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CONTENTS The Wedding i ssue 92
From Palm Beach to Nantucket to
THE YEAR OF THE MICRO WEDDING
NYC, here are the weddings that caught the eye of Quest this year, and the brides and grooms who had the most creative, marvelous, and—most of all—fun ways of tying the knot. by brooke kelly
ROYAL STYLE IN THE MODERN DAY
Our interest in the fashion of royalty
may be nothing new, but the unique story of Kate Middleton suggests a style that that still feels regal, exciting even.
Our curated selection of safe and exciting honeymoon
hideaways from around the United States. by brooke kelly
CHOOSE BETTER. MOVE BETTER. How you move is why we’re here. We’ve been U.S. #1 in Orthopedics for 11 years in a row. Here are a few of the reasons why: More successful surgeries on joints and spines than any other hospital The highest expertise in nursing pre- and post-care The lowest readmission rate in orthopedics The fewest orthopedic post-op complications To learn more about our in-person appointments, virtual visits, and enhanced safety protocols, visit HSS.edu
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YOUNG AND THE GUEST LIST
Valentine’s Day memories, and the talk of the town.
DaviD PatriCk Columbia
Our photographer captures William Holden and Stefanie Powers outside Los Angeles.
These days, we’re home a lot—so our columnist shared his reading list. by taki theoDoraCoPulos A look at how apps can be both addictive but also beneficial for our health. by hayDen arnot February is for romance—and great gifts.
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HSS Florida opens its new location in Palm Beach with great reception. by alex travers
The Colony makes some major capital improvements for its guests.
Talking with the top brokers about a dynamic, exciting real estate market. The nature of marriage—and a look at some of our favorite of the past. From New York to Palm Beach to our homes, events must go on. Partying with the PYTs. by brooke kelly
Remembering the great life of Donald Tober. by DaviD PatriCk Columbia
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From left: Barbara and Donald Tober; Quest columnist Hayden Arnot; real estate agent Nikki Field; Ann Jackson and Ken Wilson at an HSS Florida’s opening ceremony last year; Grace and grateful pub tie the knot; David Patrick Columbia on his wedding day.
the #1-rated Hospital for Special Surgery, now celebrating Year One at their state-of-the-art facility in West Palm Beach. Dozens of Quest’s Southern subscribers have become devotees of HSS/Florida—if only for their spectacular Rehab Center— and a few have shared their exceptional experiences within this article. Quest, too, “welcomes aboard” Hayden Arnot, a young contributor who will be reporting on the fresh wave of AI technology—trends and gadgets—that signal healthier lifestyle benefits for our readers, young and old alike. In closing we mourn the loss of Donald Tober, who with his vivacious and indomitable wife Barbara cut a joyful and generous swath across New York’s cultural world and social scene. And finally, we recall the sage words of George H.W. Bush during his transfer of Presidential power to the newly elected Bill Clinton: “Quietly remember the majesty of the Oval Office, and give thanks to God for your family, your true friends, and for the God given chance to be President of the greatest country on the face of the earth.” I much miss “41”. u
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CO U RTE S Y O F T H E TO B E R S ; CO U RTE S Y O F H S S ; CO U RT E S Y O F N I K K I F I E L D
IT WAS JUST about this time twelve months ago when we all began to realize that the Coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan was going to be considerably more serious than another strain of stomach flu. An understatement, indeed, that was...and continues to be. That our collective lives have been literally turned upside down has been well documented, parsed out, and over-analyzed by media outlets more suited to this task than is Quest. And all of this happening while our too large and embedded bureaucracy nears a level of dangerous dysfunction. Nonetheless, the well-intended audience of our quaint (but ever game!) journal has more than risen to the challenge of this insidious and still spreading malaise. It’s been you, dear readers, who have displayed uncommon courage and sustained leadership as you move forward in reclaiming your place in the “future”—a future of unparalleled change that is jarringly confronting us a full decade sooner than we had any reason to expect. And move forward we have into February—“cabbage month” in the UK, and the Wedding Issue here at Quest. We heartily salute the institution of marriage (see the vintage photos above of your grateful publisher and his renowned Editor-in-Chief, both exiting their respective ceremonies) and those who persevered under less than Mother of the Bride strict standards. Dutifully respecting pandemic protocols, the traditional wedding pomp gave way to more relaxed and less staged events that revolved appropriately around extended families and dear old friends. And dogs—lots of well-loved family dogs! Senior Editor, Brooke Kelly, cleverly guides us through eight Covid-modest nuptials from 2020, all of them celebrated within the natural borders of the continental United States...perhaps a welcomed relief from the more recent spate of “ott” destination weddings. Also within February’s pages, our ever astute Managing Editor, Alex Travers, has profiled the incomparable Nikki Fields, a blue chip property agent extraordinaire who is equally respected throughout her industry as the lady she has always been. Additionally overseen by M.E. Travers is a feature on
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NEW YORK SOCIAL DIARY LOOKING BACK ON the New Year’s Eve. Well, that was quick. Christmas here and gone. Friday felt like Saturday, Saturday felt like Sunday; what was left for Sunday was a grey day, cold but not really (35 degrees with a RealFeel of 40). The dogs didn’t mind it. The neighborhood was quiet. Occasionally a car passing by. The
streets were now bare of the Big Snow we’d had only two weeks before. Or was it three? Life in New York has been like this, as you may know. The last week of the year has always been quiet in New York. Many who could, would take a break, relax a little, look forward to the “out with the old, and in with the
new.” This year is not different except this particular first week this year was just like the last 40 weeks have been in this house and many many others. Me and the dogs. I don’t exactly live alone, per se; the canines don’t see it that way. And although my regular/past life in the Big Town has been filled with people of all walks and
talks, the 2020 calendar was very often empty/blank. That is not a complaint but definitely a change and a challenge. As I’m sure it has been for many of us, be they solo or surrounded by family or co-residents. It hasn’t been empty of things to read, or write, however; just empty of the humanity. But this year’s holiday had
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brought a lot of it to my door and my desktop. Many holiday card senders continue. Every year brings new friends and with those greetings come the changes in fashion. Less family—grown up and moved away? Many now send their holiday greetings over the web, often with photo portraits. They are pleasant but they have much less impact on the screen then they do in the hand. Some businesses deserve the acknowledgement for their particular greetings. Others reflect the interests of the sender. This year some even used the seasonal correspondence to say that they were moving. Leaving town. Frankly, all such cards are effective. But the most effective for me are the animal subjects 28 QUEST
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and the little ones. There’s one, a grandchild of some friend, still a very little one. You can see the humor in her bright eyes; the sight of her smile charms you and makes you laugh. I like to imagine she’ll take that with her throughout a long life. This isn’t new but this past year made it clearer to me: Christmas is not a religious holiday in terms of its celebration. But it’s a good one for all of us if only for the spirit that can be found here and there. The card sending this year reflected that spirit we can share. Some will even reflect your spirit when you look at them. Just folks and don’t forget doggies and the kitties and the Kittys. Joy to the world. This is the month for Valen-
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tines, as you know. And since the news on the social side of the coin is not exactly inspiring at the time of this writing, I thought I’d concentrate on the inspiration of the Valentine. My own relationship with Valentine’s Day began when I was six years old and in the First Grade at the Normal Training School, part of the local Teachers College. Our teacher was Miss Deane who made an early impression on me because she smelled heavenly, like my favorite aunt who was also born on Valentine’s Day. As a six year old, I didn’t know about fragrances, only about those who had it. In school, we prepared for the Day by making a large post-box, covered with shiny red paper and some ribbons,
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with a slot in the top for the cards. As it happened I had a girlfriend—the six year old version. Her name was Ann Colton. She caught my attention from the first day in school, seated at the desk across the aisle from mine. When it came to opening our Valentine’s cards on the big day, it was Ann Colton’s card that I was hoping for. Decades later I can’t recall if I did or didn’t get a card from her that day. Although we had a dancing school romance right up to our mid-teens when Ann became sought after (and naturally curious). By late teenage, Ann, who was an excellent student and went on to Smith (College), was dating the boys at Amherst and Yale and from the big towns and big cities.
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D AV I D PAT R I C K C O L U M B I A (Bye-bye Dave, nice knowin’ ya.) Although, ironically many years later, after we’d gone our separate ways and lost complete contact with each other, I came home one night to a phone message from Ann, that she was “looking for the David Columbia who writes for Quest,” and if so, would I call her. That was in the mid-1990s. I did respond the first thing the next morning. We met and caught up. The familiarity from our youth was still there with both of us. She’d raised a family, had been divorced and remarried and living just a few blocks from me here in the big city. Sometimes over dinner I would remind her of the days when I was no longer “of interest” to her growing popu-
larity in college. Oh no, that’s not true, she would say with a smile and maybe a laugh. Nevertheless I was her first Valentine as well as her partner in Mr. Ryder’s Ballroom Dancing class. And we never got divorced! Earlier last month with winter weather in New York, I’d been in a detached mood. I blame it on the whole megillah, the vibe, and the lack of social intercourse. And, the fact that the town is still mainly closed down, and fear of one kind or another, is everywhere. So that’s my excuse. A lot of people who could have left town for the duration, or maybe forever. In the warmer seasons, they headed out to the Hamptons or Newport or other parts of the coun-
tryside. With the cold weather, many, very many, have gone south to Florida. Palm Beach seems more popular than ever. I haven’t been but I hear of lots of people who’ve rented down there for the season. The restaurants, I’m told, are packed every night, maskless and shoulder to shoulder. Same with the clubs and the shops. My relationships to PB has been occasional and the visits have been brief. The biggest impression it made on me was the first time I visited in the late 1960s. I was a newlywed and we made the trip one February to stay with a friend who had been a schoolmate of my wife. It stays in memory because it was quite a different town back then.
