Wen-I Chang is the visionary builder behind Gaia Napa Valley Hotel & Spa, the world’s first, LEED Gold hotel, which opened in March, 2007. Now the Taiwanese-born hotelier, who lives in California, is about to unveil his next green hotel, Gaia at Anderson, California. Built for $14 million the hotel

BACKSTORY: Snowbird is a mountain lauded for its steep and deep terrain, 500 inches of powder yearly, and cliffs that inspire the craziest skiers and boarders to make the leap of faith. At its base sits the Cliff Lodge & Spa, a 10-story symphony in cement that looks like a

Take a great professional photographer, add the backdrop of Tuscany, and you have the makings of a great learning getaway. My colleague Howard Millard is offering his "Travel Photography in the Digital Age" workshop in the rolling hills of Tuscany from May 10 to 17, 2008. You’ll stay at a

(Banff Springs Hotel) By Ed Wetschler Go to Banff and Lake Louise next week. This isn’t some out-of-left-field imperative; this is good advice. And not just for skiers. March may be the most beautiful month of all in the Canadian Rockies, and given the region’s grandeur from late spring through

I first muddied my hiking boots with The Wayfarers in the early 90’s, when they led me on a week-long walk through the Peak District National Park in Derbyshire. A few years later, I joined them on the Coast to Coast Walk of England, from the Lake District through Yorkshire

by Tom Passavant Hawaii may be one of the United States, but unless you’ve got your own sailboat, getting there involves a flight of 2,500 miles from the West Coast, which explains why no visit to the islands is truly cheap. (And good luck using your frequent flier miles to

What are the basic requirements for a good, affordable hotel room? "A clean, well-lit place," to paraphrase Ernest Hemingway. But if the novelist were traveling to Miami or Chicago today, he might well have demanded an adjustable Garden Sleep System king size bed, yoga equipment and free WiFi. Not to

   “Who is Sylvia? What is she, that all our swains commend her…” Substitute Sylvia for Antea and you have some idea of the love affair between viewers and the radiant portrait, “Antea,” at the Frick Collection. As the superstar of a single painting exhibition, Antea doesn’t hang on the

If the strong Euro means that you can’t make it to Paris for dinner or Lyon for lunch in the foreseeable future, then consider a copy of Anne Willan’s new book, The Country Cooking of France. Willan founded La Varenne, the famed Paris cooking school, back in 1975. The author

With spring break looming, ski rental shops are poised to do box office business. Because it’s easier to rent than schlep your skis through the airport, of course. But for the traveler who needs to rent, the idea of standing in an endless line in a crowded ski shop for