January 2016

By Larry Olmsted Skiers and snowboarders are blessed with a wealth of great choices when it comes to picking a resort for a winter vacation. Among “major” ski resorts, those with a hundred-plus trails, wide variety of terrain and full-service facilities like great ski schools and extensive lift networks, the

By William Triplett Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is looking pretty good for 50. The storied ski mecca celebrates its golden jubilee this season, and it’s a bit of an understatement to say a lot has changed since 1965. Long known primarily for nuthin’-but-steep-and-deep chills and thrills for experts with at

  By Monique Burns To the many Americans still discovering Northern Europe, here’s this Scandinavia maven’s take on the Top 10 Cultural Highlights in Oslo, Norway’s fjordside capital.  Equally impressive, the attractions are listed not by importance, but geographically, from west to east.  The Oslo Pass (www.visitoslo.com), good for 24,

By Shari Hartford Sometimes you want to stay at home. You want to curl up in a favorite chair, put your feet up and munch away when you get hungry. But that’s not always possible. If you happen to be visiting New York City, then you should be staying at

By Gary Walther On the Europa 2 this past September, bound from Thessaloniki to Istanbul, The Hotel Detective found himself in a sea of superlatives. The Europa 2 offers the highest passenger-space ratio of any cruise ship, a key index of luxury at sea. It has the highest cabin ceilings

By Everett Potter In a world where Airbnb and VRBO have become go-to choices for accommodations, the cozy bed and breakfast seems to have been all but forgotten. Yet many of these small, welcoming family-run places have changed with the times. You might still get a homemade muffin for breakfast

  By Alexander Lobrano On the eve of a new year, please receive this post as an expression of my gratitude for the huge privilege of good health, lots of travel to slack my insatiable curiosity and discover so many wonderful new chefs, kitchens, and foods, and also the pleasure