San Juan Islands

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'Great day for a boat ride,' the deckhand tells me, squinting at the cornflower sky as the Elwha prepares to back out of its slip at Anacortes and head into the San Juan Islands. He inspects a van with a kayak on top and a license-plate frame that...
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Palm Springs (285 miles round-trip from Los Angeles) A nouveau–Rat Pack oasis on the desert floor of California’s Coachella Valley, Palm Springs draws both the country-club set and the design-obsessed. But this resort town famed for its superlati...
“Airstreams are vintage, iconic, unique,” says Jody Aufrichtig, who spent months and millions to buy, import, and renovate a small fleet of vintage Airstreams. The point? To put them on the roof of his four-star Cape Town hotel, the Grand Daddy, a...
A LITTLE MORE THAN A YEAR AGO, my family and I picked up and moved from Manhattan to the Seattle area. It was a big change—new house, new jobs, new schools, new friends, new lives. During the first months, we wondered when the rain would end. But ...
See our slideshow of the World’s Top Nighttime Adventures. It’s 10 p.m. on the banks of the Macal River, a whitewater stream in the mountains of Belize, and Carlos Quiterio has a rhyme to tell: “Black and yellow, kill the fellow; yellow and black...
If you were in the market for a sublime waterfront view, the west coast of Washington's San Juan Island is where you'd want to stake your Northwest claim. But spend just one pampered night at the Highland Inn, and you'll wake up wondering why you'...
Only a few years ago, bicycle touring was the domain of the athletic and adventurous, people who were willing to load up their bikes with 40 pounds of camping gear and set forth on their own. It has since entered the mainstream; there are now hund...
Bermuda Booster Padgett Powell's article on my favorite island-- 34 trips so far-- is a well-written piece of hyperbole [World's Best Awards, September]. In fact, there are guns on Bermuda (not legally, of course); there is crime (some of it p...
Wintertime beaches are the stuff of romance—both the tempestuous, passionate kind of romance and the sitting-snug-by-a-crackling-fire kind. The vast stretches of empty shoreline, the relentless crashing of the waves, the long walks bundled agains...
Learn to do sun salutations at a secluded retreat on Washington's Orcas Island. Sadh Desha, a four-bedroom, contemporary cedar cabin, comes with acres of gardens, wooded trails, and a certified yogi, who is also a masseuse (360/376-6270; www.sad...