Discoveries

By Brian E. Clark Roughly 16,000 years ago, the ice dam backing up Glacial Lake Wisconsin – then roughly the size of Lake Winnebago – burst, releasing a biblical torrent that carved out the narrow gorges and unusual rock formations of the Wisconsin Dells. Left behind was a deep, sandy

By Everett Potter There’s a good chance that you’ve seen Darley Newman on PBS as she rides horses in Iceland, free dives in South Korea, explores the backroads of Wales, and takes a road trip through the southern states of the US. A popular TV host and producer of two

Story by K. Mitchell  Snow Photos by Paul Clemence Everyone knows what Washington, DC is supposed to look like: the Capitol, the Supreme Court, the White House and the monuments to Jefferson and Lincoln all proclaim US democracy’s debt to ancient Greece.  More contemporary ideas about a truly inclusive democracy

By Ann Abel I suppose that was a rhetorical question. We all need summer, especially this year, while many of us are trying to hibernate through locked-down Februaries. But around the northern hemisphere, there are some beaches that actually get better around the winter solstice. The emptiness is romantic and

By Bart Beeson “It truly is a magic trick,” says my guide on a recent visit to The Wild Center, a family-friendly science museum and outdoor nature experience in New York’s Adirondack region. We are walking through the center’s Forest Music exhibit, a quarter-mile loop trail through the woods where

  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

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 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 Brian E. Clark Some 30 feet below the clear and calm waters of the Caribbean off St. Croix – the largest of the U.S. Virgin Islands – an eight-foot-long reef shark cruised beside me, less than three feet away. Nearby, an even bigger shark swam within a

Story & photos by Neil Wolkodoff As the craft distillery movement gains, the people making an impact with unique spirits have some funky backgrounds. Colin Keegan is the quintessential spirit maker at Santa Fe Spirits combining a totally un-related field with the artistic bent of distilling. When you visit, Santa