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

A Gentleman's Guide to San José del Cabo

There’s a time and place for everything, but let’s face it, the only time for Señor Frog’s in Cabo San Lucas is spring break. When you’re ready for a more grown-up Baja experience, instead head twenty miles up the coast to San José del Cabo (a different beach town entirely) with its Spanish Colonial architecture and community of makers and artisans. Here are a few to-do’s: Acre is an expansive garden property with a restaurant and tree-house hotel. They have an on-site mezcal educator, and it’s
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