If your little angel is more like a devil, sign him up for a crash course in gentility. These hotels offer one-day classes on everything from table manners to the waltz.Hotel Bel-Air, Los AngelesChildren 6 to 12 learn the art of introduction, phone manners and protocol for eating such dishes as caviar, shrimp and asparagus.
Jaguar purists still lament Ford's purchase of the venerable British company, but I say the brand still has plenty of panache. The tweaked redesign of the 2005 S-Type has long, curvaceous lines that nod to the badge's halcyon days and little updates that pull the S-Type R edition into the 21st century.
I'm a West Coast woman but I can't help but feel like a New Englander in Subaru's redesigned Outback L.L. Bean edition. It has so many practical features that Northeastern folks covet, yet it's also loaded with town-and-country luxuries like thick Berber floor mats, matte (OK, simulated) wood and chrome interior accents, a leather-wrapped and lacquered mahogany steering wheel and an enormous panoramic sunroof that extends deep into the back seat.On the practical side, there is ample...
We all know you go to Sonoma to taste good wine, but now gardeners seeking inspiration can look beyond the local grape. The Cornerstone Festival of Gardens (cornerstonegardens.com), the nation's first permanent folly garden, opened last month and showcases the best in cutting-edge international landscape design.
I picked up a set of birch trees for my yard last week and hauled them home all by myself. I'm not bragging--or going into the landscape biz. It's just that I was driving around town, testing out GMC's new Envoy XUV, when I passed a nursery and thought, "Why not?" The Envoy XUV has a power-sliding roof that retracts, turning this SUV into a pickup truck at the touch of button.
It wasn't a conventional test for a minivan, but I knew it would be telling. I took Mercury's new family ferry for a run on twisty Mulholland Drive. While most minivans can carry a Little League team or grown-ups on a triple date, I've long griped that they're lousy road handlers.