December 2009

A two-part webcast interview on The Travel Show with Steve Perillo on December 6, 2009

 The pool at the Kahala Hotel & Resort, Honolulu, Hawaii. The Kahala Hotel & Resort, Honolulu. Hawaii     The Kahala is the very best of Hawaii personified. It opened in 1964 and was expertly refurbished in 2009 to the tune of $52 million. Yet there are still architectural reminders that

View of Nilgiri and Annapurna range from The Red House. Photo by Everett Potter. The Red House Lodge Kagbeni, Nepal     The village of Kagbeni, Nepal, is an ancient trading town on the old salt route between Nepal and Tibet. The town is a warren of mud-walled buildings, some topped

  Monhegan Island painters. Photo by Gayle Conran. The Island Inn, Monhegan Island, Maine     It had been 10 years since I set foot on Monhegan Island, so on a sunny morning last summer, with my  wife, daughter and niece in tow, we took the ferry from Boothbay Harbor on

Waikiki Beach, with Diamond Head. Photo by Karen Glenn. By Tom Passavant When we walked down to Waikiki beach the morning after arriving at our rented condo in Honolulu, our first thought was "Where did everybody go?" Our second thought, of course, was "Woohoo–we've got Waikiki to ourselves." Early December

TWA Terminal, New York International (now John F. Kennedy International) Airport, New York, circa 1962. Photographer Balthazar Korab.  Balthazar Korab Ltd. Reviewed by Deborah Hay Let’s face it. Aesthetically speaking, many of America’s airports are dismal affairs: Concourses that resemble shopping malls. Harshly lit boarding areas with blaring TVs and

Dining at The Drake. Reviewed by Ed Wetschler THE BACKSTORY:  By the 1980s Queen Street West was the pits. Between suburbanization and a mental health facility whose overflow filled the streets with characters who were forlorn, or worse, this east-west thoroughfare was run-down, to say the least. Sure, the neighborhood

  Large Bather. Pierre-August Renoir. Courtesy Philadelphia Museum of Art. Reviewed by Bobbie Leigh Too pink, too pretty, too pedestrian.  Dismissing the paintings of  Jean-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919) is almost a cliche. Certainly by the mid-20th century his late work  was not as valued as that of  his contemporaries Cezanne and

    By Mary Alice Kellogg This crisp city built on 14 islands, each with its own personality, is steeped in tradition with a contemporary sensibility anchored in design. Stockholm these days is all agog preparing for the royal wedding of Crown Princess Victoria and Daniel Westling on June 19th

You came for the powder, not the luggage carousel. Courtesy Park City Mountain Resort. The clock is ticking, the snow is falling, and you're standing there, wondering if your bag made it to Salt Lake City (or Denver or Reno or Jackson Hole). Come on, you did not fly across