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As the late, great Jimmy Durante used to say, everybody wants to get into the act: suddenly, every hotel worth its five diamonds is opening a spa. In-room massage plus a vest-pocket gym with two treadmills just doesn't cut it anymore. By the end o...
Catalina Island, California At the new, laid-back Avalon Grille, accordion windows frame a panoramic view of the water and, in the distance, the California coast. Slide into a rattan seat and watch the ferries glide by. The Drink: Avalon’s Grog,...
Magpie Café: Signs that Slow Food mecca San Francisco is rubbing off on Sacramento? Standout new locavore spots such as Magpie Café, where the bánh mì sandwich is filled with sustainable beef from a nearby ranch and a breakfast muffin comes with h...
What you pay for your hotel depends on when—and how—you book. We tested seven methods (from online travel agents and aggregators to the hotels’ own reservation channels) on five different U.S. hotels over a six-week period. The lessons learned? Al...
I’m a tea obsessive. I carry bags of loose tea on business trips and judge restaurants by the breadth of their selection. I know the names of specific gardens in Darjeeling, India, and age cakes of Pu-erh in my wine cellar. Still, I never thoug...
London Every weekend, some of the best food artisans in Britain assemble under railway viaducts in southeast London to display their wares at Borough Market. Amid the profusion of pork pies, puddings, and chutneys, you’ll find the Golden Company ...
Got a few days off? You can still make the weekend break count. Whether you’re in the mood for exploring or relaxing, our easy short trip ideas will set your getaway plans percolating. Great American Drives Whether you’re looking for mud baths o...
There are cities you love for the way they look, the way they move, the way they talk, the way they taste—and then there are cities you love for the way they sound, for the music coursing through them like so much crosstown traffic. I don’t know i...
For me, a trip isn’t complete unless there is afterward something tiny and preferably sparkly in my possession. Of course, buying a new piece of jewelry is usually a wonderful experience, but when you go vintage, you are also purchasing a bit of t...
Seen that commercial in which a raggedy summer of love bus morphs into a modern-day minivan, and the freewheeling hippies inside become yuppies?To most people, that's Marin County in a nutshell. But while northern California's wealthiest enclave i...
Beyond the city limits lies that elusive realm where the utility vehicle of choice is a horse, your dinner jacket is lined with fleece, and you catch your breakfast in a cold-water creek. It may be tough to get there--some of the places can be rea...
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Two and a half years ago, while researching a book on Los Angeles, I had dinner in an alcove booth at Hotel Bel-Air’s open-air restaurant with a real estate broker who was a regular. The place was packed and crackled with an energy that seemed dri...