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ON THE COVER “Water Lilies,” Claude Monet, 1916 Image courtesy of Everyday Monet by Aileen Bordman, published by Dey Street Books. © 2018 by Aileen Bordman; reprinted courtesy of HarperCollins Publishers



photo courtesy of Neiman Marcus

C h ri s tmas i n Ju l y By Marsala Rypka

They wanted to help, so their father, Ken Adams, who is halfJapanese, taught them the art of origami. They learned to fold paper into beautiful Christmas ornaments, which people received in exchange for their donations. The sisters raised $10,000 for their first water well in Ethiopia. The project grew into a nonprofit organization, Paper for Water. Isabelle, now 14, and Katherine, now 12, share in the role of chief executive officer for the agency. The sisters are assisted by their parents and 8-year-old sister, Trinity. They also have the help of hundreds of origami volunteers known as the Paper Dolls, who hold folding parties every week. Together, they have raised $1.3 million and funded more than 150 water projects in 14 countries. Featured as one of Neiman Marcus' fantasy gifts, the organization raised $50,000. The proceeds provided a village of 350 people with two water wells. Isabelle and Katherine have received numerous awards, spoken in front of 8,000 people and visited their wells around the world. Currently, they are helping bring clean water to 250 homes on a Navajo Reservation in New Mexico. Clean water is not a luxury. It is everyone’s priceless right. To support Paper for Water, visit its Origami Store at


In 2011, 8-year-old Isabelle Adams and her 5-year-old sister, Katherine, learned that girls in third-world countries often didn’t go to school because they had to haul water all day. They also learned that a child dies every 15 seconds from unclean water.


Cl a ude M one t’s L e g a cy Is a Fe a st for th e Se n s e s E V E RY D AY M O N E T C E L E B R AT E S A RT I S T ’ S M A N Y PA S S I O N S

By Marsala Rypka | French translation courtesy of Evelyne Norris


Images courtesy of Everyday Monet by Aileen Bordman, published by Dey Street Books. © 2018 by Aileen Bordman; reprinted courtesy of HarperCollins Publishers


We never know what the catalyst may be that sets us on an exciting new path in life. For Helen Rappel Bordman and her daughter, Aileen, that profound change happened thanks to Claude Monet, one of the founders of French Impressionist painting. Helen Bordman visited Monet’s Water Lilies exhibit at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York in 1977. At the time, she never imagined she’d become one of a handful of Americans to raise millions of dollars to restore and maintain Monet’s home and exquisite gardens in Giverny, France. The property had fallen into disrepair after he died in 1926 at the age of 86. The project came under the helm of Gerald Van der Kemp, who masterminded the restoration of the Palace of Versailles and hid the Mona Lisa from the Nazis. Now 86, Bordman has spent every spring for the past 38 years living on Monet’s estate, in a house with a plaque that honors her. She oversees the volunteer program she started, which helped bring the 2-acre property back to its original glory.

On ne peut jamais prévoir quel sera le catalyseur qui nous mènera sur une nouvelle voie passionante dans la vie. Pour Helen Rappel Bordman et sa fille Aileen, ce changement profond s’est effectué grâce à Claude Monet, l’un des fondateurs de l’impressionisme. Lorsqu’Helen Bordman a visité l’exposition de Monet intitulée Les Nymphéas au Metropolitan Museum of Art de New York en 1977, elle ne pouvait pas s’imaginer qu’elle serait parmi un nombre infime d’américains à recueillir des millions de dollars pour la restauration et la préservation de la maison de Monet et de ses ravissants jardins à Giverny en France. La propriété s’était détériorée à la mort de l’artiste en 1926 quand celui-ci avait 86 ans. Le projet a été mis sous la direction de Gerald Van der Kemp qui a dirigé la restauration du Palais de Versailles et celui qui avait caché La Joconde aux Nazis. Aujourd’hui, à l’âge de 86 ans et depuis maintenant 38 ans, Bordman passe tous ses printemps sur la propriété de Monet dans une maison portant une plaque qui l’honore elle-même. Elle dirige le programme de bénévoles qu’elle a mis sur pied et qui a contribué à la renaissance de la propriété de près de 8.000 mètres carrés et l’a restaurée à sa gloire antérieure.

Giverny, France


Claude Monet, 1905

Since reopening in 1980, it has become the third most popular site in France between the months of April and October. An estimated total of 22 million people — 8,000 per day currently — have made the pilgrimage to Giverny in the province of Normandy. Meryl Streep, one of many celebrities who has visited Giverny, nominated Bordman in 2017 for membership in the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, one of France’s highest awards. Streep herself had received the honor in 2003. Monet also had a profound effect on Aileen Bordman’s life. “I was 27 when I visited Monet’s home for the first time and instantly fell in love. There were fresh flowers, Camembert, baguettes and wine on the dining table. I could smell the fragrance from the flower and vegetable gardens visible from the window, and hear the patter of rain like the string section of the most stunning orchestra,” she recalled. After years of working as a Wall Street investment banker, which didn’t nourish her artistic soul, Aileen Bordman left the investment world and became a full-time filmmaker, photographer and author. Her documentary Monet’s Palate — narrated by Streep, and featuring art collector Steve Wynn and chef Alice Waters, a leader in the farm-to-table movement — was sponsored by Vegas PBS and aired on Public Broadcasting Service stations nationwide.

Depuis sa réouverture en 1980, Giverny est devenu le troisième site le plus populaire en France entre avril et octobre. Environ 22 millions de personnes-8.000 par jour actuellement-ont fait le pélerinage à Giverny en Normandie. Meryl Streep, une des célébrités en visite à Giverny, a nommé Bordman comme membre de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres en 2007, un des honneurs les plus prestigieux de France. Streep elle-même en était bénéficiaire en 2003. Monet a également eu une influence majeure dans la vie d’Aileen Bordman. Elle s’en souvient en ces mots: “J’avais 27 ans lorsque j’ai visité la maison de Monet pour la première fois et j’ai eu le coup de foudre. Il y a avait des fleurs fraîches, du Camembert, des baguettes et du vin sur la table de la salle à manger. De la fenêtre, je pouvais sentir l’odeur émanant du jardin des fleurs et du potager et entendre le bruit des gouttes de pluie qui ressemblait au son d’un fabuleux orchestre à cordes.” Après avoir travaillé pendant des années à Wall Street comme investisseuse, un poste qui ne nourrissait nullement son esprit artistique, Aileen Bordman quitte le monde de l’investissement pour devenir réalisatrice, photographe et écrivaine à plein temps. Son documentaire intitulé Monet’s Palate (Le Goût de Monet) avec Streep en tant que narratrice a été sponsorisé par PBS Vegas et retransmis sur la chaîne publique américaine Public Broadcasting Service. Le documentaire inclut le collectionneur d’art Steve Wynn et le chef Alice Waters, pionnière du movement de la ferme-à-la table.

The author’s second book, Everyday Monet (HarperCollins), due out in June, will be sold in museums around the world.

Le deuxième livre de l’auteur, Everyday Monet (Monet au quotidien) publié par HarperCollins, sera lancé en juin et en vente dans de nombreux musées autour du monde.

“I think of Monet as a starfish with all these points of interest that included painting, art, travel, food, gardening and entertaining. I wanted to write a book that expressed his entire life.”

“J’imagine Monet comme une étoile de mer avec une multitude de points d’intérêt qui incluent la peinture, l’art, les voyages, la gastronomie, le jardinage et les divertissements. Je voulais écrire un livre qui exprime sa vie toute entière.”

Everyday Monet is filled with stunning photographs from the painter’s lush gardens, to his beloved Normandy. The book includes some of Monet’s famous pieces of art; a watercolor by Tony Bennett called “Lovers in Monet’s Garden”; a guide to

Everyday Monet (Monet au quotidien) contient des photographies représentant ses jardins luxuriants aussi bien que sa Normandie bienaimée. Le livre inclut certaines oeuvres très connues qui appartenaient à Monet: en particulier, une aquarelle de Tony Bennett intitulée Lovers in


implementing Monet’s beautiful designs into any home and garden, whether living on a country estate or in a city apartment; and original recipes that will inspire your inner Impressionist. “Monet was as passionate about food as he was painting,” the inspired author noted. “He often returned to London not because he wanted to paint the bridges on the River Thames so many times, but because he loved the Yorkshire pudding served at the Savoy Hotel. “He discovered zucchini while painting in Provence, (France) and brought the seeds, and many herbs, back to Giverny. He fell in love with tulips while painting in Amsterdam and planted different colored bulbs at his front door. He collected Japanese woodblock prints, which was the only art that hung in his dining room, where he entertained heads of state and celebrities like Isadora Duncan.” Unlike many artists, Monet lived to enjoy a degree of wealth, which didn’t seem likely early in his career. In fact, Monet and other impressionists, like Edouard Manet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Edgar Degas and Camille Pissarro, were vilified, scorned and attacked by France’s conventional art community for breaking rules that were hundreds of years old. While most painters went to the Louvre to copy the old masters, Monet sat by a window and painted what he saw outside the museum. In 1860, taking a palette outside was revolutionary, but the light at different times of day was important to Monet and was the reason he painted the same scene so many times. Rejected and dejected, Monet and his wife, Camille — the subject of a number of his paintings, including “Camille aka The Woman in a Green Dress” and “Camille on the Beach at Trouville” — lived in poverty. She bore two sons and died in 1879 at 32. After her death, Monet created some of his best works and began to enjoy success. In 1883, Monet moved his family to Giverny, 50 miles from Paris. As his wealth grew, his garden evolved. He was its architect, drawing precise

Monet’s Garden (Les Amoureux dans le Jardin de Monet). Le livre contient également un guide pour intégrer les beaux concepts de design inspirés par Monet dans toute maison ou jardin que vous habitiez dans un domaine en campagne ou dans un appartement en ville. Finalement, Everyday Monet (Monet au quotidien) est plein de recettes originales qui inspireront votre esprit impressionniste. “Monet était passionné par la nourriture quand il peignait,” nous dit l’auteur. “Il retournait souvent à Londres non pas parce qu’il voulait peindre les ponts du Thames en plusieurs versions, mais parce qu’il avait un goût prononcé pour le pudding Yorkshire servi à l’hôtel Savoy.” “Il a fait la découverte des courgettes lorsqu’il peignait en Provence (France) et a ramené des graines ainsi que des herbes à Giverny. Il est tombé amoureux des tulipes lorsqu’il travaillait à Amsterdam et plante des bulbes multicolores à sa porte d’entrée. Monet collectionnait des estampes japonaises, le seul art sur les murs de sa salle à manger, le lieu où il recevait des chefs d’état et des célébrités comme Isidora Duncan.” Contrairement à beaucoup d’artistes, Monet a vécu dans la fortune ce qui semblait peu prévisible au début de sa carrière. En fait, Monet et d’autres impressionnistes comme Edouard Manet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Edgar Degas et Camille Pissaro avaient été dénigrés et calomniés par la communauté artistique française très conservatrice à l’époque. Celle-ci n’appréciait nullement qu’on vienne enfreindre les conventions artistiques qui existaient depuis cent ans. Alors que la plupart des artistes s’acheminaient au Louvre pour copier les grands maîtres de la peinture, Monet s’installait près d’une fenêtre et peignait ce qu’il voyait en dehors du musée. En 1860, c’était révolutionnaire de mettre sa palette à l’extérieur. Mais la lumière aux différents moments de la journée était très importante pour Monet et la raison pour laquelle il peignait la même scène plusieurs fois. Monet s’est senti rejeté et abattu et il a vécu dans la pauvreté avec sa femme Camille. Celle-ci est le sujet d’un grand nombre de ses oeuvres qui comptent Camille ou La femme à la robe verte et Camille assise sur la plage à Trouville. Elle a eu 2 fils et elle est morte en 1879 à l’âge de 32 ans. C’est après sa mort que Monet a créé ses chefs-d’oeuvre et a finalement connu du succès. Monet a déménagé avec sa famille à Giverny en 1883, à 80 kilomètres de Paris. Son jardin a évolué avec sa fortune. Il en était l’architecte, conceptualisant avec précision l’aménagement et la


Giverny, France


“In the Meadow,” Claude Monet, 1876

Aileen Bordman

Above: Helen Bordman | Left: Everyday Monet


designs for planting and giving daily instructions to seven gardeners. He purchased additional land with a water meadow and began a vast landscaping project that included lily ponds with a Japanese bridge. It was an homage to the Japanese culture he loved, which became the subject of his best-known paintings. Today, Monet’s work fetches a high price.“Le Pont du chemin de fer à Argenteuil” sold for $37 million; “Les Meules” (Haystacks) sold for $81.4 million; and “Le Bassin aux Nympheas” (1919) sold for $90.4 million. Monet said, “People discuss my art and pretend to understand as if it were necessary to understand, when it is simply necessary to love.” Helen and Aileen Bordman love Monet, and they are doing their part to honor, preserve and share his legacy with the world. 

cultivation du jardin et donnant des instructions quotidiennes à 7 jardiniers. Il a aquis du terrain additionnel doté d’étangs et commence un vaste projet d’aménagement qui inclut des bassins de nénuphars avec un pont japonais. C’était un hommage à la culture japonaise qu’il aimait et qui est devenu le sujet de ses tableaux les plus connus. Aujourd’hui, l’oeuvre de Monet atteint des prix exhorbitants. Le Pont du chemin de fer à Argenteuil a été vendu à $37 millions, Les Meules (Haystacks) à $81,4 millions et “Le Bassin aux Nymphéas” (1919) à $90,4 millions. Monet a expliqué son art en disant: “Les gens discutent de mon art et prétendent savoir de quoi il s’agit comme s’il était nécessaire de comprendre quand il suffit simplement d’aimer.” Helen et Aileen Bordman aiment Monet et elles font leur part pour rendre hommage, préserver et partager son héritage avec le monde entier. 

