Sophisticated Living Lexington May/June 2024

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What gunpowder did for war, the printing press has done for the mind. –Wendell Phillips

Words keep me up at night. Half asleep, half awake, courtesy of the rhythmic snoring of my bulldog just inches from my ear, I float on a murky stream of consciousness, where words from the various stories in progress and the pipeline fall like raindrops in an attempt to find a Tetris-like fit among the others. When they do fall into place, these 'aha' moments are fleeting, and I'm certain it would be easier to hold a full mint julep in my cupped hands than commit these dream-state compositions to paper. So, I awake with the tattered fragments flapping in my mind's eye, hoping to stitch them together into something resembling the scripted symphony audible in my dreams. On multiple occasions, I've tried springing up to commit my thoughts to something tangible, but I frequently find that the perfectly formed compositions are as stuck in my head as the windows in my old house.

My business partner once suggested that I use AI to ease my workload, and I made my indignation apparent as soon as he floated the idea. To prove my point, I fired up ChatGPT, entered the appropriate guardrails for a story, and let it go to work. While the technology certainly has its place, I am happy to report that my resulting experimental article was a soulless mishmash of inaccuracies, ensuring that, for at least the moment, the type of creative writing found in these pages is safe from artificial interference.

Travel has long been my trump card for winning the small talk game. Often, when I run into someone I haven't seen in a while, they ask, "Where have you been lately that you love?" While we could undoubtedly pen the travel features in Sophisticated Living utilizing press releases and media kits and lean heavily on photographs to gloss over the weak wordsmithing, just like the AI story, something would be amiss, and I know our readers would take note. Take, for instance, my story about Hokkaido, Japan, in this issue. It was my first time in the country, and it was not what I anticipated. My head seemed to be on a swivel, and my senses were firing on all cylinders; attempting to recount it all engagingly and in the space allotted resulted in more than one of the aforementioned sleepless nights.

If you are happy to self-identify as a hodophile, I encourage you to satiate your appetite for additional travel content by checking out pieces penned by Becca Hensley (@beccahensley), Terry Ward (@terrywardwriter), Ashlea Halpern (@ ashleahalpern), and Nikki Vargas (@niknakvargas). If there's a destination on your bucket list, one of them has likely been there. Happy reading!

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A sunset selfie in the vineyards of Hautvillers, France with prolific writer and poet Becca Hensley. Kayaking with a canine and fellow writer Ashlea Halpern on Lake Kussharo in eastern Hokkaido, Japan.


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One of the primary reasons the Allies and Americans won World War II was because of the economic strength of the United States. How did our debt level help us in 1944? And how does our country’s debt impact families in 2024? Today, our debt is a staggering $34.6 trillion, or $266,950 per U.S. taxpayer — and it is rising every day.

A strong economy made America a world power. America had production power and had borrowing capacity based upon the American economy as measured by gross domestic product (GDP). GDP is the measurement of all the goods and services produced by every American corporation and individual.

A strong economy and strong military are history’s hallmarks for great nations and world powers. The United States did not have better weapons than its enemies in World War II. It just could produce more weapons.

Prior to World War II and after the Great Depression, America’s national debt had reached one of its highest points at $40.44 billion, or 44% of GDP, in 1934. This means in 1934, America had approximately $40.44 billion of U.S. Treasury debt compared to GDP, which equaled $91.9 billion. By the end of WWII, this level of debt increased to its then all-time record of $241.86 billion or 113% of GDP.

World War II is arguably one of the greatest disasters the world ever

faced. The world was on the brink of becoming ruled by fascist and totalitarian governments. America was there to meet the challenge and sustain a world with freedom and democracy.

The United States’ current debt level — and where it should be.

Post-World War II, the U.S. reduced its debt to a GDP level at 33% by 2001. This is a healthy level of debt and sustained America as one of the top economic powers, according to an article in The Atlantic.

After the Great Recession and the global Covid-19 pandemic, as of January 2024, America’s national debt has ballooned to over $34 trillion, or 123% GDP. America’s debt, on a ratio basis, has surpassed the post-WWII level. America is on track to spend $870 billion on interest payments this year, more than the $822 billion the nation will spend on the defense budget.

According to the Committee for Economic Development, America should carry a debt level no greater than 70% of GDP. The European Union recommends that European countries carry a level no greater than 60% of GDP.

What to expect for the future.

What does this mean for the U.S. and the world? It means that America has significant limitations on its capacity to help the world in global disasters and conflicts, putting into question the United States’ ability to thwart regional, let alone global, conflicts. Domestically, it means

we may need to apply additional resources to support the military, which means significant reductions in social security, education and other fundamental pillars of society. The U.S. will simply be strained for money.

Recently many financial CEOs from the world’s largest banks have recognized this issue as America’s greatest risk. A crisis could be upon us, and if we do not make changes within the next decade, many pillars of our society could vanish.

Back to the number of $266,950 in debt per U.S. taxpayer — while locally, we may feel we have little direct say that affects national-level decisions, it is here in our communities that we see the health of our economy on display daily. Our economy is driven by the spending decisions we make in our neighborhoods and the cities we live in. Positive change often begins with small ideas that grow.

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A home in a prominent subdivision is cookie-cutter no more, following a timeless facelift as it passes the quarter-century mark.

The black diamond-beveled double front doors signaled this wouldn’t be a run-of-the-mill upscale neighborhood home. Since they moved in seven years ago, the homeowners have lived in a state of perpetual renovation, minimizing turn-of-the-20thcentury architectural hallmarks to create something better suited to seamlessly transitioning the ensuing decades in timeless style.

For the latest round of enhancements, which included the kitchen, double-height living room, and hearth room, the wife turned to Bittners, looking for a “young and hip designer of like mind.” Her criteria were met in spades with Kari Ferris, who has been with the venerable interior design firm for over six years. “It’s always a bonus when tastes align,” said Ferris of their collaboration.

An original abstract painting in the living room was acquired from a Nashville artist who integrated the homeowners’ birthdates into the piece. 25
The seating area in the living room is anchored by a rug from Anabel’s Oriental Rugs in a tranquil palette. The substantially reconfigured kitchen boasts brushed gold hardware from Willis Klein. A handsome custom table designed by the master craftsmen in the Bittners woodworking studio in the dining area.
Tambour detail in the wet bar is also present on the kitchen island. 27
The cozy hearth room overlooks the manicured back yard.

The homeowners, who also maintain homes at Blackberry Mountain and in Florida, have a defined design ethos that leans heavily on a neutral palette and lots of editing. When it came to reworking the kitchen, Ferris recalled with a laugh that the wife’s directive was, “Make me the most badass kitchen you’ve ever seen.” The space went from having two islands to one, and the singular window was removed to make way for two more. Ferris described the “ballet white” color of the cabinets, crafted by Mike’s Woodworking, as “cream without going cream.” She also pointed out that “earthier” elements, such as the tambour detail on the island and nearby wet bar, hearken to their Blackberry Mountain residence. In place of a formal dining room, a handsome Bittners-made table bridges the space between the kitchen and hearth room.

Open to the kitchen, Ferris remarked that the living room rug resulted from a “heck of a hunt” in tandem with Anabel’s Oriental Rugs due to its size and the need for a neutral palette. The wife, a selfprofessed “neat freak,” keeps clutter to a minimum so that the items that make the cut, including endearing travel souvenirs, art, and

hefty coffee table tomes, play prominently in the overall design. In the hearth room, for example, is “Bitch Likes to Party,” a whimsical original artwork by painter and Instagram star Ashley Longshore depicting the wife’s prized baubles and favorite bubbly. An original abstract painting in the living room was acquired from a Nashville artist who integrated the homeowners’ birthdates into the piece.

The L-shaped living and kitchen areas open to a covered terrace with a corrugated roof and retractable screens that lend a subtle loft-like feel. David Alvey is credited with the design of the outdoor oasis, which includes a pool with limestone coping and artificial turf, prompting the homeowners to keep the pool open year-round to enjoy the vibrant greens and blues even in the doldrums of winter. Towering arborvitae ring the perimeter, imparting the corner lot with an enviable level of privacy.

Delight is found in the most minor details throughout this carefully curated home. Raku figures procured during a trip to France and a lion sculpture by South African artist Dylan Lewis are among the treasures on display in the living room. “I look at them and remember the best days,” said the wife. sl

“Bitch Likes to Party,” a whimsical original artwork by painter and Instagram star Ashley Longshore hangs in the hearth room.
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Laurence Basse Returns to NYFW with "Burn This City" Collection

Compiled by Bridget Williams

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Portrait of Laurence Basse by Britt Carpenter Studios, courtesy of Laurence Basse

The road to prominence in the fashion world is rarely straight and smooth. French designer and leather expert Laurence Basse's journey to her first solo runway show during New York Fashion Week began decades ago. After being discovered by Jean-Paul Gaultier in the late nineties, Basse, a native of Normandie, France, used the money she made as a print and runway model to go to fashion school in Paris. "I loved to dress up as a kid but never thought of becoming a designer until my brother and I started making clothes in high school. We sold our clothes to the more privileged kids, so it became a hustle! People were hustling drugs, I was hustling clothes," said Basse.

Fans of Project Runway may recognize Basse as a season 15 finalist (2006) and a season 20 "All-Star" runner-up (2023). While these appearances helped elevate her status as a fashion designer, her unwavering commitment to detail and structure is what continues to garner fans, including NBA superstars Dwight Howard and Serge Ibaka, Jada Pickett Smith, actor Aldis Hodge, Grammy winner Samara Joy, and comedian/actor Yvonne Orji.

Basse's "Burn This City" FW24 collection was heavy on leather, her signature material, to which she added denim, silk, and wool. Building on a base of black, Basse incorporated tones of pink, blue, green, and sheer metallic. She collaborated with jewelry designer Mr. O Atelier to create custom-designed chain-link jewelry worn by nearly every model.

After her successful runway show, we had the opportunity to ask Basse a few questions about her long career in fashion and what's on the horizon for LAURENCE BASSE PARIS. 33
Laurence Basse
Laurence Basse

SL: As someone with a self-professed passion for "well-designed things," what made you gravitate to leather as your preferred material?

I love intricate, simple, and well-made clothes, and I already perfected working with all types of different fabrics. I needed to challenge myself, and I thought that leather was perfect for many reasons: I always thought that leather was only accessible to the rich, and I loved leather but couldn't afford it, so what better challenge than to teach myself? That's how we fell in love (leather and me).

SL: How did you remain relevant in the fashion industry between fashion school and your breakout appearances on Project Runway?

