March 21, 2017

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Mountain Dandy Featured in BIG LIFE Magazine

General Knot Co.'s ties are a staple at Mountain Dandy. Made from rare and vintage textiles, these limited-edition accessories are 100% cotton. Spring is here and so are bright and floral patterns for your next event or daily wear.

March 17, 2017

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Architectural Digest: What to Do in Jackson Hole

Why Jackson Hole, Wyoming, Should Be at the Top of Your Travel List

There's much more to the town than skiing

Long a destination for some of the world’s most daring skiers, Jackson Hole is a charming, welcoming town with much more to offer than some of the best snow on Earth. Although summer is a popular tourist time—it’s buoyed by its proximity to Yellowstone National Park—the winter months are arguably the most appealing time of the year to visit, even if your time is not spent on the slopes. The town, incorporated over a century ago, has both preserved and protected its legacy and authenticity. From sleigh rides through the National Elk Refuge and wildlife to exploring the local shops around the picturesque Town Square (surrounded by arches constructed entirely of elk antlers), an escape to Jackson should occupy the preeminent place on your travel wish list. Here's our guide to the best places to stay, eat, drink, shop, and see.

Where To Shop

Mountain Dandy Showroom The Showroom (an extension of their nearby Gaslight Alley location, which also houses their sister store MADE) opened in June in a former law office. All of the rooms in the space—which connect through the center alcove—are conscientiously constructed, uniquely displaying beautiful home furnishings with a focus on American-made goods. madejacksonhole.com

March 12, 2017

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VOGUE: Best of the Best in Jackson Hole

See Why Locals Call This Western Town Neverland

Million Dollar Cowboy Bar in Jackson Hole, Wyoming
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One trip to Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and it’s easy to see why locals call it Neverland. It’s the kind of place that lures you in forever with its top-rated skiing, picturesque parks, laid-back vibe, town square straight out of a Western movie, and bustling culinary scene that rivals most other outdoor destinations. And with the recent opening of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort’s Sweetwater Gondola—which gives intermediate skiers more skiable terrain—everyone wants a piece of the action this year.

While carnivorous delights grace menus at quintessential steak houses like the famous underground Million Dollar Cowboy Steakhouse, White Buffalo Club, and Westbank Grill—which are not to be overlooked by any means—there is a bounty of other unique dining options to explore. Here, a list of standout restaurants and bars to add to your agenda on your next Jackson Hole vacation.

It’s the unassuming, relaxed atmosphere paired with chef Jeff Drew’s innovative mountain cuisine that keeps everyone coming back to Snake River Grill, a fine-dining staple since 1993. The SRG steak tartare pizza with house-made garlic aioli presents one of the most memorable eating experiences you could ever give yourself. “It has been on the menu for more than 15 years and we serve approximately 3,500 pizzas every year,” notes Drew. Popular cilantro and jalapeño beer-battered onion rings served on a branding iron and wild game chorizo–stuffed dates—because the chef likes to present wild game to guests in different ways—are truly delectable.

Lotus has become the first choice for those craving something on the healthy side without sacrificing taste. It’s a “wellness center in the form of a restaurant,” owner Amy Young explains. Think: eggs Benedict with citrus béarnaise that won’t put you into a food coma, and açaí bowls so glorious they deserve an Instagram snap. Its sleek new home in Town Square also features an attractive bar setup. Quench your thirst with a refreshing Bloody Mary made with cold pressed juice or Just Beets, a beet-centric but not overpowering concoction that will “add an hour or two to your life,” notes bartender Logan Sanders.

Pinky G’sPhoto: Jenn Rice

Late-night cravings can only be satisfied at one spot: Pinky G’s. No frills, no fuss, just darn good pizza. If a pepperoni slice the size of your face doesn’t cut it, opt for the Abe Froman pie with mozzarella, basil, and spicy sausage—well worth the wait.

Chilly days in town are best spent warming up with spicy Mexican hot chocolate at chef Oscar Ortega’s “dessert boutique” CocoLove. His proprietary blend of Mexican cocoa and spices will leave you all warm and fuzzy inside as you browse stores like Made and Paper & Grace both in the vicinity of the town square.

