It wasn't long ago that I was enjoying the countryside in upstate New York. And to tell you the truth I wouldn't mind going back, except this time a little (well, a lot) further way—South Africa. A breathtaking country retreat, the Babylonstoren is one of the best preserved farms in the Cape Dutch tradition. The days are intentionally unscripted there, leaving guests free to do as they please: stroll out onto the 500-acres farm, see fruit being picked in the orchards, vines being pruned or rather sample some of the excellent wines grown on the slopes all around the Simonsberg—possibly the finest land for wine in Africa. What's not to love about this place? I'm already there in spirit.