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We have just arrived in San Francisco for the weekend, and the desk clerk at the game-themed Serrano Hotel invites us to roll the dice for an upgrade. We're allowed three tries; on my last I hit double fives. Yes! My friend Tracy and I check into ...
After years of damp Pennsylvania cold, my family started over in Florida. My grandmother ran the housekeeping department of the Diplomat Hotel in Hollywood, and my grandfather took care of the swimming pool at South Broward High School. Mom worked...
We eat many of our 30 billion—plus burgers a year as Slyders, Hockeyburgers, or Liplockers at places like Bob's Big Boy or In-N-Out Burger—or hot off the backyard grill. If you're looking for something more grand, here's where to find high-end bli...
The Moorings Village Islamorada, Fla.; 305/664-4708; www.themooringsvillage.com; doubles from $185, two-night minimum. Halfway between Miami and Key West, Old Florida is alive and well on this former coconut plantation, where 18 cottages with tin ...
My college roommates and I want to take an all-women adventure trip (hiking, rafting, skiing, snowboarding). Can you recommend a good tour outfitter? —M.G., Lake Forest, Ill. Equinox Wilderness Expeditions (877/615-9087 or 907/274-9087; www.equin...
If you book a room at the new Hooters Inn in Lakeland, Florida—brought to you by the restaurant chain known for its lightly clad waitresses—you might expect cleavage at check-in, tight shorts at turndown, and buffalo wings in the mini-bar. But you...
Anglers are swapping crowded trout streams for saltwater fly-fishing in the deep blue sea. Whether cruising the flats or casting to surface feeders, playing catch-and-release with a hefty fish on light tackle kicks the adrenaline into high gear. T...
Philippe Starck wants to decorate your apartment—as long as you live in one of his ICON buildings, which he designed with Siger Suarez & Fullerton Diaz Architects. Last year, the concept—finished apartments with layouts personally selected by Star...
Everyone knows about South Beach—the Delano, News Café, and Liquid—and it's still hotter than hot. But that short stretch of Miami Beach simply couldn't contain all the action. Where do locals go when they're undercover?And what's new for jaded re...
For most visitors to the Continent, going off the beaten path means finding a restaurant that's not yet in the guidebooks. But Europe is, in fact, the birthplace of adventure sports. Mountaineering was invented here—people have been going to the A...
If you're like us, you'll plan an entire vacation around a great swimming pool. These days, there's one for every taste: URBAN OASIS Berkeley Hotel London; 44-207/235-6000; www.the-berkeley.co.uk; doubles from $322. Eight stories up, London's onl...
Circus impresario John Ringling is credited with bringing European art and architecture to Sarasota, a former backwater village 60 miles south of Tampa. In the Roaring Twenties, Ringling, a native of Wisconsin, snapped up real estate in this part ...
The Everglades extend from Lake Okeechobee in central Florida down to Florida Bay. Everglades National Park, at 2,350 square miles (most of them underwater), makes up nearly half of them. There are two main park entrances: in Everglades City, 30...
Inside: Explore the Everglades and Get The Facts. Plus, only on the web: Another Great Place to Get in a Houseboat and Go Picture a 230,100-acre jigsaw puzzle with 14,022 pieces, some as small as a manhole cover, others as big as Central Park. Ea...
At the emotional core of the melancholy 1969 buddy movie Midnight Cowboy, a forlorn Dustin Hoffman imagines himself at a beachfront Florida resort, populated by sun-bronzed trashy-chic women of a certain age. He gambols by the ocean, exchanges wis...