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Hamilton Las Vegas, Nevada

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Las Vegas Film Festival Las Vegas, Nevada

JUNE 11-17

U.S. Open Championship Shinnecock Hills, New York


Cartier Queen’s Cup Windsor, Berkshire, England

JUNE 14-17

Art Basel Switzerland Basel, Switzerland

JUNE 17-23

International Paris Air Show Paris, France

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Lucca Summer Festival Tuscany, Italy


Inti Raymi: The Festival of the Sun Cusco, Peru

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Boston Harborfest Boston, Massachusetts

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Maine Lobster Festival Rockland, Maine

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Wilderness Festival Oxfordshire, England

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Edinburgh Festival Fringe Edinburgh, Scotland

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Rhode Island International Film Festival

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Providence, Newport and more, Rhode Island

Steve Martin & Martin Short Las Vegas, Nevada

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CIFF | Copenhagen International Fashion Fair

Wimbledon Championships

Copenhagen, Denmark

London, England

AUG. 10-12

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Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic

National Mall Fourth of July Celebration

Boise, Idaho

Washington, D.C.

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Milford Oyster Festival

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Milford, Connecticut

Dubrovnik Summer Festival Dubrovnik, Croatia

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Lionel Richie

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Las Vegas, Nevada

Rainforest World Music Festival Sarawak, Malaysia

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The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering

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Carmel, California

Jaeger-LeCoultre Gold Cup

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Sussex, England

Burning Man Black Rock City, Nevada

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Artscape Baltimore, Maryland

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Verbier Festival

Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac Chicago, Illinois to Mackinac Island, Michigan

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Houston Shakespeare Festival Houston, Texas

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1. Matt Goss 2. E  loise and John Paul DeJoria 3. Kenny Babyface Edmonds, Nicole Pantenburg, Camille Ruvo, Larry Ruvo and Marcia Gay Harden

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Keep Memory Alive’s “Power of Love Gala,” now in its 22nd year, took place on Saturday, April 28, inside the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Acclaimed crooner Michael Bublé entertained the audience, which included celebrities Vince Neil, Pitbull, Marcia Gay Harden, DJ Steve Aoki and reality star Scheana Shay. A dinner prepared by chefs Jean-Georges Vongerichten and Wolfgang Puck was served prior to the performance. Live and silent auctions featured a week’s stay in Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberté’s home in Hawaii, dinner with Jon Bon Jovi in the Hamptons, and private tennis lessons with Andre Agassi and Stefanie Graf. Funds raised from the event were in support of Las Vegas’ Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health’s programs and services. photos courtesy of Power of Love Gala

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ONE NIGHT FOR ONE DROP The sixth annual “One Night for One Drop” captivated a sold-out audience inside the Michael Jackson One Theatre at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino Las Vegas on Friday, March 2. Taking the crowd on a journey through the pivotal moments of her life, singer-songwriter Jewel shared her relatable memories of family, love, betrayal and the courage to forgive. She was accompanied by artist performances from all seven Las Vegas Cirque du Soleil shows. Jewel sang some of her hit songs, including “Foolish Games” and “Standing Still,” plus her new song “Mercy.” Other highlight performances were “Arabs Got Talent” winner Emanne Beasha and YouTube sensation Chase Holfelder’s “Wonderful World” in minor key. Event proceeds benefit One Drop’s global water efforts and the Las Vegas community. photos courtesy of Brenton Ho/Erik Kabik Photo Group 2






1. Chester Lockhart and Scheana Shay 2. Mayor Carolyn Goodman and Oscar Goodman 3. Emanne Beasha 4. Jewel 5. Nicholas Petricca 6. Cast members of the sixth edition of One Night for One Drop imagined by Cirque du Soleil

1. Change Makers and Sexual Assault Surivor 2. Rushia Brown and Morgan Taylor from the WNBA Las Vegas Aces organization 3. Back: Lori Wilkinson, Laura Overton, Connie Wallace, Marsala Rypka, Robyn McCracken, Amy Bodner Smail; Front: Krista Darnold, Leslie Frisbee, Shan Bates-Bundick

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D E N I M D AY Benefiting the Rape Crisis Center, the 19th annual “Denim Day” luncheon, silent auction and “The Survivor and Champion Runway Show” was held Wednesday, April 25, at the Golden Nugget’s Rush Tower Grand Ballroom in downtown Las Vegas. Denim Day — a global day of recognition and support for victims of sexual violence — was a sold-out event.

4. Elaina Bhattacharyya and Monica Jackson 5. Madison and Michael BenShimon

On-air radio talent and host Zenja Dunn from 105.7-FM was the master of ceremonies for the benefit, which was sponsored by Zappos for Good. Featured speakers included Rushia Brown, former WNBA player; Helen Foley, former staff member of the U.S. Senate Rules Committee; Geoconda Arguello Kline, secretary-treasurer for the Culinary Workers Union; Jill Tolles, Nevada State Legislature assemblywoman; and Claressa Shields, current unified WBC and IBF world champion. photos courtesy of Denim Day

JUNIOR LEAGUE Fashion Forward, an annual “Project Runway”-type competition for Clark County School District high school students, presented its final competition at The Palazzo Las Vegas on Saturday, April 28.

1. Eve Dawes – Mrs. Nevada United States – and Emily Lott 2. Kevin Smith and Ricci Lopez

Eleven CCSD schools and 311 students participated in the competition, and 70 students walked the final runway. The theme of the show was “Lights, Camera, Fashion!” Students were given movies and musicals to inspire their garment designs for the finals.



More than 500 attendees were present for the fashion show, held inside The Palazzo Theatre. The event raised more than $14,000, which benefits the Junior League of Las Vegas’ community projects for the upcoming year, including the Shannon West Homeless Youth Center, Elevating Teens and 2019’s Fashion Forward. Star Costume and Theatrical Supply was the presenting sponsor. photos courtesy of Junior League of Las Vegas

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3. Marc Salls and Jennifer Salls 4. Dayna Roselli 5. Max May, Mallory Stetter and McKiah Bashay 6. Modeling on the runway



1. Modeling the red carpet dress 2. Rino Armeni and Gary Selesner




LAS VEGAS BUSINESS ACADEMY The Las Vegas Business Academy’s seventh anniversary dinner was hosted at Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas on Wednesday, May 16. Dinner was held inside Twist by Pierre Gagnaire. The intimate dinner accommodated 80 guests, who were in attendance to honor the LVBA’s class of 2018 graduates. The honorees included Hunter Davidson (J.D., MBA) and Michelle Luffy (MBA). An award was presented to 2017 graduate Mackenzie Warren for Student of the Year. Gary Selesner, president of Caesars Palace, received this year’s Mastership Award in recognition of being a great leader and role model. The mission of the LVBA is providing great mentorship and developing the future leaders of the Las Vegas community. The organization comprises some of the most exemplary leaders and executives in the city. photos courtesy of Cashman Photo


3. Steven Brody, Tasha Schweikert, Michelle Luffy, Hunter Davidson, Mackenzie Warren and Keivan Roebuck 4. Richard Haddrill, Leslie Frisbee and Rino Armeni 5. Brooke Luna-Holmes and Victoria Mitchell


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By Marsala Rypka

When the Las Vegas Philharmonic celebrates its 20th anniversary and the nation’s 242nd birthday on July 4, it will not be performing in its residency venue at Reynolds Hall inside The Smith Center for the Performing Arts. Rather, the symphony orchestra will perform outdoors, under the stars, on the beautiful grounds of TPC Summerlin golf club in Las Vegas. The event, Star-Spangled Spectacular, is being presented in partnership with the Vegas Golden Knights Foundation and Bank of Nevada, and it will take place from 5-9:30 p.m. Guests will enjoy a spirited program of patriotic favorites, including America the Beautiful and John Philip Sousa’s The Stars and Stripes Forever. They will be coupled with music from the silver screen, such as Star Wars, West Side Story, Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Entertainer and many more.

Vocalists Maren Wade and Eric Jordan Young will join the Philharmonic orchestra for some selections. Proceeds from the event benefit the Las Vegas Philharmonic music education programs and The Folded Flag Foundation. The foundation provides educational scholarships and support grants to the spouses and children of U.S. military personnel who died as a result of combat operations. Food, beverages and entertainment will be offered in the spirit of Americana and our nation’s tradition. The orchestra will take the stage at 8 p.m. and perform through a professional fireworks display by Zambelli Fireworks, ending the evening in dazzling fashion. To purchase general admission, reserved lawn seating or VIP tickets, and to find out what you can and cannot bring to the event, visit the Las Vegas Philharmonic website at 

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L E E R I S E M A N | for outreach programs

Lee Riseman has a proven business acumen given her successful twodecadelong career in Las Vegas. But Riseman truly means business when it comes to philanthropy and contributing to the betterment of her adopted hometown. She sits on the board of trustees for the Nevada Ballet Theatre; works hand-in-hand with the children’s food provision charity Three Square; is an advocate for saving the lives of our furry friends at The Animal Foundation; and supports many other treasured charitable arts and culture organizations.   “Las Vegas is my home, my town and my community. One needs to embrace all facets of our city and give back as often as possible. There is an abundance of need in a growing city, and one of my sweet spots is focusing on nurturing our underserved children through food programs and educational TV programs. Maybe I can’t change the world, but if I can make a difference in one child’s life, that’s one step closer to where our community needs to be.” 



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By Buford Davis

Leah Denbok keeps busy. The Canadian portrait photographer is preparing to publish the third volume in her book series, Nowhere to Call Home. In late April, she had just returned from Brisbane, Australia, where she had photographed members of the local homeless population, appeared at an exhibition of her work and spoke at the annual Women of the World Festival. And then there’s the business of graduating from high school and preparing for college. Denbok, 18, took up photography six years ago after purchasing a used single-lens reflex camera at a pawn shop in her hometown of Collingwood, Ontario, located about 85 miles north of Toronto. Photographer Joel Sartore, who directs the National Geographic Photo Ark project, began mentoring her a few years later after viewing some of her photos. “I did not really think much of my images at first,” remembered Denbok. “I was going to quit; at least quit considering photography anything more than a hobby. When Joel said (the photographs) were very promising, I decided to continue. Over time, Joel showed me that I was best at portraiture, so I focused on that.” Denbok also points to the work of British portrait photographer Lee Jeffries, who is best-known for powerful images of people who are homeless, as a major influence. “I was doing a series of photographs on the elderly in group homes (in the city) where I live,” she explained. “We were running into a lot of problems because you have to get permission from the children of the elderly people, and that became very difficult. Also, the nurses did not seem to want us around, so we decided to abandon the project.

Rhylie and Lucy | photos by Leah Denbok



Leah Denbok Homeless Man with Dog

“I was looking around for what I was going to do next, and my dad showed me Lee Jeffries’ work. I was especially drawn to how he could capture someone’s personality, and I really wanted to do that myself.

Tim says his daughter has volunteered to benefit underprivileged people for much of her life, and he believes her work on the homelessness project is underpinned by the story of her own family.

“My dad came up with the idea that I should photograph people experiencing homelessness. At first I was taken aback, but then I agreed. And that is what I have been doing the last four years.”

“Leah’s mother — my wife, Sarah — was a young child in Calcutta, India,” he said. “She was actually rescued by Mother Teresa. Leah has always been aware of that story; she has a picture of Mother Teresa on her wall. I am sure that story, at least on a subconscious level, influences her.”

Denbok has been the subject of a Canadian Broadcasting Corp. documentary and a feature on the British Broadcasting Corp. Much of the media attention has been tied to her young age, but that is arguably a disservice to her work, which reflects a skill and sensitivity of a far more experienced and accomplished photographer. Her photographs are not great photographs for a teenager to have taken; they are great photographs, and a teenager has taken them.

Denbok says some of her most satisfying moments in the project come when she meets subjects she has photographed previously. “Before the book had come out, I was just showing them the photos on the phone, and they were often very excited,” she said.

Denbok began the project with her father, Tim, who serves as her manager and photographic assistant. They approached homeless individuals, principally in downtown Toronto, and asked if they would like to be photographed.

“But later, we ran into a few people who are in the book. We showed them their page and their story, and they were just so excited and thanked us for what we were doing. You can just tell, it really made their day.”

She pays her models $10 for a session, which typically lasts between five and 10 minutes. A portable background — usually black — is placed behind the subject, and Denbok uses a mounted flash to light them for what will be converted into black-and-white images.

“If they are in the book, and we run across them again, then we give them a copy of the book,” explained Tim. “That has happened three or four times so far. It is really nice because they seem to really treasure it.”

