Larry Olmsted

Correspondent

  • Vermont, USA

Larry Olmsted is an at-large Forbes Travel Guide correspondent who lives in Vermont but regularly treks around the world as an award-winning journalist who has covered travel for more than 15 years. He writes the “Great American Bites” column for USAToday.com, previously wrote the “Life on Vacation” column for USA Today, and is the longtime contributing travel editor to Cigar Aficionado magazine. He has contributed to numerous travel guides, including the Michelin Green Guide, and writes regularly for both US Airways’ and American Airlines’ magazines. He also writes “The Great Life” column for Forbes.com.

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  • On February 3, 2014
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    What golf courses are there at Fallen Oak?

    Fallen Oak is the only course owned by and directly affiliated with Beau Rivage Resort & Casino, and it is only available to overnight guests of the hotel. However, there are several other high-end resort courses in Biloxi, Gulfport and Ocean Springs, all close by and open to the public. Many golfing guests opt to stay several days and play the best of these options. Top choices close to the Beau Rivage include the Jack Nicklaus-designed Grand Bear Golf Course, the Jerry Pate-crafted The Preserve Golf Club and the Davis Love-planned Shell Landing, all set in pristine natural settings.
  • On February 3, 2014
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    Where can you practice your swing at Fallen Oak?

    Fallen Oak at Beau Rivage Resort & Casino has both a traditional practice driving range for woods and full-swing iron shots as well as a dedicated short-game practice area for chipping, pitching, putting and bunker shots. It is one of the best practice facilities on the entire Gulf Coast, using real quality balls rather than standard range balls. The use of everything is included in the greens fees. The clubhouse at Fallen Oak also offers full men’s and women’s locker room facilities and a place to store extra clubs in the event you want to try a new driver, wedge or putter during your time on the course.
  • On February 3, 2014
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    What’s the scenery like at Fallen Oak?

    While Fallen Oak at Beau Rivage Resort & Casino was built from scratch, somehow course designer Tom Fazio made the layout look as if it had been here for a century. Spanish Moss-dripping trees appear more painted than planted. The atmosphere, as a whole, is of a bygone Southern era, set amidst a heavily wooded setting of towering oaks, pecans and magnolias framing perfectly groomed fairways. Even for Fazio, known for his jagged and scalloped sand traps, the bunkering here is extreme, but also extremely beautiful. Throw in a few glimmering ponds and you have a golf course that can be described as a work of art, and one that is blissfully free from homes or any other development.
  • On January 13, 2014
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    What golf packages are available at Fallen Oak Golf Club?

    Since play at the Fallen Oak Golf Club is only open to guests of the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino, you must stay overnight at the hotel in order to access the course. As a result, stay-and-play packages are offered but prices vary depending on hotel occupancy and the number of people in your group. Exclusive of lodging, typical greens fees for playing Fallen Oak are about $300. Gift certificates are also available. Fallen Oak is the marquee course in Mississippi, but because of the price, many guests stay a few days but only play Fallen Oak just once, taking advantage of the many other quality but less expensive courses in the immediate area.
  • On January 13, 2014
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    Can you buy golf equipment at Fallen Oak Golf Club?

    Yes, you can buy golf equipment at Fallen Oak Golf Club, but because most golfers buying entire sets of clubs today are having clubs customized to their individual fitting needs, few people actually buy sets of clubs off the shelf. People are much more likely to buy a wedge, putter or driver on a trip, so the shop stocks a broader selection of these clubs, along with a full range of golf clothing, footwear and accessories. Fallen Oak also has high-quality rental sets for those without their own clubs. Fallen Oak is one of the only courses on the Gulf Coast that provides forecaddies, but most guests still use carts, so carry bags are not necessary. If you have a hard-shell travel bag, you can play right out of it.
  • On January 13, 2014
    Larry Olmsted answered the question: Larry Olmsted

    What’s the scenery like at Fallen Oak Golf Club?

    While Fallen Oak Golf Club was built from scratch, somehow course designer Tom Fazio made the layout look as if it had been here for a century. Spanish Moss-dripping trees appear more painted than planted. The atmosphere, as a whole, is of a bygone Southern era, set amidst a heavily wooded setting of towering oaks, pecans and magnolias framing perfectly groomed fairways. Even for Fazio, known for his jagged and scalloped sand traps, the bunkering here is extreme, but also extremely beautiful. Throw in a few glimmering ponds and you have a golf course that can be described as a work of art, and one that is blissfully free from homes or any other development.
  • On January 13, 2014
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    What is the scene like at Jia?