Between the time I left fashion school in Paris and created my LBP line, over 15 years went by, and I never left the fashion world. I was modeling in Paris and NYC during that time and learning the flip side of that business. Of course, it was a struggle to remain in the fashion industry, but when you love what you do as much as I do, there is no other way! I've been in fashion for so long that it's part of my DNA. I never felt pressured to have my work go in a different direction to appeal to a larger audience… that's just not me and never was! I'm an artist and a rebel at heart; I do what I feel, and if you feel me, you'll rock with me. No one can please everyone; that's why you have different brands and different styles.

SL: Describe what it felt like to have your first solo show at NYFW. Do you have a favorite piece in the collection?

It's a dream come true, definitely a milestone in my design career. It was made possible by my incredible team, led by my dear, long-time super-talented friend, MyKel C. Smith.

I have several favorite pieces, but if I have to pick one, I'll go with the all-black leather long skirt (mermaid vibes) and cropped leather jacket with short sleeves and an exaggerated collar. (bottom center image)

SL: What inspires you?

My inspiration comes from everything outside of me, just LIFE and how I feel at the moment of creating. Art is a vessel of communication for me. I am literally inspired by everything around me... it's a gift that keeps on giving. I am never short of ideas...they just keep coming… I'm blessed.

SL: Who is your ideal client?

I have two ideal clients. One of them inspired me during my youth and was instrumental: Grace Jones. My new school client, who has that je ne sais quoi, is none other than Rihanna.

SL: What is the future of LAURENCE BASSE PARIS?

The future of LBP is limitless. We will be a household name next to the GUCCI's and ST. LAURENT's of this fashion game. Let's go BIG or go home… and we ain't going home! sl For more information, follow on Instagram @laurencebasse or visit 35


The Rise of Japanese Whisky

The Land of the Rising Sun has given Westerners plenty of things to geek over, including sushi, samurai, and sake. And now, Japan has mastered a Western classic: whisky. You can put away your choko (traditional Sake glass) and exchange it for a glass tumbler as demand for Japanese whisky continues to explode. In 2022, the Japanese whiskey market was valued at $3.86 billion and is forecasted to triple in value in the next ten years. Comparatively, the US whisky market is valued at $62 billion. Still, the Westerners have also had over five centuries to perfect their craft. The first written records of whisky appeared in Scotland and Ireland in the 15th century, and it would take four centuries for those distilling techniques to migrate to Japan.

While the companies that have sprung forth from the two godfathers of Japanese whisky—Shinjiro Torii and Masataka Taketsuru—exist as rivals today, both were vital to the other's success during their lifetimes. In 1899, Torii opened his first store, Kotobukiya (known today now as Suntory), one of the first stores to sell imported alcoholic beverages, specializing in wine, but he dreamed of creating his own spirit. As his company grew, despite opposition from his executives, he decided to establish a distillery in a suburb of Kyoto, a well-known area for its excellent water quality, and where the legendary tea master Sen no Rikyu, a seminal influence on the Japanese "Way of Tea," built his tearoom.

Torri hired Taketsuru to run his distillery, as both men shared a similar vision of the future of Japanese whiskey. Taketsuru was

born into a family of sake brewers. He set off to study chemistry in Scotland in the early 1900s, where he fell in love with Scottish whiskey and women (he wed Jseeie Roberta "Rita" Cowan in 1920 despite opposition from both families). After moving back to Japan a year later, Taketsuru helped Torri establish his distillery.

The men worked together for over a decade, releasing Japan's first whisky, Suntory Shirofuda, in 1929, almost one hundred years after the first bottles of whisky were sold in the United States. Five years later, Taketsuru founded his distillery on the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido, where he believed the local terroir resembled Scotland's more closely. Taketsuru's company, now known as Nikka, sold its first whisky in 1940. The company was taken over and expanded by Taketsuru's adopted son after his and his wife's death. After the Second World War, Japanese whisky gained traction and popularity on the island nation.

The two distilleries fought for the top position in the 1950s as drinking whisky with Japanese food became increasingly popular. In many bars and izakaya, the "bottle keep" system, where customers could purchase a bottle of liquor and have the unfinished portion stored until the next visit, took root, as well as the popular style of drinking mizuwari (two parts of cold water mixed with one part of the spirit and some ice), which most Western whisky purists frown upon. After a decline in the 1980s, Japanese whisky rebounded in the 2000s in part due to the highball craze and Japanese whiskies garnering numerous awards and accolades. Nikka's 10-year Yoichi


single malt kicked it off when they won "Best of the Best" at Whisky Magazine's awards in 2001.

The "terroir" of Hokkaido lends itself to making excellent whisky due to its superior water quality, a climate that leads to faster maturation (producing whisky that tastes older than it is), and high elevation that results in a more flavorful, aromatic, silky smooth whisky.

Japanese whisky has found a way to marry the techniques of Scottish and American whisky styles to create its own avenue that's now become a global phenomenon. Scotch lovers find themselves drawn to Japanese whisky, as the foundation of Japanese whisky was forged in Scottish distilling techniques. However, Japanese whiskey has now taken on a life of its own: the student has become the master. Many distilleries in Japan also import Scottish ingredients to use in their whiskies, such as peat, making it more reminiscent of those dry and smoky styles.

Contrary to this, Japan is currently making its own traditions regarding whisky, similar to American whisky pioneers who enjoy experimenting and trying new flavor profiles even today. The Japanese carefully consider the water used, the boiling point given the altitude of the distillery, and local wood varieties to craft their barrels (a well-known variety is known as the rare Japanese oak tree called Mizurana). All of these give their whisky a unique taste not found anywhere else.

While Japan has an impressive range of whiskies, knowing your preferences will help you find your perfect match. If you enjoy rye

whiskey, you know it often has a drier, peppery, and spicier finish than other American whiskies. You'll likely find most Japanese whiskies pleasant on the palette as they generally resemble rye whiskies. An excellent starting bottle for beginners is Suntory's Yamazaki 12-YearOld Single Malt, which is the core expression of their single malt range and one of their brand's most well-known bottles. The whisky is floral and fruity, and its notes are similar to Scottish whiskies, but it also has a style that's very much its own. Nikka's Yoichi Single Malt is for Scottish whisky fans looking for a lightly peated whisky balanced by tropical fruits and caramel flavors on the palette.

If you're more of a bourbon fan and enjoy a smoother, sweeter whisky, Nikka's Coffey Grain Whisky is made with a majority of corn in the grain mash, giving it a sweeter, creamier finish. Nikka's From the Barrel Whiskey has notes of caramel, vanilla, and oak that Bourbon drinkers would love.

For those who want to have the full "When in Rome" experience, Suntory's Toki Whisky is an ideal choice for highballs. It is a blend of whiskies with notes of pink grapefruit, almonds, and a light vanilla finish. Pair it with sparkling water and a lemon for the perfect highball.

As the American whisky craze rages on, Japanese whisky offers an unexpected compliment to an already booming industry with new styles and unique flavor profiles. Japanese whisky is another opportunity for connoisseurs to fall in love with whisky once again and raise a glass to the future of whisky ripe with innovation; kanpai! sl 37



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BMW painted a bold portrait of the brand's future at IAA Mobility 2023, Germany's leading international automotive trade fair, unveiling the BMW Vision Neue Klasse (see the related article in our November/December issue). Building on this vision's aesthetics, technology, and sustainability, the company recently announced that the BMW Vision Neue Klasse X, part of the Sports Activity Vehicles sector, will begin production at their plant in Hungary in 2025.

With vibrant colors, efficient dynamics, and a pared-down yet forward-thinking design emphasizing spaciousness and the joy of driving, the BMW Vision Neue Klasse X presents a decidedly youthful and optimistic face.

"Neue Klasse means BMW driving at an even higher level," explains Frank Weber, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG responsible for development. "The BMW of the

future will have four totally new super-brains: high-performance computers working smartly together on what, up until now, was processed separately. We developed the first super-brain completely in-house. It integrates the entire powertrain and driving dynamics with up to ten times more computing power. The second super-brain will enable the next quantum leap in automated driving. Going forward, we will combine four key control units in a single high-performance computer. The result will be more dynamic performance, more precision, more efficiency, and even more fun to drive."

The BMW kidney grille is notably reimagined as a threedimensional sculpture with vertically aligned and backlit contours. The headlights and kidney grill operate in tandem to create a lighting effect that activates as the driver approaches the vehicle and continues in the interior.

BMW Vision Neue Klasse X

A commitment to sustainability has led to several innovations. "Verdana," a wholly plant-based, mineral-based, and petroleum-free surface material, is used on the lower portion of the door paneling and in the center console. Maritime plastics, such as recycled fishing nets, are being utilized for the first time for injection-molded parts. Recycled mono-materials comprise the side skirts and front and rear apron attachments.

Inside the cockpit, the driver's slightly elevated seating position enables a confident driving experience. A redesigned steering wheel with multifunction buttons, a Central Display with intuitive touch control integrated within the instrument panel, BMW Panoramic Vision that projects key information across the entire width of the windscreen, and advanced voice control of the BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant enhance the human-car connection. The sixth generation of BMW's eDrive technology represents its

most efficient yet, with new and now round lithium-ion battery cells and a transition to an 800-volt system, improving charging speed and range by up to thirty percent. A ten-minute charge enables a range of up to 180 miles. A reduction in drag and a brake system optimized for fully electric vehnicles combine to incrase overall efficiency by up to twenty-five percent.

"Together with the BMW Vision Neue Klasse, the BMW Vision Neue Klasse X showcases the breadth of our future BMW model line-up. The Neue Klasse reflects the variety of all the models that customers want today and in the future – from sporty sedan, with all its derivatives, to modern SAV family," says Oliver Zipse, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG. "In this way, we are underlining that the Neue Klasse is much more than just a car or a specific concept; it is redefining the BMW brand – and, at the same time, will be more BMW than ever." sl 41


The gradual blurring of lines between indoors and out has led to an increased need for outdoor furniture that looks just as good as its indoor counterparts. That equals high-end, durable, and weather-resistant materials with forms that match or surpass the functional aspect of the designs.