“I specifically do not ask people to pose, or smile, or anything like that,” she explained. “I just want them to be themselves and express themselves in beautiful ways. If they do something, a small gesture or something that I see that kind of symbolizes them, I will capture that. Often it will turn out in a very nice composition.” She says many of her subjects tell her that even people who stop long enough to give them a little money rarely make eye contact or offer a smile, and it is precisely that sort of separation from broader humanity that she is attempting to bridge. “It blows me away that this can actually have impact,” reflected Denbok. “Homelessness is, of course, a huge problem in Canada and the rest of the world. And I believe the first step is to raise awareness of the problem and for people to realize what is actually going on. So knowing that photos can actually make a difference, I see that as a goal for the rest of my life.”

In the fall, Denbok will be attending Sheridan College in Oakville, Ontario, a two-hour drive from her home in Collingwood. But she already is planning future projects, including portraits of Canadian farmers, children and teenagers living on First Nations’ reserves. But Denbok says she is not ready to move away from the homelessness portraits, which began as an art project, but quickly rooted her in social advocacy. “There are a lot of people that stand out to me,” she said. “You hear their stories; it still bothers me. A lot of the stories are quite horrible, and seeing the situations these people are in, you know they are out on the streets, and it gets very cold here. It is really not easy (for me) to sleep at night sometimes.” All the proceeds from her books — available through Amazon, Barnes & Noble Booksellers Inc., the Freedom Press website and her professional website, — go to designated homeless shelters. 



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By Leslie Frisbee

In a city where entertainers are a dime a dozen, and shows open and close more often than a Penn & Teller sleight of hand, 15 minutes of fame seem more a rite of passage than a cliche. There are those rare few, however, whose star is destined to shine, even in the middle of rural Mississippi — thousands of miles from the glitz and glam — where the only neon light belongs to the local Motel 6. This is precisely the case for musical maestros Keith Thompson and Philip Fortenberry. As Las Vegas continues to evolve as a global arts and culture destination, few people have made a greater impact on the “entertainment capital of the world” than Thompson and Fortenberry.

Philip Fortenberry Keith Thompson

Collectively, their professional credits include some of the most world-renowned productions on Broadway and the Las Vegas Strip. During the past 30 years, the William Carey University graduates have performed in such shows as Jersey Boys, We Will Rock You, Mamma Mia!, Hairspray, The Producers, Jesus Christ Superstar, IDAHO! The Comedy Musical and their current production The Cocktail Cabaret at Cleopatra’s Barge at Caesars Palace. I recently met up with the musical maestros at Estatario Milos at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.


You both have been involved with the evolution of Las Vegas as a bona fide arts and culture destination. Do you think we’ve arrived? PF Not yet. We have an arts center that markets itself to the locals as the “Heart of the Arts.” But we have to evolve the image through marketing and PR beyond Las Vegas as just a gaming destination. KT I think that’s part of it, but I also think It’s what Vegas is known as. We struggle with this at The Cocktail Cabaret at Cleopatra’s Barge. It’s an iconic place with rich history. So people think we brought back the lounge show. But we aren’t doing something that used to be; we are doing something based on who we are now. Talk about your latest project The Cocktail Cabaret. KT The original inspiration had to do with the talent we have living in Las Vegas. We are operating with such a high caliber of talent all around us, and we felt these voices needed to be heard. We were tired of waiting around for a show to come to feature them. PF So we decided to create something. The only time we could find a venue that was available, was “cocktail hour,” and couldn’t find anyone doing a 5 p.m. show. KT So we thought, let’s create a show around cocktail hour and use these amazing talents we’ve come to know so well: Eric Jordan

Young, Niki Scalera, Daniel Emmet, Maren Wade and Philip Fortenberry. The Composer’s Showcase is also something you created. How is that going? KT My commitment to the The Composer’s Showcase is very deep; it’s something I’ve kept going basically single-handedly for a very longtime. It is my passion. PF Can you believe that something the started as a party more than 10 years ago is still going so strong. The commentary after each performance is always “this is the best one yet.” You are both pioneers in the entertainment business. How did growing up in rural Mississippi influence your drive? PF I grew up during the whole Civil Rights movement and what that meant in the deep South. Being from there, and the way I saw life affected everything in my life. There were those of us who wanted to evolve, not leave it behind. But to take (the experience) with us and go beyond to become a different type of Southerner — someone who was more forward thinking. KT Our parents, grandparents came from a time — what it was like to be white in the South — and being challenged by what was going on with the Civil Rights movement. And we were of a generation where we were young, in school and, for the first time, meeting children of a different race. We got to experience their music and culture.

Milos' three course pre-fixe lunch. presented by chef Jesse Maldonado, features an appetizer, main course, and dessert, as well as wines by the glass.

PF That’s when I fell in love with music. Even though I was gifted as a 4-year-old, I didn’t have a love of music per se. Because all I knew was what I heard in church. Once integration happened, all of a sudden I heard R&B, soul music. What is your proudest moment in your career? KT IDAHO! The Comedy Musical at The Smith Center (of the Performing Arts in Las Vegas) — the culmination of all that went into building that show and then see it come to fruition in exactly the perfect way. I couldn’t have envisioned it any better. PF Playing for my father’s funeral. He was someone who saw me better than I saw myself. And the fact that I got to honor him … I was lucky to be his son. Do you remember the first singer or song you heard that left a lasting impact on you? KT Gladys Knight & the Pips PF I had a girlfriend who introduced me to “Let’s Get It On” by Marvin Gaye. To this day, that is probably my all-time favorite song. You are both oenophiles; where did your love of wine come from? KT I came to it later in life. I was on tour in Sacramento; a friend of mine, who was working in the finance industry in New York, was transferred to Napa. We went to visit her in 1997; it was my

first time visiting a winery in Napa, and I discovered nectar — it got me. PF For me, it was the discovery of Puligny-Montrachet and wines of that region, which are primarily chardonnay. My favorite in America is Kistler — where Kistler leaves off Puligny-Montrachet takes over. Do you have a favorite food and wine experience? PF It was a Christmas Eve at Hotel Healdsburg. They were offering two different tastings. Keith had one and I had the other — two different menus. KT … We got to have everything. And, really, there were some epiphanies: The way the wines paired so perfectly with the food, it was an education. But I wanted to stay in the experience. PF … I’m not as educated so, for me, it was all about the experience. If you had to come back to this life as someone else who would it be? PF Giorgio Armani. He’s credited with creating red-carpet fashion. I love men’s fashion, and his clothes were made for my body. KT It would for sure be something do to with wine.


Br oa dway a n d t h e L a s Ve g as Stri p I S T H E R O M A N C E R E A L LY O V E R ?

By Bobbie Katz


Tony Awards season always brings to mind the fact that it wasn’t so long ago that Broadway and the Las Vegas Strip appeared to be made for each other, resulting in a long-running perfect marriage. For several years, shows lived in casino residences up and down Las Vegas Boulevard, with many boasting big-name stars who once brightened the Great White Way, but eventually rotated from East to West. Sometimes, though, even what appears to be the most resilient of unions doesn’t always work out.

to Las Vegas, which were among some of the Strip’s most successful productions.

So what went wrong? Certainly, The Smith Center for the Performing Arts in Las Vegas has had a big impact with its annual Broadway season that presents limited runs of the full, touring versions of New York’s hit and Tony Award-winning shows. Patrons only have to wait a year or two before these shows are on their subscription list.

“We had similar success with other Broadway shows in Las Vegas. Jersey Boys was a hit because people knew the songs and, likewise, Rock of Ages worked because it contained many of audiences’ favorite songs of the '80s era.”

The root of the issue, however, is that Broadway and Las Vegas are two different types of environments, with dissimilar audiences and expectations. And the answer to what makes a show go for the long haul on the Strip can be addressed in one word — spectacle. “When we first entered the Las Vegas market, we wanted to attract the sensibility of the Las Vegas patron desiring a once-in-a-lifetime Las Vegas experience,” explained Scott Zeiger, co-founder and board member of Base Entertainment, as well as the chief production officer of Entertainment Benefits Group in New York City. “Most of the shows here are unique to the marketplace. There are residencies here — Jennifer Lopez, Celine Dion, David Copperfield, Penn & Teller — that don’t happen anywhere else in the United States. So you have to create a unique experience where productions are concerned.” Looking back, Zeiger recalls Base Entertainment’s involvement in bringing several Broadway shows

“We first entered the Vegas market with Phantom — The Spectacular in 2006, and we did something unique and special; we did an environmental production. We put in the iconic chandelier, and other proprietary theatrical props and decor. The production ran for six years at The Venetian. It’s important to have a spectacle.

Although shows can remain on Broadway for 30 years or more, Zeiger notes that an open-ended production running in perpetuity never has been cracked in Las Vegas for a number of reasons: one of them being equity. While a resident Las Vegas headliner may do 50 shows a year as opposed to Broadway’s eight shows a week, the latter can’t close down for a week without the liability of paying everyone involved in the production. Then there is the fact that Las Vegas has so many entertainment options, while tourists going to New York have a “must-see” list of Broadway shows. He also admits that the length of a show can be prohibitive. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two, which currently is playing on Broadway and has received 10 Tony nominations, racks up two hours and 45 minutes for each part and has an intermission. “Angels in America, which was nominated for a Tony for best revival, is also in two parts,” cited Zeiger, who has won five Tony Awards as a producer. “So many


Full Jersey Boys Las Vegas Company with Travis Cloer Million Dollar Quartet Anthony Crivello as Phantom and Kristi Holden as Christine in Phantom — The Spectacular photos courtesy of Base Entertainment

musicals are 2 1/2 hours long with an intermission. Casinos don’t want people in the theater for that length of time. Plus, when we did Phantom, we had to get a radius restriction. “Hairspray, Avenue Q and We Will Rock You didn’t work in Vegas. People wanted unique Vegas things. I think that the future of Vegas is more aligned with singular experiences like Magic Mike Live and Absinthe. “For one thing, the Broadway landscape today consists of shows based on pop culture. Screen to stage adaptations like Mean Girls and SpongeBob SquarePants are all over Broadway. It’s becoming more and more rare to see original ideas onstage.”


Meanwhile, back on the Strip, cutting and “Vegasizing” a show contribute to it potentially having a successful, long run. While Broadway has a couple of hours to take people on an emotional journey, casinos basically have 90 minutes. Zeiger says that people want to be swept away and talk about the show’s plot after they leave the theater. They also want to have a cultural reference. John O’Hurley, stage and TV actorpersonality who starred in Spamalot on Broadway, on tour and in its twoyear run at Wynn Las Vegas, agrees with the fact that, to be successful in Vegas, a show has to ante up and be a production that can’t be seen anywhere else. He also believes that the American theater is having a crisis right now. “We have lost our way in terms of musicals,” he explained. “It used to be that audiences could walk out humming the music and reciting the lyrics to a song. Today,

John O’Hurley | photo courtesy of John O’Hurley

the corporations are paying for Broadway shows, but the music is for millennials who can’t afford tickets. “So, there is a dichotomy between who is being written for, and who is showing up. Three electric guitars and a synthesizer against the Great American Songbook ... hmmm. Broadway shows need quality, not spectacle. Las Vegas needs spectacle.” O’Hurley adds that Las Vegas audiences are more Americanized, while Broadway audiences are more international. That factor causes the humor in a show not to work sometimes. He acknowledges that Spamalot was local humor and about as serious as “doing a play in your basement for your parents” so that wherever it appeared, the jokes were tailored to that locale. But having played Billy Flynn in Chicago — Broadway’s longestrunning show — for the past 12 years, both on Broadway and on tour, he feels that it would still work in Las Vegas today. “You don’t have to change much about Chicago,” said O’Hurley, who will reprise Flynn on Broadway this summer. “Honestly, I would like to see it done in nude body stockings. The lingerie in the prison scene and the Fosse choreography go in that direction. That element would change the show enough so that people would come to see it in Las Vegas. Fosse just drips sex.” It seems the Broadway-Las Vegas Strip love affair may not be over just yet. 


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is my mo st bea ut if ul masterpiece. – Claude Monet

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Ea rthly

Gardens of the world vary in factors of climate, topography, culture and even religion. Each allows a degree of insight into the culture that created it. So let’s begin a brief, imaginative journey across the continents, spending a few moments in some of the best of these special places, selected to represent a variety of place and kind.

Our stories speak of human birth into a paradisiacal garden. The garden transformed us from nomadic hunters and gatherers, to makers of civilization. And, as our civilizations grew, the garden became the fortunate’s idyllic retreat from the new nature of walls, and alleys, and stench, and disease that accompanied our urban habitats.

It philosophically is neither nature nor civilization, but the space where both are balanced perfectly; the hand of man and nature joined in a sort of leveled perfection that can be found nowhere outside the borders of these spaces.

To create a garden is not to conquer nature, but to channel and reimagine it in a way it has never existed before us — and likely never will exist again once our footprints fade away.

The garden is as much a psychological location as a physical one, inexorably entwined with the essential human need for security within a chaotic, often dangerous environment.

