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By: Jordan Simon Little did the British passengers of the Sea Venture, shipwrecked en route to Jamestown, Virginia in 1609, imagine that the series of rocky reef-encircled Atlantic islets they washed up on would, nearly four centuries later, be synonymous with posh retreats and serenity. Resembling a vast botanical garden... Read More

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By: Jordan Simon Mark Twain (when he was still known as Samuel Clemens) rhapsodized about Lake Tahoe, describing it as, “a noble sheet of blue water lifted six thousand three hundred feet above the level of the seas . . . As it lay there with the shadows of the... Read More

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iStock InternationalSet out in search of a culinary paradise in these 10 best cities for food

Mamma mia! Choosing just 10 of the world’s best cities for food was no picnic. In the process, we let our taste buds wander the globe in search of sustenance. Our definitive list finds cities chosen for their unique dishes – if you hanker for snake, head to Hanoi... Read More

By: David Appell Founded in 1911, up through the 1950s, this formerly somewhat snoozy South Florida backwater by the sea was a favorite of boaters because of its many canals and Intracoastal Waterway location and as a gateway to the Caribbean. But otherwise Fort Lauderdale remained pretty much your regular... Read More

By: David Appell Sprawling, sometimes sexy, unruly, and occasionally outrageous, Greater Miami has become an urban mix unlike any other in America: one part sun-splashed resort playground; one part glamorama party capital; and one part (the biggest, in fact) bustling, Hispanic-flavored sprawl – parts of which feel more like Latin... Read More

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By: Jordan Simon Ironic that a tiny, rocky Caribbean island ill-suited to agriculture and populated only by poor Norman and Breton fishermen should wind up luring Rockefellers and rock stars, real and reel royalty. But St. Barthélemy, affectionately known as St. Barts (or Barths – both are correct) with its... Read More

By: Jordan Simon Aspen. One of the world’s most fabled, fabulous resorts, where the rich and famous sow their wild hautes (literally). Where dog collars sparkle more than many an engagement ring and the word mogul applies equally to the legendary steeps and Forbes/Fortune crowd: Hollywood in the Rockies (and... Read More

By: David Appell Adventure and eco-tourism vacations have become the hottest and fastest-growing categories of the travel industry and it’s in this type of outdoorsy, back-to-nature tourism that Costa Rica has made itself a world superstar, adroitly leveraging the many extraordinary natural and cultural wealth it packs into its little... Read More

iStock InternationalChoose from10 worldwide wine regions that offer superlative sipping and scenery alike

The harvest season is here for many of the world’s viticultural centers, tempting visitors to tastings of tried-and-true vintages and more innovative wines. Our favorite wine regions to visit at this time of year range from the classic castle country of France’s scenic Loire Valley and the sun-kissed vineyards... Read More

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By: David Appell Already toured Tuscany, run around Rome, visited Venice, and in the market for a luscious slice of the bel paese not clogged with turisti? Have we got an under-the-radar charmer for you: Piedmont. ... Read More

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By: Anja Mutic Only a handful of world’s cities compare to Sydney. It may be far down in the Southern Hemisphere, but Australia’s shining urban star has abundant delights for visitors who brave the long trip Down Under. With its fantastic ocean-side setting, inimitably laid-back attitude, stellar beaches, fabulously beautiful... Read More

By: Jordan Simon Nowhere on earth is the aura of power so tangible as it is strolling Washington, DC‘s broad boulevards. Washington was built on a grand scale to impress foreign powers and express the noblest democratic ideals. For many visitors to the US capital, the experience is akin to... Read More

By: Darren Frei Even if you have never ventured within Los Angeles‘ 467 square miles, the city’s wildly diverse geography and architecture, shimmering from countless angles on television and film, are instantly recognizable. Whether it’s the city lights from the fanfare of the 20th Century Fox logo, the Malibu mountains... Read More

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By: Felice Picano For many, Florence ranks as the art center of the universe – it’s certainly filled with some of the greatest murals, paintings, and sculpture in Western Civilization – and no trip to Italy, or Europe, for that matter, can be deemed comprehensive unless you’ve spent at least... Read More

By: Anja Mutic Breaking news: The French Riviera is officially passé. The new hot spot: Dubrovnik, Croatia. Indeed, crowds are once again flocking to this wondrous city on the southernmost stretch of Croatia’s coast, as enchanted by its beauty today as the Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw, who once proclaimed... Read More