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ccording to legend, mezcal first came about when a lightning bolt struck an agave plant in the Oaxacan desert, splitting it open and pouring out mezcal— the word for roasted agave.
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Mezcal has been referred to as tequila’s smoky cousin, as they are both made from agave. There are nearly 200 types of agave, and mezcal can be made from more than 40 of them. The agave for tequila is steamed in ovens that are above ground, and mezcal producers use in-ground fire pits filled with wood and charcoal. A name that is making a splash right now is Mezcal Amarás, producing ancestral and artisanal mezcals, distilled in clay pots and copper stills. Sustainability is an integral part of Mezcal Amarás’ model. Since 2014, the brand has planted seven agaves for every agave harvested. They also work with the World Wildlife Fund to develop initiatives favoring forests, soil conservation and water use. Mezcal Amarás produced the first carbon-neutral mezcal, and supports Maestros Mezcaleros, paying a fair price and educating workers.
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“My grandmother, Hiroko, owned a kimono factory in Kyoto with her husband. No matter how busy her day was, she would massage her face and take her time removing her makeup. I remember that so well,” says Song. But what sets Song apart is her approach to skin that begins from beneath. Song’s intuitive massages sculpt the face while draining fluids to reduce inflammation, ultimately changing how the face feels and functions, all under 60 minutes. “When I touch people’s faces, we are all the same. We carry so much inflammation and tension in our faces, and no matter if you use a $1,000 cream or a high-frequency
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BEST WINE FOR A CLAM BAKE
Clambakes are near and dear to my heart. Growing up on the New England Coast, they were the defining celebration of summer. Shedding off the bitter cold of winter by spreading the abundance of the sea out along the beaches and coastal fields. The steam-pit grill was lined with seaweed and filled with fresh shucked “sugar and butter” corn on the cob, little neck clams, blue mussels, oysters, Maine lobster, Dad’s Chowda and steamed stone crab.
LEROY BOURGOGNE BLANC TASTING NOTES: Nothing goes better with
butter and cold-water shellfish than French Char-Don-Ay or White Burgundy—you need a little richness framed by an elegant buttery tartness.
LIEU DIT MELON DE BOURGOGNE
Bourgogne has always been wonderfully deceiving. It is neither melon-like or from Bourgogne (Burgundy), it is more likely called Muscadet and from the Atlantic side of the Loire Valley in France. Muscadet is super bright and clean, making the shellfish pop! (continued on p. 44) 42
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BEST WINE FOR A PICNIC
Keep it simple is the motto of all picnic selections! Rosé is super popular, now but one thing that it offers more than just immense enjoyment is flexibility. Rosé is a wine that can wrap itself around most dishes and have a happy marriage.
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TASTING NOTES: This if from Provence France,
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BEST WINE AFTER A SUNSET HIKE
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TOCCIN Evoke Joy Through FASHION The tastemaking duo behind TOCCIN talks about their new collection and designing and dressing for fashion today. By Taylor Transtrum | Photography Courtesy of TOCCIN
ollaborating since their first days in college, today husband-and-wife fashion designers Alex and Michael Toccin have built a fashion resume worthy of awe, and today TOCCIN’s family of brands is growing, just like the number of tiny feet in their home. Following the success of their Saks and Neiman Marcus-carried brand TOCCIN NY, the designing duo recently launched its second clothing line, LDT, exclusively for Dillard’s, and it’s named for their daughter who inspired this fresh take on fashion with details inspired by the 1960s and 1990s.
“I majored in marketing and interned at fashion houses in NYC” Alex adds. “When we graduated, I knew I was coming to New York and diving right into the fashion business,”she says. Michael’s path was not quite so linear. “I was actually going to go be a lawyer, and then when I was a [college] junior, a big shift happened when my grandmother suggested fashion might be a fit,” he says. Michael went on to work for Oscar de la Renta, Zac Posen and KaufmanFranco for several years, while Alex worked for various brands including Ralph Lauren and Theory. As the duo continued to gain industry experience, people started to take notice.
“We named LDT after our daughter, Liv Dakota Toccin, who just turned three,” says Alex, now mom to a son. Sold in 85 Dillard’s stores nationwide and on Dillards.com, LDT embraces the brighter side of life, bringing joy back to the art of dressing. “When we designed the LDT collection, we were thinking about the next generation, and that’s why we named it after her,” adds Michael. “Our daughter brings joy and happiness into our life, so we brought that into the collection by making it colorful and bright—it’s all about color, tailoring and what the dress exudes.” Born out of a blog “Stylists to a T,” Toccin NY is not only LDT’s predecessor, but a visual manifestation of both Alex and Michael’s aesthetics and relationship.
“Women would constantly come up to both of us and say ‘What do I wear? How do I wear it? Where do I buy it?’” says Alex. “That’s when it really hit us—we realized that there was an opportunity in the marketplace to create a dress line that really appealed to the working woman. And that’s how the fashion brand TOCCIN was really created.” Two kids and a few years later, and the couple has crafted a near-perfect approach to balancing both parenthood and their brand. “As we’re growing, there’s only so much time. And now we’re really having to divide and conquer, and we know what we’re best at. I’m the creative, and Alex is our CMO. She’s the most amazing marketer. She does what she does, and I do what I do,” says Michael.
“It’s been so important for us during this pandemic to get up and get dressed for the day,” says Alex. “And it is so important that we continue to spread positivity during this time, and really encourage women to get dressed and be styled to a T.” What’s next? “There’s so much next for us,” says Michael. “We have a lot up our sleeves. We are looking to continually build both of our businesses to be full lifestyle collections, and we would eventually love to be in all categories. So, when we get there, we get there, but one step at a time.”
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BEYOND Best known for Food Network’s “Chopped,” Chef Scott Conant, creator of the new hot spot, The Americano, dishes on his success as a restauranteur and family man.
ood Network personality and restauranteur Scott Conant could have been a plumber. It’s fortunate for his many television and restaurant fans that the stylish and charismatic chef didn’t get into the plumbing program at the vocational high school he attended in Connecticut. Instead, he decided to study culinary arts and found his passion. Conant attended the reputable Culinary Institute of America in upstate New York, studied in Europe and worked at several renowned Italian restaurants in New York City. In 2002, he opened L’Impero to critical acclaim, receiving three stars from The New York Times and was named Best New Restaurant by the James Beard Foundation.
