Where do men like Tever Noah and James Harden go on vacation? 25 tastemakers let you in on their secret destinations.
We asked 25 tastemakers to tell us about their favorite secret spots on earth. They agreed — with some reluctance, in a few cases. After all, nothing ruins a discovery like a crowd. So don’t tell them we sent you.
Tinker Hatfield, vice president for creative concepts, Nike: “My new favorite place is a surf beach in Leucadia, Calif., called Beacon’s. It’s only a mile or two from my daughter’s house. This picturesque beach is at the bottom of a long winding trail from the bluff up above. The water is beautiful, and the scene is mellow. I can surf there without getting yelled at for being in the way, which is a major plus.” 948 Neptune Ave., Encinitas, Calif.
Tariq (Black Thought) Trotter of the Roots, co-producer of the “Hamilton” cast album: “Cable Car Clothiers in San Francisco is one of the last of a dying breed. It’s an old-school haberdashery where you can find all sorts of fly staples, from ill hats and accessories to barber supplies and toiletries.” 110 Sutter St., San Francisco
Geoffrey Zakarian, restaurateur who is opening Georgie at the Montage Beverly Hills this summer: “There is a little-known hiking trail called the Devil’s Hole in Niagara Falls, N.Y.. Rather than starting at the bottom of a mountain to hike up, you start at the top of the gorge and climb 200 feet down, arriving at the lower Niagara River rapids. Amidst an entire forest at the bottom, you can walk along the water’s edge, which is completely pristine and undeveloped, just steps from some of the most powerful rapids in the world.” Robert Moses Parkway, Niagara Falls, N.Y.
Sebastian Faena, fashion photographer: “There is a té salon called Torre de Los Waffles, which means something like tower of waffles, in Punta del Este, Uruguay. It was my only hope as a kid on the beach for the sun to set and to go there and eat a dulce de leche waffle.” Punta del Este 20100, Uruguay
Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, actor: “As a theater nerd, the Theater on Film archive at Lincoln Center is definitely my secret rainy-day getaway. You can literally go there and watch every play that’s touched Broadway since 1970. And the monitors come with two headphone outlets, one for you, one for your date. Winning!” Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, 40 Lincoln Center Plaza, N.Y.
Tyler Seguin, center, Dallas Stars, NHL: “Moving to Dallas, I noticed how dog friendly the city is. Owning two Labs, Marshall and Cash, it’s awesome for me. Mutts Canine Cantina is perfect. It’s a fenced-in dog park where you can let the dogs run around while sitting back and having a drink with your friends.” 2889 Cityplace West Blvd., Dallas
Miguel, singer and songwriter: “Dudley Market in Venice, California, for Sunday brunch. They have some of the best French toast I’ve had in my entire life, and their espresso milkshake is fire.” 9 Dudley Ave., Venice, Calif.
Nathaniel Ru, co-founder and co-chief executive, Sweetgreen: “Big Sur is one the most beautiful places to be present. Be open to the magic there. Hike the Andrew Molera beach: Take the Bluffs Trail along the coast. It’s nice and long at 8 miles. If you’re feeling up for late-night stargazing, head to the Esalen Hot Springs from 1 a.m. to 3 a.m.” Big Sur, Calif.
James Harden, guard, Houston Rockets, NBA: “The cellar at Philippe Chow in New York is one of my favorite spots in the world because it’s a tucked-away place that I can gather with my family and friends, relax, laugh and enjoy myself away from the busy city and my busy life. Plus, the food there is the best.” 33 E. 60th St., N.Y.
Josh Whitehouse, actor, musician, face of the men’s fragrance Mr. Burberry: “My secret place would have to be the Hampstead Pergola and Hill Gardens in London. It’s absolutely incredible, with beautiful gardens, buildings, wildlife and scenery. You almost forget that you are bang in the middle of one of the busiest cities in the world.” North End Way, London
Jason Rembert, stylist to Zayn Malik and Rita Ora: “I’ve had some of the best Italian food ever at Ciro a Mergellina in Naples, Italy. The staff is amazing, and they feed you a lot.” Via Mergellina, 21, Naples, Italy
Humberto Leon, co-founder, Opening Ceremony; co-creative director, Kenzo: “The best massage ever is at Embassy Leisure in San Gabriel, Calif. It’s no secret in New York that the many Chinese massage spots actually give the most skilled, legitimate bodywork. The difference at Embassy is the vast space, real private rooms and a larger menu of techniques to work the kinks out.” 222 Winchester Place, San Gabriel, Calif.
Neil Blumenthal, co-founder and co-CEO, Warby Parker: “In years past, I would have aimed afar for the Galápagos or Patagonia, but now I love escaping to places nearby, that are drivable. Driving (physically) prevents me from working, which is great, because it means that my wife, Rachel, and I can actually talk. Mountain biking or skiing at Mount Snow in Vermont lets me disconnect entirely from work. Cup N Saucer restaurant has legendary pancakes. And, of course, the best maple syrup.” 39 Mount Snow Road, West Dover, Vt.
