MERCEDES-BENZ G500 4×4 SQUARED ENDS PRODUCTION

The utterly ridiculous Mercedes-Benz G500 4×42 had no business heading to market, but we’re glad it did. Mercedes-Benz announced that production on the model is coming to an end, and if you want one, you have until the end of the month to place an order. Prices start at 231,693 euros.

Inspired by the public’s strong reactions to a similar concept vehicle, Mercedes-Benz introduced the G500 4×42 in December 2015. The model later came to the U.S. market in 2017.

Not only is the vehicle more than 7 feet wide, it’s 7 feet, 9 inches tall and has nearly 18 inches of ground clearance. The model is known for its military-grade portal axles that help it handle extreme off-road adventures, including fording water more than 3 feet deep. Power comes from a twin-turbo 4.0-liter  V-8 engine that makes 422 hp.

Surprisingly, this wasn’t the most bonkers G-Class Mercedes has ever built. How can we forget the G63 AMG 6×6 that rides on three portal axles and weighs over 9,000 pounds?

Mercedes-Benz recently introduced 1:18 scale models of the G500 4×42 apparently as a send-off. Fortunately, there’s still the regular G63 AMG that packs a whopping 563 hp from its twin-turbo 5.5-liter V-8. And there’s the even more powerful G65 AMG producing 621 hp from a twin-turbo 6.0-liter V-12.

REPORT: MAZDA ROTARY ENGINE COULD ARRIVE AS SOON AS 2019

Mazda’s rotary engine is coming sooner than expected, but not powering a sports car. Speaking to Automotive News, Mitsuo Hitomi, Mazda’s global powertrain boss, said that the rotary engine will become a range extender for the automaker’s upcoming electric vehicle.

During a technology preview in Japan, Hitomi said to Automotive News that a rotary engine is ideal as a range extender because it’s small, powerful and doesn’t generate much vibration. Mazda’s first EV is expected to hit the market alongside a hybrid in 2019. Akira Kyomen, program manager for vehicle development, revealed that there will be two variants of the EV, pure electric and one with a range extender. Japan, Europe and China will be the key target markets for the pure EV as Mazda believes these type of vehicles can get by with less range. In North America, on the other hand, the range extender is a necessity because consumer have longer daily drives, according to Kyomen. Along with the two-model strategy for its EV, Mazda has developed a new vehicle platform that will also debut in 2019 and it’s been engineered with EV and hybrid powertrains in mid.

Hitomi also revealed that a second, larger, more powerful rotary engine is also under development. This unit is expected to power a high performance sports car in the future that will slot above the Mazda MX-5 Miata. However, Hitomi told Automotive News that the main issue remains making a business case for the vehicle and whether the automaker will be able to sell enough cars.

Originally introduced in the Cosmo Sport, the rotary engine first appeared in a Mazda vehicle in 1967 and powered a number of sports cars including the third-generation RX-7, which featured a 1.3-liter two-rotor unit with sequential twin-turbocharging. Mazda remains the only Japanese automaker to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans and it did it using the rotary-powered 787B race car.

REFRESHING OR REVOLTING: 2018 HONDA ACCORD VS. TOYOTA CAMRY

You know which vehicle won our recent Accord vs. Camry comparison test, but now it’s time to take a look at the design differences between the two midsizers. Fresh off redesigns for the 2018 model year, both vehicles now feature bolder sheetmetal, making it clear they are jockeying for sedan buyers’ attention. So which one wins the styling crown?

When it comes to the front end design, the Accord features a structured look dominated by horizontal lines. The grille is flat and consists of rectangular shapes, while the Toyotafeatures a more layered look. Some trim levels of the Camry have silver grille slats that wrap across from one end of the front fascia to the other, while others have a grille dominated by trapezoid and rhombus shapes. Meanwhile, the Honda features fog lights slotted below the headlights, unlike the Toyota. Overall, we’d say the Toyota looks a bit more three dimensional, which perhaps makes it more visually interesting up front. And we might dock a few points from the Honda because of its silver bar that cuts into the top of the headlights, creating a furrowed eyebrow look.