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Two years later, in 2004 Conant would be named one of America’s Best New Chefs by Food & Wine magazine. He then opened Alto, an Italian restaurant in midtown Manhattan, followed by Scarpetta, which was named one of 2008’s Best New Restaurants by Esquire magazine. That’s when he became a darling of the television circuit. He describes his culinary style as deliberate cooking—a combination of rustic and refined, with influences from different regions of Italy. Some of his signature dishes are pasta Pomodoro, and creamy polenta with mushrooms and bacon. “I cook what I’m comfortable with, food that has soul and big flavors in a thoughtful way,” he said. Conant currently helms three restaurants, including Mora Italian, a contemporary eatery in Phoenix serving handmade pasta and the classic wood-fired pizza and Cellaio, located in the Catskill Mountains in southeastern New York, an Italian-inspired steakhouse offering fresh pasta, seafood and a variety of aged steaks. His newest addition is The Americano, in Scottsdale, an Italian steakhouse he refers to as “modern in approach and Italian in spirit.” Nearly three years ago, Conant moved from New York to Arizona to open the restaurant, Mora Italian. “Living in Arizona is a beautiful lifestyle. I feel relaxed like I’m on vacation. Arizona has a great pool of culinary talent, and a very supportive culinary community,” he said. For all of his success, Conant remains humble and grateful. “I’ve been in this industry for more than 30 years, and I’m fortunate to be a part of today’s growing food culture with the popularity of chefs and Food Network. It’s a big part of my world. I love what I do, and I’m blessed to do it,” he said. Although he has found success as an entrepreneur, chef, television personality and author, Conant is first and foremost a family man. “The thing I enjoy the most is cooking breakfast for my family,” he said. “My kids aren’t going to be young forever, and my time with them is very precious. Everything I do is for my family.” FOR THREE OF CONANT’S RECIPES, GO TO ICONICLIFE.COM.
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Alice & Olivia Karena smocked baby doll dress in golden rod worn with Manolo Blahnik crossstrap pumps, Saks Fifth Avenue. Vintage Louis Vuitton duffle, My Sister’s Closet.
Shannon belted wide-leg jumpsuit in white worn with Ben Amun doublelayer necklace, Brinker and Eliza jumbo tube hoop earrings, Valentino Rock Stud it bag, Intermix Scottsdale.
ALC Renzo pleated midi dress worn with Brinker and Eliza jumbo tube hoop earrings and Gucci oversized rounded square sunglasses, Intermix Scottsdale. Valentino leather Rock Stud sandals, Saks Fifth Avenue.
WALKING THE RUNWAY
Alice & Olivia cropped cable knit sweater in Golden Rod worn with Alice & Olivia Dylan high-waist cuff pants, Saks Fifth Avenue. Patent leather pumps, Jimmy Choo.
Balmain white double-breasted cotton pique’ jacket with gold buttons worn with coordinating low-rise cotton pique shorts, Saks Fifth Avenue. White leather Varenne Tote with JC emblem and gold leather sandals, Jimmy Choo. Sunglasses, Tom Ford. ICONICLIFE.COM
Balmain gold sleeveless gathered sequin dress, Saks Fifth Avenue. Gold leather sandals, Jimmy Choo.
RANGE ON THE
Get away from it all at the most luxurious ranch in the country. By Dena Roché
he way the world is has changed our notion of an ideal luxury vacation from exploring a bustling, cosmopolitan city, to one favoring wide-open spaces, sparse crowds and private local experiences. In Saratoga, Wyoming, Brush Creek Ranch has quietly been attracting low-key VIPs for years and offers the perfect playground for a 2021 getaway with a Forbes five-star rating. Named one of the world’s best ranches by Travel & Leisure, the seasonal 30,000-acre working cattle ranch opens for the summer on Memorial Day weekend. While cowhands are busy wrangling the herd, you’ll be busy trying to decide from the myriad of activities to take part in for the day. Fly fishing in the morning followed by a cooking class in the afternoon perhaps. While Brush Creek Ranch has a family friendly Lodge and Spa, for sheer luxury and exclusivity opt to stay at its Magee Homestead, a five-star Relais & Chateaux collection of nine cabins nestled into a tranquil, creek-side location on the ranch. The hotel is adults-only, unless you do a private buy out for the duration of your stay.
The cabins date to the early 20th Century, each named for the original homesteader owner who lived there. Those early settlers would barely recognize their former homes after a total renovation by Simeone Deary Design Group transformed the rustic cabins into luxuriously appointed, Western chic enclaves featuring modern amenities, original artwork and creature comforts those pioneers couldn’t even imagine. After a long day of physical activities, relax at either Magee’s Spa or the Trailhead Spa at Brush Creek Ranch Wyoming. Indulge in an altitude adjustment massage or luxuriate with the Spirit of Brush Creek body wrap.
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Being a Relais & Chateaux program, a big focus at Magee Homestead is on culinary experiences held at The Farm at Brush Creek. Spend a morning working alongside the ranch’s executive chefs making pasta, crafting healthy eats or mastering butchery. True gourmands should opt for the full day epicurean adventure. And opening this year, a state-of-the art creamery will turn you into a cheese monger for the day.
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If liquid libations are your fancy, the 94-yard, 30,000-bottle wine cellar is your happy place. Join Gretchen Allen, head sommelier for a deep dive into the collection, paired with wine education and of course, wine tasting at Brush Creek Ranch Wyoming. For those that prefer a wee dram of whiskey, the Spirit Room experience will have expert mixologists introduce you to rare, small batch whiskeys, bourbons and other spirits usually kept under lock and key.
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For those that prefer leaving the culinary pursuits to the pros, you’re in luck as Executive Chef Angus McIntosh is a former protégée of Thomas Keller at the iconic French Laundry in Napa. Helming the Ranch’s Cheyenne Club Chef McIntosh and his team craft gourmet delights from the ranch’s 20,000 sq. ft. certified organic greenhouse and premium 100-percent American Wagyu raised on the ranch. While Brush Creek offers so much to do, sometimes it’s time to just savor a quiet moment, grab a bottle of your favorite wine and sit outside your cabin watching a sunset exploding in a kaleidoscope of reds, pinks, oranges and yellow. For city slickers simply enjoying the absolute silence while reading that book you’ve been meaning to get to by the fire pit is magical. Indeed, it’s hard to beat Brush Creek Ranch.
How to Host a
MODERN TEA PARTY by Emily Jacobs
orget excess frills and stuffy small talk, today’s tea party is bold and beautiful. We chatted with the experts to share how to bring it together.
SET THE SCENE
First, think about the kind of party you’d like to have and the mood of the event. “There was this trend where tea parties made people think of mismatched china and grandma’s house, but now there’s an interest in something sleek and sophisticated,” says Rachael Silard, founder of Ruby & Rose. To get the look, Silard recommends paying close attention to your china selection. “Instead of using traditional teapots, source really beautiful pottery or ceramic plates to give things a more modern, tailored feel,” she says.
MIX & MATCH
Incorporate metallic pieces, different textures and patterns across your dishes and flatware.
A PLACE FOR EVERYONE
If you’re having a seated lunch, place cards and printed menus are both practical, pretty and personal. “I’m a huge fan of calligraphy and personalizing paper goods,” Silard says. “Some nice signage for the different teas that you’re going to serve and tasting notes are also a great idea.”
KEEP IT SEASONAL
Michelle Gonzales at The Phoenician says that, seasonally, people tend to gravitate toward teas that are lighter in color in the summer and darker in the winter. Flavor wise, chais and rich black teas trend toward the fall, while white and fruit-forward teas are more popular in the spring. She highly recommends serving loose leaf teas. “The option will make a difference in the flavoring of the tea, allowing the tea buds to open up and really provide a strong flavor or more pronounced flavor in the tea.” Steeping time is just as important.
