten. When you’re ready, take a dip in the lushly landscaped pool, get your workout on in the fitness center, or stop by the retro-styled Bar ’75 to enjoy handcrafted cocktails and a fabulous collection of pop art.

InterContinental Johannesburg O.R. Tambo Airport Hotel Experience the InterContinental Johannesburg (2000), and you may never want out of Africa. A mere 250 feet from the airport’s arrivals hall and minutes from the Gautrain station connecting travelers to the center of Joburg and Pretoria, the inn is perfectly positioned for both pre- and post-bush stays. Its 110 guest rooms, 26 executive rooms and two opulent presidential suites got a makeover during a major renovation in 2015. You can recharge at the in-house salon and spa, relax at the indoor pool, take a jaunt to East Rand for some retail therapy, or savor a leisurely meal at Quills. The eatery offers local dishes 24 hours a day, so regardless of what time zone you’re flying in from, you’ll never hear your stomach roaring (we can’t vouch for the lions, though).


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AMAN JUNKIES EXIST FOR A REASON.

This self-defined group of devotees to the exclusive hospitality group’s signature brand of luxury — exquisite minimalism with a decided emphasis on service and seclusion — has determined that no other hotel lives up to the same standards. And they’re right. Aman prides itself on knowing what its loyalists want and giving it to them before they even ask. To that end, the company keeps files on its discerning clients and their preferences, small but meaningful details gathered by attentive, accommodating staff over a lifetime of stays: if they favor coffee or tea, if they prefer firm or soft pillows, and the like. And it works; repeat customers who jet from one property to another make up about half of Aman’s business. Owner Vladislav Doronin likes to scout potential sites from the air or sea, which allows him and his team to envision the brand’s trademark sleek design situated in remarkably remote destinations. And that’s precisely why Amanera (meaning “peaceful water”) feels entirely unlike the Dominican Republic you know, a world away from tourist-ridden areas like Punta Cana and La Romana. Opening its doors in 2015, it’s the 29th of 32 Aman properties across 22 countries and the second Caribbean locale. Amanera is perched atop a rugged 60-foot cliff on the idyllic north coast overlooking private Playa Grande Beach and set against a dramatic backdrop of verdant jungle. (In fact, Christopher Columbus purportedly declared this very spot to be the most beautiful in the world back in 1492.) The resort’s 25 standalone casitas were expertly designed to maximize sweeping sea vistas by acclaimed British architect John Heah, who was inducted into the elite group of architects who’ve created Aman properties with this impressive debut. (He nailed the aesthetic so well that he was tapped to design the first Mexico outpost, slated to open next year.) And Amanera delivers on everything junkies have come to love, even before they arrive. Upon wheels down at Gregorio Luperón International Airport in Puerto Plata, just a short jaunt from Miami, you’re given the VIP treatment and whisked through customs. From there, a driver chauffeurs you through quaint seaside villages and past grazing livestock to the property, complete with cold towel service, refreshing water, handcrafted snacks and in-car Wi-Fi. You’d never guess from the winding

two-lane road that behind lush foliage lies a private 2,000-acre paradise. (Of course, you’re always welcome to arrive via chopper, too.) The open-air Casa Grande sets the tone. Striking the perfect degree of delightful restraint, the organic architecture — think massive concrete eaves, Indonesian teak beams, floating stairs and walkways, walls of glass or none at all — blends seamlessly with its surrounds and lets the breathtaking water views take center stage. The space comprises

the lobby, main restaurant, lounge bar, cigar lounge, library, boutique, gym and unreal infinity swimming pool that appears to extend right into the ocean below. For dining, there’s also the aptly named Beach Club, which is tucked into a sandy cove and open for lunch and select dinners. But it’s your casita where you’re likely to spend most of your time. There’s an undeniable gravitational pull toward your private pool, which you can gaze upon from inside the chic

space through floor-to-ceiling glass. True to Aman form, guest quarters have everything you could ever need, all cleverly hidden from plain sight so as not to obstruct the views or detract from the thoughtful simplicity. Rooftop gardens and perfectly positioned landscaping ensure you feel like you’ve got the entire resort to yourself. Relaxation takes many forms here. At the spa, treatments integrate ancient healing modalities and utilize local plants, fruits and herbs alongside the Aman skincare line. Inspired by the moon cycles, signature experiences begin with a palo santo smudging ceremony and foot soaking ritual then focus on either grounding, nourishing or purifying. Sweat sessions range from yoga to dance lessons to a game of tennis on one of the two clay courts. And adventures abound, including canyoning, kayaking, kite surfing, whale watching, horseback riding, cultural excursions, cooking classes and more. But the real highlight is the guided nature walk led by naturalist of sorts Antonio Alvarado, who takes you through the jungle to an overlook giving you a literal bird’s-eye view of the resort below. Along the way, he enthusiastically points out camouflaged fauna, describes the therapeutic uses of specific flora and offers you wild passionfruit that’s ripe for the picking. This is the first Aman outpost offering access to a fully integrated golf course, the adjacent Playa Grande Golf and Ocean Club, which is often lauded as the Pebble Beach of the Caribbean. Featuring 18 holes spread across 370+ acres of coastline, it was designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr. and refreshed by his son Rees Jones. Guests are granted access to the private course, and even those who can’t swing a club will want to make their way there, as the prime locale offers the best sunset viewing along the jagged, meandering coast. All told, Amanera more than lives up to the standards of its Aman brethren. The only disappointment? When it comes time to check out. But if you can’t bear the thought of leaving, you can always buy in. Several to-be-built Aman Founder Villas are available to own and come with access to resort amenities, a lifetime golf membership and more — so you can have your own little slice of paradise. Otherwise, if you’ve officially reached junkie status, you’re already planning your next Aman excursion before you’ve even left the grounds.

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NEW YORK THE BIG APPLE IS ALWAYS A GOOD IDEA, AND

SoHo is arguably Manhattan’s hippest ’hood. What was an industrial hotbed back in the 19th century transformed into an artists’ haven in the seventies and today is home to some of the city’s best shops, hotels and eateries. (Talk about urban renewal.) Plus plenty of parks, art spaces and cultural attractions are packed within the neighborhood’s tight 26 blocks. The best part? You don’t have to deal with the hordes of tourists flocking to Midtown. –K A T E N E L S O N

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What’s in a name? If you’re the Dominick, a lot. What was once the struggling Trump SoHo — things went south after the 2016 presidential election, with celebrities like LeBron James refusing to stay here — was strategically rebranded, and today, business is once again booming. That’s thanks no doubt to the attentive service, luxe amenities and spacious residential-style suites boasting can’t-beat views through their floor-to-ceiling windows at the neighborhood’s only AAA Five Diamond property. It’s also one of just three New York City hotels named to Preferred Hotel & Resorts’ Legend Collection. Designed by Handel Architects along with interiors partner Rockwell Group, the 46-story structure offers 391 guest rooms outfitted with custom Fendi Casa furnishings, a leathertopped desk, a pillow-top mattress, and a wet bar complete with Nespresso machine. The oversize bathrooms feature Italian marble, a rain shower, a standalone soaking tub and a double-sink vanity (in most rooms). It’s a bona fide home away from home. Mezzanine and Café Mezz make up the current culinary offerings, but an exciting signature restaurant from Michelinstarred chef Shaun Hergatt is in the works. The Vestry promises a seasonal menu heavy on seafood and vegetable dishes. There’s also alfresco Terrace on 7, which flanks the outdoor pool and serves up sushi and libations during warmer months. Plus complimentary craft cocktails are on offer daily in the striking two-story lobby, replete with gas fireplaces, comfy leather chairs and a moody midcentury vibe. The Dominick is also home to a fully loaded fitness center (Mirror workouts, Peloton bikes, Technogym equipment) as well as North America’s first Babor Signature Spa. And with its prime locale on Spring Street, it’s the perfect home base for a Big Apple adventure.


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Since 1956, German brand Babor has been considered a pioneer in sciencebased skincare. This third-generation family business engineers precise, innovative formulas that yield optimal results. It seems only natural then that the company has spas dotting the globe, where guests get to experience the Babor Expert Method marrying science and wellness to address individual needs. The first Babor Signature Spa in North America opened its doors last spring at New York City’s Dominick hotel. Designed by DiGuiseppe Architect, the 11,000-square-foot space stretches across two floors and boasts nine treatment rooms, multiple wet rooms, two luxury hammams (another first for the city), and indoor and outdoor relaxation spaces. Services range from facials to massages to body treatments. Our pick? The Renew & Restore, a luxurious antiaging body treatment that involves soft exfoliation with ultra fine cranberry seeds followed by a nutrient-rich stem cell body wrap, leaving skin feeling lusciously soft, supple and hydrated from head to toe — the perfect antidote to the drying effects of winter travel.

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If your dad is celebuchef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, it can be tough to move out of his shadow. But Cédric Vongerichten did just that when he embarked on his first solo venture last year. Like pops, he opted to marry French and Asian flavors at his highly celebrated Nolita spot. Wayan takes inspiration from Indonesia, the homeland of Cédric’s wife and business partner, Ochi. And it’s no surprise that the debut restaurant from this culinary power couple is a smash hit. The prime spot to reserve in this warm, tropical-ish space is the chef’s counter, where a handful of guests can witness meals being thoughtfully prepared and plated — an appetite-whetting experience to be sure. Dishes are made for sharing, meaning foodies get to savor a variety of inventive fare, from satays to sashimi to sea bass to strip loin. A must-order? The lobster noodle, a prime example of Wayan’s unexpected yet pitch-perfect flavor profiles. The bar program is equally inspired, and cocktails featuring unusual ingredients come together in imaginative ways, as evidenced in the delightful yuzu fizz. For dessert, the pandan custard with fresh passionfruit seeds is the way to go.

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geographic center of this expansive, rugged Canadian province, Edmonton is fun and progressive, home to the second largest Fringe Festival in the world. The food scene here has taken off, with chefs like Biera’s Christine Sanford returning home to open their own eateries after working internationally. From imaginative ice cream flavors at micro-creamery Made by Marcus to spirits crafted with Alberta-grown grains by local distilleries, there’s plenty to eat, drink and be merry about. –A M B E R G I B S O N

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Edmonton’s first real luxury hotel is also the city’s second tallest building, a new mixed-use skyscraper in the downtown Ice District. The lobby bar has quickly become a hangout for locals and travelers alike, and the 346 guest rooms exude an air of residential glamour. In a modern, trendy nod to Alberta’s frigid winters and the JW Marriott’s location, visitors can order complimentary specialty ice cubes in a variety of flavors and shapes if they wish to play mixologist in the comfort of their own room. Of the two in-house restaurants, Braven steakhouse is big, bold and more ambitious than all-day eatery Kindred Food + Drink. The full-service spa is beautifully appointed and offers indulgent treatments like a rose gold collagen facial, wild rose body scrub and jet lag cure. Plus a pedway connects the hotel to concert and sports venue Rogers Place as well as the Edmonton Convention Centre.

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BIERA

Sharing a space with Blind Enthusiasm Brewing Company, Biera might at first glance seem like just another casual beer hall, but chef Christine Sandford’s imaginative ingredient combinations and attention to detail elevate her European bistro fare with a distinctly Canadian sense of place. Blind Enthusiasm’s well-balanced brews pair beautifully with everything from spot prawn ceviche to super savory sunflower seed and wheat berry risotto seasoned with aged mimolette cheese. Sandford uses spent grain from brewing to make rustic sourdough served with housemade kefir butter and whipped lardo. She then repurposes day-old bread to make doughnuts and ice cream, minimizing waste and maximizing flavor. Local pasture-raised Berkshire pork is cooked over a charcoal grill and served with chewy dehydrated beets that taste like candy. Even vegetarian dishes like ash-roasted banana peppers served with roasted cheese curds are rich and satisfying. Bring all your friends and order the entire menu.

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PURA BOTANICALS

This clean beauty apothecary and natural perfumery uses only the highest quality botanicals and essential oils in its potent potions. Everything is non-toxic, crueltyfree and ethically sourced, manufactured in small batches in the in-house lab. Founder Lane Edwards says she’s always felt her best in nature, and thus Pura is inspired by plants and their ability to heal. You’ll feel pampered the moment you step inside. Pura’s luxuriously silky overnight masks have a cult following; there’s no better way to restore your skin while you sleep than with fruit extracts, shea butter, aloe vera and coconut oil. For oily and sensitive skin, there’s the clarifying herbal mask of cucumber, spirulina and sweet basil, while the multivitamin mango, guava and sea buckthorn mask is great for fighting wrinkles and environmental damage. Fleetwood Mac’s Stevie Nicks is a fan (Edwards returns the favor), plus there are special formulas for men, teens and babies.

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rise in recent years, as it slowly sheds its lingering reputation as a less-than-safe destination. Tourism in CDMX exploded after Roma stormed the film scene in late 2018, titled after the neighborhood brimming with neoclassical architecture and tree-lined roadways. Practically every corner of the city promises an experience bursting with culture in the form of internationally renowned restaurants, shops stocked with wares by Mexican designers, and oases of nature dotting the hyperurban landscape. –C I N N A M O N J A N Z E R

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As any foodie will tell you, if you go to Mexico City, you must dine at Pujol. Opened in 2000, chef Enrique Olvera’s eatery focuses on Mexican ingredients — but trust us, you won’t find interpretations like these anywhere else. It’s considered one of the top 50 restaurants in the world, and diners can savor dishes in the vein of those featured on the eatery’s Chef ’s Table episode, like the signature Mole Madre, Mole Nuevo. Because Olvera’s cooking is always evolving, no two visits to Pujol are the same. Make a reservation and choose between the seven-course cornor sea-themed tasting menus, a family-style tasting menu in a private room, or the 10-course taco bar menu that comes with hand-selected beverage pairings. For cocktail-focused events, private experiences on Pujol’s pergola-covered terrace make for a magical evening.


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LA VALISE

Luxury boutique hotel La Valise is dripping in distinctly Mexican details, with every chair and light fixture serving the exquisite design approach, all housed in a French-inspired building. Although the serene settings created within each of the three suites (yes, just three) might tempt you to never leave, you should wander out as the inn is well within walking distance of Roma Norte’s many restaurants, bars and shops. Not sure which suite to book? Each offers a decidedly different but equally delightful experience. El Patio boasts a spacious patio (naturally) outfitted with a swing and hammock for maximum relaxation. La Terraza lets you sleep under the stars, with its king-sized bed perched between the room’s indoor and outdoor spaces. And La Luna is designed to blend heaven and earth, embodying meditative vibes with its warm wood floors and soft velvet sofa.

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A visit to CDMX simply is not complete without a stop at the iconic Museo Nacional de Antropología situated within Bosque de Chapultepec, an urban forest that is a marvel in and of itself that hums with vendors selling food and crafts. On Sundays, the city shuts down several major streets leading to Chapultepec, making it an ideal day to travel to the museum by bicycle. Once inside, history buffs will delight at the ancient wonders in store. The museum houses anthropological and archaeological artifacts from Mexico’s pre-Columbian era, including the massive Aztec sun stone and a stunning Xochipilli statue. And the infamous umbrella waterfall in the plaza is a can’t-missed. Tours are available in a variety of languages, from English to German to Japanese, so travelers can indulge in all of the details.

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Hotel Peter & Paul NEW ORLEANS

Holy mother of God, this one’s a showstopper: a 19th century Catholic church, convent, rectory and schoolhouse turned into one of the South’s most talked-about hotel openings. The restoration, which wrapped in fall of 2018, took four years and was led by former journalist Nathalie Jordi and ASH NYC, the real-estate development and design firm behind the Siren Hotel in Detroit and the Dean Hotel in Providence, Rhode Island. Now, the quartet of historic buildings originally designed by preeminent Louisiana architect Henry Howard houses 71 one-of-a-kind rooms brimming with European antiques, religious tapestries and hand-painted tile showers. African, Cuban, French, Italian and Swedish influences can all be spotted. But the real Hail Mary? The crew pulled it off using scads of local talent. Deep in its bones, this hotel feels as New Orleans as it looks.

