Any Fairmont customer can reserve the Lexus suite and drive the gratis LS600hL. Lexus believes in winning customers by exposing them to its cars. For some years, the company also has provided courtesy cars to patrons at other premium inns across the country. Leaving Washington, D.C., we set the navigation system for Blackberry Farm, in Tennessee. This 4200-acre Eden adjoins Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Any guest here chooses from a fleet of complimentary Lexus vehicles, while Lexus owners enjoy special privileges, particularly in the spa. We were assigned a gorgeous cottage, where our thoughts turned to foie gras and braised quail. The $1245 daily charge included three fabulous, high-calorie meals and scrupulously attentive service from an army of porters, waiters, and sommeliers. To sum up the experience, I wish I could reproduce one of my dad's powerful belches.
Home again after 1625 miles, I can't quite claim a LEED platinum certificate for sustainability. Besides the 26 mpg, though, we did achieve an irreversible transformation, and from now on, it doesn't matter if Motel 6 is leaving the light on for us. All this stuff about eco-luxury and hybrid living starts to make dangerous sense. And as a token of these exemplary concepts, I have a newfound taste for biodynamic wines and a wonderful new bar of lye soap in my shaving kit.