ENHANCE THE EXPERIENCE
For any soirée, entertainment is key. A backyard tea party lends itself well to live music to enhance the ambiance. For an educational element, bring in a tea expert. Or consider a tea tasting for a modern twist.
TREATS TO GO
Edible favors go over well. Think small, like macarons, fresh scones, lemon curd or miniature desserts.
Not in the mood to host? Make a reservation for high tea at The Phoenician or Arizona Biltmore that do it so well.
WINNER IS… What’s the Best in American Living? Drewett Works Sweeps the Annual Awards Three Years in a Row. By Emily Jacobs
.P. Drewett, founder and president of Drewett Works is no stranger to the stage, sweeping the annual Best in American Living Awards three years in a row.
This year, The Crusader, designed by Drewett, which takes inspiration from an F8 Crusader plane, wings folded, on a carrier deck, was named Home of the Year in the 2020 Best in American Living Awards by the National Association of Home Builders as well as Best in Region—Pacific. The awards were presented this February.
Jeff Zaruba / The Crusader
The home’s builder was Peak Ventures; interiors and furnishings were by Ownby Design; and landscape design was by High Desert Designs. The project also was awarded a Platinum Award in the Detached Home Over 5,000 sq. ft. Built for Sale category and a Silver Award in the Outdoor Room category. With a mandate from the soon-to-be-retired builder to create a modernist piece of architecture as his swan-song project, the architect set out to commemorate his father’s military service as a Marine Corps aviator and pilot of the F8 Crusader. The roof form folds and angles were the genesis of the design.
A spinal column runs through providing circulation and illumination by sky lights and clerestories, penetrating the core of the house with natural light. The resulting roof forms open up to the Sonoran Desert and southward toward local landmark Pinnacle Peak. The angularity of the house allowed freedom to capture views more effectively than an orthogonal piece of architecture. The lot sits on a peninsula, highly exposed on three sides yet with tremendous views. The manner in which the roof lines converge, as well as the folding undulations of the glazing, created pockets of privacy, allowing the occupant to feel autonomous. “There’s a big idea in the central spine,” judges commented. “They were looking to create something great. The plan of the house (and the roof plan), and how it sits on the site, just grabs you and is outstanding. It looks like a Frank Lloyd Wright prairie-style design.” Tonal Harmony, a custom Paradise Valley residence where every room opens to exterior spaces and dramatically embraces the natural environment, was named Room of the Year.
Dino Tonn / Tonal Harmony
Again, designed by Drewett, the builder was Argue Custom Homes; interior design was by Ownby Design; and landscape design was by Refined Gardens. The project also was awarded a Platinum Award in the Outdoor Room category and a Platinum Award in the Owner Suite, Custom category.
With the goal of creating a tranquil retreat, the architect sought to embrace outdoor views and spaces. Public and outdoor spaces are composed of stone-clad massing elements that open via pocketing glass doors and convert into a desert pavilion. A challenge of the site included washes that traversed the lot. The pool played a large role in containment. The guest house cantilevers over one of the washes. The guest house also has a lower volume, providing a distinct communal and intimate sense. The judges praised the strong, linear shape that is connected to the entire house. “The landscape provides a seamless transition between the interior and exterior,” they commented. “The fire-and-water combination feature is cool. The outside is zoned and designed well as separates, yet still very well tied together.” Drewett Works also won a Platinum Award for On the Boards Single-Family Production/Spec Home with Tri-Angulate. “This year’s BALA winners continue on the rich tradition of exceptional residential home design,” said David O’Sullivan, principal of O’Sullivan Architects and 2020 Judging Chair. “These winners are truly forward-thinking and some of the most talented professionals in their respective fields.”
Indulge in 11 of the most luxurious infinity pools to take a dip on the edge of the world.
By Livia Hooson
Tryfon N. Georgopoulos / Grace Hotel Santorini
e want to see the world and what better way than navigating the globe for restaurants with legendary views and hotel lookouts that take your breath away? We garnered a collection of the best places to sip, dip and marvel over the view without ever having to leave the infinity-edge pool. Go ahead, dive in!
GRACE HOTEL SANTORINI
Ah, Santorini…the Grecian mecca where white-washed towns weave above the Aegean Sea greeting skies of blue. Perched above the lava-formed landscape, the pool at Grace Hotel Santorini offers a refreshing dip on the edge of the property. Try your hand at an outdoor yoga class above the caldera followed by happy hour at the breezy and geometric infinity pool. ICONICLIFE.COM
ICONIC LIFE is all about the luxury safari experience, and the Four Seasons Safari Lodge in the Serengeti is the ideal blend of luxury with close proximity to local wildlife. Four Seasons are one of the leaders in sophisticated travel in remote parts of the world and the safari lodge’s sparkling, bluetiled infinity pool gives guests the chance to cool off in the Serengeti heat in between Jeep treks.
Richard Waite / Four Season Safari Lodge, Marina Bay Sands
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MARINA BAY SANDS
Ranked as the world’s largest rooftop infinity pool, Marina Bay Sands Singapore is a glitzy getaway high above the city lights. The pool is set at a staggering 57 stories high and is 150 meters long, spanning the top of the three towers that comprise this impressive piece of real estate. Head to the rooftop where champagne is served, and you can watch the sun set from the daringly steep pool. 4
The resort at Banyan Tree Seychelles is the kind of place you see on postcards stating, “wish you were here!” And we really do wish we were there. Choose from accommodations with pools just feet away from the powdered sand beach, infinity-edged pools that seem to tip into the ocean below, and swimming pools with integrated hot tubs that are set amongst the canopies. ICONICLIFE.COM
TRS Yuca, Eric Laignel / The Joule
Wading into romance, whether you are solo or coupled up, is exactly what the exclusive infinity pool at TRS Yucatan feels like. The adults-only retreat located on the Riviera Maya on Mexico’s Caribbean features a crescendo of three curvilinear infinity pools above the aquamarine sea beyond. Hydrotherapy is a mainstay on the property with suites and penthouses featuring luxe soaking tubs and private pools with sights of the jungle and sea.
We have already rounded-up the best pools for summer across the U.S. and this Texan gem makes the list twice for its cantilevered pool as our top choice for a regal dip in the south. Take a dip at Dallas’s The Joule Hotel where a glass-encased rooftop pool peers over the sparkling metropolis beyond. Chaise lounges and sleek cabanas are set poolside where Bellini’s and margaritas are savored for sunset.
Situated in the misty Balinese foothills in the Ayung River valley lies the jungle retreat of Alila Ubud. Bali or “Land of the Gods” is a breathtaking island of Indonesia where both spirituality and biodiversity are present. Their infinity-edge designed pool juts between the canopy where you can find Balinese wellness meeting contemporary amenities.