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THE DESTINATION Though Hotel Peter & Paul is just minutes from the French Quarter, it’s light years removed from the debauchery of Bourbon Street. Nestled in the relaxed Marigny neighborhood, it’s strollable to pretty Crescent Park, the well-heeled antique shops of Royal Street, and the Backstreet Cultural Museum, where you can admire elaborate Mardi Gras Indian costumes. Come nightfall, venture farther afield to Tipitina’s, one of the city’s most iconic juke joints.

ROOM TO BOOK No. 207, the first room ASH NYC’s Will Cooper modeled: “It’s the perfect size with two huge windows, green draperies and giant canopy beds.” He also loves the rooms in the schoolhouse, where everything from the showers to the armoires is color-coded by floor (third is blue, fourth is red and so on). Rooms 201 and 202 earn shout outs for their marble bathtubs and floating canopy beds dressed in fine Italian linens.

Q+A with Will Cooper PARTNER AND CHIEF CREATIVE OFFICER, ASH NYC

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DESIGN HIGHLIGHT Cooper’s vision was largely inspired by the interiors of 18th and 19th century Sweden. The walls in the former rectory were finished to look like a Gustavian castle, though you might miss the reference if you’re distracted by the Italianate marble fireplace and vintage rattan furnishings. Because gingham was a massively popular textile in Sweden, Cooper layered it with other disparate narratives. The color story, for example, was inspired by the hues of African, Italian and Russian icons from the 1300s forward.

GOOD TO KNOW The James Beard–nominated team behind NOLA wine bar Bacchanal helms the Elysian Bar here. Order a Parisian Mai Tai or loaded Vieux Carré, followed by a baked sunchoke custard and other inventive small plates. Whatever you do, save room for a treat from Sundae Best, the small-batch ice cream parlor in the converted convent. N’awlins-inspired flavors include Honey & Zapps and Peanut Crackle & Jam.

Were there any overdone New Orleans design tropes you avoided? The fleur-de-lis, definitely. It’s blacklisted. [laughs] Also, music. As important as it is to New Orleans, we didn’t want to put musical instruments on our walls; it’s too on the nose. Is that why so many of the furnishings were made locally? Yeah, definitely. It was important that real people who actually live here work on the hotel. The guests’ beds were made by a metal worker who lives five minutes away. The armoires and credenzas were made two blocks away. Even the drapery was done in a workroom five blocks away. What’s your favorite area here? I love the third floor lounge of the school, because there are four guest rooms hidden behind that huge mural by Ann Marie Auricchio, an amazing artist from the Marigny. What are your travel essentials? Noise-canceling headphones and something to read. Flying is the only time I don’t get inundated with emails, questions or worldly problems. It’s nice to unplug.

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GETTING THERE Isla Holbox is part of the Yum Balam nature reserve off the northern tip of Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula. It’s accessible via air taxi from Cancún, Cozumel or Playa del Carmen, or you can hop a 25-minute ferry from the tiny town of Chiquilá (some 2.5 hours northwest of Cancún). The island is small — just 26 miles long and a mile wide — and doesn’t permit any vehicles, so visitors get around by foot, bicycle or golf cart. The vibe is serene and beachy.

ROOM TO BOOK No. 5 is the one you want, thanks to its unobstructed view of the property’s three-story watch tower. Like the other 11 rooms, it has a pitched grass roof, private plunge spa and direct access to the hotel’s Venetianlike communal swimming pool. Inside, the furnishings and textiles are all Mexican-made, handpicked by Muñoz to showcase regional talent.

Q+A with Claudia Muñoz CO-OWNER AND GENERAL DIRECTOR Why did you choose architects Salvador Macías and Magui Peredo?

DESIGN HIGHLIGHT That pool, no question. It’s the heart of the hotel and the biggest draw for travelers, especially because Punta Caliza isn’t situated seaside. The red cedar used on the doors leading to the pool gives it a sweetly rustic look. Even more endearing: The wood was harvested from trees Muñoz’s father planted almost 30 years ago at their family farm in Tabasco.

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Do you have a favorite space here? I love the stairs that lead to the lookout tower. The game of light and shadow is beautiful and always changing. Sunrises and sunsets up there are also tranquil. What are your top recommendations for Isla Holbox visitors? Morning walks at Punta Mosquito, especially in the summer when you can see flamingos flying toward the sunrise and rays swimming alongside you. Swimming with whale sharks is another amazing experience! Definitely worth the early wake-up call. What are your travel essentials? A notebook, because I like to write down stories and places I like or just draw when life becomes dull. A camera, to capture moments and relive them years after. And a rain jacket, because you never know.

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The restaurant menu was designed by Daniel Bernal Vega, executive chef of Siento & Tantos in Sinaloa and head of the Mar de Cortés culinary collective. A different five-course meal is offered every weekend, plus the kitchen takes requests. The pool-ready cocktails, meanwhile, were conceived by the team at Licorería Limantour, one of Mexico City’s most respected bars. For straighter shooters, there’s always mezcal. Just ask the staff to put together a tasting that draws from its 50-plus-bottle collection.

They were my professors at ITESO [Western Institute of Technology and Higher Education in Jalisco]. I admired their designs and work ethic. When we talked about the project together, we realized we share similar beliefs and dreams. We were really excited when they decided to participate in Punta Caliza.


Punta Caliza ISLA HOLBOX, MEXICO

Talk about keeping it in the family. This 12-room hotel on a thimble-sized island was born out of a collaboration between architect Claudia Muñoz, her brother, her parents and two of her former professors (both architects at Guadalajara’s Estudio Macías Peredo). The innovative design, inspired by a sunken Mayan ruin, was built around the breathtaking swimming pool. In some ways, Punta Caliza’s blueprint tore a page from textbooks on traditional Mexican architecture; the stucco-like finish on the walls, for example, was made using an ancient Mayan technique. At the same time, the aesthetic feels fresh and of the moment — the Instagram ideal. Construction took nearly four years, largely due to the island’s ban on heavy machinery, but the Muñozes powered through. Now we get to reap the benefits: a boutique port of call redefining the tropical escape.

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Palazzo Daniele

GAGLIANO DEL CAPO, PUGLIA, ITALY For every cracked ceiling and naked wall in this 159-year-old aristocratic townhouse, there is a gobsmackingly gorgeous fresco, museum-caliber artwork or sweep of florid mosaic tile. Hotelier Gabriele Salini wanted an estate where he could craft an “artful nuance” between past and present. His friend, art philanthropist Francesco Petrucci, knew just the spot: his former family home. Opened as a nine-suite hotel in April 2019, Palazzo Daniele is the second addition to Salini’s portfolio, GS Collection. Its design MO: “Exalt the void,” which he describes as “stripping back and exaggerating the grandeur of the place: monastically simple bedrooms highlighting vaulted ceilings, mirrored salons and exposed walls.” Add to that site-specific artworks (a Roberto Cuoghi sculpture here, a Carla Accardi lithograph there), and you have a design-forward property unlike any other in Puglia.

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THE DESTINATION Gagliano del Capo is a wee village inhabiting Puglia’s southern Salento region. It’s a popular destination for food and wine lovers. Salini recommends first-timers hit up Farmacia Balboa for “the very best aperitivo” and Locanda del Levante for “amazing cuisine in an equally beautiful location.” He also suggests a walk down to Il Ciolo, a romantic beach squeezed into a natural cove and flanked by mighty rock cliffs. Go for a dip in the warm Adriatic Sea, fall in love, end of story.

ROOM TO BOOK The 484-square-foot Royal Junior Suite, which boasts a custom steel-framed wardrobe by Ludovica and Roberto Palomba as well as a Simon d’Exéa lightbox designed to illuminate contemporary works. The real clincher, though, is the bathroom: a “living art installation” with a rainfall shower dropping from the 20-foot ceiling over an Andrea Sala–designed basin. For a more exclusive hideout, reserve the threebedroom, three-bathroom Suite Apartment, housed in the private wing where Petrucci once lived.

Q+A with Gabriele Salini HOTELIER AND FOUNDER OF GS COLLECTION What was your design inspiration at Daniele?

DESIGN HIGHLIGHT The rambling open-air courtyard is a hive of guest activity, but creating that continuity between indoors and out was Salini’s biggest challenge: “The severe 19th century architecture was based on a clear separation, which is not the way we experience architecture today.” His solution? Move the kitchen to a pivotal area of the palazzo formerly wasted on storage and open it up onto both gardens. Now guests move in and out freely, en route to the swimming pool, steam room, sauna and orangery.

To create a sense of “contemporary nostalgia.” That is, blending centuries-old architecture and Old World luxury with a curated selection of contemporary artwork, avant-garde furniture and site-specific installations. Do you have a favorite space? The grand shower of the Royal Junior Suite. It’s a perfect example of how art can become functional and represents the Palazzo’s love of both absence and art, while transforming it into a hospitality concept.

PHOTOGRAPHY BY SERENA ELLER

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GOOD TO KNOW Palazzo Daniele stops at nothing to ensure guests have what Salini calls “unparalleled access to local Italian life with all of its subtleties and indulgences.” New arrivals are handed a map of owner’s tips, spotlighting favored local shops and restaurants. Seasonal activities curated by the GS team include private cooking lessons and tours of Pugliese vineyards and olive groves. But guests booked at the end of July are in for the biggest treat: an immersive experience at Petrucci’s Capo d’Arte festival.

Simple but good food, warm conversation and a sense of belonging. Our credo, Questa casa non è un albergo (“This house is not a hotel”), provides the idea behind our philosophy. A hotel is no longer a comfortable bed and a nice bathroom; it must create an honest connection with the city you are visiting. My goal is to find places that are gateways to the local community. What are your travel essentials? My toothbrush, my swimsuit and a good book. Aside from always liking my mouth to stay fresh, I tend to be rather optimistic about the weather forecast and am always prepared to enjoy a sunny day.

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THE DESTINATION George Town is a densely packed, fabulously walkable, UNESCO-recognized heritage city on Penang Island, an easy train ride away from Kuala Lumpur. The Prestige is wedged into the banking district, minutes from the Pinang Peranakan Mansion; Fort Cornwallis, an 18th century citadel erected by the British East India Company; and the Clan Jetties, a series of historic Chinese settlements built on stilts. Street art is also popular here — if you don’t snap a pic with an Ernest Zacharevic mural, did you even visit Penang?

ROOM TO BOOK The Deluxe King rooms on levels two (No. 227), three (No. 331) and four (No. 429) offer spectacular views of the sea and the Swettenham Pier Cruise Terminal in Penang Port. Each is kitted out with a luxurious rain shower, pink bromeliad ottomans and bronze wall fittings. Bonus points for the 21st century spin on Victorian wainscoting, crafted with eye-popping white-on-white trapezoidal shapes.

Q+A with Melvin Ooi GENERAL MANAGER

DESIGN HIGHLIGHT The sunny Glasshouse restaurant is the centerpiece of the neo-Victorian arcade and the perfect place to tuck into a salmon poke salad or a regional dish like char kway teow (flat rice noodles with prawns, squid and duck egg). The English-inspired conservatory is stunning, done up with bentwood-style bistro chairs, white wicker seating and a mesmerizing M.C. Escher–esque cube-patterned floor. Mirrored walls add to the visual sorcery, making the room appear as if it goes on forever.

How was the Prestige’s design inspired by George Town’s historic architecture? Set amongst 19th century Victorian buildings, the hotel blends into the neighborhood with its Colonial façade. But don’t mistake it for just another heritage building. Enter through the glass doors and you’re transported to a contemporized, quasi-Colonial universe — a touch of magic in a tropical Victorian Eden. It sounds like a misnomer when you think of England and her weather, but this is what we are blessed with here in Penang: elegant Victorian buildings set in a climate where lush vegetation abounds. Do you have a favorite space here?

The Glasshouse isn’t the only noteworthy communal space. The arcade also houses a florist, pharmacy, coffee shop, dessert bar and local fashion label. But the biggest see-and-be-seen venue is the skinny rooftop infinity pool with panoramic views of the bustling quayside. Reserve a spot on a lounger or in the gazebo and watch as the chameleon pool tiles morph colors under the shifting sun — yet another wondrous mirage from Ministry of Design’s bag of tricks.

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What are your top Penang recommendations? Hiking at Penang National Park; there’s a turtle sanctuary there and the beach is gorgeous. If you love history, Penang has plenty of museums, like the Blue Mansion and the Penang State Museum and Art Gallery. At night, you can walk 15 minutes to Love Lane, a long, narrow lane with plenty of good bars, bistros, cafes and pubs.

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The Glasshouse restaurant for its mix of real plants and tropical plant prints used on the sofa cushions.


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GEORGE TOWN, PENANG, MALAYSIA In the 1700s, this sprawling godown overlooking the Strait of Malacca was a hub for maritime trading. Today, it’s one of Malaysia’s buzziest new hotels, inspired by, of all things, the 2006 psycho-thriller film set in Victorian-era London starring Christian Bale and Hugh Jackman as rival magicians. The interior, spearheaded by Singapore’s Ministry of Design, uses “visual trickery” to create its own kind of magic. In the lobby of this 162-key hideaway, guests are met with a mirrored stainless-steel reception desk “floating” atop shiny chrome spheres — an illusion made more puzzling by the brass-trimmed maze laid atop the marble floor. The rooms are even wilder: Hidden doors conceal pantries and toilets, while lighting beneath the bed frame makes the mattress look as if it is levitating. The Prestige is open for business but still under partial construction, with its final level slated for completion in early 2020.

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Shipwreck Lodge

SKELETON COAST NATIONAL PARK, NAMIBIA Each of the 10 cabins at this remote lodge was designed to look like the many foundered vessels dotting the Namibian coastline. A joint venture between Journeys Namibia, Natural Selection and Trip Travel, the eco-friendly inn offers the only luxury accommodations in Skeleton Coast National Park, a protected desert habitat famed for its wind-sculpted sand dunes. Architect Nina Maritz constructed the solar-powered chalets in June 2018 using sustainably sourced timber, wood nails, and insulation made from recycled water bottles. Melanie van der Merwe, founder of Women Unleashed, took on the interiors, customizing the furniture and color scheme. (The mauve and dusty rose hues of the guest rooms were inspired by semi-precious stones found in the area, while the blue and gray tones mimic the wild Atlantic.) In the end, the lodge was built with almost no environmental impact, and per an agreement with the Ministry of Environment and Tourism, the cabins can easily be removed after a 25-year concession.

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GETTING THERE If you’re feeling adventurous, rent a high-clearance 4WD vehicle and drive to Skeleton Coast National Park from a neighboring city. If you’re feeling sane, fly from the Namibian capital of Windhoek to Möwe Bay, where staffers will ferry you the rest of the way. The cabins are plunked somewhere between the Hoanib and Hoarusib rivers, AKA the middle of nowhere. If you insist on driving yourself, gas up in Terrace Bay and carry extra water.

ROOM TO BOOK Craving solitude? Lock in Lodge No. 1; it’s the farthest from the communal areas and therefore the most private. It also offers uninterrupted views of the landscape to the north. Otherwise, the accommodations are nearly identical: Each cabin has an en-suite toilet, shower and wash basin plus a wood-burning stove, writing desk, coffee-making station, faux fur throw, chess set, and private deck with knockout ocean views.