The Accord shares the same overall length as the Camry, except SE and XSE Camrys are longer by just a hair. While you won’t notice any differences in length, the two cars appear quite distinct in shape when examining them from their side profiles. The Toyota appears to have a rounded snout while the Accord’s nose comes down sharply into an almost 90-degree angle. Compared to the Camry, the Accord features more structured character lines that run across the side. One consistent line on top of the doors runs from the hood to the rear, compared to the Camry that has a more fluid line in the same area. Harsh lines run across the lower portion of the doors on the Accord, while the Camry features a softer indentation.

In the rear, the Accord dons the same C-shaped taillights as the Civic. However, the Camry has more typical taillights. Both cars feature small rear decklid spoilers and sculpted rear bumpers. The Toyota gets “Camry” badging between the taillights.

Just like much of the exterior, the Camry features more fluid lines in its interior compared to the Accord. The Camry’s infotainment screen sits on a curved upper center console that melds into the lower area near the cupholders. The dashboard also features swoopy, dramatic lines. Meanwhile, the Accord is once again dominated by boxier shapes. A rectangular infotainment screen sits on top of the dashboard, while the Camry’s screen is embedded in. Both feature 8-inch infotainment screens and 7-inch digital instrument cluster displays.

U.S. WANTS AUTOMAKERS TO USE MORE NORTH AMERICAN PARTS ON CARS

The United States has proposed more North American parts and steel in cars built under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) during the latest round of negotiation talks with Canada and Mexico.

Reuters cites sources familiar with the talks, who say the mood is bad in the fourth of seven planned discussions regarding NAFTA. The U.S. previously proposed a sunset clause that would see the deal expire in five years. Both Canada and Mexico opposed that idea as well as the latest parts content demand that would require trucks, cars, and large engines to contain 85 percent North American parts content (up from 62.5 percent) and 50 percent U.S.-made parts, according to sources. President Donald Trump has railed against NAFTA since his campaign days, calling it an unfair deal that the U.S. must renegotiate or walk away from. According to Trump administration officials, current content rules don’t do enough to discourage automakers from using parts from China or other low-wage Asian countries.

Future site of Toyota’s plant in Guanajuato, Mexico

In addition to the increased regional parts content, the U.S. wants automakers to ensure North American steel, aluminum, copper, and plastic resins are used. Canada and Mexico say meeting these demands would mean disrupting the North American auto industry. The Trump Administration also hopes to stop vehicle production from leaving the U.S. for Mexico.

Upping regional content requirements would raise costs and would defeat the benefits of NAFTA’s tariff-free arrangement, according to auto industry groups. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce calls the demands “poison pill” proposals that will sink the deal.

Both Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto said they were committed to achieving a “win-win-win” deal. The talks are scheduled to run through October 17, and three more meetings are on the books.

10 things you shouldn’t miss at the Henry Ford Museum

This October 9th marks 109 years since the Ford Motor Company introduced the Model T to America. And you can celebrate that pioneering spirit at the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation, where the legend of Henry Ford’s innovation lives on.

A must-see for any car lover, the museum in Dearborn, Mich. (about 10 miles from Detroit), goes beyond the automotive and is heavy on history, America and clever inventions. From the rocking chair that Abraham Lincoln was sitting in when he was shot to the first car Ford ever built, here are 10 sights and activities that museum visitors, both young and old, won’t want to miss.

Dymaxion House

The outside of the Dymaxion House gives a peek inside, too — Photo courtesy of Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation

Architect Buckminster Fuller thought this round house was the wave of the future, but that wasn’t the case. Now the only prototype can be found at the Henry Ford Museum. Visitors can go inside the shiny structure and see the revolving closets, vintage furniture, and small kitchen and imagine what life was like inside in the 1940s.

A real family even lived in this house until the 1970s, though it was attached to a more conventional-looking house for added space.

John F. Kennedy limousine

John F. Kennedy was riding in this car when he was shot in 1963 — Photo courtesy of Gary Malerbra via Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation

The limousine John F. Kennedy was riding in when he was assassinated on November 22, 1963 is one of many pieces of history with a sad backstory. Even with its history, the car, a 1961 Lincoln Continental Presidential Limousine, was repaired and put back into presidential use until 1977.

