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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... Read More

Astute hotels now have a way to impress guests long after checkout: signature perfumes. Here, five available through their respective concierges... Read More

At 2 a.m. on a warm spring night the streets of Lisbon's Alfama district are quiet. Few people are walking about, and the blue-tiled seafood restaurants... Read More

Our airplane is descending in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, and I can't get Barry Manilow out of my head. "It's a miracle!" he keeps singing. "A... Read More

With the euro sky-high these days, it takes more than smarts to navigate the Continent in style without spending a small fortune in the process. It... Read More

The forecasts were not encouraging: rain, ceaseless and violent, for 10 straight days. Unseasonable storms had been plaguing Portugal for weeks,... Read More

Portugal is the last major European country to have entered the modern world. Some thirty years ago, an astute man I know predicted this belated debut... Read More

I'm looking for a weeklong barge tour in France that specializes in fine wine, beautiful scenery, and historic sites. Where should we go? —J.R., Wheat... Read More

VIENNA AUSTRIA $236 At the 16th-century Hotel König von Ungarn (10 Schulerstrasse; 43-1/515-840; www.kvu.at; breakfast included), just a short walk... Read More

With a pair of palace hotels leading the way, Europe delivers a king's ransom of notable debuts this season. The Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace... Read More

The broad plain of the Algarve occupies the whole of Portugal's southern coast, but as recently as thirty years ago the only golf courses on the... Read More

In 1999, Pritzker Prize winner and native Porto architect Álvaro Siza completed the National Contemporary Art Museum in the Art Deco gardens of the... Read More

THE WATERFRONT In 1999, Pritzker Prize winner and native Porto architect Álvaro Siza completed the National Contemporary Art Museum in the Art Deco... Read More

My husband, Bronson, says “doh-roo.” I say “due-row.” We sound like the Gershwin song, arguing about how to pronounce the world’s oldest demarcated wine... Read More

Mexico$145 • VeracruzAs coastal Mexico slowly gives way to a glut of high-rises and libidinous throngs of tourists, a few tucked-away treasures hold... Read More

Travelers are fueling demand for a bespoke approach to sightseeing: private, off-the-map tours led by savvy locals. "Nowadays, the most sought-after... Read More

Picture this. The sun is setting as you and your amour exchange vows on the banks of the Seine. It's romantic, but are you ready to spend 40 days in... Read More

Here, five art-rich cities where passes are worth their price.ParisParis Museum Pass provides access to the Louvre as well as over 60 museums in Paris... Read More

AMSTERDAMMost Efficient You can rent bicycles at most railway stations, and many streets have designated bike lanes. Cost From $8.50 a day.Scenic but... Read More

ASIAHua Hin, ThailandLike much of the sea pine–dotted coast within a few hours of Bangkok, Hua Hin started out as a little-known village where the... Read More

I knew it was going to be a good party when I saw the door vixen. Not only did she look like the love child of Grace Jones and Leigh Bowery—seven feet... Read More

1. Anaheim, Calif.Wyndham Anaheim Park877/999-3223; wyndham.com; ask for the Wyndham Weekender package.What’s Included A double; free shuttles to... Read More

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