Fernmob Balad stand ($423) and Balad lamp ($329; Darlana Large Linear Lantern ($2,179; Limbo, from Heller, designed by Hlynur Atlason is a versatile indoor/outdoor chair ($1,175; Riviera bench from Mambo Unlimited Ideas ( OASIQ’s Coco armchairs offer customers the ability to fully customize each design ( Teak Warehouse raw concrete dining table ($1,189; Opposite page, clockwise from top left: Wabi Sabi four-seat teak sofa, designed by Sutherland Creative Director Eugeni Quitllet with cushions from Perennials Fabric ( Roè chair by Francesco Meda and David Lopez Quincoces for FAST ( Florentino sofa, Esversa and Eivissa coffee trables from NV Gallery ( Native Trails Avalon 72-in concrete soaking tub ($10,590;

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In a country laying claim to the world’s most densely populated city, Hokkaido, Japan’s northern island, protects and provides access to one of its last regions of true wilderness.

Hokkaido was not the Japan I expected. Deplaning at the sleepy airport in Kushiro, there was nary a geta-shod Geisha, sumo wrestler, or Harajuku girl in sight (although I'd spy the latter two several days later in Toyko). Instead, just outside the terminal were super-sized renditions of this island's most famous inhabitants: Ezo deer, Ussuri brown bears (a smaller cousin of the grizzly), Japanese cranes, and Blakiston's fish owls. Far from EPCOT's version of the Land of the Rising Sun, Hokkaido, the northernmost prefecture in Japan and the country's second-largest island, is graced with mild, low-humidity summers, sub-zero winters with heavy snowfall and a culture that's distinct from the mainland. After a week and some reflection, I surmised that what I experienced was far more authentic than the saccharine version I had anticipated.

Jet-lagged and famished following a 24+ hour travel day, arriving on Hokkaido under cover of darkness had us wondering if it was evening or predawn. Our hosts, representatives from the Japanese National Tourism Organization (,

ushered us to a van for the one-hour drive to Teshikaga Town in Eastern Hokkaido, one of Japan's few remaining places of true wilderness. We made quick work of beef and fish hand rolls washed down with Hokkaido corn blend tea that smells of freshly baked cornbread. Exclusive to the island, the unsweetened beverage was the first of many forays into culinary parts unknown.

The pungent smell of sulfur greeted us outside Oyado Kinkiyu Bettei SUIKAZURA hotel (, set alongside a hot spring river in a tiny village of a few thousand inhabitants. Slippers sat at the point where my guestroom's vestibule stepped up into the sleeping space, complete with tatami floor mats and a pair of low twin-sized platform beds. A second pair of slippers awaited outside the bathroom, which was a welcome introduction to Japan's affinity for high-tech, derriere-washing and warming toilets. It's a multifunction luxury that extends to even the lowliest gas station loo, which are always clean enough to please kawaya kami, the toilet god and household deity of Shinto, Japan's native belief system.

Yoshida Satoshi Kussharo Eco Tours with his dogs Aki and Yuki Lake Kussharo Found in eastern Hokkaido, the red-crowned crane is among the rarest cranes in the world. 47
Photo by Ondrej Prosicky

My bewildered body clock allowed me to have the hotel's onsite Kawayu Onsen all to myself (thankfully, given my nervousness about following the rules). There are more than 3000 onsen (geothermal hot spring baths) found across Japan, and specific rules for enjoying them include showering before entry, pulling up your hair, and bathing in the mineral-rich waters in your birthday suit. The most traditional onsens require that visible tattoos be covered. Following a detoxifying dip, I headed to the breakfast buffet, where I grabbed a bento-style plate and proceeded to fill the little squares with an array of mystery meats and vegetables of varying textures and viscosities, comforted in the knowledge that if my experimentation went awry, I had a stash of protein bars back in the room.

Across three days that included canoeing, snowshoeing, and skiing, a common thread among our activity guides was a deep love of the region's natural wonders, including old-growth forests, nine active volcanoes, and pristine caldera lakes. One of these, Lake Kussharo, is popular among canoers and anglers. In the winter, when chunks of ice make the lake unnavigable, enthusiasts take to Kushiro-gawa, the only river flowing out of the lake. You can travel all sixty miles of it to reach the Pacific Ocean.

Our animal-loving guide, Yoshida Satoshi—who greeted us upon arrival at Kussharo Eco Tours ( with an

injured cat contentedly convalescing in the warmth of his insulated coveralls—asked if he could bring along his well-behaved collies, Aki and Yuki, adorably outfitted in matching onesies. We floated along, admiring the pristine setting, and stopped at a natural island for hot chocolate and crispy honey-sweetened pastries made by Satoshi's wife. After our chilly excursion, we warmed up with lunch at cozy Poppotei restaurant (/ en) where I thoroughly enjoyed their Mashu-no-Megumi ramen noodles topped with locally sourced vegetables and floating in a salty cow’s milk broth (comically translated as "bovine breast milk").

You can look at but not touch the deep and pristine waters of Lake Mashu, as no trails lead to the shores of this caldera lake in Akan Mashu National Park ( akan-mashu). A lack of contaminants lends a unique deep blue color called "Mashu Blue." While two observation decks are accessible via car, during winter, when as much as 600 inches of snow falls, the road is closed, and the caldera's rim is fully accessible to those willing to strap on snowshoes and work up a sweat in search of sights. At the turnaround point of our trek, our guide, Shinobu Katase, served hot lemonade sweetened with maple syrup tapped from trees on his property. Our tour departed from the main visitor's center, whose large gift shop sells "Mashu

The Akanko Ainu Kotan
Ainu guide and sculptor Kengo Takiguch making a mukkuri

Blue" jewelry and local treats like caramels, seafood-flavored potato crackers, and yummy freeze-dried strawberries coated in creamy white chocolate.

Prior to 1868, the year that Japanese mainlanders founded Sapporo, Hokkaido's largest city, the indigenous Ainu people had been subsisting as hunter-gatherers as far back as the 12th century. Paralleling the plight of Native Americans, the Ainu saw their language and lifestyle outlawed and their traditional lands seized in the 1800s before gradually reclaiming their rights and legacy in the latter part of the 20th century. In the 21st century, the government of Japan has made efforts to revitalize the Ainu culture, uniquely in tune with the Hokkaido’s abundant natural beauty.

On the shores of Lake Akan, the Akanko Ainu Kotan ( is one of the largest Ainu settlements, introducing the Ainu culture through a multisensory experience encompassing dance, music, art, and food. At the Ikoro theatre, we were greeted by Ainu guide and sculptor Kengo Takiguchi, a man with gentle eyes and a warm smile who learned English while living in Australia. Dressed in traditional winter clothing, Takiguchi taught how to make a mukkuri, a bamboo instrument that vibrates to produce a jaw harp-like sound, before leading us on a snowshoe tour around the lake to show us how his people

relied on the trees and plants of the natural world to survive the frigid winters. We dined on traditional Ainu fare, including deer sashimi and seasonal mountain vegetables at Poronno, which has been in business for over four decades. The restaurant sits in the middle of a steep street lined on both sides by artisan shops laden with carvings of Blakiston's fish owl, the largest living species of owl that the Ainu revere as a divine being.

Going from tranquil to frenetic in the span of a few hours, we made our way from the sleepy Nakashibetsu Airport to Sapporo, a city of nearly two million inhabitants and our "base camp" for exploring the Kokusai Ski Resort. Located in the heart of the neon-lit urban jungle and within a 15-minute walk of more than 3,500 restaurants, OMO3 ( en) is a youthful offering from Hoshino Resorts with a motto of "staying up late happy." The cheery lobby displays a board with conditions at all six nearby ski resorts, a DIY ski-waxing area, and a large GO-KINJO map, a whimsical creation depicting the neighborhood's attractions and staff recommendations. The property's "OMO Rangers" offer late-night bar and restaurant tours. The all-day grab-and-go area in the lobby provides locally sourced culinary delights, such as a black bean paste with butter on bread that's a regionally popular breakfast item.

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Yozorano Genghis Khan Susukino Kosatenmae offers a Hokkaido's version of Mongolian-style barbeque.

"JAPOW" is what they call the iconic powder of Japan, and for our ski day at Sapporo Kokusai (, one of the snowiest ski resorts in Japan, we had plenty of it. OMO3 offers a complimentary shuttle to the resort, about an hour away, amid the Shikotsu-Toya National Park. The drive provides a prolonged view of a picture-perfect winter wonderland as it follows the twists and turns of the Chitose River. Compared with the US, where a one-day pass can cost as much as $300, a lift ticket at Sapporo Kokusai is approximately $30 ($37 with a delicious ramen lunch (après the Japanese way); you can add on skis, boots, poles, a jacket, pants, and goggles for another $60.

After some serious stretching, awkward balance-busting drills that included single-leg skiing, and a few bunny hill runs, our ski instructor announced that our amateur group was ready for prime time and escorted us to the top of a green run. Enjoying the confidence boost from successfully navigating a graceful exit off the ski lift and the near whiteout conditions that gave us little notion of the slope's steepness, we made our way down mostly unscathed, save a few close encounters with flailing beginner snowboarders and an ill-placed but well-padded tree mid-way down the run.

Back in Sapporo, we ate and shopped our way through the neighborhood. At Semina (, we savored a Japanese take on Northern Italian cuisine. In this densely packed city, non-descript multi-story buildings contain a plethora of culinary delights, as we discovered when an elevator opened on the 5th floor and into Yozorano Genghis Khan Susukino Kosatenmae, offering an elevated view of the city's famous 50-foot-tall LED Nikka billboard. This Hokkaido take on Mongolian-style barbecue is a 90-minute all-you-can-eat and drink feast of marinated lamb, beef, pork, and vegetables cooked on a special grill with a raised mound in the center. Our hosts reveled in getting their American guests to try local delicacies, including Shiokara—squid fermented in its viscera and salt—and voraciously documenting our reactive expressions on their iPhones. The scene repeated at Sapporo's Nijo Market, where I slurped down an enormous oyster but passed on the uni.

When our hosts suggested capping off our final evening in Sapporo by experiencing the shime (late-night) parfait culture, I fully expected a basic soft serve layered with fruit and granola, so I was ill-prepared for the towering, elaborately layered, and eyepopping creation far superior to what one would typically seek out at a greasy spoon after last call. And, if you're still not ready to

Tanuki Koji shopping street in Sapporo. One of Sapporo's most famous landmarks the Former Hokkaido Government Office was built in 1888 and modeled on the Massachusetts State House
Fresh Oyter at Nijo Market in Sapporo.

call it a night, head to the Mega Don Quijote Sapporo Tanukikoji Honten. With more flashing lights than a Vegas casino, I must credit one of my travel mates for the intro to this always-open multi-floor Target-meets-Walgreens on steroids and the wonderful world of Japanese skincare products.

We had one day in Tokyo before heading back to the US, so to fully appreciate the sprawling nature of this city of 14 million in such a brief timeframe, we headed up 751 feet to the open-air observation deck at Shibuya Sky (, where you can marvel at Shibuya Crossing. During the busiest times, as many as 2,500 people cross the intersection every two minutes.