The limo is part of the museum’s Presidential Vehicles exhibit, which also features cars used by presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt, Dwight D. Eisenhower and Ronald Reagan.

Rosa Parks bus

Bus number 2857 was made famous by Rosa Parks’ refusal to move to the back — Photo courtesy of Gary Malerbra via Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation

Rosa Parks is well-known for her actions that helped lead to America’s Civil Rights movement. She defied segregation laws in 1955 by not giving up her seat on the bus to a white man and moving to the back. After an extensive renovation by the museum, visitors can see the bus where history happened – and even hop aboard and sit in the seats.

Other Civil Rights movement-era artifacts are nearby in the Liberty and Justice for Allexhibit, including a “whites only” drinking fountain from 1954.

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George Washington’s camp bed

George Washington’s camp bed is one of many presidential pieces on display — Photo courtesy of Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation

America’s first president lived a long time ago, so claims of him sleeping in various beds are hard to substantiate now. However, this camp bed in the museum’s collection was definitely used by George Washington during the Revolutionary War. A camp chest from 1783 is also on display.

Ride in a Model T

A Model T in Greenfield Village — Photo courtesy of Gary Malerbra via Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation

In Greenfield Village, next to the museum, visitors can purchase a ride pass and travel back into the past to see what transportation was like in Henry Ford’s time. The pass allows visitors unlimited rides on a restored Model T, horse-drawn vehicles, the carousel and a Model AA Bus. The Model T seats five.

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Lincoln’s rocker

The chair Abraham Lincoln was sitting in when he was shot at Ford’s Theatre — Photo courtesy of Shannon McGee

The rocking chair Abraham Lincoln was sitting in when he was shot in 1865 holds a prominent place in the museum’s With Liberty and Justice for All exhibit. Blood-stained and showing signs of wear, the historic artifact is stored in a clear case and has been at the museum since the 1980s.

1896 Quadricycle

An 1896 Quadricycle, the first car Henry Ford made — Photo courtesy of Gary Malerbra via Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation

There are quite a few vehicles in the museum that car enthusiasts will be, well, enthused about! This is one of them. Although the Model T is better known, the Quadricycle was actually the first vehicle Ford ever built. It was originally sold for $200, but Ford bought it back for $65 after he became successful.

Help build a Model T

Museum visitors help build a Model T — Photo courtesy of KMS Photography via Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation

The museum has several daily events to help visitors learn more about history and innovation. For instance, kids and adults alike can enjoy being hands-on as part of a Model T assembly line in the Made in America: Manufacturing exhibit.

Museum employees are available to assist, and visitors can spend as much or as little time as they want participating. This activity is included in the price of admission.

Replica of Thomas Edison’s Menlo Park lab

A look inside the recreation of Thomas Edison’s lab — Photo courtesy of KMS Photography via Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation

Although he was born in Ohio and spent much of his childhood in Michigan, Thomas Edison’s greatest inventions happened in Menlo Park, N.J. Henry Ford himself recreated Edison’s Menlo Park lab in Greenfield Village, and today visitors can see how the space looked when Edison invented the phonograph, the light bulb and other marvels there.

An Edison lookalike is also on hand at certain times of day to meet and greet visitors.

Taste what’s new at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

Orlando’s Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, now in its 22nd year, is something like a benevolent Blob from an alternate universe. It grows exponentially – 2017’s is the longest ever at 75 days – and draws inspiration from new nations, ingredients and styles – every year. Only it’s the guests who are moving through the park’s many marketplaces, devouring everything in sight.

This year, Epcot celebrates its 35th anniversary and as such, favorites from festivals past are hot on the must-taste list of annual pilgrims and noobs should mark their event passports, as well. These include Thailand, Spain and India Marketplaces, each of which are offering brand-new dishes to savor.