It was wintertime up North but the town was not busy. One day we were invited to lunch at the house of Betty Betz McMahon. Betty was famous in America as a writer for women’s magazines as well as newspapers and books for young people. A girl from Indiana who majored in journalism at Sarah Lawrence College (class of ’41), she wrote a book on teenage etiquette called Your Manners Are Showing which established her reputation with the younger audience. She was married to a Canadian oilman, Frank McMahon who was well known as a champion racehorse owner. The luncheon was at the McMahon residence—a very large house surrounding a wide terrace and swimming pool. It
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D AV I D PAT R I C K C O L U M B I A to be awakened even when we walked into the room and saw her (and immediately exited, on the sight of her). Our hostess recognized her—she was Peggy Bedford Bancroft, a Standard Oil heiress, famous in the social world having been married first to Thomas Bancroft, a grandson of Mrs. William Woodward. At the time she was about to marry Prince Charles d’Arenberg, the Duc d’Uzes, the premier duke of France. Why she was asleep with the bedroom door wide open, is not known but it was a fascinating sight for anyone’s imagination, especially that of a writer. Palm Beach was much quieter then. In retrospect, it was like a place that had once had its day and was no longer the attraction it had been in the first half of the 20th century, and to which it has returned in the
21st. It was smaller and mainly popular with families who’d been visiting for generations. It was sleepier than its earlier days when people from New York, Chicago, and Europe had houses they used seasonally. Many of their heirs were now full time residents and the town still had a lot of empty lots as well as large houses that had gone out of style. I was fascinated nevertheless because it was entirely another way of life to this young man from New England now living in New York. Peggy d’Uzes died less than ten years later in 1977 just a couple of days from her 45th birthday, in an automobile accident in heavy fog, about 5 a.m. outside of Paris. The car had hit the pareapet of a bridge and turned over five times! She and three friends had just come from a debu-
tante ball. The two men, one of whom was driving escaped with slight injuries. The other woman in the car, mother of the debutante suffered broken ribs. The duchess was killed immediately. Meanwhile, back to New York now, and the present with everything in flux. My friend Dezia Restivo died in hospital on December 30th. Dezia had been unwell for quite some time (years) and briefly hospitalized more than once. I’m not sure her age although she was obviously older than I. She may have been 90. An Englishwoman by birth, she had a long life in America, with family, her daughter. She had a charming personality of curiosity and interest. Professionally she was a psychic. That’s how I came to know her. It was in 1978 and I was about to move to Los Angeles
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“Use it, she said. “At least on your checks.” I was in an adventurous state of mind and did as she suggested. It turned out to be a wise move. Then she started with the cards. She handed me a deck telling me to shuffle and then pick six cards. She’d pick them up with both hands, spread them out before her almost touching her nose; and looked, as if she were reading. Then she’d talk, maybe ask if I knew a blonde blue-eyed lady who is feeling very sad? Hmm? No. Then she’d take the cards and start the process again with more cards, a wider fan before eyes. She’d talk to me as if she were seeing something in the cards. She knew I was moving to Los Angeles when she said, looking at the cards: “You’re going to meet a royal woman who wears rose colored glasses and has houses on three oceans.” Frankly, it sounded hokey right away. A royal woman in L.A.? and three oceans. Funny. The reading ran for about an hour.
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She’d often describe a person in some way related to me by his/her color, height, age. I remember very little of that first visit except for the royal lady with three ocean views. It came to pass, about six months after my “reading” with Dezia, I was then living in Los Angeles when one night a friend invited me to join him at a cocktail reception of a woman named Lady Sarah Spencer-Churchill who had a house on Lloydcrest Drive in Beverly Hills. Most memorable was meeting the hostess, a tall and naturally imposing woman, gracious and quick to laugh, with an almost jolly charm. And wearing rose-colored glasses. I had forgotten about Dezia’s “prediction” but coincidentally, as I came to know Sarah, I learned she also had houses overlooking the Pacific, the Caribbean and the Peloponnese. It also came to pass that Sarah became a very important experience in my life. She was a gift to me at that moment. She died a little more than 20 years later in explor-
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she’d hold so close, fanned out covering most of her face, and talking, as if she were reading. She still had a lot of the British in her accent although it was purely American in sensibility. She was energetic, bursting with energy whenever she needed it. She loved cats; she always had a cat. And a deck of cards on a table nearby. “….A royal woman with houses on three oceans…who wears rose-colored glasses…” Right there is a story waiting to be told, Dezia. Still a very quiet New York. Mild weather for mid-January in New York. But nothing new; it’s getting warmer (than it used to be). Mid-30s to mid-40s; some rain to wash the streets, sometimes a little windy. Sometimes Sun and other times cloudy or overcast. But at least—because it’s not freezing—it’s good for the
restaurant business and their street-side tables. People are eating outside, bundled up for the weather. Otherwise the city is quiet after-hours. It wouldn’t surprise me—although I haven’t been there—that downtown, SoHo, and beyond is bustling. A whole lotta shakin’ goin’ on; even if it’s not. Back to business. On a Wednesday last month, I had a dinner date with Kathy Sloane. We were joined by Martha Stewart who is an old friend of Kathy’s. I’ve known Martha for a long time now, also. But from “across the room” to lunch and dinner partners at events. She’s been on the scene as long as I’ve been covering it here in New York, now going on three decades. I’ve seen her here there and everywhere a thousand times because she
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IT SEEMS LIKE YESTERDAY HE WON the Oscar for Stalag 17 in 1953, but my favorite William Holden film is a toss-up between Sunset Boulevard and The Bridge on the River Kwai. My wife Gigiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s favorites are a bit more on the romantic side: Sabrina and Picnic. Of course, there is Network, which is as contemporary today as when it was first released in 1976. All in all, to say the beloved actor had a magnificent career is quite an understatement. When I photographed Holden with his partner, actress Stephanie Powers, at home near Los Angeles, they were very much in love. They were more interested in talking about their work in Africa for the conservation of endangered wildlife than in talking about the movies. Their home was filled with African artifacts and several exotic animals, bringing out their favorite boa constrictor for a photograph while Stephanie coaxed a lovely parrot into another photograph once the boa was safely out of the way. Together they founded the Mount Kenya Game Ranch and Wildlife Conservancy and worked tirelessly to protect endangered wildlife. After Holdenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s death in 1981, Stephanie continued their work and founded the William Holden Wildlife Foundation at his Mount Kenya Game Ranch which she oversees today. u 56 QUEST
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ON THE BOOKS
From left: Evelyn Waugh at Piers Court in 1955; James
novels after I read the Russians, all of Hemingway, Fitzgerald, O’Hara, Shaw, Jones, Mailer, Maugham, Greene, Orwell, and Waugh, among others of the period. Why did I not continue reading fiction? That’s an easy one: because writers began to write very, very, very long books containing millions of words that didn’t exactly ever get to the point, hysterically describing weird objects in improbable situations. The style was even worse than magic realism, which used clear and precise prose, and defeated the purpose of reading with its lack of beautiful and descriptive prose about interesting people. Modernity was gimmicky. I remem-
ber Truman Capote’s description of On the Road as “typing, not writing,” but I liked Kerouac, as I liked the writing of a truly horrible man who was Capote. (The maligned Answered Prayers was a gem.) So, Don DeLillo, Thomas Pynchon, Martin Amis, and Salman Rushdie are not for me, and I’m rather proud to say I’ve never read more than a chapter of any of their books before giving up. It might not make sense, but I don’t believe a word they write, because fiction has to be believable. I trusted Dick Diver and Nicole, and Jake Barnes and Brett Ashley, and Stephen Rojack and Winston Smith, not to mention Raskolnikov and Prince Andrei and Larry
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I RECEIVED A LETTER from a longtime reader, James Hackett, inquiring about books I am reading. It is not often that I get letters that delight me, as this one did, especially when one reads letters from readers to newspapers and magazines in the United States. Lots of them seem sanctimonious, holier-than-thou; others I suspect are written by glossy magazines themselves promoting their own celebrity culture worship. James Hackett is an American gent whom I’ve never met, and I hope I don’t disappoint with my choices, but the last novels I read were literally some fifty years ago. I actually stopped reading
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Holland, author of The War in the West; Vladimir Nabokov.
TA K I Darrell and Templeton. And what about Christian Diestl in The Young Lions, the perfect Wehrmacht soldier until disillusionment sets in? From what I’ve read Evelyn Waugh was a horror, snobbish and a bully, yet when I read him, even with his satirical overreach, I believed every word because I have met English people just like those he describes in Vile Bodies. Vladimir Nabokov I met in Gstaad toward the end of his life, and even if he had never written another word I would have bowed low to him for his description of a young woman in a short story. The author notices a drop of sweat slowly running down the beautiful girl’s leg.
was up saying goodbye to the Queen of the Netherlands, who was also staying. For reasons that I will not mention I felt awfully chatty and engaged my host—who happens to be among the nicest and most polite people—in a one-sided conversation about the Wehrmacht. His answer to my rudeness was to send me two books by Philip Kerr, Prussian Blue and Metropolis. Bernie Gunther, the hero, is different from the private eyes we’ve read about from other greats like Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett. Not as hard-boiled, I suppose. The only fiction I’ve recently read has been Philip Kerr thrillers. And the only thing to say is thank you, Anthony,
disastrous American foreign policies. The biography of Anthony Powell by Hilary Spurling is another one that has kept me happy during lockup. Left Bankand Lost Girls were two books that got me all riled up and reminded me of my youth in Paris and London, and of course the two-volume biography of Clare Booth Luce by Sylvia Morris was unputdownable. (I had withdrawal symptoms after I finished.) Read more And when I got bored I went to war books. James Holland’s The War in the West is magnificent, as is film man Sam Fuller’s A Third Face. I spent four days
From left: Philip Kerr, author of Prussian Blue and Metropolis; novelist Truman Capote at his Black and White Ball at The Plaza with Katherine Graham, and his novel, Answered Prayers.
