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N.C. spa known for luxury service, mountain views

BLOWING ROCK, N.C. – On Travel + Leisure’s most recent World’s Best Awards list for top destination spas, you’d expect to find familiar brand names such as Canyon Ranch. But the No. 2 spot on this...

DATE: Sept. 15, 2012 | CATEGORY: Travel

Adding hip to the sip

The tiki tasting hut in the barrel room of the Judd’s Hill winery is a tipoff: This isn’t your old-school faux chateau.Which is just the way Napa Valley winemaker Judd Finkelstein and his family...

DATE: Sept. 15, 2012 | CATEGORY: Travel

Hotels up the ante with ‘drip’ pricing fees

Like many resort hotels, the Marriott San Juan Resort and Stellaris Casino in San Juan, Puerto Rico, adds a fee to its daily room rate to cover amenities such as bottled water, a casino coupon,...

DATE: Sept. 15, 2012 | CATEGORY: Travel

Wherever the wind blows

CAMDEN, MaineCapt. Barry King is wrapping up his “welcome aboard” speech in the galley of the schooner Mary Day when he gets around to the question everyone has regarding the trip’s itinerary.“So...

DATE: Sept. 1, 2012 | CATEGORY: Travel

Endangered bats? Not at Carlsbad Caverns

CARLSBAD CAVERNS NATIONAL PARK, N.M. – There’s nothing like bats to draw a crowd to the scorching Chihuahuan Desert in the late summer heat.Several hundred people, myself and my son included,...

DATE: Sept. 1, 2012 | CATEGORY: Travel

Time for airlines to set policy on breast-feeding

When Martin Madrid got his seat assignments on a Delta Air Lines flight from Minneapolis to Orlando, he spotted a problem: Even though the airline knew that he and his wife were flying with a...

DATE: Sept. 1, 2012 | COLUMN: The Travel Troubleshooter

San Fran on wheels

SAN FRANCISCO Reveling in the lush green canopy above and savoring the fragrance of eucalyptus trees as we pedaled through the Golden Gate Park Panhandle, we paused for a few moments to take in the...

DATE: Aug. 18, 2012 | CATEGORY: Travel

Diverse history woven into convention host Tampa

TAMPA, Fla. – In a twist of irony, many visitors to the upcoming Republican National Convention will travel between their hotels and the downtown event on a busy road named to honor President John...

DATE: Aug. 18, 2012 | CATEGORY: Travel

A vacation rental that was too good to be true?

Frank Leibsly says his recent apartment rental in London was a disaster of Olympic proportions, and he has the pictures to prove it.His story – which involves a supposedly upscale rental unit that...

DATE: Aug. 18, 2012 | COLUMN: The Travel Troubleshooter

Bicycle tours offered at N.Y.’s Saratoga Battlefield

STILLWATER, N.Y. – Ranger Megan Stevens sets a leisurely pace as she leads about a dozen bicyclists along the paved tour road at Saratoga National Historical Park, scene of one of history’s most...

DATE: Aug. 4, 2012 | CATEGORY: Travel

Experience nomadic life on Mongolia’s harsh steppes

DALANZADGAD, Mongolia It was lunchtime on the steppe in Mongolia, the most sparsely populated country on Earth. So when our driver spotted a lone white yurt in the distance, we stopped for a jug of...

DATE: Aug. 4, 2012 | CATEGORY: Travel

My dog won’t let me sneak away to the Caribbean

Q: I booked a trip a few weeks back to Regent Palms in the Turks and Caicos through a website called SniqueAway (www.sniqueaway.com). It didn’t allow for any refunds or changes. The booking appears...

DATE: Aug. 4, 2012 | COLUMN: The Travel Troubleshooter

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