DESIGN HIGHLIGHT

PHOTOGRAPHY BY SHAWN VAN EEDEN

Tempting as it may be to hole up in your own personal shipwreck, the lodge’s lounge and dining room are spectacular. Wall-to-wall windows and ample, comfy seating make these the perfect spots to nurse a sundowner cocktail or tuck into the chef’s catch-ofthe-day dinner. Enamel dishes and vintage silverware give the lodge a homey feel, while Otjomuise-woven baskets and specially commissioned works by Namibian artists lend some soulful character.

Q+A with Nina Maritz ARCHITECT How did the natural landscape of the Skeleton Coast influence your architecture? The location and history inspired the idea of shipwreck buildings. The dune site, with its strong southerly prevailing winds, inspired the form of a ship’s bow facing into the wind. The subtle changing colors of the landscape also had a strong impact on the color scheme of the buildings and interiors. Do you have a favorite space here? I love the quietness of the cabin bedrooms. With the sound of the wind around the building, it’s like sleeping snugly in a wooden boat on the waves. I could stay there for days, just looking at the changing landscape and sky, especially the opalescent colors of the evenings. Any memorable animal encounters while building Shipwreck Lodge?

GOOD TO KNOW Because the lodge is so isolated, you’ll need to arrange excursions like fishing, birdwatching and quad biking through the hotel. To get even farther afield, hop in a 4WD bound for Clay Castles, a remarkable geological formation flanking the Hoarusib River, or book a full day’s outing to see the seal colony in Möwe Bay, an abandoned Westies diamond mine, and the remnants of the famed Karimona and Suiderkus shipwrecks.

Waking up in a camping tent and seeing lion and elephant tracks nearby is quite an experience! We also saw springbok, seals, jackals and a rare brown hyena loping off to the sea. What are your travel essentials? A BPA-free water bottle, lens cleaner for my eyeglasses (since Namibia can be quite dusty), and my notebook with wipeable paper and Pilot FriXion pens. I love jotting down notes and sketches of my visits, then photographing the pages before wiping them clean.

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THE DESTINATION Antwerp is Belgium’s second largest city and easily its most creative. After making the museum rounds (the FotoMuseum and Museum of Contemporary Art are not to be missed), scout for curios and secondhand books at the centuries-old Friday Market, located in the cobblestone square next to the Plantin-Moretus printing museum. Or take a stroll in nearby Zurenborg and ogle the marvelous fin-de-siècle mansions lining Cogels-Osylei. It’s so picturesque, you’ll think you’re on a movie set.

ROOM TO BOOK The Experience Plus rooms, specifically Nos. 31 and 34, have centuries-old wooden beams under the roof, making them feel ultra cozy in winter. Each suite is 377 square feet, complete with a walk-in shower, a standalone bathtub and sumptuous Egyptian bedding. Although the color palette is neutral and the furnishings border on monastic, handwoven carpets add a touch of warmth.

Q+A with Vincent Van Duysen ARCHITECT How did the heritage of this property influence your design?

DESIGN HIGHLIGHT

GOOD TO KNOW Because Van Duysen wanted to channel the serenity of the original cloister, August was built with relaxation in mind. Its wellness spa boasts a sauna, a hammam, an outdoor shower, natural Bamford products, and a tightly edited menu of organic facials and deeptissue massages. Plus a spacious reading library and a private walled garden invite guests to lose themselves in quiet contemplation.

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Why’d you opt for such a neutral color palette? For me, it’s about stripping everything to its bones then layering materials and colors in the right proportion to make the space feel at its most essential. Original elements have been reintegrated or reproduced: the gray-green paneling, the white moldings, the hand-painted tiles. Contemporary components have also been introduced, like the black steel structure contrasting the red brick façade. In the end, everything blends and seems to have been there forever. Any top recommendations for Antwerp? Visit the antique stores in the Kloosterstraat on a Sunday and pass by Graanmarkt square to see noble houses, the beautiful Bourla theater, and Graanmarkt 13, a concept store and restaurant.

PHOTOGRAPHY BY ROBERT RIEGER AND FRED DEBROCK

The convent’s chapel once frequented by nuns is now August’s airy bar and lounge. A soaring ceiling and stained-glass rose window give the light-flooded space a heavenly vibe, while tall mirrors make it appear even larger than it already is. Van Duysen’s sober interior dabbles in grays, taupes and smoky oaks, accented by a curved marble bar, buttery leather armchairs, linen pillows and tasteful porcelain tableware. Rainbow cocktails, like a negroni made with rhubarb vermouth, give the setting a pop of color.

Contained within the original complex was a convent, which served as a home to the nuns who looked after soldiers; it was a place where they could withdraw from the demanding task of assisting the ill and wounded. The main goal of August was to respect the historical DNA of the site. We achieved this in close collaboration with Wouter Callebaut Architects, who was responsible for the careful restoration of its neoclassical splendor.


August

ANTWERP, BELGIUM For leading Belgian architect Vincent Van Duysen to take on a hotel project, the opportunity had to be pretty darn special. Enter August, the second hospitality venture from Mouche Van Hool. The hotelier tasked the architect with transforming a clutch of heritage-listed buildings on the site of a 19th century military hospital into a minimalist-chic getaway. Opened in April 2019, August houses 44 rooms and suites, plus a smart little gift shop, inviting wellness center, and classy brasserie and bar in what used to be the convent. From the custom Flos lighting to the Christian Wijnants–designed staff uniforms, Van Duysen’s fingerprints are everywhere, although his reverence for the original space remains palpable.

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The Calile Hotel BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA

Gazing upon its stark concrete exterior, you’d never guess that the inside of Brisbane’s 175-room Calile Hotel was done up in frothy blush tones and more greenery than a botanical garden. Architect Ingrid Richards, cofounder of Richards & Spence, calls the September 2018 opening a rebuttal to the generic stylings of chain hotels. It’s also a “much-needed social heart for a growing city,” designed to enchant locals as much as travelers. Inspired by the architecture of balmy, retro-cool cities like Miami and Palm Springs, California, she and business partner Adrian Spence imagined an open-air design that melds seamlessly with the toasty Queensland climate. Throw in custom oak furnishings, cork floors, sisal mats and brushed brass accents, and the result is cool personified.

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THE DESTINATION The Calile Hotel is Richards & Spence’s fourth project in the James Street precinct, a mixed-use development with upward of 130 shops, galleries, restaurants and bars. Just 25 minutes from the airport and five minutes from Brisbane’s CBD, it’s optimally located for both business and pleasure travelers. Whatever you need — an indie florist, a Thai foot spa, an upscale kids’ clothing boutique — this neighborhood delivers.

ROOM TO BOOK Though every room at the Calile is Insta-glammy, only the two premier suites boast private rooftop terraces. Book the Ada, which offers 1,000+ square feet of indoor and outdoor living space, including a daybed, dining room table, and minibar stocked with locally sourced goodies. In the bathroom, you’ll find breezy linen robes, Grown Alchemist products and the kind of deep standalone tub that begs to be hashtagged. Come morning, motorized blackout blinds help block that relentless Aussie sunshine.

PHOTOGRAPHY BY SEAN FENNESSY AND YASEERA MOOSA

DESIGN HIGHLIGHT The clock tower is eye-catching, but it’s the 88-foot swimming pool with the Calile’s name spelled out in gold lettering on its floor that has Gen Z-ers losing their minds. This is a whole scene: Nab one of seven dreamy cabanas, order a passionfruit caipirinha and enjoy plenty of people watching while an in-house DJ spins tunes beneath a cluster of mint-striped umbrellas. For a chiller scene, book a facial or massage at the Kailo Wellness Medispa, just a stone’s throw from the pool deck.

Q+A with Ingrid Richards CO-DIRECTOR, RICHARDS & SPENCE How would you describe the Calile aesthetic? “Gentle brutalism” is an invented term, but it speaks to a pared-back palette that allows space for humor and delight. We worked from the premise that minimalism can be refreshing when it remains humanized. Contrasts of high and low, large and small, light and dark, crude and refined are employed to curate a spatial experience. A limited material palette makes that experience more potent. Classics like a Knoll 1952 Bertoia Diamond Chair sit alongside custom pieces by Australian designers like Grazia & Co. The result is quietly eclectic. Where is your favorite spot? Nothing beats a poolside seat at [Greek restaurant] Hellenika, sipping a pomerita. Any top recommendations for first-time Brisbane visitors?

GOOD TO KNOW The ground floor of the Calile houses a warren of fashionable shops. Head to Venroy for linen shirts and pleated chinos; Wolfe & Ordnance for drapey tops and flowy bohemian dresses; and Love Stories for designer lingerie and swimwear. Andronis sells fine jewelry, including gold letter bracelets and diamond ear cuffs, while the Museum of Small Things (known as M.O.S.T.) carries incense, salt cellars, silk sleep masks and other easily packable goods.

Architects should visit the Translational Research Institute by DHA for an exceptional public space experience. GOMA [Gallery of Modern Art] is a solid favorite with wonderful exhibitions. And have a look at Milani Gallery in the West End. Eat at Beccofino Pizzeria, Hôntô Japanese and Gerard’s Bistro. Shoppingwise, the James Street precinct is packed with retailers. My favorites are Camargue for international fashion and Gail Sorronda for a local designer with international acclaim. What are your travel essentials? Flat shoes, a rich moisturizer for the flight, my Kindle and enough spare space for souvenirs.

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THE DESTINATION Sacromonte is located in Maldonado, about 90 minutes west of Montevideo’s Carrasco International Airport. Renting a car is essential, as you’ll want to explore the local wineries and olive oil producers, as well as sleepy towns like Pueblo Edén, home to the charming Capilla San Isidro Labrador church and sweets shop La Casita de Chocolate. Winsome José Ignacio beach is just 45 minutes south, while celebuchef Francis Mallmann’s natty-rustic Restaurante Garzon is 80 minutes west.

ROOM TO BOOK It varies by the season. In winter, book the Lake shelter to see frost blanketing the lower fields and mist rising off the water. In fall, the Vineyard shelter offers a frontrow seat for leaf peeping, with the grapevines putting on a stunner of a show. Each cabin is decorated with cow skin rugs and leather butterfly chairs. Floorto-ceiling windows showcase 180-degree views, so keep your eyes peeled for wildlife like boars, foxes, armadillos and gray brocket deer.

Q+A with Andrés Gobba FOUNDING PARTNER AND DIRECTOR, MAPA

DESIGN HIGHLIGHT So-called “landscape amplifiers” dot the rolling hills. Visit the open-air A-frame chapel at the edge of the vineyard or follow a rugged walking trail to a trio of oversize kaleidoscopes. Peer inside to see the sweep of nature shattered and reflected back. And a great table that can seat 50 crafted from a single piece of timber and set upon marble blocks from a nearby quarry tempts you to arrange a private outdoor dinner with Mother Nature as the guest of honor.

How do you choose building materials that enhance the natural landscape? A remote landscape pushes your limits because you don’t have the same resources you would in a city. That is why we opted for prefabrication. The shelters were built in a factory in Montevideo and transported to the site for mounting. The chapel, kaleidoscopes and great table were prefabricated at a factory in Portugal, shipped overseas and mounted here in one day. In terms of sustainable materials, we use a lot of cross-laminated timber; it’s a super material and certified carbon eater.

GOOD TO KNOW Sacromonte is an epic destination for oenophiles: The 12-acre vineyard and artisanal winery releases limited-edition bottles of tannat (the flagship grape of Uruguay) and Bordeaux-type blends of marselan, merlot, syrah, cabernet sauvignon and cabernet franc with vines imported from French nurseries. (The grapes have taken beautifully to the north-facing cliffs and mineral-rich soil.) Book a formal wine tasting at the great table or pop open a bottle in the privacy of your shelter and do your sipping under a blanket of stars.

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Nights in the shelters are amazing because you feel like you’re camping — you can actually see the stars, you know? At the same time, you’re in a comfortable and safe place. It gives you a sense of being outdoors while inside. What are your travel essentials? I have a passion for pens and notebooks, so I always carry a black Moleskine and a good fountain pen. The last one I loved was a brass pen from Kaweco. The brass develops a nice patina over time, which happens in architecture as well.

PHOTOGRAPHY BY LEONARDO FINOTTI AND TALI KIMELMAN

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Sacromonte MALDONADO, URUGUAY

If you’re feeling isolated at Sacromonte, the hotel is doing its job. Set on 250 acres in Uruguay’s Sierra de Carapé, it’s a place where sheep are tailed by gauchos and cell phones rarely catch a signal. Which is precisely the point. Peruvian businessman Edmond Borit teamed up with architects from Montevideo’s MAPA to design this dream getaway, a coalescence of great wine and enchanting nature. The vineyard came first, followed by a series of 645-square-foot modular cabins (dubbed “shelters”) that disappear into the landscape, their mirror-clad façades a reflection of the surrounding cliffs and grassland. The property is still a work in progress: Four shelters were unveiled in late 2018, and eight more will follow in 2020.

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This secret retreat set on a 110-acre preserve will enchant and soothe your soul. 4-plus-car garage. 5 BED / 4 BATH $1,295,000

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Iconic Summit Avenue condo. Convenient elevator access directly to unit. Stunning views. 2 BED / 2 BATH $800,000 651-329-3619 | mya@cbburnet.com

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JIMMY AND TASH FOGEL THE FOGEL GROUP

THE HOUSE DOCTOR. EXPERT NEGOTIATOR.

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1716 Colfax Avenue S., Minneapolis

The best of Lowry Hill, reminiscent of the double-gallery style maison of New Orleans with the classic style of Charleston, South Carolina. Start down a picturesque harlequin limestone walkway.

2601 Euclid Place, Minneapolis

6 BED / 8 BATH $1,895,000

The Best of East Isles. Elegant Italian Renaissance Revival residence located on a corner lot, just steps away from Lake of the Isles. Classic elegance throughout. Impressive foyer suitable for hosting special events. 6 BED / 6 BATH $1,995,000

1527 Waverly Place, Minneapolis

1812 Lincoln Avenue, #4, Minneapolis

$500,000

3 BED / 4 BATH $725,000

This lot has breathtaking views of the downtown Minneapolis skyline. Close to arts, shops, parks and trails. This is a rare opportunity to build your dream home nestled in Lowry Hill.

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The Magistrate Carriage House: a sophisticated New York City–style art lover’s dream. This historic turn-of-the-century red brick converted mansion has multiple levels of bright inviting spaces.