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Monet’s Garden photo courtesy of Everyday Monet

“My garden is my most beautiful masterpiece,” Monet once said, claiming

The master impressionist created a garden alongside the two-story brick house he lived in until his death in 1926. To visit the grounds today is to be immersed in the world of Monet, which he famously captured in his canvases.

Administered by the nonprofit Fondation Claude Monet, the garden opened to the public in 1980. It attracts approximately 500,000 visitors annually, from April through October.

Wisteria and weeping willows ring the water garden. Monet placed the local, exotic water lilies that would be the subject of one of his most iconic series. Monet painted the lilies with the same study he gave to Charing Cross Bridge in London and the Rouen Cathedral in Normandy during the same years. Exploring every element of light, he broke his studies down to the edge of abstraction.

The garden is divided into two distinct sections: the Clos Normand, a 2.4-acre (1-hectare) flower field featuring roses, daisies, poppies and hollyhocks sloping from the house; and, across the road, a water garden that Monet had created beginning in 1893.

A distinct, earthy sweetness looms in the air of rural France, especially on summer mornings. We are in Giverny, a village on the right bank of the River Seine. The population of about 500 residents live only 50 miles from Paris, but remain a world away from the bustling metropolis. That well may have been the reason Claude Monet chose to make it his home when he first glimpsed Giverny from a train window in 1883.

that the majority of his income went to its maintenance and expansion.


Visitors can stroll the 200-foot treetop walkway that was added in 2008. The gardens, which draws more than 1 million visitors annually, was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2003.

Kew features extensive exterior gardens, as well as glasshouses — the Orangery and Alpine, Bonsai, Palm and Waterlily houses — dedicated to specific themes.

London’s Kew Gardens is a 524-acre (212-hectare) facility founded in 1759, during the late reign of King George II. It is home to 30,000 species of flora from around the world.


Many of the flowers and plants are grown out of state to Bellagio’s specifications, while others are cultivated in an off-site warehouse by the horticultural staff until their moment on the stage arrives. And, with plantings being replaced seasonally, 90 percent of the flora is recycled as part of the conservation and sustainability policy of MGM Resorts International.

What the gardens lack in scale it compensates for in its creative grandeur. Water elements, such as fountains and waterfalls, appear periodically in the displays. Topiary creations also are incorporated in an array of shapes, from 48-foot-long human figures draped in moss and plant material, to a floral sleuth of polar bears.

The Conservatory’s team of 120 members creates themed, seasonal spectacles using floral design to enhance ponds, bridges, gazebos and other decorative features that are placed within the atrium, which is topped by a 50-foot high-glass ceiling. Spring, summer and fallwinter motifs rotate, along with an annual Chinese New Year design.

Inside the Bellagio Las Vegas luxury resort on the Las Vegas Strip is an unexpected retreat from the city’s often stifling heat and unrelenting bustle. The Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens is a 14,000-square-foot atrium adjacent to the hotel’s lobby that serves as an ever-changing canvas for horticultural artists.


Boboli Gardens Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Bellagio’s Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, 2018 Japanese Spring Display, West Bed photo by Al Powers

“The connection between fashion and art has always been a close one,” said Dario Franceschini, Italian culture minister. “And it has been often conducive to striking and unique occasions, like this one, where a prestigious Italian fashion brand has decided to invest in an important cultural landmark, while appreciating its mission.”

Imagined as a pleasure retreat exclusively for the Medici family, Boboli Gardens now annually receives hundreds of thousands of global visitors, as well as locals who are admitted without cost. Currently, it is undergoing a $2.7 million restoration organized by The Uffizi Galleries that is being funded by the Florence-based Gucci fashion house in exchange for having been granted use of the location for a May 2017 fashion show.

Designed by Eleonora di Toledo, Duchess of Florence, the gardens is one of the best examples of Italian garden design in the 16th century. It features a wealth of statuary, wide gravel pathways, stonework, an amphitheater, fountains and private zones, such as grottos, within the broader design.

About 750 miles southeast of bucolic Giverny is Florence, Italy, seat of Medici power throughout the Renaissance. Boboli Gardens, an 11-acre sanctuary, is situated just behind the Palazzo Pitti, which was the Medici family’s chief residence after they purchased it in 1549. The palace and gardens are now owned and administered by The Uffizi Galleries.


The garden opened in 2013 and, two years later, added the world’s largest butterfly garden that houses 15,000 specimens representing 26 species. The Miracle Garden is open for viewing between October and April, due to average summer temperatures exceeding 100 degrees.

The 18-acre (7.28-hectare) grounds are laid out in a large, circular configuration and house flower arrangements in an array of shapes, including a giant teddy bear, peacock, pathway through heart-shaped trellises, life-size commercial jet, plus the pyramids of Giza and the stream of an oversized faucet.

Whereas Zen gardens are mediations on restraint and minimalism, the Dubai Miracle Garden is a celebration of vivacity and abundance. Four miles inland from the Persian Gulf in the United Arab Emirates, the garden features more natural flowers than any other other on the planet.


Dubai Miracle Garden

Kyoto’s Ryoanji — located on a property once owned by a 15th century aristocrat — is one of the most famous Zen gardens. The 3,659-square-foot garden was constructed in the late 1400s. It consists of 15 carefully grouped stones in a bed of white gravel that is tended daily by monks from the Myoshinji, a temple of the Rinzai school of Zen Buddhism.

Also called Japanese rock gardens, they are typically small spaces constructed to represent the broader natural world. Traditional materials include rocks, sand, moss, and minimal plants or trees. Rocks stand in for mountains, while sand represents water or empty spaces. The gardens are designed to be observed from a single, prime viewpoint.

Zen gardens emerged in Japan following the introduction of Zen Buddhism to the country by China in the 1100s. However, stylized rock gardens influenced by the native Shinto religion already had been in existence for centuries.


Ryoanji Temple

Entebbe Botanical Gardens

The grounds are also home to 115 bird species, as well as several types of monkeys and tree squirrels. One of the best times to visit is in November when the gardens play host to the annual Milege World Music Festival.

It was first laid out in 1898, and at its height featured 2,500 species of flora before a period of neglect following independence from British colonization in 1962. Today the garden — along with the nation itself — is experiencing swift revival. It currently features about 300 plant species, the majority of which are native to Uganda.

comprises 98 acres (40 hectares) of land that is left largely natural, with dirt roads connecting distinct areas, including a rainforest zone and grassy bluffs that offer commanding views of Lake Victoria.

The National Botanical Gardens of Uganda, also known as the Entebbe Botanical Gardens,


The gardens began with a land purchase by Louis XIII in the

Spread across nearly 2,000 acres (800 hectares) on the west side of the Versailles Palace, the Gardens of Versailles features more than 200 species of trees, 50 fountains that date to the time of Louis XXIV and a grand canal that stretches more than 3 miles.

From the heart of Africa, we come full circle on our journey back to central France. As Monet’s Garden is a reflection of one man’s fascination, the Gardens of Versailles — 80 miles to the south — stand as testament to the imposing grandeur that accompanied the imperial age.


Today, more than 3 million people visit the Gardens of Versailles each year. It was designated a World Heritage Site in 1979.

Under the brief reign of Louis XVI, the garden almost entirely was uprooted to turn the grounds into an English-style garden, but the effort failed due to climate and topography difficultly. The new English garden was replaced by an easy-care version of the French garden shortly before Louis was overthrown by revolutionaries in 1792.

mid-1600s and grew with a series of building campaigns in following decades. The grounds became emblematic of French garden style, with geometric design, statuary, parterres and water elements, and were the exclusive domain of the monarchy.

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Such dedication to the finest local ingredients unites the best seafood restaurants around the world. From spaghetti with sea urchin on the Amalfi Coast, to Turkish hamsi — Anatolian anchovies from the Black Sea — deep-fried and served with rocket leaves and sliced onion on a crusty bread, the world serves up fresh seafood from simple to indulgent. It’s hedonistic, powerfully seductive and tantalizing.

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In the heart of the ancient harbor of Genoa, Italy, along the Italian Riviera, the fish market bustles with crates being shuffled from one place to another. These are the distinct sounds of local fishermen and their “zero miles-caught” fish; fish that are so fresh, they are often still alive. The very same kind of fish — hakes, goatfish, shrimp, octopus, anchovies — that Ligurian fishermen families brought to the table at the end of every day before fishing became a global marketplace. Seafood that can be traced back to its origin and caught with traditional, sustainable methods with respect for the sea and its ecosystem is the most delicious, beautiful way to enjoy the gems of the sea.


Los Cabos, Baja California Sur, Mexico Herringbone Los Cabos, located inside the luxurious Vidanta resort in San José del Cabo, is home to some of the freshest coastal cuisine and seafood. Executive chef Alex Branch expertly combines fresh, locally sourced ingredients with inventive creations to showcase a delectable menu with a Mexican twist. Harmoniously combining American, Mexican and Asian flavors, Herringbone’s Buffalo octopus is roasted with housemade Buffalo sauce and served with black-eyed peas, celery, carrots and ranch sauce.


Las Vegas, Nevada, USA Inspired by his world travels, chef Michael Mina flies fish in from all around the world to deliver his market list menu at his eponymous dining room in Bellagio Las Vegas. From black bass, to Kona kampachi, to red scorpionfish, the whole broiled fish with ginger and scallion is a nod to Cantonese cooking. The fish, served tableside, highlights salty-tangy flavors and is accompanied with bok choy, trumpet mushrooms, and fermented black beans.


buffalo octopus photo courtesy of Hakkasan ginger and scallion whole broiled fish photo by Anthony Mair


fish in sea salt photo courtesy jumbo tiger prawn photo courtesy millefoglie di baccala photo by Bruno Bruchi



Athens, Greece Often the humblest ways of doing things are also the best. The technique of salt-roasting fish fits into this category: ancient and practical. The salt seals in moisture and gently steams the fish in its own juices, seasoning it slightly as it cooks. The finished product is invariably moist, succulent and bursting with flavor. Chef Giorgio Spanakis uses seasonal fish caught from the waters around the Greek islands of Kythira, Kalymnos, Limnos and Corfu, wraps them in sea salt and bakes in the oven with herbs.


Dubai, United Arab of Emirates The jumbo tiger prawn is impressive in its size, averaging 12 inches in length. When prepared by executive chef Pawel Kazanowski and his team, it becomes a succulent dish after it is grilled and tossed in yuzu kosho (Japanese condiment with a light citrus flavor) sauce. The spicy, salty sauce is a flavor bomb made of fermented yuzu (citrus fruit), chili peppers and salt that accentuates the flavors of this Madagascar crustacean.


Livorno, Italy In 1965, chef Luciano Zazzeri’s family put its first boat out to sea. Since then, fishing has become part of daily life, and today it’s the heart of the Michelin-starred La Pineta. Modest in its decor as a quaint beachside mecca, the charismatic chef-owner uses his talents to create dishes featuring catches from the sea that are married perfectly with seasonal ingredients. La Pineta’s waterfront setting on the Livorno coastline serves up a traditional house recipe, Millefoglie di baccalà, a light and delicate “Napoleon” of cod with leek cream.

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Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada Named after the year Chinatown emerged in Vancouver, 1886 is the ultimate destination for fine Chinese dining in the city, offering authentic and innovative dishes from four culinary regions of China: Canton, Szechuan, Hunan and Shanghai. Hailing from the evening dim sum menu, chef de cuisine Jason Wu delivers the abalone squid ink dumpling, a Chinese delicacy and local fan favorite at Parq Vancouver. The dish features exotic ingredients — scallop mousse, squid ink and salmon caviar — brought together nicely in fresh dough dumplings made from scratch. 66


Bali, Indonesia Perched atop a limestone plateau overlooking the Indian Ocean, Sake no Hana provides diners with panoramic views and elevated dining crafted by executive chef Hideki Hiwatashi. This open-air restaurant features contemporary Japanese cuisine served on the cliffs of Uluwatu. One such ocean delight here is the Chilean sea bass. Full of fresh, light flavors, the recently caught fish of Patagonian origin is served with Champagne yuzu miso and edible flowers. 

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By Marisa Finetti

Bordering Slovenia and Austria in the northeastern corner of Italy is the Grave appellation within the Friuli-Venezia Giulia wine region. Here, the high plain is made up of arid beds composed of distinct pebbles shaped by the Tagliamento River at the end of the last glacial period. Like the Graves region of Bordeaux, the Grave in Friuli owes its name to the gravel in the subsoil, which forces the roots of the vine to reach deep into the earth in search of water. This struggle enables its fruit to develop intense character, resulting in structured wines of elegance, welcoming freshness and determination. The area is dominated by family-owned wineries, and in the heart of this Friulian plain, in Lauzacco, the Scarbolo family produces wines that taste and speak of the land. Scarbolo produces both white and red wines that are boldly innovative, possessing enviable balance and freshness, elegantly unapologetic and inextricably characteristic of their philosophy. While pinot grigio is an international variety that originated from France (pinot gris), it is a signature wine for the northern tier of Italy, and it is a hallmark variety to which Scarbolo family members have devoted their lives. On this particular day, Mattia Scarbolo observed that the vines suddenly had flourished under a warm 85 degrees. As though drawn by the same solar energy, his vibrant personality is genuine, infectious and intensely primed for his upcoming international trip to showcase his family’s wines. In particular, his mission is to shine light on pinot grigio’s ambitious character, which is complex, enticing and as dynamic as Friulians are.