Riviera Maya, Mexico
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Koh Samui, Thailand
Set over the pristine Laem Nan beach in Samui Island in southern Thailand, the Silvadee Pool Spa Resort is a treat for aquaholics with a variety of private pools integrated into the villas crafted from bamboo and teak with floor-to-ceiling glass windows. Choose from pools poised above the ocean just steps away from the bedroom or a villa with a pool set over the tropical rainforest.
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This list would be incomplete without paying homage to the lush and abundant kingdom of Hawaii’s own Oahu island. The Four Seasons Resort O’ahu at Ko Olina can best be enjoyed from the infinity-edged pool set below swaying palms in the mountainous Wai’anae Range. As day melts to evening, the shifting colors transform turquoise waters to an illumination of gold all while immersed in the pool.
Silvadee Pool Spa Resort, Christian Horan Photography / Four Seasons Resort O’ahu at Ko Olina
This jungle oasis begs for honeymooners to take the plunge on the secluded island property where you can find romantic accommodations with illuminated swimming pools.
The coral atolls that make up the intimate nation of the Maldives is home to the Fairmont Maldives located on the “secret water island.” Its 200-meter infinity pool cuts through the property with glittering grandeur. From aggressive laps in the morning to tranquil paddles around the brink of the blue waters—this is one pool we will risk pruning up for. 11
VICEROY LOS CABOS
One of the most visually breathtaking infinity pools is this series of “water mirrors” displayed at the Viceroy Los Cabos in Baja California Sur, Mexico. The glittering infinitydesigned pools over the Sea of Cortez offer a feeling of boundless tranquility and are cut with elevated walkways flanked by whitewashed structures that lead to sand beaches.
Yashrib Ahmed / Fairmont, Viceroy Los Cabos
TRAVEL LIKE A
BRID GER TON © 2020 Netflix, Inc.
By Dena Roché
Ingus Kruklitis / Shutterstock
If you were one of the 82 million viewers captivated by The Bridgertons on Netflix, follow in their regal footsteps in our modern-day tour of Regency Britain, with tips on where to stay and where to play.
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ow is the perfect time to plan for a real visit to the United Kingdom to promenade in the footsteps of the Bridgerton clan.
Whether you fancy a visit to a royal palace, a libation at a private club or a romantic interlude in a gazebo, ICONIC LIFE has your guide to seeing England through the eyes of a Bridgerton. But mind your Ps and Qs, as one never knows where Lady Whistledown lurks…
BATH Much of Bridgerton was filmed in the Regency city of Bath. With its Georgian architecture and rich history, the city still retains the look of England in the 1820s. Ninety minutes outside of London, Bath is the place to start with your Bridgerton brigade.
No. 1 Royal Crescent is where Lady Featherington schemes to find suitable husbands for her three daughters. Today it’s a museum to showcase life during Regency England. No. 1 is part of Royal Crescent, probably the most famous landmark in Bath, and seen as a backdrop during many Bridgerton scenes depicting London’s Mayfair area. Housing the five-star Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa, it’s the ultimate base for your tour.
The Assembly Rooms were the social center of Bath during the Regency period. With their original Whitefriars crystal chandeliers and opulent décor, The Tea Room and Ball Room are the perfect setting for the many lavish balls and society events the elite of Bridgerton attend, and also where Lady Whistledown gleans much of her gossip.
Located in Sydney Pleasure Garden, the façade of this Grade 1-listed Georgian building was used to film the entrance scene to one of the many balls featured in the show. The Holbourne Museum was the first public art gallery in Bath and features works by Turner and Gainsborough.
With its grand staircase, gilded rooms and sumptuous décor, the Banquet Room at The Guildhall was used for several ball scenes in the series. For more than 350 years, The Guildhall has been the seat of public administration in Bath, and rooms are available for private events.
TEA WITH THE DUCHESS
Regency-era accommodations in Bath worthy of a visit—The Windsor, Eight or The Gainsborough Bath Spa. For an opulent afternoon tea, head to The Pump Room or Dower House Restaurant.
LONDON CALLING Even though much of the Bridgerton series was filmed in Bath, the show is set in London and many key scenes were filmed at locations in and near the capital city.
DAPHNE’S SUITOR ROOM
On the boundary of Greenwich Park and Blackheath is the stately Georgian Ranger’s House—the Bridgerton family home. The site of potential suitors, parties and drama, today’s visitors will find it home to The Wernher Collection—more than 700 artists including Botticelli, one of the best surviving private art collections in Europe.
QUEEN CHARLOTTE’S PALACE
Built for the son of King George III, Lancaster House in the toney St. James area of London is the interior setting for Queen Charlotte’s palace in the show. With a Grand Hall designed to mimic the Palace of Versailles and its sweeping staircase, it’s a home fit for royalty.
Home of the infamous “off-with-their-heads” King Henry VIII, Hampton Court served as the exterior of Queen Charlotte’s palace. While the Queen wasn’t sending anyone to the gallows, a whiff of rejection by her majesty was enough to doom a young debutante to a life with the likes of Lord Berbrooke.
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HER MAJESTY’S COURT
DRINK WITH THE DUKE OF HASTINGS
In the Pall Mall section of London, the private Reform Club was the private club where the Duke of Hastings and Anthony Bridgerton socialized. The exclusive club was founded in 1836 as a gathering place to advance democracy. Today visitors can enjoy a libation, dinner or afternoon tea.
LOOK PRETTY ON THE PROMENADE
Long promenades in the park were a must for courting debutantes, and while London is filled with gorgeous parks, the best place to stroll like Daphne and Simon is in Hyde Park. The ICONIC park is close to Grosvenor Square, where much of Bridgerton is actually set, and its beautiful Serpentine lake provides a tranquil and romantic setting for a promenade.
STAY AND PLAY LIKE A BRIDGERTON
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The show focuses on the exclusive St. James and Mayfair sections of London, featuring the top hotels in the city like The Athenaeum Hotel, St. James’s Hotel and Claridge’s. Dine or take tea at The Promenade at The Dorchester, The Palm Court at The Ritz London or Jean-Georges at The Connaught.
MUST SEE SITES
YOUR CARRIAGE AWAITS
Located outside of London in Windsor, the Tudor manor house, Dorney Court, is the real-life setting of the Coaching Inn, where Daphne and the Duke of Hastings spend their wedding night. The stately home, which has been in the Palmer family for more than 450 years, is open for garden and mansion tours.
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Taking a horse and buggy across England would be uncomfortable and impractical in the 21st Century. Instead hire VIP chauffeur company Chirtongrange to drive you in style to experience Bridgerton Britain. The company regularly drives politicians and celebrities, and the relaxing ride offers a chance to scribe your own version of Lady Whistledown’s Society Papers.
If you’re in England with your SO, a trip north to York and Castle Howard is a must. The castle served as Clyvedon Castle, home of the suave Duke of Hastings. Stay at one of the holiday homes on the castle grounds and maybe, just maybe, you can sneak away one night to the gazebo to recreate one of the steamiest scenes of the season.