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HELGESON PLATZKE GROUP AND FRANK ROFFERS 9 5 2 - 9 4 9 - 4 7 8 6 | R M P L AT Z K E @ C B B U R N E T. C O M

10675 Cavallo Ridge, Eden Prairie TRAMONTO ESTATE A European-inspired estate with French country styles designed by Murphy & Co. and built by John Kraemer & Sons. The 4.7-acre property, including a connected lot on the riverbank, is complete with its own ski hill and tow rope. With idyllic views of the Minnesota River Valley from every room, this home commands elevated sights seldom seen in the Minneapolis suburbs with its curving floor plan and large expanses of glass facing the valley. The home has an outdoor pool, a glass-walled sport court and exercise room, a home theater, a billiards room, and a reclaimed wood shop complete with a wood-burning stove and carriage doors. Enjoy captivating and dramatic views from the screen porch to the rooftop terrace, with an outdoor fireplace accessed via ship ladder for a one-of-a-kind experience. Bellerieve, a truly unique gated community, is near everything the heart of the west metro offers, including international, regional and private airports, golf courses, parks, trails, shopping, restaurants, and more. 5 BED / 7 BATH $6,500,000

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100 N. 3rd Avenue, #1003, Minneapolis TMBR: THE SIGNATURE COLLECTION Introducing Minneapolis’s first mass-timber residences located in the North Loop. Floors 9 and 10 of TMBR are known as the Signature Collection. The residences on the top 2 floors will feature an exceptional level of fit and finish, and can be tailored to the buyer’s style preference. New owners will choose from 2 remarkable design teams to create a custom residence, both considered to be in the league of our nation’s top interior design firms: Martin Patrick 3 and Martha O’Hara Interiors. 3 BED / 4 BATH $3,900,000

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JOHN K. MCWHITE

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6021 Saxony Road, Edina

Stunning new construction with beautiful finishes. Built by Traditions by Donnay. 4,000 finished square feet. 5 BED / 5 BATH $1,595,000

5417 Oaklawn Avenue, Edina

1170 Dodd Road, Mendota Heights

4517 Wooddale Avenue, Edina

6509 Ridgeview Circle, Edina

Newer construction with beautiful details in South Harriet Park. 4,700+ finished square feet. 5 BED / 5 BATH PRICE UPON REQUEST

Classic Tudor with charm and updates throughout. Demand Country Club neighborhood. 3,400 finished square feet. 4 BED / 4 BATH PRICE UPON REQUEST

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4352 Oakdale Avenue S., Edina

Gorgeous new construction on a .5-acre lot. Built by Traditions by Donnay. 5,000 finished square feet. 5 BED / 5 BATH $1,800,000

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Residential redevelopment opportunity. 3 parcels totaling 3.74 acres. Great location. $1,285,000

Completely remodeled home with an open floor plan on a quiet cul-de-sac. 2,782 finished square feet. 4 BED / 4 BATH $710,000

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1302 Beachcomber Boulevard Waconia With 130 feet of sandy shoreline on Lake Waconia, experience luxurious resort living at home with a private beach and impressive views from every room. Desirable main-level living with an open floor plan featuring vaulted ceilings, exposed beams and shiplap accents. 5 BED / 5 BATH $2,100,000

3038 Fairway Circle Chaska Sited on the premier lot of the Chaska Town Course, this custom home offers commanding views of the 18th fairway, Lake Bavaria, wetlands and ponds. The great room floor plan offers main-level living and was beautifully remodeled with high-quality finishes. 5 BED / 5 BATH $1,199,000

10540 Purdey Road Eden Prairie Located in the heart of Bell Oaks, this beautiful custom home has been freshly updated and offers high-end amenities, from the chef’s kitchen to the stunning lower level. Set against a backdrop of mature trees, it boasts a private lot with a large, level lawn. 5 BED / 4 BATH $849,000

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STICKNEY REAL ESTATE 9 5 2 - 4 7 6 - 3 6 9 4 | G S T I C K N E Y @ C B B U R N E T. C O M

2303 Huntington Point Road E., Minnetonka Beach

240 Minnetonka Avenue S., #302, Wayzata

3175 Maplewood Road, Woodland

690 Pinehurst Court, Orono

11981 Eaken Avenue SE, Delano

3760 Bayside Road, Orono

Exquisite Lake Minnetonka estate offering 205 feet of premium Minnetonka Beach shoreline. 4 BED / 5 BATH $7,999,000

Captivating custom-built home set upon a private 2-acre sanctuary of mature trees. 4 BED / 6 BATH $1,495,000

Turn-of-the-century remodel overlooking 45+ breathtaking acres in Delano. 6 BED / 6 BATH $1,189,000

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Stunning high-end corner unit at Garrison Landing located in the heart of downtown Wayzata. 3 BED / 3 BATH PRICE UPON REQUEST

Exceptional custom-built 1½-story walkout by Norton Homes on a premier cul-de-sac site. 4 BED / 5 BATH $1,350,000

Magnificent 2005-built walkout 1-story home features stunning detailing and lake views. 4 BED / 4 BATH $1,050,000

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7008 Dakota Avenue Chanhassen Experience 180-degree views of Lotus Lake. A completely private estate set upon the most spectacular site with 775+ feet of southwest-facing shoreline on 3+ acres. This property affords the opportunity to be subdivided into 2 premier estate building sites. 5 BED / 7 BATH $2,395,000

David Stickney and B onnie V elie

952-250-0122 djstickney@cbburnet.com 612-964-7865 bjvelie@cbburnet.com

1250 Phillips Drive Medina Built by Stonewood and located on 5.8 acres, this home exudes privacy while maintaining a neighborhood feel in premier Orono schools. It boasts incredible attention to detail with eucalyptus woodwork and a main-floor master suite. 7-stall garage, indoor sport court and high-end pool.  6 BED / 6 BATH $2,300,000

Mike Steadman

612-296-0900 mbsteadman@cbburnet.com

793 Ferndale Road N. Orono Inspired by classic midcentury design, this sophisticated renovation sits on 2 private acres in a hidden enclave just north of Wayzata. Enjoy the luxurious pool, summer kitchen and incredible entertaining options, inside and out. Wooded paths to Lake Lydiard and the Luce Line. 5 BED / 5 BATH $1,295,000

Gary Petersen and B etty V ogt

952-451-0284 garypetersen@cbburnet.com 612-669-4231 bvogt@cbburnet.com

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JOHN F. ADAMS

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28120 Boulder Bridge Drive, Shorewood Private 2.6-acre Grand View Lodge–like estate with lake views and a 32-foot boat slip. 6 BED / 8 BATH $2,995,000

460 Carpenters Point, Wayzata

Stunning L. Cramer home on a private hilltop setting with resort-like pool and main-level master suite. 4 BED / 5 BATH $2,625,000

18515 8th Avenue N., Wayzata

Enjoy private nature views, main-level master suite and incredibly detailed millwork. 3 BED / 3 BATH $2,595,000

Northwoods feel with views of Hadley Lake throughout, main-level master suite and sport court. 5 BED / 7 BATH $2,395,000

230 Manitoba Avenue S., #210/220, Wayzata

544 Rice Street E., Wayzata

Penthouse condominium units within a boutique building in the heart of downtown Wayzata. 4 BED / 6 BATH $2,290,000

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16110 Crosby Cove, Minnetonka

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Landschute built with timeless architectural details, elevator, and rooftop deck with lake views. 2+ BED / 4 BATH $1,795,000

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4615 Merilane, Edina

5500 Parkwood Lane, Edina

Deer Hill, Medina

3300 Leawood Drive, Medina

264 Hamilton Hills, Independence

5873 Robert Road, Independence

Concept designed by Rauscher & Associates, to be built by John Kraemer & Sons on 1.8-acre setting. 5 BED / 5 BATH $3,995,000

Concept designed by James McNeal, to be built by John Kraemer & Sons on 1-plus-acre setting. 5 BED / 5 BATH $2,995,000

New-construction model home built by Gonyea/Stonegate sited on a 2.5-acre hillside setting. 5 BED / 5 BATH $1,105,257

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Spectacular 1-acre west-facing setting with a flat backyard and L. Cramer quality craftsmanship. 6 BED / 8 BATH $3,195,000

Gorgeous 41-acre building site offering rolling landscape with ponds, beautiful views, trees and wildlife galore. $1,300,000

New-construction neighborhood within Orono schools. To-be-built packages on 2.5- to 5-acre homesites. $875,000–$1,400,000

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GREGG LARSEN

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2625 Woodbridge Road, Minnetonka Beach

2663 Woodbridge Road, Minnetonka Beach

765 Wild Oak Trail, Independence

5000 France Avenue S., #24, Edina

11405 Fetterly Road W., Minnetonka

4465 North Shore Drive, Orono

Charles Cudd 2-story overlooking Lafayette Country Club and Lake Minnetonka lakeshore. 4 BED / 4 BATH $2,995,000

Custom 2-story on 11 acres of wooded privacy. Resort-style pool and outbuilding. 5 BED / 5 BATH $1,995,000

Gorgeous French Country 2-story home on a private wooded 1.5+ acres. 5 BED / 6 BATH $1,295,000

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Classic Connecticut Colonial overlooking Lafayette Club Golf Course and Lake Minnetonka. 5 BED / 5 BATH $2,350,000

Premier 50th & France luxury condo. Center-island kitchen and exquisite owner’s suite. 3 BED / 3 BATH $1,575,000

Premier building site on Lake Minnetonka. .5+ acre and 75 feet of southwest-facing lakeshore. 4 BED / 3 BATH $1,100,000

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DREW HUELER

EXCEPTIONAL OUTCOMES FOR DISCERNING CLIENTS

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835 Hunt Farm Road Orono Huntington Manor combines unparalleled Old World design with modern amenities. A majestic and welcoming home built for luxury living and entertaining. Designed by architect James McNeal and built by Luke Busker/ Masonry Builders, Inc. 6 BED / 7 BATH $8,495,000

5905 Boulder Bridge Lane Shorewood An architectural masterpiece in a park-like setting, this home lives to entertain both inside and out. Interior features formal and informal living spaces, movie theater, and catering kitchen. Deeded Lake Minnetonka access. 5 BED / 8 BATH $3,495,000

16201 Adeline Lane Wayzata Light and bright south-facing Wayzata home. Large, private backyard with screened-in gazebo and built-in bonfire pit. Gourmet kitchen, sunroom, library, lower-level bar and 2 wood-burning fireplaces. 5 BED / 4 BATH PRICE UPON REQUEST

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JEFFREY DEWING

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Ferndale Road, Wayzata

2650 Northview Drive, Minnetrista

2520 Willow Drive, Medina

1000 Old Long Lake Road, Orono

410 Highcroft Road, Wayzata

116 Salem Church Road, Sunfish Lake

Breathtaking masterpiece on 3+ acres. Theater, wood-paneled sport court. Walk to downtown Wayzata. 5 BED / 8 BATH PRICE UPON REQUEST

Impeccably designed home on 5 acres. Gorgeous details at every turn. Indoor sport court. 5 BED / 7 BATH $2,895,000

Highcroft retreat with large entertaining spaces and main-level living. Walk to downtown Wayzata. 5 BED / 5 BATH $2,250,000

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Incredibly remodeled Whaletail Lake gated estate. 40+ acres, 900 feet of shoreline, guesthouse. 4+ BED / 6 BATH $3,575,000

Stunning home with luxurious finishes, movie theater and elevator. Close-in setting on 2+ acres. 5+ BED / 5 BATH $2,295,000

Beautiful newer construction masterpiece with high-end finishes. Private 3.5-acre setting. 4 BED / 4 BATH $1,499,000

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MALLORY BUSACKER BOHLAND COMPANIES 612-799-3157

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18435 8th Avenue, Plymouth

8th Avenue N., Plymouth

360 Gardner Street, Wayzata

815 Wayzata Boulevard E., Wayzata

Stunning coastal-inspired cottage design echoes the warm, tranquil, brilliant, inviting nature of its 1-plus-acre waterfront setting. Minutes to downtown Wayzata. Main-floor master, gourmet kitchen, sport court and more. Part of the Artisan Home Tour; will be completed in May 2020. 4 BED / 4 BATH $2,650,000

Nestled at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac, this recently completed rare downtown Wayzata property with main-level master sits on nearly .5 acre and has been impeccably designed. Walk to shops, restaurants and the beach. Additional build-ready neighboring lot available. 5 BED / 5 BATH $1,318,000

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With just 3 Hadley Lake luxury homesites remaining, this is a hidden treasure all its own. Showcasing stunning views and privacy. 15 minutes to downtown Minneapolis, within walking distance to downtown Wayzata and close proximity to award-winning schools. BUILD PACKAGES FROM $1,600,000

Unique executive office building in downtown Wayzata with luxury finishes, high visibility, onsite parking, close proximity to highway access, transit stations, as well as shopping, dining and accommodations. Suitable for 1 or multiple tenants. $1,175,000

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18540 County Road 6, Plymouth

4970 Zircon Lane N., Plymouth

Erik Myhran

Lisa Piazza

Spectacular new home on Mooney Lake. 6,600 feet plus gorgeous porch. 1 acre with views. 5 BED / 6 BATH $2,200,000 612-810-3745 | emyhran@cbburnet.com

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6375 Bay Ridge, Mound

1131 Wildhurst Trail, Orono

Brian Benson

Brian Benson

Exceptional Lake Minnetonka newer build with south-facing riprap shoreline. 6 BED / 6 BATH $2,295,000 612-227-8629 | bkbenson@cbburnet.com

Classic Cape Cod perched on picturesque, private 7-acre setting with divisibility options. 5 BED / 5 BATH $1,995,000

612-227-8629 | bkbenson@cbburnet.com

275 Lakeview Avenue, Tonka Bay

7104 Pioneer Creek Road, Independence

Beth Andrews

Kathy Sawicki | Sawicki Family Realtors

Gideon Bay masterpiece. Stinson/Streeter built in 2014. .5+ acre on Sunrise Pointe. 4 BED / 4 BATH $6,750,000 612-801-2041 | bandrews@cbburnet.com

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Opulent custom-designed new construction, adjacent to privacy and picturesque Elm Creek. 5 BED / 5 BATH $1,325,000

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Stunning prime 10 acres located near the polo fields. Orono schools. Open to any builder. $500,000 612-270-1001 | ksawicki@cbburnet.com

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KRISTI WEINSTOCK THE WEINSTOCK GROUP

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19340 Park Avenue Deephaven Enjoy amazing panoramic Lake Minnetonka views from this 2016 custom-built home with high-end features and an open floor plan. Walk to Deephaven Beach and Thorpe Park. Luxury master bath with wet room concept. Dock slip through the city based on availability. 5 BED / 4 BATH $2,125,000

4925 Woods Court Greenwood Stunning Kroiss-built home in Green Woods on the Lake. Recently renovated with Martha O’Hara Interiors. Gourmet kitchen with quartz counters and Thermador appliances. Serene cul-de-sac setting with a wooded backyard and neighborhood access to the Regional Trail. 5 BED / 5 BATH $999,000

1871 Woodstone Drive Victoria This home is located in a park-like setting with mature oak trees and beautiful pond views. Features include a wonderful open floor plan, expanded and completely remodeled kitchen, renovated master bath and upper bath. Unique, stunning and freshly updated. 5 BED / 4 BATH $500,000

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JEFF MARTINEAU

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The Woods on Halstead’s Bay Minnetrista Gonyea Custom and Stonegate West Collection Homes at the Woods on Halstead’s Bay. Exquisite Lake Minnetonka living featuring 8 lakeshore homesites with breathtaking views and 32 off-lake homesites nestled among private wooded nature preserves. Homeowner boat slips, community clubhouse and pool, and 12 miles of paved neighborhood trails connecting to Carver Park Reserve and Lake Minnetonka Regional Park. $800,000–$2,500,000

The Villas at Excelsior Village Excelsior Luxury living in Excelsior’s vibrant lakeshore downtown district. Gonyea Custom Homes San Francisco–inspired twin villas feature open floor plans with meticulous attention to detail in design, quality and finishes. Numerous options including 2- and 3-bedroom plans with a T-shaped staircase or elevator. Steps to shops, restaurants, and Lake Minnetonka beaches and fishing piers. $750,000–$1,000,000

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361 175th Avenue Turtle Lake, Wisconsin Once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to own this exceptional 830-acre property on Sugarbush Lake. Stunning grounds include trails throughout, equestrian facility, boathouse, guesthouse and 2 private lakes. 5 BED / 4 BATH PRICE UPON REQUEST

Teri Kampmeyer | Kampmeyer Group 612-308-1831 teresa.kampmeyer@cbburnet.com

17900 Shavers Lane Woodland Extraordinary home in Woodland situated on 4 acres with extreme privacy. Gorgeous estate setting with 2 master suites, swimming pool, newly remodeled pool house, tennis court, indoor endless lap pool and 9-car garage. Updated throughout with no detail spared. 6 BED / 8 BATH $2,995,000

Melissa B. Johnson

612-670-3456 melissa.johnson@cbburnet.com

14723 Oakways Court Wayzata Modern masterpiece fully reimagined by MAK Design in 2019. Soaring walls of windows, 24-foot ceilings, high-end finishes, clean linear lines, and juxtaposition of design elements including raw and stainless steel create a truly purposefully designed living environment. 5 BED / 4 BATH $1,675,000