After admiring the layered and billowy yet tailored looks of the well-dressed women hustling across the famous intersection, I was excited when our wandering landed us in an upscale department store, allowing me to try to re-create the look. It was a humbling experience to say the least. "You need big size," said the petite clerk, as I held up what seemed to be an oversized dress. I knew her words were not meant as intentional barbs, just pulled from a limited well of English vocabulary. They stung nonetheless, and instead of feeling chic, I looked like someone whose checked bag was overweight, and they were piling on layers to save on excess baggage fees.

Moving onto the famous Takeshita Street in Harajuku, I marveled as people seemed to flow out of side streets like water from an open tap to form a raging current of bodies making their way past sweet shops, "cute couture" clothing boutiques and places offering interactions with various animals including otters, puppies, and pigs.

The sizzle of the iron table grill during lunch on Tsukushima Monja Street ( crush of the crowds…the discordance of hearing Taylor Swift tunes blaring on every street corner…the smell of seafood at breakfast, lunch, and dinner (particularly pungent to this piscine eschewer)…the constant pulse of neon head was on a swivel as I tried to take it all in.

The frenetic pace and sensory overload are a continuity of controlled chaos harnessed beautifully by the teamLab Borderless digital art museum (, which opened in Central Toyko in February of this year. Here, dynamic projection graphics flow from room to room, react to one another and morph along with the movement and interaction of onlookers. There's no map as you make your way through the varied installations, which left me beguiled by bewilderment, a sensation I experienced more than once during this varied journey through Japan's natural and humanmade wonders. sl

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A gallery at teamLab Borderless digital art museum in Toyko



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Ten years after its launch, the Porsche Macan is heading in a bold new direction.

Earlier this year, Porsche launched its second all-electric model: the new Macan4 and Macan Turbo. “Our aim is to offer the sportiest model in its segment with the all-electric Macan. In many ways, we are taking a very successful SUV to a new level,” says Jörg Kerner, Vice President of the Product Line Macan.

Meeting the discerning standards Porsche owners expect with the spaciousness offered by an SUV, the Macan achieves high efficiency and optimal reproducibility of power output by utilizing the latest generation of permanently excited PSM electric motors on the front and rear axles. Combined with Launch Control, the Macan 4 produces up to 300 kW (402 hp) of over-boost power to sprint from 0-60mph in 4.9 seconds and to a top speed of 136 mph. Even peppier and capable of 161 mph, the Macan Turbo, generating up to 470 kW (630 hp), only needs 3.1 seconds to hit the standstill to 60mph mark.

Under ideal conditions, the lithium-ion (HV) battery in the underbody from which the electric motors draw their energy can be charged from ten to eighty percent within approximately 21 minutes at a compatible fast-charging station. Additionally, Regenerative braking allows up to 240 kW of power to be recuperated via the electric motors while driving.

Both Macan variants boast all-wheel drive, and the electronically controlled Porsche Traction Management (ePTM) operates around five times faster than a conventional all-wheeldrive system and can respond to wheelspin within 10 milliseconds.

“Thanks to its particularly sporty seat position and low center of gravity, as well as its impressive driving dynamics and steering precision, the new Macan delivers a real sports car feeling,” explains Kerner. Thanks to Porsche Active Aerodynamics (PAA), which has


active and passive elements and a drag coefficient of 0.25, the new Macan is one of the most streamlined SUVs on the market.

For the first time, the Macan is available with optional rearaxle steering, with a maximum steering angle of five degrees. It enables a compact turning circle of 36.4 feet in urban traffic and when maneuvering while simultaneously enabling exceptional driving stability at higher speeds.

While the compact SUV’s lines are undeniably Porsche, designers added distinctive elements to the all-electric variant, such as a shallow-pitched hood and strongly pronounced fenders that lend a dynamic appearance even when stationary. A longer wheelbase, offset by short overhangs at the front and rear, can be optioned with 22-inch wheels with staggered tire fitment. The Porsche flyline forms a unit with the flat rear window. The sleek, sporty design

is further pronounced by frameless doors with characteristic side blades. A benefit of electrification is increased luggage space, up to 18 cubic feet behind the rear bench seat, depending on the model and equipment fitted. A “frunk” offers an additional 2.9-cu-ft of storage.

The driver positioning is low, spacious, and performancefocused, with large windows and a mix of digital user interfaces with select analog control elements. The new Macan enables a high degree of customization with high-quality and sustainable materials, such as leather-free seats comprised of recycled interior elements and floormats and flooring using Econyl®, which is made from regenerated nylon.

The new Macan will be produced at the Porsche Plant in Leipzig. MSRP for the Macan 4 is $78,800, while the MSRP for the Macan Turbo is $105,300. sl 55


The Omni Homestead, America’s oldest resort, reasserts its prominence following a $150 million renovation.

My favorite activity while roaming the hallowed (and hopefully happily haunted) halls of a historic hotel is to imagine what the guest experience would have been like in a bygone era. It's an easy exercise at America's oldest resort—The Omni Homestead in Hot Springs, Virginia— founded ten years before the signing of the Declaration of Independence, where legacy and luxury receive equal billing, even fresh off a $150 million renovation. This star of the Shenandoah Valley sits amid 2,300 acres, offering guests abundant activities inside and out.

The sprawling 483-room resort has an interesting tie-in to my hometown of Louisville, as both can credit their origins to Captain Thomas Bullitt (1730-1778). In 1764, Bullitt, along with Charles and Andrew Lewis, paid 30 shillings to acquire 300 acres that included seven hot and warm springs, and within two years built the first Homestead, named in honor of the homesteaders who built the resort and bathhouses. The original wooden 18-room inn was destroyed in a fire and replaced with a brick structure that stands today. Less than a decade later, Bullitt led a 40-man surveying party into Kentucky, where he laid out a town site near the Falls of Ohio, which later became Louisville.

Twenty-four U.S. presidents, including Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and George W. Bush, have vacationed here. This National Historic Landmark enjoyed Gilded Age ownership by scions of industry and banking whose last names are synonymous with success. It's where a teenaged Jacqueline Bouvier learned to play golf on one of the first golf courses in America, The Old Course (built in 1892, its first tee is the oldest in continuous use in the U.S.). And it's where I was lucky enough to spend a few blissful days in early spring.

Our visit coincided with spring break, and while some fellow empty-nesters would be less-than-pleased, I loved seeing all the youthful energy. It reminded me of my last visit more than a decade ago with my daughter, who fondly remembers putting on her fanciest frocks for dinner each evening. I can't help but think that the place's grandeur fondly lingers in children's subconscious for a lifetime. My spacious room, which overlooked the resort's verdant" backyard," was buzzing with families playing badminton, croquet, catch, and more from early morning until the last rays of sunshine disappeared behind the Allegheny Mountains.

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Originally built in 1761, the Warm Spring Pools recently reopened following a $4 million rehabilitation.

Immediately upon arrival at the recently renovated resort, I could sense a difference in the best way, akin to the work of a deft plastic surgeon. In the soaring colonnaded Great Hall, a long handmade carpet enlivened with a vibrant floral motif dotted with butterflies bisected comfortable seating areas where children squared off against a sibling or grandparent in a chess match. The room is the site of a daily afternoon tea and cookie social complemented by live music.

Once I put down my bags, I headed straight for the spa complex. The resort is so large that it was a workout on its own to reach the impressive 60,000-square-foot homage to wellness, which encompasses a stunning indoor pool (a suitable locale for a silver screen aqua musical starring Esther Williams); a vast fitness area with a boxing studio; men's and women's spa areas with an aqua thermal suite; and an adult's only Serenity Garden with a geothermal Octagon Pool, deluge shower and River Reflexology Walk fed by two hot springs rich in magnesium, potassium and calcium.

For an even more immersive healing water experience, make an appointment to "take the waters" at the historic Warm Springs Pools,

a five-minute drive from the resort and recently reopened after a $ 4 million rehabilitation. While the healing properties of the waters were known to Native Americans thousands of years ago, the original octagonal stone basin that held the water for bathing was built in 1761, establishing it as the first spa structure in America. Our soak in relative silence was made even more magical via a gentle rain that fell through the oculus in the faceted roof.

Equally enchanting is the naturalist-guided Cascades Gorge hike. Rated as intermediate but easily accessible if you can handle short flights of stairs spread over 1.8 miles, the trail follows a deep gorge near the resort's Cascades Golf Course, where a natural spring feeds more than a dozen waterfalls and cascades. It's just one of scores of available year-round outdoor activities. In winter, the resort's ski area offers 45 acres of tubing, skiing, snowboarding, ice skating, and snowmobiling. More temperate weather pursuits include falconry, hiking, biking (or e-biking), kayaking, tennis, horseback riding, golf and mini-golf, zip-lining, a pool complex complete with a lazy river and waterslides, and a shooting club dramatically positioned on a mountaintop offering

The Great Hall The Washington Library Premier King Guestroom
President's Suite Bathroom

skeet, sporting clays, and a five-stand course (and where a patient instructor "fixed" my aim).

During a rainy afternoon back on property, we did a bit of shopping, followed by a unique Virginia Wine Experience, during which I was surprised to learn that winemaking in the Commonwealth predates Thomas Jefferson's formation of the Virginia Wine Company by 154 years. Quyhn Cohen, The Omni Homestead's sommelier, who is also a certified yoga instructor who leads a regular "poses and pairings" class, has assembled the best offerings from the more than 300 wineries operating in Virginia today, including unique blends and wines made from America's oldest grape, Norton, first cultivated in Richmond.

Our short stay afforded us a taste of two of the resort's signature dining experiences, the American Audubon Dining Room and Jefferson's Restaurant. At the former, the elegant environs, complete with crystal chandeliers and piano music, are a fitting backdrop for the equally elevated cuisine, served with gracious aplomb. In an era of increasing casualness regarding apparel, it was a nice change of pace to see families dressed for

dinner. I continue to be amazed at how donning a blue blazer can somehow get even the most fidgety five-year-old to behave.

We ate heartily at Jefferson's, indulging in a juicy steak topped with truffle butter, with a side of honey-fried Brussels sprouts, and washed down with a pour of Blanton's bourbon from the resort's barrel pick. The clubby Presidential Lounge is an ideal spot for a nightcap and a game of pool. Martha's Market, the resort's popular, all-day outlet, was our go-to for a mid-day sweet treat, and where I enjoyed roaming the room to read anecdotes about past guests of note, including the Duke and Duchess of Windsor who scoffed when receiving a bill at the end of their stay. "What do I do with this? I'm not used to paying bills," the Duke purportedly remarked (while tempting, I did not employ this tactic at checkout).