If you find yourself pondering a casual, quick meal, perch at Trio’s bar for dinner. Order the mussels and a side of waffle fries—but be prepared. These aren’t just any waffle fries; they come with a sinful blue cheese fondue sauce. (Insider’s tip: Order the sauce on the side so the fries don’t get soggy.)

PicnicPhoto: Jenn Rice

Persephone Bakery, Jackson’s French-style bakery and coffee shop, became so wildly popular that owners Kevin and Ali Cohane opened sister property Picniclast year. While it offers the same core pastries and coffee as Persephone does, you can also nosh on dreamy toast combinations and quirky American favorites like gourmet pop tarts and red velvet whoopie pies. Pork and egg toast smothered in maple cream exists and is the perfect marriage of salty and sweet. It’s completely acceptable to sip a bourbon any time of day in a ski town, so order the Kentucky Breakfast with nitro cold brew, bourbon, and chocolate chile bitters.

Fred Peightal and chef Josh Governale, the culinary duo behind Cafe Genevieve(perhaps the best brunch in town), are at it again with newly opened Orsetto, an Italian-inspired eatery that features Negronis. Order a Negroni Bianco plus fried olives with gorgonzola cheese to start, but save room for the chicken liver bruschetta and house-made pasta—so divine, you may find yourself asking for seconds. Since portions are split, you can have the best of two worlds at one setting: cacio e pepe and spicy fusilli alla vodka. End with a cannoli and glass of Italian white, or opt for a flight of three amari to help you digest.

For early risers, a trip to Pearl Street Bagels—with locations in Jackson and Wilson—is a must. But a word to the wise: Don’t ask for your bagel to be toasted. These bagels are so fresh and warm that toasting is entirely unnecessary (and borderline offensive). Smear with tomato herb or spicy house-made Mexican cream cheese and order a frozen mocha—even on the frostiest of days, it is simply perfect.

Bin 22, a local favorite, is a tapas bar with a liquor store attached that features exceptional wines by the glass. The best way to enjoy an afternoon is to pull up a barstool, befriend the bartender on duty, and work your way through the chalkboard wall list of wines. House-pulled mozzarella with wild mushrooms and the daily arancini are two things your palate needs to experience. When all is said and done, you can score a bottle of your favorite wine and a tub of artisan ice cream sandwiches from sister brand Cream + Sugar to go.

The Rose’s chef-driven menu is a great way to eat your way through local, seasonal ingredients, and it’s quite unique to Jackson Hole. While à la carte is available, it’s best to indulge in a four- or seven-course tasting menu expertly paired with wines. Artful bites are presented on stunning pottery, rustic wooden squares, and in apothecary-style glass jars with lids. The menu changes weekly, but expect to see sturgeon, referred to as “mountain sashimi,” surface frequently. Even more obscure, Sub Rosa is a chef’s table experience offered each Wednesday night. If you have it in your post-food coma state of mind, stick around for the most avant-garde cocktails out West at the bar.

Après is best spent at The Handle Bar at Four Seasons Jackson Hole in Teton Village, where you’ll find the A-list crowd sipping whiskey neat. Between Michael Mina’s Ramen Bar pop-up and a Mountain Whiskey Ceremony—where essence of pine, cinnamon, and marshmallow are torched to “accentuate the spirit”—a good time is practically guaranteed. The enticing s’mores cart filled with house-made confectioneries via pastry chef Rhonda Ashton allows you to roast marshmallows table-side—a real treat.

PistePhoto: Jenn Rice

Ride up Bridger Gondola and take an intermittent ski lunch break at Piste Mountain Bistro. At 9,000 feet in elevation, your feast is paired with unmatchable valley views on a bluebird day. Reserve a coveted window seat and bring your appetite: The rosemary French dip on a fresh, crispy ciabatta roll is a must—you get to dip it in pancetta butter. Share an order of confit duck wings, creamy mac and cheese with pulled pork, and an obligatory skillet of warm monkey bread with banana caramel and cinnamon salt. With an impressive wine list, a plethora of local brews, and craft cocktails, lunch often leads into après.
Try the Groomer, with local Highwater Vodka, rosé, raspberry shrub, mint, and lime.