Ziggy Marley, musician: “I used to play sports growing up in Jamaica, and my mother introduced me to this magical place outside of Kingston: the hot water bath in St. Thomas, which are natural hot springs. Whenever I would get injured or was sore, we would go there to be healed. We used to have to climb a little hill and walk a trail to get there. It’s picturesque and tranquil.” Foothills of the John Crow Mountains in St. Thomas Parish, Jamaica
Eric Ripert, chef and co-owner, Le Bernardin: “I visit the Elizabeth Morton National Wildlife Refuge in Sag Harbor very often, as it’s close to my house. It’s home to fantastic wildlife: everything from rare birds to rabbits to deer. My walks usually begin in the forest, through the fields, ending up on the beautiful stretch of beach about a mile long. There’s usually no one else around, and it’s so peaceful.” 2595 Noyack Road, Sag Harbor, N.Y.
Andrew Rannells, actor, “Girls”: “One that has always stuck with me is a restaurant called Katz Orange in the Mitte district in Berlin. It’s an incredibly cozy, almost hidden spot that gives you the feeling that you are dining in a private club or, better yet, a local’s home. It was one of my favorite nights that my boyfriend and I spent in Berlin. You feel completely at home and think, ‘I could live here.’” Bergstrasse 22, Berlin, Bergstrasse 22, Berlin
Andrew McCutchen, outfielder, Pittsburgh Pirates: “The Four Seasons Resort in Kona, Hawaii, has everything you could possibly need for a vacation. You never need to leave the property. One of the best experiences of my life was when my wife, Maria, and I went zip-lining there. It was exhilarating, but I’ll never do it again!” 72-100 Kaupulehu Drive, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
Trevor Noah, host, “The Daily Show”: “When you’re in the heart of Manhattan’s bustling streets, it’s hard to imagine that just 40 minutes away is one of the most tranquil and stunning landscapes you’ll ever take in. Hiking trails, picnic spots, lakes and beaches make Bear Mountain my perfect sanctuary.” 3006 Seven Lakes Drive, Bear Mountain, N.Y.
Noah Callahan-Bever, chief content officer, Complex: “Hancock Point, Maine, is my happy place. My grandparents had a rustic little house that looked out on Frenchman Bay, opposite Acadia National Park, and my father and me would go there every June for a month of reading and hiking. I still manage to get up to the region every summer with eight to 10 of my closest friends for a long weekend of lobster, bourbon and 30-mile bike rides that we affectionately call Maine Boyz.” Hancock, Maine
DJ Mustard, music producer and songwriter: “I like to go to Game Sports Bar in Los Angeles. It’s nice because it also happens to be owned by my uncle. I can eat wings and sit and watch the playoffs, or I can grab drinks and watch live music. It’s a low-key spot that doesn’t get too crowded.” 5630 W. Manchester Ave., Los Angeles
Scott Dadich, editor in chief, Wired: “Tunnels Beach on the north shore of Kauai is arguably one of the most famous beaches in Hawaii. But the cove just to the east, Banana Beach, is one of my favorite places on earth. Few tourists make it all the way to Tunnels, and since Banana isn’t really marked for easy access and is even more tucked away, its occupants tend to be a few locals, surfers and random island dogs. It’s my recharge zone. I swim and soak up the sun, feel the wind in my hair. And at the end of the day, my family and I enjoy a perfect sunset with a rum drink and a fire on the beach.” Kauai North Shore, Hawaii
Bruce Pask, men’s fashion director for Bergdorf Goodman: “Deetjen’s Big Sur Inn is truly a magical, memorable spot. The property has rough-hewn redwood cabins, cottages and a cozy restaurant built in the 1930s by a Norwegian carpenter and his wife. The Petite Cuisine room, former housing for kitchen help, with a shared bath and a bed for one, is my favorite. There is very little else aside from a shelf filled with journals. Forget your sightseeing plans for the afternoon and hunker down under the covers, crack open a bottle of a nice Central Coast red and start poring over the touching and often heartbreaking entries left in the journals by introspective single travelers over the years.” 48865 CA-1, Big Sur, Calif.
Fabolous, rapper: “One of the best things to do in New York City is to take a helicopter ride around the city. I like Talon Air. The bird’s-eye view of skyscrapers and sunsets, rivers and bridges, it really brings a calm to a busy city. In the summer, for a quick weekend escape, you can take a helicopter to the Hamptons and be there in less than 45 minutes.” talonairjets.com
Michael Dubin, co-founder, Dollar Shave Club: “I have family from Maine, and I visit them every summer. My favorite place to stay is the Camden Harbour Inn along the rocky coast in Camden. I always sleep like heaven there.” 83 Bay View Street, Camden, Maine
Klaus Biesenbach, director, MoMA PS1; chief curator at large, MoMA: “The ruins of the old aquatics right on the beach of Fort Tilden park. Normally, the rule is that you would never ever give a quote about your favorite secret place to The New York Times, but since these aquatics were very damaged by Hurricane Sandy and they are increasingly deteriorating, I’m revealing this secret, because they might not be there much longer.” 169 State Road, Breezy Point, N.Y.