Ireland

Tips and Articles in Ireland

After years of chic, simple interiors, decadence is afoot, and the most sensuous areas of the home—the bedroom and the dining room—are being indulged. In the past year, Europe has seen a wave of shops selling linens new and old, with something for...
Most travelers to Ireland can attest to its emerald hills and sweeping valleys, but how many can say they got to drive right through them?Using four-wheel-drive vehicles, the just-launched Vagabond Tours is luring thrill-seekers into the wild for ...
It was the music that drew me to Ireland: the lilt and wail of the fiddle, the bright laughter of the accordion, the windy purl of the flute. This was the music of my father's forebears; once it got ahold of me, a few years back, it never let go. ...
Trapped by the twin demons of habit and finance, I've often entertained the fantasy of opening a bed-and-breakfast. It's a heady thought, quitting my job and devoting my life to cloth-covered jars of huckleberry jam. Instead of enduring the drudge...
Can you recommend a company that does horseback tours of Ireland? —K.D., Glen Ellyn, Ill. With its mountains, castles, beaches, and coastal villages, the Irish countryside is best explored from the back of a horse. Most riding tours follow establi...
While no one was looking, Dublin blossomed into a bona fide cosmopolitan food capital. Want a Michelin two-starred feast?Book at Thornton's or Patrick Guilbaud. A restaurant-cum-lounge that looks as if it's been airlifted from San Francisco?Join t...
Immersing yourself in the culture may be a great way to see Europe, sure, but each of these new spas has created a universe unto itself—which may make you consider not venturing beyond the property boundaries at all. SWITZERLAND Complimentary foot...
I was brought up between the mountains and the sea, and those spirits still haunt me: the urge in the mountains to search and find, and in the sea the longing to lose myself. My particular mountains were the Dublin hills. Of a morning their count...
The big news in Ireland today is hotels that reject the past and embrace the modern, modish—and mediocre. I think it was the fifth time I banged my shin on some overdesigned, underthought bed that turned me against the "hot new crop of hip Irish h...
'When you're at a hotel and your needs are being taken care of in a gracious way—that's the ultimate luxury' OCCUPATION Actor HOME BASE Santa Monica, California COUNTRY LIVING After two months in Toronto shooting Take the Lead (out next yea...
As founding president of Ritz-Carlton, hotelier Horst Schulze has long been a pioneer in the world of service. He’s now aiming to put a new stamp on luxury by creating intimate all-suite properties in Europe, Asia, Mexico, and the United States, ...
Once upon a time, the notion "small is beautiful" wafted upon the air, and idealistic young folk reveled in simple, affordable cars like the Volkswagen Bug. The cars were iconically hip, a lifestyle statement. Across the water, the British equival...
Before leaving New York for Schloss Velden, in southern Austria, and Capella Castlemartyr, in County Cork, Ireland, just as I was choosing which ties to pack and about to oven-dry some tomatoes, Benjamin and Iona called, identifying themselves as ...
Dylan Location The stately, red-brick Victorian is situated on an elm-lined lane in the exclusive Dublin 4 neighborhood. Those two-story brick row houses across the street go for 2 million euros a pop. Details Its public spaces are definitely ...
Pearse Street in Clonakilty is a handsome high street of pastel-hued Georgians with bronze door knockers, upscale design shops, baby clothiers, and bookshops. On a balmy July night, the storefronts were shuttered but the street was crowded with co...