BodegaPhoto: Jenn Rice

A gas station turned New York City–style bodega at the base of Teton Village is a one-stop shop you’ll want to peruse. As the name implies, Bodega is known for an epic selection of local grocery items. It also boasts a butcher shop and a small but impressive liquor selection. More important, sloshies (boozy adult slushies in the form of craft cocktails) and Roadhouse Brewing Company beers can be found on tap at the bar.

If you encountered a night out at Stagecoach Bar (known simply as “the Coach” to locals), you’d be wise to spend the morning after at James Beard Award–winning Nora’s Fish Creek Inn in quaint Wilson. While the line may seem daunting, you’ll want to suck it up for two reasons: endless drip coffee and unbeatable huevos rancheros with Nora’s famous green salsa.

January 09, 2017

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NUVO Magazine Canada Highlights Best of Jackson Hole

Jackson Hole

A wild west for locavores and skiers.

Nuvo Magazine - Jackson Hole

For over 50 years, Jackson Hole has attracted thrill-seekers keen to ski “the big one.” The nickname is credited to the region’s vast terrain and famous drop of over 4,100 feet—the greatest continuous vertical in the United States. Fresh powder and challenging runs earned the Teton Range a place on many a bucket list, but it is Jackson’s local feel and luxury offerings that keep visitors returning. In this western town, it’s commonplace to enjoy a craft beer with a Wyoming rancher après ski, before heading to the spa at the Four Seasons Resort Jackson Hole. Add dozens of art galleries, high-end shops, and the proximity to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks to the mix, and you’ve got the makings for a well-rounded winter vacation. Wildlife and stunning landscapes thrive—after all, the valley was originally named “Jackson’s hole” for Davey Jackson, a mountain man who trapped in the area during the 1800s.

Jackson Hole Tram Nuvo Magazine

Today, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is the main draw. The property is still a family-owned business, a rarity in the big resort game. Since purchasing the property in 1992, the Kemmerer family has invested upwards of $110-million in expanding the terrain, amenities, and lifts. The newest is the Sweetwater Gondola, which has increased access to several runs suited to beginner and intermediate skiers. Hop on the Aerial Tram heading up to expert runs like Corbet’s Couloir and you’ll likely witness the community in full swing, with die-hard ski bums chatting up resident athletes like Travis Rice and Tommy Moe. The mom-and-pop-feel extends into the town of Jackson, where the old west aesthetic—complete with wooden boardwalks—co-exists with modern developments. While historic establishments like the Wort Hotel and its Silver Dollar Bar have been mainstays since the mid-1900s, Jackson has also attracted a slew of transplanted entrepreneurs. For a ski town with a population of just over 10,000, sustainability is a strong focus. Upmarket boutiques like Made and Mountain Dandy carry pieces from Wyoming-based artists, while many of the restaurants source their ingredients locally.

Cowboy Bar Jackson Hole NUVO Magazine

“We’ve had some national fast food chains open but they don’t really last. Taco Bell went out of business here,” says Kendra Alessandro, director of communications at Jackson’s Fine Dining Restaurant Group. “It’s interesting to see what entrepreneurs come up with. A lot of the concepts are food-based. It’s difficult to get local produce in the winter, so people have thought of some really creative solutions.”

The Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is still a family-owned business, a rarity in the big resort game.

Vertical Harvest, a three-storey stacked greenhouse, is an innovative example. The indoor farm aims to replace 100,000 pounds of produce per year that would typically be trucked into the community. In addition to providing fresh produce to Jackson area restaurants, grocery stores, and consumers year-round, it employs 15 people with developmental disabilities.

“Jackson Hole has a short growing season of about four months, and land is a huge commodity because of the presence of the national park,” says Vertical Harvest co-founder Nona Yehia, a trained architect from New York. “There are other vertical farms in existence but we are completely unique in terms of the social impact that we have on the community.”

 

The impact is seen at restaurants such as The Handle Bar at the Four Seasons Jackson Hole, which serves salads made with Vertical Harvest’s vibrant greens. Beyond produce, several restaurants mix their cocktails with gin and vodka from Jackson Hole Still Works, a company that uses Wyoming-sourced grains and mountain water to produce their small-batch spirits. These details may be small, but they resonate in Jackson’s atmosphere of local love.

