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Live the Luxury Spa Life in Anguilla

By Candyce H. Stapen

Pedaling a stationary bike in an outdoor pool at CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa, Anguilla, freed me from Exercycle boredom. The Caribbean glistened in front of me, gulls glided on air currents in the impossibly blue sky, and the sea breezes and water immersion kept me cool. I morphed into a happy cycler and also a more ...Read more

Volcanoes, Rivers and Rainforests in Costa Rica

By Margot Black

Our family memories from our recent holiday in Costa Rica include rafting in the Sarapiqui River and zip-lining through the rainforest canopy. Our International Expeditions "Volcanoes, Rivers and Rainforests" journey had us embracing our inner nature enthusiasts at every turn. In addition to thrilling outdoor adventure, ...Read more

Enjoy History and Hospitality at Santa Fe's La Fonda Hotel

by Jim Farber

When you think of the great promoters of the West, the films of John Ford and the photographs of Ansel Adams probably come to mind. But in fact, the man who probably had the greatest influence, who introduced thousands of visitors to the landscapes and native peoples, was an enterprising Englishman named Fred Harvey.

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Welcome to the Hotel Castaneda in Las Vegas, New Mexico

by Jim Farber

Allan Affeldt loves giving tours of the historic Fred Harvey Hotel Castaneda in Las Vegas, New Mexico, that he and his wife, artist Tina Mion, saved from the wrecking ball in 2014. A masterpiece of modern preservation, the hotel that greeted its first guests in 1898 is once again open for business -- complete with Harvey ...Read more

Birthplace of Two Outstanding Women: Lexington, Kentucky

By Steve Bergsman

We visit certain cities for the tourist attractions, the vistas, the history or perhaps the nightlife. I often choose a destination based on who was there before me, which is the reason I wanted to come to Lexington, Kentucky, home to the University of Kentucky.

What made Lexington interesting to me was that two ...Read more

Come Take the Waters in Hot Springs, Arkansas

By Steve Bergsman

My wife and I booked a room at the Arlington Hotel in Hot Springs, Arkansas, because it was the grande dame of hotels in this once-booming tourist town that is partly ensconced in the Hot Springs National Park.

Unfortunately, the Arlington, which was built in 1924, is down at the heels, but if you want to go where ...Read more

Stargazing, Sake and Sunnylands in Rancho Mirage

By Sharon Whitley Larsen

Nothing is more spectacular than watching colorful hot air balloons taking off in the gorgeous desert sky. I was in Rancho Mirage (just east of Palm Springs) -- the former home of President Gerald Ford and other notables, including celebrities Lucy and Desi, Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra. Others were Leonore ("...Read more

Take a Walk on Japan's Izu Geo Trail

By Margot Black

There was a moment as I was relaxing in a Japanese hot spring by a waterfall when I genuinely wondered how I was ever going to plug back into my everyday life. My husband, son and I were on a walking tour of the Izu Geo Trail, which explored the Izu Peninsula and some of the most spectacular scenery this planet has to ...Read more

St. Moritz: Birthplace of Winter Tourism

By Athena Lucero

On the summit of Corviglia Mountain and overlooking the Swiss village of St. Moritz, I'm greeted with the bluest of skies, a smiling sun and a treeless snowy landscape as smooth as a white carpet. The thought of skiing the slopes of the world's first winter resort is nothing short of a dream. Standing 8,156 feet above ...Read more

Unplug With the Family on an Alaskan UnCruise Adventure

By Margot Black

Our plan was to unplug and spend time in the Alaska wilderness. We wanted to do this on a cruise but not on a typical big cruise ship. We finally settled on UnCruise Adventures, which delivered exactly what we wanted. They specialize in small ships that carry only 22 to 90 guests, so our experience was much more intimate than it...Read more

Taking the 'Sideways' Tour 16 Years Later

by Jim Farber

In 2004, a little independent film about a pair of mismatched middle-age buddies on a wine-tasting adventure in the Santa Ynez Valley emerged as the surprise hit of the season. It went on to win the Academy Award for best adapted screenplay, along with nominations for best film, director, supporting actor and actress.

The...Read more

Remember Los Alamos -- and the Skyview Motel

by Jim Farber

When the Skyview Motel opened in 1959 it had everything going for it. Perched atop a scenic five-acre knoll overlooking the bustle of north/south traffic on California Highway 101, the motel -- with its distinctive yellow sign -- offered an ideal respite for weary travelers. It was a time when cattle on oak-shaded ...Read more

Singapore: Jewel of the East

By Doug Hansen

Drums beat rhythmically as a dozen men maneuvered an undulating 30-foot-long red and yellow dragon along Orchard Road, a tree-lined boulevard known for its upscale stores and hotels. This symbol of strength, power and good luck in Chinese culture was part of a Chinese New Year celebration -- just one of the surprises that ...Read more

Cruising on the Mekong River

By Doug Hansen

When my wife and I planned our visit to Southeast Asia we included a seven-night riverboat cruise from Vietnam to Cambodia. We have learned that such cruises reveal generally hard-to-reach people and places and provide a welcome respite from the demands of do-it-yourself land-based traveling.

We excitedly joined our tour ...Read more

Munich Is the Gateway to Oberammergau in 2020

By Richard Carroll

Munich has endured the passage of time. Standing tall with a welcoming smile, the Bavarian city retains a youthful exuberance, a vitality that tickles the heart. Here in the massive English Garden Park it's possible to meet the skilled river surfers who line up on either side of the fast-moving Eisbach River to share ...Read more

A Celebration of Bordeaux

By Richard Carroll

Place de la Comedie in the heart of Bordeaux, France, is like an enormous magnet that pulls you in with a welcoming embrace. The square stretches between the majestic neo-classic Grand Theatre Opera House on one side and the Grand Hotel directly opposite it, which has been greeting guests since 1789 and has a history ...Read more

Find Sandburg, Science and Shopping in North Carolina

By Bonnie and Bill Neely

The historic town of Flat Rock, North Carolina, established in 1807, is just what an ivy-and-pine mountain village should be. It offers unusual little shops, delightful restaurants and golf courses. In most seasons you can enjoy plays and concerts at Flat Rock Playhouse, so well known for its excellent ...Read more

A Long Overdue Visit to Newberry, South Carolina

By Bonnie and Bill Neely

Although I grew up only an hour from Newberry, South Carolina, I had never been there until recently. That's when I discovered it to be a charming town that is well worth a visit. The home of Newberry College, the town can boast well-restored historic buildings and many really good eateries.

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Find Gaudi, Miro and Picasso in Barcelona

By Steve Bergsman

Barcelona has always embraced creative strangers who wandered into this coastal city and stayed for a time -- or until they died. The most obvious example is the architect Antoni Gaudi, who was born in the Spanish village Reus, which, like Barcelona, sits in the province of Catalonia. Gaudi's greatest works are in ...Read more

A Visit to Andorra Means Shopping

By Steve Bergsman

The tiny landmass of Andorra remains an attraction for literary and creative types who probably never visited there and live in places far, far away from this odd European nation.

It all started in 1961, when Swiss dramatist Max Frisch wrote a play called "Andorra," which as near as I can tell has nothing to do with ...Read more


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