During our exploration, we wandered into the courtly Crystal Room, empty save for a grand piano in one corner, upon which a teenager wearing basketball shorts was playing "Something Like This" by Coldplay. How fitting, I thought, that this space, which hosted fêtes with ladies in hoopskirts in the 1800s, was now holding the attention of a boy attired for an entirely different hoops game. sl

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Cascades Gorge

'Twas the First of December in Healdsburg, C-A. All the citizens were stirring for the holiday kickoff this day.

The vendors were staged round the square with care

Knowing that soon, customers (and St. Nicholas) soon would be there.

A steady drizzle couldn't dampen the cheer, as a countdown progressed and the tree lights appeared

While carolers' dulcet tones tickled the ears, the clip-clop of hooves announced that Santa was near.

The children's eyes widened as the sleigh came into sight, capping off what ended up being a very good night.



plans now to kick off your holidays in the heart of California's wine country.

Charming any time of year, the heart of historic Healdsburg— established in the mid-1800s by Ohio native and gold prospector Harmon Heald—is its square. An impressive array of top-notch restaurants, up-scale lodging, tasting rooms, boutiques, and art and jewelry galleries pack the streets facing the central plaza. During the holidays, the scene is made even more magical via Merry Healdsburg Tree Lighting, hosted by the Healdsburg Chamber of Commerce and Stay Healdsburg (stayhealdsburg. com). Lucky guests in rooms at the front of the 56-room Hotel Healdsburg (, located on the western edge of the square, have a prime view of the massive Christmas tree and can enjoy its twinkling lights throughout the season from their Juliette balcony.

This December will mark the fourth-annual Merry Healdsburg event, which includes a Holiday Market, carriage rides, live music, and photos with Santa. The Christmas cheer continues the day after the tree lighting with a Holiday Sip & Shop, during which nearly two dozen participating local shops offer ticket holders extended hours and tastings of the area's award-winning wines. A Holiday Tea at Charlie Palmer's Dry Creek Kitchen in Hotel Healdsburg ( offers the opportunity to enjoy a festive

afternoon out with friends and family of all ages. The elegant afternoon unfolds with piano accompaniment, custom-blend teas, and picture-perfect sweet and savory bites. I don't know what magical spell was cast or bribes made, but we were absolutely enrapt by the number of children in their Sunday best acting their best, which added another level of enchantment.

Healdsburg is perfectly positioned amid the Dry Creek, Russian River, and Alexander Valley AVAs, and the area around the square is home to more than two dozen tasting rooms. Opened last summer, the elegant tasting room of Ernest Vineyards (, designed by LA-based interior designer Matt O'Dorisio, is a fitting pairing for tasting their site-specific wines. Co-founder Erin Brooks and winemaker Joseph Ryan put a premium on vine health, employing organic and regenerative farming methods on their 35 acres of vineyards spread across several distinct cool-climate sites on the Sonoma Coast. Brooks, a Texas native, exited a fast-lane career in tech for a bumpier but far more scenic backroad adventure as a self-taught vintner. Her analytic and technical skills have not fallen by the wayside, as her company boasts one of Wine Country's most sophisticated production facilities, which she makes available to fellow small producers.

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A voracious reader with a nearly insatiable quest for intel on topics in which she's interested, Brooks said that she went from a wine consumer to an enthusiast and now a zealot. She began by tasting lots and lots of wine up and down the Sonoma Coast to define her palette, cold-calling growers, imploring them to sell her grapes, and seeking mentorships from respected vintners and winemakers. While she always felt confident that the "dominoes would eventually fall into place," Brooks says the training wheels didn't come off until she met Ryan. "We just feathered together like two siblings." Ryan, an Iowa native and fellow chardonnay champion, worked in Burgundy and Sonoma County. He executes Brooks' vision for "Burgundian-style wines offering bright acid, low alcohol, minimal oak, and balanced flavor."

When we weren't sipping or shopping—French textiles at Maison Smith (, unique men's and women's clothing and accessories at Susan Graf Limited (, beautiful tableware from Forager (, and all the pretty things for home and her at Anthem (anthemsf. online), we were eating, a lot. Food always tastes fresher to me in

California. We had no regrets about making quick work of warm Belfiore burrata and fluffy-crust pizza drizzled with truffle oil at the lively PizZando (, located near the entrance of Hotel Healdsburg.

My better half, a committed carnivore, was skeptical about dinner at a one-hundred-percent plant-based restaurant. By the end of our meal at Little Saint (, he didn't miss meat for a moment. Designed as a community gathering place and creative haven, the sprawling two-story establishment encompasses a restaurant, coffee bar, wine lounge, cocktail bar, gourmet graband-go, and music venue outfitted in bohemian-luxe style.

We were thrilled to see that the carrot tahini, cultured carrot spread with tomato chutney, and green lentil hummus we enjoyed as part of a tasting at nearby Marine Layer Wines several years earlier were among the available starters. Just as good as we remembered, we begged the chef to release a cookbook so we could recreate them at home, along with our entrees: a vegan winter squash lasagna with cashew ricotta and a Maitake mushroom au poivre with brandy cream.

Merry Healdsburg Tree Lighting Hotel Healdsburg holiday entrance. The event green at Hotel Healdsburg Tons of truffles topping Maitake mushroom au poivre with brandy cream at Little Saint There are more than 80 wines by the sip or glass to explore along the wine wall at The Matheson. 63
Dining room at Little Saint Tasting room of Ernest Vineyards

Little Saint's inventive and impressive cocktail menu offers a respite for wine-weary imbibers. At the same time, their conscientious wine list highlights winemakers who are aligned with their business ethos of treading lightly on the earth.

Nirvana for oenophiles, the wine wall at The Matheson offers 88 wines by the dram or glass. While it's obviously heavy on Russian River Valley offerings, there are also popular European classics and several under-the-radar surprises for adventurous imbibers. Similar to Little Saint, the three-story building is home to distinct concepts. Under the leadership of chef/owner Dustin Valette, ambitiousness doesn't hamper ambiance or experience as we enjoyed a delightful seasonally focused dinner in the bustling space, packed to the gills with beautiful people.

A fun spot for breakfast or lunch, don't miss what is likely the largest assemblage of nutcrackers you're sure to spy in one place at Costeaux French Bakery ( From November through mid-January, the century-old institution displays whimsical wooden characters of all sizes, which Will Seppi, the current president and CEO of the bakery, refers to as their "Nutcracker Orphanage."

capped our Healdsburg holiday with a short drive from the square at The Montage (, a 258-acre retreat where the 130 modern bungalow-style guestrooms are surrounded by steeply sloped vine-covered hills and stately moss-covered California oak trees. The Montage's sprawling spa boasts one of my favorite fitness studios with a stunning view of their adults-only zero-edge outdoor pool (for a fun off-property workout, book an E-Bike and grab a winery map from Gateway Adventures——to embark on self-guided tour of the area). The refined setting at Hazel Hill, the resort's all-day dining destination, mirrors the terroir-to-table cuisine, quintessentially California with a touch of je ne sais quois .

Elegantly outfitted for the season, the indulgent escape offers tree and menorah lighting ceremonies and other special activities, including a wreath-making workshop. While the décor at The Montage isn't at all saccharine, its daily afternoon hot chocolate station, with a dizzying array of confectionery accouterments, would definitely satiate even Santa's sweet tooth. sl

Hazel Hill at The Montage Healdsburg Gateway Adventures offers guided and DIY bicycle and E-bike winery tours Forestview guest bungalow at The Montage Healdsburg

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From galas to greens, Larry Sinclair is set to have a banner May

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May is Larry Sinclair's month, jam-packed with significant events! On May 3, he will attend his 25th Barnstable Brown Derby Eve Gala, followed by his 40th consecutive Kentucky Derby. From May 13-19, Larry will be deeply involved in the PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club and will round out the month celebrating his birthday on May 28.

Larry is the Director of Corporate Hospitality Sales for the 2024 PGA Championship. His association with the PGA of America dates to 2005. Since then, he has achieved remarkable success in overseeing hospitality sales for various prestigious events, including the Ryder Cup in 2008, 2012, 2016, and 2020 in Louisville, Chicago, Minneapolis, and Kohler, Wisconsin, as well as the 2014 PGA Championship at Valhalla.

The upcoming 2024 PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club has surpassed all previous sales records in the event's 106year history. Once concluded, Larry's focus will shift to national and international companies seeking to entertain clients at the 2025 Ryder Cup in New York.

This year's championship promises a unique experience following significant renovations at Valhalla since the 2014 championship. Larry said he can't wait for players, fans, and corporate guests to experience it. There's been a complete redesign

of the clubhouse and physical changes to the course, highlighted by a new water feature on the 13th hole, a new tee box on the first, 12th, 14th, and 18th holes, zoysia grass on all the fairways and additional length of a few of the holes. The event is sold out, so those lucky enough to have a ticket will enjoy championship golf with 156 golfers, including two-time PGA Championship winner Justin Thomas.

Larry advises visitors to arrive early, purchase their souvenirs from the massive football field-sized Merchandise Shop, tour the beautiful grounds, get up close to players warming up on the Practice Range, and then find a good spot on one of the course's par 3's to watch play come through. There are lots of grandstand seating areas available on a first-come, first-served basis. To enhance your visit, download the PGA Championship app that will allow you to manage your tickets, use the interactive onsite map, view real-time scoring, live audio streaming, and much more. And finally, wear comfortable shoes.

Before the PGA, Larry spent 15 years at Churchill Downs, managing various aspects of the track's marketing efforts, events, promotions, sponsorship sales, and activities related to the iconic Kentucky Derby. He eagerly looks forward to attending his 40th Kentucky Derby this year and participating in many events leading up to the 150th running of the race. Larry cherishes the Derby

Larry Sinclair

for its rich traditions, the historic racetrack, the competition, the fashions, and uniqueness. "There is no other event in sports like it!" he said. He delights in bringing first-time attendees along to witness their reactions; they are invariably eager to return.

One memory that stands out vividly in his mind was the 1995 Kentucky Derby. That year, he had the honor of escorting Muhammad Ali to the Paddock and later to the Winner's Circle to present the trophy for one of the races leading up to the Derby. The crowd's energy was electric as they chanted Ali's name in the Paddock. The excitement began to unsettle the horses, prompting a quick decision to gracefully guide Ali out of the area. Even amidst the commotion, he remained calm and unfazed by the attention. Other celebrities and dignitaries lined up to greet and shake hands with the legendary boxer. Returning to his hospitality area, Ali graciously autographed his newly published book, pointing out some of his favorite photos, posed for a picture, and even delighted Larry with some magic tricks. "It was an unforgettable experience I will forever cherish."