Teriyaki-glazed SPAM hash, new in the Hawai’i Marketplace; Culinary Director Gregg Hannon says SPAM’s been on their to-do list for a number of years — Photo courtesy of A.D. Thompson

Many guests choose to wing it, others study the dishes and map out strategies, but unless your competitive eating skills rival the world’s top contenders, you’re going to tap out before you can taste everything.

“Some of my friends and regulars who come here are telling me it’s taking three or four visits to make it to everything,” says Gregg Hannon, Culinary Director, Epcot Food and Beverage, “so if you’re a visitor who has that kind of time, attack it by spending one day in each section of the park.”

Important to remember come this time of year: Epcot has rides, too!

Hannon laughs. “Definitely take breaks between bites,” he says. “We’ve got Soarin’ and Test Track and you can take in one of the Eat to the Beat concerts we’re having all festival long. During this time of year there’s a great vibe in the park, everyone is really enjoying the culture and the food, but we’re still an amusement park!”

If you’re a veteran festival-goer, or a curious first-timer mapping out a strategy, here are some items that are new to this year’s menu – which you’ll want to add to your must-taste list – as well as new marketplaces.

On the menu

Braised beef “stroganoff”

Braised beef “stroganoff” — Photo courtesy of A.D. Thompson

The braised beef “stroganoff,” with tiny egg noodles, wild mushroom and Boursin Garlic and Fine Herbs Cheese sauce can be found at The Cheese Studio in Future World West.

Seafood salad

Spain’s seafood salad – everything tastes better in a martini glass — Photo courtesy of A.D. Thompson

Spain is a returning marketplace this year.  The above ceviche-like dish is among its new offerings.

Charcuterie in a Cone 

Noshy handheld: Charcuterie in a Cone — Photo courtesy of A.D. Thompson

The Charcuterie in a Cone is among Chef Hannon’s festival favorites. “The imported meats and cheeses and olives are flavored with an herb vinaigrette and it’s great for walking around and nibbling on.”

Crispy chicken with griddled cornbread and red eye gravy

Down-home comfort: crispy chicken from Farm Fresh — Photo courtesy of A.D. Thompson

Dig soul food a la Disney? Sample the crispy chicken with griddled cornbread and red eye gravy at the Farm Fresh Marketplace. There are three craft cider options with which to pair it, plus Florida Orange Groves Mango Mamma wine, made local in St. Petersburg.

Zesty cheeseburger and cheddar cheese macaroni handwich 

Zesty cheeseburger and cheddar cheese macaroni handwich — Photo courtesy of A.D. Thompson

Its “cheeseburger”-inclusive name might be confusing, but the beefy mac blend that fills this bread cone has been a hit with guests. Disney staffers tout it as “comfort in a cup.”

Spicy Ethiopian red lentil stew

The author’s favorite so far: spicy Ethiopian red lentil stew — Photo courtesy of A.D. Thompson

You don’t have to be a vegan to enjoy the Africa Marketplace’s spicy Ethiopian red lentil stew with vegan yogurt and quinoa, but it is among the dishes at this year’s festival that vegans can enjoy with abandon. It’s also one of Hannon’s top picks.

Pistachio cardamom bundt cake

Pistachio cardamom bundt cake — Photo courtesy of A.D. Thompson

The pistachio cardamom bundt cake, available at the India Marketplace, features chocolate-coconut mousse at its center.

Seared shrimp and scallop cake

Seared shrimp and scallop cake with cold noodle salad — Photo courtesy of A.D. Thompson

Many people come to Epcot to “Thai one on.” At the Thailand Marketplace, you can pair the seared shrimp and scallop cake with a Singha lager or Helfrich Gewurztraminer.

Sweet pancake with spicy chipotle-chicken sausage

Sugar & spice: the sweet pancake — Photo courtesy of A.D. Thompson

Spice lovers will feel the heat at the new Flavors from Fire Marketplace. This is the sweet pancake with spicy chipotle-chicken sausage, onion jam and maple butter syrup. If that sweetness tempers the spice too much, save room for the dark chocolate mousse with cayenne pepper, chili powder and raspberry dust.

