The inns on this list are as varied as their destinations and include an alpine lodge, historic city mansion, charming small-town estates and quiet rural retreats. Behind each is an extraordinary innkeeper who cares about the details.
One of my most diversified year-end lists yet -- rock, electronica, jamband, prog, pop, R&B. I didn't really think I'd even find 10 albums that could hold my attention start to finish. Here are my top 10s of favorite CDs and singles.
There's nothing like a film about a champion. Two surprisingly fascinating documentary films about two extraordinary people were released this year. Both films remind us about the days when people were famous for a reason.
It's the time of year when critics release their lists of the year's best films. It feels like a competitive sport -- or a provocation, which all of these lists are, by nature. As in: "This is my list of the best films. If you don't agree, you're wrong."
No one person can create a best of the year list covering books. Maybe one type of book, like mystery or sci-fi. Maybe. But so many hundreds of thousands of books come out that covering all of them is nigh on impossible.
Welcome to my first end-of-year roundup. I have read a lot of good contemporary literature this year -- more than usual, because I've been doing some official reviewing -- though I don't claim to have an exhaustive sample.
Worst politician: There was no shortage of nominees in this category, as usual. Reince Priebus, Anthony Weiner, Trey Radel and crack-smoking mayor of Toronto Rob Ford all did their best to claim the title of Worst Politician, in fact.
Vienna Teng is upfront about the ways she creates and performs music that's daring and dynamic. The classically trained pianist and Californian-born singer-songwriter embraces technology to enhance her sound, and isn't afraid to let everyone know it.
From a famously divided Congress that finally agreed on something (Sunny Obama is adorable!) to two international sporting events whose execution proved more entertaining than the actual sport, 2014 definitely did not disappoint us in terms of buzz-worthy events.