| Jun 1, 2012
| 8:23 AM
There's nothing like that new-ship smell, and Royal Caribbean is breathing in the scent of a $48 million renovation on the Grandeur of the Seas.
The refurb, which was completed at Navantia shipyard in Cadiz, Spain, includes five new restaurants, a...
| Jun 25, 2012
| 6:21 AM
ORCAS ISLAND, Wash. - If life hands you lemons, you make lemonade, right? But if life hands you nettles, and you're on Orcas Island? You make pizza.
On a recent rainy Thursday, during the weekly pizza and open-microphone night at Doe Bay Cafe, an...
| Mar 19, 2012
| 7:44 AM
MUNICH — One day, famished from too much walking on cobblestones and too much trying to speak German, I stumbled into the 100-year-old Hofbrauhaus, Munich's most famous beer hall.
I was not with a jolly group of pals. I was alone. So instead of the...
| Oct 2, 2012
| 9:35 AM
GEARHART, Ore. - It was about the fifth hole that I began to wish Gearhart Golf Links still had a mule-pulled refreshment cart. How did it suddenly get so sunny and warm, when the drive down from Seattle had been so cloudy?
But surprises are typical of...
| Nov 12, 2012
| 7:01 AM
BOSTON - I'm always amazed by how many people who consider themselves travelers have never visited Boston. True, having lived there for most of my formative years, I'm a bit prejudiced, but I've been to almost every city worth visiting and I can...
| May 10, 2012
| 6:47 AM
HEXHAM, England — A bone-chilling rain swept over the moors on the October day we hiked to the top of the ruins of Hadrian's Wall, a few miles south of the Scottish border.
Gusts of wind, scouring the tumble-down ruins of the Second Century Roman...
| Feb 18, 2013
| 6:37 AM
CHEROKEE, N.C. - Far removed from the whirring, pinging and dinging of slot machines and the cheers and moans at the card tables, the quiet, serene Mandara Spa pampers individuals who hit the jackpot or need to soothe themselves after rolling the dice and...
| Oct 23, 2012
| 5:31 AM
A hidden gem of the British Columbia tourism experience lies in a picturesque wonderland known as the Okanagan Valley. A myriad of boutique wineries and charming bed and breakfast establishments, combined with a noteworthy culinary scene make this a...
| Jul 25, 2012
| 12:17 PM
LONDON - The exterior of Westminster Abbey is imposing and grandiose.
Our plan was simple: Pay the admission, stick our heads inside to see what it looked like, and then quickly duck out and move on to a museum.
The museum never happened.
| Aug 13, 2012
| 9:14 AM
NEW ORLEANS - On Bourbon Street, stout men in narrow-brimmed hats strummed loud music from bars on opposite sides of the street, battling for the attention of passersby. Neatly dressed touts fanned out from strip-club doors, urging men to step within,...
| Dec 31, 2012
| 7:30 AM
Those who think food-focused vacation dining has to cost as much or more than their accommodation expenses may want to reconsider how they approach culinary travel. Here are a handful of my favorite ways to enjoy full-flavored travel experiences....
| Jul 16, 2012
| 9:18 AM
NEW YORK - The cheapest and fastest route to Eastern Europe? From Manhattan, take the L or M train across the East River to Brooklyn, transfer to the northbound G and get off at Nassau Avenue. Just walk up the stairs and you may as well be in Warsaw or...