January 2021

By Ann Abel I’ve been reading way too many restaurant obituaries lately. So instead of more obituaries, I’m writing love letters. These ten restaurants came to life for me during the past year. (On top of ten more from some of my favorite professional eaters.) Some opened despite the odds, while others

  By Everett Potter There’s a new luxury resort set to open in New York’s Catskills this spring. The Chatwal Lodge will be unveiled on May 1, 2021, a getaway that its owner promises will be a retreat that is “a private realm in harmony with nature, located in a wide expanse of

Text & photos by Paul Clemence The National Mall in Washington DC during the Presidential Inauguration is usually a major visitor draw, with locals and visitors alike wanting to partake of the celebrations. Sadly, this year, with the pandemic and security concerns, the area was off-limits to all except the

By Everett Potter When all of this is over – and we all know what “this” is – there are hotels around the world that I can’t wait to return to. Three of the best are in Switzerland, a country where the concept of five-star luxury was more or less

By Jules Older Growing up in 1950’s Baltimore, outside of movies, I’d never seen a ski. When I left for college, in cold and mysterious Vermont, my mother’s friend gave me a pair from her college days. They were ancient even by 1958 standards: taller than an NBA center, primitive beartrap

  By Larry Olmsted After years as the fastest-growing segment of the ski industry, alpine touring (AT), or uphill skiing, has gotten even hotter and is seeing record participation this winter, in large part because of the coronavirus pandemic and COVID-19 …   Continue Reading       Award-winning travel

By Ann Abel Normally at this time of year, I write an admittedly self-indulgent look back at my favorite new and new-to-me hotels of my year. (Here’s last year’s, if you’re curious.) This year, I figured I ought to skip it, because, you know. But then I realized that I still

  By Everett Potter The sport of cross country skiing is booming this winter when getting outdoors, exercising and social distancing has never seemed so desirable. What are the best resorts, the best places to learn the sport, the insider tips for beginners? I turned to one of the industry’s

Story and photos by Neil Wolkodoff A guest ranch in winter? Vista Verde Ranch (VVR) is nestled right up to the Routt National Forest outside of Steamboat Springs, Colorado. It’s enormous, with almost 700 acres plus forest access. It has limited guests in any season, only 51. And, there are

By Richard West In this Age of Vanished Normalcy, when travel is restricted and ill-advised, travel books become vital for ramblers of the globe. Here are my top five of 2020: The Lost Pianos of Siberia, by Sophy Roberts. An irresistible title, prodigious research, hard travel, Siberian slang (switchbacks are