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Of Time and the River….


I got a call from an old friend, Luxury Dossier travel editor Beverley Hogg, who was my partner-in-crime back in the 90s when we both worked as senior travel editors for separate national magazines.  Beverley, short and petite and blonde in a Vegas showgirl kind of way, infused with Texas charm, is the perfect friend to have on hand when one is  speeding through the Montana wilderness in the back of a Chevy Suburban.  I knew we’d be friends when, upon our arrival at the airport in Missoula, Montana, the PR rep hurried us into an SUV, Beverley cocked an eyebrow, took one look around and said, “Donna, what’s in that cooler next to you?  Any whiskey?”  And thus an adventurous friendship was born.

Beverley and I have roared around in Jeeps with ice-climbing experts, dangled from the edges of rock ledges, ridden through the wilderness on ranch geldings, enjoyed bottles of wine in the Arizona desert, wined and dined everywhere from the Orient Express to the Palace of Versailles.  It was all interesting, all fun, all challenging and still collapses us in laughter when we think back over some of the people and places we’ve seen.  (“Remember that river guide,” I ventured in our last conversation, goading her a bit, to which Beverley gamely cackled, “Which ONE, Donna?!  There were so many!” ).

Over the next few months Beverley’s going to hit the adventure trail for us at Luxury Dossier.  I know she’ll find some amazing things.  I only wish I had the time to join her.

Once, Beverley and I smoked cigars and ate bison steaks with John Foust, the premium river guide who was the senior technical assistant to Brad Pitt in the making of A River Runs Through It.  Mr. Foust is a book in and of himself, a man who has tied flies in Japanese stadiums for millions of fly fishing aficionados, has worked as a wilderness guide for everyone from the likes of us to the CEO of Sony Entertainment.  He made the mechanical trout that Pitt caught during A River, making sure that the mechanical fish perfectly replicated the movements of the real thing.

“Come back sometime,” he said, overlooking the magnificently serene Bitterroot Valley.  “I’ll show you the real Montana.”  It was an offer I have often wished we were able to accept.

I wish you’d been there, watching the Cuban cigar smoke curl into the dark Montana night, as we sat on the deck of one of the most exclusive and expensive ranch lodges in the world, the ranch horses munching serenely in the pasture nearby.

Foust left me with one piece of sage advice.  He said that the gallery of onlookers during the making of Pitt’s film were critical of his inability to consistently pull premium trout from the Bitterroot River, hence the need for the mechanical fish.  “That’s nothing,” Foust remarked.  “The river don’t care who you are…”

Life is full of adventure.  We hope you grab it with all the gusto of a polo player, with all the enthusiasm of life at a gallop.

Happy Travels, Beverley!

–DLMK

ProCigar in the Dominician Republic

This is perfect if you’re into cigars;  you might even be able to get in a few chukkars at Casa de Campo, in between all of that smoking.

FEBRUARY 6th–11th, 2011

***Identification wristband is required for admission to all the Festival Activities***
***Registration Badge is only required for the Day Tours***

SUNDAY – FEBRUARY 6TH

Arrival at La Romana; Hotel and Festival check in – free activities at the hotel.
5:45 PM  Tropical Tours bus pick up at the hotel lobby
6:00 PM  Welcome Cocktail at Altos de Chavon
8:00 PM  Dinner at Altos de Chavon, la Piazetta Restaurant

MONDAY –FEBRUARY 7TH

Option 1:
GOLF TOURNAMENT AT TEETH OF THE DOG GOLF COURSE

7:30 AM Breakfast al Lago Grill
8:00 AM Own transportation to the golf course by Touring Cart
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM Golf Tournament at Teeth of the Dog

Option 2:
RELAX AT CASA DE CAMPO HOTEL

Relax at the hotel ­ Enjoy horseback riding, tennis or non­motorized water sports at Minitas Beach among other activities offered at this wonderful resort

Option 3:
CUEVAS DE LAS MARAVILLAS TOUR

8:30 AM Breakfast at Lago Grill
9:15 AM Meeting point at the Hotel Lobby
9:30 AM – 12:00 PM Departure to Cuevas de las Maravillas

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM Lunch for all Festival Guests has been reserved at La Casita Restaurant, La Marina.
Dinner at you own choice
8:20 PM – Tropical bus pick up at the Hotel Lobby
9:00 PM – 10:00 PM Show Candela at Altos de Chavon