R S E S E D C D A C A U Lto S By Shoshana Leon Photography by Paul Moore
This success story begins with Tim McCormac literally on a ladder, until the ladder of success was presented to him and he climbed all the way to the top.
im McCormac, owner of Tempe-based Temac Development Inc., has an impressive resume in the construction industry with a strong focus on quality and building relationships. “I define myself by the quality of the product that we put out,” he said. “I’m a self-made guy that thinks big, delivering quality every time, no matter what kind of project it is. In fact, people recognize our work by the level of quality they can see and feel,” McCormac said.
It was that big-idea perspective that put him in the right place to be selected as ICONIC LIFE magazine’s ICONIC HAUS in 2020, more than 10,000 elegant square feet under roof with a Mod-iterranean design imagined by Candelaria Design. Tim and his wife, Tracey had a vision for a top-shelf approach to modern meets Mediterranean design and made the interior selections throughout the home. Then 20 marquis design teams arrived on the scene to bring the home to life with unique interiors in every space. In the end, more than 100,000 virtual guests toured this stunning home that sold almost immediately upon completion.
Today, McCormac is developing three luxury estates, leading the construction of several large-scale commercial projects and has a vision for a community that would feature a neighborhood of Temac Development-imagined estates. Temac is among the first to work with innovative green building materials and techniques in his homes, and always makes sure every home is a smart home. Sitting at the top of the mountain did not come without a climb from the bottom that included a very determined, intentional trek for young McCormac. McCormac grew up in the construction business and attended Arizona State University’s Del Webb School of Construction. “My dad and grandfather were in construction all of my life, so I knew it was something I wanted to do,” he said. Early in his career, McCormac worked for Pulte Homes and got his general contractor license. He then went to work for Dick Lloyd Custom Homes and built more than 500 homes. McCormac left Dick Lloyd Custom Homes to start Temac Development, his company with a full spectrum of services, from development and new construction to remodeling and restoration. Temac’s experienced team offers the capabilities to manage all aspects of a construction project, as well as combine the functions of architect, interior designer and engineer with its design-andbuild approach.
McCormac worked on a variety of residential, commercial and industrial projects including Greenwood Brewing in downtown Phoenix and Phoenix International Academy. McCormac’s first Temac project was a residential remodel in Arcadia in 2003. Despite some early success, there were times when he struggled to find work during market downturns but learned some important lessons that serve him today. “My good friends helped me through the hard times,” he said. “I also find it extremely helpful to network as much as possible. When I was in need of work, I would do improvements for a bar tab as a way to meet people which led to a lot of opportunities.” In 2012 his business gained momentum, and McCormac built up his portfolio and his reputation in the industry, working on housing developments including Arcadia Heights, bars and restaurants including Pedal Haus Brewery, and a range of other projects from a hangar at Mesa Gateway Airport to the Tesla facility in Scottsdale. Temac is continuing to expand in the luxury home market in Arizona, California and Nevada, including several projects in Paradise Valley. “I see us moving more into the luxury home space,” said McCormac. “As we grow, we always want to stay a boutique builder with quality as our top priority.”
N I D G IN N O I T A N I T S DE
Ready to Travel for Food? These top tables inspire culinary tourism. By Dena Roché
TERRA FARM + MANOR
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here are many reasons to travel; escape, cultural enrichment, relaxation and to see ICONIC sites. But for foodies, sometimes a top table can be reason enough to jump on a plane or set out on the open road with the main purpose a dining experience memorable enough to make the trip. Check out these top spots for culinary tourism where we travel for food.
PRESCOTT, ARIZONA For years, Chef James Porter was the toast of the Phoenix food scene with two award-winning restaurants. Porter calls himself a “localist” who is dedicated to supporting local businesses, farmers and ranchers, and in 2015 pivoted his career to undertake building Terra Farm + Manor in Prescott. The upscale ranch caters to luxury travelers looking for a culinary dining experience vacation where farm and table intermingle.
In addition to working with an impressive line-up of guest chefs schooling vacationers in the art of cooking, Porter is in charge of the gardens, vineyard and raising Wagyu cattle, Iberico pigs and Bresse & French Black Copper Maran chickens. Needless to say, much of what ends up on your plate was grown or raised on the grounds. Stay at an elegantly appointed master suite or one of seven luxe guest suites.
THE WILLOWS INN LUMMI ISLAND, WASHINGTON
It’s no surprise that Chef Wetzel elevated the Willows Inn restaurant, his previous kitchen stint was at noma, the Copenhagen restaurant named best restaurant in the world by Restaurant Magazine four times.
Under Chef René Redzepi at noma, Wetzel learned the fine art of forging, which he continues at the Willows Inn. Most of the ingredients that end up on the plate come from the island’s farm, local fisherman and shellfish farms, and the wines are all sourced from Washington and Oregon. Dinner is a dazzling array of 15 to 18 delectable morsels spread over a multitude of courses. You might have smoked mussels served in a wooden box over steaming hot pebbles, a beet and rhubarb nigiri or a ling cod ceviche. Charity Burggraaf
Since Blaine Wetzel took over the kitchen at The Willows Inn, the eight-room inn on Lummi Island, Washington, has become an international hotspot for gourmands in search of a travel-for-food dining experience. Chef Wetzel won Food & Wine’s Best New Chef in 2012 and was named James Beard Rising Chef of the Year in 2015. The restaurant made the World’s 50 Best Discovery List in 2019.
THE INN AT LITTLE WASHINGTON WASHINGTON, VIRGINIA With a population of 103 people, Washington, Virginia wouldn’t likely be on anyone’s travel-for-food radar if it weren’t for the three-Michelin-starred restaurant dining experience at the Inn at Little Washington.
The restaurant was named top 10 in the world by the International Herald Tribune, and Chef O’Connell is often called “the Pope of American Cuisine.” There are three, eight-course tasting menus, one vegetarian, to choose from for your travel-for-food dining experience.
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This gem housed in the 23-room inn has been an ICONIC foodie destination for years. Helmed by the irreverent Chef and Proprietor Patrick O’Connell, who won the James Beard Lifetime Achievement Award in 2019, the restaurant is about the least
stuffy fine dining establishment you will find. The cheese monger pushes a mooing cow cheese cart.
BLACKBERRY FARMS WALLAND, TENNESSEE
Blackberry Farm’s renowned cuisine is often described as Foothills Cuisine, it wanders the line between refined and rugged, borrowing from both haute cuisine and the foods indigenous to Blackberry’s Smoky Mountain heritage. The culinary team consists of not only chefs, but a master gardener, baker, forager,
butcher, cheesemaker, preservationist and sommelier all working in harmony to produce a vacation any gourmand would drool over. Epicureans will want to reserve early at the James Beard Award-winning The Barn restaurant. Housed in a turn-of-the-century barn, the restaurant offers multi-course menus focused on the flavors of the south made with the farm’s local ingredients. The cuisine is expertly paired with wine from its 9,000 bottle-strong cellar or a 300 strong spirit list featuring Whisky and Brandies, many of which are available only at Blackberry Farms.