“I think our winery is embodied by our devotion to restore credit, credibility and justice to pinot grigio,” said Scarbolo. “Over the years, this desire to show that convention is not always the best way; it became more preponderant, and I believe it culminated with our approach to pinot grigio.” Pinot grigio is one of the darkest-skinned grapes used in producing a white wine. But when the skins of these gray-blue-to-pinkish grapes are allowed to spend extended time in their juice, the wine results in gorgeous coppery hues complemented by teasing texture and flavors. While Scarbolo makes four pinot grigio wines, its effort is shown above all by the Ramato XL (meaning copper), a wine that showcases the true, forgotten color and structure of the pinot grigio. The alluring Ramato XL — made from 100 percent pinot grigio grapes — is luminous and visually enchanting, getting its stunning orange color from grape skin contact. It also happens to be Scarbolo’s personal favorite because it conveys everything that represents the winery’s style: possessing a deep love and respect for the land and the vines, thereby leading to wines of great quality and approachability; wines that are interesting and capable of engaging conviviality. “It seemed paradoxical to us that one of the handful of white grape varieties with a dark skin was associated with the most tasteless wine on the market. And as a reaction and/or provocation — trying to ‘shock the palate out of a coma’ — Valter (Scarbolo’s father) released the pinot grigio XL to show what the variety actually is.”


This past year, they introduced a new ‘younger sibling,’ the pinot grigio ILRamato, a more approachable version of the XL. At the head of the cellar and vineyard is Scarbolo’s sister, Lara, and father. His father inherited the passion for this work from Scarbolo’s grandfather, Gino, who planted the first vines in Lauzacco. Further personifying the signature characteristics of the Scarbolo wines is the unique climate. In an earlier interview with Valter Scarbolo, he spoke of how the cool Alpine breezes and warm marine flow from the Adriatic Sea create the optimal thermal balance, which allows the grapes to mature more slowly and evenly, resulting in rich flavors, well-defined aromas and a charge of acidity. And, while the area takes its cues from neighboring Austria and Slovenia, the wines are very much “deeply rooted” and unmistakably Friulian. “I love the amazing balance between acidity, sapidity and fruit of our whites, which are characteristic of Friulian wines,” said Scarbolo. “Also, the playfulness of our branding, which conveys the joviality, sense of inclusion and enjoyment that wine should be all about.” The 28-year-old recently rejoined his family business after a career in mergers and acquisitions in New York.


“My whole life, I had this impulse to do the opposite of what is the norm in a 1,000-people town surrounded by vineyards and chickens,” said Scarbolo. “I eventually realized how poor this motivation was and came back. I believe a diversity of backgrounds, points of view, approaches, make for a wealthier and more successful working environment and, hopefully, I can bring that to the winery.” Like his father, Scarbolo’s personality is bright, energized and forward-thinking. “There is a saying that goes something like, ‘We can see far because we are on the shoulders of giants — Vediamo lontano perché stiamo sulle spalle di giganti.’” A nod to Sir Isaac Newton’s famous quote, Scarbolo remains firm on the notion to respect tradition, but to place more emphasis on the future as well. Furthermore, the art on the labels, which is a stylized rendition of the traditional farmers’ carriage wheels, embodies the constant forward motion and dynamism by which Scarbolo and his family live.   “They symbolize the generations of the family in our winery, always growing, taking every chance to do it better than the day before,” Scarbolo said about the logo. In less than three decades, white wines from Friuli have gone from near obscurity to distinction. Backed by passion, the wines are spirited, creative and luminous — like tasting a ray of sunshine. Scarbolo is a brilliant example. 


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A master of horology, Richard Mille founded his eponymous luxury brand, based in Switzerland, nearly 20 years ago. World-renowned for its three-dimensional chronograph tourbillon timepieces, the company’s first release, the RM 001, revolutionized fine watchmaking and became the inspiration for many of its subsequent models. Having the distinction of creating the most expensive watches in the world — averaging about $185,000 each — Richard Mille continues to experience record sales and ongoing growth. The high demand and price of the brand’s products stem from its innovative use of space-age materials, such as TPT carbon, TPT titanium and graphene, making them lighter, resilient and more attractive. The new RM 19-02 Tourbillon Fleur is the epitome of horological artistry, resulting in a vibrant creation that speaks to birth and regeneration; a design in which the pattern comes to life in the form of a magnolia flower that opens and closes to reveal its technology and tourbillon. Richard Mille supports the charities of its brand partners, such as Rafael Nadal, Bubba Watson and Jean Todt, allocating a portion of its sales from limited-edition watches created with its partners. Currently, Richard Mille and acclaimed actress Margot Robbie are working together to create a collection, the proceeds of which will be donated to Youngcare. A nonprofit foundation, Youngcare is committed to helping young Australians with high-care needs live their lives with choice, independence and dignity.

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C ari b b e an R e s o r t R ai ses th e B a r o n L u x u ry B A H A M A S ' N E W B A H A M A R P R O V I D E S F I V E - S TA R SERVICE, DINING AND AMENITIES

By Elaine and Scott Harris

The Bahamas are well-known worldwide for sugar-white sand beaches, undulating turquoise warm waters and the allure of total relaxation. Many resorts in the capital city of Nassau provide respite, but now a new, shining star — Baha Mar — has burst onto the scene with world-class style like the islands have never seen. At Baha Mar, visitors have a choice of three celebrated hotels; an award-winning collection of lounges, bars and restaurants; a Jack Nicklaus signature golf course; the ESPA Spa; and luxury shopping. Plus, the resort’s stunning casino features floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook the ocean by day, and a spectacular fire and light show by night. Guests can choose their accommodations as they like. Grand Hyatt Baha Mar features an array of 1,800 deluxe guest rooms that definitely are impressive. SLS Baha Mar, in a word, is chic and exudes a feeling of conviviality. This creative hideaway has only 300 rooms — many of which feature an ocean view that is like a dream come true — and a stunning private pool, cabanas and day club. It is the place to be for the world traveler who enjoys lavish pampering in a boutique hotel setting. Rosewood Baha Mar caters to those who require more privacy. This sanctuary has all the modern amenities required for the well-heeled traveler. A walk around the grounds takes you back in time as you discover the hotel’s striking historical British colonial architecture surrounded by exotic, lush tropical gardens and striking water features. Its 185 ocean view rooms and five luxury beachfront villas offer peaceful tranquility, and a private pool adds the final touch of Bahamian refinement.

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The diversity of Baha Mar’s restaurants and eateries elevate dining to another level, with exotic flavors and luscious local tastes that offer something for every discerning palate. Along with the stunning views, elegant accommodations and unparalleled concierge service, it is not surprising that the food and beverage options also speak of epicurean sophistication. Begin your stay by playing a few rounds on manicured, verdant fairways designed by the legendary Golden Bear himself, Jack Nicklaus, at the Royal Blue Golf Club at the Grand Hyatt. After a round of golf, indulge with a lunch, brunch or dinner in the clubhouse at the Royal Blue Tavern. The signature Blue Bear cocktail, named after Nicklaus, is a perfect match for snapper ceviche with fried jalapeños and fresh conch.


Tucked away, off the Grand Hyatt’s casino floor, guests can find Chinese fine dining at its best at Shuang Ba. From the moment you walk in, you are surrounded by stunning tapestries and traditional Chinese decor while mouthwatering aromas take you straight to the provinces of China. Featuring authentic fare from the North, South, Southwest and East, you are transported and transformed by the elegant ambiance. Specialties such as dumplings, dim sum and Peking duck are an ideal way to start off the evening. For a rare opportunity to go back 5,000 years in Chinese spirits history, order the guided Baijiu tasting. At the pristine beach or one of the Grand Hyatt’s many pools, lunch at Conch Shack is in order. Located just off the beach, the colorful shack is the place to enjoy the Bahamian specialty of fresh conch, made to order just for you. After savoring your native Bahamian lunch, be sure to visit The Baha Mar Ecological Aquatic Conservation Habitat, or The BEACH Sanctuary, where you can interact and pet a nurse shark or a stingray, and even feed the endangered green sea turtles. Local docents provide an excellent way for guests to have an up close and personal experience with the precious sea life that inhabits the local waters. A must-stop for cocktails any time of day is the infamous Monkey Bar just off the SLS Baha Mar lobby. It’s a perfect place to wind down or wind up in a classy environment surrounded by monkey portraits! Speaking of monkeys, order the Monkey 47 signature cocktail, a refreshing gin drink with a dash of Tabasco, accented with a fresh rosemary sprig.

Dining options are truly abundant in this paradise. For a Mediterranean experience, award-winning chef Danny Elmaleh has a plate for you at SLS Baha Mar’s Cleo. This talented chef has married his classic menu with local Bahamian ingredients that guests are sure to appreciate, with many dishes served family-style. Delight in ocean views while dining on flatbreads, mezzes, and refreshing cocktails for lunch or dinner. SLS has a James Beard Award-winning restaurant that every guest should try. Miami’s Chef Michael Schwartz features authentic Italian cuisine at Fi’ila. Order the handmade artisanal breads and pasta, and then experience rich dishes straight from the hearth. Lunch, dinner or both, Schwartz impresses. A staple of most SLS resorts is Katsuya from master chef Katsuya Uechi. The omakase tasting menu is a must. Take a seat and dine alfresco, pairing a seafood platter featuring sushi, sashimi, crab claws, oysters uni and caviar with Laurent-Perrier Champagne, as essences of the Caribbean fill the night sky just a few yards away. Shopping at Baha Mar is a delightful experience. Guests can stroll and browse amongst the finest luxury and fashion retailers from around the world, as well as exclusive Bahamian artisans and shops. International brands intermixed with the small, local boutiques create a unique shopping experience. After enjoying the beach, sipping wonderful cocktails, gaming in the casino, dining at many of the renowned restaurants and exploring the shops, take some time out to relax and rejuvenate. The Spa at Baha Mar is the Caribbean’s first ESPA spa and is exclusive to the resort. Every once in awhile, you find something special, and it grabs and inspires you. Baha Mar is that special place that always will be a part of you, and even after you depart, it will entice you to return. 


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By Leslie Frisbee

Despite its diminutive dimensions, the Netherlands is one of the most cosmopolitan and colorful countries in the world. Roughly the size of Maryland, the Northwest territory of Europe is a kaleidoscope of languages and cultures. Composed of 12 provinces, the region is renowned for its iconic imagery: windmill dotted landscapes, picturesque canal districts, blankets of flora and bicycles that command the cobblestones. Nestled in the southernmost tip of the Netherlands is Maastricht. Lauded as the most beautiful city in the country, Maastricht — a college town of just 120,000 people — is famous for what natives call the "Burgundian" way of life. Dutch and international visitors alike converge on the municipality during the summer months to indulge in the many fine dining, arts, culture and shopping opportunities it has to offer. S TAY

Just a five-minute walk from the train station is The Dutch. Situated in a large townhouse, the upscale 49-room boutique hotel pays homage to the ’80s. 90

Basking in hues of green, pink, blue and gold, the kitschy lobby, which also serves as a bar, is adorned with stuffed flamingos a la “Miami Vice” and murals of pop culture icons. One is of Jane Fonda donned in her leotard and leg warmers that makes the statement: Jane wants you to take the stairs. Beyond the lobby is the courtyard, also known as the jungle. The outdoor seating area — complete with a statue of a crocodile and gorilla — is the perfect place to enjoy a cup of coffee in the morning before taking in the sights of the city. P L AY

One of the best ways to experience Maastricht is by bicycle. In a country where there are more bikes than people — 23 million versus 18 million — there is no shortage of bicycle rentals and guided bike tours in the capital of Limburg. Almost all of the streets in the city have a cycle lane, making it easy and safe to take in some popular sights, such as the Maas (also Meuse) River, Maaspromenade and the Onze Lieve Vrouwebasiliek, or Basilica of Our Lady. No trip to Maastricht would be complete without a visit to the Vrijthof. Considered the most romantic square in the Netherlands, it has attracted people since medieval times, when pilgrims came to see the grave of Saint

Servatius. These days, Vrijthof is known for its outdoor cafes and concerts by world-renowned conductor and violinist André Rieu. A native of Maastricht, Rieu’s summer concert series — July 4-22 — is the city’s grandest spectacle, drawing more than 60,000 visitors to the city across three weekends. E AT

Foodies and oenophiles won’t be bored in Maastricht. From Michelin-starred restaurants, to wine bars, to good old-fashioned pubs, the city has something for every palate. Boasting two Michelin stars, Beluga Loves You, formerly Beluga, is a classic fine dining restaurant owned by famous Dutch chef Hans van Wolde. Perched on the banks of the Maas River, the restaurant is renowned for impeccable fare with a creative flair. For the full experience, try the five-course Xpressions lunch. Taking inspiration from French, Italian and Spanish cuisine, Harry’s Restaurant is not to be missed when visiting Maastricht. With an elegant and welcoming atmosphere, the luxury brasserie uses mostly provincial sourced ingredients prepared by chefs in an open kitchen. For a locally brewed Pilsner, try Café In de Karkol. The wood-paneled pub has been voted as Netherland’s best pub year after year by Dutch magazine Misset Horeca. SHOP

Behind the beautiful facades along Stokstraat and Wolfstraat streets, you’ll find the crème de la crème of fashion in Maastricht. The oldest part of the city, Stokstraat is lined with elegant boutiques, such as local retailers Nikkie and Colette Maastricht. A must-visit for bibliophiles is Bookshop Dominicanen. Once a monastery church, which was built in the 13th century, the cleverly converted shop sells new and secondhand books, CDs DVDs and vinyl. It receives more than 700,000 visitors a year.