TUESDAY – FEBRUARY 8TH

8:00 AM Breakfast at Lago Grill
9:00 AM Tropical Tours bus pick up at the hotel lobby
9:15 AM – 11:15 AM Tabacalera de García Factory Tour
12:00 PM  Lunch (your own choice)
2:00 PM  Caribe Tours bus pick up at the lobby
*Please have your luggage ready before leaving the room,
we will depart to Santiago at 2:00 PM
­ four hours driving from La Romana

5:00 PM – 11:00 PM  Festival Registration in Santiago de los Caballeros
at the Hodelpa Gran Almirante Lobby

8:30 PM – 11:00 PM Welcome Cocktail in Santiago de los Caballeros at the                                         Hodelpa Gran Almirante Hotel – Pool Area

The timing for the activities in Santiago has been scheduled departing from the Hodelpa Gran Almirante. For guests staying at other hotels departure time is 25 minutes earlier.

WEDNESDAY – FEBRUARY 9TH

Option 1
LA AURORA FACTORY TOUR

9:00 AM Departure to La Aurora Factory
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM Lunch

Option 2
GENERAL CIGAR FACTORY TOUR

8:30 AM Departure to General Cigar Factory
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM Lunch at General Cigar

Option 3
DAVIDOFF FACTORY TOUR

8:30 AM Departure to Davidoff Factory
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM Lunch

Option 4
MATASA FACTORY TOUR

9:00 AM Departure to Matasa Factory
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM Lunch

Option 5
CITY TOUR

9:00 AM Departure to City Tour
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM Lunch

3:15 PM – 4:00 PM International Press Meeting (Hodelpa Gran Almirante)

4:20 PM – 5:20 PM Tobacco Seminar with the Master Blenders
(Hodelpa Gran Almirante)

7:30 PM – 11:00 PM WELCOME TYPICAL DINNER (COCKTAIL ATTIRE)

THURSDAY – FEBRUARY 10TH

Option 1
LA AURORA FACTORY TOUR

9:00 AM Departure to La Aurora Factory
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM Lunch

Option 2
GENERAL CIGAR TOBACCO FIELD TOUR

8:30 AM Departure to Mao
12:00 PM Lunch at General Cigar
4:00 PM Back at the hotel

Option 3
DAVIDOFF TOBACCO FIELD TOUR

8:30 AM Departure to Davidoff tobacco field in Jicomé
12:00 PM Lunch at Davidoff
4:00 PM Back at the hotel

Option 4
MATASA FACTORY TOUR

9:00 AM Departure to Matasa Factory
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM Lunch

Option 5
PRESIDENTE BEER TOUR & SANTO DOMINGO HISTORIC PLACES

7:45 AM Departure to Santo Domingo
10:00 AM Tour Historic Places
12:30 PM – 4:00 PM Lunch & Presidente Beer Tour
6:00 PM Back at the hotel

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM MERENGUE WORKSHOP (Hodelpa Gran Almirante)

7:30 PM – 12:00 AM  WHITE DINNER
AT MONUMENTO A LOS HEROES DE LA RESTAURACION
(WHITE ATTIRE ­CHACABANA OR WHITE SHIRT IS
SUGGESTED FOR MEN)

FRIDAY – FEBRUARY 11TH

Option 1
MORNING CHAT WITH THE MANUFACTURER OF YOUR CHOICE

9:30 AM In­depth discussions and smoking sessions
with the tobacco masters.
12:00 PM ­2:00 PM Lunch

Option 2
PUERTO PLATA BEACH DAY

8:45 AM Departure to Puerto Plata
12:30 PM Lunch at Allegro’s Resort Club Imperial
5:30 PM Back at the hotel

Option 3
PUERTO PLATA GOLF DAY WITH JOSE SEIJAS

8:45 AM Departure to Puerto Plata
Golf at Playa Dorada (lunch is included)
5:30 PM Back at the hotel

Option 4
BRUGAL RUM TOUR

8:45 AM Departure to Puerto Plata
12:30 PM Lunch at Ocean World
5:30 PM Back at the hotel

Option 5
PUERTO PLATA CATAMARAN CRUISE AND SNORKELING

8:45 AM Departure to Puerto Plata
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM Catamaran Cruise Adventure
5:30 PM Back at the hotel

8:00 PM FINAL DINNER PARTY AT CENTRO ESPAÑOL (FORMAL ATTIRE)

*Procigar will host this year Silent Charity Donations on every dinner in Santiago to benefit the Voluntariado de Jesús con los Niños (Non – Profit organization for ill children) and the Hospicio San Vicente de Paul (retirement home for low income elders).

A raffle of special products will be made at the Final Dinner among the participants of these donations.