May 2015

By Bobbie Leigh Lady Bird Johnson once described  the Texas Hill Country as land of “chalky  hills, clear streams, and crooked live oaks.”  That is as true today as when Mrs.  Johnson wrote her  landmark “Wildflowers Across America,” an urgent plea for using native plants and wildflowers to make roadsides

[SlideDeck2 id=15520] by Deborah Loeb Bohren Not unlike Joseph’s fabled coat of many colors, the houses of Isola di Burano, a small island in the lagoon just north of Venice (www.isoladiburano.it), are more colorful than a 64 ct. box of Crayola Crayons. Originally a fishing village dating back to Roman

By Everett Potter Beating the airlines at their complex pricing game is often the first step of planning any trip. Yet despite the proliferation of online travel agencies and the promise of transparent costs, unearthing a low fare is still a serious challenge. So let’s dispel five myths about searching

By Beverly Stephen Photos courtesy of Le District After a solemn and sobering visit to the 9/11 Memorial Museum in lower Manhattan, a snack could be in order.  What could be more restorative than steak frites and a glass of hearty red? So why not go to France? Or at

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ADqb6ovsasE&feature=youtu.be

By Larry Olmsted Jack Nicklaus plays here. So do Tom Watson, Gary Player, Ben Crenshaw and a veritable Who’s Who of Major Champions and Hall of Famers. And when they are not teeing it up, many of them have been designing courses or other golf facilities here. Here is Branson,

By Steve Jermanok On my last trip to the province of Quebec, I was fortunate to make it to Baie-Saint-Paul in the Charlevoix region, just north of Quebec City along the St. Lawrence Seaway. Charlevoix has become a foodie destination, cherished by residents of Montreal and Quebec City for its

By Marian Betancourt Nashville is abuzz with new and important museums and exhibitions, the just-launched Americana Music Triangle, not to mention the emergence of a sophisticated new dining scene, and more visitors than ever. A powerful exhibition about a point in time when differences—political and musical–were settled here recently opened

By Everett Potter France is a country beloved by many Americans, yet it’s hard to name another destination that is so culturally intimidating to visitors. Perhaps it’s just a cultural clash between French customs and American expectations? That may be, but thanks to a strong dollar that will take many

By Larry Olmsted Flights operating nothing but business class have been an elusive treat for frequent fliers over the years. The advantages are simple: only good seats and top shelf service, often at a lower price than business class on traditional multi-cabin aircraft. The problem has been that most of