Relax, drink and mingle with the hottest inedible menu item around – cigars! Cigar-related events and offerings are popping up across the globe capturing the interest of novices and connoisseurs alike. Ranging from exclusive custom cigars to elaborate menus of globally sourced mild, medium, and full-bodied cigars, various hotels, and beach clubs offer something different for those who want to partake in the unique experience.
Those looking for a bit of history can visit Hotel Haya in the “Cigar Capital of the World” in Tampa’s historic Ybor City district, or head to Texas to enjoy a curated selection of some of the world’s most popular brands, such as Cohiba, Montecristo, Arturo Fuente, Romeo & Julieta. Whether you like to pair yours with scotch, bourbon, tequila, or rum, curated cigar parties and solo samplings are on the rise!
Hewing Hotel – Minneapolis, Minnesota
It’s sultry. It’s sexy. It’s a Smoke Show. The Minneapolis-based Hewing Hotel is bringing back its popular Smoke Show series, inviting locals to decadently indulge on cocktail flights and browse a selection of cigars available for purchase through Perfect Ash, one of Minnesota’s premium cigar stores. As part of the experience, Perfect Ash will be offering their expert advice on how to pair the night’s alcohol selections with the right cigar to complement and bring out the robust flavors in each. Offering various live music performances and light bites from the hotel’s flagship restaurant, Tullibee, attendees are sure to be entertained. Although the Smoke Shows are scheduled events, the hotel is able to recreate the experience for a private event upon special request.
Hotel Haya – Ybor City, Florida
The first cigar in Tampa’s Ybor City was rolled on 7th Avenue in 1884, which quickly earned the historic district the nickname of the “Cigar Capital of the World.” Over the next few decades, more than 200 cigar factories popped up around the area and turned a small town into a major metropolis by the turn of the 20th Century. Those visiting the Tampa area looking to indulge in hand-rolled cigars should consider staying at Hotel Haya. Located on the famous 7th Avenue, Haya honors the history of the city offering custom cigars from J.C. Newman Cigars, one of the oldest family-owned cigar companies in the country, embracing everything special about Ybor City and its exuberant Cuban, Italian, and Spanish influences. On a downtown street teeming with history, the project fuses two historic buildings with an integrated new build construction: the ornate Las Novedades building, Tampa’s oldest restaurant, built in 1890, and the Warren Building, where Teddy Roosevelt and the Rough Riders are rumored to have haunted.
The Preserve Sporting Club & Residences – Richmond, Rhode Island
Cigar-loving travelers will adore the new Safari Tent Scotch and Cigar Tasting Experience at The Preserve Sporting Club & Residences, the most amenity-rich sporting club in the country. In this imaginative pop-up by Ocean House Collection, guests are invited to taste a curated assortment of five Laphroaig scotches and sample from a selection of Cohiba cigars, including the highly-rated Cohiba Royale and the Cohiba Black Gigante. Synonymous with extravagant taste, Cohiba’s expertise in blending and artistry in cigar making come together to create a collection of rich, dimensional cigars for luxurious smoking occasions. Visitors will lounge in two luxury tents and relax in front of a wood-burning fire pit while indulging in a Safari Tent menu of charcuterie, cheese, chocolate, and roasted nuts. Cards and chess, checkers, and backgammon boards are also available. Visitors can enjoy the Safari Tents as a two-hour tasting experience, or on selected days as an overnight resort guest or a Preserve Club member.
Hotel Granduca Austin – Austin, Texas
Situated among 38 acres with sweeping views of the Texas Hill Country, Hotel Granduca Austin offers luxurious and sophisticated accommodations reminiscent of an Italian villa. This must-visit destination boasts authentic northern Italian cuisine at its Visconti Ristorante & Bar as well as a state-of-the-art fitness center, outdoor pool with private cabanas, a beautiful bar room, and extensive cigar offerings, all handmade in the Dominican Republic, Honduras and Nicaragua and supplemented by a tasteful bourbon program. Hotel Granduca Austin’s full selection of premium cigars features mild, medium, and full flavors from some of the world’s most popular brands, such as Cohiba, Montecristo, Arturo Fuente, Romeo & Julieta, and Macanudo. Guests can select cigars from the on-site humidor to enjoy out on the veranda or courtyard, both on the beautiful hotel property, just a short 15-minute drive from the heart of downtown Austin.
Sea Island – Sea Island, Georgia
For a tavern setting with a gourmet twist, Forbes-Five-Star Sea Island’s Oak Room relaxed tavern is, as the name suggests, lined in oak and appointed with leather ceilings, and features hand-painted murals and a rustic fireplace. Located in The Lodge, the Oak Room’s expanded tavern menu features southern dishes plus a cigar menu with options ranging from mild, medium, and full-bodied, sourced from the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Nicaragua, and more. Outside on the terrace, sprawling views across the Plantation Golf Course and St. Simons Sound unfolds to the sound of a bagpipe playing at sundown – a supreme backdrop for a refreshing lager or single-malt scotch, and a preferred cigar.
Hamilton Princess & Beach Club – Bermuda
Located on the alluring beaches of Bermuda, Hamilton Princess & Beach Club’s Crown & Anchor reimagines the traditional island lounge with a sleek, contemporary space that honors traditions past. Guests are welcome to enjoy great food, captivating entertainment, exceptional rum, and even a signature selection of cigars at the restaurant’s lovely new outdoor seating area in the beautifully landscaped gardens while overlooking the shining new Marina. I