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There are plenty of adventure travel companies out there, but Classic Journeys seems to have found and refined its own niche: tours that combine cultural immersion with physical activity in some of the most delightful locations in the world. What’s more, many of these trips can handily fit into a

British Airways A-318 Elite: Lie Flat and WiFi Ready. Everett Potter So there I was, somewhere close to Newfoundland, reclining in a generous seat that would eventually lie flat. I had eaten the roast halibut fillet with lemon caper sauce and new potatoes, sipped a bit of Chablis, and was

How did Continental stack up? By Everett Potter Remember last year’s flight-delay horror stories about passengers kept waiting for agonizing hours on the runway before takeoff? Well, get ready for a new kind of airport nightmare: increased flight cancellations. Read my full story on cancellations at Travel + Leisure …

By Mary Alice Kellogg Normally SpaWatcher is skeptical about the spa-casino combo. She has frequented many a casino resort spa – for research, of course – and too often found that exiting a massage only to run into a giant gaming floor does damage to her alpha state. Can relaxation

By Richard West The Netherlands, for me, is  Europe’s most endearing country.  How can you not love a nation where Homo neerlandicus enjoys sports like “fierljelpen,” pole vaulting over canals; running thigh-deep through black, sucking mud off the Frisian coast (“horizontal mountain climbing”); and pole sitting in the North Sea

Opus Hotel, Vancouver. By Everett Potter While there’s nothing wrong with existing hotel frequent stay programs that reward you for your loyalty, you might not exactly be pining to stay in a Hilton, Marriott or Hyatt on your next vacation in Colorado, Los Angeles or Florida. That’s where Stash Hotel

By Everett Potter I was in London on Monday morning, the first work day after the US State Department warned of an increased probability of a terror strike in Europe. England had been singled out, along with Germany and France. When I took to Piccadilly at 8AM, it was rainy,

Lake Willoughby, Vermont Looking for a fall foliage getaway that’s both affordable and not jammed with tour buses? I’ve scoured the country for 10 of the most affordable fall foliage towns, places you might not have heard of but offer staggering fall color without the crowds and the hiked-up prices. 

Vail Resorts has just launched EpicMix, which combines aspects of social media and a GPS into the ski experience.  It seems like a natural for those even mildly obsessed with Twitter and Facebook so I asked Vail Resorts CEO Rob Katz for more details.

By Mary Alice Kellogg SpaWatcher looked forward to The Spa at Trump SoHo opening, particularly since the buzz promised a heady Moroccan ambiance. Could this newest entry in the Manhattan relaxation sweepstakes revive memories of  SpaWatcher's  weekend taking the waters with Rick and Isla in Casablanca?