Dominicanen, photo by Etienne van Sloun | market, photo by Paul Mellaart | André Rieu, photo by Marcel van Hoorn | city park, photo by Hugo Thomassen | The Dutch, photo courtesy


By Shan Bates-Bundick

With a colonial history of both French and Spanish settlements, modern New Orleans is known for bringing together a juxtaposition of cultures, flavors and environments coupled with signature Southern charm. Named after the French Duke of Orleans, regent to King Louis XV, NOLA was founded in 1718. Famous for its multicultural historic architecture — most withstanding the wake of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 — this port city is located on the Mississippi River Delta. With the melding of cultures that is the backbone of the city, New Orleans’ distinct areas, such as the well-known French Quarter and Garden District, offer a sampling of Spanish Creole and French influences. Known as the birthplace of jazz, NOLA not only is renowned for its cultural tourism, but is also an economic hub and center of higher learning with Tulane and Loyola universities. S TAY

Nestled in the Garden District, which is recognized for its neighborhood of well-preserved historic mansions, is the Pontchartrain Hotel. This recently restored 1920s gem boasts a

rating by Travel + Leisure magazine that names it one of the best new hotels in the world. With four restaurant and bar options, including the Hot Tin rooftop bar with 270-degree views, the stately Pontchartrain is known for its modern comforts and Southern hospitality. Much like the French-Spanish city it inhabits, rooms are breezy, blending old-school touches with expected amenities. We also love the Windsor Court Hotel and The Saint Hotel, Autograph Collection, which has the motto “play naughty, sleep saintly.” P L AY

New Orleans is synonymous with Mardi Gras. Taking place in late winter to early spring, depending on the date on which Easter falls, its colorful parades and balls are hosted by social clubs known as krewes. A few months after the renowned celebration, in late April and early May, the popular New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival celebrates NOLA’s culture and music. The festival’s 2018 headliners included Beck, Smokey Robinson, Sheryl Crow and Aerosmith.


No matter the time of year, you can experience the quintessential second line in the French Quarter. Originally comprising the line of mourners at a funeral following a brass band, this jazzy celebration now encompasses weddings, birthdays and other banner-day moments. And what’s not to celebrate with a delicious visit to the Big Easy?

Also, don’t miss the weekend jazz brunch at Commander’s Palace; contemporary Southern cuisine at Coquette; coastal fare in Cavan’s beautiful mansion setting; or neighborhood favorite Clancy’s Restaurant New Orleans.

Or, take in some jazz on Frenchmen Street, the live music capital in New Orleans. The Spotted Cat Music Club offers sets from bluesy, to big-band jazz. If cocktailing is more your scene, we love Cure, Bacchanal Wine, Bouligny Tavern and The Sazerac Bar.

Inspired by the city’s environment, Mignon Faget is a fifth-generation New Orleanian and jewelry designer. Her pieces incorporate natural and architectural forms while honoring the culture of her birthplace.


Located in the Royal Sonesta New Orleans hotel, Restaurant R’evolution basks in the historic partnership of James Beard Award-winner chef Rick Tramonto and celebrated Louisiana chef John Folse. The tasting menu and wine pairing is the best way to experience their modern take on Cajun and Creole cuisines; plan to come with a healthy appetite to best sample each delectable course, including crab beignets.


“Through my research into our local environments, natural or man-made, I have seen it necessary to become very active in their preservation and restoration,” shared the artist. “Reciprocity is important. I have benefited so much from our waterways and culture, it is only right to give back.” Other local shopping favorites include Azby’s Southern women’s boutique and Perlis for the fashionable man. A stroll through Magazine Street’s many boutiques is the perfect way to spend the afternoon.

Shrimp and grits, photo by Paul Broussard | Pontchartrain Hotel, photo by Christian Horan | New Orleans festival, photo by Zack Smith | Mardi Gras, photo by Paul Broussard | French 75 Bar, photo by Zack Smith



By Scott and Elaine Harris

When many people think of Cheyenne, Wyoming, images of cowboys, rodeos and trains dance in their head. This capital city is certainly that, but it’s also so much more. It’s home to world-class mountain biking, climbing, camping, craft breweries, outstanding scenery and some of the best steaks you can find. A visit to Cheyenne offers great opportunities for all to enjoy. S TAY

The Nagle Warren Mansion, a true gem located in downtown Cheyenne, was built in 1888 by businessman Erasmus Nagle. The mansion, which was purchased and restored in 1997 by innkeeper Jim Osterfoss, was turned into a bed-and-breakfast with 12 guest rooms, three conference rooms and luxury around every corner. The historic B&B is completely opulent, with exquisite Victorian appointments, a stunning collection of rare art pieces and bright, colorful stained-glass bay windows that afford a perfect morning wake-up. The decor of the rooms abounds with period furnishings, and some rooms allow for expansion into a suite that includes a classic study area providing a peaceful environment for both work and relaxation. Guests enjoy a daily homecooked classic breakfast, which features fresh, local ingredients prepared by the in-house chef that are served in the formal dining room. E AT

Cheyenne is home to the Rib & Chop House, a casual restaurant known for its premium, certified Angus beef steaks and some of the freshest seafood in the West. Its award-winning baby back ribs are marinated for 24 hours in a secret seasoning, slow-cooked in a special oven, lightly glazed with a housemade barbecue sauce and then finished on the grill. All dishes are served — as its tagline states — with true “Rocky Mountain Hospitality.” The Luxury Dining Car is definitely worth a visit. It was an operating trolley car on the streets of Cheyenne from 1894 to 1912 and has been operating as a working diner since 1926. Today, guests enjoy meals that still are prepared from scratch, and some recipes, like the green chili and sausage gravy, are decades old, but deliciously cosmopolitan. P L AY

Locals call it “rock-reation,” but the name Vedauwoo (vee-da-voo) is a version of the Arapaho Indian word bito’o’wu, meaning earthborn. This southwest region of Wyoming is an area featuring rock formations of 1.4 billion-year-old granite. Enjoy the beauty and wildlife that flourish here, but it also offers dozens of climbing routes and 20 multiple-use bike trails that take adventurers to huge rock formations with spectacular views. For the anglers, world-class fly-fishing is abundant alone or with the assistance of a professional guide. SHOP

The Frontier Mall offers many high-end shops that will please the most discriminating shopper. Also, the revitalized downtown area offers many lovely, hidden boutiques and antique shops where you can search for that special, one-of-a-kind treasure.

State capitol | mountain biking in Vedauwoo | Nagle Warren Mansion | deconstructed chicken pot pie | hiking in Vedauwoo | Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo, photos courtesy of Wyoming Office of Tourism, Scott and Elaine Harris


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By Marisa Finetti


Perched on the west side of Napa Valley, rising high behind the town of St. Helena, California, the rugged hillside AVA (American Viticultural Area) of Spring Mountain District is named for its many natural springs that surface throughout the region. The hillside gem, lush in natural beauty of scrubland, forests and meadows, was one of the first vineyard areas to be planted by the early settlers in the 1800s. Today, a piece of history remains as a quiet, rural respite from the bustling tourism, and it is one of the few spots in the Valley that is home to family-owned wineries that produce memorable wines of outstanding power, quality and elegance. Spring Mountain District’s vineyard parcels are small, widespread and far from the conveniences of the Valley floor. Influenced by the Pacific Ocean to the west and San Francisco Bay to the south, the microclimate tends to intensify the harshness of winter storms and moderate intense summer heat. These grapevines, which struggle at the edge of their habitable range for sunlight, water and nutrients, develop fruit of more intense, expressive character and, hence, more memorable and long-lived wines. Spring Mountain District is home to an array of grape varieties besides cabernet sauvignon, including merlot, zinfandel and chardonnay. And, before the variety fell from favor in the 1980s, riesling was an early pacesetter and among the more commonly seen white grape varieties here, but now just a few rows of the vines remain.

Cain Vineyard & Winery | photo by Janis Miglavs


Spring Mountain District | photo by Charles Orear

The wine producers in Spring Mountain District are an unusual group of individuals dedicated to tackling the challenges with strong ideals of integrity and faithfulness to the unique terroir. A SENSORIAL TRIP TO CAIN

Towering above St. Helena in Napa Valley in the Mayacamas Mountains, this cool, wooded appellation reaches 2,100 feet at its highest point. Terraced vineyards dot the east-facing slopes and meadows, mostly above the fog line. On this day, the vines bask in the early morning warmth. Later on, afternoon breezes from the Pacific Ocean will sweep across the mountains to cool the fruit. After stepping off the four-wheel-drive vehicle that got us to the top, we carefully tread to the picturesque ridge straddling both Sonoma and Napa valleys. Cain Vineyard winemaker Christopher Howell firmly pulls a weed from the ground. “Here, smell this. It’s tarweed,” he said. Tarweed, a sticky, hairy plant with little beigy flowers, has an aroma of asphalt and citrus, with a penetrating, lingering resinous perfume odor. We walk further into the property, and he plucks a leaf from the tree.   “Now, here’s this.” A waxy green leaf with the ever so familiar aromas of menthol and eucalyptus, it’s unmistakably bay laurel. Not much more was said on that field trip. On purpose. Howell has grown distinctively earthy estate wines of Cain Five since 1991, along with a more sensual and silky Cain Concept that is

at once drinkable and also worthy of aging. Then there is the Cain Cuvee — a smooth, approachable and versatile style of wine. Knowing this much at least, it was imminent that Howell would reveal the meaning behind the sensorial trip and bring his wines to full circle in the tasting room. Besides enjoying the wine, would you like people to make the connection to the land itself? In visiting a vineyard, the most wonderful opportunity is to be able to connect the wine to the place. If the wine holds your interest, a most likely wellspring of that interest lies in the terroir of the vineyard itself. To many people, this realization will come as a shock and an epiphany; to comprehend that the experience of the wine in their glass is directly connected to the earth on which they have stood. This is an essentially human experience. When discussing the Cain Five, what did you meant by it’s not about the varietal; it’s about half mountain, half valley? The Cain Five grows exclusively in the Cain Vineyard (estate). Thus, the Valley wine displays the warmth of the Valley and the generosity of the soil — it is altogether more friendly — while the mountain wine might be more austere. It is somewhat more structured, less fruity and more herbal-floral; less sweet, but with a more complex mouthfeel, and we find aromas of tarweed in the wine. What we have learned through our work at Cain is that certain places taste more of themselves and less of the specific grape variety. For example, regardless of what vine we grow, the character of the Cain Vineyard always comes through.


Cain Vineyards | photo by Emilie Barnettt

If so, the purpose was to illustrate the effect of place and specifically to compare valley versus mountain. In these two wines, we have a specific case in that both are vinified alike and receive the same élevage (progression of wine between fermentation and bottling). Varietal composition of the two wines is similar. Please talk about your epiphany wine moment. Every now and then, given a glass of wine — more likely at the table, with a meal — our senses awake; we are drawn into a dream. Here are two unforgettable moments I have lived: Summer, 1978, at dinner in a restaurant outside of Geneva. The wine was smoky, floral, spicy, silky and seductive, and ever so complex. It just seemed to go on and on, and that bottle seemed to last for hours — 1964 Clos des Lambrays. On another occasion, at lunch with a bunch of wine people at the house of a friend. The wine was oceanic, marine, oysters, eggs, lemons, cream, with a marvelous mouth-filling texture. We may have not yet heard the descriptor “mineral,” but mineral it was, and much more.

1991 Chevalier-Montrachet, D. Leflaive. Cradled within this breathtaking bowl on your property is a rather large rock. What is its significance? The dramatic rock outcropping at the heart of the Cain Vineyard seems to be a powerful place. It could be a vortex of energy, and we can imagine that, through the ages, this rock has attracted the attention of all humans who have come nearby. We simply call it “La Piedra” — The Rock. Contemporary geologists and soil scientists have visited and found the granular, noncrystalline structure to conform to that of greywacke, a type of sedimentary rock in the category of sandstone, which forms part of the Franciscan mélange that underlies San Francisco, the Golden Gate, Mount Tamalpais, much of the Mayacamas and also Big Sur. The soils of the Cain Vineyard are derived from this Franciscan mélange. And with that, Howell shirred off a chunk of sandstone from La Piedra for me to add to my terroir collection. Cain’s sensorial field trip captured the geologic wonder inside and outside of the glass. 

