Southwest Life

‘The Unspoiled Queen’

THE BOTTOM, SabaThe small propeller airplane lands quickly and softly, like a butterfly, on one of the world’s shortest commercial runways on the rainforest-capped island of Saba, which rises...

DATE: Jan. 19, 2013 | CATEGORY: Travel

Treasure trove

SANIBEL, Fla.Visit the beaches on this Gulf Coast barrier island and you’re likely to see people doing the Sanibel Stoop. That’s the term for the bent-at-the-waist posture used to collect seashells...

DATE: Jan. 5, 2013 | CATEGORY: Travel

Florida is a vacation paradise for dogs

FORT DE SOTO PARK, Fla. – Picture this: You’re sitting on a white-sand beach, warm sun on your skin. Coconut-scented sunscreen wafts through the air. A splashing noise comes from the blue Gulf of...

DATE: Jan. 5, 2013 | CATEGORY: Travel

2013 travel hot spots

NEW YORK Myanmar, Marseille, New Zealand and Gettysburg are all on the travel radar for 2013 thanks to new tours, events and anniversaries. But the best pitch for travel in the new year might just...

DATE: Dec. 29, 2012 | CATEGORY: Travel

From mall to Rockies, free things in Denver

DENVER – Free festivals, movies, music, hiking and biking abound in Denver in the summer, but those passing through the Mile High City during the winter months also can find plenty of free things...

DATE: Dec. 29, 2012 | CATEGORY: Travel

Holiday events: Trees, lights, displays and more

NEW YORK – From elaborately decorated trees to drive-through lighting displays to boat parades and train shows, a variety of holiday spectacles are being staged through the end of December and into...

DATE: Dec. 15, 2012 | CATEGORY: Travel

That personal touch

VAIL Rosana Faessler stops by the hostess stand to check on reservations, then makes her way into the dining room to chat with a couple of the regular guests. After a few minutes, she wanders to...

DATE: Dec. 15, 2012 | CATEGORY: Travel

Va. tourism pitch seeks to capture ‘Lincoln’ fans

RICHMOND, Va. – State tourism officials are inviting fans of film and history to walk in the footsteps of Steven Spielberg and his “Lincoln” stars at the Virginia Capitol, the Confederate White...

DATE: Dec. 1, 2012 | CATEGORY: Travel

A look at Lincoln

MANCHESTER, Vt. Abe Lincoln was born in a log cabin, but his son built himself a mansion. Robert Todd Lincoln, the president’s only child to survive to adulthood, built the Georgian Revival home,...

DATE: Dec. 1, 2012 | CATEGORY: Travel

Airfare Expert: Four magically cheap dates to fly

If you must fly in the peak of the summer, you might as well quit reading now – the rest of this column just disappeared. If you’re still with me, let’s see if we can pull a few rabbits out of the...

DATE: Nov. 17, 2012 | CATEGORY: Travel

Canyoneering

SALOME CANYON, Ariz.I was about to follow a man I’d just met through a sweltering desert, into the crevices of a canyon, over wet boulders, down a waterfall, through a bone-chilling creek, down...

DATE: Nov. 17, 2012 | CATEGORY: Travel

A travel milestone: Visiting all 50 states

NEW YORK – It’s a proud achievement for a certain type of traveler, and a worthy goal: visiting all 50 states.But for those who take the quest seriously, merely crossing the border or changing...

DATE: Nov. 17, 2012 | CATEGORY: Travel