Patrick and Michelle Morgan Morgan Real Estate Group 612-803-2339 morganrealestate@cbburnet.com

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KRISTA WOLTER

YOUR SUCCESS IS IN THE DETAILS

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17500 St. Croix Trail N., Marine on St. Croix

Skillman Lane, North Oaks

W. Pleasant Lake Road, North Oaks

13001 Twilight Road, Onamia

Lawton Lane, North Oaks

Spring Marsh Lane, North Oaks

Best of old and new can be found at the historic Asa Parker House in Marine on St. Croix. 4 BED / 3 BATH $1,495,000

North Oaks classic has traditional style with all the comforts of modern-day living. 4 BED / 7 BATH $1,250,000

Casual elegance in this 1-story walkout home with main-floor living at its best. 4 BED / 4 BATH $1,295,000

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Architectural masterpiece on Pleasant Lane on 2+ acres. Infinity pool with waterfall. 4 BED / 4 BATH $1,350,000

Historic perfection with 400 feet of frontage on Lake Mille Lacs with separate guesthouse. 4 BED / 3 BATH $1,295,000

Traditional 2-story just off Pleasant Lake close to the historic James J. Hill farm. 6 BED / 5 BATH $935,000

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7660 N. Field Ridge Road Grant Spectacular French country home privately set on 300+ feet of westerly facing shoreline. Quiet yet fully recreational Pine Tree Lake is just 5 minutes from historic downtown White Bear Lake. Truly a magnificent setting and home. 4 BED / 5 BATH $2,450,000

7 S. Long Lake Trail North Oaks Amazing acreage setting with total peace and privacy less than 30 minutes from Minneapolis or St. Paul. Architecturally designed to take advantage of long natural views. Open floor plan with exquisite fenestration. Best lot in North Oaks. Truly artful living. 4 BED / 4 BATH $1,875,000

7740 N. Field Ridge Road Grant McGuire-designed, Streeter-built architectural masterpiece on Pine Tree Lake. Superbly quiet cul-de-sac location with treehouse views of nature, woods and water. Full walls of glass. It’s like living in art. 3 BED / 5 BATH $1,350,000

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THERE IS NOTHING QUITE LIKE

gathering around a warm fireplace on a chilly evening, watching the flames, hearing the logs crackle and enjoying that comforting, woodsy scent as it fills your home. Fireplaces are generally the heart of the home, and the sound and smell of a fire have an almost magical power, drawing us in and offering a sense of calm. A fireplace adds an element of elegance and sophistication to just about any room in a way nothing else can. In fact, the National Center for Real Estate Research discovered that each fireplace adds upward of $12,000 to a home’s value, with wood-burning varieties being the most popular. Whether your style is modern, traditional, farmhouse or somewhere in between, a room with a fireplace just feels more welcoming. And the hearth need not draw attention to itself to have an impact; modern fireplaces now fit seamlessly into full wall systems and existing millwork. As in everything, details matter. Ensure the finishes and fittings of your fireplace fit your functional needs as well as your aesthetic style. Simply accessorize with the right tools and surface materials to suite. Use boxes, baskets and urns to hold wood, and keep kindling and matches nearby. Details also matter when it comes to the wood you burn. Here in the North, debarked red oak is best. Debarking minimizes both ash and smoke, producing a cleaner burn. Store your wood outside until dry then cover or move it indoors to protect it from the elements and the insects. And yes, find a chimney sweep to keep your chimney in good working order; I recommend a cleaning and inspection once a year. Don’t overlook the opportunities that hearths and mantels offer. They are wonderful for dramatic statements and seasonal decor. I like to layer my fireplace mantels with elements that add joy, sparkle and intrigue, creating a visual language that can be carried throughout my home.

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Enveloped by nature in a traditional neighborhood setting, this dynamic home connects to the landscape with its layered floor plan and floor-to-ceiling windows and doors. Contact the experts at Kolbe Gallery Twin Cities for a personal design consultation to help bring your vision to life. Our extensive showroom and expert staff will help you select the right Kolbe products for your home.

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FAVORITE THINGS HER CURRENT LOVES KEEP HER ON TREND AND ON THE GO. BY CHRIS LEE

KATE O’HARA, CEO AND CREATIVE DIRECTOR OF

Martha O’Hara Interiors, expected a teaching career. But in 2007, her master’s in education complete, she took a temporary job helping out at her family’s design business. Much to her surprise, she never left. She discovered an affinity for design and business (later earning her MBA), and her role evolved from part-time marketer to business development to CEO and creative director. Kate’s job demands a mobile lifestyle. She travels from the company headquarters in Minneapolis to its growing brick-andmortar studio in Austin, Texas, to the home she shares with her boyfriend outside Cleveland to design events and speaking gigs across the country. Geography influences the architecture she lives in: classic in Minneapolis, modern in Austin, historic loft in Cleveland. But regardless of location, she loves an eclectic mix of clean and classic, as her favorites demonstrate.

1 | Black and White It’s the perfect backdrop for Kate’s style preferences. “Black and white works in every situation,” she gushes. “It’s a classic combination that elevates a space and creates a level of sophistication that still feels youthful and appropriate for today.” She especially loves black casing around windows.

2 | L-Shaped Islands “I love a big kitchen island but, honestly, not for eating,” she explains. “I’m more likely to eat at an L-shaped island where I can face someone.” And don’t think you need upholstered chairs all the way around. “Lately we’ve been mixing bar stools. It’s an opportunity to create additional seating where you might not want a big or heavy piece.”

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Launched by Katherine Gyolai last year, Ike + Leone offers bespoke jewelry handcrafted with leather, natural stones and naturally shed antlers. “Her gorgeous collection is brand new,” Kate explains. “I love being in on this amazing local secret.” ikeandleone.com

5 | Artist Christina Twomey The two grew up together in Minnesota and have stayed in touch. Twomey now lives in Los Angeles, where she creates luminous artwork made from natural resin, pigments and crystals. “My favorite is her geode art, but I also love her resin work,” Kate notes. Her favorite piece? “Agate,” which now hangs in the Thunderbird suite at the Mayhew Inn in Grand Marais. christinatwomey.com

6 | Nest Perfume

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You might think candles and diffusers when you think of Nest, but Kate thinks perfume. “Nest perfume has become my favorite, especially Citrine. I like a citrusy or herbal scent over a floral.” nestfragrances.com

7 | Martina Linden Hills’ favorite Argentinian/Italian fusion eatery is also Kate’s. “Whenever I’m in Minneapolis, regardless of the weather, I bundle up and walk over to Martina for an amazing Argentinian meal,” she says. Her go-to dish: spicy tuna tiradito. “The food is amazing, the bartenders are incredible and the ambiance is great. It’s my happy place.” martinarestaurant.com

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8 | Austin, Texas Kate spends roughly 15% of her time in Austin, a place she adores. “Austin always feels like a vacation to me, even when I’m working,” she notes. She loves the people, the food and the weather — almost all the things she loves about Minneapolis. “Every time I’m in town, I discover something new. It’s expanding so quickly.”

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9 | Briggs & Riley Luggage This heritage brand (and the inventor of wheeled luggage) is her hands-down fave. “I travel a lot, and after replacing my third suitcase in a year, I needed something indestructible,” says Kate. Briggs & Riley luggage is functional — it actually fits where it’s supposed to — and tough to boot. “My carry-on has lived longer than any I’ve ever owned.” briggs-riley.com

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innermost haven, home to some of the oldest sites on the waterfront and the first homeowners’ association in Minnesota. Each of its 30 lots has expansive lake views and glorious breathing room between homes. Along the twisting roadway of this triangular-shaped isle sits a distinctly modern house: Strong horizontal planes. Clerestory glass. Situated within the landscape as if it were there all along. Textbook Stinson. But this isn’t just another award-winning Charles Stinson home. It’s his home that he and wife Carol Eastlund moved into last year and that his son,

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Jason, owner of Stinson Builders, constructed. The new 2,600-square-foot contemporary house is visible from the street, with a gravel drive whose crunch-crunch-crunch evokes the simplicity of a northwoods cabin. “There are no plans to pave it,” explains Eastlund with a smile. “It’s an homage to our camping spot up north.” The couple sold that property along with their previous home with the dream of downsizing to a year-round summerhouse of sorts. “We took everything we learned about homebuilding and cooked it down to a sailboat,” says Stinson, referring to the abode’s efficient use


of square footage. All the storage is built in and all the doors are pocket-style, giving the home even more of a ship-like feel. Stinson and Eastlund were boaters from an early age, both driving watercraft on the Mississippi River by their early teens, and they always dreamed of living on a lake. They grew up just a few houses apart in Red Wing, where they spent summers running among the bluffs, biking down to the river and camping with each other’s families. Years after college and going their separate ways, the two reconnected while visiting their parents at the same Florida retirement community. Their childhood story rekindled and resulted in

a move back to Minnesota to establish a family of their own. They lived in a Stinson-designed home in Minnetonka for 27 years before making the move to a quiet part of the lake. “Living in this house slows us down in all the best ways,” notes Stinson. “It’s made me more present with nature, like when I was a little kid.” In fact, the backyard fire pit (which their grandchildren helped build) and bench were the first items on the lot. From the moment they stumbled upon the location, they immediately felt more connected to nature. “Any time I would feel overwhelmed with the building

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process, I would just think back to that lake view,” Eastlund shares, “and everything would feel right again.” While being close to the water feels only appropriate given their Minnesota upbringing, there’s inspiration from another region, too. The home leans into the playfulness of Palm Springs, California, a favorite vacation and camping spot for the duo. In the summer, there’s a Ping-Pong table in the carport. There’s a rope swing in the front yard, with plans to add a pickleball and badminton court. And just off the side of the house is green space for RV glamping, which the family took full advantage of during their housewarming party.

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It’s the boats and RVs that encouraged the couple to think differently about their new home. “We realized we really didn’t need so much space,” says Eastlund, who has a newfound appreciation for minimalism. In fact, with the smart built-ins throughout the abode, she actually has more storage here than in their previous larger house. A dedication to not only efficiency but also beauty is apparent upon first entry. There’s no grand front entrance, but rather a simple, approachable door leading into an entryway complete with a built-in bench for visitors to take off their shoes — this is Minnesota after all — and stay awhile. Just a few steps in, open sightlines through the shared living


room and office area reveal the lake. The floor-toceiling windows beckon you to take in the serene vista: a wide 1.3-acre lot cupped by tall trees and the even-tempered water peppered by grassy land. Eastlund laughs as she recalls guests coming in and exclaiming what a beautiful home they have — while completely dismissing the architecture and beelining straight for the views. But to Stinson, that’s a compliment: “I believe in getting the architecture out of its own way, because the view is always going to win.” A singular material aids in the simple, uninterrupted design. When invasive emerald ash borer was discovered to be killing ash trees a decade

ago, Stinson and Eastlund responsibly embraced the ash hardwood abundance, using it on walls, doors, floors and ceilings. Even the wraparound deck is made from thermally modified ash that was sent to a Wisconsin mill. And the interior and exterior siding as well as the great room ceiling feature wood stained by local artisan Darril Otto, who utilized a seven-step process to highlight and intensify the sweeping grain patterns, creating a sort of 3D effect. “We really wanted a modern, white-washed look to complement the summerhouse feel,” explains Eastlund. “Darril came back with something even better than we could have imagined.”

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Ash is also the primary material in the kitchen, though you won’t find much cabinetry. All the dishware, glassware and other standard trappings are stored in drawers instead of traditional cabinets. “I can’t believe the difference it’s made,” Eastlund notes. “Not having the upper cabinets makes the kitchen feel so open. I’ve already enjoyed cooking more in this house in a few months than I did in our last house of nearly 30 years.” Even the Gaggenau stove has a ventilation panel that retracts when not in use, revealing the window behind it. The couple opted for kitchen appliances exclusively from the German brand based on past experience; they never had to change out a single Gaggenau appliance in their last home.

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A few steps from the kitchen, a casual dining table acts as a barrier between the cozy L-shaped sectional and a shared office space. Three stairs lead up to the open office. Stinson, who still hand draws all his homes, has a drafting table that overlooks the living room, the kitchen and the lake. It’s a quiet place to work, with Snap-Tex acoustic panels lining the walls and ceiling to reduce noise. The peaceful space is a favorite of Stinson’s, who was a scuba diver and a rock-and-roller in his younger years. “You don’t realize the quietness right away, but it just makes such a difference,” he says. The cozy living room features a television with a retractable artwork panel and a double-sided


fireplace. On the opposite side is a sunroom that leads out to the deck. The duo utilizes this flex space for extra guests or as a more casual hangout spot. Triple-pane Loewen windows and doors encase the room to keep it warm in the winter and open fully to bring the outdoors in come summer. Stinson and Eastlund spend as much time outside as possible, despite his decades-long focus on interiors. “Balancing this sense of shelter and letting your spirit be free is what it’s all about,” he muses. “This project reaffirms the architecture I’ve been doing my whole career.” The couple and their guests can peacefully unwind in the tranquil master and guest bedrooms.

The latter is equipped with a private deck, power shades and its own coffeemaker. “Guests tell us this is like their own personal retreat,” shares Stinson. The small deck boasts a lake view and acts as a secluded getaway where guests can feel more in tune with nature. Just down the hall, the master bedroom features a built-in headboard, a dresser and nightstands all made from ash. The wraparound deck is the perfect spot to take in the outdoors. The couple enjoys watching the sunrise together while sipping on their morning coffee, a tradition that started during their camping adventures in Palm Springs. “I want to see as many sunrises and sunsets as I can,” says Stinson.

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THE START OF THE NEW YEAR ALWAYS BRINGS

with it a reset challenge, often encouraging growth in the areas of physical fitness and mental health. We are inundated with ads promoting diets, workouts, gym memberships and more. But have you ever given thought to the health benefits of just stepping outside your door and into nature? Mother Nature provides a free membership that will change the expression of stress in your body, lower your blood pressure, reduce inflammation, eliminate fatigue, ease anxiety and depression — the list goes on and on. Scientific studies have proven this to be true. And it doesn’t matter if it’s hiking, snowshoeing, feeding the birds, or simply going for a walk in the woods; it all makes a positive impact. Any time spent in the natural world allows our bodies to reset and reconnect with the earth. We are here to receive the earth’s wisdom, to connect with her heartbeat and to pass along her knowledge. When we spend time in the great outdoors, we become storytellers and connect to others through our experience. Storytelling is in our DNA; our ancestors would share their experiences in nature with one another by writing their stories on a rock wall. Today, we share our experiences witnessing Mother Nature’s miracles with photos and posts on social-media walls. We connect and share experiences around a dinner table or a campfire. Connection with one another is a basic human need, but in today’s high-tech world, it’s harder to achieve than ever before. So it’s no wonder that time spent hugging a tree is just as beneficial as time spent snuggling a puppy; both make your soul smile. Start off the New Year with a pledge to adventure outdoors, to connect with the earth and to connect with one another. It’s a simple formula to achieve a happy, healthy state of well-being. I like to call it “re-wilding” yourself to restore your soul.

