| Jan 31, 2012
| 1:37 PM
"Who would go to Hawaii in June?" a friend asked when I talked about a trip I took to Maui last year.
A travel writer on a budget, for one.
I, too, was skeptical about the timing, but the weather was a perfect 70-80 degrees, with low humidity and...
| Mar 5, 2012
| 7:48 AM
Known for its glitz, glamour and cha-ching price tag, Las Vegas tempts many a traveler to its world-famous collection of dinner shows, spas, restaurants and shopping venues. Hoping to experience Sin City on the cheap? Try these tips.
Food: Happy hour...
| Oct 23, 2012
| 5:27 AM
MILL RUN, Pa. - Masterpiece. Art. Perfection. Many fancy words and rapturous phrases have described Fallingwater, Frank Lloyd Wright's most famous house.
It's all true. But what is also true is that I kept thinking, wow, this house is not childproof. A...
| May 14, 2012
| 6:46 AM
CHARLESTON, S.C. — Charleston may have a reputation for expensive (and often starched) elegance, but there are options for vacationers who want to kick back at a low-pressure Lowcountry beach. Welcome to Folly Beach.
—In a nutshell...
| Dec 10, 2012
| 6:01 AM
SEATTLE - Public stairwells can seem alluring and mysterious, leading you up or down, but to where? To what? Jake and Cathy Jaramillo want to know. They always want to know. Their romantic view of stairways has led them to tread on most of the 507...
| Aug 20, 2012
| 5:59 AM
SPARKS, Kan. - The Sparks Antiques and Collectibles Flea Market, in a town with a population of seven, intrigued me. Each of its twice-a-year, four-day events turns this blip on the map into a hustling, bustling center of 500 dealers and more than 75,...
| 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...
| Dec 7, 2011
| 8:29 AM
There's a new cruise line in the business and they're visiting places other cruise lines aren't. And they don't have a boat.
The company is called Mauiva, pronounced "Mo-ee-va," and they're in the business of air cruises, taking private airplanes on 6-...
| Nov 21, 2011
| 6:37 AM
SEATTLE — When winter slithers into Seattle, bringing dank darkness, it's easy to hide in the house and yearn for spring.
Instead, head for the snow and go cross-country skiing.
Within about a half-day's drive of Seattle are world-class...
| Nov 21, 2011
| 6:46 AM
PARK CITY, Utah — The Porter clan, 14 strong, were assembled at Park City Ski Resort for the last ski run of the family's annual winter reunion. But Nick, 14, and Andrew, 12, oldest of the cousins, had other ideas.
"Aw, Mom, this is our last chance...
| Dec 12, 2011
| 7:21 AM
HOHENSCHWANGAU, Germany — I was driving along the Romantic Road when I realized a few things. For one, bombs cannot kill cities. For another, eccentrics sometimes create masterpieces. For a third, except for the plague and witch hunts, the olden...
| Jan 16, 2012
| 8:40 AM
CASS, W.Va. — The Cass Scenic Railroad is a hard-working, up-the-mountain tourist rail line.
It's a slow 7 miles per hour on the steam-powered trains up Cheat Mountain to Whittaker Station and upward to Bald Knob on Back Allegheny Mountain.