by Hunter R. Slaton | January 01, 2008

Domaine de SegrezBe inspired here. Forty-five minutes south of Paris, the idyllic Domaine de Segrez, where Voltaire and Proust both lived and worked, can be found in a small hamlet of 300 with the singsong name of Saint Sulpice de Favieres. This verdant spot is ideal for a small event.



Ladera VineyardsA tale of two tipples. Ladera Vineyards, in California’s Napa Valley, hosts tastings of its Lone Canyon and Howell Mountain cabernet sauvignons -- “the cowboy” and “the gentleman,” respectively -- for groups of up to 12. Ladera’s owner, Pat Stotesbury, leads the unique event.





Grace Bay ClubTo last call and beyond. The 59-suite luxury Grace Bay Club, on the Turks and Caicos island of Providenciales, has escalated the “infinite” arms race with its Infiniti Bar, stretching 90 feet from the beach to the breakers. The bar is connected to the resort’s Euro-Caribbean restaurant, Anacaona.






Petit PalaisThe name says it all. At Petit Palais, an ornate, 17th-century jewelbox of a hotel in the heart of Milan, Italy, each of the 18 suites -- three with working fireplaces -- is uniquely decorated in a style of tasteful opulence.