Destinations / GO FATHERS
Hit the Road
For the ultimate in rad dad indulgence, how about taking a
spin in a Cullinan, Rolls-Royce’s new SUV, while staying at
the Peninsula Beverly Hills? The hotel started offering this
option last month after a four-month redesign of all 195
guest rooms, including the 38 suites and 17 private villas.
Since this is smack in the heart of Beverly Hills, the
rooftop pool and cafe are celebrity territory, so people-watching (behind your coolest shades) is primo. Book a
cabana, order the famous jalapeño margarita and settle
in for a poolside foot massage. Now for the best part: put
yourself behind the wheel of the $400,000 (starting price
$325,000, but there are always extras), 17.5-foot-long
luxury land yacht, the Cullinan, named for the largest
diamond ever found.
Doors open with a push of a button to leather seats
equipped with a massage feature, crystal decanters and a
place to chill champagne in the back seat console, and to
keep attention on the road, the navigation appears on the
driver’s windshield. The suggested destination is Pismo
Beach, one of the few beaches in the state where cars are
allowed on the sand. For the two-hour trip up a scenic
stretch of Highway 101, guests can choose their own route,
depending on the amount of off-roading desired. Those
who don’t like to backtrack can enjoy a tour and lavish
lunch at Tolosa Winery in the Edna Valley, then hop on a
flight from San Luis Obispo airport to LAX, where they’ll
be picked up in a ... Rolls-Royce.
Highlight While the electronically limited top speed is 155
miles per hour, the specialized foam in the front wheels
and revolutionary body design ensures a velvet-smooth
ride on any road.
Details This package can be customized and starts at
$1,500 a day.
Meet the Brewmasters
Craft breweries have been bubbling up all over California
this past decade, and while San Diego has been called the
craft beer capital of America, another surf town has a
scene to rival that one closer to home. A couple hours south
of Marin, Santa Cruz boasts over 20 breweries and taprooms, and that number is quickly growing.
For sampling those suds, there’s no better way than
the Brew Cruz. The trip starts at the Dream Inn Hotel,
where you, Dad and up to five other people get on a fully
renovated 1964 split-window V W Bus and imbibe your way
through town. Lovingly dubbed Slowboy, the vintage vehicle has modern Bluetooth stereo, a restored interior, and a
knowledgeable, sober driver to guide the four-hour tour.
Passengers visit four featured breweries and receive
a Brew Cruz coaster good for a discount on beer and a
chance to meet the brewmasters at each stop. Destinations
may include Humble Sea — ranked 12th among the
nation’s 50 fastest-growing craft breweries by the Brewers
Association — East Cliff Brewing, and New Bohemia
Brewing Co., among others, plus a selection of taprooms.
For those still thirsty afterward, it’s happy hour at the Jack
O’Neill Restaurant and Lounge, adjacent to the Dream Inn
where you’re dropped off.
Highlight Explore the Santa Cruz Beer Trail responsibly
and in style.
Details $45 per person for a public tour in the V W Bus,
$75 per person for a private tour ( 8 people minimum) in a
larger converted bus. Charters are also available.
Growing up, many of us imagined fantastic journeys —
deep-sea submarines à la Jacques Cousteau, jeep safaris
and grand train rides to remote locales where we’d see and
experience rare and exotic things. Most of these dreams
are inevitably abandoned with age, but some storybook
trips do exist.
Enter the Rocky Mountaineer, a glass-top train voyage
through the Canadian Rockies. Four different itineraries
range from two to 21 days; the popular Journey through
the Clouds is a four-day Vancouver-to-Jasper trip, and
the four-day First Passage to the West goes between
Vancouver and Banff or Lake Louise. Passengers ogle
staggering scenery, dramatic waterfalls and bridges and
creatures like grizzly bears, elk, eagles and bighorn sheep
— moments for which the train slows to “Kodak speed” —
all from a luxurious perch.
After a welcome-aboard toast with your host and train-mates, you can enjoy gourmet breakfasts and lunches,
The train’s outdoor viewing platform is a great place to
get some air and unobstructed photos. Choose between
two levels of service for your trip: Both GoldLeaf and
SilverLeaf are stellar, the main difference being a separate downstairs dining room versus meal service at your
Highlight Four new GoldLeaf Service railcars will be
offered on Western Canadian Rockies routes this season.
Engineered and built by the Swiss company Stadler in
Germany, they include several trip-enhancing features:
upper-level windows are dimmable to moderate the
Opener: Cruising in
from top left: The
Santa Cruz Brew
Cruz VW Bus; Rocky
interior and on the go.