September 2009

Bab Shrine and the Baha'i Gardens, Haifa by Ed Wetschler When last we stood on the slopes of Mount Carmel, which rises from the blue sea to give Haifa a humpback, Ziv Cohen and I were bantering about the slim odds of finding much kosher dining in this Israeli city.

The Deal: The new Peninsula Shanghai, which is set on the historic Bund in the heart of the city, opens on October 19, 2009 with the Peninsula Preview Rate.

  If you want to visit such hot getaways as Hawaii, Aspen, New York City, London, Paris, or Napa, you can bring a large billfold. Or you can time your visit to the periods during the year when these places are at their most affordable.When is the best time to

By Mary Alice Kellogg SpaWatcher has been fond of Mohonk Mountain House for years, and she's not alone. This venerable National Historic Landmark hostelry a scant two hours from Manhattan has attracted guests since 1869 with Catskill Mountain views on one side and a glorious glacial lake framed by giant

By Ed Wetschler “Haifa is the most beautiful city in Israel,” says guide Ziv Cohen as we gaze at the Mediterranean from a high terrace. And he’s right. Looking around, I’m reminded not of Jerusalem, with its ancient golden stones, nor Tel Aviv, where town meets beach, but of San

The Deal: Teton Mountain Lodge & Spa, which is about an hour down the road from Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park, is marking the new Ken Burns documentary series, "The National Parks: America's Best Idea" with a "Celebrate Our Parks Package."

Ken Grunski, Telestial A few months ago, I rented a satellite phone from Telestial, the leading provider of SIM cards, satellite phones and GSM phones, to bring on a trip to the Himalayas. In rural Nepal, with 20,000 foot peaks around me, it was touch and go at times. But

Libreria Acqua Alta, Venice  By Richard West Finally in our hotel room in Rome. Unpacking the luggage, all seems well –camera, return-flight valium, phone recharger. Wait! The books. No books. Good to learn early what's been forgotton, the books we planned to guide and amuse us through Rome-Venice-Vienna-Lucerne-Paris. Luckily, however,

Smart Deals: Emirates Global Fare Sale The Deal: Emirates has launched a Global Fare Sale to 18 destinations from all four U.S. Gateways (New York, Houston, Los Angeles and San Francisco) Why It’s a Deal: Fares begin at as low as $755 roundtrip, including fuel surcharges (government taxes and fees

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