THE BACKSTORY: About 20 minutes from the slopes of Big Sky's slopes, you'll find this gastronomic oasis on the banks of the trophy waters of the Gallatin River. The former fishing camp has been lovingly refurbished in the past decade by proprietor Patrick Hurd. It’s now a 21-room lodge with

Need a vacation? If you’re an American, you undoubtably do, since there’s a very good chance that you’re overworked and suffering from vacation deprivation. According to Expedia.com’s 2007 Vacation Deprivation survey, 35 percent of Americans did not take all of their vacation days. And 23 percent of workers checked their

By Tom Passavant THE BACKSTORY: Long before the term "eco-resort" was co-opted by any hotel with recycled note pads and a few compact fluorescent light bulbs, there was Sea Ranch. Back in 1963, a development group from Hawaii purchased nearly ten miles of Pacific Ocean coastline 105 miles north of

THE BACKSTORY: When Oscar Wilde arrived in Halifax in 1882 to begin his tour of North America, he famously stated that "I have nothing to declare but my genius." This quip apparently satisfied the customs officials, and Wilde went on to spend a night or two at the Waverley Inn,

If you think that the bathroom toilet is the least hygienic part of any hotel room, think again. "It’s the TV remote control," advises Allison Janse. "The remote control is never cleaned yet people are touching it a lot." If that’s news to you, it then listen to what else

THE BACKSTORY: When I first drove through the gates of The Greenbrier, the fabled 6,500-acre resort in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, I thought I was approaching a rural version of the White House. With its far-reaching wings, columns and impeccably manicured grounds, it’s presidential indeed. As early as 1778,

When summertime finally arrives, I’m already stoked about sea kayaking in Maine. But don’t take my word for it. Listen to what John Connelly, manager of L.L.Bean’s Outdoor Discovery Schools, has to say about it. Connelly is a former U.S.Canoe and Kayak Team whitewater competitor and a Registered Maine Guide.

  Looking for a soundtrack for your next adventure? Check out the selection of compilation CD’s offered by Putumayo. Long a mainstay of health food stores, cafes and book shops, these recordings with the colorful folk art covers are smartly assembled and transporting. How to define a label that puts

  THE BACKSTORY: Located in a former 1920’s office building for RAI, the Italian broadcasting company, Fortyseven Hotel is a bona fide four star luxury hotel that might be called "boutique" and "minimalist." But those terms mask the essential warmth of this Rome hotel. It is intimate, personal and very

1. DON’T CALL ROOM SERVICE. Dine out, not in. At many hotels, room service prices are inflated beyond restaurant prices. Then they’re topped off with an 18 percent gratuity, plus a delivery charge and taxes. Not to mention a blank line inviting you to add yet another gratuity. 2. DON’T