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Nestled in the Great Smoky Mountains, the 4,200-acre Blackberry Farms is a playground for foodies. The luxury resort put a focus on its culinary program events in the early 2000s. Today there are three restaurants on property and many culinary activities for guests to indulge in during a stay.
SINGLE THREAD RESTAURANT SONOMA, CALIFORNIA While oenophiles head to Sonoma for the wine, gourmands head there for the chance to dine at Single Thread. Michelin denotes a three-star restaurant as one worthy of a special journey, and that’s exactly what you get at Single Thread.
Run by husband-and-wife chef owners Kyle and Katina Connaughton, the restaurant is a farm-driven dining experience that showcases the best the region has to offer. In addition to holding the coveted three Michelin stars, it won the Miele One to Watch from Worlds 50 Best Restaurants in 2018 and a James Beard Design Award. After 11 courses, spend the night at one of five guest rooms on premise with a modern Japanese aesthetic.
Garrett Rowland, John Troxell
Lucky diners that score a seat at the small restaurant can choose from an omnivore, pescatarian or vegetarian 11-course extravaganza that starts with an aperitif and first courses on the rooftop garden terrace before migrating to the main dining room. The menu changes to reflect what is in season but depending on the night, you might start with Akabana Kanpachi with winter citrus, daikon and
chrysanthemum before enjoying Miyazaki Wagyu with nori, leek and malted potato.
Castle SAND in the
Architect Chris Brandon designs an idealic California beach house that gives us that summertime vibe. By Elyse Glickman Photography by Manolo Langis
long Southern California’s desirable coast, those who have achieved their California dream get to invest in their little piece of heaven with a customdesigned beach house that makes every day feel like a luxe vacation.
This is perhaps why one discreet couple in Newport Beach approached Chris Brandon of Brandon Architects about creating a large home that not only framed their outdoor surroundings along the city’s fabled beachfront and harbor, but also their personal indoor/outdoor lifestyle in ways that could withstand the test of time. And images of this home are like summer on parade. His first challenge in designing the 5,000-square-foot boardwalk home was figuring out how it could fit in with the architecture of other homes in the area yet remain true to the clients who commissioned it. As his firm specializes in designing on the beach, he deals with the procurement of materials that will visually and physically withstand years of salt and moisture to create a framework for a space that perfectly balancing form and function. “Our client bought the property on which Buddy Ebsen—Barnaby Jones and Beverly Hillbillies—built and lived for many years. While it was an attractive boardwalk home, it didn’t take advantage of the amazing location and had reached the end of its lifecycle as a livable space. Some residents were disappointed to see it come down. “However, as the project neared completion, we had overwhelming support and appreciation for what had been done. Although our primary goal is to have happy clients who are thrilled with their home throughout the process and years to come, we also try to be very good stewards of design and socially responsible designers,” says Brandon.
WE MANAGED TO HAVE A VIEW OF NEWPORT HARBOR FROM ALMOST EVERY ROOM IN THE HOUSE.
While it is hard to say where boardwalk home trends and homeowners’ lifestyles will head in the future, his intention to create something that could be readily refreshed every ten years was another goal. “This is what we struggle with every day,” Brandon continues. “For this client, we started with a classic luxury California beach house aesthetic, including white clapboard siding, stone veneer and decorative finish carpentry. Next, we added touches that straddled modern and traditional sensibilities, such as the steel windows and doors and the standing seam metal roofing. ICONICLIFE.COM
There’s been a fairly recent trend for waterfront homes to have three floors. While it can be done, it results in lower ceiling heights and an out-of-scale character to the existing pattern of development. To remedy this, we brought in a third floor, but placed it farther back and in the middle of the lot to allow for an expansive roof deck to sit behind the roofline. This allows the client to enjoy the amazing views and extra entertaining space from that level without ruining the look of the boardwalk home from the water.” Brandon goes on to explain that copper roofing, once very popular for luxury beach house construction in California, can oxidize very quickly. For this reason, he, along with Patterson Custom Homes, opted for Kynar-painted aluminum exterior metal for the roofing, flashing and gutters that would remain black for the life of the home. Complementary powder-coated light fixtures were then added, in lieu of brass or stainless-steel fixtures, which would not endure through constant weather changes. An open floor plan was also an essential part of the design. “This home has a very modern, open floor plan that is disguised behind a timeless design,” he says. “We managed to have a view of Newport Harbor from almost every room in the house. The ceilings are tall, and there’s tons of natural light that pours in from beautiful steel doors and windows, which open up towards the harbor and allow in afternoon sun, even during the cooler months of the year. There’s also a central courtyard, which provides more private outdoor living on the ground level as well as bringing light and air to the interior of the home, designed with the help of Malia Grippo at Tru Studio. “Open floor plans are not going anywhere soon, natural light will probably stay vogue indefinitely, and that view is never going out of style,” Brandon muses. “This look was born out of a desire to have a California luxury beach house with a timeless character and updated transitional elements that would fit a fun, functional and casual beach lifestyle for years to come. At press time, we learned that Brandon won a Best in American Living Award - Gold for a single family home 5,001 to 6,000 sq.ft. Congrats! As Brandon sees it, he’s not just designing good living space for the good of his clients, but also for the broader communities where the homes stand. “Architects have a responsibility to recognize that and try to do better,” he affirms. “I would hope that this home would be seen by many as a good example of inevitable change and custom residential development done right.” 106
By Tom Bedell
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OFF! Luxe Golf in the Mountains
ummertime may mean it’s time for fun in the sun, but sometimes we relish a quick retreat into the woods. A shaded, fragrant forest and majestic pines is just what the doctor ordered to beat the summer heat. Join us this season as we try out these five arboreal tracks for a great golf getaway.
TALISKER CLUB Park City, Utah
The Talisker Club in Park City, Utah takes a four-season lifestyle approach in its collection of venues: landmark ski-in/ ski-out at Empire Pass in Deer Valley and award-winning golf and more at Tuhaye. The latter just happens to be the home of two-time major winner Mark O’Meara, who designed the course in 2004. Set at 6,900 feet, the course is basically above the tree line of the local pine and birch but is ringed with native shrubs and scrub oaks. And while it plays long, remember that at this elevation the ball will be flying further.
©2009 World Golf Tour, Inc. / Edgewood Tahoe
You don’t have to stay at the Lodge at Edgewood Tahoe to play the Edgewood Tahoe course in Stateline, Nevada, but why wouldn’t you? The 154-room luxury hotel opened just last year in splendid style on the shores of South Lake Tahoe, overlooking one of the best of the west’s golf courses. It’s a vintage track from 1968 designed by George Fazio, though later renovated by his nephew, Tom. Players at Edgewood confront a course that has it all—stately pines, not-so-distant Sierra peaks and the rippling waters of the lake. The peaks, at least, don’t come into play.