In addition to all of Larry's other activities at Derby time, he plays a significant role in the Barnstable Brown Derby Eve Gala, assisting Patricia Barnstable in inviting celebrities and often coaxing them on stage to perform. Some guests are shy about performing

without their band, so he matches them up with other performers, facilitating memorable collaborations between renowned artists and ensuring a fantastic experience for gala attendees. He has matched Dierks Bentley with Miranda Lambert; Kid Rock, Richie Sambora of Bon Jovi, and Travis Tritt with Mary Wilson of The Supremes; Joey Fatone of NYSNC with members of the Backstreet Boys; and a variety of other acts through the years. "It is a lot of pressure juggling the order of performances and the celebs' egos," Larry remarked.

The roster of celebrities he's met over a quarter-century of helping Patricia is long. Standouts include Janet Jackson, Brooke Shields, Ashton Kutcher, Gene Simmons, Morgan Wallen, Darius Rucker, Tom Brady, Patrick Mahomes, Jeff Bridges, and Jeff Bezos, to name a few. The gala is internationally recognized as the premier Kentucky Derby gala. It is counted among the "Ten Best Parties in the World" by Conde Nast. Last year's party raised over $1 million for the Barnstable Brown Diabetes and Obesity Research Center. The previous 15 parties have raised over $20 million to combat diabetes.

May promises to be an incredible month for Louisville, and Larry is thrilled to be a part of it all. It will be impactful and memorable to many, and he is honored to be involved. Despite his busy schedule, he jokes about taking a break in June…a welldeserved rest after a whirlwind schedule of events. sl 69
Miranda Lambert Marissa Miller & Erin Andrews Derby 2023 Bell Biv Devoe Jason Aldean Kevin Harned, Patricia Barnstable Brown, Shannon Cogan Muhammad Ali


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Jupiter's transit into Gemini starting May 25th will give you an incredible year of financial success regarding your earned income. You'll be gifted with the grace to earn more than you have in the last 12 years! Then, at the new Moon in Taurus on May 7th, you'll usher in an amazing birthday month in which new blessings, opportunity, and grace abound for you! Utilize this new moon to create and craft your hopes and dreams into reality. The effects of this new moon will last ten days. Nurture what you want to grow. At the new moon in Gemini on June 6th, you'll welcome a new incomeearning opportunity or a hefty raise.


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What a wonderful year you have in store as Jupiter, the planet of blessings and good fortune, graces your sign for the next 12 months. Your boon commences on May 25th, as your lucky stars will make you benevolent to others, attracting goodwill and luck to you! At the beautiful new moon in Gemini on June 6th, you'll have your annual birthday present from the Universe. Utilize this wondrous new moon in Gemini to announce your plans to the world. What an exciting year you have in store Gemini!


June 21st – July 22nd Taurus, as Pluto graces your career house, your professional status is where you’ll see the most transformation. With the eclipses in Libra and Aries, your health will be the focus of March and April. Be sure you’re not burning the candle at both ends, and take time to nurture yourself. The lunar eclipse in Libra on March 25th may emphasize your health and wellness routine. It’s a great time to catch up on rest and selfcare. This full moon lunar eclipse may also emphasize ending or starting a job or contract. The new moon solar eclipse in Aries signals a time when you’ll begin a healthy new wellness regimen and spiritual path that will add to your overall well-being.

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Gallopalooza horses pay tribute to the Black Jockeys of the Kentucky Derby.

Fifteen of the first 28 Derby winners were ridden by Black jockeys. At the first Kentucky Derby in 1875, 13 of the 15 jockeys in the starting gate were Black. Ansel Williamson, the trainer of the winner Aristides, and his jockey, Oliver Lewis, were both Black. However, due to the rise of Jim Crow in the early 1900s, Black jockeys' star status quickly dimmed amid a dramatic decline in the number of mounts offered to Black riders.

Born in 1880 as the 17th child of Chilesburg, Kentucky, sharecroppers George and Victoria Winkfield, Jimmy Winkfield was a racing wunderkind who, according to various accounts, started out riding bareback at age seven. He was 16 when he first raced professionally. Winkfield would join an elite roster of jockeys when he clinched a back-to-back Kentucky Derby victory in 1902. Following Winkfield's ride in the 1903 Kentucky Derby, it would be nearly a century before another Black jockey competed in a Triple Crown race.

Winkfield left the United States for a successful and respected career in Europe, winning scores of prominent races in both Russia and France. When Winkfield retired at age 50 to become a horse trainer, he did so with over 2,500 wins. In contrast to his vaunted status in Europe, when Winkfield returned to Louisville for the 1961 Kentucky Derby and was invited to be a guest at a pre-Derby reception Sports Illustrated hosted at the Brown Hotel, he was initially told he couldn't enter through the front door.

To highlight the contributions of Black Americans to both the Kentucky Derby and the sporting of horse racing, Gallopalooza, presented by Churchill Downs, partnered with Louisville Tourism to commission eleven diverse artists to design horse statues that reflect the narrative of the Black jockey experience and are integral to an extensive traveling Black Heritage in Racing exhibit making appearances throughout the city, including the Pegasus Parade and the Frazier History Museum. "We are honored to pay homage to the Black Jockey experience by featuring stories rarely, or in some cases – never told, until now," said Michelle Black White, Executive Director of The Brightside Foundation and Gallopalooza 2024 Co-Chair.

The Black Heritage in Racing exhibit tells the story of how enslaved Americans laid the foundation for horse racing as we know it in this part of the world. The early success of The Kentucky Derby is credited to Black Americans, the era of segregation, and how Jim Crow laws drove Black Americans from the horse racing industry. These compelling stories address how Black Americans served as primary caretakers of horses in the 20th century and the initiatives the Black community took to increase participation in the industry up to the present day. sl

Large photos, top to bottom: The First Race, honoring Oliver Lewis (Aristides - 1875). Photgraphed with artist Darryl Tucker. Rose Covered Legacy, honoring Willie Simms (Ben Brush - 1896, Plaudit - 1898). Photographed with artist Shelia Fox. Montrose, honoring Isaac E. Lewis (Montrose - 1887). Photographed with artist Ken Burney. Smaller photos, top to bottom: Apollo, honoring Babe Hurd (Apollo - 1882). Artist: Simone Renae Brown. Pride, honoring Alonzo “Lonnie” Clayton (Azra - 1892). Artist: Kacy Jackson. Freedom Diseño, honoring William Walker (Baden-Baden 1877). Artist: Humberto Lahera. Soup Perkins, honoring James “Soup” Perkins (Halma - 1895). Artist: Maria Beltran. Maestro of Roses, honoring Jimmy Winkfield (His Eminence - 1901 & Alan-a-Dale - 1902).

Artist: Winnie Tataw..Corsa, honoring George Garrett Lewis (Fonso 1880). Artist: Aesha Jackson-Corsa.

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They were out of pudding in the cafeteria. I stared at the nurses’ aide who delivered my dinner, and my lip trembled as I offered a weak smile. I hoped he’d leave before I broke down. The reality of my situation settled over me like a thick fog, making breathing even harder. I’d been sent to the hospital the previous afternoon after my heart went into arrhythmia at my doctor’s appointment. I had been planning to report how my symptoms had gotten dramatically worse in the past few months, leading to me passing out after helping someone carry a heavy box a few feet and not stopping to catch my breath. I’d been considered a long-term survivor of Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension for a few years. I had spent my twenties coming to terms with the fact that I’d most likely die before I got to see my thirties, but my thirty-five years of life still didn’t feel long enough.

I knew this was coming. I’d felt the blood pressure growing in my lungs all year. I knew that eventually, it would be too difficult for my heart to get the blood through the stiff, constricted blood vessels, and it was only a matter of time before it gave out. I’d done everything I could to be in the best shape possible. I walked 5-10 miles several times a week, regularly practiced yoga, ate healthily, and did everything my doctor suggested, but the disease progressed despite my efforts. My doctor had told me that there was a new medication that we could try, but I’d been down this road before. Every couple of years, we tried a new medication, and it would work for a while, but eventually, the pressure in my lungs would climb, my breathing would worsen, and I was running out of options.

This time was worse than it had ever been. I could feel the shadow of death lurking around the corner. I’d felt the dangerous frailty of my cardiovascular system with the heavy, slow thump of my heart when I came to after passing out. My body had completely shut down when I was out, evidenced by my wet shorts that I immediately had to throw in the wash before climbing in the shower, feeling more defeated and hopeless than ever before. And now, all I wanted was a sweet treat to distract me from my mortality being thrust into my face, but the cafeteria was out of pudding.

By the time the new medication was approved by insurance and a nurse came to my house to make sure I was safe as I took my first dose, my mood had improved. Spring had a way of filling my heart with foolish hope. Within hours of swallowing the tiny pill, I felt a difference. There was extra room in my lungs, and each breath felt lighter. It was as if I could’ve breathed far deeper if I’d wanted. It was an entirely new sensation, and at first, I wouldn’t say I liked it. Still, after two months of being completely symptom-free, every part of my life was easier, and I was so enthusiastically joyful that I decided to do something insane: I was going to try to run.

I’d tried with miserable results countless times before. Adding the slightest bounce to my step inspired such chaos in my cardiovascular system that I never lasted more than two paces before slowing back down to a walk. I nervously decided to attempt just a half-mile. As I moved into a run, I obsessively monitored my breathing, but I was fine. Before I knew it, I was turning the


corner, and when I returned to my driveway, I froze with disbelief. Snapping out of my daze, I jumped and danced around before calling anyone I could think of to share my victorious news.

For the next several months, I fell in love with running. All the walking I’d done since my diagnosis made it easy to conquer longer and longer distances, reaching 16.3 miles within eight months. I wanted to see how far I could go, so I set my sights on the 2021 Louisville Marathon. No one thought I could do it. People grew quiet whenever I shared my idea before cautioning me to take it easy and not push myself too hard. I understood why they worried. They’d watched me struggle to breathe for my entire adult life. My pulmonary pressure was still hovering between the high twenties and low thirties. While lower than its highest point in the mid-nineties, it was still well over the normal pressure closer to fourteen. But I was the only one living in my body. I was the only one who could feel the difference.

