April 2016

  By Monique Burns You’ll find Longyearbyen at the Arctic Ocean’s southern fringe, 600 miles from the North Pole and 600 miles from the Norwegian mainland.  The world’s northernmost settlement with a permanent population, it’s a quirky little place that tends to capture visitors’ imaginations in a big way.  Not

By Marian Betancourt When I lived in Philadelphia for two years in the 1990s I missed New York. Although I enjoyed the art museum and the Reading Terminal Market, Philadelphia didn’t seem as vibrant as my native city. Well, that view has been quashed forever by a recent visit during

  by Geri Bain Sipping the “welcome” Prosecco we were offered as we checked in, my husband, daughter and I had the sense that we were guests in someone’s elegant townhome, not a hotel in the heart of one of Rome’s most fashionable shopping areas. In fact, the hotel was

By Steve Jermanok The Adirondack Extreme Adventure Center was the first place my family ever experienced a treetop obstacle course. Set 10 to 50 feet off the grounds amidst the tall pines and maples you have the chance to climb rope ladders, jump from section to section, walk across suspended

By Larry Olmsted “First Class” always sounds sexy, but when it comes to flying, it’s a vague and uncertain term. Back in the Golden Age of air travel, First meant hand carved beef tenderloin, free flowing champagne and passengers who wore ties. This kind of First Class flying still exists

By Gary Walther True confession: Greece is a blank on The Hotel Detective’s map of the world, but he filled in a bit of it with a recent stay at the Danai Palace Resort, a member of Leading Hotels of the World. It lies in a coastal curl of the

By Everett Potter Hotels myths are legion and legendary. A popular one, now widely refuted, says that all of your identity and credit card information is stored on your electronic room key card. It isn’t, in fact, but here are five more myths that many travelers believe when they check

  by Geri Bain From the moment we walked into Stockholm’s Nordic Light Hotel, my husband and I sensed an energetic, social vibe—and the appeal to Millennials was apparent. The lobby feels like a cross between a trendy bar and a spacious Starbucks. Stalactite-like lights hanging from the ceiling subtly

By Shari Hartford Do you spend an inordinate amount of time searching for a place to put your sleepy head when in New York? Need to stay in midtown? Look no further than The Time New York, conveniently located on 49th Street, right near Times Square. Get it? Enter on

By Everett Potter We sailed at sunset on the Guildive, a motor yacht built in 1934 for a Wall Streeter to commute via the East River to a city emerging from the Depression. But we weren’t commuters and we were hundreds of miles north of Manhattan, in the dark waters