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"San Francisco these days?It's like a groovy Mayberry!" Ben Ospital tells me on my first night in town. We are lingering over a three-hour dinner with his sister, Chris, at Quince, a restaurant in the once down-and-out neighborhood of ...
Detailed street grids, uncluttered graphics, and indexes to streets and attractions make Insight Flexi-Map ($7.95) ideal for drivers. The laminated series gives info on nuts-and-bolts destinations, and lists "10 sights you shouldn't miss" (the Mui...
THE HUDSON | NEW YORK CITY Manhattan is deservedly notorious for obscene hotel rates; the average tariff recently topped $250, and even that sounds low to those who have tried to book a room here lately. Fortunately, there are exceptions—and we d...
When San Francisco's De Young Museum reopens on October 15 after nearly four years of construction, a city that fights doggedly to preserve its beloved Victorian neighborhoods will welcome the most adventurous modern architecture to be bui...
It's not always the four-star meals that stick in our memories when we travel. Sometimes the most evocative foods are simple, local dishes with everyday tastes. Look at a map of the United States: almost any port city you see could be marked by a ...
Every day, Americans drink about 400 million cups of coffee, and I am nothing but grateful for my generous share. I got my first intoxicating taste as a 10-year-old in the markets of Istanbul, and the lure of coffee can still pull me out o...
What is "American cuisine" now?In search of answers, we traveled to 10 of our most forward-thinking food capitals to bring you the best examples and the top tables in each. As we discovered, choice is the new buzzword: from "small plates" to big i...
Beds New York City’s Benjamin (125 E. 50th St.; 866/222-2365; thebenjamin.com; doubles from $409) has a money-back sleep guarantee and a specialized concierge to help make good rest a reality. He calls guests three days before their stay to plan ...
We all look forward to the New Year to get a fresh start, make resolutions, and of course to peer into our crystal ball and figure out what will happen this year. The year past saw some pretty interesting developments in the world of travel: the ...
San Francisco’s Japantown, America’s largest, is in the midst of a makeover, complete with direct-from-Tokyo bookstores and toy shops, and soon, a three-story Japanese pop culture center. Our pick for an overnight: the new Hotel Tomo, where lobby ...
Q: My family and I are renting a country house in England. Do we need to follow any specific recycling guidelines? —Charlotte Gandossi, Jacksonville, Fla. A: Recyclable glass, paper, and metal collection is common in England (as in much of the Un...
See our slideshow of 2009 Travel Horoscopes. Matt Murphy, 38, a Capricorn from New York City, is planning a big trip in 2009 but agonizing between a jaunt to tango in Buenos Aires or a nightlife jag in Shanghai. The price is the same, but which t...
Even dance clubs around the world are putting their own spin on going green. At Surya, in London, the floor is piezoelectric—it harnesses the power of dancing feet and converts it into energy for lighting. Temple Nightclub in San Francisco uses c...
See our slideshow of Must-See Green American Landmarks. From atop the High Line, the old elevated freight track that is about to debut as New York’s most revolutionary public park, you get a clear, wide-angle view of the future. The sculpted con...
The Just-opened California Academy of Sciences (55 Music Concourse Dr.; 415/379-8000; calacademy.org ), in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, extends green, sustainable architecture in unprecedented ways. Pritzker laureate Renzo Piano’s airy, lumin...