United States

“Swimgloat.” A Joycean word James coined as an expression of joy that comes from a great success. You confidently can assume Dallas is swimgloating after the October 12th sockeroo opening of its $354 million, 10-acre AT&T Performing Arts Center on a once humdrum, parking lot-littered landscape on the edge of downtown. Now there’s the ruby red luminous drum of the Winspear Opera House; the nine-story boxed Wyly Theatre, stark and glacial with its facade of hundreds of rippling aluminum tubes; a connecting landscaped park by M. Desvigne of Paris; and the still a-building City Performance Hall and the Annette Strauss Artist Square (capacity: 5,000) for outdoor shows.

A few years ago, if you wanted to take a cruise from a U.S. port, you didn’t have a lot of choices. If you were dreaming of the Caribbean, you would book a flight to Miami, Fort Lauderdale or Port Canaveral and then set sail. If you lived west of

Vajrayogini Mandala, Tibet; 18th century, Courtesy Rubin Museum of Art Reviewed by Bobbie Leigh Just as painted Russian icons are not intended to be  solely artistic  representations of  saints, but objects of meditation and veneration, mandalas   — at least for the initiated —  are   magic windows, pathways to  the deepest

Interior of Esherick house. Photo by G. Widman for GPTMC. By Deborah Hay In the bucolic countryside near Valley Forge sits a modest house in the woods. It was once the home and studio of Wharton Esherick (1887-1970), America’s foremost wood sculptor and furniture craftsman. Whether or not his name

By Steve Jermanok Autumn in the Finger Lakes is the time of year when leaves on the maples turn a tad crimson and the grapes on the vines are ready to be harvested for their award-winning Rieslings. If you haven't tasted a Finger Lakes wine in some time, give it

By Mary Alice Kellogg SpaWatcher has been fond of Mohonk Mountain House for years, and she's not alone. This venerable National Historic Landmark hostelry a scant two hours from Manhattan has attracted guests since 1869 with Catskill Mountain views on one side and a glorious glacial lake framed by giant

Maid of the Mist By Shari Hartford A multi-generational vacation is usually difficult to plan. Someone wants the beach, someone else craves culture and there's one in every crowd who pushes Disney World. But in our case the suggestion of Niagara Falls got a unanimous "Yes!"

  Montauk Point Lighthouse By Shari Hartford Take the Long Island Expressway (Route 495) to exit 70 to Route 27 and when you reach the first Hampton um, keep going. My favorite place on the planet is not trendy, not always warm and sunny and certainly not filled with a

Stonington Harbor, courtesy of the Inn at Stonington. The most relaxing summer reading I can think of is a book by Anthony Bailey called The Coast of Summer. This longtime New Yorker writer — an Englishman, no less –- brings me back to my New England youth with his tales

Musicians at the Burlington Farmers Market. Photo by Ed Wetschler by Ed Wetschler   The People’s Republic of Vermont is a state of mind — and culture — that I’ve often relished in southern Vermont. But six or seven years ago, JetBlue Airways started flying to Burlington, in the north,