Escapes

Story by James Mckenzie Photos by Paul Clemence When one thinks of Mexico’s Riviera Maya it’s easy to think of wild, partying Cancun Spring breakers carousing. Others seek out all-inclusive resorts where they can fully relax and enjoy the tropical weather. There are certainly plenty of such resort options to

By Everett Potter There are classic Maine resorts, and then there’s Quisisana Resort, which describes itself as an “all-inclusive musical theatre resort on Kezar Lake, Maine.” That’s true, but this nutshell description doesn’t begin to do justice to the beauty, the serene mood, the spectacular surroundings, and the doting staff

By Brian E. Clark When the backcountry hut known as Francie’s Cabin opened 28 years ago in the Crystal Lakes Basin three miles south of Breckenridge, Colorado, its backers weren’t sure how many people would use it. Now, 75,000 overnights later, the 20-person hut named in honor of Frances Lockwood Bailey is

By Bart Beeson “A summer vacation is not a luxury, a matter for economy. It is an insurance policy against a breakdown next winter or in the near future.” So wrote Edward Hoyt, the owner of Madison, New Hampshire’s Purity Spring Resort, in the early 1900s. Originally running a spring

By Everett Potter Coastal Maine has recently seen a spate of older hotels transformed for more sophisticated visitors. Now it’s getting yet another hipster hideaway this summer with the mid-June opening of The Wanderer in Kennebunk. Located near some of Maine’s best beaches, this 17-cottage compound has a lounge pool, a

Now is the time to begin planning a summer getaway to Maine. Hoteliers across the state are already reporting earlier bookings this year, especially for the prime months of July and August. Whether you’re into visiting the fabled coastline, exploring the Western lakes and mountains, or spending time in the

By Everett Potter A stay in a classic seaside vacation cottage has long been part of a summer trip to Maine. Now there’s a revamped version of those old time cottage colonies called Salt Cottages that dispenses with knotty pine and dark interiors and instead brings a high design and a

By Everett Potter Hawaii is currently experiencing an unprecedented tourism boom. If you don’t believe it, just try booking a late summer getaway or a fall vacation. Or maybe you have Christmas and New Year’s on the islands in mind? Good luck. “Demand is through the roof,” says John Di

By Bart Beeson Peering over the edge of White Horse Ledge in North Conway, New Hampshire, I had to fight the urge to grab on to a nearby tree. The smooth granite rocks slope away and then drop off precipitously, leaving the impression that you could just slide right off