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Mountain Escapes for Cigar Enthusiasts

Posted: November 3, 2010

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"I've been building our cigar collection," says Waller. His list has 14 selections, ranging from mild cigars (Davidoff, Montecristo White) to medium bodied (A. Fuente Rothschild, Padrón Anniversary, Gurkha, Rocky Patel Vintage 1990, Avo Maduro) and to full bodied (Oliva Serie V, Fuente Fuente OpusX).

An open fireplace sits between the two lean-tos, adding warmth and ambience. The one thing you won't find at Whiteface is good cell-phone service, but management will offer no apologies. Waller calls it "centrally isolated."

The Whiteface Lodge
7 Whiteface Inn Lane
Lake Placid, New York 12946
800-903-4035
www.TheWhitefaceLodge.com

 


 

Beauty in the Blue Ridge Mountains
By Irwin Greenstein

Some sportsmen call it a trip, but for others it's a pilgrimage up a winding, seven-mile timber road through Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains where you finally reach Primland-an avant-garde interpretation of a rustic lodge whose domed, stainless-steel silo houses an observatory.

But we weren't here for the stargazing, or for that matter the golf, hunting, fly fishing or ATV trail riding. Primland features the most beautiful sporting clays course in the country, and it was one of our destinations as we were driving home from an eight-day barnstorming trip through Kentucky and Tennessee for bourbon tasting and sporting clays.

For the uninitiated, sporting clays simulates upland bird hunting by positioning trap machines in natural and landscaped habitats. Call "pull" and the trapper launches any variation of small clay targets set to emulate game birds flushed by dogs, such as pheasants, chukars and quail, which you try to hit with a shotgun.

At Primland, you navigate the sporting clays course in off-road golf carts along rugged paths carved out of the property's 12,000 wooded acres. Our trapper, a native Virginian, told us that the surrounding environs still hold the secrets of abandoned stills and Confederate family graveyards that he stumbles upon guiding deer and turkey hunts at Primland.


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