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"It sounds like you have little kayaking experience," Sea Trek's program director told me on the phone. "That's good. The less you know, the better." This guy was on the ball: he knew how to turn a lack of skill into an asset. Friends of mine had...
My five pit bulls are seasoned travelers. Every weekend, they log 400 miles to and from their country retreat, in a Volvo station wagon fully loaded with essentials: safety restraints, blankets for shock and liquid absorption, a dog thermos, a fir...
the redder the better in miami Having practically invented fusion at New York's China Grill, restaurant czar Jeffrey Chodorow just keeps on fusing—this time marrying Moscow to Miami Beach. At Red Square, revolutionary Russian posters hang on distr...
intoxicating retreat Les Sources de Caudalie takes its cue from the hills of Bordeaux. The 29-room hotel, which opened in July, is a spirited homage to France's finest harvest, with grapevines adorning the lobby and "vinotherapy" treatments in the...
let's call them "map guides" There's a new breed of city map that combines basic street layouts with information typically found in books-- restaurant prices, museum hours, and nightlife options. Some are more successful than others, but it all co...
Hemmed in by freeways and bay waters, San Francisco's new $1 billion international terminal, opening this month, had nowhere to go but up. Architect Craig Hartman of Skidmore Owings & Merrill designed the airy six-story structure with a double-can...
Many long-distance trains provide a brochure to enhance sightseeing, and some trains even have a guide on board to narrate trips through particularly scenic territory. But long-distance passengers will get the most out of train travel by researchi...
Traveling bibliophiles tend to lug a year's worth of reading material for a weeklong trip. We suggest an alternative: grab a paperback for the plane, and regain your literary bearings on arrival by visiting a great bookstore. But where to go?Here,...
high style, few francs A new Paris hotel, the Libertel Quartier Latin, takes its decorative cues from its location at the crossroads of the city's intellectual life: in the Fifth Arrondissement near the Sorbonne. Designed as a study in bookishness...
San Franciscans have weathered the wildest of the nightlife trends, and even jump-started a few of their own. But these days, things have settled into a modest nineties groove. Sure, raves, acid jazz, and fetish clubs are still part of the nightsc...
Meet Mr. C. Thorne Corse, age 76, a retired San Francisco attorney who, in less than six years, has embarked on 63 cruises aboard the Crystal Symphony and her sister ship, the Crystal Harmony. No other passenger has logged more miles with the com...
once-in-a-lifetime trips for a once-in-a-lifetime moment The Jet Set Ring in the new millennium with a sonic boom. Aboard the Concorde, on Intrav's Ultimate Trip, you and 95 other passengers will hop your way around the globe in 18 days, touc...
Aesop has led us to believe that those who plan (the ants) fare better than those who don't (the grasshoppers). But the Web has changed everything; and when it comes to travel, those who wait often get the better fares. Last year, in an effort to ...
See our slideshow of the Best Baseball Stadium Food. “If you’re gonna pay more for a hot dog or a burger or an order of fries,” New York City restaurateur Danny Meyer proclaimed in a recent phone interview about stadium food, “they better be damn...
Australia for two . . . Handmade in Italy . . . San Francisco restaurants . . . Sailing Venezuela q. My wife and I will be traveling to Perth to visit relatives. Where should we go to enjoy a few nights on our own? -- S.W., Ann Arbor, Mich. a....