Ribeye taco

Tex & Mex? The Ribeye taco — Photo courtesy of A.D. Thompson

This Mexico Marketplace delight will appease carnivores. It features marinated ribeye, roasted chipotle sauce and grilled scallions on a corn tortilla.

Seared scallops with corn and succotash

Seared scallop from Coastal Eats — Photo courtesy of A.D. Thompson

Scallops are notoriously easy to overcook. Hannon says that lots of training ensures they’re seared to order on-site, even in a Festival Marketplace. Coastal Eats is where you’ll find the seared scallops with roasted corn and butterbean succotash and chili-chipotle butter sauce.

Swine & Brine cocktail

Cutest name contender: the Swine & Brine — Photo courtesy of A.D. Thompson

Bourbon lovers on the lookout for a less booze-forward cocktail, hit up Flavors from Fire for the Swine & Brine. This autumnal beverage features Evan Williams Bourbon and comes garnished with a hunk of pork.

Grilled tuna tataki

Grilled tuna tataki — Photo courtesy of A.D. Thompson

From Hawai’i, the grilled tuna tataki with seaweed salad, pickled cucumbers and wasabi cream is a light bite that pairs well not only with the popular Florida Orange Groves Sparkling Pineapple wine, but also the Florida heat!

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New marketplaces

Food & Wine veterans may be most interested in the five brand-new marketplaces they’re featuring this year.

Active Eats features some returning favorites from festivals past (loaded mac n’ cheese with Nueske’s pepper bacon, cheddar cheese, peppers and green onions) and focuses on super foods – avocado and quinoa among them.

Coastal Eats is pretty self-explanatory. This is where you’ll find this year’s version of something I’ve touted in the past: the miraculously well-seared Disney festival scallop!

Flavors from Fire is another that needs no explanation; the spice-infused selections run the gamut from app to dessert!

The Almond Orchard – hosted by Blue Diamond Almond Breeze – features this nutrition-packed snack in its offerings, as well as a host of the event’s bubbly champagnes.

Which theme park is the most terrifying at Halloween?

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Thrill-seekers beware! There’s a reason Fright Fest at Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, Calif. has won the USA TODAY 10Best Readers’ Choice Award for Best Theme Park Halloween Event twice in a row.

Every night from now until Halloween, over 500 zombies and other ghoulish creatures will take over Six Flags Magic Mountain, and they have one mission: to frighten all who dare to enter the park after dark.

After hosting Fright Fest for 25 years, Six Flags Magic Mountain has mastered the art of the scare. In addition to rides and roller coasters, there are several scare zones and 13 mazes throughout the park. New this year is “Dead End,” a maze where the corridors are pitch black, and guests have only flickering flashlights to help find their way.

The “Damned ‘N Disguise” masquerade ball offers guests a frightful show, and Club 6-Feet Under is a scary but fun pop-up party where you can grab food and drinks. And because Six Flags Magic Mountain is home to DC Comics’ Justice League, the Suicide Squad will be making an appearance for their second year.

Whether you startle easily or are hard to scare, there will certainly be enough bumps in the night to make you jump!

Do your business in these 10 work-friendly bathrooms

Texting, typing and technology in the lavatory – will wonders never cease? With bathrooms equipped for such things, the idea isn’t as odd as you might think.  From outdoor shower outposts to tech-friendly toilet stalls, these hotel bathrooms are a working traveler’s dream come true.

Scattered across the Southwest, here are 10 hotels (and the respective rooms/suites) with bathrooms fit for both working and washing.

Garden of the Gods Collection | Colorado Springs

The spacious Pinon Suite bathroom — Photo courtesy of Garden of the Gods Club

Choice bathroom: The Piñon Suite at Garden of the Gods boasts a bathroom featuring four separate spaces.  Not only is there is a dual sink vanity, but another vanity loaded with outlets is just a few short feet away.

An isolated toilet stall allows for some much-needed privacy in case someone else needs to shower, and a separate dressing closet offers enough storage for a dozen people.  The list of amenities goes on and on from there, and we haven’t even stepped foot outside of the bathroom yet!

