Austria

I had lunch yesterday with 12 ski resorts from the Swiss, French, Italian, German, and Austrian Alps. Travel to the Alps from America was up a whopping 50 percent this past summer and 30 percent last winter.

Hiking from the Steirlochjoch to the Spullersee. Story and photos by Ed Wetschler This town in Austria's Arlberg region feels like a Sound of Music set, and that isn't just my opinion. Hiking through alpine meadows with wildflowers and tame cows, I heard two other hikers — hip young women,

Becky Aikman and Fred Plotkin perusing the menu at Osterreicher im MAK in Vienna. Photo by Lana Bortolot. By Becky Aikman There may be no bigger gamble in travel than taking a trip with a friend; the results can fall anywhere between the disastrous and the sublime. But the odds were