Picnics can now be haute. For nearly a decade, a small Santa Cruz, Calif.-based organization called Outstanding in the Field has created a traveling "restaurant without walls," roving the United States hosting dining events at beaches, vineyards and other venues.
Texas's thriving epicenter and a mecca for music lovers, this moderate-size party town has heart, attitude and plenty of south-of-the-border flavor. Tour the opulent Driskill Hotel (driskillhotel.com)—a staple since 1886, when it was built as the stomping grounds for a prominent cattle baron—and the nearby state capitol, constructed of red granite and taller than the U.S. Capitol by more than four meters.
The Brazilian jeweler H. Stern has wisely figured out a way to allow women to pursue two favorite pastimes simultaneously: shopping and spa treatments. The high-end retailer recently unveiled its first spa in its home-base store in Rio de Janeiro, a state-of-the-art facility where shoppers can unwind while browsing diamond necklaces.Featuring a menu of treatments, the spa's specialties naturally utilize the company's prime assets: jewels.
Since the end of the Balkan wars, there have been a rash of books dissecting Yugoslavia's disintegration with varying degrees of dry gravitas. Now Oliver, a former British Foreign Office staffer and the first "High Representative" for Bosnia, has written a riveting account of life as a diplomat following the signing of the Dayton accords, which ended the Bosnian war in 1995.