Log hours: My goodness, this could be one of the largest hotel bathrooms in the Western United States. Between a morning cup of coffee at the makeup bar, super fast Wi-Fi and enough electrical outlets for a Christmas festival, this three-room bathroom suite is better equipped and more luxurious than most any office you’re likely to come across.

Gateway Canyons Resort | Gateway, Colo.

Outdoor shower in the Casita bathroom, apt for early morning or evening hours — Photo courtesy of Gateway Canyons Resort

Choice bathroom: A Casita room at Gateway Canyons on the first level offers an outdoor shower and indoor bathroom complete with marble floors, granite countertops, opulent vanity mirrors, a step-in spacious shower, a water closet and enough space for a small gathering.

Log hours: This bathroom is perfect for conference calls in the wee hours of the morning as you can easily escape to the outdoor garden shower with cascading vines along the stone, accompanied by unobstructed views of constellations or a spectacular sunrise.

The bathroom itself is lavish, with a claw foot tub, water closet and step-in stone shower.  However, the pièce de résistance is the exterior space, particularly that moment when your bare feet enter a haven of happiness and isolation. Type a story, have a glass of wine and shower among the stars in one of the nation’s most impressive indoor/outdoor bathrooms.

The Little Nell | Aspen, Colo.

A spiritual sanctuary of one of Aspen’s most famous hotels — Photo courtesy of The Little Nell

Choice bathroom: The Little Nell Junior Suite boasts a steam shower, Jacuzzi soaking tub, dual stone vanities, June Jacobs spa amenities (new men’s line coming this winter), a separate water closet with phone line and 700-thread-count, plush cotton bath sheets, hand towels and washcloths.  Not to mention, the marble flooring and walls are heated (think warm tushie while working).

Log hours: This is Aspen, folks; it’s going to be borderline impossible to find a single place in town where you don’t want to log hours. However, for the parent of a napping child or for the man or woman who needs to get some serious work done, this is one Aspen retreat that you’ll be dreaming of for years to come.

When the little ones start to stir and you still need to get some mileage added to that assignment, simply use kids’ bath amenities such as the bath mitten, animal towel and bath robes to let your tykes snuggle with in bed for a few more minutes while you continue to work. You might as well order a glass of wine from your porcelain palace as a post-work celebration.

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Anniversary Inn | Salt Lake City

Taking a journey through time is a simple as logging a few hours in this Egyptian empire — Photo courtesy of Anniversary Inn

Choice bathroom: Mysteries of Egypt at Salt Lake City’s Anniversary Inn is an entire suite dedicated to the 3,000-year-old legends. Relax like a Pharaoh in this wall-to-wall stone bathroom, which comes complete with a jetted tub fit for two (also good for spreading out documents should you be working) and a shower with hot water gushing out of a snake’s mouth. You might even find a secret passageway…

Log hours: Head directly for the tub. Don’t even fill it! Indulge in some chocolate and caramel-dipped pretzels or choose from a list of complimentary DVDs and order a movie snack pack. The Pharaoh themes are humorous, uplifting, spiritual and, at times, make you feel like you’re in a real pyramid.

You’ll take in the Egyptian charm as you apply modern-day tools to your craft such as Wi-Fi, television and a DVD player. Plus, when you’re done, reward yourself with an incredible soak in the tub or take a shower, but be sure to watch out for the snake!

Los Poblanos Historic Inn and Organic Farm | Albuquerque

Soak in the luxury and the smells of this lavender farm while the cool desert breezes warm your soul — Photo courtesy of Los Poblanos Historic Inn and Organic Farm

Choice room: You can’t go wrong with the Deluxe Patio Farm Suite. This incredible oasisin the middle of Albuquerque’s arid landscape is surrounded by 40 acres of lavender.  And the suites are housed in their own 1930’s dairy-style buildings with tin roofs and white-stuccoed walls.

The Farm Suites offer wood burning fireplaces, original artwork, hardwood floors and gorgeous views of the gardens, acequias and the lotus pond.

