Category: Travel

Where to stay, play, and dine while traveling.

Summer Recess

Escape the city’s heat with a weekend getaway to one of these nearby mountain resorts. Old Edwards Inn and Spa This rustic-meets-luxe mountain hideaway draws visitors from around the world for its farm-to-table dining, serene spa, and picturesque golf. Set in the middle of the lively town of Highlands, you’ll find arts and entertainment just steps from your door. Primland…

Island Time

Lively culture and tropical bliss beckon from sun-drenched St. Thomas. It’s been 100 years since the Danish West Indies officially became the U.S. Virgin Islands. In 1917, fearing that Germany might seize the islands, the U.S. paid Denmark $25 million for the three—St. Thomas, St. John, and St. Croix. Today, the hilly islands draw millions of tourists from around the…

The Big Escape

A family-friendly resort on Florida’s Emerald Coast offers a giant helping of fun and relaxation. “Everything’s bigger in Sandestin,” my driver tells me on our approach from the airport. The slogan, originally applied to Texas, is true here at the Hilton Sandestin on Florida’s Miramar Beach. The massive complex is tucked away, yet it’s just down the road from an…

Beachside Bliss

At Sandpearl Resort in Clearwater, Fla., the stunning beach and small-town charm make luxuriating easy. There’s a reason Clearwater Beach, Fla. is consistently ranked among the top beaches in the U.S. by everyone from TripAdvisor to USA Today. In 2016, it even edged out Lanikai Beach, Oahu, Hawaii, for the No. 1 spot in TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice category. The good…

Holy City How To

Spend a weekend getting reacquainted with Charleston. Whether you’ve lived in Charlotte for 10 years or just moved into town, Charleston should be top on your list of weekend getaway locales. It is, after all, consistently named the top city in the U.S. by Travel + Leisure and is oft considered one of the best culinary destinations in the country.…

Homegrown Grapes

Wine, dine, and feel right at home in Yadkin Valley, where you’ll not only find great wine but Southern hospitality, too. I am sitting by the fireplace inside the tasting lodge of JOLO Winery, an elegant mixture of rustic wood beams and crystal chandeliers above. Sipping the winery’s Pilot Fog ($29), which outscored a Napa Valley bottle ($190) at an…

Going Green

From edible excursions to a thriving arts scene, Greenville, S.C. has become one of the region’s most delightful destinations. Expect to be charmed by Greenville, S.C. Whether it happens when you’re taking a stroll down its tree-lined Main Street, stopping for a bite at one of its creative restaurants, popping in to a riverside art gallery, or sipping a craft…

Lowcountry Luxury

Soak up the Southern charm of South Carolina’s Palmetto Bluff. As the sun sinks behind the Spanish moss-draped live oaks, Palmetto Bluff transforms into an even more enchanting version of itself. Gas lanterns flicker on down narrow village lanes, while groups gather around crackling fire pits overlooking the wide darkness of the May River. A vintage bicycle cart pulls onto…

The Cajun Comeback

New Orleans, known for its grit and grandeur, isn’t merely open for business. A red carpet awaits your arrival. Hurricane Katrina changed New Orleans’ landscape and psyche. But it also proved the city’s mettle. Today, there’s little indication of the destruction the hurricane brought to America’s most Parisian city. The Super Dome, which served as sanctuary to the displaced, is…

Lucky Charms

Links golf in Ireland delivers the ultimate pot o’ golfing gold. Two hours after stepping off the plane at Dublin Airport, I was standing on the first tee at Ireland’s storied Portmarnock Golf Club, staring down an opening drive that has challenged the world’s greatest golfers since 1894. Saucer-eyed and ensconced by the club’s history—it has hosted Irish Open Championships,…