Before being whisked away to Aruba on a last-minute trip, I’d never been to the Caribbean. Sure, my family and I had done the whole white-sand-and-crystal-clear-water thing in the Bahamas, but the island chain isn’t technically a Caribbean territory—and besides, I was 9. As I’d soon learn after touching down …Read More »
Quick, what’s the best beer town in the country? As a homer who can detect malty aromas wafting over from Union Craft Brewing in my Woodberry backyard, I might answer Baltimore. But there are the established craft beer hotbeds to consider—Portland, Seattle and Denver. Old-schoolers might even suggest Milwaukee out …Read More »
We wanted contemporary art, good food, nice vistas, some history, a bit of shopping. The Hudson Valley seemed to fit the bill on all counts as my partner, Jane, and I, traveling from Baltimore to New England, sought a quaint detour last summer. We wanted contemporary art, good food, nice vistas, …Read More »
Northwestern Gem A family of three finds that their own private Idaho more than equals the appeal of the public.
Why Idaho? For years, there was a 500-piece picture puzzle of the Sawtooth Mountains, which I’d found in my parents’ cabin in New Hampshire. Sawtooth. I thought the name sounded cool and dangerous. My wife, meanwhile, had visited Idaho in the ’90s: Whenever I rhapsodized about the California Rockies, she …Read More »
Seeking mental and gastronomic stimulation, the wife and I recently pointed the car south towards the Capital for a long-weekend getaway. You know, where we could stroll the storied corridors of columned government buildings or wander a sprawling art museum. And when our stomachs rumbled, we could drift into any …Read More »
Some people hear “Chincoteague” and immediately think of a certain beloved pinto named Misty, made famous by writer Marguerite Henry in 1947. But to other, less horse-oriented people, Chincoteague is known as a birder’s paradise, and still others treasure it as a wildlife refuge. It can be a sanctuary for …Read More »
The first weekend in October, I visited Providence, R.I., with my husband, Rick, and our 17-year-old son, Jackson. This wasn’t an all-purpose, get-to-know-a-cool-city trip, however. We were three members of a tribe I’ll call people touring colleges (PTCs), and as such, our focus was narrower: We were after the Providence …Read More »
The tide is moving in—splashing black sea urchins cleaved to gray rocks—as I lounge on Hermosa Beach in a hammock strung between palms. I am at Pranamar Villas, an eco-friendly resort in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica. World-class surfing and yoga, lush waterfalls and a monkey-canopied forest are some of the …Read More »
Separate But Equal Whether you’re on the French side or Dutch side, St. Martin offers the unexpected.
Then we were like, “Where is St. Martin?” I mean, it had one of those “St.” names like so many Caribbean islands do, so it was probably awesome. But what if it was one of those resort-y places full of partying college students or some all-inclusive spot with bland drinks …Read More »
When Nina Compton was a fledgling N’Orleanian, a friend offered her crawfish bisque at Easter time. The idea underwhelmed Compton, who helms Compère Lapin in the city’s warehouse district. “I’m thinking to myself, ‘I’ve had crawfish bisque a thousand times. What’s so special about yours?’” she recalls. But the execution …Read More »