Log hours: You’re here for one reason: to be inspired by the aromas of the farm. I spent close to three hours one mid-summer afternoon – during a two-child nap – working away on my laptop in the contemporary, white, sleek bathroom while soaking my feet in the bathtub filled with the resort’s lavender products.

As the flowers’ powers unleashed their relaxation, I happily typed while constantly gazing out the window above the bathtub to the vegetation blowing in the breeze.

L’Auberge de Sedona | Sedona, Ariz.

An outdoor shower with natural elements wakes up the senses and synapses — Photo courtesy of L’Auberge de Sedona

Choice bathroom: Cottage Suite at L’Auberge in Sedona. The marble bathroom has an oversized Jacuzzi tub, steam shower and an oversized window that looks out toward the red rock mountain horizon. The best part is the outdoor, open-roof cedar shower located on the suite’s private balcony.

Log hours: There’s something about an outdoor shower; it gives you the flexibility of holding an open-air meeting while others might sleep, or to catch a shooting star while adding last-minute notes to an agenda. The stars and sunrises are spectacular, and the smell of the cedar always soothing.

Due to hot desert temps, working in the early morning and late evening are a special treat to catch a cool breeze often lacking during the day. Warm up when you’re done with a hot shower!

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Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain | Paradise Valley, Ariz.

Indoor and outdoor spaces blend in this large-scale, airy bathroom — Photo courtesy of Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain

Choice bathroom: The Camelback Casita bathrooms have the Midas touch – polished, floor-to-ceiling tiles reflect the sun and change colors depending on the sun’s (and your room’s) position. Nonetheless, for this writer, it’s that natural, outside element, that brings magic.

The Spa Suite has an outdoor bath so you can enjoy bubbles under the stars in complete privacy.

Log hours: If you must work during the day, and from the bathroom, while say a child is napping from the glorious hours of 1 pm to 4 pm, why can’t you partake in some of the sun’s magic as well?

Plop on the floor, plug in and, as you type, watch the solar power change your surroundings. It’s something extremely unique and spiritual. Of course, the outside soaking tub has much potential as a workspace, reading nook and even Snapchat backdrop.

Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North | Scottsdale, Ariz.

Soak in the spacious bathtub, or spread out your work and soak in the solitude of the simple lines — Photo courtesy of Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North

Choice bathroom: Set on the property’s highest point, the three-bedroom Pinnacle Suite offers three full bathrooms, two outdoor garden showers and a guest powder room with shower. The full bathroom in the main suite bedroom offers hand-painted sinks from Mexico, a deep soaking tub and private outdoor garden shower, framed in latilla.

Log hours: Enjoy Scottsdale’s 330 days of sunshine by basking in a relaxing sunrise shower or glimpse the stars with an evening soak in the tub. Plenty of natural light soaks in through the floor-to-ceiling shower windows, which frame the tub.

Waldorf Astoria | Park City, Utah

The whirlpool suite perfectly captures the essence of work and relaxation — Photo courtesy of Waldorf Astoria Park City

Choice bathroom: The one-bedroom whirlpool suite bathroom at Waldorf Astoria is a must in the outdoor adventure mecca of Park City. It features Salvatore Ferragamo bathroom amenities and a jetted garden tub fit for two.

There’s also an European shower featuring two showerheads, two sinks with a lower vanity in between and a private water closet. Best perk: the bathrooms also feature a flat screen.

Log hours: With one of the few televisions in the toilet, this bathroom offers an enormous amount of work time opportunity while catching up on the news and headlines. The Waldorf Astoria brand is known for its remarkably luxurious accommodations and perks worldwide, so this Southwest bathroom abode won’t disappoint.

The Joule | Dallas

Puns aside, this bathroom truly is a jewel of travel, work and pleasure — Photo courtesy of The Joule

Choice bathroom: Designed by Adam Tihany, each penthouse bathroom in this Dallashotel varies in layout and design with features that include floor-to-ceiling windows offering exquisite views and natural light, an oversized freestanding tub, rainfall shower, heated Toto toilet and an array of products from The Spa at The Joule.

Log hours: Take a soak in the freestanding tub or set up shop in the shower. There are plenty of views and uplifting light from the enormous windows.