The feeling of carving down Rendezvous Bowl may be what brought most Jackson Hole devotees to Teton Village in the first place, but often, it’s the community that’s kept them firmly planted—be it for a few years, a week, or just long enough to ski the big one. In the vertically charged Wild West, almost anything is possible.

The Tetons Jackson Wyoming - Nuvo Magazine

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January 08, 2017

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Roanoke Times Visits Jackson Hole

MADE's owner John Frechette gets mentioned in the Roanoke Times for his work on Public art sculpture STRANDS.

 

Sensational views on and off the ski slopes in Wyoming's Grand Teton Area

 

Ben Folds rocked a packed house with his piano-playing, singing, amusing lyrics and taking requests submitted by paper airplanes. “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike,” a comedy that won the Tony Award for Best Play, cast a spell in the intimate black box theater. Author David Sedaris brought his humorous essays to life. An artist talk made “Bird by Bird,” an exhibit of avian paintings and sketches, even more captivating. Ski-film pioneer Warren Miller’s new movie premiered. The Laff Staff shook the house with zany improv comedy, and Dancers’ Workshop rehearsed for its original production of “The Wizard of Oz.”

These are just some of the events that took place in a couple of weeks’ time at the Center for the Arts, a hub for the artistic, cultural and creative activity that has been snowballing in Jackson, a town in Wyoming’s Jackson Hole valley. The Center’s like-new campus, near the foot of Snow King Mountain, is shared by 19 local, regional and state non-profit organizations.


Jackson Hole, one of the world’s best ski areas, offers terrific vistas year-round thanks to its location between the supernaturally pointy Teton Mountain Range and gently rolling Gros Ventre Range. Now more than ever, there are sensational things to see off the slopes, too.


Wildlife art


The works of “Bird by Bird” use myth, legend, and poetry to explore flight and migration. Wyoming artist Shannon Troxler, who grinds her own pigments and makes her own charcoal, is one of many remarkable talents of the contemporary Western art movement. They are rivaling Jackson Hole’s ethereal mountain beauty for eyeballs.
Troxler’s works have also been displayed at the National Museum of Wildlife Art, which, like the Center for the Arts, belongs on visitors’ checklists. The museum’s low-profile rock-faced building is built into a mountainside two minutes from downtown Jackson. The surprisingly cavernous space displays large-scale sculptures and paintings of rugged landscapes, animals and Native Americans. The artists span rising stars to 19th-century masters like Thomas Moran, whose paintings of nearby Yellowstone helped persuade Congress to preserve that area as the world’s first national park.
The museum’s exhibitions include Andy Warhol screenprints of endangered species and regional artists’ illustrations of animals featured in 25 Aesop’s fables. Jenny Dowd, for example, portrayed the smart crow who dropped pebbles in a pitcher to boost the water level high enough to drink it. Dowd creates memorable ceramics as well; sets of her tableware are used at restaurants in the valley.


Kathryn Mapes Turner is another local artist whose works are exhibited at the museum as well as in-town galleries such as Trio Fine Art . She grew up on Triangle X Ranch, which her family has operated since 1926 in Grand Teton National Park. Some of her paintings interpret late-1920s photos of her grandmother and her horse Diablo.
At the recently renovated Jackson Hole airport, which is seven miles from Jackson, I met Jeff Wilcox, who runs Wilcox Gallery in town. The gallery features works by his father, a plein air painter who has several spectacular photographs exhibited inside the airport, and other locally based artists. A new sculpture looms in the front of the airport: Bart Walter’s 15-foot-tall bronze of a rider who appears ready to fly off the back of a bucking bronco. The work, named “A Battle of Wills,” was inspired by a real-life stallion name Steamboat. Walter also sculpted the elk herd that stands at the entrance to the National Museum of Wildlife Art.


Art around town


Bike racks around town with bear, wolf and other animal motifs were made by locally based Ben Roth. An interactive illuminated sculpture by John Fleming marks an intersection. John Frechette, owner of MADE, integrated the DNA code of bison and elk hair into glass bricks embedded on the welcome center facade. On the edge of Jackson, a hike-bike path underpass features uplifting public art such as Don Rambadt’s flock of flying metal birds.


