October 2006

  Cruise line executives tremble when the name "Douglas Ward" is mentioned. Ward is the most fearsome critic in the cruise industry, a man whose words can remove the smiles from the faces of the most unflappable ship owners. If you’re looking for a family cruise, a romantic cruise or

WHY IT’S A CONTENDER: Lots of travelers have heard about the ultra-modern "design hotels" in the vibrant city of Barcelona, but they might not have a clue about why they’re special. On a recent trip to the capital city of Catalonia, we tried three hotels that exemplified this trend. At

Why would any skier choose to click into skis so short that they look like clown feet? The short (ahem) answer is" to get better. The fact is that some sports have been transformed by revolutions in equipment design. Think of tennis, where it happened with oversize rackets. Joe Nevin,

I first met Tom Hale, the founder and president of Backroads, in his Berkeley, California headquarters about eight years ago. And I was a little floored by his exercise regimen. That morning, as on most mornings, he had risen somewhere between three and four to exercise. He had done 400

WHY IT’S A CONTENDER: It’s safe to say that there is not another ski hotel like the Alta Lodge. It looks like a 1940’s prep school dorm that was designed by a Bauhaus-trained architect. Think "pleasingly austere," with window walls of glass, Bertoia chairs and cement block walls. But those

How do you keep the pounds off when you’re on the road? Traveling is arguably one of the most difficult times for anyone who’s trying to maintain a diet or simply continue the fight with a waistline that wants to expand. So I’ve gathered 15 tips from three experts on

Smack in the center of the Lone Star State, you’ll find great food and wine and a landscape that’s worth the trip BY TOM PASSAVANT Becker Vineyards (Photo by Karen Glenn) Many of the things I’d heard about the Texas Hill Country before my visit seemed hard to swallow, particularly