PINE CANYON Flagstaff, Arizona
Prospective members can take advantage of a “Discovery Visit” to Pine Canyon for a two-night stay in a fully furnished home of the master-planned Flagstaff, Arizona community and play two rounds on the Jay Morrish-designed course. The late Morrish created a bold routing back in 2004—a mountainous course with fairways carved through the area’s mighty Ponderosa pines with ample meandering creeks in play. His son, Carter, has helped maintain the playability of the course since. The Troon-managed course always has qualified loopers on hand through the national CaddieMaster program, and players will find a unique halfway house overlooking the ninth tee, Morrish Station, housed in a 1944 Santa Fe Railroad caboose.
Planning an East Coast jaunt? In Meadows of Dan, Virginia, the Primland Resort sprawls across 12,000 Blue Ridge Mountain acres. Long a wilderness retreat and hunting reserve, Primland opened up the luxury taps in 2006 along with the debut of the golf course.
Iron Horse is a private golf club nestled in beautiful Whitefish, Montana. Just minutes away is Glacier National Park, world-class downhill skiing at Whitefish Mountain Resort, water recreation on Whitefish Lake, and Glacier Park International airport. Memberships are available with or without the purchase of property and offer an unrivaled way to experience the grandeur of Big Sky Country.
Brian Oar / Pine Canyon, Courtesy of Primland Resort
Meadows of Dan, Virginia
There’s still plenty of rustic sporting activity here—horseback riding, sporting clays, trail hikes, and archery, but there’s also mountain biking, ATV tours through the wild terrain, and a variety of luxury accommodations including three treehouse cabins with seemingly infinite views.
The Clubhouse boasts an exceptionally merchandised pro shop, fully equipped fitness center, and Men’s and Ladies’ Locker Rooms with private massage rooms. Upstairs is a beautiful carved-wood bar and extraordinary fine dining in the restaurant. In addition, the Club includes two outdoor swimming pools, four outdoor tennis courts, four outdoor pickleball courts, and a marina on Whitefish Lake.
SUN’S OUT! FUN’S OUT!
Temps are on the rise, the sun is out, and now it’s well-time to have some fun! We talked with pros at three acclaimed resorts in the Valley of the Sun for tips and recipes for fun this season. By Emily Jacobs
MARINATE IN THIS! Executive Chef Beau Macmillan
Sanctuary Resort on Camelback Mountain | Paradise Valley
Take your backyard barbeques to the next level and rock these recipes for the best chicken and fish on the grill. Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort and Spa is an ICONIC fave in the Southwest, with its famed views of Paradise Valley, craft cocktails at the Jade Bar and fine dining at Elements.
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We reached out to our friend, Food Network star and Executive Chef at Sanctuary Resort Beau MacMillan, who oversees all things delicious at Sanctuary to get his tantalizing secrets for the best marinades to make the best grilled chicken and meats. Simply whisk all the ingredients together and get grilling!
KOREAN BARBEQUE SAUCE Ingredients 1 tablespoon soy sauce 1 tablespoon water 3 tablespoons sake 1 tablespoon rice vinegar 2 scallions 1 teaspoon minced garlic 1 teaspoon white sesame seeds ½ cup Hoisin sauce 1 teaspoon Sambal
MISO MARINADE Ingredients ¼ tub of miso ½ cup brown sugar 1 cup hot water 1 tablespoon sesame oil 1 tablespoon chopped ginger ¼ cup mirin ¼ cup soy sauce 1 teaspoon chili paste 1 ½ zested limes
SUMPTUOUS SUMMER SALADS Chefs Drew Wetmore and Joseph Mills The Boulders Resort & Spa | Carefree
Temperatures in Carefree, Arizona can be up to ten degrees cooler than the rest of the Valley, and that’s why it makes a great destination for staycations this summer. The award-winning golf and spa—one of the top 25 in the world—provide restoration and relaxation. Our culinary friends at The Boulders Resort & Spa want you to make the most of the season with refreshing greens and veggies. Chefs Drew Wetmore and Joseph Mills from The Spotted Donkey mix up their favorite salads for the season.
SPOTTED DONKEY CHOPPED SALAD CHEF DE CUISINE DREW WETMORE
Ingredients 5 ounces chopped romaine 2 ½ ounces diced tomato 2 ½ ounces blue cheese 2 ½ ounces diced cucumber 2 ½ ounces roasted corn 2 ½ o ounces diced avocado 2 ounces chopped bacon 1 tostada 3 ounces chili lime vinaigrette
Chili Lime Vinaigrette Salad Dressing 1 ounce fresh garlic minced 1 ½ ounces green onion sliced 12 ounces fresh lime juice 6 ounces rice wine vinegar 0.2 ounce mild chili pepper 1 ½ ounces Dijon mustard a dash of red chili flakes 5 cups canola salad oil salt to taste 4 ounces water
Method Place the tostada on a plate and add the chopped romaine for a refreshing summer salad. Next, add each ingredient to the tostada. Mix the dressing and toss into the salad. 116
As temps warm up, what better way to stay cool than with refreshing summer salads?
GRILLED SUMMER SHRIMP & AVOCADO SALAD EXECUTIVE CHEF JOSEPH MILLS
Ingredients 1 pound peeled and deveined shrimp 3 pounds watermelon, cut into 2-inch wedges 2 heads of Little Gem lettuce, washed and wedged cut into 4 pieces each 3 spring onions trimmed, green parts thinly sliced, white parts left whole 2 avocados, peeled, pitted and cut into ½-inch wedges 1 red Fresno chili, seeded and thinly sliced 5 tablespoons Queen Creek olive oil Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 2 lemons, zested and juiced ½ cup basil leaves ½ cup mint leaves 1 cup heirloom Sunizona tomatoes from Wilcox, Arizona 1 English cucumber, cut into ½-inch pieces
Thread all of the peeled and deveined shrimp on skewers. Brush the shrimp, watermelon, white parts of the spring onions and avocados with Queen Creek olive oil. Grill the now oil-coated ingredients, turning everything once until they are charred—about four minutes for the shrimp, seven to eight minutes for the watermelon, and two minutes for the scallions and avocados. Season everything with salt and pepper. To ensure the watermelon is as tasty as possible, remove the rind and cut it into one-inch pieces. Cut the spring onions into one-inch pieces and add them, along with the Little Gem lettuce greens, avocados, remaining oil, salt, pepper, lemon zest and juice, basil, red Fresno chili and cucumber, to the same bowl. Toss everything carefully and plate it up.
WHITE NEGRONI TWIST Ingredients 1 ounce gin 1 ounce dry vermouth .5 ounce Lillet Blanc .5 ounce Amaro Nonino A dash of Scarborough bitters A splash of soda water
Combine all of the ingredients, except for the bitters and soda water. Add small amounts of the bitters and soda water, then serve the cocktail with one large ice cube in a rocks glass.
