To drive past the soaring modern barns and lush pastures of Arethusa Farm Dairy in Litchfield, Connecticut, is to think: lucky cows. Light-years away from the rustic dairy farms that dot the nearby hills, Arethusa is the creation of Manolo Blahnik USA co-owners George Malkemus (president) and Tony Yurgaitis (vice president). These two sophisticated and urbane gentlemen have applied the same creative vision to—well—milk that the brand does to the curve of an insole or the proportion of an ankle strap. With the addition of a pristinely elegant creamery shop (822 Bantam Rd.; 860/361-6600) in nearby Bantam, ice cream, farmer cheese, Camembert, and yogurt are also for sale, providing a gastronomic experience as well as an aesthetic one. It’s all the proof we need that true style can be applied to anything.
Good news for shopaholics: Korean Air has scrapped 13 seats on each of its new Airbus A380’s to install in-flight duty-free stores—the first of their kind. These walk-in shops carry Lancôme beauty products, Longchamp totes, Crown Royal whisky, and more. Just make your picks, and they’ll be delivered before touchdown.
Everyone has someone they admire—a certain chef, musician, or adventurer, perhaps. Here’s the chance to get up close and personal with your hero.
For the Foodie: The new gastronomic tour from renowned French chef Guy Savoy begins with lunch at his Paris restaurant (he’ll be there to greet you), where the menu is tailored to your next destination. This month, you’ll get whisked away on a jet to an oyster farm in Brittany; in November, you can create your own Cognac in Charente. The intimate trips end back where they started, with a meal hosted by the chef. From $7,000 (all-inclusive); Oct. 26–28 and Nov. 16–18.
For the Music Lover: At Hollywood, California’s Rock ’n’ Roll Fantasy Camp, you’ll form a band, get pointers from Kiss’s Paul Stanley, and take the stage at the Gibson Showroom. Leather pants not included. From $6,000 (includes most meals, a recording session, and evening activities); Nov. 10–13.
For the Space Junkie: Buzz Aldrin—the second man to walk on the moon—will speak to starstruck guests at Soneva Kiri by Six Senses Thailand, as part of the Exploratory Talkers’ Tables series. Doubles from $3,100, including meals; April 8, 2012.
A spicy addition to Dior’s La Collection Privée, Patchouli Imperial(from $150) sources its namesake ingredient in Indonesia. Also in the mix: Sicilian mandarin and Russian coriander.
Lubin Paris—one of the world’s oldest perfumeries—has re-created Marie Antoinette’s personal scent using a formula from the late 1700’s. Black Jade(from $130) captures the essence of her rose gardens at Versailles, with hints of vanilla and sweet-smelling tonka beans from the Caribbean.
For Baiser Volé(from $75), Cartier’s in-house perfumer Mathilde Laurent explored the fleur-de-lis—a symbol of royalty throughout Europe—incorporating extracts from the lily’s pistil, petals, and leaves.
Creed donates up to 5 percent of the proceeds from Royal-Oud($300)—with an opulent keynote derived from Indian agar wood—to children’s health clinics in the subcontinent.
Lunu(from $120)—part of Molton Brown’s Navigations Through Scent collection, which focuses on a single country in each of its five fragrances—has a heart of white jasmine, handpicked in Egypt.
Do you have iPad envy? Book your next trip at the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills and you can pretend like you own one during your stay. Each of its 285 rooms and suites will be stocked with iPad2s for guests to use throughout their stay starting October 3.
Each iPad comes with an innovative program called ICE (Interactive Customer Experience™) from Intelity that will make you feel like you're staying at the Jetson's. How does it work? Instead of picking up the phone to order room service, just press a few buttons and food arrives at your door. You can also make restaurant reservations, request valet parking, airport transportation, spa treatments, and housekeeping. So far, the Four Seasons LA is only hotel on the West Coast and the first Four Seasons property to offer this cool and convenient amenity.
Lyndsey Matthews in an online editorial assistant at Travel + Leisure.
Photo Courtesy of Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills
Amazon today announced some big news in the world of portable devices, with the release of three new, crazy affordable products that are expected to really shake things up in the marketplace.
Amazon Kindle Fire Finally, Amazon enters into the über competitive world of tablets. And from what I can tell, they did it well and will be a force to be reckoned with. While the Fire doesn’t have all the assets you’ll get with an iPad and other tablets—there’s no camera, mic, and it’s not 3G/4G-compatible—it is the perfect (and affordable) happy medium for folks who want a mobile, web-ready device, but really have no use for all the fancy bells and whistles that come with other tablets. Initial public testing shows that it’s lightning-fast, visually crisp (the pixels-per-inch ratio actually exceeds the iPad, meaning the display is noticeably better), and at just 14.6 ounces, it’s super lightweight. Oh, and did I mention? It might only have 8GB storage, but it utilizes Amazon’s amazingly efficient cloud technology, which means there’s no need for files to be downloaded onto the tablet in order for you to access them. And the best part? The Fire will be introduced to the market at the astoundingly low cost of just $199.
Pack your scarves and a great digital camera: this fall, head west, to two of North America’s best wine regions. Outdoorsy types will want to unpack at Sonoma’s six-suite Chauvet, for easy access to the walking trails in Jack London State Park, while spa-goers will love the lavender-accented treatments at the rustic Farmhouse Inn, just 25 miles east in Glen Ellen. Or try something entirely unexpected with a stay at Sparkling Hill, a Swarovski-crystal-filled property in the northern corner of British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley. What do the hotels have in common, you ask? Unexpected amenities and bottles of standout Pinot Noir—best enjoyed in the fall, against a bright landscape swathed in fire red and tangerine.