October 2017

By Everett Potter Hotels myths are legion and legendary. Here are four that never seem to go away. 1. Hotels always have an extra room or two available, they’re never truly sold-out. This is rarely the case. Every hotel is looking for 100% occupancy, every night, with no guest needing

By Gary Walther The Hotel Detective probably isn’t telling you something new when he says that one of the biggest changes in luxury travel in the past decade is the desire among the well-to-do to feel ‘at home away’ rather than to feel ‘away away.’ Rather than savoring the rituals

By Ann Abel There’s a reason that some people turn up their noses at cruises. Cruising has connotations: convenience, sure, but also crowds, surface-skimming, rigid time tables, gluttony and sloth—and maybe dressing for formal dinners (when you’d just rather try a simple family-run restaurant in whatever port of call), cheesy casinos

By Everett Potter What’s on the horizon for the world’s best biking companies in 2018? New countries, new routes and new adventures from Gray & Co, Backroads, DuVine Cycling + Adventure Co., Butterfield & Robinson and Experience Plus. Here are five amazing trips to consider for next year … continue reading

By William Triplett In some ways, “The Sound of Music” did a disservice to Salzburg. Yes, the movie was shot on location and was faithful to the surrounding hills, which are extraordinarily beautiful and very much alive with, well, you know. But there’s so much more to this special city,

By Alexander Lobrano With a striking redesign by British designer Tom Dixon and a tempting new menu by three-star chef Eric Frechon, the legendary Le Drugstore at the top of the Champs-Élysées once again offers a good reason to stroll up the most famous avenue in Paris. This is good news, too, since

By Larry Olmsted I’m not a cruise guy, but if these kinds of unique hybrid land and sea adventure offerings continue to grow in popularity, I might just have to rethink that. Yesterday leading luxury line Silversea Cruises – or “ultra-luxury” as they describe themselves – announced the rollout of

By Everett Potter Whether it’s hiking on ancient pilgrimage trails in Japan, seeking a glimpse of a snow leopard in the Himalayas or exploring Cuba in a sea kayak, there’s no shortage of incredible new adventures on offer this year. Here are 9 of the best … continue reading

By Everett Potter Why on earth would anyone fly across the Atlantic in midwinter to ski in Europe when the Rockies await, closer than the Alps and covered with snow? The simple reason is that a European ski trip offers the opportunity to ski where the sport was born, in

By Jules Older Photos by Effin Older   Technically, I wasn’t a Santa Cruz virgin. When I was a grad student living at the VA Hospital’s staff quarters in Palo Alto, on a lark, a gang of us drove down to Santa Cruz. We slept on the beach, and when