Discoveries

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

By Brian E. Clark Full disclosure: I’ve got a sweet spot for old buildings that have been restored and turned into lodgings. So when I learned about the Hotel Millwright (hotelmillwright.com) in Amana, Iowa – nestled just 25 miles northwest of the University of Iowa campus in Iowa City –

The British Royal Family is the most well-traveled monarchy in history. SECRETS OF ROYAL TRAVEL reveals the inside story of the monarchy on the move, taking viewers inside some of the most famous and exclusive transport in the world. This two-part series opens the door to the private world of the Royal

By Ann Abel There’s a reason that George Lucas picked Tozeur as a location for his Star Wars prequels in the 1990s. It’s a desert that’s so vast, weird, empty and remote that it can plausibly pass for the mythical planet of Tatooine, a place were Jedi warriors crossed path in their