September 2011

  By Mary Alice Kellogg It’s no secret that Port is Portugal’s most delish export, but a visit to the Douro Valley, from whence all port and wine blessings originate, is an eye-opener. Think Napa, but with centuries-old vineyards clinging to steep hills plunging down to the river, twisting narrow

By Melisse Gelula and Alexia Brue of 1. Test-drive the teacher It might sound obvious, but the most important aspect of a yoga retreat is the teacher—not the exotic location. So if you can, take a class with him or her first. Spending $2500, plus a flight to the

By Steve Jermanok New England Inns & Resorts, a collection of more than 250 inns and hotels in New England, has some fall foliage deals up on their website. Harbour Towne Inn in Boothbay Harbor, Maine is offering a leaf and lobster tour, starting at $149 a night, including a

  Interview by Everett Potter Ask any savvy and inquisitive traveler about “educational travel” and chances are that Smithsonian Journeys will be the first name they mention. The educational tour program of the Smithsonian Institution, Smithsonian Journeys offers classic trips to places like Machu Picchu and the Egyptian pyramids, trips

  By Bobbie Leigh The biggest thing that happened to the Piedmont region in Northwestern Italy since Hannibal crossed the Alps in 218 BC was the 2006 Winter Olympic Games celebrated in Turin.  Now this former industrial region, where Fiat and textile mills were catalysts for growth, is poised for

By Alexander Lobrano Since Saint Germain des Pres remains the world’s best-loved Paris neighborhood, the recent opening of the oddly named L’Agapé Substance is very good news. Now, at long last, I have a really excellent restaurant to recommend in response to the recurring request for a great place to eat

By Steve Jermanok This past month, I had the good fortune to bike along the Lake Michigan waterfront in Chicago, alongside the Charles River in Boston and Cambridge, by the shores of the Bow River in Calgary, and around Stanley Park in Vancouver. I loved that all of these scenic

  By Everett Potter Tired fliers often think about how nice it would be to stretch out across a whole row of economy-class seats and take a nap. But let’s face it: airline seats were simply not designed for napping. That is, until Air New Zealand introduced its “Sky Couch,”