"We came from Seattle to see Chihuly glass," said a man on the Tacoma Art Museum’s guided walk. Impressive, because I can remember when nobody traveled 33 miles south from Seattle to see anything in Tacoma. But now, with the growth of the University of Washington’s fine downtown campus, the

THE BACKSTORY: There are two words to ponder when speaking about the Hotel Gault: minimalist and boutique. I’m partial to minimalist design, but these days, "minimal" in many hotels is another way of saying that "there was nothing left over in the budget for furniture." As for "boutique," I’ve seen

New York: The not-to-be-missed gallery show of the fall season will be Salander-O’Reilly’s "Masterpieces of Art: Five Centuries of Painting and Sculpture," from October 17, 2007 to February 1, 2008. Count on Italian works you can’t afford to miss — Botticelli, Correggio, Titian among others. But the absolute biggest draw

THE BACKSTORY: The fact that you can look out of your window in the stately Empress hotel and watch sea planes take off and ferries come and go is high praise in my book. This dowager overlooking Victoria’s busy harbor offers old fashioned comfort. It feels like one of those

In the world of adventure travel, Myths and Mountains is unusual, a company that aims to get you inside a culture, not merely stop in for a visit. And the destinations include Nepal, Vietnam, Ecuador and Tanzania. It’s the brainchild of Dr. Antonia Neubauer, better known as Toni, a woman

Anyone asked to name a low-cost airline five years ago might have said JetBlue, Southwest Airlines, Song or Ted. But they wouldn’t name any of those airlines today. Not when JetBlue charged more than $450 for the two-and-a-half-hour flight from LaGuardia to West Palm Beach this winter. And with Southwest


THE BACKSTORY: A few weeks ago, I went to sleep in utter silence in an 18th century house and woke up the next morning to find a place still so quiet that it was like experiencing a new sensation. That is, until a donkey named Ebenezer announced the morning with

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