Getaways

Story and Photos by Deborah Loeb Bohren If you’re looking for a cruise ship the size of a small city with the likes of rock walls, extreme water slides, go-karting, and laser tag, you can stop reading now because this isn’t the cruise for you.  But, if the idea of

By Jeanne Muchnick You know the old adage, location, location, location? Well, the Beaux-Arts-style Kimpton Hotel Monaco Baltimore Inner Harbor, close to the Convention Center and four blocks from the Inner Harbor, has that plus history, history, history. Housed in the gorgeously restored former Baltimore & Ohio Railroad headquarters and

  By Larry Olmsted An unusually destructive hurricane – even for the worst possible Category 5 – 2017’s Irma was considered the most powerful storm ever for the open Atlantic region and the worst to hit the U.S. since Katrina twelve years earlier. In addition to catastrophic destruction across the

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 Richard West These days my first concern traveling: how to avoid the hordes of fellow travelers (Joyce’s ‘endlessnessnessness’) causing civic concerns in Venice, Barcelona, Prague, Amsterdam and other popular destinations. Solution: The Wayfarers Walking Vacations offered around the world, a week of moderate exercise on untraveled outback paths, meeting

  By Everett Potter The idea behind a new vacation concept called Getaway is that we could all use a break from our overstressed, overworked and over-connected lives. “It started with me being burned out at 25 after a couple of start-ups,” says Jon Staff, CEO and Co-Founder of Getaway.

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 Everett Potter For a small country, Ireland has a remarkable wealth of dramatic sites, hidden corners, and amazing discoveries. The problem is that left to your own devices in a rental car, a GPS and an itinerary on your iPad, you’ll have a great time but you’ll only