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AN EPIC FOUR-COUNTRY TOUR OF SOUTHERN AFRICA. BY ASHLEA HALPERN

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never do when docking on a riverbank crawling with crocodiles: scream or tip the boat. So what happens when our motorboat nuzzles up to a bask of 50-odd crocs on the muddy banks of Zimbabwe’s Gache Gache River? Half the passengers shriek and race to the back of the vessel, rocking it mightily as they cower around the captain. His eyes bug out in horror, not because he’s worried about reptiles jumping into his bark but because our collective hysteria is throwing it off balance. I squeal, too, but I don’t run. Instead, I train my camera lens on a crocodile whose jaws are propped open like a pair of scissors. He sits still as a Rembrandt. As we inch closer, I notice a web of spidery netting crisscrossing his knife-blade teeth. Yet another casualty, our captain sighs, explaining that fishermen have been illegally netting these waters and leaving behind trashed lines. If the croc doesn’t get his fangs untangled soon, he’ll die. This certainly isn’t the only animal encounter during my nine-day, four-country tour of Southern Africa, but it is the most poignant — the one where humanity’s strained coexistence with Mother Nature and all her creatures is most evident. Led by CroisiEurope, France’s largest river cruise operator, this combination land-andwater safari program winds through a quartet of countries, plumbing two national parks and the world’s largest manmade reservoir along the way. It starts in Johannesburg with a greatest hits itinerary that whisks us past Nelson Mandela’s house and through the Apartheid Museum. From there, we hop a flight to Kasane, Botswana, then transfer via boat to Cascades Lodge, a luxury inn perched on a private island in a Zambezi River tributary, just over the Namibian border. The sun is warm and dusky, streaming through the tall grass and dancing on the water. For the 45-minute ride, we keep our eyes peeled like oranges, scanning the riverbanks for photo-worthy sights. A Cape buffalo raises his horned head, thoroughly unimpressed with his approaching visitors. An African darter, wings as black and slick as petroleum, eyes us with suspicion. A crocodile bakes on the shoreline then flings himself into the water as our boat grows closer. We’re zigging and zagging, going so deep into the bush that I begin to wonder if our captain is lost. He whips around one final corner and there it is: a dock obscured by common reeds. A long wooden boardwalk leads to the lodge, where the Cascades staff greets us with singing and drumming. CroisiEurope’s first ground accommodations, the lodge is ideally situated for dramatic sunrises and sunsets, streaks of fiery magenta and Prince purple painting the sky like a Miami Vice landscape. There are just eight suites, each with its own plunge pool and outdoor shower. The interiors are done up in safari neutrals and decorated with handwoven baskets and

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black-and-white prints by acclaimed Joburg photographer David Ballam. This is our base camp for numerous daily excursions. Our first game drive is in Botswana’s Chobe National Park, home to more than a quarter of Africa’s elephant population. On our way there, our 4WD stops for a troop of baboons crossing the road. Babies hitch rides on their mothers’ backs while males lope along alone. The scene is charming — that is, until a spunky young male tries to mount a mama baboon with a baby slung around her neck. The alpha male witnesses this, and all hell breaks loose. He lets out a guttural howl and chases the randy teen across the road, up a tree and through the scrubland. Dust is swirling, the juvie is screeching — it’s total chaos. Our group is shocked by the rawness of the scene: Is this baboon about to die? Our safari guide tsk-tsks the chap for his poor life decisions and decides now is a good time to go. (We’ll never know if he made it out alive.)

Chobe is a bit tamer by comparison, perhaps because the animals know they’re being watched. When one 4WD sees an animal, half a dozen other vehicles crowd around it. The spotting feels competitive, with everyone straining to catch a glimpse of a kooky kori bustard, an elegant Masai giraffe or a pride of lions lazing in the shade. During our first elephant sighting, it’s total silence save for the click-click-click of our shutters, with those on the wrong side of the vehicle silently cursing their lousy luck. Compared to the busy park, I relish our alone time on the Chobe and Zambezi rivers. It’s here that we see crocodiles glide through the marshland like hot knives through butter and witness warthogs dart into the bush, their spindly tails shooting up as if they’ve stuck their snouts in an electrical socket. Pods of hippos watch us warily as we play a game of chicken, creeping closer and closer until they sink underwater. Our captain steers clear


of the females guarding babies, as they’re understandably more defensive. “See that one?” he says, motioning with his chin. “She put a hole in a fishing boat last week!” Having seen enough elephants, impalas and hippos to last a lifetime, I find myself newly interested in birdwatching as the speedy little buggers are often more elusive than land animals. I catch a gangly yellow-billed stork joggling through the reeds, an African fish eagle soaring with a fresh catch clutched in its talons and a debonair white egret posturing next to a mud-caked baby crocodile. But the real highlight is the lilac-breasted roller, whose fabulous good looks encapsulate every color of the rainbow; he’s the Jonathan Van Ness of the animal kingdom.

On another outing from Cascades, we take a short boat ride to Impalila Island and hoof it through a traditional Namibian village dotted with mopane, papaya and millenniaold baobab trees. The isolated isle is home to 46 villages and 2,000 people. There’s a school with some 375 students, a clinic with three nurses but no doctor (the nearest hospital is two hours by boat), a military base, and four churches. We meet women weaving papyrus mats from common reeds and pounding maize for pap, a cornmeal porridge that’s a staple in the Namibian diet. We pass a grave with fresh flowers on it. Our captain tells us it’s his uncle, who was attacked by a crocodile. This is serious nature out here, and man isn’t always the victor. After bidding adieu to Cascades Lodge, we

fly to Kariba, Zimbabwe, where we board the African Dream, an intimate affair with a mere eight cabins. The rooms are petite but stylish. More importantly, CroisiEurope is the only cruise line that offers overnight excursions on Lake Kariba, the world’s largest manmade reservoir at 139 miles long by 25 miles wide. How this lake came into existence is a strange and wondrous tale. Back in the fifties, 10,000 men from Rhodesia (present-day Zambia and Zimbabwe) built the Kariba Dam, a massive hydroelectric power station. It was a remarkable engineering feat that also happened to flood the Zambezi Valley. Realizing that thousands of native animals would die in the rising waters, a heroic game ranger named Rupert Fothergill launched a mission to save them. Operation Noah lasted four years and rehomed thousands of endangered animals to Matusadona National Park, pioneering rescue techniques that wildlife vets still use today. We spend the next few days exploring Kariba’s mystical flooded flatlands and submerged forests on the African Dream’s motorized tender boat. Heading down the Gache Gache, the waterscape looks like something out of a Tim Burton film with half-drowned trees rising like bony fingers out of the glassy water. Our daily excursions include fishing trips, where we haul in bream and squeakers, as well as a land safari through rugged Matusadona, now the fifth largest national park in Zimbabwe. It’s night and day from Chobe; not once do we find ourselves inhaling the dust of another safari vehicle. Our veteran guide is deeply knowledgeable, showing us hippo tracks and identifying animal dung. Under his expert guidance, we count at least 20 elephants as well as vervet monkeys, helmeted guinea fowl and a dazzle of zebras, which had thus far eluded us. Each time we return to the African Dream, the all-smiles staff hands us cold drinks and describes in tantalizing detail the meal to come, usually some delicious spin on Francophile fare employing local ingredients. Zimbabwe’s tourism has taken a knocking over the past couple of decades, but now that Mugabe is gone, locals are hoping for a resurgence. To its credit, the staff doesn’t skirt difficult issues surrounding the country’s bloody history, from the devastating Gukurahundi genocide to its numerous economic collapses. Zimbabwe is a country in rebound, with all eyes fixed on the future. After dinner each night, some guests head up to the top deck to try to photograph the Milky Way. Unable to figure out my camera settings, I’m content to just take mental pictures. Though the trip will end with a double rainbow sighting over thundering Victoria Falls, where the Zambezi River forms the widest waterfall in the world, nothing is more special than this moment right now, lying on a boat floating in an unspoiled lake in middle-of-nowhere Zimbabwe counting a zillion sparkling stars in a tarry-black sky.

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metaphorical box, the box of those conspiracyminded, doomsday-prepping, tinfoil-hatwearing nutjobs. Or in, you know, an actual box. He did, after all, found an underground bunker company, Vivos, whose slogan — “The Backup Plan for Humanity” — is not particularly mainstream nor particularly inspiring. His South Dakota project sounds like something straight out of the Netflix show Doomsday Preppers: an 18-square-mile complex of 575 underground military-made bunkers where people can live out the end of days not just in safety but in style. Imagine Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous but with an apocalyptic twist: Instead of vaulted ceilings and intricate stonework, there are “massive front bulkhead walls,” “steel blast door entrances” and “earth-covered protection.” Instead of a prime lakefront locale or resort-like amenities, this community considers its “isolated,” “very remote,” “totally off-grid” location to be its biggest selling point. Instead of your standard curb appeal, bunker architecture boasts a very different kind of appeal: “The compressive elliptical shape mitigates a surface blast wave as well as radioactive fallout.” This massive community of end-of-civilization-fearing preppers isn’t aiming to be your home sweet home, though you can certainly get it tricked out like the model unit, with hardwood floors, leather furnishings and an impressive kitchen. Rather, it wants to be your temporary home while the rest of the world is burning to the ground. And given the state of our world, Vicino may be on to something. “You know what the news is today?” he asks me from his 6,000-square-foot Tuscan villa in Del Mar, California. “Los Angeles is starting to see leprosy. Leprosy! They think it’s coming back, because of the slums, the filth and so on. And it” — meaning the beginning of the end of the world — “could be just that. You gotta put a bubble over your town. And that’s what Vivos is.” It must be noted that Del Mar, the San Diego beach community a couple miles from the Pacific Ocean where Vicino lives, is particularly susceptible to natural disasters: earthquakes, tsunamis, the perils of rising seas, the potential of California just cracking off into the ocean.

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But we’re not here to talk about where Vicino spends most of his time during this (somewhat) peaceful period in history. Instead, we’re here to talk about where Vicino will spend all of his time if — or, in his view, when — the whole damn world goes up in a puff of smoke. Vivos has three locations worldwide. There’s an “impervious underground complex” in Indiana that was built during the Cold War to withstand a 20-megaton blast and can accommodate 80 people for at least a year. There’s a 76-acre above- and belowground facility in Germany that the Soviet

Union carved into a mountain of bedrock, also during the Cold War. Then there’s Vivos xPoint, 575 underground bunkers in one of the most remote parts of the United States, near the Black Hills of South Dakota. They were built by the Army Corps of Engineers during World War II and for decades stored bombs and munitions. But the bunkers have sat empty since 1967, with cattle grazing above and around them, until Vicino decided to repurpose them as Vivos xPoint, strategically located in the middle of nowhere, far from any body of

water, far from any potential military target. It’s a massive piece of land cut off from civilization and a place where, if any sort of apocalyptic event threatens humanity, humanity can start over. And what sort of event could that be? Well, leprosy, for one. Or a pandemic or plague. Or a killer asteroid or comet. Or a super volcanic eruption. Or a mega tsunami, or a civil war, or an economic meltdown that triggers anarchy, or an electromagnetic pulse that bursts out electromagnetic energy and wreaks havoc on electronics, or a crustal displacement that causes Minneapolis to be relocated to the equator, or a sudden cataclysmic pole shift (something Vicino finds particularly fascinating): a civilizational threat caused by the hypothetical Planet X passing through the solar system and causing a physical pole shift that could… Ah, just Google it. This complex of end-ofthe-world bunkers represents two things: first, the ability in today’s ultra-connected world for anyone to find a community of like-minded souls, even if those likeminded souls are preparing for a time when they can be utterly disconnected from a crumbling world. And second, the importance of having an insurance policy against the end of humanity. It’s easy to shrug off this community as a bunch of crazies. But is its core belief really that crazy? Or would not having an insurance policy against today’s upside-down world be the crazy thing? A couple questions also come to mind when you think deeply about Vivos xPoint and the particular strain of Americana it represents. One is whether this is just a bunch of stone-cold conspiracy theorists who have gained an increasingly strong foothold in today’s America. And the answer to that is, quite obviously, yes, at least when you talk with the founder. Vicino — 66 years old; 6 feet, 8 inches; 300+ pounds; “hardly a snowflake,” as he puts it — sees a conspiracy around every corner. But die-hard conspiracy theorists actually aren’t Vivos’ clientele. In fact, in its sales process, the company attempts to weed out people who won’t fit into its survivalist community, those whose theories go too far. There are no tinfoil hats out here, Vicino insists. Just average, everyday Americans who fear that the way things are going in this world doesn’t


make our lives particularly sustainable, at least not the way we’ve been leading them. There’s a reason the government has built deep underground bunkers in the Rocky Mountains, Vicino asserts: “Not just our government but the Russian government, the Chinese government and so on. What do they know that they’re not telling us that causes them to build bunkers so deep into the ground? The answer is, the government can never tell you about a problem they don’t have a solution for. All I’m saying is, it’s crazy not to be aware of all this — and not to be prepared.” Which raises the second question about Vivos: Are its founder and his followers all stark raving mad, each as off-kilter as the next? Or is there some legitimacy to their worries? It’s a question that seeps through the countless stories the media has done about similar bunkers (often snarky, often look-at-this-wackadoodle condescending). The founder is usually portrayed as a selfmade prophet or a survivalist cult leader, someone who believes himself to be a modern-day Noah. The answer here is significantly more complicated than just brushing off Vicino’s project as the wild notions of a nutjob. Although each individual doom-andgloom concern about the future of the world carries with it a certain color of paranoia — for example, if you were to Google the extensive underground monorail system Vicino cites as evidence that the government knows something bad is going to happen, you eventually are directed to the Reptoid Research Center, which posits that reptile-human hybrids live under the surface of the earth — is Vicino’s central hypothesis that human civilization is at dire risk really all that crazy? Do these theories of potential civilizational collapse really differ all that much from climate change, at least in terms of how we should prepare ourselves? Sure, when Vicino says that society can change in a nanosecond and that after 21 days without food humans will become cannibals (“They’ll turn”), it sounds like the pilot episode of a sci-fi series. But is he wrong? If human civilization is really at risk of an imminent cataclysmic event, does it matter what that event is? And when the cataclysm comes, wouldn’t places like Vivos xPoint become the most desired properties on earth,

places that could be the literal survivalist outposts for the future of humanity? “It’s not a new idea,” notes Vicino. “It’s been around thousands of years. It goes back to the dinosaurs. Whatever caused dinosaurs to be extinct, there were survivors: the tiniest little critters that could burrow into the ground and be saved from whatever was going on on the surface — the wind, the fire, whatever. The bigger creatures didn’t survive, because they couldn’t dig. There’s been an event every 6,000 to 12,000 years, major catastrophes where life gets wiped out: the Noah event, the Sumerian

event. It’s an earth-cleansing process.” Among the believers who’ve bought into Vicino’s idea are Georgians Tom and Mary Soulsby. He’s a computer engineer close to retirement; she’s an accountant. Their philosophy is one based on self-sufficiency and knowing that anything built by man is bound to fail. A few years ago, they purchased 17 isolated acres in central Tennessee where they planned to retire to what Tom calls “a resilient structure.” Then an ad for Vivos xPoint showed up in his Facebook feed. He traveled to South Dakota

and saw the endless skies of this beautiful part of the country — “When the sun goes down, the stars try to come in the house with you,” he muses — and met like-minded survivalists. He decided there would be no better insurance against the threats against humanity than one of these bunkers, so he plunked down the $25,000 for a 99-year lease on a 2,100-squarefoot bunker and pays the annual $1,000 fee to keep the infrastructure in place. (The buy-in price has since risen to $35,000.) A slight problem: Soulsby’s insurance policy against civilizational threats is exactly 1,499 miles from his home. But he’s thought this through, and he could get there in 24 hours, no stops. Say there’s a coronal mass ejection, a significant release of plasma and magnetic field from the sun’s corona that knocks out 80% of electronics worldwide. For the first 24 hours, people will wait for the lights to come back on. In the next 48 hours, people will start to get concerned. “But I’m already headed for shelter,” Tom explains. “The actual chaos wouldn’t occur until a few days later.” Vivos xPoint is a place of refuge should the Soulsbys need it, but they pray every day that they won’t and that instead the property can be kept for their children and grandchildren to vacation in the Black Hills. The question of when the end of human civilization will come dates back to the beginning of human civilization. No one knows, of course. A verse from the Gospel states as much about the second coming of Christ: “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.” Robert Vicino, however, is not afraid to pass along some predictions he’s heard. “I’m being told by some very, very insightful people that October 3 is the beginning of a five-year term when all hell will break loose and America will break apart as a nation,” he tells me. A couple weeks later, October 3 comes and goes. The front page of October 4’s New York Times featured a story about President Trump asking China to investigate the Biden family, a story about the president’s CrowdStrike theory relating to the Ukraine call, and a story about the attorney general pushing Facebook to get access to encrypted messages. Alas, there was nothing directly discussing the end of the world, though it did seem that in the totality of the year’s news, there were quite a few clues.

