In my quest to experience Europe as the locals do -- intimately and on all fronts -- I make a point to eat well. My trip is always the better for it. (My challenge is broadening my perspective while leaving my waistline unchanged.)
These days, my job of eating well is getting easier all the time. Food tours and cooking classes have become a big...Read more
With his debut novel "Vintage" (Touchstone, $25), author David Baker takes readers on a culinary expedition to find the perfect, lost vintage of wine that will make him a wealthy man. Himself a wine connoisseur, Baker has traveled worldwide, sampling the best bubbly in France and getting a taste of contraband wine in Saudi Arabia....Read more
IDYLLWILD, Calif.--The mayor of this town, duly elected for life, is a total mouth-breather. Barely monosyllabic, too, and given to fits of slobbering all over himself and his constituents, which townsfolk don't seem to mind and, in fact, find quite adorable in a public servant.
He also seems inordinately proud of his flowing, blond, Trumpian ...Read more
DIXON, N.M. -- The next time you drive north from Santa Fe to Taos on State Highway 68, look for Highway 75 and the turnoff to Dixon, in the green Embudo Valley. Whether you're an art collector, critic or merely a student of quirky hideaways, make a mental note of the intersection. This is the way to New Mexico's leading art fair, the Dixon ...Read more
Q: I wanted to let you know about an interesting situation we encountered while booking a trip to Puerto Rico.
When I went to purchase airline tickets for my husband, my 3-year-old son and myself, I spoke with the U.S. State Department via phone and email about passport requirements to fly from Atlanta to San Juan, Puerto Rico. I was told that ...Read more
Almost every town across the United States has a Halloween parade or party, and they’re all a lot of fun. But if you want to highlight your Halloween experience this year, head for one of the holiday evening’s biggest, best and most memorable -- perhaps even haunting -- celebrations.
Here are my destination-specific recommendations:
The bike rack at the Telluride gondola is full with snow-dusted bikes, as well as a stroller or two. No wonder. Tiny Telluride is a popular place. Nestled in the San Juan Mountains of southwest Colorado, the mountain range has the highest concentration of 13,000 and 14,000 foot peaks in North America. That means much of the historic town -- at 8...Read more
Visiting the Rhine River Valley never gets old. It's storybook Germany, a fairy-tale world of legends, rugged cliffs, half-timbered towns and robber-baron castles. One of Europe's great thrills is zipping along the Rhine River on a fast train, or gliding slowly on a relaxing old steamer boat.
The Rhine flows north from Switzerland to Holland, ...Read more
As president and CEO of The National Park Foundation -- the official charity of America's national parks -- Will Shafroth oversees NPF operations. The NPF recently launched its Find Your Park (findyourpark.com) movement to encourage people to visit America's national parks.
"A lot of people only think about five or six national parks, but there...Read more
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Scenic drives have long been a local pastime in the Lexington area, but the best way to experience the beauty of the Bluegrass region is either on two feet or two wheels.
Drive by too fast and you miss the architectural detail of an old house or the craftsmanship of a dry-laid stone fence, either of which may be 200 years old....Read more
TRUCKEE, Calif. -- Sometimes AutoCorrect, bane of our digital existence, unintentionally makes the perfect and perfectly ridiculous word choice that serves both as cogent commentary and comic relief.
Take the other day. I was stopped at a traffic light in Truckee, heading toward a certain state park visitors center, and received a text from a ...Read more
We came in search of Nashville beyond the twang and the bro-country, and it didn't take us long to find it.
A drag performer named China, in a fuchsia dress, belts out "I Will Always Love You" -- lip-syncing the Whitney Houston version of this Dolly Parton original -- to applause and tips, including from little old ladies. It's our first ...Read more
California's first indoor water park will debut in mid-February when the oft-delayed $300 million woodsy themed Great Wolf Lodge finally opens in the Disneyland area.
During a recent press preview, I walked through the framed and airtight Great Wolf Lodge Southern California hotel and entertainment complex still under construction in Garden ...Read more
HONG KONG – Night and day, this high energy city pulses with colorful neon signs, about half of which, it seems, lead to food.
In fact, according to a recent report, Hong Kong boasts about 30,000 restaurants. That mind-boggling number is a good indicator that Hong Kong you can dine three times a day for more than a decade and still never ...Read more
Q: I rented a car in 2014 from Hertz in Canada. While I rented it, the vehicle received a small dent in the driver's door. It happened overnight; it looked like someone hip-checked it. I took a photo of the damage.
I filled out an incident report and contacted my credit-card company to open a claim. My credit card requires claims to be ...Read more
What a view! We're standing atop the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty -- about halfway up the 305-foot, 1-inch climb to the crown -- looking out at the New York City skyline.
Even the jaded high school boys I'm chaperoning can't help but be impressed. "You don't realize how big it really is until you're here," said Christopher Morales, 15.
I like to take in European history by strolling a neighborhood, as if beachcombing. Picking up shards of a place's distant past, it's possible to piece together unexpected stories. Europe's venerable Jewish quarters are ideal places for this.
European Jewish history is dominated by the Holocaust and the brutal persecution and murder of Jews by ...Read more
A New York Times bestselling author, Karin Slaughter's latest book is the thriller, "Pretty Girls" (William Morrow, $27.99). "Since all of my stories are set in Georgia, I don't have to travel far to write about how beautiful the state is," says the 44-year-old Atlanta resident. "The ...Read more
Wisconsinites might grimace at how rough winters can get these days, but 20,000 years ago much of the state was under a sheet of ice thicker than a mile in some places. This Laurentide Ice Sheet extended south of Chicago. One of the most fascinating marks it left as the ice melted was the Kettle Moraine.
A "kettle" forms when debris from a ...Read more
If you eat out while vacationing in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley, chances are the menu is going to include grits. On a recent trip there that included a drive on Skyline Drive, we got the dish of coarsely ground corn kernels boiled with water and/or cream not just as a side with breakfast at Cranberry's Grocery & Eatery in Staunton, but also at ...Read more