CASTLES IN SPAIN

The country’s paradores offer an enchanting alternative to conventional hotels

This parador in Sigüenza is a former castle whose origin dates back to the 12th century.

STORY & PHOTOS: Wendell Brock

n Spain, it’s entirely possible to live in a castle and eat like a king— if you stay in a parador, that is.

That’s exactly what I did on my last visit, after two of my […]

QUEEN FOR A STAY

From luxe digs to palace visits, channel a royal existence in Copenhagen

Christiansborg Palace, where the Queen carries out her royal duties.

The author imbibes in a bit of bubbly.

As soon as my eyes spied the bottles of pour your own bubbly on the breakfast spread at the elegant Hotel d’Angleterre, I felt as […]

SAVORING SAN DIEGO

Soaking up the sun and soulful, chill vibe on the California coast

The Torrey Pines Gliderport is the largest tandem operation in the world and offers spectacular views over La Jolla.

San Diego, my hometown. I can be a stressed mess at times, but whenever I go back for a visit, a peace comes over me the moment the plane hits the tarmac. You can […]

MOUNTAINS TO MOAB

Pack your sense of adventure for a trip to Utah’s Montage Deer Valley

The Montage Deer Valley resort is nestled in the mountains above Salt Lake City.

The Montage Deer Valley resort is nestled in the mountains above Salt Lake City.

As the tiny private plane soared above the mountains, still dappled with winter snow, and headed toward the red rocks of Moab, Utah, I tried […]

THE SIREN SONG OF SPICE ISLAND

Grenada enchants with secluded beaches, exotic wildlife and the intoxicating scent of nutmeg.

Want some alone time on the beach? Grenada is where you want to be.

Want some alone time on the beach? Grenada is where you want to be.

For whatever reason, Grenada seems off the mainstream Caribbean travel grid. And you should be thankful, because it’s the perfect island getaway. But who knows […]

Breakout to Breckenridge

A winter getaway to Colorado is a fit for the whole family

Breckenridge’s stunning vistas and laid-back vibe will not disappoint

She clicks into her 30-inch skis, and my entire body tenses. I see the concentration on her face as the instructor talks her through the ride up the “magic carpet” and how to shuffle her feet to get in place. Without skipping a beat, […]

PACIFIED IN PLAYA DEL CARMEN

Pack up all your cares and woes and escape to the idyllic Mahekal Beach Resort

Sunsets in Playa del Carmen call for a stroll along the beach.

The scene at the Cancun airport once you go through Customs is chaotic. You have to dodge a barrage of uniformed, seemingly legitimate greeters asking where you’re going, the majority of whom are just trying to get you […]

ISLAND TIME

A multi generational escape to Aruba

When my grandchildren turn 16—the year before the craziness of the SATs and college visits—I take them on a trip of their choice. Previous journeys have included a visit to NYC and a Caribbean cruise. This year, my granddaughter Jenna requested an island vacation where she could relax and read by the beach but still find adventure. We chose Aruba, south […]

PURE MAGIC

Iceland enchants with its otherworldly scenery and adventure

The Land of Fire and Ice juxtaposes several active volcanoes with sheets of icy glaciers. Don’t miss a guided glacier hike or ice cave excursion in the winter to experience this rare beauty.

It’s apparent why mythical figures like elves, trolls and more originated within Icelandic folklore. The land, which is considered part of Europe but sits […]

ROCKY MOUNTAIN MOMENTS

A weekend of alpine indulgence, Vail-style

Get your adrenaline pumping and take in the view while ziplining through the mountains.

As I hitched the harness up over my waist and buckled the chin strap of my helmet, I looked up at the ziplining platform and out at the Rocky Mountains surrounding me. The thought running through my mind? “No regrets!”

From the mountaintop yoga class I […]