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Atlantic City gets a new upscale casino with the opening of Revel. The 1,898-room hotel (all boast ocean views) features 14 restaurants, including offerings by several top chefs already mentioned on this page— Jose Garces, Michel Richard— plus D.C.’s Robert Wiedmaier and Iron Chef Marc Forgione. There’s a full spa …

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After years of public debate, news stories galore and a few lawsuits, The Barnes Foundation’s new museum on Philadelphia’s Benjamin Franklin Parkway finally opens on May 19. In case you haven’t been keeping up, several years ago trustees of the financially challenged foundation voted to move the collection from the …

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Have you noticed the recent national trend of upscale chefs opening decidedly down-home restaurants and even—gasp!—food trucks? Witness Rocco DiSpirito and Mai Pham and their food trucks, or Bobby Flay and his Burger Palaces. Locally, we’re still waiting for Cindy Wolf to serve up her shrimp and grits from the …

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Heading up to the Philadelphia International Flower Show? You should. (After all, it’s listed in Patricia Schultz’s “1,000 Places to See Before You Die.”) This year’s theme is “Hawaii: Islands of Aloha,” and in addition to hundreds of vendors showcasing floral and garden displays, there also will be towering palms, …

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It’s a big season for photography exhibits: At New York’s Museum of Modern Art, 170 photographs by Cindy Sherman will be on display through June 11 as part of a retrospective of her work from the 1970s to photographic murals she created in 2010. http://www.moma.org. Through Sept. 2, the nearby …

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STYLE Fifty

1. You may not be “to the manor born” but you can be “to the manor for a weekend” at the Clifton Inn or Keswick Hall, two charming country inns nestled into the Blue Ridge Mountains outside of Charlottesville, Va. Thomas Jefferson called this area the “Eden of the United …

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With Southwest Airlines starting direct service to Atlanta (two-hour flights from $59!), Baltimoreans have another cosmopolitan option for a quick weekend getaway. Here are our choices of where to lay your head when visiting The Big Peach. St. Regis: Atlanta’s lap of luxury features butler service, a 40,000-square-foot pool piazza …

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The blockbuster exhibit in Philly this season is bound to be Van Gogh Up Close at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The exhibit focuses on the work van Gogh created in the four years before he took his life in 1890. In those Paris years, the painter radically altered his …

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1. The Ice Balloon: S. A. Andrée and the Heroic Age of Arctic Exploration by Alec Wilkinson. Books about polar expeditions remain hot sellers and this one by Wilkinson, a contributing editor at The New Yorker, tells the little-known story of S. A. Andrée, a Swedish aeronaut who, in 1897, …

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