July 2010

Artists Sketching in the White Mountains. Winslow Homer. Reviewed by Steve Jermanok By most accounts, Winslow Homer had a sardonic sense of humor. In his studio in Prouts Neck, Maine, where he created his best known works, hangs a sign in bold black letters that reads: "SNAKES!  SNAKES!  MICE!"  The

Maine’s rivers have attained near-celebrity status from paddlers nationwide. Mention the Allagash River to a canoeist and his eyes suddenly become moist and dreamy as he inevitably responds, “Yeah, I’d like to go there someday.” The river has somehow attained legendary stature. Perhaps it’s the way the blue streak of

Half Dome and waterfalls from Glacier Point. This was a very bright scene during the middle of the day. But using exposure compensation helped saturate the colors and avoid a washed-out photo. Story and Photos By Karen Glenn I stood in the shadow of Half Dome reading the Yosemite calendar

By Mary Alice Kellogg SpaWatcher is pleased to note that two new — and radically different –  spas have bloomed in New York this spring. One is an intimate oasis, the other an opulent  blockbuster we'll explore in Part Two of Spa and The City. The first to open is

Ralph's, Paris. by Alexander Lobrano Ralph’s, Paris: An American in Paris If I lunched there several times a few weeks ago, and generally found the food to be much better than expected (with the exception of the worst frites I've ever eaten in France), it took a trip to New

Don George. Interviewed by Everett Potter San Francisco’s Book Passage bookstore is one of the great American independent bookstores. Anyone with more than a passing interest in travel literature also knows it as the home of the Annual Travel Writers and Photographers Conference, which this year has expanded to cover

Cuttyhunk by Charles Henry Gifford, 1872 Take the ferry from New Bedford or Woods Hole to Martha’s Vineyard, where President Obama plans to vacation once again this summer, and you’ll pass the far less congested Elizabeth Islands in Buzzards Bay. With numerous coves and a strong southwesterly wind blowing 15

Reviewed by Richard West Gavin Pretor-Pinney’s The Cloudspotter’s Guide may be the most valuable guidebook you buy, for it’s obviously not of a place but a guide to everywhere above you. Pretor-Pinney is founder of The Cloud Appreciate Society, founded from his love of nature’s free abstract art gallery and,

Learning the ropes in St. Anton, Austria. Photo by Ed Wetschler. By Ed Wetschler "St. Anton is more sporty than Lech," a local told me. "Lech has charm, but we have more demanding ski terrain that attracts a younger crowd."     Good point, one that helps explain why St. Anton

  Wading for a cure in the Dead Sea. Born to Shop Editorial Director Sarah Lahey took off for Israel and sent back this report: Suze – I can't believe you tumbled and broke a toe! If you were here in Israel with me, a dip in the Dead Sea