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In Paris, the most striking hotels are not always the largest. Or the grandest. On my visits to the City of Light, I am drawn to smaller, tucked-away edifices — most of them private mansions, many with ivy-kissed courtyards. These intimate 19th century lodgings offer...

Known for its shoreline of jagged volcanic cliffs and sea-formed lava inlets, the Italian island of Pantelleria sits southwest of Sicily and just 50 miles east of Tunisia — on a clear day, it’s possible to see across the strait to Kelibia. First inhabited during the Bronze Age, Pantelleria’s 32...

After inhaling The Land of Stories, Chris Colfer’s children’s series about twins who slip into a fairyland where Red Riding Hood has her own kingdom and Mother Goose is a babysitter, my 12-year-old daughter Brette made a request: Could Ireland top the list for our annual summer...

The British royal family has long been a source of public fascination, captivating mere mortals in Britain and beyond with a passion for all things Windsor. Toss a wedding into the mix — specifically one so storybook as the coming nuptials of Prince Harry and his American fiancée, Meghan Markle, on May 19...

I caught the ski bug at 43. It’s not as if I had never been on the slopes. But, having been deposited atop a mogulled run at Alta by a boyfriend in my 20’s (he whizzed down leaving me to descend by rump), I felt...

After decades of taking a back seat to New York and Los Angeles, Chicago has emerged the belle of the restaurant ball with dozens of Michelin Stars and James Beard Awards to her name not to mention accolades from top publications recognizing the Third Coast...

How to Have a High-End Ski Vacation Without All the High Prices Stay outside of town, consider a hostel, buy a pass and eat where the locals do. The Element Basalt Aspen in Colorado.CreditElement Basalt Aspen A luxury hotel in a tony mountain town will cost a fortune. But...

Skiing has a steep learning curve, for the sport itself and for the gear to keep you comfortable as you schuss down the slopes in freezing temps. I started skiing quite late in the game. So, aside from lessons (which I always take), I am...