Training was difficult, and I had several setbacks, but I felt ready on race day. The miles flew by, and I felt strong and confident when I reached the halfway point. At mile eighteen, I hit a mental wall. My body was tired, and my feet were aching. I still had at least ninety minutes of running left, and I just wanted to be finished. I pushed myself to keep going, and once I had surpassed the longest distance I’d run during training, I tried to focus on how far I’d come. It was less than twenty-one months since I was lying in a hospital bed, sure that I was on the verge of losing my battle with lung disease. Now, I was less than an hour away from becoming the first person with PAH

ever to run a full marathon, and I had to keep pushing because I was determined to do it in less than 5.5 hours.

When I turned the last corner and had the finish line in my sights, I realized that friends and family were lining the road with encouraging signs, cheering me on to victory. I crossed the threshold at five hours and twenty-eight minutes. I placed the medal around my neck, and all the pain and fatigue melted away. I had just done the impossible. And it was only possible because of medical research. I had spent my entire life doing everything possible to improve my health, but none of it mattered to my lungs. The only thing that made this moment possible were the three medications that didn’t exist when I was diagnosed in 2008. Without them, I would surely be dead, not celebrating one of the greatest accomplishments of my life.

I now work with the American Lung Association to spread awareness and raise money to fight lung disease in all its forms. Every year in March, I climb the stairs at Lynn Family Stadium and have had the opportunity to speak at the Derby Eve and Fall Galas. All of these events raise money that goes towards medical research for lung disease. Lung disease doesn’t get much attention, but as someone who has been living with a deadly, chronic, invisible, and incredibly rare lung disease can attest, there are no truer words than the American Lung Association’s slogan: “When you can’t breathe, nothing else matters.” sl

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For two decades, the Backside Learning Center, an independent nonprofit located on the grounds of Churchill Downs, has provided support and resources in a safe, welcoming environment for the diverse community of racetrack workers and their families. In 2023 alone, the BLC’s 24 programs, including English classes, parent support groups, after-school enrichment, wellness, community engagement, and case management and counseling services served 1,300 individuals from more than 19 countries.


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Under the captaincy of chef Michael Crouch, Watch Hill Proper's culinary program mirrors the elegant and inviting environs of this American whiskey-lover's mecca.

"They started out wanting chicken wings and charcuterie boards, and now we're offering caviar service," said Michael Crouch, Executive Chef of Watch Hill Proper, with a laugh. In the two years since they opened in the North Village of Norton Commons, the chef, who is no stranger to the pages of Sophisticated Living, has quickly made his mark, ensuring that the brainchild of owners Josh Howes and Tommy Craggs is renowned for its food as much as being the repository of the most extensive American whiskey collection in the world.

Craggs said he and Josh met as "bleacher dads" and bonded over bourbon. The two come from separate backgrounds: Craggs hails from the spirits industry at both the direct-to-consumer and corporate levels, and Howes is a mechanical engineer and founder of Blue Energy Group. A philosophical pandemic-era conversation about unrealized dreams quickly snowballed, leading the pair on a circuitous path as they conceptualized ways to carve out a unique niche in Louisville's hospitality segment, bourgeoning to satiate demand related to bourbon whiskey. Sweet serendipity led them to a more than 5,000 square-foot space in Norton Commons, on land Craggs regularly crisscrossed on a dirt bike decades ago when

it was just open fields. Howes developed their comprehensive business plan, and Craggs recalled that Charles Carlisle of Bristol Development, who built the Lyric Building where Watch Hill Proper is located, said it was "the best he'd ever read." By the fall of 2021, construction was underway.

From the outset, Tommy said their motto was "nothing foreign, nothing clear, and no beer." "Our bartenders are so good you don't miss the clear stuff," he added. Suspended overhead the seating areas are whiskey barrels displayed in a rick house fashion, an idea Craggs sketched early on and keeps in a scrapbook chronicling Watch Hill Proper's evolution.

The establishment's pièce de resistance is the towering bourbon wall. When they opened, Watch Hill Proper's American whiskey selections sat at around 1,000 bottles; today, it's 2,038 and growing, with examples hailing from 40 states. "We want a bottle of everything," said Craggs. A locked glass case commanding the reverence of a reliquary for the most ardent whiskey devotees holds the rarest bottles, some dating to pre-Prohibition. The opportunity to partake in a pour (which costs more than $1,000) draws customers worldwide.

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Executive chef Michael Crouch

While construction was underway, chef, wine and spirits expert, and hospitality personality Tim Laird connected Craggs with chef Michael Crouch, a fixture in Louisville's upscale dining scene for over two decades. Craggs recalls telling Crouch that he'd been a fan for a long time, to which Crouch responded, "You should be." At that time, the kitchen was barely bigger than the size of a six-top table. After Crouch agreed to join the team, they added 600 square feet to the buildout to accommodate a proper commercial kitchen.

Crouch is doing his part to commemorate Watch Hill Proper's second anniversary by rolling out a new spring menu that includes caviar service and a revival of a fan-favorite from his original menu: pappardelle pasta. The chef said what sets him apart is his commitment to sourcing, citing that his mussels hail from Saltspring Island in British Columbia, and the Honolulu Fish Company provides sustainable hook-caught fish fresh from the Pacific. The spring menu is a culinary Grand Tour of sorts, drawing influence from Asian, Austrian, French, and Italian cuisines. While

the team constantly collaborates on new ideas, each respects the other's expertise. "I do my thing, and he does his thing," said Craggs, adding, "You just can't mess with chefs."

Convivial interior design, with living-room-like vignettes composed of Chesterfield sofas and leather wingchairs interspersed with traditional dining setups, creates an atmosphere that encourages guests to settle in and stay awhile, which they do. "We're not a place focused on turning tables," said Craggs. The ownership hosted eleven soft opening events, and Craggs recalled about a year later, he was approached by a customer from Nashville who'd attended one and showed him a photo of her home, boasting a near-exact replica of the bar, down to the iron ore paint color. "She was worried I'd be offended by the copy, but I was thrilled!" he said.

From the outset, Howes and Craggs have prioritized giving back, establishing a foundation that buys "big boy whiskies" to donate to charities for auctions and raffles. "It's all about doing more with bourbon," explained Craggs. sl 83


Residential Designer Britney Boyd Groneck spearheads a transformative makeover of a 1970s-era home.

Some people have the gift of realizing potential. Take the model scout who “discovered” 13-year-old Gisele Bündchen while she was eating at a McDonalds in São Paulo, Brazil; the New England Patriots “stealing” five-time MVP Tom Brady as the 199th pick in the sixth round of the NFL draft; and music producer Bill Pettaway inviting Toni Braxton to record a demo after hearing her singing while pumping gas.

Architectural designer Britney Boyd Groneck is a similar magic maker. Looking at a home through a contemporary lens, she can coax latent potential into the light by smoothing out the rough edges of good bones to reveal another type of MVP: a MostValued Property. Such was the case for a young family who fell in love with a mid-century mishmash on an undulating lot. Groneck had already collaborated with the couple and other members of their family when she accompanied them to look at the property, so already understanding their needs and style made it easier for her to see past the property’s head-scratching design choices, disjointed rooms, and low ceilings.

The wholly transformed home, which took two and a half years from start to finish, is a masterclass in today’s take on contemporary architecture: balancing industrial elements like steel and glass alongside natural materials to create rooms bathed in natural light and tonal warmth. “I love renovation work more than new construction because of the opportunity to elevate potential,” said Groneck, a graduate of The College of Design School of Architecture at the University of Kentucky, where the home’s original architect,

J. Quntin Biagi, Sr., taught from 1958-1965. Assisting Groneck in this championship run were team members Clayton Langan of Karzen Langan and James builders, Rosebud Veneers, Myers + Co. Landscape Architecture, Trademark Universal Stone, Classic Finishes, and Four Board Woodworks.

Located in front of the residence, a formerly detached garage is now integrated via a glass-walled breezeway, complete with hidden storage and bench seating. The walkway terminates at a cleverly designed “cube” clad in wood veneer—a consistent design element throughout the home—that conceals the laundry area on one side and kitchen appliances on another. Nearby, a chic bar with lower cabinets made of brass bridges the space between the foyer and kitchen. The recurring elements, Groneck says, create visual harmony by having each space “speak the same language.”

Moving the staircase from the back of the home to a new two-story foyer creates a dramatic sense of arrival, accentuated by a sculptural staircase with a lime plaster finish by Classic Finishes and a slat accent wall stretching from the lower level to the second floor. An existing room projecting from the front of the house serves as the family’s comfortable television room. Wood veneer beams highlight the cathedral ceiling; the same detail appears on a floating media cabinet. The wife worked with Bittners to source the sprawling sectional here and the upholstered pieces in the living room. The formal dining room gave way to a home office with a floor-to-ceiling window and a powder room with a floating marble vanity and matching marble-framed mirror.

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A substantial pivot door at the end of a long corridor designates the primary suite. Stepping into the primary bath, one is treated to a jaw-dropping wall of J’Adore Quarzite behind the Lacava soaking tub with fixtures from Willis Klein. A second pivot door leads to the bedroom, where the ceiling beams correlate with those in the television room.

Groneck flipped the location of the existing kitchen and living rooms, raised the ceiling by two feet, and added five feet across the back of the home to accommodate a dining space. Minimal casement on the expanse of windows and ten-foot-tall sliding doors look out to newly added stone terraces and a vast expanse of open lawn beyond.

On the second floor, additional square footage allowed for expanded en-suite bedrooms and a flex space that can evolve as the couple’s children grow. In the subterranean lower level, a workout room benefits from removing a bay window above by gaining a lightwell.

Groneck said she always intended to respect the intent of the 1970s home—situated at the end of a long, narrow lane dotted with neo-classical-style dwellings of the early 20th century—while making it more functional and modish for its inhabitants. However, as its striking black exterior attests, Groneck isn’t afraid to make a statement. “If we can bring more interest in modernism to Louisville, I’m happy to lead the charge,” she said. sl 87


A celebrated designer and his wife breathe new life into a historic gem in Old Louisville

Corporate attorney Malcomb Pardo has reluctantly accepted her role as "the dream killer," a given nickname reflecting her no-nonsense approach to axing projects she feels aren't in alignment with goals. In addition to her day job, she and her husband, Chris Pardo, an accomplished designer and co-founder of Arrive Hotels (arrivehotels. com), have an ambitious and diverse docket that, among other initiatives, involves acquiring and rehabilitating historic properties in diverse locations, including France, St. Croix, and Louisville, the latter of which dinged her steadfast reputation for rationality.

