Your Vacation, That IsBy Becca Hensley
It’s time you men started making a little time for some R&R. So gather a pack of pals and plan a man-size adventure for yourselves. Need some ideas? Look no further.
The Trip: Speed Racing
The Place: St. Moritz
Fly to: Zurich
The Price: From $278 per night for hotel, $246 for the car for a day drive
Feel a need for speed? Indulge it in the Swiss Alps. It’s you against the road, baby. The fitness-oriented, mountainside Kempinski Grand Hotel des Bains supplies the machine (a sleek BMW Z4) and maps to guide your demonic drive through the Engadine Valley. A manly picnic of mountain meat and cheese fuels your surge.
The Trip: Cowdudes on the Range
The Place: Calgary, Canada
Fly to: Calgary
The Price: $1,482 per guy for a six-night stay
No bull! Ride with the cowboys (and your gang of city slickers) at Homeplace Ranch, a working dude ranch near Calgary. Test your mettle as you clean corrals, mend fences, shoe horses, and more. Request Horseman’s Lodge, which sleeps 10 to 14 tired vaqueros. Rate includes all meals, activities, and gratuities.
(403) 931-3245, www.homeplaceranch.com
The Place: Peter Island
Fly to: Tortola’s Beef Island
The Price: $45,020 covers five guys for five nights
Bond with your best buds at this private island resort’s Crow’s Nest, a 6,500-square-foot villa equipped with a chef and a valet. The package includes meals, resort activities, heli-golf or deep-sea fishing from a fully crewed luxury liner, and a high-stakes Texas Hold’Em poker tournament.
(800) 346-4451, www.peterislandresort.com
The Trip: Do-It-Yourself
The Place: Anywhere
Fly to: Anywhere American Airlines flies
The Price: $200 to $300,000 per house, per week
Visit HomeAway.com to peruse more than 85,000 domiciles in 100 countries, and pick the one that’s best for your needs. Choose, for example, the Sunset Ranch Oasis, a home in Palm Springs (property #308793, $6,500 weekly), which sleeps 20 and boasts a private water-skiing lake, a boxing ring, a fireplace, a pool table, a putting green, a swimming pool, and beaucoup stereo equipment.
(512) 493-0382, www.homeaway.com
The Trip: A Night of Urban Spirit
The Place: Chicago
Fly to: Chicago
The Price: From $580 per guy for package
Metro gents short on time can indulge in a package that partners wine and spirits producer Brown-Forman with the Fairmont Chicago. The package includes overnight accommodations, a Woodford reserve whiskey tasting, a three-course steak dinner, a post-dinner cocktail seminar — and, of course, late checkout.
(312) 565-8000, www.fairmont.com/chicago