Some say Saratoga is America’s best looking race track, but my vote goes to Southern California’s Santa Anita Park. Every April, during the run-up to the Kentucky Derby, Santa Anita plays host to arguably the biggest West Coast race, the Santa Anita Derby. Since the track is in Los Angeles., it is generally a sunny and beautiful day at Santa Anita. This past weekend I had a chance to witness the spectacle of Santa Anita — with the folks from America’s Best Racing — in person for the first time. This is the derby: as it happened.
One of my favorite things to do in Los Angeles is to visit the Griffith Observatory in Griffith Park. The stunning vista offers amazing views of both the Hollywood sign, and on the other side downtown L.A. It’s a spot I’ve spoken about previously on ACL, but it is also one that never gets old. I’m finding that the more time I spend in Southern California the more I want to be bi-coastal. Even on an overcast / smoggy day the scenes at sunset are stunning. If you have a chance to visit the observatory, definitely take the time to experience it.
Spent the day in London with the good people of Mr Porter including Mr Terry Betts (senior buyer, at left) and Mr Toby Bateman (buying director). We had a “traditional” English lunch at Mishkin’s (“a kind-of Jewish deli with cocktails”), which was amazing and definitely is something that would likely be more at home on Delancey than round the corner from Covent Garden. Nevertheless, the food (and the company) was terrific. And just kidding about the traditional English bit. A more in-depth look at Mr Porter very soon.
This past weekend some friends and I headed up to Newport, Rhode Island (the heart-of-preppy-darkness) for the Newport Folk Festival. The long running event is held at historic Fort Adams — which sits across the harbor, a short $5 boat ride away from town — and is as well run a festival as I have ever been to.
Newport is a great mix of WASPy rich folks dressed up in everything you’d expect them to be wearing and a the New England equivalent of people you see on Jersey Shore. The people do share a common ground though, alcohol. But that’s the town of Newport, the festival was a different sort of people all together. The folk festival is not overly crowded and everyone we came across was relaxed and polite. The stages were easy to navigate and each set-up had an intimate feeling with amazing views of the boats in the harbor. If you haven’t attended, put it on your list for next year. The highlights of the festival for me were definitely Justin Townes Earle, Mavis Staples and Middle Brother.
Some photos from the weekend are below. Everything here was shot with the Fujifilm X100. A big thanks to Johnny Beach, Josh Moore, Andrew Colvin and Justin Townes Earle for hooking everything up.
While Michael was off gallivanting in Europe we headed down to Newport at the behest of Bentley to check out the J Class Regatta. Our whirlwind tour included a day on the water watching the yacht races, dinner and drinks at the historic Castle Hill Inn and some time behind the wheel of the new Bentley Continental GT the next day. The sleek J Class yachts, ranging from 119 – 135 ft., were constructed between 1930 – 1937 to compete in the America’s Cup; this was the first competitive J Class regatta in the U.S. since the ’37 Cup, when Ranger (funded by Harold S. Vanderbilt) successfully defended the trophy against the British challenger Endeavour II.