Before Chris and Malcomb's paths crossed, he'd already established himself in both the hospitality and design fields, a passion he said began at a young age when he'd go to open houses with his parents and sketch ways to improve them. In 2018, his circuitous career path led Chris and a group of investors to purchase the 46-room King Christian Hotel in Christiansted, St. Croix. An example of destiny manifested, Chris said he'd pined for the property ever since he saw it in a real estate magazine as a 12-year-old living in Washington State. And, if expanding their island portfolio to four hotels, three restaurants, a coffee shop, a tiki bar, and an ice cream parlor wasn't enough, the dream scenario was taken over the top as it led to Chris meeting Malcomb.

"When I met my Malcomb, one of the things we shared was a love for historic homes and a passion to make preservation a part of our future endeavors," said Chris. Their first project was a 140-yearold four-story residence in Carcassone, France, complete with encaustic tiles, gargoyles, a stone cellar, and original hardwoods on the upper floors. "The house was a preservation dream and only fueled our passion," he added.

Back in the United States, with their zeal for preservation burning hot, the couple traveled to Louisville to close on an Old Louisville four-plex they had secured as an income property out of foreclosure. While scrolling through available homes on the internet, Chris came across a circa 1885 gem just a few blocks away. Malcomb, playing her part in the couple's professional relationship as the conservative, risk-averse attorney, initially took a strong stance against even taking a look. She eventually acquiesced, with Chris recounting that "we made it five feet past the threshold and looked at each other in silent agreement that we had to 'save' this house." The former home of prominent banker and tobacconist James Clark, the 7,000-square-foot home had seen better days, and it was clear from new framing erected in the crumbling space that someone had designs on dividing this once gracious single-family home into multiple units.

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Given their backgrounds and construction experience, the couple were undaunted by the scope of this renovation project. "It was a significant undertaking, but the millwork in the house alone is enough to leave you awestruck," explained Chris. While not all of the original details could be saved, Chris said they used the home's "amazing bones," including 12-foot pocket doors, "to create something true to the era but open for interpretation and a really dynamic space. Portions of woodwork were left in their weathered condition to maintain a sense of authenticity. They chose the name The Dark Horse Manor as an homage to Louisville's affiliation with horse racing and the home's underdog status, having sat vacant and deteriorating for over a decade before they acquired it.

The renovation took just over a year, and like all projects, it had unexpected challenges. The need for extensive tuck-pointing repair on the exterior was a costly surprise. Multiple variations in the floor elevation at the back of the home presented a challenge for creating a seamless flow. Difficulty in finding specialized tradespeople forced them to fly in members of their team who'd been working on a hotel project in the USVI. Chris recalls the most heartbreaking setback occurred just after they'd finished the kitchen renovation, which included a floor of imported large


in a checkerboard pattern. "During a particularly violent storm, the ceiling above the sunroom leaked and flooded the kitchen, staining its porous, white tile grout with brick-colored liquid."

While Chris' architectural background was predominately modern with a midcentury component, he said he's always maintained a pretty eclectic approach to interiors. Juxtaposition is the name of the game at Dark Horse Manor. For instance, classic Empire chandeliers pair with contemporary gold wire armchairs in the dining room. A common thread among all the Pardo's projects is furniture that's an amalgamation of styles and sources ranging from custom pieces designed by Chris Pardo Design (the living room chandelier, marble sinks, and coffee tables) to antique market finds like the living room's reinvented vintage record player now equipped with Bluetooth and high-end speakers. Scattered throughout the home are repurposed oil paintings with negative space additions sourced and created by Malcomb. The house also includes artwork from three of the couple's favorite artists: Mark Maggiori, Kevin Chupik, and Drew Merritt. "Their moody colors and historic themes felt appropriate to the overall concept behind The Dark Horse Manor," said Chris.

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The renovated kitchen is in its original location, and Chris incorporated the hallway into the space by turning the cabinets around the reverse corner to create a visual procession of millwork as you pass into the kitchen and adjoining sunroom. The exposed brick, resulting from long-ago plaster loss from water damage and neglect, was tuckpointed and left to serve as a snapshot of the 10-24" thick brick load-bearing walls throughout the home. Four Board Woodworks created an island that appears as though it could have been original, while the spring green color chosen for the cabinets infuses a touch of modernity.

An attempt by the previous owner at a multi-family conversion gutted the home's six bathrooms, removing original details but gifting Chris an unfettered opportunity to create luxe spaces full of functionality and exquisite tile choices. Each of the seven bedrooms

displays a unique personality, but it's the third floor's "Sexy Room" that takes the cake with a clawfoot tub positioned near the foot of the bed. Having encountered such an arrangement in historic European properties, Chris said they decided to add it to Dark Horse Manor as "there is something romantic about a candlelit bath in a room with your beloved partner."

Chris and Malcomb are thrilled to be counted among the contributors to the revival of old Louisville. "Being from out-of-state, our fresh-eyed impression was that it's a vibrant neighborhood with unmatched potential based on the building stock and community," said Chris. And for the 'dream killer'? She's still smitten. "I absolutely love this house; it's so vibey and fun," said Malcomb. sl

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Kentucky Bluegrass Wine Auction & Dinner,The Apiary;

3 Blue Jeans, Boots & Bulls Derby Eve Party; 5:30pm, 4561 Iron Works Pike;

11 The Markey Calcutta Dinner at Mt. Brilliant Farm, 6pm;

11 Central KY Heart Walk, 8am, Keeneland;

11 Dancing with the Lexington Stars, the Carrick House;

13 The Markey Golf Classic at Lexington Country Club;

14 RCHF Charity Golf Tournament, Kearney Hill Golf Course;

17 God’s Pantry Food Bank Taste of the Bluegrass, KY Horse Park;

18 Humankindness Gala for the Saint Joseph Health Foundation, Marriott Griffin Gate;

18 Great Strides walk, 9am, KY Horse Park;

22 FEAST for Foodchain, 6pm, Fasig-Tipton;

24-26 Chamber Music Festival of the Bluegrass, Shaker Village;

29 34th Annual Lexington Medical Society Golf Tournament, University Club of KY;


1-2 Railbird Festival, The Infield at Red Mile;

6-8 Spirit in the Bluegrass Music Festival, KY Horse Park;

8 Mutt Strut 5K, 9am, Coldstream Dog Park;

8 KET Summer Celebration, 7pm, Donamire Farm;

18 Swing Fore the House, Champions at Keene Trace;

22 CKRFH Night of the Stars, 6pm, Fasig-Tipton;

29 KY State Police Classics, Custome & Cruisers Car Show, 9am, KY Horse Park;

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Photos by Daniel Roberts TALL Road to the Horse hosted a Greek-inspired VIP toga party at the Griffin Gate Marriott, allowing guests the opportunity to mingle with celebrities of the Road to the Horse 2024. Dancing Into the Future 1) Abby, Kristy & Todd Miller 2) Adeline Henninger, Felix Brewster, Adalhi Aranda 3) Rhonda Caldwell, Amelia Miller 4) Marvin, Eliza & Elizabeth Bartlett 5) Becky & Catherine Griffin Tall Tops and Togas1) Johh, Luke & Kathy Baar 2) Casey Milne, Amber Milne, Keegan Brown 3) Tim Gelonw, Stefani Hofman 4) Bonita & Brett Densmore 5) Lisa Penton, Gina Ellis
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The Bluegrass Youth Ballet hosted its 20th Anniversary Gala at The Campbell House, featuring performances by their talented students and alumni.



and one-ofa-kind auction items and experiences to support land conservation in the

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2024 Bluegrass Land Conservancy auction at FasigTipton was one for the record books, with the enthusiastic crowd engaged in lively bidding for unique Bluegrass region.
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from this annual event, presented by CASA of Lexington and Community Trust Bank, will support a record 125 children in 2024. Mission Health 1) Tim Wills, John & Carolyn Loff, Becky Wills 2) Shelby Stevens, Fran Rohlfing, Caroline Rohlfing 3) David & Samantha Todd, Christopher Benge, Dereka Bradley 4) Erin & Cam Freeman, Dr. Tad & Dawn Hughes 5) Ashley Carter, Janki Banker, Nicole Crawford, Tiffany Brewer, Morgan Curry Bourbon & the Bayou 1) Liz Noffsinger with Matilda 2) Rebecca Trevey, Kate Heil 3) Stuart Hurt, Jeremy Dewitt 4) Joe Irvine & Morgan Dechene-Irvine 5) Priscilla Johnson, Garland & Jane Vanhook
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Maker’s Mark Managing Director Rob Samuel was the guest of honor at LexArts Whiskey Wall of Wonder signature event at ArtsPlace. One hundred Golden Ticket holders at the event were chosen at random for first dibs on the 200 decorated bottles of Maker’s Mark LexArt Artisan Blend.



The annual Her Knight dance, held at Keeneland this year, allows fathers to create a special memory with their daughters while giving back—a portion of every ticket is donated to local non-profits that support and encourage fathers and/or daughters.

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The 2024 event, held at the Central Bank Center, also served as a 100th birth party for the American Heart Association. A record-breaking $1.4 million was raised to fight heart disease and stroke. The story of twins Lennox & Berkley Frey, who were born with congenital heart defects, and treated by Dr. Callie Rzasa a pediatric cardiologist with UK HealthCare, provided a touching “Open Your Heart Moment” at the event.

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The Hearing & Speech Center raised over $170,000 for sound beginnings as part of its annual Frankel Night fundraising event.



Held at Castle & Key, attendees heard inspiring wish stories, and helped to bring hope, strength, and joy to eastern Kentucky kids through the power of a wish.

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1) Marwin Family 2) Elizabeth Combs, Isabella Yonkor, Phearuu Ouk, Matthew McCoy, Debbie Freeman, Alvano Vindell 3) Morgan Warren, Camryn Woodrum, Autumn Matney, Bailey Hall, Zack Hall, Collin Wesley 4) Richie Robbins, Randi Robbins, Isaac Klempner, Eden Richmond, Ella Richmond, Easton Brown 5) Stephanie & Eli Strewsbury 6) Ryan Moore, Tyler Moore, Erin Morre, Kate Cross 7) Buchignani Family 8) Kiersten Schantz, Chesine Cioto, Cami Morgan, Holly Baker, Rachel Ackerman KEENELAND SPRING MEET
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Keeneland’s 16 days of racing as part of its April Spring Meet awarded record purse across 19 stakes races, including the 100th running of the $1milion Toyota Blue Grass Stakes, a Kentucky Derby prep race won this year by the favored Sierra Leone.

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