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Reader's FindAfter six weeks of touring Europe by car, we thought a little indulgence was in order. Serendipitously, we fell into the 50-room Hostellerie du Vallon de Valrugues, in St.-Rémy-de-Provence (800/525-4800 or 33-4/90-92-04-40, fax 33-4/9...
One hundred years ago, America's first zoos were built in Philadelphia and New York, with extra-thick bars to assure the public that wild lions, elephants, and camels would not escape and attack. Today it's the wilderness that seems unde...
What would childhood be without dreams of banana splits—the ultimate reward for surviving the school year, passing the final exam, winning (or losing) the softball championship?Whole weeks can be consumed deciding on the exact combination of fl...
For those who suffer from what Cocteau called the "red-and-gold disease," relief is found only in the glittery, cavernous darkness of an opera house. Yet one does not always enter what Jean Harlow would have called a "rafeened" atmosphere. To be s...
todd takes on miamiFashion designer Todd Oldham has dressed up Miami Beach's Tiffany, a 1939 glam pad. Now called the Hotel (love the simple name), it's pure Oldham, from the crush-dyed robes to the bath tiles, all individually painted with stripe...
If I had a car its bumper sticker would say I'd rather be sleeping. I am a congenital, incorrigible glutton for sleep. Sleep-bingeing is my last vice, and I won't give it up. There's nothing I can't accomplish, physically or mentally, provided I'v...
It's time to celebrate the new. Not just the new new but also the reinvented, re-created, and incomparably well preserved. T+L's Critics' Choice Awards, new themselves this year, honor the innovations that keep us traveling. Our distinguished pane...
So you want to see the swamp?Then you need to know about frog's legs and gator tails, airboats and swamp buggies and Indian reservations, places called Shark Valley, Hells Bay, and Graveyard Creek. You should know that in the Everglades—a 2 millio...
It started nearly 10 years ago, when we left our native Charleston, South Carolina, to attend colleges in the Northeast. Sure, New England's fall colors were dazzling, but not enough to distract us from the fundamental questions that came to mind ...
For the sun-starved golfer whose sticks have been stowed away for weeks if not months, there is no better quick winter escape than a buddy trip to Florida: Get away for a long weekend, play thirty-six holes a day when you want to, and unwind in ca...
THE MASTER BEDROOM The Naples Grande Resort & Club's designer, Robert Barry, had Vaughan Benz and the Fong Brothers Company manufacture much of the furniture, including an altar of luminous serenity: • a sleek, backlit headboard of whitewa...
Groucho Marx once said, "I don’t care to belong to any club that will have me as a member." Frankly, I’m with Groucho—with a possible exception for destination clubs. After a freak accident trashed my family’s weekend home, resulting in frustratin...
I'm out on the deck behind the Delano. There's a little bar back there, and they can set you up on the beach with a tent over your lounge chair. You order a couple of Cosmos, take a dip, get a tan, sleep it off, and then start all over again. I al...
It took visionary hoteliers like Chris Blackwell and Ian Schrager to divine the potential behind the gritty early-nineties façade of Miami's South Beach. Now, in what can only be called the bandwagon effect, everyone wants to get in on the act, fr...
Swedish massages and basic facials can be found on nearly every spa menu, but they're no longer enough to entice savvy spa-goers. The 10 exotic indulgences listed here will impress even the most jaded massage enthusiasts and, with a little imagina...