October 2013

By Larry Olmsted Can all-inclusive resorts really be as good as the world’s most luxurious 5-Star and 5-Diamond properties? Absolutely. In some cases they are one and the same. The appeal of the all-inclusive vacation is obvious: you know what your total cost is going to be before you ever

  Rhode Island’s most popular trail is perched on the rocky shores above the Atlantic, ocean on one side, the backyards of the massive Bellevue Avenue mansions on the other. In the summer months, this 3 ½-mile route is crowded with hundreds of folks yearning to see the sloping lawns

By Julie Snyder In “Leaving Las Vegas”—the movie version—Nicolas Cage left the desert destination famous for gambling and glitter through a whiskey bottle. My sister Janet and her husband Will are departing more conventionally—they’re moving. But not for a year.  In the meantime, they’ve decided to get their fill of

By Brad Nahill The Caribbean Sea was gentle as our group of snorkelers headed by boat northwest from Isla Mujeres, a Mexican island near Cancun, on a bright summer day. The turquoise water near the island turned dark blue as we made our way towards the Gulf of Mexico. A

By Richard West The British novelist and travel writer, Lawrence Osborne, writes in The Naked Tourist, “Few writers have a real voice, and when one does, the effect is nothing less than amorous…Mead [Margaret] has a voice in the act of travel.” Exactly what I vastly admire about Osborne’s five

A mere 90 minutes north of Manhattan is New Paltz, New York, and the Catskill Mountains. Avid adventurers know the area for the Gunks, one of the most popular rock climbing destinations in the East. Families venture here in October to take in the fall foliage. Start with a walk

By Melissa Coleman (Adapted from “48 Hours in Bar Harbor” in Maine magazine)  Mount Desert Island (MDI) is no stranger to politicians and national parks. In 2010, President Obama and the first family made the trek to the island to commemorate the centennial anniversary of a similar trip made in

  Last October, I made the wise decision to spend four days in Zion National Park with two of my close friends from college. On our last day, we climbed 1500 feet above the canyon floor on one of Zion’s steepest ascents, Angel’s Landing. The trail starts gradually on switchbacks