July 2014

By John Grossmann River’s End, in Jenner, California, disproves the unfortunate restaurant adage that the quality of the food is inversely proportional to the quality of the view.  River’s End delivers on both counts.  The food is fresh, local, well conceived and prepared, and beautifully presented.  And the view? Perched

By Mary Alice Kellogg “Whenever I find myself growing grim around the mouth, whenever it is damp, drizzly November in my soul… then I account it high time to get to sea as soon as I can.” Whoever said that had a point: sometimes you just need to get out

I spent a recent weekend in the White Mountains with family and friends, finally bagging Mount Chocorua. Standing 3,478-feet high, it doesn’t make the 4,000-foot club and therefore many avid climbers blow it off. They shouldn’t. This is a classic New England climb with an exquisite panorama of the southern

  In the past decade, Ireland has become synonymous with adventure in Europe. I suspect my grandmother would find it hard to believe that her native Donegal is now the location of some of the best surfing on some of the biggest waves in the world. No doubt my grandfather

Looking for top tier luxury hotels, restaurants or spas in North America or Asia? For more than half a century the famous 4 and 5-star ratings from the Forbes Travel Guide have guided travelers to superior properties. Need a standout fine dining experience in Europe or major cities worldwide? The

By Bobbie Leigh If you were to hold a Paris hotel swimming pool competition today, the likely winner would be Shangri-La’s huge pool, delightfully bathed in natural light from a wall of glass doors leading to a lush outdoor garden. This is the pace to dip into paradise, a Paris

Le Bon Georges, a recently opened bistro just five minutes from my front door in the 9th arrondissement of Paris, offers a delicious lesson in how to judge the city’s food right now. Let me explain. As someone who travels often, I’ve long since learned that the best way to

From the outside, the Guest House at Field Farm in Williamstown is nondescript if not downright ugly. Then you enter the Bauhaus-era home, now a 5-bedroom inn run by the Trustees of Reservations, and you understand the beauty of American modernism. All those rectilinear lines created the perfect opportunity to place large

By Bobbie Leigh Good news for Central Park bikers, runners, walkers! The legendary garden of Cooper Hewitt will be open to the public…no fee and no charge, except for the coffee and croissants which you can buy starting 8am. The redesigned Cooper Hewitt with a new entrance to the garden

Story & photos by Kim D. McHugh You know an eatery is good when the parking lot is jammed. Such is the case when we drive up to El Parasol in Española. A walk up “restaurant” not much bigger than a Tuff Shed, it got its start in 1958 when