Old Vlad was a lepidopterist and detail was his forte, but my taste runs to mood, Fitzgerald’s forte. Once the novel became unreadable, I stuck to biography and history, and it has served me well. I’ll get to that in a moment, but first, how I rediscovered fiction. It was a couple of years ago and I was in the Cotswolds for a ball Prince and Princess Pavlos of Greece were giving at their Oxfordshire estate. A friend had asked Lord Bamford, whose house Daylesford is among the most beautiful in England, if he could put the poor little Greek boy up for a night. As it happens I returned around 6 a.m. and my host
and sorry about the Wehrmacht soliloquy. The Crimson Goddess, an unusual novel by Manfred von Pentz, is wonderfully written about a tempestuous courtship set against the Spanish Civil War. The novel was published first in Poland, one of my favorite countries. As we live in a time where books are out of style while ghastly contraptions are in, what keeps one sane is reading history and biography. I enjoyed Our Man about the horror that was Richard Holbrooke, his terrible personal habits and self-promotion, his treacherous nature but undeniable talents in seeing through the fog of
in the company of James Holland in Normandy a couple of years ago thanks to my friend Peter Livanos’ invitation to visit the battlefields and learn all there is to know. From the Allied side, that is. I had too much respect for James to argue, but had the Wehrmacht enjoyed the total air cover the Allies did, they would still be fishing them out of the water today. Keep reading and throw away the machines. And imagine how wonderful the world would be without the internet, Twitter, Google, and the rest of the garbage. u For more Taki, visit takimag.com. F E B R U A RY 2 0 2 1 5 9
WHOOP! STRAVA IT IS
From above: Dr. Bob Arnot and our columnist, Hayden Arnot; the WHOOP app and Strap.
WHEN WAS THE last time you opened Instagram, Facebook, TikTok, or Snapchat? Seconds ago? When we think about the “why” behind these products, corporate titans design them to be habit forming. Despite our increased familiarity with these platforms— and for most of us, I’m referring to the acute frequency with which they appear throughout our daily lives—these behemoth apps have been known to form toxic behavioral patterns that negatively affect mental wellness by instilling feelings of anxiety, depression, inferiority, and loneliness in their users. To say nothing of the tremendous amount of time and productivity squandered each day. That was my jaded view until I signed up for a virtual 5K race for the conservation of Nantucket in July. The virtual nature of the race meant I had to download a fitness app, called Strava, to track my time. Strava is a service that tracks all types of exercise from stand-up paddle, hiking, skiing, and of course to running. Finally! An app with healthy, beneficial “addictive” qualities. Follow your friend’s progress and give them kudos for their activities—brilliant. Before July, friends would have laughed if I called myself a runner, having never run more than 3 miles. Flash forward 6 months, and now I am running up to 50 miles a week at an average pace below 6:30 minutes per mile. I had never imagined in my wildest dreams this would happen. The routine-forming nature of the Strava app pressed me to continually improve my times and mileage with tremendous backing from a super supportive community. Quite a feat for social media! Knowing that my followers would see each of my runs inspired me to give it my all on every run—which, over time, has transformed me into quite a competitive runner. During COVID-enforced isolation, my circle of friends came to rely on Strava to remain motivated and stay connected. Ironically, Strava not only helped us better ourselves as individuals, it also compelled us to us to build stronger bonds amongst each other by motivating us to keep in touch via the Strava app. I now have old, as well as new “Strava friends” within the Strava community, all of whom I chat with often. Ultimately, Strava spurred me to lose 40 pounds, ditch unwanted anxiety, morph into the most competitive runner within my friend group, and form meaningful connections with hundreds of equally motivated Strava enthusiasts. But I’m not the only fitness app addict in my family—that would be my dad! Two years ago, I introduced him to the extremely popular app, WHOOP. Used by some of the world’s greatest athletes: Lebron James, Patrick Mahomes, and Michael Phelps to name a few, “WHOOP is the first system to automat-
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Counterclockwise from above: Hayden’s Strava runs, including “Dr. Danger,” the half marathon in Nantucket that he competed in with his father; Dr. Bob Arnot paddle boarding; Hayden Arnot running in the half marathon in Nantucket.
ically track your body’s unique physiological state to determine your personal readiness to perform each day”(whoop.com). Captivated by WHOOP CEO Will Ahmed, dad dug into the app and grew so inspired that he even wrote a book about it, Flip The Youth Switch by Dr. Bob Arnot (J.T. Colby & Company, Inc.). Dad used Will’s key metric, “HRV” (Heart Rate Variability, a measurement of the time between successive beats of the heart), which WHOOP calculates in metrics related to biological age. When he started, Dad’s HRV measured that of a 70+ year old. Within a year, his HRV had dropped to the equivalent of someone in their mid-twenties—just like me! I even introduced Dad to my WHOOP group, “Whoop Hardos”. Strava users rely on the WHOOP app to compare results (part of Ahmed’s genius has been game-ifying WHOOP). Dad’s become a total WHOOP fanatic. As many as three times a week he scores number one in a group of 40 ex-college athletes and captains, all in their 20s. He won’t even get out of bed in the morning before checking his tallies to see how hard he can press his workouts, and he won’t go to sleep at night without seeing where his scores stand within Whoop Hardos. Last year my father represented the US at the Winter World Masters Games
in Austria in Alpine Skiing and Nordic Combined. Thanks to his physical stamina as a result of using WHOOP, his dream of re-living the life of a 25-year-old athlete had become a reality! My father is a lifelong endurance athlete who has competed in numerous Ironmans, marathons, and triathlons. He is also the World Champion of paddle boarding for his age bracket. For years he had longed for me to get competitive in endurance sports, but I always resisted. On probably one of the happiest days of his life, I called him and asked, “Dad, how would you like to run-bike a half marathon with me?” I hardly had to say another word before he flew down to Nantucket—it had been 8 months since we had last seen each other due to the pandemic. We successfully completed the half marathon in an hour and a half, all the while tracking our performance on WHOOP and Strava. These apps not only helped my physically (an accomplishment for which I will be forever grateful), but even more meaningfully, they helped me personally by bringing me closer to my father. Using the apps during a physically distanced activity, we were able to see each other for the first time during the pandemic—as well as share a newfound passion for endurance sports—and healthy, social apps that crush it! u F E B R U A RY 2 0 2 1 6 1
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ONE YEAR LATER HSS FLORIDA BRINGS CARE CLOSER TO HOME BY ALEX TRAVERS 66 QUEST
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THOUSANDS OF Floridians have traveled to Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) in New York City to receive care from the hospital that has been ranked number one in the United States for orthopedics 11 years in a row by U.S. News & World Report. That same leading-edge care came to South Florida one year ago in January 2020 as a brand new, stateof-the-art facility in West Palm Beach. With ambulatory surgery, clinical care, performance testing, physical therapy, and on-site imaging, HSS Florida provides the high caliber care synonymous with HSS. Every member of the team, including orthopedic surgeons, physicians, and physical therapists, specializes in orthopedic care. And recently, Dr.
Martin Roche was recruited as Director of Arthroplasty, joining the team in January 2021. Dr. Roche leads the Outpatient Total Joint Replacement program alongside Dr. John L. Wang. HSS reported that the immediate demand for care is much higher than projected, and HSS Florida is growing its staff and resources to meet the needs of the South Florida community. The Physical Therapy program is fully subscribed with over 4,500 visits facilitated in 2020. In fact, since welcoming the first group of patients in January 2020, HSS Florida physicians have seen over 10,000 clinical visits in the new facility.
WELLNESS This spread: HSS Florida’s brand new, state-of-the-art facility in West Palm Beach offers ambulatory surgery, clinical care, performance testing, physical therapy, and on-site imaging.
One of those patients was David Ober. “Growing up riding horses, hiking, and rock climbing have taken their toll,” Ober told Quest. Following an expedition to Kilimanjaro with his daughter in 2011, he realized he needed his right knee replaced. “Having had a successful high tibial osteotomy in 2002 and then subsequent full right knee replacement in 2012—both installed by the legendary Dr. David Altchek—I was able to attempt Mt. Rainer in 2013.” Ober recalled looking at his knee and discussing the final summit push at Mt. Rainer: “My knee and I agreed we could go with it.” So when it was time for his left knee to be replaced, Ober said it was only natural to turn to HSS, this time at its new facility in Florida. “I am so pleased to report that eight weeks ago Dr. John Wang installed my new knee—and that I am not only back on the tennis court with alacrity but already contemplating another mountaineering adventure in 2022.” Dr. John L. Wang is an orthopedic hip and knee surgeon who uses minimally invasive techniques to help patients return back to their normal activities. His specialties include hip replacement, knee replacement, hip and 68 QUEST
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knee reconstructive and revision surgery, as well as same-day, outpatient joint replacement. By using computer navigation and robotic surgery, Dr. Wang is able to take a more personalized approach to each patient and deliver better results. Jimmy Gubelmann also praised of the work of HSS and Dr. John L. Wang. As a professional motorcycle race and rally car driver, Gubelmann’s had various injuries over the years. He’s also had many surgeries at HSS in New York City. He recently had an accident in Palm Beach. “I broke my femur and displaced my knee replacement on my right leg,” he clarified. Fortunately, Dr. Wang checked out his injury on a Friday, measured Gubelmann for a new knee on Saturday, and had his new knee manufactured in New York on Sunday. “A doctor brought it down from New York City on Monday morning and installed my new prosthesis on Monday at noon.” He joked: “Dr. Wang is extremely gifted in putting Humpty Dumpty back together again.” Gubelmann was truly impressed with the speed and efficiency of Dr. Wang, “especially with what he accomplished in West Palm Beach while simultaneously coordinating with HSS in New York City.” HSS believes that the best orthopedic care begins with the proper diagnosis and a comprehensive treatment plan delivered by top medical talent every step of the way. Its goal is to continue to provide unmatched, personalized care to improve mobility and restore quality of life for its patients. u
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NEW AMENITIES AT THE COLONY ADD FRESH FLAIR BY ALEX TRAVERS
THE COLONY HOTEL is one of Palm Beach’s true gems. Its interiors are bright and playful, and the outside is painted in a welcoming salmon hue. That polish may be familiar to the island, but The Colony has made it one-of-a-kind. Recently, The Colony announced some major capital improvements and partnerships, adding even more value and offering unforgettable experiences to all its guests and visitors. For starters, the luxury lifestyle brand AERIN and The Colony debuted the AERIN Villa Jasmine, a delightful guest villa designed and curated by Aerin Lauder. The 70 QUEST
2,100-square-foot villa offers a private entrance, two generous master bedrooms, two full-size bathrooms, kitchen, and gracious living and dining areas, each opening out to the fountained villa courtyard or front patio via French doors. The interior is both contemporary and classic, capturing Lauder’s tasteful personal style. Hotel guests will even discover fine details like AERIN products stocked in the baths, AERIN luxury tabletop dining service in the kitchen, curated books, and—our favorite touch—AERIN table games throughout.
