January 01, 2002
> Meetings & Conventions: Out There January 2002

January 2002

Far-flung and fabulous

Hallowed halls. The 113-room Sofitel Roma, originally a Roman palazzo, has finished a renovation that included its restaurant (with vaulted ceiling) and meeting space (a former church). (800) 763-4835; www.sofitel.com

Southern comfort. The Willcox, a 24-room property in South Carolina’s horse-and-fox-hunt country, is now part of the Garrett Hotel Group. Built in 1898, the inn reopens this month after upgrading, including the addition of a spa. (803) 648-1898

Maine attraction. After a long day of meetings, attendees can wind down in front of a crackling fire at the Harraseeket Inn. The quaint 84-room inn is in the heart of Freeport Village, home of the flagship L.L. Bean store and outlet. (207) 865-9377; www.seefreeport.com

Love potion. L.A. locals head to the Bar Noir for The French Kiss (champagne, Courvoisier VSOP and sweetened lemon juice). The colonial Asia-themed bar is in the Maison 140 Hotel, a hip Beverly Hills property. (310) 281-4000; www.maison140.com

Secret Ingredients

Massage therapists at The Spa at Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita, near Los Cabos, Mexico, use a mixture of tequila and sage oil to detoxify the skin and soothe muscle aches. (52) 329-291-6000; www.fourseasons.com

Name That Dune Mountain Travel Sobek offers small group (up to 20) tours of Namibia’s Skeleton Coast, a remote land of sand, elephants and nomads. (800) 282-8747; www.mtsobek.com -->

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