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  WHY IT’S A CONTENDER: The inn was originally a limestone schoolhouse that was built in 1989. It was converted in the 1980’s to a luxurious 15-room inn. There are high, vaulted ceilings, cherry wainscoting, and a grand staircase. The inn certainly fits the definition of "warm" and "intimate," with

WHY IT’S A CONTENDER: This bed & breakfast is located two blocks from Jackson’s town square. The look is Scandinavian, thanks to pine walls and exposed beams. Owners Hans and Nancy Johnstone are both former Olympians (she’s the biathelete and competed in Albertville in 1992; he did Nordic combined at

On a glorious spring afternoon in late April, the Capitol Limited, a regularly scheduled Amtrak train, pulled slowly out of Washington DC’s Union Station, bound for Chicago. Attached to the end of the train was an anomaly, a shiny blue dome railcar named Bella Vista. Built in 1955, the old

WHY IT’S A CONTENDER: It’s safe to say that there is not another ski hotel like the Alta Lodge. It looks like a 1940’s prep school dorm that was designed by a Bauhaus-trained architect. Think "pleasingly austere," with window walls of glass, Bertoia chairs and cement block walls. But those

Smack in the center of the Lone Star State, you’ll find great food and wine and a landscape that’s worth the trip BY TOM PASSAVANT Becker Vineyards (Photo by Karen Glenn) Many of the things I’d heard about the Texas Hill Country before my visit seemed hard to swallow, particularly

WHY IT’S A CONTENDER: The words "deal" and "The Little Nell" rarely share the same billing, but this is the time of year when the leaves turn, the rates fall, and even the locals are known to check in for a romantic night or two. Luxury hotels don’t come much

    WHY IT’S A CONTENDER: Martha’s Vineyard, which lies off the coast of Massachusetts, takes on its true colors during fall foliage season. This is the Vineyard sans day trippers and summer visitors. The crowds have left the winding streets of Edgartown, the backroads can be enjoyed on a

Why It’s a Contender: Most of America still thinks of Boulder as Berkeley with bigger hills, a gorgeous town 30 minutes from Denver (and under an hour from Denver International Airport) where aging hippies mingle with college kids and fitness-obsessed Boomers. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but Boulder

  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

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