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“Best way to both succeed in the world and to help others is to help people improve themselves. People do not learn as much carrying out your plans versus developing and implementing their own, with your help.” — Richard Haddrill

The chief executive officer of three publicly traded companies, a board member of nine companies and investor in eight companies, Richard Haddrill is focused on mentoring, coaching and encouraging people. He formed The Groop to assist growing businesses and advise up-and-coming executives. Haddrill believes in charitable organizations101 that provide assistance to people in ways that will allow them to become more skilled and self-reliant. Young people in particular can be easily influenced — good or bad. Organizations that help them make the right choices through education or after-school activities can be most impactful. A prior scout troop member, scouting has remained dear to Haddrill’s heart because he knows firsthand how beneficial it can be. He recently made a significant contribution to the woefully underfunded Camp Kimball, a 1,200-acre outdoor facility located less than an hour from Las Vegas.

A n E x t r a or di n a r y Jo u rn ey t o Re juve n a ti o n S R I L A N K A’ S A N A N TA R A P E A C E H AV E N I S A N I D E A L R E T R E AT F O R H O L I S T I C H E A LT H A N D W E L L - B E I N G

By Shan Bates-Bundick


For the ultimate in relaxation, journey to the spa at the Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort to reset with four new weeklong wellness programs. Based upon the principles of ayurveda —classical systems of medicine with historical roots on the Indian subcontinent — this seven-day experience is designed to balance and nourish both physical and mental health. The resort’s pristine environment, set amidst a coconut plantation in a private cove overlooking the Indian Ocean, offers a breathtaking backdrop for centering yourself at a relaxing pace. The specialist ayurvedic programs at Anantara’s spa are crafted to facilitate steps to holistic health and happiness by balancing the body and freeing the mind using three simple yet powerful principles. These holistic activities address a multitude of factors, including diet, exercise, sleep, stress and relaxation, and are tailored according to the individual’s doshas and vikruti (body elements and conditions, respectively). Wellness journeys take place after a comprehensive and bespoke consultation with the resident doctor of ayurveda. The Anantara Spa features four single treatment rooms, four couple treatment rooms, a yoga pavilion, beauty salon and facial treatment room, in addition to the ayurvedic treatment rooms and a wellness relaxation area. Signature spa treatments include the marma abhyanga massage, which focuses on the parts of the body where blood and lymph vessels meet with bone and muscle tissue to achieve health and balance. The goal of the ayurveda wellness journeys is to empower individuals to change their lifestyle and way of thinking. These experiences offer a personalized approach to guide clients gently through the process of healing with four customized programs: inner harmony, deep sleep, natural weight and a rebuilding detox. All are designed to lead to the ayurvedic interpretation of happiness.

photos courtesy of Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas


Le Blanc Spa Resort, Los Cabos, Mexico Palace Resorts recently debuted its newest allinclusive luxury resort in Los Cabos, Mexico. Setting the standard in five-star, adults-only accommodations, Le Blanc Spa Resort Los Cabos is an oasis of opulence on the Baja California Peninsula. The award-winning BlancSpa spans a vast 29,000 square feet, and includes 25 treatment rooms and hydrotherapy facilities. Featured treatments are inspired by ancient local history: The BlancSpa’s signature Pericue massage is a fourhand ritual derived from the history of the region’s natives, the Pericue tribe.

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Aria, Las Vegas, Nevada (Guest reviewer: Jacob Bundick) The Spa at Aria, with its coed pool bright with natural light and an amazingly large — and dark — steam room with plenty of space to spread out, is a perfect way to spend an entire day. The men’s section features hot and cold soaking tubs. Very attentive staff are welcoming, and amenities include luxury products and fully equipped showers. In Zen-like therapy rooms, you can select background music to help relax you while enjoying treatments. Plus, you can take home a sample of the spa’s signature scent.


Aria, Las Vegas, Nevada Tranquil waterfalls welcome guests at arrival, before being whisked away to gender-specific relaxation areas. Decompression begins immediately upon donning one of the fluffy spa robes; the only stressor is where to explore — with so many gorgeous options — after your treatment. The Spa at Aria is well-known for its Ganbanyoku beds, which are Japanese stone beds designed to soothe muscles, increase circulation and accelerate metabolism. Additional options include resting in the Shio Salt Room or enjoying the private outdoor therapy pool, an oasis surrounded by luscious greenery.


B o o k o f B e au té COLOR

Givenchy Le Rouge lipstick is updated in a limitededition couture-inspired tube that will look so striking on your vanity table. Infused with moisture-preserving beeswax, this lightweight formula glides on for a longlasting wash of color that nourishes lips. COLOGNE

By Terry Délectation Splendide eau de parfum intense is a sweet, floral, and spicy fragrance inspired by sumptuous palace delicacies and Oriental spices. The luxurious scent blends sweet vanilla, warm tonka bean and spicy patchouli to create a delectable fragrance. CONSCIOUS

Chantecaille Philanthropy Cheek Shades collection supports a variety of conservation efforts. Each shade is embossed with an image of the cause it supports. Bliss, a petal pink, benefits the Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary Foundation. COMPLEXION

Nannette de Gaspé Youth Revealed Restorative Techstile face mask incorporates a combination of powerful age renewal, brightening, and hydrating actives that help stimulate the synthesis of collagen and elastin for visibly brighter skin, improved texture and tone, and reduced fine lines and wrinkles. COIF

Davines This Is A Dry Texturizer gives hair piecey, defined texture and hold. A winner in the TotalBeauty. com Awards, the texture spray provides an instant fullbodied and tousled look without weighing hair down. COUTURE

Yves Saint Laurent Beauty Couture Mono eyeshadow has a unique texture designed to bind to your lid for longlasting color. This rich taupe hue has a beautiful shimmer — it’s perfect for layering over soft lilac or blush shades.

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June 2 | West Palm Beach Modern Art & Design Sale showcases works by top 20th-century designers and artists John Angus Chamberlain sculpture, Paul Evans dining suite, signed Roy Lichtenstein lithograph

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June 7-9 | Hong Kong The largest featured collection and one of the most sophisticated offered by Acker Merrall & Condit, with a foundation of more than 30 DRC lots — Dujac, Rouget, Roumier and more — alongside a new generation of Burgundian superstar winemakers that produce bottles, this will be the sale to remember.



June 24 | Online To celebrate its Summer Fine Jewelry and Luxury Accessories Auctions in Chicago, Heritage Auctions is giving back to the community with an online auction from which proceeds benefit PAWS Chicago. Founded in 1997, PAWS Chicago is dedicated to building no kill communities where all healthy and treatable cats and dogs are saved. | Sale No. 767


July 3 | London Christie’s sales of antiquities offer works of art from across the ancient Mediterranean world, including Greece, Italy, Egypt and the Near East, dating from the Neolithic period through to 1000 A.D. | Sale No. 15501


Aug. 24-25 | Monterey, California Monterey Car Week is filled with a number of other hobby events, from historic racing, to festivals and concours, which transform the area into a car lover’s paradise. The week culminates with the prestigious Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

1956 Maserati A6G/2000 Zagato “Minotaur Blesse VI,� Pablo Picasso, Vollard Suite White gold brooch with Tsavorite garnets and diamonds





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A dr e n a l in e R u s h BEST IN CLASS | RACING EXPERIENCES

By Shan Bates-Bundick DREAM RACING

Owned and operated by two former professional race car drivers, Dream Racing boasts the city’s only five-star driving experience and a $300 million facility at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. With an amazing selection of the world’s fastest supercars and GT race cars — combined with a 3D simulator — Dream Racing offers the highest level of race instruction, as well as ride-along and Battle Drift dual racing experiences. “Since starting in 2012 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, we’re able to provide a bespoke experience for a single driver, as well as cater to corporate events for up to 10,000 people,” said Steve Jones, Dream Racing’s marketing director. “We also have a high-end offer called Ready to Race, which is a full race weekend where guests have a luxury experience and two full days at the Speedway. Our clients get to really experience what it is to be a race car driver.” Guests can select popular cars, such as the Porsche 911 GT3 RS and Ferrari 488 GTB, as well as the rare Lamborghini Aventador SuperVeloce or McLaren 650S. Providing the world’s largest, fastest and most exclusive fleet of dream cars, Dream Racing is the highest-rated driving experience in Las Vegas.


Exotics Racing was founded by a former professional race car driver, who brought his vision to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway after creating this luxury driving experience in Europe and Los Angeles. Exotics Racing has more than 50 dream cars and 23-plus race cars available for drivers to experience any day of the week. With a goal for the safest — and fastest — driving on the racetrack, all of Exotics Racing’s experiences include private one-on-one coaching. RICHARD PETTY DRIVING EXPERIENCE

The Richard Petty Driving Experience at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway gives thrill-seekers an opportunity to drive authentic NASCAR autos. With packages ranging from rookie-level timed lap experiences, to riding shotgun with a professional instructor, this extraordinary experience allows NASCAR fans to feel real speed. The Advanced Racing Experience for die-hard racers includes personal instruction and 40 laps around the track at top speeds. SPEEDVEGAS

Located 10 minutes south of the Las Vegas Strip, Speedvegas provides a unique experience with a $30 million facility and Formula One-inspired racetrack. Situated on almost 100 acres, this bucket-list adventure is accessible to locals and visitors alike. Speedvegas has a multimilliondollar fleet with supercars for every taste — from Lamborghinis, to American muscle cars. Visitors can ride along with former professional-driver coaches or purchase passes to drive multiple cars.

Dream Racing Exotics Racing Speedvegas photos courtesy


By Carla J. Zvosec ILORI OPTICAL

A distinguished leader in distinctive sunglasses and eyewear, the stylish Ilori Optical boutique showcases designer collections from some of the most celebrated names in the world of fashion and accessories. Situated on the second level of The Shops at Crystals at CityCenter along the Las Vegas Strip, the first-class-service boutique is the only Ilori location in Las Vegas. Whether seeking the latest designs by such luminaries as Bvlgari, Cartier, Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci, Matsuda, Persol, Prada, Ray-Ban, Tiffany, Tom Ford or Valentino, among others, Ilori presents the latest in high-end sun and optical trends, exclusive and limited-edition styles, high-quality craftsmanship and premium lens technology. Ilori, derived from the African word meaning “special treasure,” was founded on the Italian principle of design purity. As a distinguished curator of extraordinary eyewear offered within a signature boutique experience, Ilori is about redefining luxury and providing something exceptional. With a commitment to delivering outstanding products and service, the boutique’s stylists and opticians assist guests in selecting the perfect frame and lens package to suit their lifestyle and optical needs. Offering an array of options, including tinting, mirror treatments and engraving enhancements, Ilori’s regional labs can customize your lenses to create a look that’s uniquely your own.


Ilori Optical Optica USA Trendsetter Eyewear photos courtesy


J Crimi Eyewear Boutique offers a full range of premium sunglasses and luxury eyewear by major designers like Chopard, Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, Jimmy Choo, MODO, Oakley, Prada and Tom Ford. Located in Henderson, Nevada, the chic boutique provides exceptional, experienced customer service and has the most sought-after domestic frames, plus a vast selection of genuine imports from Denmark, France, Germany, Italy and more. OPTICA USA

Optica USA has several specialty boutiques in Las Vegas — Aria, Bellagio, Fashion Show, Mandalay Place, MGM Grand, The Mirage and The Venetian | The Palazzo — up and down the Las Vegas Strip. The leading eyewear retailer offers a fine selection of designer sunglasses and eyewear frames by a number of top luxury brands, including Cartier, Chopard, Chrome Hearts, Dita, Gucci, Mykita, Tom Ford and more. TRENDSETTER EYEWEAR

Want to give yourself a new look that’ll express your personality with style? Trendsetter Eyewear’s Las Vegas optical boutique currently offers 21 brands of the latest designer sunglasses, including several Vegas exclusives, only available here. With its collection of topquality fashion designer frames selected by the boutique to complement your face, eye color, skin tone and, of course, attitude, Trendsetter appeals to the most discerning tastes.



By Brian Sodoma


Locals and frequent Las Vegas visitors alike understand that the city’s natural surroundings offer just as much breathtaking intrigue and fun as the Strip. Helicopter tours are one of the best ways to enjoy the natural beauty of Southern Nevada and nearby Arizona. They offer intimate glimpses into rugged terrains and even Las Vegas Boulevard as well. The best operators merge the greatest memory-making air tours with those elements that make this city a bucket-list destination. MAVERICK HELICOPTERS

The nearby Grand Canyon is one of the most popular helicopter tour destinations, and few do it better than Maverick Helicopters. All of Maverick’s tours offer hotel pickup and, depending on the package you choose, plenty of creative touches. Some excursions land on the Grand Canyon floor, and include champagne and cheese, while others involve scenic Grand Canyon excursions on foot or by water. Maverick’s popular Las Vegas Strip night flights and sunset Grand Canyon tours are among the most popular. It’s hard to overlook some of its seasonal offerings, too. In town for an event? Forget the limo ride — how about a helicopter? Notable excursions include the NASCAR VIP transport and front-door service to the Electric Daisy Carnival.

