A Home You Can Ski Right Into

When Trent Tucker’s friend suggested he build a vacation house in the private community of Martis Camp, near Truckee, Calif., just north of Lake Tahoe, Mr. Tucker initially laughed it off. He was busy in Tulsa, Okla., running Tucker Tennis Academy, a training facility for young players that he founded in 2001. “I was like,…

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Savoring Costa Rica, Sip By Sip

“Coffee,” said Buzzy O’Keeffe, the owner of the renowned River Café, in Brooklyn, “is the last thing a restaurant diner tastes — so it better be good.” For Mr. O’Keeffe, it seems, it’s never good enough. Every couple of weeks he assembles his chef and several staff members for a blind tasting of brews from…

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Momcations. It’s a Thing.

In Brandy Ferner’s upcoming novel, “Adult Conversation,” two burned-out moms escape to Las Vegas for a short respite from the crumbling marriages and endless snack requests that define their everyday lives. It’s a practice that Ms. Ferner, a mother to a 6-year-old girl and a 13-year-old boy, understands well: She’s been going on so-called “momcations”…

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