Merrimack custom-designed canoes are sure to impress avid outdoorsmen with their beautiful craftsmanship and phenomenal handling. Each boat is built from scratch in Crossville, Tenn., by Randy Pew (grandson of company founder Lem Beach) and Scott Hale, who combine traditional wood working with modern hull materials to create the strong, but lightweight vessels. Models start at $3,100. merrimackcanoes.com. Pictured: “Osprey” canoe.
Rum lovers will be lucky to lay their hands on a limited-edition bottle of Appleton Estate’s 50-year-old Jamaica Independence Reserve, considered to be the world’s rarest, oldest and most luxurious rum. Only 70 bottles are available in the U.S., each packed in a hand-blown Glencairn crystal decanter and black lacquered gift box. $5,000; distributed by Kobrand Spirits. If ever there were a pen mightier than a sword, it would have to be a Montegrappa – Italy’s hallowed maker of fine writing instruments since 1912. Among its latest introductions is The Alchemist, based on Paulo Coelho’s beloved book, with a limited edition series of 1987 pens in honor of the year the work was published. Pictured: Sterling Silver Alchemist Fountain Pen, with Terra (earth) accents in translucent enamel, $10,000. montegrappa.com.
Lightweight, strong and durable, the Rimowa Topas Continental carry-on luggage is constructed of an aluminum and magnesium alloy case, protecting items against high humidity and temperature. Features include a patented Multiwheel® System with a 360-degree rolling radius that allows the traveler to maneuver the case effortlessly over just about any terrain and a retractable add-a-bag holder. $980. bloomingdales.com.
Southern Seasons Magazine
First cover of Southern Seasons Magazine Holiday/Winter 2012-13 issue on newsstands December 2012.