From The America’s Cup to St. Moritz To Hottie Toddie, Here’s The Year’s Prime Party Destinations
If the world were wide open to me, these are the places and events where I would party, for they are part of my all-time Bucket List.
Some places I have already been to and want to go to again, while some others are top party targets. The bucket list move would be to go to all these destinations in the same year.
These are two of my favorite places on Earth. I’ve not been to either in about five years and that’s five years too long. Mykonos is one of the World’s Great Party Places and Santorini is where you go to give the planet a piece of your soul. There are a few places in Santorini where I have left pieces of my heart and I WILL get back there soon. And when I do, I will have life “moments.” And, of course, I’ll also party like crazy in Mykonos and on the appropriately named Paradise Beach.
2.) ST. MORITZ
All us guys want, at some point in our life, to be James Bond. And there’s something very James Bond-ish about St. Moritz, the elegant ski resort in Switzerland. To go there would fulfill a dream when I was young enough to dream about going to exotic places around the world. Thanks to Tourism Switzerland, I have met the PR person for St. Moritz and she’s fun and friendly. And has vowed to take me out to the bars. What am I waiting for, right!?
3.) A JIMMY BUFFET CONCERT
Where have you been, Jimmy Buffett!? I’m in the rare level of Parrotheads who have been to more than 50 Buffett shows in my lifetime. And I would go to 50 more if he would ever play Irvine Meadows again! I would load up a party bus and we would join thousands in the wild parking lot scene that is the Buffett tailgate parties. I miss it, and while his 2013 schedule is being announced in stages (he always releases it in pieces, as if to draw out the drama), it’s doubtful Irvine will be included. There’s a rumor he won’t ever play there again because he’s ticked at how the Irvine Police Department treats the Parrotheads. So I may have to travel elsewhere. I hear Boston is quite a good show.
4.) ST. PATRICK’S DAY IN SAVANNAH, GA.
This would be returning to my roots of sorts, for one of my first jobs out of college was working for the newspaper in Savannah. So I’ve seen St. Patrick’s Day up close and want to experience it again (and when I don’t have to work the next day). There are more than 300,000 people in town for St. Paddy’s Day, there’s a huge parade and then a shoulder-t0-shoulder celebration on River Street.
My first trip to Amsterdam was a two-day stop-over on the way to Greece. Well, I went WAY out of my way to make it a stop-over, but the point is, I was in Amsterdam. I got off the train, was met by friends, immediately threw the bags on the bed and went out for beers. We didn’t return to the hotel, which was on Damrak, until the wee hours of the morning. And that’s pretty much how my time in Amsterdam was spent. I went back to the city few times and even wound up shacking up with a local gal during one of my stays, which caused some tense moments because I obviously misinterpreted the Dutch attitude toward sex. Apparently, it’s a bit less casual than I had been led to believe because when I responded to advances by one of the gal’s friends, I found myself locked out of the house.
Here’s my column on my observations of Amsterdam.
6.) AUSTRIA’S SKI RESORTS
There’s a place called St. Anton that is on my career party bucket list. From what I’ve been told, the party-to-ski ratio is something like 2-to-1. Plus, it’s Austria and beautiful. And I’ve always wanted to go to Vienna. It sounds so old-country romantic.
Back to Down Under!? I used to do PR for the IndyCar series and when there was the race in Surfer’s Paradise, the drivers would always return to the States with girlfriends. HOT girlfriends. Granted, it’s much easier for rich race car drivers to reach the finish line than the rest of us, but the rest of the traveling party would talk for weeks about how much fun it was at the event, being in the country and partying with the Aussies.
8.) NEW YORK CITY
It’s been long – too long – since I’ve been to the Big Apple. One of my funniest experiences there was ordering iced tea during an afternoon media event in which I was involved at Mickey Mantle’s, only to be handed a “mickey” – a Long Island Tea! My friend, who now lives in Prague and showed me around that city, had pulled the prank. At first, I was angry with him, but after a couple of sips, I was quite pleased with him. And then the PR agency for the event got my car towed and I spent the rest of the afternoon tracking it down, a process so difficult and frustrating it was once featured on the CBS Show 48 Hours. I look forward to a more pleasant experience in my next visit. From what I’m told, I may never make it out of a place called The Irish Bar.
9.) NEWPORT, R.I.
Check this out – it’s PubClub.com’s guide to the bars in Newport. It was written by a friend who lives there and after reading it, I want to go and party in Newport!
10.) THE GROVE, OLE MISS
This one may be realized in the fall. The Grove is the tailgate area for Ole Miss football games. It’s one of the great tailgate scenes in all of America. Yet despite all my college football experiences, I’ve never experienced it. Well, as it turns out an L.A. friend is from Memphis and went to Ole Miss, and has vowed to show me The Grove this season. My only request is to be there for the Alabama game, which is my alma mater. Hottie Toddie!