BASIL CUCUMBER MARTINI 2 ounces Tito’s Vodka .25 ounce simple syrup .25 ounce Cointreau 1 large slice of cucumber 2 large leaves of fresh basil
Muddle all of the ingredients together and add ice. Shake the cocktail vigorously, then strain the liquid into a martini glass. Garnish the drink with one basil leaf.
BLACK TEA AND HONEY WHISKEY SOUR Ingredients 2 ounces bourbon 1 ounce black tea mixed with honey syrup 1 ounce lemon juice 5 ounces Pinot Noir float Edible flower
Combine all of the above ingredients, except for the Pinot Noir float. Shake everything well. Add the Pinot Noir float on top, pouring very slowly. Serve in a rocks glass with an edible flower for garnish.
MASTERING MIXOLOGY! Food & Beverage Director Jim Gallen & Mixologist Wes Semkin Mountain Shadows Resort | Paradise Valley Mountain Shadows Resort is truly one-ofa-kind in the desert with its Mid-Century modern vibe— it’s as if you’re suddenly in Palm Springs with retro block construction and classically designed pools. What better place to be inspired to create refreshing craft cocktails inspired by the Palm Springs Rat Pack themselves? We asked food and beverage director Jim Gallen to design the swankiest of cocktails. We worked with the creative Wes Semkin, bartending mixologist to prepare the lovely libations. Remember it’s all about the glassware, and don’t forget the garnish.
GRAPEFRUIT APEROL COLLINS Ingredients
1 ½ ounce vodka 1 ounce Aperol 3 ounces fresh grapefruit juice .25 ounce simple syrup Grapefruit twist and sprig of mint
Combine all of the ingredients and shake well, then strain the liquid into a Collins glass filled with ice. To finish off this refreshing summer cocktail, add the grapefruit twist and a sprig of mint as garnish. ICONICLIFE.COM
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Most Iconic Places to Witness the
NORTHERN LIGHTS Watch the aurora borealis lightshow this winter from your remote—yet remarkable—lodging in the Arctic Circle when the northern lights peak.
By Livia Hooson
his winter, we are setting our sights as high as the skies to witness the annual light show that dazzle during winter and spring months in the amazing Arctic Circle.
Many have wondered what exactly the northern lights—also called the aurora borealis—are and when exactly they are, so you can better your chances to witness this natural marvel. The lights, noted for their shades of green, pink, blue and violet, are caused by electrically charged particles from the sun entering the earth’s atmosphere and can be seen from above the magnetic poles of the northern hemisphere. They can be visible across the entire sky during the winter season between mid-September to mid-April. For the most iconic places to watch the northern lights, we garnered four luxurious accommodations in close proximity to the polar light shows that mesmerize.
HYDRO HEALING AT ICELAND’S ICONIC BLUE LAGOON A trip to Iceland is not complete without a dip into the mystical blue lagoon flanked by volcanic rocks and icy-blue geothermal pools. The Blue Lagoon Retreat Spa & Hotel, located just an hour from the country’s capital Reykjavík, is the place to book your luxe visit to the region as it caters to travelers with an appreciation for relaxation.
Fortunate swimmers and spa-goers may even be able to see where the northern lights are from their seat in the steamy lagoon. Float over to the swim-up bar for a self-applied facial using algae from the on-site mask bar while you wait for the sky to perform an illuminated waltz above.
Courtesy of The Blue Lagoon
The pool’s temperatures are around 100 degrees with winter temperatures in the region around 32 degrees, making this destination a must for those who are wellness-obsessed and looking for equilibrium in the hydro healing lagoon with the chill of winter just beyond.
NORWAY’S ISLAND RETREAT FULL OF ROMANCE AND WHIMSY If you prefer to skip the long car ride and fly directly into your Arctic getaway to see where the northern lights are, then consider taking a helicopter straight to Norway’s Skaret Lodge overlooking the Skogsfjordvatnet Lake. The island of Ringvassøya is the sixthlargest island in the country and an ideal home for hunters, avid hikers and winter athletes as there are both waterfront activities and woodland excursions.
The outdoor spa contains a gorgeous sauna and a jacuzzi perfect for viewing the epic light shows where the northern lights are dancing across the blanket of sky overhead. Off the Map Travel coordinates an immersive retreat that ranges from a five-course dinner to a thrilling dog-sledding venture across the vistas and an evening outdoors to watch the northern lights with your very own accredited professor full of knowledge about the cosmos.
SUPERIOR LUXURY AT LAPLAND’S SUBARCTIC JÁVRI LODGE When the northern lights are flashing above Lapland, find yourself along the sprawling subarctic wilderness of Finland’s northernmost territory to witness the polar light show this winter season. Another phenomenon happens here as well, it is called the midnight sun because for nearly 70 consecutive days in the summer, the sun shines for what seems like forever because of the tilt of the Earth’s axis. If you are hoping to peep the northern lights, head to this Arctic locale in the dead of winter where the boutique Jávri Lodge offers a striking sense of place. The traditionally built chalet is crafted from wooden beams and floor-to-ceiling glass walls along with superior amenities like an indoor pool and sauna straight off the pages of Architectural Digest.
Courtesy of Jávri Lodge
Off the Map Travel designs this full itinerary along with transportation that can include a Husky Safari to sled through the snow-laden landscape, snowmobiling, and a trek at night to photograph the colorways spanning the sky where the northern lights are.
TOUCH THE SKIES AT SHELDON CHALET’S EXCLUSIVE GETAWAY Setting our sights stateside, we head to Alaska to see where the northern lights are crafting a spectacle that can be enjoyed in luxury atop a glacial island in Denali National Park. This exclusive experience at Sheldon Chalet is perhaps only rivaled by the flashing lights of the aurora (if you happen to be in the right place at the right time). This luxurious property is located at the summit of North America’s tallest mountain and is accessed only by helicopter.
With spectacular views of the Alaska Range that have to be seen to be believed, it is an ideal place for stargazers as the high-altitude skies display shooting stars that can be seen from the chalet’s observation deck. The accommodations themselves are worth traveling far for, as well as being where you need to be for optimal northern lights. Couples can reserve a three-night minimum stay, and are welcomed to a completely secluded five-bedroom chalet (sleeps 10) adorned in plush and spacious interiors.
Photo by Chris Loomis
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FOSCARINI FONDNESS T
wiggy”, by Austrian-born Marc Sadler for Foscarini, has been an iconic and staple design in lighting. It has inspired so many other light fixtures we see today that incorporate a cantilever element. For its 15th birthday, the brand is introducing ”Twiggy Wood”, a special version of the lamp that juxtaposes a wooden shade and its signature slender carbon fiber stem. This floor lamp also integrates a new proprietary LED technology that enhances how light is reflected within the shade, resulting in a softer, more welcoming glow from the light source.
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ICONIC LIFE Spring 2021
ICONIC LIFE digital luxury lifestyle magazine, celebrates exceptional design, architecture, style, cuisine, luxury travel and living your be...
Published on Apr 22, 2021
ICONIC LIFE digital luxury lifestyle magazine, celebrates exceptional design, architecture, style, cuisine, luxury travel and living your be...