United States

(The view from The Island Inn on Monhegan Island, courtesy Island Inn)   I love islands, and I love the state of Maine, so the combination is pretty much guaranteed to satisfy. That’s why I was a happy sailor when the Elizabeth Ann pulled out of Port Clyde, Maine and

        If the current state of the world makes you want to truly get away from it all, there’s a lot to be said for staying in a remote lighthouse. It’s romantic and exotic, and you’re pretty much guaranteed unimpeded sea views. The good news is that

 By Ed Wetschler     James Hayney will impersonate Abraham Lincoln at the National Civil War Museum on February 14, 2009, to honor the 16th president's birthday bicentennial. By the time you read this, of course, you may have missed the show. No matter. Hayney is good, very good, but Lincoln,

    Chicago, the home and stomping grounds of former Senator and now President Barack Obama, is once again in the limelight. And frankly, it's about time. The Windy City is one of my favorite places, a big city with a small town feel, a town that always seems more welcoming

If you’re put off by the idea of visiting a national park because you’ve heard they’re crowded, think again. Admittedly, the Great Smoky Mountains received 9.3 million visitors in 2007, while the Grand Canyon welcomed 4.4 million people and Yellowstone had 3.1 million vacationers. But there are overlooked national parks

By Ed Wetschler “I’ve always wanted to dress up in old clothes in an old town and lie to kids about history,” says shopkeeper Floyd D.P. Oydegaard. Don’t believe him. Oydegaard is passionate about California’s heritage, as are many people in Tuolumne County, high in the foothills of the Sierra

BACKSTORY: Jumel Terrace B&B is a bookish hideaway in a classic brownstone on a quiet, leafy street in Harlem Heights, an area so rich in history that it’s been dubbed "where the founding fathers meet the founding brothers." That quote is from the owner of Jumel Terrace, Kurt Thometz (photo

I saw the pod of orcas in the early morning, slicing through the wake of my cruise ship, the 102-passenger Spirit of Endeavour. The captain saw them, too, and he stopped the engines so we could get a closer look. What made the moment a world-class experience was the backdrop:

BACKSTORY: Snowbird is a mountain lauded for its steep and deep terrain, 500 inches of powder yearly, and cliffs that inspire the craziest skiers and boarders to make the leap of faith. At its base sits the Cliff Lodge & Spa, a 10-story symphony in cement that looks like a

by Tom Passavant Hawaii may be one of the United States, but unless you’ve got your own sailboat, getting there involves a flight of 2,500 miles from the West Coast, which explains why no visit to the islands is truly cheap. (And good luck using your frequent flier miles to