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While writing up the sale for the fabulous Pinehurst Resort, which boasts a rich golfing history, it was difficult to resist making references to classic golfing cinema. After all, golf is a gentleperson’s game, rife with tradition and class. It has its own clapping style for crying out loud—a polite, reserved version of the raucous applause more typical of a hockey game.
That said …
There are too many good golf movies not to share. Here are a few of our favorites—not all of which poke fun at the game.
Caddyshack – The original golf comedy takes aim at upper crust stuffiness with countless famous scenes that can’t be mentioned here (this is a PG-13 blog). And it teaches us a useful lesson: The cute rodent always wins (see: Ratatouille).
Tin Cup – If Kevin Costner isn’t your thing, please move along. However, the story of a reluctant (and often inebriated) golf pro reaching the U.S. Open final is both humorous and heartwarming, in its own way.
Happy Gilmore – Adam Sandler’s slapstick comedy about a slap shot-wielding hockey player-turned golfer is famous for its famous fist fight between Sandler and Bob Barker. The movie also featured a cameo from golf legend Lee Trevino.
The Legend of Bagger Vance – A mystical caddy. Southern accents. Lots of golfing action. Throw in Matt Damon, Charlize Theron, and Will Smith and you have yourself a pretty darn good golfin’ film!
In a popular northeast vacation spot like Newport, you might be looking for something to do that’s a little more off the beaten path. And in this case, we’d recommend … well, a walking path—the 3-mile Newport Cliff Walk, to be precise.
This cliffside route takes visitors down the coast past almost all of Newport’s famed mansions including the Breakers. So that means you can avoid the shuffling tour groups and admission fees that come with the mansion tours, while still enjoying that renowned architecture.
So if you’re staying at a hotel like Mill Street Inn, take an afternoon to make your way along cliff-hugging stone paths peering out at breathtaking Atlantic views. Think: ocean breezes, fresh-air exercise and superb photo opps, all for free. Can you really go wrong?
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The Hotel Les Mars, with its location in Sonoma County—and its complimentary afternoon wine and cheese reception—left us dreaming of a wine getaway. So we decided to see how one might get a true taste of Healdsburg and the surrounding area.
There are several wine-tasting rooms within walking distance of the hotel, as well as wine tours of the area by bus and bike. And then we stumbled upon a wine tasting tour via horse and carriage, and wine country became even more romantic (as if that was possible).
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The Wine Carriage includes a horse-drawn carriage ride through five miles of vineyards, tastings at three award-winning wineries, a wine cave tour, a barrel tasting and a gourmet lunch.
The tour definitely puts a different spin on wine tasting, but we’re pretty sure any wine tour (by foot or otherwise) is pretty hard to beat.