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from a cigarette as she prepares canapes with caviar in the lower galley of a Douglas DC-8 somewhere over the Pacific Ocean. She twists her cigarette in an ashtray, as she was trained to do, with poise and precision so as not to flick ashes. Her smoke billows against the plane’s ceiling as she applies the airlinerequired Estée Lauder lipstick. Her size-two Emilio Pucci dress accentuates her curves. She’s hemmed the skirt, a trick she learned from a tenured stewardess to earn more tips. She received her first tip — 25 cents — on her last flight. Half a century later, Ashley wears a generic polyester dress and nylons. Her safety checks require attention, but time is tight. People board in a hurry. One customer walks in after he exclaims, “I’m only stepping into this plane if you smile!” Her eyes roll back in her head. She monitors for suspicious behavior: hand wringing, sweating faces, excessive complaining or questioning. She watches out of habit and a little out of fear. The gate agents need to get the flight out on time and hover in the jetway. She ducks into the cramped lavatory to text her friends: “I land at 10.” The days of decorum are over. The proof is in the narrow airplane aisles and within the hearts of the flight attendants who breeze down them. Cathy Steffens, who is nearing her 50th anniversary of flying, reminisces about the old days like one misses a distant lover: “We’re not those poised, beautiful women anymore. It’s just not the expectation.” And she’s right. Gone are the days of pillbox hats and weight restrictions, replaced with cockpit codes and seat-belt extenders. The golden age of travel has officially been kicked to the baggage belt. In the sixties and seventies, grace was of the utmost importance. As the face of airlines, stewardesses focused on appearance and service. The 1973 Braniff manual emphasized these expectations: “Your weight must be kept within the proper ratio to your height in order to look and feel your best. Legs must be smooth and free from hair while in uniform. Makeup is as much a part of the uniform as the dress or suit. These are the rules [that will] make you leaders in fashion among the flight attendants of all airlines.” Leaders in fashion and idealistic perfection. To that end, dozens of pages in the manual paid homage to uniform care, jewelry regulations, grooming standards, weight restrictions and the like. Stewardesses were required to be

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Drug tests weren’t regularly conducted on the job, so munching on vodka-soaked olives in between meals was totally acceptable. “In this day and age, flying is the expected mode of transportation,” explains longtime flight attendant Maggie Hill. “But back then, it was quite an elite thing to fly. Seats were always open; there was lots of room. The service has gone so far downhill. Now, you’re just getting people from point A to point B. There’s not as much fanfare anymore.” A lack of fanfare is an understatement. Today,

the crew breezes down the aisle with plastic gloves, garbage bags and the occasional pot of coffee. “There are so many people on planes now, and everything is always so hurried,” Hill adds. “You just don’t have time to be gracious.” In fact, the current-day manual covers service in just a single page, focusing on food handling and storage. During in-flight training of the past, women learned how to properly walk up a set of air stairs with a suitcase, among many lessons

in poise. They were to walk sideways, never straight, because the graceful motion appeared professional yet feminine. During turbulence, they were to maintain a poker face and never look frightened. Training was intense, lasting three months and placing equal emphasis on appearance, service and safety. Nowadays, training focuses on security, in large part due to 9/11. Grueling days are spent studying how to identify hijackers and sex traffickers. Trainees learn how to use Tuff Kuffs to restrain an unruly passenger as well as how to communicate a terrorist attack to the rest of the cabin. Service is only emphasized during the “initial operating experience” flight, during which newbies shadow more tenured attendants for their first official runthrough. The bottom line: Flight attendants have transformed from flirty caretakers to fierce regulators. Another big change? “People don’t want to be bothered — that’s what’s different,” Hill says. “Their heads are down watching movies on their phones. The window shades are closed. We used to be goddesses, sort of. It was a coveted job, something not just anyone could do.” So what’s in it for flight attendants? Is the job still worth the work? For Maggie Hill, who is nearing the end of her career, the timing feels right: “I miss the old days. I hate to say it, but things have changed too much — and not for the better.” She pauses. “But despite it all, my curiosity still motivates me. Every time a plane is going somewhere different, I want to be on it.” For Cathy Steffens, the job calms her restless soul: “I like people watching and knowing what makes them tick. I love the thrill of the engine noise on takeoff. I still love to look out the window. If I’m not on the move, I’m just not happy. It’s hard for me to stay in one place; I guess I’m a gypsy that way.”

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at least 5 feet, 2 inches tall and 130 pounds or less; to ensure they were fitting the bill, they had to step on a scale before each flight. They were not to eat in front of travelers while on the job. After the service was finished, they could pull a curtain over the galley and eat in a small corner. The contemporary manual is less specific but still focuses on a business-like appearance: “It is unacceptable for a flight attendant to have wet hair on duty. Messy bun or topknot style is not permitted. Makeup is not to be applied in public view of the passengers. Uncolored roots must be avoided.” The fashion, meanwhile, is practical: drab, double-breasted polyester dresses with brass buttons and skirts that fall below the knee. Moreover, modern-day flight attendants are expected to maintain order, not entertain guests. Social exchanges with customers are squashed in favor of keeping flights on time and keeping a pulse on suspicious activity. Plus these days passengers need to be glued to their seats, unlike in the past, when they could float through the cabin like partygoers. “They got up and walked around,” Steffens recalls fondly. “They stood up in the cockpit and admired the view, chatting with the pilots.” If someone wanted the cockpit’s attention, they’d just knock — an inconceivable notion today, when the door is barricaded and passengers are strictly forbidden from entering. Customer service has changed, too. Extensive, detailed rules once governed how stewardesses were to conduct themselves. For example, they were never to write a drink order on a bar card as that was in bad taste. And their in-flight duties had precise time spans. Hot towel service: 7 minutes. Linens, cocktails and almonds: 20 minutes. The entire service: 2 hours, 40 minutes. Travelers snacked on caviar, sipped on $1.50 cocktails and smoked cigarettes alongside stewardesses in the aisles.


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TOM BROKAW ON HIS MIDWEST UPBRINGING, HIS STORIED CAREER AND THE STATE OF OUR UNION. B Y M I C H E L E T A F O YA

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of a trusted doctor or a wise historian? There was a time when Walter Cronkite was the most trusted man in America. Later came the era of Peter Jennings, Ted Koppel, Dan Rather and Tom Brokaw — all considered beacons of truth. But over the course of the past decade or so, trust in many institutions, including the news media, has eroded significantly. The reasons are too many and too complex to list here. In spite of that shift, Tom Brokaw remains a symbol of journalism in America. Perhaps it’s the way he tells stories. Maybe it’s his authoritative yet soothing voice. Or it could be the lasting impact of his bestseller The Greatest Generation. Part of what makes Brokaw a singular figure is rooted in his Midwestern upbringing. He was born in Webster, South Dakota, and started his television career at KTIV in Sioux City, Iowa. His life story is one of hard work, adversity, mistakes and massive success. To sit with Mr. Brokaw in his office at the world-famous 30 Rock was a privilege. To listen to him talk about his childhood, his marriage and the early days of his career was a pleasure. Despite being diagnosed in 2013 with multiple myeloma — a disease he still deals with — Brokaw remains active as an author and a senior correspondent for NBC News. At age 79, he speaks lovingly and reverently about his wife of 57 years, Meredith. His office is filled with family photos, awards and keepsakes from his career. Hearing Brokaw tell tales about his life is like taking a trip through modern American history. And what a journey he’s been on.

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Michele Tafoya: How would you describe your upbringing in the Midwest? Tom Brokaw: I was born in Webster, South Dakota, and raised all over South Dakota. My father’s family built a little railroad hotel out in the middle of nowhere. It was a really hard life. They had no money. He was the last of 10 children. He dropped out of school at 10 and went to work for this Swedish homesteader. Think about that, then think about where I am in life. But he became a genius at doing mechanical things, and it gave him a great life. He stopped education in the third grade, but he was smart enough to marry my mother, who was at the opposite end of that. She was beautiful, came from an Irish family and graduated from high school at 15. And he bet somebody 50 cents he could get a date with her. They had never met, but he was well-known in town. Everybody knew about Red Brokaw. He went to ask her out, left the car running and the lights on, knocked on the door, and asked, “Would you like to go to the movies tonight?” [laughs] I can’t imagine. She knew who he was and turned to her dad, who said, “He has a really good reputation as a worker, so, yeah, it’s OK.” I often asked them over the course of our lives together, “How did that happen?” My mother understood that he had such an abusive childhood that he had really great manners. He was always working hard at changing his public reputation. He was not the person people thought he was. He had real aspirations about what he wanted to do with his life, but he was raised on the streets of this small town, frankly.

“A friend called it the Brokaw luck story: just at the right place at the right time, which is true.”

MT: It sounds like all of those things — your dad, your mom, the Heartland — really molded you.

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because he didn’t read very well. And here I come along, this gabby kid who’s writing stuff. I wanted my mother, and she and I had all these great jokes between us. A quick story: My dad died 10 days before I took over Nightly News. He was my second call. Dan [Rather], Peter [Jennings] and I were all starting together, and the media was writing about our salaries. And my dad called and asked, “Is that true what they’re saying about how much you’re gonna get paid?” And I said, “Dad, we’ve never talked about that before. Why would we start now?” And he said, “I’ll tell you why. As long as I’ve known you, you’ve always run a little short at the end of the year. I need to know how much to set aside for you.” We both had this huge laugh. Five days later, he died. But we had a great last conversation.

TB: Well, it certainly wasn’t that I was a member of the Rat Pack. I started anchoring in Los Angeles when I was 26 years old — I think, “My God, how did that happen?” — and I preceded Johnny Carson. Everybody in town wanted to watch Johnny, including the Hollywood people: Betty Bacall, Roz Russell, Jack Lemmon, Ronald Reagan. And to see Johnny, they had to watch this kid at 11 o’clock. Now, Meredith is stunningly beautiful. We were at a party one night, and Roz Russell came up to me, introduced herself and asked, “Is that beautiful young woman your wife?” And I said, “That’s right.” And she said, “Well, my husband and I are having a party for our 30th wedding anniversary. We don’t have any young people attending. Would you come?” I said, “Sure.” She asked, “Do you have a tuxedo?” I said, “No.” “Rent one,” she said. The next day, she sent a telegram to our house to remind us. So we went to the party, and it was Greg Peck, Jimmy Stewart, that whole crowd. I sat at a table with Jack Lemmon. Roz handed out scarves for the women and caps for the men. As she walked by me, she winked; I couldn’t figure out what that was about. Then I walked up and saw Meredith being led onto the dance floor by Ronald Reagan, who was just six months into his governorship. He was a great-looking guy, and he was a great dancer. And Meredith was a great dancer. Within two minutes, everybody stopped to watch Meredith and Ronnie Reagan out there cutting a rug. When the music stopped, Meredith started to walk off the dance floor, and he said, “No, we’re doing this again.” Two beats into the next dance, Nancy was right there saying, “Ronnie, there’s a question I can’t answer. Can you come over here to the table?” But then we went home at the end of the night. We were flattered to be included. We liked the people we met. But we were there as tourists in effect. MT: I noticed you said “Greg Peck.” Were you on a first-name basis? I think I would have had to call him Gregory if I’d gotten the chance to meet him. TB: They were a great crowd. They were the last stars who knew they were stars and never went anywhere without being stars. They were always dressed to the nines. They liked to show up at events like this one. They were very pleasant with their fans and would stop to talk

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TB: Huge impression. What you got was what you earned. No one gave you anything, and hard work was rewarded. I got a lot of attention at a young age because I was the gabby kid and was very active in school and athletics. My parents always had a way of keeping that in perspective; I think my dad saw me play one basketball game, because that wasn’t important to him. On Friday nights when I was playing, he was home working on something. When I became Boys State governor, which was a big deal in that part of the country, he got up at 5 in the morning to drive to hear my inaugural address, because that counted. That was not just recreational; that was a real achievement. My dad and I had this fantastic relationship, but we were two completely different people. He worked with his hands. I think he had difficulty learning when he was a young man,

MT: That’s amazing. Speaking of your career, so you’re in your late twenties, working in Los Angeles and a man about town with the likes of Lauren Bacall, Cary Grant and Frank Sinatra. What was that time in your life like?


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to them. It was like a fraternity and a sorority; they all knew each other. One night at a party, a director asked, “My God, who is that woman?” He was looking over my shoulder at Meredith, and Shirley MacLaine said, “That’s his wife.” That was the kind of familiarity they had with us. Meredith and I grew up together, so I sort of took for granted what a showstopper she was, but that’s happened wherever we’ve gone. Same thing when we went to Washington; everyone wanted to know who she was, so Town & Country featured her as a new woman in Washington.