Town blocks are accented with artist-made benches, trash cans and tree surrounds, and four corners of the public square are anchored with arches made from hundreds of shed elk antlers. Shed elk antlers also are used in light fixtures and other decor at Jackson’s beautiful, iconic and art-filled hotel, the Rusty Parrot Lodge. This family-run 32-room lodge optimizes views on its third-floor deck, where a steaming hot tub and couches, warmed by fire pits, face the mountains.


Teton County Library’s Jackson branch displays intriguing works such as “Filament Mind,” a ceiling-mounted interactive high-tech sculpture powered by three miles of fiber optics. Much of the memorable public art is overseen by Jackson Hole Public Art’s artist-in-residence, Bland Hoke. JHPA director Carrie Geraci said the nonprofit has also developed a “Public Art and Placemaking Toolkit” to help other communities.


Tasty views


You’ll also find appealing views at the growing number of restaurants specializing in affordable gourmet fare. In downtown Jackson, choices include Cafe Genevieve, which serves upscale comfort food in a log cabin; Gather, which creates mouthwatering dishes with unexpected ingredients; The Rose, a hideaway whose crafty chef draws on his German roots; and Four Diamond award-winner Wild Sage at the Rusty Parrot. Then there’s Snake River Brewery, where casual organic-driven eats are as good as the award-winning and humorously named craft beers.


Be sure to leave plenty of time to explore Grand Teton National Park. On the way there, watch for the National Elk Refuge. And get plenty of sleep. With so much to see, you won’t want to blink.

 

 

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December 09, 2016

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Travel + Leisure: The 50 Best Places to Travel in 2017

50 Best Places to Travel in 2017

The 50 destinations that made our list this year include one of France’s lesser-known wine regions, America’s next big dining spot, and a buzzy Greek island.

Travel + Leisure Staff

Putting together our annual list of the best places to travel is a process that takes several months—we survey writers based around the world, talk to ourA-List travel specialists, and look at the most exciting hotel and restaurant openings. While news and global events have a large impact on the places we choose, we also pay attention to cities that are worth revisiting: Philadelphia, in particular, may surprise you with the amount of growth and development it has seen in recent months. North America made a strong showing on this year’s list—more than a quarter of these places are within reach for a long-weekend trip from the United States.

We know that people will travel far and wide for incredible food and drink, which is why that was a key factor in our decision-making. In 2017, you’ll want to head to Jerusalem for its exciting Levantine food, Oslo for its coffee culture, Belgrade for craft beer, and Valle de Guadalupe for coveted Mexican wines.

While beach vacations are timeless—you truly don’t need much more than a comfortable resort, warm waters, and a good book to read—tack on a bit more time if you’re visiting these places: Tofino, in British Columbia, has a wild food scene; Honolulu will host its first arts biennial this year; and Málaga has amazing hidden museums.

Technology and globalization can make the world feel small and thoroughly explored. But there are always places to discover—and rediscover—for yourself. Take a look at last year’s list for additional inspiration, and share your own picks with us on social media using #TLBestPlaces.

Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Jackson Hole, Wyoming

The total solar eclipse on August 21 will be the first in almost 40 years to be visible from the continental U.S., with a path of totality that slashes across the States from Oregon to South Carolina. For prime viewing, head to Jackson Hole—spectacular scenery, expansive vistas, and minimal light pollution make it an ideal vantage point. Once the two-minute main event is over, there are plenty of warm-weather activities to keep you occupied, from hiking the backcountry of Grand Teton and Yellowstone national parks to exploring Jackson proper (be sure to snag a pastry at Persephone Bakery and a chic, locally crafted souvenir at Made). —Lila Battis

 

November 27, 2016

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Organic Life Magazine Features National Park Postcards from MADE

Rodale's Organic Life Magazine - features National Park Postcard Set in their holiday gift guide 2016

 

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November 13, 2016

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Afar Magazine Nov/Dec 2016

From Whistler's lesser-known neighbor and new lodges for every type of traveler to a spa that's worth staying in for, there's a winter escape for everyone—whether or not you ski.

1. Explore Whistler’s Next-Door Neighbor
The booming enclave of Squamish is close to the action but feels a world away.

Whistler dominates the ski scene of British Columbia, and for good reason. But ask the locals where they hang out when they’re not on the slopes, and they’ll tell you about the town of Squamish.