    Jia is really four restaurants in one. And while the main dining room is hip, modern and sophisticated, Noodles at Jia is a noodle bar that’s more casual and lively. In fact, the seats at Noodles’ teppanyaki grill are great places to be to see a chef cook in front of you, often with purposeful flare-ups of flame, in a spirited, almost performance art kind of manner. For the majority of Jia diners, though, it is an elegant fine-dining experience in a fairly quiet, contemporary and Asian-influenced space. With glass “flames,” light fixtures resembling smoldering candles, a waterfall entrance and a healthy amount of exposed teak, it all has a pronounced natural feel.
  • On January 13, 2014
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    When is Jia open?

    Jia is open on Friday through Sunday from 5 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. The restaurant is open on Monday and Tuesday from 5 to 11 p.m., but is closed Wednesday and Thursday. The teppanyaki tables in the back of Jia and the sushi bar in front tend to get livelier later in the evenings, while the more formal main sitting area is busiest during traditional dinner hours. Also, the Biloxi restaurant is located right next to the resort’s other fine-dining eatery, BR Prime, which has a much more elaborate bar featuring both classic martinis and modern mixology cocktails. Many guests choose to stop in there for a drink first. That bar is open from 6 to 10 p.m. on Tuesday through Thursday and 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
  • On January 13, 2014
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    Where is Jia located?

    Jia is on the back edge of the main, first-floor casino at Beau Rivage Resort & Casino, which sits on the waterfront in downtown Biloxi on the Gulf of Mexico. The Beau Rivage is an MGM Resorts property and symbolic sister hotel to the Bellagio in Las Vegas. The Beau Rivage is right on the beach, and is situated next to the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, and is centrally located near most of the major Biloxi attractions. Biloxi is an hour from Mobile, Alabama, and an hour and 20 minutes from New Orleans, but it’s only about 15 minutes from Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport.
  • On January 13, 2014
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    How do I get a reservation at BR Prime?

    BR Prime at Beau Rivage Resort & Casino is very popular, often serving more than 200 guests during its tight operating window on a weekend night (6 to 10 p.m.). That said, reservations are heavily suggested. Beau Rivage has a dedicated restaurant reservation number, 888-952-2582, as well as a BR Prime online reservation page on the hotel’s website via Open Table. One thing to keep in mind when planning your evening is that you may want to allow some extra time before dining to partake in the bar. It’s the kind of swanky, Rat Pack-approved setting where many guests choose to begin their experience with a martini or one of the more modern specialty cocktails before settling down at their table at the Biloxi steakhouse.
  • On January 13, 2014
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    What is the dress code at BR Prime?

    BR Prime is an upscale and fairly formal restaurant that suggests dressing somewhere along the spectrum from “smart casual to the nines.” Because it has a bit of an old-school, Rat Pack-inspired theme — there are vintage photos and custom artwork on the wall and background lounge music evoking the earlier era — most men will wear jackets or, at the least, dressy slacks and collared shirts. Women can be found in comparably impressive levels of attire. The Biloxi steakhouse is also the kind of place where many guests arrive early and begin with a martini, Manhattan or one of the many modern mixology cocktails in the separated, see-and-be-seen bar.
  • On January 13, 2014
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    Where is BR Prime located?

    BR Prime is located on the back edge of the main first-floor casino at Beau Rivage Resort & Casino, which sits on the waterfront in downtown Biloxi on the Gulf of Mexico. Beau Rivage is an MGM Resorts property and spiritual sister hotel to Bellagio in Las Vegas, a Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star with a very similar feel. The resort is right on the beach, next to Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Biloxi, and is centrally located near most of the area’s major attractions. Biloxi is an hour from New Orleans and about 15 minutes from the nearest airport in Gulfport, Mississippi.
  • On November 14, 2013
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    What is the design style of Lumière Telluride?

    Lumière Telluride is a prime example of contemporary mountain architecture, with a stone-clad exterior featuring heavy exposed dark wooden beams and accents, along with large expanses of glass. This style continues inside, where walls are covered in stone, floors are made of rough stone tiles and everything is trimmed in dark wood, all lightened up by the ample sunshine. Inviting fireplaces to complete the mountain mood. Guest rooms are bit softer with the stonework confined mostly to countertops, backsplashes and the vast marble bathrooms, set off by high-end fabrics from the linens to the drapes, plush carpeting and modern amenities, such as Sub-Zero kitchen appliances, steam showers and large flat-screen televisions.