Santa Fe inspires with art, history and natural beauty

Nestled at the base of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and surrounded by acres of desolate beauty, Santa Fe often surprises first-time visitors with its wealth of offerings, from culture, history and a vibrant culinary scene to outdoor pursuits such as hiking and skiing.


Le Meridien Etoile, built in 1972, is Paris' 'newest' hotel after redevelopment

Built in 1972, and once owned by Air France back when airlines owned hotel chains (Pan Am and Intercontinental, Swissair and Swissotel, etc.), Le Meridien Etoile was then, and remains today, Paris' biggest hotel, and the second-largest in all of France (only the Disneyland Paris' Newport Bay Club in Marne-la-Vallee, at 1,098 rooms, is larger). So how does it manage not to feel huge? After a multi-million dollar redevelopment ("refurbishment" doesn't do justice to the scope of the project), it's also Paris' "newest" hotel (notwithstanding that the Paris Ritz, which isn't quite fully operational after its unfortunate fire, also underwent a major renovation).


Kauai dining hot spots

This year has seen the opening of a variety of new, fun eateries along Kauai's southern shore, from Roy Yamaguchi's newest hot spot to a seasonal, organic shave ice stand with a mustache theme (yes, really). Here's the scoop on three new places to try.

Travel Troubleshooter

Why won’t airline cover my cab fare?

Q: I need help getting a refund from British Airways. Earlier this year, I flew from Bergen, Norway, to Baltimore via London — at least, that’s what my ticket said. However, the connecting flight from London to Baltimore was canceled due to a mechanical problem, and a day later I was rerouted to Washington Dulles International Airport.


Lanai hotels: From luxe to historic

Visit Oahu, and you'll have 90 hotels and inns to choose from. Head for tiny Lanai and the choices are limited, but lovely: the Four Seasons' newly renovated oceanside resort and the historic Lanai Hotel, a charming inn that dates back to the flapper era. (The third option, the Four Seasons' Lodge at Koele, is closed for renovations.)


Off-roading adventures on Lanai

Surrounded by rugged, Mars-like terrain, strange rock formations and crumbling dirt trails of a dark reddish hue, it did occur to us that we might be lost. And that if we really had gone missing, it would be at least a day until Mikey came looking for us. Or rather, for his jeep.


Getting away to charming Nevada City

Like many Gold Rush towns, charming Nevada City, Calif., offers a blast to the 49ers' past. But this small town on the Sierra's western slopes, an hour north of Sacramento, offers irresistible modern-day pleasures, too, from burgers at the public house to a vintage boutique with a "Burning Man wearables" section. There are wine-tasting rooms, an artisanal ice cream shop and - did we mention swimming holes?


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