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As events and gatherings have been moving outside for safety, the opening of The Colony’s East Garden (its new outdoor venue for celebrations) has been met with delightful reception. Designed by internationally recognized landscape architects Jorge Sanchez and Brian Vertesch of SMI Landscape Architecture, the East Garden perfectly captures the elegance of Palm Beach, featuring a 3,200 square-foot oasis enclosed by towering hedges. Evocative of a secret terrace, the East Garden is a completely private outdoor space, accommodating up to 175 guests for bridal celebrations and private events. The Colony has also partnered with Brooklyn-based coffee roasters Bluestone Lane to create the first Florida café at The Colony Hotel. Bluestone Lane at The Colony brings a memorable aromatic experience in a chic atmosphere, allowing guests to savor the finest coffee, cappuccino, and espresso—paired with delicious fare—for breakfast and lunch. Bluestone Lane is currently offering soups, salads, sandwiches, pastries, and smoothies for dining alfresco on The Colony’s historic steps. More good news: The beloved NYC society boite Swifty’s has
returned to Palm Beach this winter with the opening of Swifty’s Pool. Serving lunch, dinner and cocktails around The Colony’s swimming pool and under the hotel’s outdoor hanging garden, Swifty’s Pool offers a delicious menu and live music, with an outdoor bar serving cocktials on generously spaced outdoor lounge seating set under twinkling palms. And art lovers will be thrilled to hear that The Colony Hotel and New York’s Voltz Clarke Gallery have continued their partnership, showcasing a new exhibit by artist Joshua Avery Webster. The new series consists of Webster’s signature linear paintings in color combinations inspired by and for this iconic location. Webster’s solo show will be the gallery’s fifth exhibition with The Colony Palm Beach and be on view through the season in the hotel’s Solarium. Stop in soon, or make plans to stay a week or two. Now is the perfect time to enjoy all Palm Beach and The Colony have to offer. Really, there is no other hotel on the island like it. u For more information, please visit thecolonypalmbeach.com. F E B R U A RY 2 0 2 1 7 3
OUTSTANDING IN HER FIELD
NIKKI FIELD, the Senior Global Real Estate Advisor and founder of The Field Team, has been a dynamic presence with Sotheby’s International Realty since 1998. Field and her team specialize in Manhattan’s luxury co-op, condo, townhouse, and new development markets, where she has set numerous industry-wide, record-shattering prices. Her team consists of 15 experienced professionals, each with general market strength as well as a mastery of a specific area. Her daughter Amanda Field Jordan joined The Field Team five years ago, adding both passion and a new perspective to the vibrant industry of luxury real estate. “Amanda brings modern skill sets to the business, while I offer over 20 years of industry experience,” said Nikki. “I cherish the time I spend alongside my daughter while also building a stronger and more successful real estate team that is certain to last well into the future.” Clients continue to benefit from the knowledge of the entire team, and in today’s dynamic environment, that awareness is even more valuable. Here, Nikki Field shares her wisdom on the current state of the market and some exciting news on the future of The Field Team. Opportunity Knocking 2020 was a tale of three New York City markets and each segment had their highs (discounted purchase prices) and lows (disappointing selling prices). New development led the market; our investors came in early, fast, and low. Whether local, domestic, or international, smart investors recognized that New York was “on sale” and offered the best buyer’s market since 2009. Developers met these investors goals with deep discounts,
attractive terms, and delivered prime, luxury properties in amenity-laden new buildings. These early buyers unequivocally believed in the power and future of Manhattan. The Up-Buyer Our favorite clients: those who were willing to sell low and buy lower. These rabid, loyal New Yorkers did not abandon the city. In August, all the way through to September, they swarmed the market, researching the inventory, evaluating the data, circling and monitoring the best options. And from October to December, they jumped in and secured incredible deals. They found their dream homes—larger and in better locations than they already owned. Given the “opportunity” spread for them, these buyers were smart players; they sold their studios or one and two bedrooms at compelling, well-priced numbers in order to take advantage of the bountiful mid-market ($2–$4mm) and they bought up. Renters to Buyers Long term renters seized the moment and bought those entry level, first-time homes mentioned above, taking advantage of the approximate 20% discount offered by those seller’s that were buying up during the Covid market. No matter which segment of the market one was maneuvering in, it was an exhausting game of musical chairs for even experienced brokers that were nimble and knowledgeable. Real-time market data—changing from deal to deal—was essential to lay the ground for correct asking prices and appropriate offers. This knowledge built
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our credibility in a risk-assessed environment and positioned our clients to make bold decisions. Historical data, trust, and therapy was needed in every deal to secure the confidence of buyers all the way to signed contracts. Accelerated Change and Location Freedom Never have so many prioritized the safety and sanctuary of their homes. New Yorkers are on the move—in, out, up, and down. Home buyers are choosing locations in faraway destinations, familiar near-by areas and making local upgrades to their lifestyles. Some are consolidating their residential portfolios and others are buying like it is 2009. Adjusted prices, bloated inventory, and the historical long term investment value in residential real estate is driving this national phenomenon. 2020 will be remembered as the year of the first-time Buyer. There were scores of entry-level deals signed from October through the end of December, but I believe the defining moment for the health of New York and the encouraging forecast for 2021 was definitely the last three weeks of 2020 when the Luxury Market (over $4mm) significantly outperformed year-over-year 2019 sales volume. These big deals even surprised the most seasoned in our industry.
Consumer Confidence Consumer confidence in Manhattan during the time of Covid19 is the most important barometer for deal making and a close second is a seller’s motivation and negotiability. Both are essential to getting from that first virtual viewing to closing. It is reassuring to know that history has taught us that New York real estate has led us through dark days of crisis and economic recoveries before. With inventory slowly depleting, the election over, the vaccine arrival, and increased personal wealth, the bottom of this market cycle may be behind us sooner than most analysts predicted. SIRcle The Globe Campaign The Field Team is excited to launch our SIRcle The Globe Campaign. As exclusive representatives of the Luxus Group, a Real Estate Private Equity company that invests in vacation homes, we are bringing a global portfolio of Luxury Lifestyle Vacation homes to market. These properties, located in California, Hawaii, Italy, Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic, are a timely opportunity for our clients to identify and secure prime vacation residences as well as investment opportunities. u For more information, please visit nikkifield.com. F E B R U A RY 2 0 2 1 7 5
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An east facing view of Forté towards Palm Beach and the Atlantic Ocean; a residence living room rendering. Opposite Page: A westward view of Forté looking east; Forté’s second-story pool deck featuring a lap pool, heated spa and outdoor dining and lounge area; The arrival at Forté displays a waterfront art walk and sculpture garden.
OVERLOOKING PALM BEACH from from South Flagler Drive, Forté, a 24-story tower developed by Two Roads Development, enjoys sweeping views of Worth Avenue, the Intracoastal Waterway, and the Atlantic Ocean. Forté offers a collection of 41 flowthrough residences, starting at $4.9 million, each with private elevator foyers, dramatic ceiling heights, floorto-ceiling glass windows, and expansive balconies that provide 1,000 additional square feet of outdoor living. With only two residences per floor, each unit comes with customizable kitchen floor plans appointed with the finest modern finishes, features and appliances. The building’s only penthouse unit, which is 8,976 square feet, is comprised of six bedrooms and grand ceiling heights, ranging from 12 to 15 feet. The penthouse also features an additional 2,103 square feet of outdoor space, including a private roof deck and pool, a summer kitchen, and a cabana bath. Forté on Flagler also offers exclusive amenities for its
community, such as 24-hour valet and doorman, onsite concierge, resort-style pool, spa and treatment rooms, state-ofthe-art fitness center, private guest suites, a private 24-seating dining room, evening lounge, sport simulator room, card room, and more. ◆ Forté residences are being sold exclusively by Douglas Elliman. The Forté Sales Gallery is located at 1217 South Flagler Drive, Suite 300, in West Palm Beach. For more information, call 561.653.6240 or visit fortewpb.com. F E B R U A RY 2 0 2 1 7 7
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Q: What is bringing people to Palm Beach specifically? A: Lifestyle and taxes have become a driving force behind the strong migration to Palm Beach. Many large companies have moved their headquarters and employees to Florida; providing incentives for the transition. The privacy of Forté is also extremely valuable. Residents want to be able to step off an elevator, directly into their private foyer. Buyers are interested in the lifestyle and walkability surrounding Forté. Forté’s location offers easy access to arts and culture, restaurants, and shopping. Q: Tell me about Palm Beach’s hot real estate market and how it has evolved since the start of the pandemic. What are buyers looking for? A: We’ve seen an accelerated migration to Florida, especially in the Palm Beach market. Buyers are looking for indoor/outdoor living, and while single family homes had initially been a primary focus for buyers, they have since transitioned to boutique buildings, offering spacious floor plans and substantial balcony spaces, providing a true indoor/outdoor living experience. Many transplants are making South Florida their primary residence, often keeping a location in another state as a secondary home. Q: Have you experience people signing sight unseen? A: Absolutely. The aid of virtual technology allows buyers to experience each individual residences, views, and amenities without stepping into the sales gallery.
