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By Everett Potter   Photos courtesy Exotic Estates Maui is the grand prize of American travel, an island of extraordinary beauty with arguably the greatest collection of sandy beaches in the country. Expensive? You bet. But Maui is also saddled with many misconceptions. Here are five myths about the most

By Neil Wolkodoff Each year, the Ski Industries of America show enables retailers to see and try all the new gear for the upcoming season. After scouring the show, the following are some nifty innovations that will make your ski life a little easier and more fun. ABOM ski goggles

Guest post by Katie Losey 1. Ivory is lame unless it’s on an elephant. Help us convince the world of that. The consumer has the power. Refuse to buy ivory. Ivory trinkets are not keepsakes. They are the death sentence for a remarkable creature and their production contributes to the

By Ann Abel Of all the places to have a spiritual awakening, Australia was the one for Cristina Gallo. It was during a work stint there that the Lima native noticed how the land was full of wild places and the locals were closely connected to nature. That stay set

By Melissa Coleman In my recent daydreams of moving to London, the flat of my imaginings looks suspiciously similar to the residence suites at the Athenaeum, a five-star Mayfair hotel with adjoining Victorian town homes. Alas, while to live there may only be a dream, I found it imperative to

  By Stevenson Swanson As I left the aerial tram at the summit of Jay Peak for the first time, I found myself engulfed in what I had assumed was a bit of fanciful local lore—the “Jay Cloud.” This is the meteorological phenomenon that is said to linger over the

By Kim McHugh Perhaps your spouse (partner, lover, main squeeze) is as fanatical as you are about racking up thousands of vertical feet. Or maybe you’re looking to boost his/her enthusiasm for skiing or snowboarding. So put your gear in the rack, slip in a John Legend CD and head

By Everett Potter Ski jackets have radically evolved in the last few years, thanks to advances in technical materials and designers who have a much stronger fashion sense than those of yore. Gone are the days when ski parkas made you look like one of the Michelin Man’s offspring. Contemporary

By Everett Potter There’s nothing quite like hotel room service. Be it an indulgence or a necessity, few things seem better suited to serve a jet-lagged traveler than a freshly delivered breakfast tray or a late-night sandwich. While seasoned road warriors may have their room service routines down to a

By Gary Walther The Hotel Detective maintains a short list of top three-night cities, smaller cities, mostly in Europe, and so named because they can be taken in in that time. They share three qualities: easily mastered, culturally rich, and with a well-preserved historic core, often ringed by the original