Staying Classic: Southern California, USA

Is there a better way to kick-start a trip through southern California than with a jaunt to a vineyard for breakfast? Of course not. After all, it’s educational.   We start out in Orange County where there are, of course, a number of wineries to choose from. But the private and secluded Newport Beach Vineyards…
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The Hills Are Alive: Beverly Hills lowdown

Will Rogers was its honorary mayor, Nixon said we didn’t have him to kick around anymore, Jane Fonda went for the burn. Where? Beverly Hills, that city synonymous with luxury, eccentric wealth, palm trees and shopping. Or, as Steve Martin once sang, “The hills are alive… with the sound of money”.   Yes, it’s true:…
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Hail to the Sleep: The Hay-Adams Hotel, Washington

As the song goes – and I use the word ‘song’ in the loosest possible sense – “everybody needs good neighbours”. It’s a lesson The Hay-Adams, one of Washington DC’s oldest purpose-built hotels, should probably take to heart. I didn’t meet the neighbours personally but from what I saw, the police were ALWAYS there – sometimes…
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Thomas Patterson: We Dive Till Dawn

There are many things that are better in America than in Britain: burritos, cheerleaders, Austrian movie stars, Real Housewives. But one of the most overlooked areas in which our cousins across the Atlantic excel at is drinking. No, hear me out. We may think we have the market licked with our real ales and WKD…
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Stay Classic, San Diego

As the train continued its leisurely progress south it swung inland towards Anaheim and the overall aspect out of the panoramic windows changed from stunning ocean views and beautiful beaches to a distinctly more industrial hue. And to be fair – compared to the incredible coastline near Ventura and Carpentaria this bit of the track…
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Sonoma Bitch: The Kenwood Inn, California

Sometimes the headline writes itself, regardless of taste or appropriateness. Sonoma. When you hear talk of wine country, you tend to think of the French set-up: rolling hills and / or endless fields of vines, long windy roads, charming little chateaux dotting the way… You’d expect the same thing from Sonoma. And you’d be wrong.…
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Ballastone Inn, Georgia

Our Yankee interloper drops in to gloat on Dixie and, more annoyingly, us Brits. There’s a charm to the American South that doesn’t always get appreciated, or even recognised, by the global media.  The last time Savannah, Georgia made headlines in the UK, it was 1778, and British forces were regaining control. Savannah–and its picture-perfect…
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