Q: Anything else you want to share with our readers? A: There is a strong need for a luxury product in the Palm Beach/Flagler corridor and Forté in West Palm Beach fits this need.
Forté on Flagler in West Palm Beach.
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Q: Do you see the migration from NYC as permanent? A: I have every confidence the migration is temporary. New York is such an important global cultural, financial, tech, and education hub and will continue to be. Q: Why did you expand your practice to Palm Beach? A: I did so at the request of a number of my clients, as more and more were looking for me to advise them not only in New York but also in Palm Beach.
Q: What’s new and noteworthy on the island? A: Important New York art galleries have expanded here in the last six months, such as Aquavella, Pace, and Paula Cooper. Iconic New York restaurants such as La Goulue and Swifty’s at the Colony have opened on the island. It’s an exciting time to be in Palm Beach! Q: Anything else you’d like to share? A: As of January 21st, we only have 61 single family houses on the market, the lowest in recorded history. Generally, we have approximately two to three times that amount. If you are an owner of a home in Palm Beach, this is an unprecedented opportunity to sell at high valuations.
Q: What are the most popular residential areas right now? A: All three areas of Palm Beach are in demand and we are a supply constrained island. That said, we have seen more transactions this year on the North End than In-Town or the Estate Section.
The Henry Morrison Flagler Museum in Palm Beach, Florida.
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Q: How has COVID affected the Palm Beach market? A: The pandemic accelerated a trend in Palm Beach that was already in place. More people are working from home and they are focused on a great quality of life, security, privacy, backyards, and pools. The reality is that Palm Beach has gone from a seasonal town into a primary residence town, where many residents are staying here year round.
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Q: How has COVID impacted the Charleston real estate market? A: The Charleston market ended in 2020 with many surprises that we did not anticipate at the beginning of last year. With more companies offering a work-from-home platform due to the pandemic, we saw and continue to see people escaping crowded cities and moving to Charleston. It is an unprecedented time for us. Homes fly off the market with many properties never making it to the multiple listing service and are being sold by recommendation of their Realtors. I have personally sold three properties that my buyers had never been in physically before purchasing. To help protect our clients and our agents, Handsome Properties began creating “Virtual Open Houses,” which allow buyers to preview the homes through email and our website. This has become a very versatile tool for buyers to preview properties from the safety of their own homes. Q: What do you expect from the market in the spring? A: I do not foresee the market trends letting up in the spring. Within the last month alone, Charleston has seen only 330 homes enter the market, but 436 homes moved
to active contingent and 643 homes sold. A few of the highest sales ever on the Peninsula sold in 2020, with the highest being sold for $12,000,000 and $1,434.89 per square foot. Q: What are the most popular residential areas? A: From Sullivans Island to the Old Village of Mount Pleasant to the Peninsula of Charleston to Kiawah— these are just a few of the most popular residential areas that people move to when they are searching for real estate. The Holy City has a lot to offer. Charleston continues to receive accolades from travel sites and magazines. It is truly a vibrant southern city with so much to offer for everyone who travels here, including dining, beaches, golf, art, music, and rich history.
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Q: Why are people choosing Bedford as their escape? A: Bedford is uniquely positioned to offer buyers a lot of open space and large lots within commuting distance to the City. With a dedication to preserving land, Northern Westchester offers a country and farmland feel while being 50 minutes
from midtown Manhattan. People will commute again and Bedford has direct train service on Metro North to Grand Central. The area also offers different styles of homes, from smaller starter homes to large estate properties with farms. Q: What advice do you have for buyers and sellers? A: For buyers considering Bedford and the Northern Westchester area we would recommend starting your search now as inventory continues to be low so giving yourself more time opens up more options—especially if they are trying to start the 2021 school year in the area. For sellers, now is the time to start the process if you are serious about listing your home! There may be things you could be doing in advance to prepare your property to maximize your value and marketability so do not wait.
15 Honey Hollow Road in Pound Ridge, New York; $15,000,000.
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Q: How has COVID impacted the Northern Westchester market? A: Northern Westchester has experienced a tremendous surge in sales and overall market activity since COVID began. Largely due to the increase in demand from families leaving NYC looking for more space and outdoor recreation options – even simply wanting their own backyard in which to get out and play. We are so fortunate to have many parks and sanctuaries at our disposal for outdoor hiking, biking, fishing, and riding. Many buyers were already entertaining the idea of moving to our area but COVID accelerated their plans. We do think the momentum will continue as the “Spring Market” has already started which is definitely early – we are seeing a second wave of people that did not end up buying last year for various reasons - starting the process of buying now.
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Q: Tell me about Palm Beach’s hot real estate market and how it has evolved since the start of the pandemic. A: Since the pandemic has begun, buyers are searching for residences that don’t have enclosed shared spaces or elevators: Obviously Single Family Detached homes are in highest demand but also condos and co-ops with open air or well ventilated hallways like you’ll find at 2774southoceanblvd.com are of great interest to Buyers. Q: Have you experience people signing sight unseen? A: As nerve-racking as it is, another trend that has evolved out of the pandemic is people willing to buy sight-unseen or previewed by a legal representative, close friend or relative. I’ve dealt with this a few times and each time it has worked out well. In a situation where the soon-to-be homeowner won’t have had the opportunity to visit the property I take it upon myself to bring the property to the Buyer in as many ways as possible. This includes a map of the surrounding area that points to iconic Palm Beach institutes or attractions, as well as my own “insider” knowledge of great restaurants, places to visit and shops where a new homeowner can
procure all things necessary for their new residence: whether it is intended for personal use or an income property. Q: What is bringing people to Palm Beach? A: The lifestyle and all it has to offer. This is an amazing place to Live, Work and Play. The options are limitless. The advent of COVID has only added to people migrating to the area. There is a an open-air advantage here year ‘round and that is appealing now more than ever due to the virus. It’s amazing to see the number of people taking advantage of the Bike Trail, Boating, Paddle Boards and other ocean activities. Also, institutes that offer presentation of the arts are finding ways to bring script, song, dance and multi-medium creations to the public in an outdoor setting. u
Penthouse listing: floor to ceiling ocean views from every room. 2774 South Ocean Blvd #803 in Palm Beach, 33480; $1,975,000.
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ing unmarried daughter of Mr. William Astor, to Mr. Marshall Orme Wilson, a son of Mr. R T. Wilson, the banker and railreoad magnate. The ceremony was performed at 3:30 o’clock in the spacious art gallery at the residence of the bride’s father, No. 350 Fifth-avenue, by Rev. Dr. Morgan Dix, the rector of Trinity Church. The bridal party embraced, besides the bride and her father, eight bridesmaids and as many ushers, and the ceremony was witnessed by nearly a thousand guests.” (My italics.) The account of the affair took three-quarters of a page of details: There were presents of jewels, gold and silver ware, articles of crystal, china, bronze. The bride wore a diamond necklace given to her by the groom. “The pendant consisted of a ruby, pearl, and sapphire, each surrounded by a cluster of large diamonds. The necklace and pendant together are said to have cost $75,000,” (or $10 million in today’s currency). Aside from the extravagance, the most important aspect of these weddings was that they took place at the same time that women were beginning to acquire—albeit very slowly—rights to independence that were unheard of in history. And one of those primary rights was that claimed by Alva Vanderbilt: divorce. It began with the rich—because they had the funds for liberation. With a decade or two, divorce was rampant in society, and a century later, it is not only uncommon, but now ordinary. The change in attitude, however, never dampened the enthusiasm for tying the marital knot. From the late 19th century right up to today, marriage (and especially weddings) remain one of the most memorably exciting activities of people in general. Marriage and weddings seem to be part of the human DNA, a natural act, no matter the outcome. u
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THE MODERN MARRIAGE has taken on newness as a tradition. The ultimate weddings today are often week-long extravaganzas with guests jetting across the world to attend the exotic venue. This approach to a wedding was born (without the advantages of modern technology) in the last quarter of the 19th century in New York. In the midst of the first Gilded Age, the Society wedding took on a larger and clearer definition in November 1884, with the marriage of Mrs. Astor’s youngest daughter, Caroline, to Marshall Orme Wilson. The engagement was announced six months in de rigueur advance, hitting the papers on June 29. The New York Sun reported: “The engagement of Miss Caroline Astor and Mr. Orme Wilson has been formally announced in Paris, whither Mr. Wilson followed Miss Astor very soon after her departure, and whence he will return her accepted lover. Notwithstanding the worldly advantages which hedge the expectant bride on this occasion, the attachment between the young couple dates back to the early days when they were both members of Mrs. Parson’s well-known dancing class, and were young enough to believe in and to trust each other.” Caroline Schermerhorn Astor had grown up in the most socially important house in New York. The youngest daughter of William Backhouse Astor, she was more importantly the daughter of the imperious queen of New York society, the Mrs. Astor, the original Caroline Schermerhorn Astor. On the day after Carrie Astor’s big day, November 19, the New York Times reported: “The principal social event of the season took place yesterday afternoon. It was the marriage of Miss Caroline Schermerhorn Astor, the youngest and only remain-
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This page, clockwise from top left: Rita Hayworth and Prince Ali Khan cut their wedding cake on May 27, 1949; the marriage of Patricia Nixon and Edward Finch Cox on June 12, 1971; Gloria Vanderbilt and first husband, Pasquale John (Pat) Di Cicco; David Patrick Columbia and Sheila O’Donnell on the steps of St. Thomas More Church, October 24, 1964; Fritz von Westenholz, Hamish Bowles, Jemma Kidd, and Arthur Wellesley at the Kidd family’s Barbados plantation for Jemma’s wedding to Arthur Wellesley; Minnie Cushing and Peter Beard were married on October, 1967; Sir Paul McCartney and his new wife, Nancy Shevell, at their wedding on October 9, 2011; Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner on their wedding day; Ronald and Nancy Reagan cutting the cake; Rupert Murdoch and Jerry Hall were married on March 5, 2016. Opposite page: Engagements, Weddings, and Vows reported in the New York Times, past and present.
