Getaways

Skiing is the closest I come to flying. So when I saw an Andean condor soaring among the jagged 19,000 foot peaks at Portillo last September, I felt truly inspired. With its 11-foot wingspan, it rode the thermals in a cobalt blue sky, leaving enormous shadows against the rocky flanks

DRIVING THE MAINE COAST One of my earliest childhood memories is trout fishing with my grandfather at Acadia National Park. A few decades later, my wife Gayle and I honeymooned on Deer Isle. In the years between, I’ve driven the "reaches," long, narrow peninsulas that stretch like fingers into a

America’s Best Food And Wine Festivals Chef Ming Tsai (photo Perry Johnson, Imagica) Some are down-home, others are fancy, but they all celebrate the country’s greatest tastes. Dig in! By Tom Passavant If there’s one thing we Americans have in common, it’s a love of food. So it’s no surprise

Number Sixteen,16 Sumner Place, London SW7 3EG WHY IT’S A CONTENDER: It’s a Victorian terrace house that was refurbished a couple of years ago by the stylish folks from Firmdale Hotels. This is their "affordable chic" property. Think contemporary British art, designer fabrics and wallpapers, and cool colors. There are

Two hours south of Naples, the mountainous Amalfi Coast is better known for vacationing Roman emperors, film starlets Santa Caterina at night (credit Santa Caterina) and Ferrari rallies than for rigorous hiking. But gaze upwards

The Mount Nevis Hotel, Nevis, WI WHY IT’S A CONTENDER Perched on a hillside, the Mount Nevis Hotel has one of the most stunning locales in the Caribbean. You won’t tire of the sweeping view of the ocean and neighboring St. Kitts. On a pricey island, it’s undervalued. THE ROOMS: