January 2010

The Waldorf-Astoria. By Shari Hartford Hotels in New York City offer something for everyone. There are small boutique properties with ultra-sleek furnishings and a decidedly hip clientele. There are small –and large– comfortable and otherwise anonymous places to lay your head. There are the usual chains with their cookie cutter

The great singer Lila Downs extols the virtues of mole in this wonderful performance of La Cumbia del Mole. If you view this and don't want to immediately book a ticket to Oaxaca (her hometown and the source of this most magical ingredient in Mexican cooking), check your pulse.

This view for $99 a night via craigslist? Photo by Karen Glenn. Interested in renting a one-bedroom cottage with a pool in West Palm Beach for $85 per night? Or maybe a two-bedroom apartment in the Pacific Heights neighborhood of San Francisco for $150 a night? Or perhaps a studio

WHAT'S THE DEAL? Get 50% off a second guest on select travel dates between January 8, 2010 and October 29, 2010, when accompanying one full paying adult. The participating resorts are Buccaneer s Creek, La Caravelle, Punta Cana and Turkoise in the Caribbean; Columbus Isle in the Bahamas; Cancun Yucatan

A balcony on the MS Europa. By Dalma Heyn When I tell you that the MS Europa is the only cruise ship on the high seas awarded not just five stars by the 2010 Berlitz Guide to Cruising and Cruise Ships, but five stars plus, I know what you're going

The Chapel Bridge, Lucerne. By Richard West "I felt a desire to embrace, powerfully to embrace someone, to tickle him, or to pinch him." ("Luzern," Leo Tolstoy) The great Russian writer felt a pinchable need (am I dreaming?) because he was at his balconied hotel window looking out at Lake

Prestige Plus seat on Korean Air. On a recent trip from New York to Seoul, I had the opportunity to fly business class on a Korean Air Boeing 747-400. As someone who has logged thousands of cramped miles in economy class between the United States and Asia, the joys of

L'Avant Comptoir. Photo by Alexander Lobrano. We are thrilled to welcome Alexander Lobrano, Gourmet magazine's European correspondent from 1999 until its recent closing, as a regular contributor. Lobrano has written for almost every major food and travel magazine since he became an American in Paris in 1986. He is the

Andy Levine says that he created DuVine Adventures at his kitchen table with a website and a glass of wine in 1996. Fifteen years later, Levine has built the Boston-based DuVine into one of the leading biking companies in the US, offering wine-infused cycling trips to Italy and France, the

The Ski Flex grid, courtesy of Ski.com. Booking a ski vacation can be almost bewilderingly complex. Is this resort good for the kids or will they be bored after two days? Is this really the cheapest airfare and the best connection time, or will I get hosed and stranded in