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On February 13, New York Fashion Week, held in February and September of each year, will continue its semi-annual series of events, although many presentations will be shown digitally. (Others may be appointment-only.) For more information and schedules, please visit nyfw.com.
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Each year, Breast Cancer Research Foundation—founded by the late Palm Beach resident and passionate champion in the fight against breast cancer, Evelyn Lauder—brings together a panel of world-renowned BCRF grantees to The Breakers Hotel, Palm Beach. And while guests can’t be together in person this year, the Virtual Luncheon & Symposium will still include an esteemed panel of BCRF-funded investigators highlighting the most relevant advances in breast cancer research discoveries. For more information, please visit bcrf.org/events.
for the underserved children in our county. Please join the organization’s virtual experience and learn how you can help continue operating all of its critical programs that help make a positive, lasting impact on young lives. For more information, please visit bgcpbc.org/events. HEALTH AND HERITAGE
The Chicago Chapter of French Heritage Society invites you to
an evening of virtual revelry: Le Carnaval. Join fellow merrymakers and exalt in the festival’s centuries-old traditions encompassing inclusivity, decadence, and whimsy. Celebrate the promise of a new year through joyful music, fun French history, prizes, and an opt-in dance party! Local attendees can indulge their inner gourmands and pick up a delicious Carnaval-inspired menu prepared
Each January through April, the world’s premier polo players and polo enthusiasts head to The Palm Beaches for top-level competition during Palm Beach International Polo Season. Located in Wellington, the International Polo Club presents weekly and often daily events. This season is a little different: public spectators may only attend the ticketed Sunday brunch. Facial coverings must be worn by all persons when entering, exiting public common areas. To buy tickets to the Sunday brunches, please visit internationalpoloclub.ticketleap.com.
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The “No Show” Winter Ball will kick off the 50th anniversary year of serving children in Palm Beach County, and to celebrate Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach are creating a half-hour virtual experience for its supporters called Stand Up for the Children. The event is scheduled for Friday, February 5. The Boys & Girls Clubs of PBC has been on the frontlines of relief during the pandemic while continuing to provide a world-class Club experience
by Chicago’s premier French chef Dominique Tougne of Chez Moi and French Quiche. This is your chance to safely swap out your surgical mask for one over your eyes! Wear your bal masqué mask, formal wear, or PJs—the only rule is to embody Rabelais’ advice: Vivez Joyeux! For more information, visit frenchheritagesociety.org.
On February 13, The Palm Beach Show will feature exciting collections of jewelry, art, antiques, and design. Each year, the event draws private collectors, museum curators, investors, and high-end interior designers.
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The Palm Beach Show will feature exciting collections of jewelry, art,
Festival of the Arts BOCA is a multi-day cultural arts event bringing excitement and new experiences to The Palm Beaches. Audiences will delight in some of the world’s most sought-after classical and contemporary performers, as well as award-winning authors and speakers, story slams, and film screenings. For more information, visit festivalboca.org. PB LANDMARKS
On February 4, BCRF will host its Virtual Luncheon & Symposium that will include an esteemed panel of BCRFfunded investigators highlighting the most relevant advances in breast cancer research discoveries. antiques, and design. Each year, the event draws private collectors, museum curators, investors, and high-end interior designers. This season, visitors will be able to browse more than 125 domestic and international exhibitors displaying a stunning array of works from just about every style, movement, and period—from antiquities to 20th century. There will even be special installations to showcase interactive opportunities, observational performance art, and Instagram-able moments. And in its last few years, The Palm Beach Show has added and expanded on Contemporary Focus, a section specializing in postwar and contemporary art. Learn more about tickets and the annual Opening Night Preview Party at palmbeachshow.com.
New York Fashion Week (NYFW), held in February and September of each year, will continue its semi-annual series of events, although many presentations will be shown digitally. (Others may be appointment-only.) NYFW consists of numerous branded events, including Fashion Week New York and MADE Fashion Week, as well as numerous independent fashion productions around town. It is one of four major fashion weeks in the world, along with those in Paris, London and
Milan. For more information and schedules, please visit nyfw.com.,
The boys of summer are returning for springtime in The Palm Beaches, as the Washington Nationals and Houston Astros will take the field at The Ballpark of The Palm Beaches to prepare for the 2021 baseball season. The Ballpark of The Palm Beaches is one of the newest Spring Training destinations in baseball, and a sight to behold; there isn’t a bad seat in the house! The Ballpark offers plenty of well-shaded seating, a wraparound concourse, rental suites, and party deck—not to mention lawn seating for younger fans to run around a bit and for something totally different, the All-You-Can-Eat Seats For more information and to purchase game tickets, please visit ballparkpalmbeaches.com.
the ever-inventive artist Annalu. The show is put on by East West Fine Art Russian American Museum of Art (located at Mercato 9115 Strada Place, #5130 in Naples, Florida.) Annalu creates trees from a thousand tiny butterflies, a waterfall from translucent petals, with sculptures that capture the urgency of a moving stream, combining seemingly incongruent elements into touchable works of art. For more information, visit eastwestfineart.com.
The Preservation Foundation’s annual Dinner Dance is a Palm Beach tradition and the organization’s single most important source of funding. This year, The Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach has planned a virtual evening in celebration of its Chairman Emeritus Pauline Pitt and the Foundation’s latest town-serving project at Phipps Ocean Park. For more information, please visit palmbeachpreservation.org.
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In place of its annual Lecture and Luncheon, American Friends of British Art is tentatively planning to host an outdoor Garden Party in Palm Beach for March 13, 2021. For more information on this event, please visit americanfriendsofbritishart.com.
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Hope For Depression Research’s third annual Palm Beach Race of Hope will take place at 8 a.m. For more information, visit hopefordepression.org/events.
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Sarah Amanda Bray & Eric Christopher West March 4, 2020 j New York, New York PhotograPhed
Before COVID-19 overwhelmed New York City, Sarah and Eric made the spontaneous decision to have a civil ceremony at City Hall prior to their large, days-long celebration at Coral Beach Club in Bermuda in June. The civil ceremony, which was followed by an early dinner at Via Carota, was one of the last performed before the city was tragically shut down. As the coronavirus was spreading throughout the city by the end of March, the couple decided to cancel their Bermuda wedding weekend with the safety of guests in mind. To Sarah, the wedding cancellation was a blessing in disguise. “Weddings can be stressful and unnecessarily expensive, and although we pretty much had it all planned by the time we had to cancel, I felt relieved. When the pandemic became everyone’s new reality, a wedding felt insane. With so many people suffering, who can think of an elaborate wedding?”
Alexandra Davies Lynch & Daniel Johnson Lentz
September 12, 2020 j NaNtucket, maSSachuSettS photographed by katie kaizer photography
In an intimate ceremony, Alex and Dan were married before 30 guests outside in the gardens at the Siasconset Union Chapel. The bride donned a gown by Carolina Herrera, and carried a bouquet of white hydrangea, anemone, garden roses, ranunculus, and helleborus by Flowers on Chestnut. Her father, Michael Lynch, walked her down the aisle. The ceremony, which was originally planned for 180 guests, was followed by a small reception at a nearby home, where family and close friends of the couple enjoyed dinner catered by Island Kitchen, cake by Nantucket Bake Shop, and S’mores. The newlyweds shared their first dance to “Dream Lover” by Dion. Maggie Stewart Events helped the couple navigate the ever-changing landscape introduced by COVID-19. Alex and Dan plan to spend their honeymoon in Indonesia in August.
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Permele Doyle & William Garner Robinson August 14, 2020 j Millbrook, New York j PhotograPhed
In a ceremony reimagined from their original wedding plans in Puglia, Italy, Permele and Garner were married before 25 guests at St. Peter’s Church in Lithgow. Permele wore a dress by Elie Saab, and carried a bouquet of hydrangeas, ranunculus, and roses by Felicity Bontecue. Her father, William Doyle, walked her down the aisle. After the service, guests enjoyed lunch poolside at Permele’s family home in Millbrook, where a classic vanilla cake by Elizabeth Mayhew was served. The couple’s friend, Mieke ten Have, decorated the cake with extra flowers from the table arrangements she created, as well as an old fashioned topper sent from New Orleans by Angèle Parlange. After the weekend, the newlyweds traveled to Newport, Rhode Island for a mini-moon, where they stayed at Castle Hill Inn, spent time with dear friends, and relaxed on the beach.
Sarah Bentley Armstrong & Henry Michael Rooney December 12, 2020 j Lost tree ViLLage, FLoriDa PhotograPhed
After their wedding in Vermont was canceled due to COVID-19 restrictions, Sarah and Henry were married before 14 guests outside in the garden at the Lost Tree Chapel. The bride wore a dress by Ines di Santo, and carried a bouquet of flowers by Renny & Reed. Sarahâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s father walked her down the aisle and her brother-in-law, Christian Stuebe, officiated the service. Later that evening, the couple hosted a reception overlooking the golf course, where family members enjoyed dinner and cake. The newlyweds will travel for their honeymoon when it is safe to do so.
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Sarah Michler & Henry Alex-Rubin
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Sarah and Henry were married in an intimate ceremony at the bride’s family home in Riverside, which overlooks the Long Island Sound. In preparation, Sarah’s father, the Surgeon-in-Chief of Montefiore Medical Center and Albert Einstein College of Medicine, helped coordinate PCR testing stations for guests to visit two days before the wedding. Everyone received a “I swabbed for Henry and Sarah!” sticker, and not a single guest contracted COVID-19 at the wedding due to these added precautions. During the service, the bride donned a gown by Santos Costura, and carried a bouquet of white ranunculus, foxglove, and forget-me-nots by Katherine Daught Jacob. Her father walked her down the aisle. After the ceremony, guests enjoyed cocktails around the pool, while Sarah and Henry stepped into the house for a Zoom call with more than 300 attendees who tuned in from all over the world. Later on, everyone was served dinner by Marcia Selden Catering and cake by Margaret Choo. As an environmental educator, Sarah assured that the caterer used locally sourced dishes and natural wine, and printed menus onto plantable seed paper. The couple shared their first dance to Edith Piaf’s “La Vie en Rose.” After dessert, the newlyweds hopped on a boat and drifted off into the Long Island Sound. They plan to travel for their honeymoon by the end of this year. The festivities were planned by Hannah Elsaesser of Eloquence Events.
