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A Glamorous Stay In Monte Carlo

(0) Comments | Posted November 9, 2012 | 7:30 AM

The most photographed building in Monaco, the glamorous seaside principality on the French Riviera, is the Monte Carlo Casino, which sits grandly on the central square, Place du Casino. Though the adjacent Hotel de Paris, which has hosted everyone from royalty to rock stars, has an impressive façade, it's the...

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Norway's Quiet, Rugged Nature (PHOTOS)

(6) Comments | Posted October 29, 2012 | 9:00 AM

I wanted to immerse myself in Norwegian nature -- fjords, mountains, coastal fishing villages -- but I had to spend a few days checking out the capital of Oslo before heading into the wild so I checked into Hotel Guldsmeden, a hip, eco-hotel ten minutes from the city...

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Hotel Matilda, San Miguel's Boutique Star

(0) Comments | Posted August 3, 2012 | 8:00 AM

After a day exploring the cobbled streets of San Miguel de Allende in central Mexico's hilly interior, I was ready for a late lunch. I was thinking guacamole and chips. Though I could have chosen an outdoor café near El Jardin, the central square or one of the rooftop restaurants...

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Belgium Beyond Chocolate And Beer

(3) Comments | Posted July 31, 2012 | 8:00 AM

Traveling on Brussels Airlines inaugural flight from New York's JFK to Brussels, I took advantage of the flatbeds in business class to catch up on some much-needed sleep before my whirlwind, week-long Belgium visit. Yes, the country is known for beer, chocolate and Tin Tin, but I found...

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Black Point Inn: A Classic Maine Getaway

(0) Comments | Posted July 18, 2012 | 8:00 AM

After catching the morning Jet Blue flight from JFK to Portland, I hopped in a taxi and within 20 minutes I was at the Black Point Inn in the exclusive, seaside community of Prouts Neck. Just one look at the handsome gray-shingled inn with a manicured front lawn dotted with...

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Revel: Atlantic City's Splashiest Resort (PHOTOS)

(0) Comments | Posted June 22, 2012 | 8:00 AM

Needing a weekend out of Dodge (a.k.a NYC), I headed down the Garden State Parkway to check out the new 1,898-room Revel in Atlantic City. The glittery $2.4 billion resort and casino is attracting a lot of buzz to the oft-struggling seaside gambling mecca. It's the first resort...

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A Quick Visit To Berlin And Dresden

(0) Comments | Posted June 20, 2012 | 8:00 AM

Heading out early from my hotel, the Swissotel Berlin on Kurfurstendamm (or Ku'damm) the city's main shopping street, I hopped aboard the #100 bus and within 20 minutes was in Museum Island in the Mitte district, boasting five world-class cultural institutions. But before I started exploring, I just had to...

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One Aldwych: London's Chicest Boutique Hotel (PHOTOS)

(0) Comments | Posted June 2, 2012 | 10:40 AM

It's about seven in the evening, and the high-ceilinged lobby bar at One Aldwych, a boutique hotel in Covent Garden is buzzing. Every seat is taken with smartly dressed Londoners sipping martinis and tumblers of scotch on elegant couches and club chairs arranged in little clusters amid contemporary...

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A Luxury Villa Hotel In Florence

(0) Comments | Posted March 19, 2012 | 8:00 AM

Every morning while in my room at Il Salviatino, an intimate villa hotel in the Tuscan hills, I'd dramatically fling open the shutters of my windows (as I imagine Helena Bonham Carter would do in A Room With a View) and take in the idyllic scene spread before...

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Vermont's Most Relaxing Inn?

(0) Comments | Posted March 1, 2012 | 7:00 AM

These days, it's hard to truly get away from it all. Our high-tech gadgets keep us perpetually plugged in but still we dream of that perfect getaway -- perhaps a bucolic New England town where we can unwind amid nature, poke around country stores and enjoy long dinners with fine...

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Utah's Canyons: The Next Great Ski Resort? (PHOTOS)

(1) Comments | Posted January 23, 2012 | 8:00 AM

It's sunny with no clouds. Cold, but not too cold. I am in my ski jacket and pants but rather than skis and poles, I've been outfitted with a harness, a helmet and a backpack containing a gizmo that will have me zipping across a cable, 140 feet above the...

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Copenhagen Dining Beyond Noma

(0) Comments | Posted November 30, 2011 | 8:51 AM

Even if you're not a foodie, you've probably heard of Noma, Rene Redzepi's award-winning Copenhagen restaurant that's at the forefront of the New Nordic Cuisine movement. And while the rustic-chic restaurant in an unassuming warehouse district continues to win raves from diners lucky enough to snag a table (the wait...

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A New Foodie Festival On Canada's Cape Breton Island

(2) Comments | Posted November 2, 2011 | 9:03 AM

The sun is setting over Louisbourg Harbour, and I am standing in the doorway of a French colonial home waiting for a drum and fife band dressed in traditional red coats and white breeches to pass while watching a woman in a rocker making lace by hand. All around me...

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