Maverick Helicopters 5 Star Grand Canyon Helicopter Tours Papillon Helicopters Sundance Helicopters photos courtesy


5 S TA R G R A N D C A N Y O N H E L I C O P T E R T O U R S

This tour company is home to true VIP experiences. 5 Star does a great job of combining Las Vegas Strip flights with world-renowned entertainment. Take in the Jabbawockeez show after a Strip air tour, or enjoy a VIP nightclub pass and exclusive dining after taking in some of the magnificent nighttime views offered up by the neon-lit Strip. PAPILLON HELICOPTERS

One of the world’s largest sightseeing companies, Papillon also leaves its mark on the Grand Canyon excursion market. Its Grand Voyager is one of the most comprehensive Grand Canyon tours available. Enjoy a meal surrounded by the majestic Grand Canyon. Get there with either a helicopter or state-of-the-art touring plane. Papillon also connects you to pontoon rides and rafting on the Colorado River. SUNDANCE HELICOPTERS – GRAND CANYON HELICOPTER TOURS

Here’s another company with plenty of champagne experiences, limo pickups and some of the best Trip Advisor ratings. Sundance offers one-of-a-kind helicopter and horsepower packages, allowing you to drive high-performance cars in remote, exclusive locations after an air tour of the Mojave Desert. Other packages include ATV rides and, for something a little different, try Sundance’s Pahrump Valley wine-tasting excursion.


Ch e e se bur g e r i n Pa rad i s e BEST IN CLASS | GOURMET BURGERS

By Scott and Elaine Harris ECHO & RIG

Chef-restaurateur Sam Marvin has created a unique venue, combining a steakhouse and butcher shop. Echo & Rig Butcher and Steakhouse opened in Tivoli Village in Las Vegas, Nevada, to rave reviews and has never looked back. Take a look inside the large, open glass meat locker, vertical displays and exhibitiondemonstration area, and you’ll see the butcher hard at work, cutting protein to perfection for your plate. Echo & Rig provides top-tier meat obtained from a network of farmers and ranchers who raise animals with compassion and attention to their health. Throughout the years, Marvin has cultivated relationships with those he feels brings a personal touch to the way the meat is raised that he serves. Walk upstairs to dine alfresco and enjoy a mouthwatering Butcher Blend burger — for which the size of the grind is of utmost importance — made of USDA prime beef, a blend of brisket chuck and short rib. This burger is a work of art and comes topped with bibb lettuce, Brandywine heirloom tomatoes and red onion.

Echo & Rig Burger Bar Gordon Ramsay’s Burger Pub 1842 photos courtesy



Celebrity chef Hubert Keller’s Burger Bar inside The Shoppes at Mandalay Place, located between the Mandalay Bay and Luxor hotels, offers top-quality beef, buffalo, turkey, vegetarian and vegan products. Guests can indulge in a pleasing choice of gourmet toppings and delicious buns, too. Try the signature Hubert Keller burger, or dive into a $60 Rossini burger, which features Kobe-style wagyu beef, foie gras, and shaved truffles. G O R D O N R A M S AY ’ S B U R G E R

Dive right in and enjoy the popular Hell’s Kitchen burger made with asadero cheese, roasted jalapeños, avocado, roasted tomatoes and jalapeño aioli at Burger located inside Planet Hollywood Resort. Of course, it’s all coupled with Ramsay’s unique beef patty blend that is cooked over an open flame fueled by hard woods. On the side, order sweet potato fries with vanilla powdered sugar and pork belly bao buns. PUB 1842

Michael Mina’s Pub 1842 in the MGM Grand is a perfect stop for any burger lover. Have fun, look over the extensive burger list, but know you can’t go wrong with the 1842 burger with caramelized onions, mushrooms and truffle aioli. We also suggest enjoying one of the many craft beers, either on tap or in a bottle.

Ped al t o t h e M e t t l e BEST IN CLASS | CYCLING STUDIOS

By Bobbie Katz THE RIDE

Sure, The Ride is fun, but it’s also a great way to stay fit, burn calories and pump up those endorphins that bring a sense of inner peace and happiness. A premium indoor cycling studio, The Ride bills itself not just as a workout, but as an experience. It promises a premium fitness adventure providing the best service and highestquality amenities in affordable luxury, with each class being as unique as any Las Vegas show. Believing in the power of a positive attitude and that fitness should be an escape, not a chore, the instructors at The Ride seek to transform your body with music and rhythm-based exercises. The high-intensity, low-impact full-body cardio workout focuses on improving your fitness level and overall well-being. 118

The Ride’s focus is on personal transformation and fostering community through common goals. It wants patrons to feel that the studio is a home away from home and that working out is a treat. It offers the chance to go for a real ride and not just a spin.

The Ride Revolution CycleBar TruFusion photos courtesy




Revolution is a Message-Based Cycling studio that focuses on your internal power, as well as the physical workout. The high-intensity 60-minute session takes riders out of the mental and into their hearts, allowing limitless freedom of movement. In true VIP style, personalized attention is given to each rider’s challenges, intentions and life-body balance from the inside out.

TruFusion’s 45-minute Tru Ryde class offers fast-paced cardio in a unique way. The Real Ryder bike stands out because of its innovative side-to-side movement that simulates a real-life bike. It uses the entire body and focuses on extra core work to strengthen riders ranging from beginners to seasoned. Plus, it burns some serious calories.



With a goal to create a fun, accessible experience for riders of all ages and fitness levels, each multisensory ride at CycleBar is fueled with energy-enhancing video graphics, stimulating music and rider-specific performance data in a state-of-the-art CycleTheatre. The venue offers concierge-level service and seeks to take each rider on an unparalleled, exhilarating journey.

This high-end boutique indoor cycling studio was the first cycling studio in Las Vegas. It provides riders with an intense 45-minute Rhythm-X workout set to high-energy music that’s synced with a state-of-theart lighting system. Instructors switch up classes and playlists, and bikes can be adjusted so that riders can cycle at their own pace.


Ach i evi n g th e H i g hest of Highs MACDONALD HIGHLANDS KNOWS NO BOUNDS, O F F E R S T H E U LT I M A T E I N L U X U R Y L I V I N G

For an extraordinary custom luxury home surrounded by natural beauty, magnificent views and bountiful options in a community where feeling a true sense of belonging and community is of utmost importance, look no further than MacDonald Highlands in Henderson, Nevada. The stellar 3,270-acre master-planned golf course community has been painstakingly carved out over the past decade, gradually emerging from the McCullough Range mountainside and surrounding rocky terrain, one carefully considered section at a time. Not only does it provide residents a majestic backdrop, but with its hillside elevation rising high above the Valley floor, every home is afforded a commanding view of the Las Vegas Strip. “The initial plan I had isn’t too dissimilar than what we ended up with,” said developer Rich MacDonald. “We try to let the site dictate how we develop it; the way we design the lots is dictated by the way the mountain is. ... we utilize what nature’s created.” Among the 17 neighborhoods already established within the community, Synergy Sotheby’s International Realty — which MacDonald entered into a partnership with a few years back — is in the process of building the Synergy Sotheby’s International Realty Presents Richard Luke Five-Star Collection, priced between $2.5 million and $5 million.

photos courtesy of MacDonald Highlands

real estate

By Carla J. Zvosec


“This entire collection of 20 homes was about convenience for high-level, high-net-worth individuals who might not have time to buy a lot and build a house on their own,” explained Realtor Kristen Routh Silberman of Synergy Sotheby’s International Realty. “The homes are from 5,000 to 8,500 square feet, three to six bedrooms, with amenities that always include a wine room, bar, media room, and then we added those elements that make it unique to them.”



And by unique, she means real passion-pleasers: a 10-car garage; indoor and outdoor art galleries; health and fitness areas that include a gym, massage room, yoga platform, lap pool — and even a helipad has been discussed. “A house makes an ordinary person feel extraordinary just by the way it makes you feel, and that really defines luxury at the highest pinnacle,” she added. “How that house makes them feel helps them achieve their most inspired life.”

18 Ua l e i P l a c e MAKENA, HAWAII

Located within the exclusive, gated enclave of the 15-lot One Palauea, this residence is situated across the street from Maui’s renowned Wailea Coastal Walk. The magnificent $8.75 million home offers five luxurious bedroom suites, four exquisite bathrooms and two half-baths. It features an immense, wellappointed great room that includes dining, living and sitting areas, plus a comfortable, inviting nine-seat professionally designed home theater. At more than 7,500 square feet of living space, the home’s interior blends seamlessly with the outdoors via several expansive door openings that lead to an impressive full-length verandah, providing the ultimate in indoor-outdoor living. Surrounded by 1 acre with mountain views and tropical landscaping that includes a resort-style infinity-edge pool and hot tub, plus an outdoor kitchen terrace, it’s ideal for entertaining. Ryan MacLaughlin, vice president Hawaii License No. RB-21325

photos courtesy of Island Sotheby’s International Realty photos by Dante Parducci


This stately California beauty boasts exquisite modern architecture and superior-quality finishes. Offering a distinguishing exterior comprising elegant European limestone and exotic Brazilian rainforest Ipe hardwood, the iconic structure and its attractive, perfectly manicured landscaping make it a standout in its Newport Heights neighborhood. The lavish three-bedroom, 2.5-bath home, which also features a library-office, plus a game room with a fully functioning bar, is 4,065 square feet and available with furnishings for just over $3.5 million. Highlights of its interior include an island kitchen with marble and black leathered granite countertops, and Wolf and Sub-Zero appliances; fireplaces of Thassos marble, chiseled stone and metallic tile; custom wall and window coverings; distressed walnut and large-format stone flooring; Walker-Zanger marbled mosaics; and sizable patios off both sides of the main living area. Tony Bartos, broker associate | 949.939.3390 DRE License No. 01207153

photos courtesy of Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty

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Growing up in South Dakota, gardening — or as we rural folk call it, farming — was a way of life. Long before the farm-to-table movement became en vogue, helping Mom prepare supper meant a trip to the backyard instead of the grocery store to source ingredients. Our 1-plus-acre garden consisted of rows of tomatoes, green beans, potatoes and carrots; all the fixin’s of a good ol’ hearty Midwest casserole. Both my parents were raised on farms, and while my father owned a successful business in the city, he never forgot his roots. My grandmother, Anna Frisbee Rosenwald, was a widowed mother of six and a farmer. My father and his siblings — four brothers and one sister — grew up dirt poor, living and working on the farm. Many of my earliest and fondest childhood memories are from time spent at the Frisbee Farm. Each Sunday after church, my parents would make the 45-minute drive. Grandma Anna was always outside waiting for us, waving a $5 bill as we pulled in. Before my father could put the station wagon into park, my brother and I would bolt from the car toward the chicken coop, knowing whoever scored the most loot (eggs) would reap the $5 reward.


It was in my grandmother’s greenhouse where I learned how to count money and use a cash register while selling herbs, flowers, and vegetables to customers, mostly neighbors and family members who always would — honestly and politely — correct my math errors. Grandma Anna, at the age of 90, passed away on Jan. 22, 1994, leaving the Frisbee Farm to her grandchildren. There are many things my grandmother and the farm have taught me throughout the years. One of the most important is, “You reap what you sow, more than you sow, and later than you sow.”

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D U T C H V I O L I N I S T, C O N D U C T O R A N D " K I N G O F



“One of the greatest sacrifices is when a grape ceases to be in its form; it gets crushed to become nectar. I always thought there should be a requiem for a grape.”

“Class is something that's in you; it's not about having a big car. It's opening the door for someone, being polite and having respect for each other -- that, to me, is class.”

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“The explosion of school gardens in Southern Nevada is a testament to the power gardens have to increase students’ understanding of science in a fun and engaging way, improve their nutrition, and connect students to the planet in a meaningful way. School gardens are a miracle in a box.”

“CLASS is certainly about luxury. But what I keep coming back to is the concept of “luxury with a purpose”. It’s about recognizing those who not only can make a difference in our world, but those who choose to do so.”


Twenty-nine million people watched Prince Harry marry American actress Meghan Markle on May 19, and every detail of the royal wedding was the epitome of class! The Givenchy wedding dress, with its simplistic lines, long sleeves and bateau neckline, along with the 16-foot veil and diamond bandeau tiara were classically elegant. And the sleeveless, halter neck Stella McCartney silk crepe reception gown was stylishly sophisticated. The weather, flowers and hymns sung by two very different choirs were all perfect as these two people from diverse backgrounds stood united in love. True class is not about material things. But Harry and Meghan, now the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, are a class act because they are compassionate, conscientious, authentic people who are passionate about being of service and finding solutions to the world’s problems. In lieu of gifts, Harry and Meghan chose seven charities to which they asked their guests to donate. These charities included: Crisis, a homeless charity; CHIVA — Children’s HIV Association — an organization that works with young people with HIV; India’s Myna Mahila Foundation, which empowers women and girls in Mumbai’s slums; Scotty’s Little Soldiers, a charity that helps bereaved children who’ve lost parents serving in the British Armed Forces; StreetGames, an organization that brings sports to disadvantaged youth; Surfers Against Sewage, a group that works to protect marine life and eliminate plastic in the oceans; and the Wilderness Foundation UK, which promotes nature and the great outdoors. This couple knows the joy that comes in giving is far greater than receiving ever can be.

photo by Shane O’Neal and Deed Bruno for SON Studios Las Vegas hair and makeup by Andeen Rose and Didi Akerman for ADD Hair & Make Up Agency

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