Smokin' in L.A.

Despite Stringent Antismoking Laws, L.A. Residents and Visitors Still Have Plenty of Places To Enjoy a Fine Cigar

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The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel
1 Ritz-Carlton Drive, Dana Point
(714) 240-2000

Under the direction of cigar maven and former general manager Henry Schielein, The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel, was an early proponent of the civilized art of cigar smoking. The hotel's wood-paneled Library remains a hospitable refuge for cigar aficionados, and, of course, it offers a well-stocked humidor. The Ritz also holds quarterly special cigar evenings in the Library; the remaining 1996 engagements are June 15, Aug. 9 and Oct. 11. There's also an annual Gentlemen's Smoker ($350) held each March.

The Ritz-Carlton, Marina del Rey
4375 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey
(310) 823-1700

The hotel's elegantly appointed Library Bar is a luxurious setting in which to retreat from the cares of the day and enjoy a precisely mixed cocktail and a cigar from the hotel's capacious humidor, which is supplied by Alfred Dunhill. The Ritz also holds quarterly special cigar evenings in the Library; the next dates are Aug. 21 and Nov. 20 (reservations required).

Jean T. Barrett is a Los Angeles-based writer on wine, spirits, food and travel and a frequent contributor to Cigar Aficionado and Wine Spectator.

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