Alan J. Fuerstman 2017-09-05 09:30:31
FOUNDER’S LETTER Welcome to the fall issue of Montage Magazine! It’s an exciting time for innovation. From the proliferation of visionary startups to the fascinating leaps forward in space travel—it seems everyone is thinking outside the box and buzzing with creative energy. We witness it firsthand at Montage Hotels & Resorts, where everyone—including our guests and team members—is discussing new ideas, developing solutions and drawing inspiration from books, articles and podcasts. It’s the same energy I felt when I started Montage 15 years ago, introducing what was then a disruptive idea that luxury could be comfortable and warm, rather than white-gloved and scripted. Today, I’m proud that our team is filled with motivated individuals who continuously challenge the status quo and who are constantly striving to enhance the guest experience. Even at Montage Palmetto Bluff, a location steeped in history and tradition, we offer fresh, elevated ways to enjoy the property. Whether guests are staying for a few days or residents are accustomed to the coastal Carolina lifestyle, it’s the way of life that often encourages residence owners to set roots there. See our cover story about the many bespoke activities available to fill one’s day, with infinite possibilities for creating lasting memories with friends and family. In fact, much of this issue was designed to provoke outside-the-box thinking. A feature on Yayoi Kusama, for instance, provides a glimpse into the colorful world of the “Infinity Mirrors” artist, whose works arrive at The Broad museum in LA this fall. We also celebrate the 50th anniversary of one of LA’s icons, the Center Theatre Group, which has commissioned pieces from some of the most innovative playwrights of our generation. Beyond the arts, adventures, too, can be off-road. Read on to explore some of the finest mountain biking opportunities in the U.S.; or, examine the ultraluxury hybrid Karma Revero as it enters the race of forward-looking car companies like Tesla. Here at Montage, we continue to foster the innovative spirit that originally inspired the brand. The story on page 64 offers a sample of our unique offerings, including the opportunity to play one-of-a-kind guitars and design your own martinis. And, across all of our hotels, we present the bold choices of chefs who are serving dessert for breakfast. There are many pages focused on travel, food, fashion and more, whether you’re looking to get outside of your comfort zone or stay cozily within it. Regardless, I hope your stay with us properly conveys our belief in the power of hospitality to broaden horizons and illuminate new perspectives. Warmly, Alan J. Fuerstman Founder, Chairman and CEO
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