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An Editor on Vacation in Austria

Our editor takes a personal vacation but still comes home to write about it. Here he accompanies his spouse to Vienna, one of his favorite cities in the world.

Four Favorite Castles in Alsace, France

Alsace is a peaceful and prosperous wine region. Here are four castles that punctuate a storybook landscape of forests, vineyards and well-preserved houses.

Favorite Wine Bars in Colmar

Seeing the vineyards and tasting wine where it's made gives you a deeper connection to it. In Colmar, we had great fun learning about Alsatian wines.

Alsace: Driving the Route des Vins

With its fairy-tale landscapes, half-timbered towns, crumbling castles and fine wines and cuisine, Alsace, France, is a lovely region to visit.

Newly Recommended Hotels in Alsace, France

On this trip to Alsace, our writer explored the picturesque Route des Vins, which winds through the Vosges Mountains. He found two hideaways to recommend there.

Eating Well Along Alsace’s Route des Vins

Michelin stars twinkle all up and down the Route des Vins, the picturesque road linking a series of wine towns. Here are seven restaurants we recommend.

Alsace’s Cultural Jewel: Colmar’s Unterlinden Museum

The Unterlinden Museum has become one of the top attractions in Alsace. It is small, set in historic buildings and has a superb collection of art.

Horrors of War: A Visit to Natzweiler-Struthof

Formally a winter resort, Struthof was turned into a concentration camp by the Nazis. A visit here is a visceral reminder of the horrors of war.

Sipping Your Way Through Cognac

The grape-growing region of Cognac is just as iconic as Bordeaux but far more overlooked. Learn where to visit, eat and taste in this lovely area of France.

Getting a Taste of the Yucatán at Los Dos Cooking School

No trip to Merida is complete without signing up for the "Taste of Yucatan" class at Los Dos cooking school. It teaches you about the region and the food.

Things to Do in Phoenix and Scottsdale

Phoenix-Scottsdale is known for its golf resorts and cacti, but there is a lot more to explore: museums, shops, hiking trails and Native American history.

The Best Hotels for Stargazing

For all the beauty and adventure of a luxury stay in a remote location, the greatest payoff can come from above. Here are 12 hotels for serious stargazing.

Spectacular Landscapes of the American Southwest

The scenery of the American Southwest is often otherworldly. Listed below are my favorite landscapes from a spring road trip through Arizona, Nevada and Utah.

Beat the Crowds: Zion National Park

Despite the crowds and long lines, there are still ways to escape the crowds and enjoy the beauty of Zion National Park in relative solitude.

Music Playlist: Southwest Road Trip

Every road trip needs a playlist. For our recent visit to Arizona and Utah, we put together this mix of rock and roll, Native American tunes and an audiobook.

A Lavish New Safari Camp in Botswana

With expansive verandas, private plunge pools and stellar wildlife viewing, the lavish Selinda Camp is the latest venture by Great Plains Conservation.

A Perfect Day In… Newport, Rhode Island

Known for its Gilded Age mansions and well-heeled guests, Newport, Rhode Island, is a draw for those interested in architecture, illustration, autos and tennis.

Sedona Hotels Revisited

There weren’t any newly opened hotels of interest in Sedona, so our writer took the opportunity to check up on three hotels we’ve reviewed before.

Ancient Archaeological Sites of Arizona

Arizona is one of the major pre-Columbian cultural centers of North America and one of the best places to experience ancient history in the United States.

Video: Castle Hot Springs

A former retreat for elite East Coast families, Castle Hot Springs was closed until recently. This is what we found at the end of a dirt road in the desert.

Video: McDowell Sonoran Preserve

Outside the Phoenix-Scottsdale area are numerous places to hike. The 30,000-acre McDowell Sonoran Preserve is one of our favorites.

Video: Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin West

A video of Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin West home in Scottsdale, where the renowned architect wintered from 1937 on.

Indelible Memory: The Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix

With its friendly and knowledgeable volunteers, the Desert Botanical Garden is a gem and should be at the top of any Phoenix itinerary.

Newly Recommended Hotels in Arizona

The Phoenix-Scottsdale area is known for its resorts and golf courses. Our writer visited and found two recommendable hideaways there.

Opening in 2020: A Transformed Keswick Hall

Originally built in 1912 as a private Tuscan-style villa on a 600-acre estate outside Washington, D.C., Keswick Hall is being reimagined and upgraded.

Exploring the Yucatán: From Holbox to Mérida

From the trendy beach town of Holbox to the charming colonial cities of Valladolid and Mérida, our writer explores new hotels in the Yucatán.

A Primer on Mayan Civilization

The Mayan empire flourished between A.D. 250 and A.D. 900. Remnants of their large-scale construction projects can be seen in the Yucatán.

Favorite Restaurants in the Yucatán

Eight outstanding restaurants in the Yucatán, where the chefs are cooking everything from traditional Oaxacan fare to wood-fired pizza and molecular gastronomy.

A Fascinating Day Trip From Mérida

This day trip from Mérida includes visits to several of the region’s atmospheric haciendas and the great Mayan archaeological site of Uxmal.

Three Days on the Venetian Lagoon

Mauro Stoppa takes guests on tours of the Venetian Lagoon aboard his boat. He shows them a side of Venice that they normally would never see.

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