With the holidays comes the cold, wet weather of winter, and so the warmer climes of Miami seem infinitely appealing right about now. Which is why this issue’s signature cover feature, Celebrated Weekend (page 20), makes so much sense. In it, tennis great Pete Sampras takes us on a tour of one of his favorite cities, Miami. And while he’s certainly experienced splashy South Beach, he prefers the quieter side of the city and its surrounds. Coconut Grove, Fisher Island, Key Biscayne — even if you’ve never been there, the names alone conjure vacation visions and beckon us to get away.

Speaking of the holidays, we’ve put together a special books department this issue. In addition to our usual timely reviews, we offer a collection of the season’s best gift books on various subjects to interest everyone on your last-minute list. Also, don’t miss 3 Bottles, which highlights top champagnes that are de rigueur for this time of year. Jim Shahin welcomes the holiday season in his own humorous way. And with our story on the latest in organ transplant technology, we take a look at the ultimate gift — the gift of life.

Features include a Travel story titled “Do-It-Yourself Olympics”, a roundup of facilities in Salt Lake that welcome wannabe Olympians. From bobsledding to speed skating, you can try out the very same venues Olympic contenders will use when the Olympic Winter Games of 2002 open in February.

In Business, don’t miss our interview with Scott McNealy, chairman and CEO of Sun Microsystems, in which he sheds some (sun)light on what’s next for the tech world.

There’s much more, so read on. Here’s wishing you a happy and healthy holiday season.