July 2009

  Kid Rock, Janet Jackson and Chace Crawford are among the celebs who stay or hang out at the Gramercy Park Hotel, according to Oyster Hotel Reviews. Courtesy of Oyster Hotel Reviews.     If you're someone who automatically checks out Tripadvisor for hotel reviews and recommendations before you travel, you

A few of my favorite things for summer …. I’ve been listening to Brazilian Café, the latest release by Putumayo. It's a compilation of samba, jazz and bossa nova by artists such as Djavan, Marcia Salomon and Ana Costa, among others. Perfect mellow mood music for the last road trip

THE DEAL: The Yachts of Seabourn has a "Yachting Collection Savings" promotion that includes the entire 2010 season of European and Asian cruises. The savings range from 45% to 65% percent.WHY IT'S A DEAL: Like me, you probably blinked when you saw the pairing of  "Seabourn" and "45% to 65%

Stonington Harbor, courtesy of the Inn at Stonington. The most relaxing summer reading I can think of is a book by Anthony Bailey called The Coast of Summer. This longtime New Yorker writer — an Englishman, no less –- brings me back to my New England youth with his tales

16th century steel helmet with mask from Iran. Courtesy of Sackler Gallery. Reviewed by Bobbie Leigh When President Obama  presented the Queen of England with an iPod on his last trip to London,  one pundit dubbed it "another of his boneheaded gifts." Prince Andrew had already given his mother one,

  THE DEAL: "Everyone's an Original" deal at Fairmont Hotels & Resorts. I've long been a Fairmont fan and the "Everyone's an Original" rates at any of Fairmont's 60 plus properties from Chicago to Cairo offer up to 20% or complimentary room nights, depending on the individual hotel or resort.

THE HOTEL: Jekyll Island Club Hotel, Jekyll Island, GAThis National Historic Landmark has 63 holes of golf, as well as tennis, horseback riding and a shuttle to a beach side pavilion. The original Queen Anne style architecture dates to 1886, when the hotel was a rarefied club that drew the

Musicians at the Burlington Farmers Market. Photo by Ed Wetschler by Ed Wetschler   The People’s Republic of Vermont is a state of mind — and culture — that I’ve often relished in southern Vermont. But six or seven years ago, JetBlue Airways started flying to Burlington, in the north,

  General Motors Oldsmobile Two-Door Sedan, 1955; with trailer. Yonezawa Gangu. Yoku Tanaka Collection. Reviewed by Deborah Hay If you fancy vintage cars, baby-boomer memorabilia or cool mid-century design, there’s big fun to be had this summer at the Japan Society in New York. Buriki: Japanese Tin Toys from the