Kate Horvitz & John Trentacoste August 15, 2020 j ChilmArk, mAssAChusetts PhotogrAPhed by Joe mikos
Kate and John were married before 20 guests overlooking the Menemsha Harbor on Martha’s Vineyard. Kate wore a dress by LoveShackFancy, and carried a bouquet of orchids. Her father, Michael Horvitz, walked her down the aisle, and her sister, Lizzie, was the maid of honor. After the ceremony, guests enjoyed dinner, vanilla cake, and cupcakes shipped from Sweet Mandy B’s in Chicago. The newlyweds shared their first dance to “Something to Talk About,” and plan to travel for their honeymoon after the pandemic.
Neely Burch & Robert Morandi
September 12, 2020 j Gladwyne, pennSylvania j PhotograPhed
Neely and Robert were married before 38 guests in the backyard of the bride’s childhood home. The bride donned a dress by Amlul, and her father walked her down the aisle. She also carried a bouquet of hydrangeas, roses, and sweet pear, which she forgot in the chaotic moments leading up to the service, but luckily her little sister delivered them midway through the ceremony. Neely’s little puppy, who was tugging on the Reverend’s robe, and the peacocks that floated around the yard, kept guests laughing throughout. After the ceremony, everyone enjoyed a reception with dinner and cake by 12th Street Catering, and watched the newlyweds share their first dance to “Something’s Gotta Give,” by Sammy Davis, Jr. Neely and Robert traveled to California for their honeymoon, where they road-tripped from Los Angeles, through Santa Barbara and Carmel, and up to Napa Valley.
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Callan Vessels & Tom Connor
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After making the long-thought decision to postpone their large Labor Day weekend wedding at Great Harbor Yacht Club, Callan and Tom held a small civil ceremony with their 10 family members on a boat in the middle of Nantucket Harbor. The bride wore a dress by Markarian and carried a bouquet of daises and roses by Flowers on Chestnut. Tomâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s soon-to-be brother-in-law officiated the marriage and had the couple in tears the entire time. After popping a few bottles of Champagne on the boat, everyone enjoyed dinner and cake from Nantucket Bake Shop in the brideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s backyard, which overlooks the historic Old Mill. Maggie Stewart Events coordinated the festivities. The newlyweds are planning a larger celebration with friends in May.
Kate wearing the Cambridge Lover’s Knot tiara and a dress by Jenny Packham at the Queen’s Diplomatic Corps dinner at Buckingham Place in December 2018. Opposite page: The cover of The Duchess of Cambridge: A Decade of Modern Royal Style by Bethan Holt, published
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Kate Middleton wearing Elie Saab at Royal Ascot in 2019; Kate Middleton dressed in Reiss while meeting with Michelle Obama in 2011 (inset). Opposite page: Kate Middleton wearing Alexander McQueen in Hollywood with Prince William in 2011.
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OUR INTEREST IN the fashions of royalty may be nothing new, but the unique story of Kate Middleton suggests an elevated style that still feels regal, but with an added sense of modernity. The “working Duchess” eschews the idea that she must always wear the most immaculate garments. Instead, she mixes high street with Saville Row. For every bespoke coat of unparalleled elegance in her wardrobe one finds an off-the-rack piece from popular brands like Reiss and even fast fashion, like Zara. Going all the way back to 2010, The Duchess-to-be proved her desire to support high street when she chose the label’s £159 Nanette dress, along with a Whistles blouse, to wear in her engagement portraits. “Kate has been a Reiss customer for many years now and
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Kate Middleton wearing Jenny Packham with Prince William as the couple introduced their newborn, Prince George. Opposite page, from left: Kate Middleton wearing Preen and the Queen’s brooch in Canada in 2011; Kate Middleton in a Gucci blouse and Jigsaw trousers in 2019; Kate Middleton wearing a floral Prada dress on the 20th anniversary
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of Diana’s death in 2017.
for her to choose to wear one of our dresses for such a wonderful occasion, announcing her engagement, we were over the moon,” the brand’s founder, David Reiss, recalls. Far from being a mere model whom others dress, Kate has become fluent in the language of clothing, working out a way to look the part without allowing her position to consume her. The Duchess has deliberately used clothing for diplomatic gestures, to send messages of solidarity and to show respect. She embraces the trends she prefers while refusing the ones she doesn’t. Kate’s clothing is consistently polished. She has made structured coats and tailored dresses look as effortless as a royal possibly could. But more than just polish, Kate uses her clothing to reveal her heart’s sympathies. She blends the sophistication of royal fashion with the modern dress of Britain’s working class—for example, her outfit for unveiling her charitable program for nurses, called “Nurses Now,” evokes this exact phenomenon. Designed for Kate by Jenny Packham, she wore an Empireline royal blue silk dress with a matching tailored coat fashioned with white piped edging and buttons. The outfit mirrored the traditional colors associated with nurse’s uniforms—an idea that was underscored when Kate was pictured with Professor Lesley Regan, then president of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, whose robes had very similar blue and white details. Side by side, Kate’s outfit displayed a colorful solidarity with the people of Britain that has done wonders to bring her even closer into the hearts of adoring fans all around the world. u F E B R U A RY 2 0 2 1 1 1 3
Romantic Escapes B Y B R O O K E K E L LY
While there’s no denying that the pandemic has significantly strained international travel, it has also led to a new appreciation for domestic getaways and the beauty of our home country. And the rise of the virus-induced micro wedding concept has also brought the “mini-moon;” instead of the lavish honeymoon classics like Europe or the Maldives, this year’s newlyweds traveled to the nearby Caribbean countries that opened their borders to American visitors—or even closer to home Florida—proving we can still experience the post-wedding joy on a smaller scale. From the rustic West to Northeastern road trips, these pages provide a glimpse of this year’s most popular honeymoon destinations.
Sorrel River Ranch 877.317.8244 • sorrelriver.com
Utah’s iconic red rock mesas, the private ranch offers horseback riding, a petting zoo, great fishing, nightly campfires with S’mores, outdoor live music performances, tennis courts, and an array of lawn games to enjoy while taking in the sweeping views of the desert. Guests can also take a quick trip off property to explore renowned sites like Arches National Park and Dead Horse Point, or to set up experiences like mountain biking or Jeep tours. At the end of the day, couples can take in the views from the cabin-style guest rooms (all equipped with modern amenities like flat screen TVs), unwind with a treatment at the spa, or head to the outdoor pool or hot tub. The hotel also boasts a restaurant, The River Grill, which serves local farm-to-table cuisine, and Epic Bar, known for its creative cocktails. The combination of being deserted in the desert while still enjoying the qualities of a five-star caliber resort truly makes for a unique experience.
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Ideal for adventure-seeking couples, Sorrel River Ranch is Moab’s most luxurious resort, but still stays true to the rustic desert vibes that the area is known for. Situated on the banks of the Colorado River and surrounded by
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Belmond Cap Juluca 800.237.1236 • belmond.com Known as the ultimate island hideaway, Belmond Cap Juluca offers the perfect setting for a relaxing and romantic escape. The Caribbean resort’s airy Moorish-style suites and villas are situated on the magical white sand-beaches of Anguilla. Couples can enjoy endless lounging while taking in the views of the turquoise waters of Maundays Bay or stop by one of the cabana bars along the beach for tropical drinks. The property also features tennis courts, the renowned Arawak Spa, a serene infinity pool, and access to the nearby Cuisinart Golf Club. You can also find a fine dining restaurant waterside, Pimms, known as one of the most romantic spots of the island, as well as Cip’s by Cipriani for casual bites. Guests can also book a special candlelit dinner on the beach to take in the sunset next to loved ones with toes in the sand.
Blantyre 844.881.0104 • blantyre.com One of the 12 Gilded Age mansions still standing in the Berkshires today, Relais & Châteaux’s Blantyre in Lenox, Massachusetts serves as a memento of a long-past era. Just a three-hour drive from New York, the Tudor-style country estate sits on more than 100 acres of sprawling manicured lawns, woodlands, and hiking trails. The mansion, built in 1902, has been fully updated to provide the hotel with modern conveniences while maintaining the hotel’s traditional grandeur that defined the era. Old-fashioned stained-glass windows, burnished wood, and crystal chandeliers throughout will make you feel as though you’re stepping back in time. The main house includes a cozy underground speakeasy, the Music Room where a pianist plays live melodies each evening, and a nearby pool. Whether you’re looking to enjoy fall
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foliage or summer, Blantyre is an ideal visit for all seasons.
The Colony Palm Beach 561.655.5430 • thecolonypalmbeach.com Situated steps from both Worth Avenue and the beach, the pink-hued Colony Hotel attracts visitors to the island due to the welcoming staff and vibrant colors that define the hotel’s playful and energetic vibe. Keeping with this atmosphere visitors can also find the monkey mascot, Johnnie Brown, all over the grounds. The newly designed lobby coined The Living Room has a homey feel, with breathtaking bespoke wallpaper designed by de Gournay. In addition to the guest rooms and suites decorated in Palm Beach’s palette, the hotel boasts several villas, including the brand new AERIN Villa Jasmine curated by longtime Palm Beach resident Aerin Lauder. Couples staying at the hotel can enjoy the pool, dinner at Swifty’s, the complimentary beach cruisers, or walk to the best shops and restaurants within minutes. Palm Beach’s pinkest
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Casa de Campo Resort & Villas 800.877.3643 • casadecampo.com.do Casa de Campo’s gated 7,000-acre compound in La Romana, Dominican Republic truly offers something for every type of traveler. Start the day with the outstanding breakfast buffet at Lago, then explore all the resort has to offer in your personal golf cart, including the world-renowned Teeth of the Dog course, tennis courts, equestrian rings, championship polo rings, the shooting center, and the replica 16th-century village Altos de Chavón. Those looking to relax will also find white sand beaches, swimming pools, and a spa on the property. And you certainly will not run out of dining options. The wide range of gourmet stops for lunch and dinner within the complex includes the romantic candlelit Italian restaurant La Piazzetta; Minitas Beach Club restaurant overlooking the Caribbean Sea; the Mexican taqueria Chilango; La Casita on the Marina, among others. There’s never a dull moment when visiting Casa de Campo—this sprawling
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resort will keep you busy every second of your cherished honeymoon.
