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 Flatiron, Toronto/flickr/Canned Muffins
Flatiron, Toronto/flickr/Canned Muffins

Nearly 30 years ago, English actor Peter Ustinov described Toronto as, “New York operated by the Swiss.” The idea that Toronto offers the cultural attractions of the Big Apple without the chaos — and the cost — is truer than ever. Due to decreasing oil prices, the Canadian dollar is now valued at... Read More

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Kimmel Center, Philadelphia
Kimmel Center/iStock

From the signing of the Declaration to hosting this year’s Democratic National Convention, Philadelphia has played, and continues to play, a pivotal role in U.S. history — visible in its cobblestoned streets and historic architecture. But with a wave of new renovations, Philly is blending its past and present to make the former feel as relevant as ever. Whether... Read More

 Oxeheart/Christina Garofalo
Oxeheart/Christina Garofalo

Houston claimed eight of the nominees for this year’s James Beard Foundation Awards. That’s right — Houston, that other Texan city. The unprecedented number — which includes a record of five chefs elected for the category Best Chef: Southwest, and the winner of the title, Justin Yu — suggests a larger trend... Read More

Sunnylands, Palm Springs
Sunnylands/Laura Motta

Palm Springs is a classic destination to see American design at its best. From Spanish-style haciendas dating back to the turn of the century, to angular Midcentury modern, the city is a feast for the eyes — not counting the dramatic mountains and sprawling desert that surround the city. The... Read More

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The tasting room at Banshee Wines in California
Tasting room/Banshee Wines

Over the past few years, wineries and tasting rooms across the U.S. have made the experience less stuffy and formal by introducing casual-minded perks or add-ons. Here are just a few of our favorites. 1. Lounge Ambiance Not long ago, everyone bellied up to the bar and stood during the entire tasting; now, you... Read More

 Tuscon/flickr/Floyd Wilde
Tuscon/flickr/Floyd Wilde

The first UNESCO City of Gastronomy in the United States isn’t New York City, Los Angeles, or San Francisco. It’s Tucson, Arizona: a medium-sized city south of Phoenix known for its Mexican food and the Sonoran dog — that’s a hot dog wrapped in bacon and topped with pinto... Read More

Treats from Cha Gordo in Macau
Cha Gordo treats/Rosalind Cummings-Yeates

China’s Special Administrative Region of Macau may be famous for its casinos but it’s the island’s cuisine — which blends Portuguese and Chinese influences — that hits the jackpot. Here are some tasty ways to sample Macau eats: 1. Try a Portuguese culinary workshop. Dig into the core of Macau culture... Read More

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 Yeiser Art Center, Paducah
Courtesy Yeiser Art Center, Paducah

America is so vast, it’s easy to fill your bucket list with big-name destinations, like New Orleans and San Francisco, and never tap into smaller cities that pack just as much culture. Whether it’s a burgeoning arts scene or a host of new, award-winning eateries, these six cities —... Read More

Flickr Jonathan Riley
Megabus/Flickr/Jonathan Riley

Think you don’t have the budget for a multi-destination vacation? Think again. Several discount bus services — Megabus, BoltBus, and Greyhound Express — are making travel from one city to another very affordable, as in $20 round-trip for reserved seating, reclining seats, and onboard restrooms. We took a look at nine... Read More

Chris Leamy
Chris Leamy/Shervin Lainez

Every New Yorker seems to have an opinion on the best local place to eat, shop, and party — and no matter who you ask, you’ll likely get a different answer. With almost unlimited options for all of the above, it can be overwhelming to plan…especially if you want an authentic... Read More

 Sand Key outside waterfront deck
Sand Key outside waterfront deck

One of the best things about dining out in Florida is the restaurant names. Only in the Sunshine State will diners find places unabashedly called Cooter’s, Crabby Bill’s, Frenchy’s, and Salty’s. Clearwater Beach, a barrier island off the coast of the Gulf of Mexico, is no exception. This walkable... Read More

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 Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, Gainesville/flickr/Andrew Piazza_
Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, Gainesville/flickr/Andrew Piazza

With more than a dozen theme parks — including Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, and SeaWorld — Orlando has plenty to keep anyone busy for a weekend down south. But if you’re looking for a post-Disney, amusement-park cleanse, Gainesville — two hours north by bus or car — is the... Read More

 Courtesy Bryan Rupp
Courtesy Bryan Rupp

Oregon’s Willamette Valley is home to nearly 300 vineyards; and this May, for Oregon Wine Month, The Vintages Trailer Resort — a collection of trendy, mid-century-inspired trailers in the heart of Oregon’s wine country — is offering well-priced accommodations and a wine package, to boot. The You Had Me at Pinot package, $75, includes two sets... Read More

Agritopia Photo Credit Visit Mesa
Visit Mesa

There’s nothing new about urban u-pick farms, dairies, and other agricultural attractions. In fact, we almost expect them in places like Portland and Denver, where cities sprawl into vast farmland. But in the last five years, massive farming operations have also started cropping up in dense metropolises, like New York City, where you’d be hard-pressed to find a... Read More

Chef Marc Forgione
ChefMarcForgione.com

Marc Forgione could use a vacation. But not for the reason you might think. Though the Michelin Star chef and partner at LDV Hospitality is certainly busy — he just opened his second New York outpost of American Cut and is already planning to open another, in Atlanta — Forgione says travel is crucial to his creative process.... Read More