Discoveries

by Mark A. Thompson Soon after we arrived in the massive sunlit Conservatory at MGM National Harbor, we began to notice the young men. Groups of three and four striding through the two-story atrium, ascending the grand staircase, riding the escalator. Scores of well-groomed young men entering the lobby beneath

By Julie Snyder (In Part One of Nordic Sampler, which you can read here, Julie explored Iceland, Helsinki, Stockholm, and Copenhagen. Now the journey concludes in Norway.) Fifth Stop: Oslo, Norway Arriving by overnight ship from Copenhagen, we found Oslo rather enigmatic—a landslide of contemporary development melded with centuries‘-old tradition.

Story & photos by Deborah Loeb Bohren According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, a best-kept secret is “something very good that not many people know about.” That definition fits Spain’s Extremadura region to a tee. Nestled between Madrid and the Portuguese border, it is the country’s least populated and most often

By Ann Abel One reason that I book a flight to Italy whenever the opportunity calls is the newish wave of fairy tale, historic places to stay. Young members of aristocratic families are embracing the value of heritage and patrimony (and beauty, of course—always beauty), something that’s weirdly easy to

By Julie Snyder Part One It was, I’ll admit, an ambitious itinerary. Five Nordic countries in 17 days. 1,524 miles by plane. 611 miles by ship. 465 miles by train. 72 miles on foot. Rather like travel speed dating. I called it a Scandinavian Sampler. My husband, Joe, called it

By Josephine Parr Known for its fascinating history, gorgeous architecture and Old Town Square, Prague is brimming with tourists from around the world. Almost all of them travel across the famed Charles Bridge to explore the Prague Castle, set up on a hill overlooking the neighborhood of Malá Strana or

by Mark A. Thompson In the pale light of the tropical night, I slipped into the room. A ceiling fan purred the warm air. Outside on the terrace, palm fronds rustled and parted to reveal: a swimming pool illuminated blue on the manicured lawn two floors below. No one floating

By Everett Potter On a recent winter morning, in this Presidential year, I had the pleasure of waking up to a dramatic view of snow-covered Mt. Adams, Mt. Madison and Mt. Washington, the latter the highest peak in the Northeast at 6,288 feet. On this particular New Hampshire morning, it

By Everett Potter AutoCamp, the California company which owns and operates luxury glamping resorts in Santa Barbara, Russian River Valley, and Yosemite National Park, has announced it will open a fourth location. The new AutoCamp is on Cape Cod, and is scheduled to open in the fall of 2020.   This

Story and photos by Bart Beeson It’s no surprise that you’re going to have to follow some rules when visiting Chernobyl, the still highly radioactive site of the world’s worst nuclear disaster. On a recent visit, the guides laid out a series of particular rules, most of which were in