It sits on the edge of Howe Sound Fjord, 36 miles south of—and downhill from—Whistler Village. Mild daytime temperatures hover around 40 degrees, perfect for hiking the surrounding Squamish Valley or rafting the Squamish River, which flows lazily this time of year. You might even spot bald eagles in the trees that line its banks. The Sea to Sky Gondola leaves from just south of town and carries passengers up into the mountains, where a network of snowshoe trails awaits. 

Settle into hearty après-adventure meals—gumbo with locally sourced chicken and house made andouille sausage, for instance—at Copper Coil Grill |, where Chef Wes Levesque puts a Pacific Northwest spin on Cajun-style food. Then top off your day down the street at Howe Sound Brewing |. The spicy bite of ginger in the Father John’s Winters Ale will warm you up for the trip back up to Whistler. —Sarah Purkrabek

 

2. Jackson Hole Is More Than Its Powder
Your before-and-after-the-slopes checklist.

Caffeinate
Persephone |

, serving mochas made with TCHO chocolate and drip coffee brewed from Intelligentsia beans, is the place in town for your morning cup. Don’t miss the perfectly flaky croissants. 

 

Shop
Instead of the cheesy magnets and made-in-China souvenirs you tend to find in ski-town shops, Made |

sells gemstone drop earrings and hand-sewn leather footballs with soul.

 

Eat
In Trio |

, grab a seat at the bar to watch the chefs—one a grad of the Culinary Institute of America—slide pizzas made with goat cheese and wild mushrooms into the wood-fired oven.

 

Drink
Dornan’s Spur Bar |

is nothing complicated: a friendly, small-town watering hole where you can enjoy beer while staring out huge windows at the mountains you just conquered.

 

Sleep
The rooms at the cozy Rusty Parrot Lodge |

have fireplaces, whirlpools, and handsome leather chairs—everything you crave after a long day of skiing. –Andrew Richdale

3. Give a New Lodge a Try
There are fresh options for any taste.

Coachman Hotel |

, South Lake Tahoe, California
Minimalist Design; Easy on the Wallet; A Party Scene

 

A former Ace Hotel creative designed the Coachman’s slick rooms and bar. It’s situated blocks from the lifts (and the casinos, if that’s your thing).

On the River Inn |

, Woodstock, Vermont
Chill Vibes; Foodie Magnet; Couples Retreat

 

You book this resort for the quintessential small-town New England setting and the kitchen’s delightfully simple food, made with ingredients from Vermont farmland.

Madeline Telluride |

, Telluride, Colorado
Family-friendly; Cushy Elegance; Ski-In, Ski-Out

 

The newly renovated Madeline Telluride has on-the-slopes ski valets, a movie lounge for the kids, and a restaurant with epic views of the San Juan mountains. —Andrew Richdale

4. Go to Park City. Reserve a Day for This Spa.

After you’ve spent the day skiing some of Deer Valley’s legendary black diamonds, spend a day not doing that, as I did on a recent trip to Montage |

’s spa—a 35,000-square-foot labyrinth full of saunas, hot tubs, and serene nooks with views of snow-capped peaks. I booked the Timeless Swiss Skincare Facial. My treatment specialist slathered my face with cleansers and plant stem cell-fortified moisturizers, sloughed away dead skin, and applied toners that . . . honestly, I’m not sure what those did, but whatever it was, it worked. After an hour in the chair, my skin felt noticeably tighter, more hydrated, and ready to face the harsh elements all over again. —Sarah Purkrabek

 

5. Cuddle Up to This Film, (Then Plan a Trip to the French Alps.)

In the beginning of the startlingly gorgeous film Force Majeure, an avalanche comes tumbling toward a restaurant at the French ski resort Les Arcs. A frightened man bolts from his table to safety. Two problems: he left his wife and two kids behind; and the whole thing was a false alarm, just a fierce hiccup of snow. The aftermath of this blunder is a sophisticated, honest, and hilarious deconstruction of modern gender roles that will also make you book a ski vacation. Streaming on Netflix. —Andrew Richdale

 

September 09, 2016

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July 24, 2016

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