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MT: Your career spans so much history with so many amazing highs. When you look back, what stands out in your mind? TB: A friend of mine called it the Brokaw luck story. He said, “I’ve never known anybody who was just at the right place at the right time like you were.” And that’s true. I moved to Yankton from this little working-class town. I worked at the radio station, which gave me a real lift — to be in this larger town with real standing in the state of South Dakota. That raised my visibility, I suppose. I don’t believe I had this coming because I am who I am; I was a lucky guy a lot of the time. I went to the University of Iowa, which was a big deal, and I went off the rails. I dropped out after a year, went back to South Dakota, dropped out there after a year. I was completely afloat. I didn’t know what I wanted to do. I wasn’t interested in going to class every day, and I was trying to figure out what the hell I was about. Meredith ran into my mother, who was befuddled by what I was going through. And Meredith got so pissed off that I had put my mother in this position that she wrote me a devastating letter saying, “I don’t want to see you again. I don’t want to hear from you again. I don’t know what you’re doing with your life and neither do your friends, so don’t bother to call.” That was a big wake-up call. So I did a big turnaround. I was working full-time at a television station in Sioux City, Iowa, which was in commuting distance of the University of South Dakota. So I was getting up at 5 in the morning, driving up to the university and going to class from 8 in the morning until 1 in the afternoon, racing back to the television station, working until midnight, getting up, and doing it all over again. Meredith took notice and asked me to go for a cup of coffee. A year later, we were getting married, and the two most surprised groups in South Dakota were her friends and my friends. They didn’t see it coming. Somebody asked her, “Why Tom?” She said, “I don’t know that we’ll ever have any money, but it’s going to be

a lot of fun and it’s going to be interesting.” It worked out. MT: It’s been pretty interesting. Your latest book is about the fall of Richard Nixon. What can we learn from our country’s political past? TB: I was just writing about this yesterday. I think the most extraordinarily powerful tool and the most destructive development in modern life is the current media. Everybody has a voice — and I think it’s great for people to have a voice — but there’s no way to verify what’s true and what’s not. It has no context; it’s just a 24/7 rage about what’s pissing people off across the board from the left to the right. It could be a unifying factor, but it’s a dividing factor, frankly. And that really troubles me as much as anything. I don’t know how we get beyond that. I don’t know what leader can come along and say, “Look, we’re all in this together. We’ve got to find a way to work together.” Ronald Reagan was the best example of that in my lifetime. I was not a huge fan when he first started running, not for president but for governor of California. Then I saw how skilled

“This is the most unsettling time I’ve ever experienced in national politics.”

he was as governor at putting together that big, big state. When he ran for president, I said, “Watch; he knows how to put people together.” He had a really core set of beliefs, but he also had an engaging way about him. He had been a movie star. He knew how you had to win people with your personality and how you went about your life. They would be for you or against you, and he had people for him. He also had the courage to have a really good staff. My friend Jim Baker was his chief of staff. We don’t have a Reagan out there now who can pull it together. Bill Clinton also had that capability, by the way, but then he got tangled up with Monica, which took a fair amount out of his résumé. We need people who see the presidency as a coveted prize but who understand that the objective is to bring the country together for common goals and to outline those goals in a way so people can see why it’s important that we do this. And when we do it, everybody gets credit; everybody gets a part of it. I’ve always recommended people read Reagan’s diaries; he recorded diaries every night. When you read them, you realize how intuitive he was. He once got in a big fight about tax cuts with Jack Kemp, who was a very strong conservative. And Reagan wrote in his diary that night, “I would rather get 75% of what I want than demand 100% and go down with the flags flying.” I’ve always thought that summed up who he was. He gets 75%, he can go forward. He holds out for 100%, they go under. And not enough people understood that about him. Baker and I have talked about this a lot because he was there every day. The other thing about Reagan was that he came in every morning with a well-organized set of objectives that he would work toward that day. And he would listen to people if they’d say, “Mr. President, I don’t think that’s going to work.” He’d say, “Well, tell me why.” Then if they could make the case, fine. But if he felt strongly about something and they couldn’t make the case, he’d say, “Well, I’m sorry, guys; we’re going to go my way.” And as Baker has said, 90% of the time he was right. MT: How optimistic are you that there’s someone like that, man or woman, in our near future? TB: Well, this is obviously the most unsettling time I’ve ever experienced in national politics, and I’m not saying that just from an ideological point of view. I’m not saying that as a Democrat or a Republican. I’m saying that as a journalist and as a citizen and as a grandfather. If you strip away all the chaos that’s going on in Washington — I am all over this country, and the country still works. It is very instructive for

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“Every day is a reward for me, given where I grew up and how I grew up.” No, actually I don’t think about it a lot. I guess the most rewarding thing for me professionally is that I wrote The Greatest Generation at the end of the nineties and even today I cannot go anywhere in America without somebody coming up to me and saying, “The Greatest Generation is the most important book of my lifetime.” That’s what I think my legacy professionally will be. Then personally, I hope that I was a caring person, that I tried to give back as much as I could to my community and that my wife has been tolerant of my excesses. I made mistakes along the way, and I like to think we worked things out. We have these fantastic children and grandchildren. I’ll tell you a quick story about our two grandchildren who are now living in Geneva. They’re 12 and 14, and they’re so hip. So we were going to Morocco on a big family trip, and I said to the kids, “You have to watch Casablanca; it’s my favorite film of all time.” And they said, “Tom” — they call me Tom — “it’s in black and white.” And I said, “I know, but you’ve got to watch it.” They were absolutely bedazzled by it. So wherever we’d go in Morocco, they’d say, “Of all the gin joints in all the world, how did we end up in this gin joint?” We were all having a laugh and taking it in. So that gives me a real lift.

MT: And you’re doing all this while battling cancer. What keeps you going? TB: Well, every day is a reward for me, given where I grew up and how I grew up, that we have the opportunities we do and that I’m surrounded by this fantastic family. It’s not my name above the title in the Brokaw family, it’s Meredith, then all the kids. I’m just part of the cast and crew, frankly. I’ve often thought that my life would be a mess without Meredith. She is a whiz at putting together a house, figuring out what we’re going to do as a family together, what our plans are for the next year. She’s an expert horsewoman even though she didn’t start riding until she was 50. She’s a champion bridge player. And when I got sick, it was her job to live her life and to live my life as well. In the beginning, it was very, very difficult, but Meredith was just easygoing: “We’re going to get through this.” We’ve always had a sense of humor about it as well. MT: Bringing it back to the Heartland, finally, what is it about pheasant hunting that you love so much? TB: I grew up out on the prairie, with the rolling hills and the wild Missouri River. Hunting and fishing were part of the culture, and we were surrounded by it. In the wintertime or the summertime — it didn’t make any difference — you’d take your .22, go out in the woods, out in the hills and camp out. My friends and I talk about it now, about what we went through in those days. Some of them were physicians, some were lawyers, some were construction workers; we were all mixed together. But for the boys, that was the life to be down on the Missouri River. Actually, I damn near drowned in it once. I was in the third grade, I think. We had been to Sunday school class, and we jumped off an uprooted cottonwood tree into a really swift current. The idea was to jump off one cottonwood tree then catch another. I missed the catch, and I was disappearing downstream when the Sunday school teacher dove in and grabbed me. And because of that, I became a really expert swimmer, a lifeguard and a water safety instructor, because I knew I had better get this figured out at some point. [laughs] It was a real Tom Sawyer childhood; it really was. MT: From Tom Sawyer to Tom Brokaw. Award-winning sportscaster Michele Tafoya is the sideline reporter for NBC Sunday Night Football and a cohost of the KQ Morning Show. A California native, she now calls Edina home.

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me to spend the time I do in Montana, in South Dakota, in the middle of America. They bump up against stuff. They’ve had terrible weather in South Dakota. The fields were frozen. They couldn’t get the crops in. And because of the president, they didn’t have the market in China they expected to have for soybeans. But they’re not down on their hands and knees pounding the turf and saying, “This is unfair.” They’re trying to figure out how they can get this done. They’re not looking to Washington to figure out what to do; they’re getting it done on their own. When I was growing up, Sioux Falls was the biggest city in South Dakota, about 70,000 people. Now it’s more than 250,000 and a booming community. One of the big employers there was a meatpacking company. All my high-school football buddies and I would go there in the summertime and get jobs. They were terrible jobs, slaughtering all day long, moving the stuff. But it was a big, big employer. A man came into Sioux Falls and built a hospital system, trying to rival Mayo Clinic. So the really good jobs were in the hospital system, and the meatpacking plant was in trouble. The city fathers recognized this and asked the State Department to help bring in workers to fill the jobs. So the State Department brought in 180 families from Eritrea and Somalia and all these distressed places to fill the jobs at the meatpacking plant. And that’s really changed the city. The townspeople saw that people from other places share their same values. They have their own churches, their kids are really good soccer players at school, they’ve integrated into this very white-bread Midwestern town. That’s the rooting of America; that’s who we’ve always been. People have come here with little except an appetite for opportunity. We need the courage and the imagination to do that kind of thing, but it’s tough. We live near a small town in Montana that’s the most conservative town in the state. And people tense up a bit when confronted with people who aren’t just like them. There’s still a lot of that rooted in the country, and I think it’s one of the great, great challenges of our time. We’re more than just a white Protestant society now, and it might have been overstated even back when we thought we were.


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Rudy Maxa is leaving for an overseas trip tomorrow, and he’s not packed. But he’s not sweating it. Ten days overseas is carry-on status, he maintains. He grew up an Army brat under the “stern eye of a colonel father,” who oversaw efficient packing and dinner-plate clearing as matters of course. Those things have in turn made Maxa a master traveler with broad taste. Lest this writer think he’s oversimplifying, he adds, “I usually bring a stack of washcloths. And, grant you, a nice bar of soap; even the soap in nice hotels is minuscule these days.” He’s been avoiding giving tours for years, despite an affinity for helping people create the perfect trip. In a past life, he was an investigative reporter at the Washington Post, writing “oh shit” stories (the ones that make readers exclaim when they open the paper) under legendary editor Ben Bradlee. But he doesn’t see this new incarnation as so different from his past. “I get the same pleasure introducing someone to a travel moment as I did as an investigative reporter,” he says. “Surprise and delight.” The upcoming Artful Living Readers’ Journey to France is no ordinary European affair: “You don’t need to ask permission to do something different than planned, we’re not counting heads, no one is carrying around a flag to follow. We want you to have an interesting, immersive experience without having to worry about finding a hotel that’s not sold out that night. It’s a non-tour tour.” And the trip is loaded with extras like high-speed train travel and luggage butler service so travelers can focus on exploring Bordeaux and Burgundy then dining at a Michelin-starred restaurant before tucking into a five-star hotel. Maxa himself really never needs to see the Eiffel Tower again. But he loves watching someone else see the Eiffel Tower for the first time at night. And these iconic sights hit differently when you see them in person, on the ground. “I never went to the Grand Canyon, because I flew over it all the time and would look down and think, Yeah, that’s really big,” he explains. “But one time I was driving and was early for an appointment, so I went to the Grand Canyon. And that knocked me out compared to looking down from a plane. Travel does that — it takes you out of your world. It puts things in perspective.” He adds, “I often say that having a cranky neighbor is like a stone in your shoe. And then you land in Thailand, and the air is different, the food is different, the customs are different and the language is different. It’s a big, wide, wonderful world, and the stone in your shoe evaporates. Travel allows you to see a larger world and makes you more empathetic. You understand where you fit in in the cosmos.”


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Plato Woodwork Plato is home to 305 residents and one premier custom cabinetry company that’s been in business since 1893. Now taking its first steps into its sixth generation of operation, Plato Woodwork is updating and innovating, beginning with a rebrand on its 125th anniversary back in 2018. While Plato Woodwork has always been known for its Minnesota-made, rock-solid cabinetry, the team adapts to the changing market by developing products to meet customer demand. A refresh started with its Inovae frameless line and continues on with new palettes and textures as well as a Euro-inspired collection called simply “the Collection.” Still, the company has no plans to leave behind the principles and traditions that have made it so successful nationwide. In an era when many independent cabinetry companies are being purchased or forced out by corporate conglomerates, the Pinske family has mastered agility, bolstered rather than hindered by its intergenerational family ownership. Plato Woodwork’s “five generations of beautiful” are built on a rich, storied tradition, with materials sourced from only the United States and Canada, and each cabinet made right here as a true original. The company is agile enough to be able to accommodate clients’ increasingly specific demands, but large enough to supply more than 200 dealers. Plus, Pinterest and Houzz have really changed the game; clients now come with very specific custom-design ideas. “We rarely say no,” says Marketing and Design Manager Kari Hiltner. “We will craft a custom cabinet for someone as long as we can build and ship it safely.” The whole team, from design to finishing, finds these challenges exciting. An apt way to describe Plato Woodwork — as well as humble, hard-working and a true piece of family history. platowoodwork.com

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Hero Office Systems George Zenanko started his business in December of 1995 with $10,000 and a truckload of stylish, high-performance Herman Miller Ethospace office furniture. “I put an ad in the paper,” he recalls of those early days. “One gal bought a reception desk, and a hospital bought the rest of our inventory. And I realized I was in the furniture business.” His wife, Jean Simon, left her job as a commodity broker and joined the team. Together, they became Hero Office Systems, designing, installing and servicing workspace layouts for years. Now, Justin Zenanko, their second generation wunderkind, is ready to take the helm. Coming from the biotech and accounting spaces, he is equipped with the skills and the know-how to grow the company without compromising its Midwestern roots. “I’m incredibly grateful to have the opportunity to build upon what my parents created,” Justin says. “And as we grow, I’ll be ensuring we don’t compromise our values or our culture — which have made the company successful — and instead put us in a position to really offer what my parents have brought to the community on a much larger scale.” Jean adds, “I’m extremely proud that Justin decided to come back and help with the business, because he has the expertise and connections, and knows instinctively the right things to do.” To him, those “right things” are very straightforward: specifically, being the guide who helps clients find the right solutions for their needs. “At the end of the day, you work with us because we celebrate and believe in our Minnesotan values and roots,” Justin concludes. “We’re a family-run operation, and we make sure the job gets done right. I’m not going to sell you something that I wouldn’t sell to myself.” heroofficesystems.com

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Select Surfaces The Otten family, by its own description, is a “big, rowdy bunch.” How big? Well, 13 siblings big. All of them are now in design or construction, largely owing to the fact that their grandfather started them out early in his woodworking shop, having them assist on projects and letting them use the shop for art projects and school assignments. Plus their father started a kitchen and bath business, which provided them with a solid base of knowledge and experience in the remodeling industry. “Our dad was born and raised in Brazil,” explains Marketing Director Tanya Otten. “He worked hard with the hope of achieving the American dream and told us if we worked hard, good things would follow. We often talk about him instilling that work ethic in us.” A quarter of a century ago, her brother Jeremy launched Select Surfaces, a full-service custom quartz countertop company. Three of the siblings — Dan, Jerome and Tanya — joined in the venture. “We grew up working with our hands, surrounded by design and construction,” she notes, “so not only did it become second nature, but early on we developed a love for it.” From there, they built the business on a reputation of providing quality products, installing them with incredible precision, and standing by their work for life. They have also recruited and retained employees they knew their clientele would trust and love as much as they do. Production Coordinator Mark Kroll, for example, started as an apprentice at age 17 and is now a partner in the company (not to mention an honorary family member). “We’re constantly crafting our team, services and offerings to ensure that we match demand and that we deliver what we’re promising,” she says. “If you put something out there, you have to know you can stand by it.” But what matters most to them is that feeling of family and the ties to many Minnesota communities. Now their children help out around the office when they aren’t busy horseback riding, playing hockey or practicing with the swim team. “We love sharing our appreciation and getting clients involved, too,” Tanya explains, citing a recent event held at the newest Select Surfaces showroom that benefited a local dog rescue. “It’s not all about us and our business. It’s about supporting our local communities and being an integral member of the design and construction industry. We love what we do, and we love sharing our knowledge and success with those around us.” selectsurfaces.com

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TO BE FRANK ALWAYS STABLE, EVER MOVING SEVEN YEARS AGO, I HAD A CHANCE MEETING

with Ron Everson in a freezing cornfield on a pheasant hunting trip somewhere in the middle of South Dakota. We were unrelated guests staying at the same lodge. Although Ron is 32 years my elder, we had an immediate connection that weekend and became fast friends. A few weeks later, Ron encouraged me to attend a meeting with his group of guys known as the Gyro Club. I received an invitation to join. At first, I was unsure if it was the right fit for me. I have never been much of a joiner and resist commitments with regular routines. Gyro International is a fraternal organization that dates back to 1912 and promotes fun and friendship. Our local tribe is made up of a dozen men who meet every other Tuesday over lunch and a glass of wine. For the most part, my Gyro pals are retired from remarkable careers in business, education and medicine. We spend our time checking in with one another and discussing current events, sports and politics. There is no pretension. Ron’s brother, David, is the hero of our crew. David was an Air Force officer and fighter pilot who was shot down over North Vietnam in 1967 and held as a prisoner of war for nearly six years (his existential story can found on ArtfulLiving.com). My buddies all have sharp minds. However, they are aging and facing concerns related to the later stages of life, including matters of declining health, limited mobility, financial strain and loss of loved ones. For me, this has offered a glimpse into the next chapter of life. Our esteemed member Bob Rose just passed away at 92, and Ron is about to turn 90. I wonder about the longevity and the future of our club. Joining Gyro was one of the best decisions I have ever made. There is a certain effort that is required for companionship and trusted relationships. True friendships later in life are challenging to find, harder to leave and impossible to forget. Our club’s objective embodies the ability to maintain a desired course and attitude regardless of outside influences. Until the end, our slogan will emulate the gyroscope: “Always stable but ever moving.”

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Bringing the best of the North and beyond to an affluent audience with impeccable taste, this elegant, intelligent publication features beau...

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Bringing the best of the North and beyond to an affluent audience with impeccable taste, this elegant, intelligent publication features beau...