On the Road

By Michael Kiefer Among the lesser-known entries in Leonardo DaVinci’s notebooks is a sketch for a perpetual-motion machine powered by the hot air from a single Italian tour guide. They can talk forever. Every church, every piazza, every village is the most be-you-ti-ful in all of Italy. Then follows a

By Everett Potter Discovering Ireland through its food is a relatively new concept. In fact, it’s safe to say that no one went to the Emerald Isle on a mission to dine until the mid-1980s, with the advent of pioneering restaurants like Ballymaloe House in County Cork, where the late

By Everett Potter What is the most iconic travel trailer in America? An Airstream, of course, those silver bullet-shaped aluminum trailers that have been a familiar presence on American highways since the 1930’s. Designer Wally Byam created these classic trailers in various models. By the 1950’s, he was leading caravans

  By Gary Walther There was something slightly eerie about this Rome shop window encountered on an early morning walk. It was as if a Roman Walpürgisnacht had just wrapped up, that The Hotel Detective’s approach had made the mannequins hastily reabsorb their rampant spirits, like teenagers putting the living

Story & photos by Rumit Mehta Ask yourself: Where does a travel pro with limited time decide to spend his precious vacation?  For me, the choice was clear: Sri Lanka, a tiny island nation that corners the market on superlatives and UNESCO Heritage sites. As a seasoned, lifelong traveler, I

By Gary Walther At 2:37pm on Sunday, July 24th, Nikki Beach St.Barth went critical. It was Super Hero Party Day and Spiderman, Wonder Woman, and assorted other comic book characters emerged from the kitchen headed for a table of eight. The chief prop was a large-format bottle of Taittinger, sparkler

  by Geri Bain The Hotel Palacio de Villapanés embodies the enchantment of Seville, a city where winding streets suddenly open onto captivating squares and grand edifices. After following a seemingly incomprehensible trail of narrow medieval streets, our cab stopped suddenly. If not for the doorman standing at the entry

Yosemite has Half Dome, El Capitan and Vernal Falls. Sequoia and Kings Canyon have ancient groves of giant sequoias.

By Monique Burns In Berlin, the German capital, as in other great metropolises, finding a good, reasonably priced hotel in the center-city is well nigh impossible.  If you do find a hotel that’s clean and comfortable, you’re lucky.  If it also has free Wi-Fi, a gym and sauna, a bar,

  by Geri Bain Sipping the “welcome” Prosecco we were offered as we checked in, my husband, daughter and I had the sense that we were guests in someone’s elegant townhome, not a hotel in the heart of one of Rome’s most fashionable shopping areas. In fact, the hotel was