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The Little Nell Aspen 855.920.4600 • thelittlenell.com Aspen’s only five-star, five-diamond, ski-in and ski-out resort, the Little Nell is the perfect destination for couples who are passionate about hitting the slopes and also love the glitz and high-end lifestyle that has come to define this mountain town. This Relais & Châteaux resort is situated ideally at the base of Aspen Mountain within steps of both the Silver Queen Gondola and the high-end shops and restaurants, and features 92 guest rooms renovated by Champalimaud Design in 2017, each with its own fireplace, heated marble floors, and private balconies. The Little Nell also boasts several on-site dining options, including the Après-style Ajax Tavern, and an outdoor pool and hot tub. F E B R U A RY 2 0 2 1 1 1 9
Ocean House 855.678.0364 • oceanhouseri.com The last of the grand Victorian-era hotels in Watch Hill, Rhode Island, Ocean House is a step back in time to an era of refined elegance, paying homage to New England’s golden age. Perched high on the bluffs with its iconic yellow facade overlooking the Atlantic, the hotel has maintained the character and charm of its storied past but has been completely updated with modern amenities. Accommodations range from guest rooms to suites, and the property features restaurants that serve local cuisine, and the five-star Oh! Spa. The property’s private beach, where guests can enjoy paddle
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boarding, fishing, and sunset lobster boils, makes Ocean House ideal for summer getaways.
Rosewood Bermuda 888.767.3966 • rosewoodhotels.com/en/bermuda A British territory off the coast of South Carolina and just a 90-minute flight from New York, Bermuda has long attracted travelers due to its proximity to the U.S., tropical feel, pink sand beaches matched by blue waters, and European sophistication. The Rosewood Bermuda resort is just 15 minutes from the airport in Tucker’s Town, with accommodations that include spacious airy guest rooms, suites, and residences, each with its own private terrace, soaking tub, and AERIN bath products. The property includes two pools—one with views of Castle Harbour and one overlooking the Harrington Sound—with full bar service; Tucker’s Bar, where guests can order the nation’s iconic cocktails like the Rum Swizzle; the Island Brasserie, the hotel’s renowned steakhouse; clay tennis courts; and memberships with the Bermuda Beach Club and Tucker’s Point Golf Club with access for guests. The resort is also just minutes away from the world-class Midocean Club.
St. Regis Deer Valley +1.435.940.5700 • marriott.com
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The St. Regis Deer Valley in Park City, Utah is perfect for couples who enjoy the mountain lifestyle. The resort’s ski-in, ski-out access is ideal for those vacationing in the winter months, while the split-level outdoor pool is relaxing after a day of hiking during the summer months. Guests can also take advantage of the hot tubs and outdoor firepits for S’mores while taking in the stunning views of the mountains. Newlyweds can book treatments at the Remède Spa or indulge at one of the restaurants. Rime serves prime cuts and seafood, while French comfort food can be found at Brasserie 7452. There’s also the mountainside Terrace Café, which offers al fresco dining regardless of the season.
Sugar Beach 800.235.4300 â&#x20AC;˘ viceroyhotelsandresorts.com A Viceroy resort sitting on more than 100 acres of tropical rainforest at the site of an 18th-century sugar plantation, Sugar Beach in St. Lucia is a dreamy escape for couples looking to relax and surround themselves with breathtaking natural beauty and views of the vast Caribbean Sea. While the lush gardens, soaring trees, and massive Pitons create an atmosphere of a distant and exotic paradise, the trip is a simple three-hour flight from New York. The accommodations include cliffside villas, each with voile-draped four-poster beds, dedicated butler service, private terraces, and plunge pools. The total seclusion and magical views create the perfect setting for newlyweds to honeymoon. In addition to tennis courts and water sports, the resort has a renowned spa, casual beachside dining, and a more formal candlelit restaurant, The Great Room, which serves
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fresh and elegant dishes like succulent seared scallops.
The Gasparilla Inn & Spa 877.764.1420 • the-gasparilla-inn.com The Gasparilla Inn & Club resort on the Gulf of Mexico is the epitome of Old Florida
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living. Welcoming guests since 1913, the inn features 142 accommodations, the newest being the spacious Sharp Houses, which offer three- and four-bedroom options equipped with kitchens, dining areas, washers and dryers, and private porches just steps away from the main inn. Couples can enjoy a four-course dinner at the Inn’s Dining Room, or a casual meal at The Pink Elephant for local seafood and comfort dishes. Activities are also available, including tennis, golf, beach lounging at the private club, or fishing in the marina located behind the inn. Known as “the tarpon fishing capital of the world,” Boca Grande is home to snook, grouper and other sport fish as well.
Belmond Charleston Place 855.516.1090 • belmond.com Aside from its great year-round weather and Southern charm, Charleston is known for having some of the best shopping and dining in the country. Luckily for guests of Belmond Charleston Place, the hotel is situated in the heart of it all in the Historic District. The hotel itself exudes the old-world characteristics that the city is known for, exemplified by the galloping bronze horses at the entrance and the grand double staircase in the Georgian-style lobby. While staying at the hotel, guests can enjoy the leading spa, indoor pool, and the
Caldera House Jackson Hole 307.200.4220 • calderahouse.com This massive valley in Wyoming bordered on all sides by mountainous terrain has long been known for its rustic ambiance, casual vibe, and beautiful natural wilderness. In the spring and summer months, you can go fishing at Snake River or to Grand Teton National Park to catch a glimpse of the rich wildlife. In the colder months, the area transforms into a world-class skiing destination. Since opening in Teton Village in 2018, Caldera House welcomes guests to unrivaled luxury while still paying respect to the ruggedness of the area. While the hotel is comprised of only eight suites, each are two- to four-bedroom with chef’s kitchens, living areas, private terraces, and some even have their own hot tubs. The modern luxury surrounded by Jackson Hole’s natural beauty truly offers an unforgettable experience.
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award-winning Charleston Grill.
Twin Farms 800.894.6327 • twinfarms.com Twin Farms prides itself on being Vermont’s only luxury, five-star experience. Located on 300 acres of forest, meadows, and ponds, the adult-only property is an ideal escape for couples seeking to connect with nature. The endless experiences are tailored for every season, including canoeing, tennis, and fly fishing in the warmer months, and skiing, sledding, and ice-skating on Copper Pond in the winter. The romantic guest rooms are each uniquely decorated with homey touches like wood-burning fireplaces and pieces from the resort’s private art collection. To create a stress-free environment, Twin Farms customizes an inclusive rate, which includes meals
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THE YOUNG & THE GUEST LIST BY BROOKE KELLY
Loy Anderson, Michael Gregson Reinert, Samantha Cerny, and Kent Anderson on New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Eve in Palm Beach.
Logan Horne, EJ Johnson, and Ezra J. William in Miami.
▲ NEW YEAR’S IN SOUTH FLORIDA OVER THE HOLIDAYS, many migrated to Florida—from Palm Beach to Miami—to enjoy the warm weather and celebrate in small gatherings with family and friends. Pajama parties and scenic dinners by the water replaced the canceled black-tie galas and nightclub events—a truly unique Florida New Year’s Eve.
▼ APRÈS SKI DINNER IN GREENWICH INSTEAD OF HITTING the slopes, Merritt Piro transformed the porch of her home in Greenwich, Connecticut into an Après wonderland for an intimate dinner with friends. Everyone showed up in their best ski attire and enjoyed Shotskis, Schnitzel, and dancing. u u
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A BEAUTIFUL LIFE ON A FRIDAY in the middle of last month, New Yorkers were shocked and saddened to read that Donald Tober had suddenly taken his own life on a very early Friday morning. He had been suffering from Parkinson’s. I came to know Barbara and Donald Tober in the mid1990s attending charitable events in New York. Both naturally gracious and friendly, their marriage looked to be a remarkable partnership. In 2006 they hosted a birthday dinner dance celebrating Donald’s 75th at Cipriani 42nd Street. There were four or five hundred guests and a full orchestra to provide the music for a dazzling black-tie event. It was a celebration and the music played on and on. I could see that Donald was doing what he really liked to do with Barbara—which was to get up and dance. That night I also learned that Donald not only loved music but had a grand piano in their apartment which he played at the end of the day when he returned home from the office. Donald and Barbara were really two dynamos (separately and together) like Fred and Ginger on that dance floor— independent in their thinking and accomplished in their lives, they were deeply involved in several philanthropic activities 128 QUEST
including as a founding member of City Meals on Wheels and the Museum of Arts and Design. I last saw Donald earlier last year when he and Barbara were celebrating an anniversary. He had been married before. At the time he wasn’t sure the bachelor’s life would be for him. But soon after, he accidentally happened to meet Barbara. It was the partnership of a lifetime! Donald was in the food business. His company, Sugar Foods, was started by his father in the 1940s. After graduating from Penn and Harvard Law in his late 20s he joined his father. In the 1960s they began marketing a new product—a sugar substitute called Sweet’N Low, soon found on every restaurant table everywhere. It was Donald who gave it its name and pink packaging. When the news came out on that Friday that he had ended his life, many wondered why he hadn’t chosen a less violent method, like pills. But Donald was a sensible man who had been blessed with a great life. Then only two months from his 90th birthday, already bearing the tortures of this terrible illness, he chose a quick and decisive solution; and quick for everyone around him. May he rest in peace. —David Patrick Columbia u
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