June 2012

By Marc Kristal A generation or so ago, back before Ian Schrager and his late partner Steve Rubell transformed ho-hum hostelries into scene-making destinations, the thought of having dinner in that most unappetizing of places – a hotel restaurant – was inconceivable to all but dowagers, unadventurous tourists, and guests

Most folks make the mistake of driving to Grand Canyon, take a peek down at the mile-deep canyon and then leave. To truly appreciate the Grand Canyon, you need to spend some time at the bottom of that hole, rafting on the Colorado River. Whitewater enthusiasts take two weeks off

By Everett Potter Maria Elena Price of ExperiencePlus! is one of those rare people who actually  grew up in the world of adventure travel. As a five year old, she helped translate ice cream flavors on the first Venice to Pisa tours of Experience Plus!, the company her parents founded

By Everett Potter The Hotel Portillo lies on the shores of the Lake of the Incas in the treeless Chilean Andes, 9,000-plus feet above sea level and a two-hour drive from Santiago. It is painted a jolting Crayola yellow and blue, possibly to catch your eye during a whiteout. It

By Steve Jermanok In the summer of 2002, I had the pleasure of backpacking the stunning Long Range Traverse, on assignment for Backpacker magazine. Nestled within Newfoundland’s Gros Morne National Park, a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site because of its unique combination of quartzite rock and wetland terrain, the Long

By Marc Kristal “It was a bit more twee,” says Stephanie Earnshaw, a designer with the London firm Tara Bernerd & Partners, of the now-defunct Sheraton Belgravia on decorous, late-Georgian Chesham Place, a buttered scone’s throw from Sloane Street, Harrod’s, and the Hyde Park tube stop. Translation? “Mahogany Paneling, lampshades