Smart Traveler

By Julie Snyder Far below our perch at South Camp Peak (8,866 feet), Lake Tahoe shimmers like liquid sapphire. Forests of pine and aspen and a host of peaks—some snow-frosted even in summer—cradle the meandering 72-mile shoreline of North America’s highest and largest subalpine lake. With this sumptuous picnic panorama,

By Marc Kristal Nothing makes you feel more pampered, somehow, than a properly done first-class airport lounge. By which I don’t mean one of those tired-looking, afterthought kind of spaces with a couple of slow-moving computers, a few half-filled liquor bottles beside a bucket of melted ice, and carrot and

By Buzzy Gordon Eight years ago, I had my first exposure to Ayurveda, India’s ancient system of holistic medicine, which is enjoying a remarkable – and well-deserved – global renaissance. My experience with Panchakarma, Ayurveda’s detoxification regimen, was no less than transformational; after its five stages of cleansing, it was

By Everett Potter The major American airport that delivers the most seamless experience isn’t on any coast. It wins over fliers with shopping and dining options, the ease of check-in and security, and the friendliness typical of its city hub. So breathe a sigh of relief if you’ve booked a

By Mary Alice Kellogg SpaWatcher dreams of a place where loofahs grow on trees. She also dreams of that perfect little spa that doesn’t need big bells and whistles to be impressive, where spirit of place and personalized technique rule. She found it at Sugar Ridge Resort in Antigua, and

By Mary Alice Kellogg SpaWatcher has a soft spot for the Sonoran desert of Southeastern Arizona, which happens to be where she was born and raised. Recently she hopped the next plane to check out the newest spa contender in the region that gave us Canyon Ranch and Miraval. The

by Bobbie Leigh When Boeing delivers a new plane to Cathay Pacific, both companies pull out all the stops.  In February,  they jointly  hosted a ceremonial roll out  “delivery dinner” that began  with a morning factory   tour  in Everett, Washington, a “delivery” dinner that night,  and  ended with  a free

By Eleanor Berman Visiting China and not traveling beyond the big cities would be missing some of the best of this amazing country. A few highlights: Xian Xian has one of the incredible sights, the army of thousands of life-size terra cotta warriors that have silently guarded the underground tomb

by Eleanor Berman The drastic contrasts between the ancient and modern worlds make China one of the world’s most fascinating destinations. New China dazzles, but two of the great ancient sights, the Great Wall and the buried army of life-size terra cotta warriors, remain among the world’s wonders, and good

By Gerrie Summers As much as I loathe freezing temperatures and only enjoy the sight of snow from the interior of a very warm building, Stein Eriksen Lodge in Utah, is one of a short list of places that could inspire me to take a winter vacation in a cold