Fredric Hamber

Raised in Napa and San Francisco.

I write about offbeat travel, men's lifestyle, and interesting people with idiosyncratic obsessions.

A Gentleman's Guide to the Wine Country Town of Yountville

The Napa Valley town of Yountville isn't big but packs a punch for an excellent Northern California weekend getaway. Here are some of the top treats. At most hotels, within arm's reach of the bathtub there's a towel rack. In your room at Villagio, when you reach out from your tub you'll find a wine bucket on a pedestal. There's a pool table in the lobby bar. While you're there, try the Napa Sour made with Buffalo Trace Bourbon and Zinfandel syrup. You know the sort of winery that caters to gro

The Dean Hotel Is A Smart Choice In Dublin

Since it’s located on Harcourt Street in the nightclub district, earplugs are standard issue upon checking in to The Dean Hotel, but let’s face it: if you’re not in the mood for a bit of party noise, maybe you shouldn’t be in Dublin in the first place. There’s a glasshouse rooftop bar with 360-degree city views, and a yes-you-may-touch display of old photographic equipment in the lobby. You’ll find a Rega turntable in your room alongside vintage and contemporary vinyl with a nod to Irish artis
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