Santa Fe inspires with art, history and natural beauty

Nestled at the base of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and surrounded by acres of desolate beauty, Santa Fe often surprises first-time visitors with its wealth of offerings, from culture, history and a vibrant culinary scene to outdoor pursuits such as hiking and skiing.


Le Meridien Etoile, built in 1972, is Paris' 'newest' hotel after redevelopment

Built in 1972, and once owned by Air France back when airlines owned hotel chains (Pan Am and Intercontinental, Swissair and Swissotel, etc.), Le Meridien Etoile was then, and remains today, Paris' biggest hotel, and the second-largest in all of France (only the Disneyland Paris' Newport Bay Club in Marne-la-Vallee, at 1,098 rooms, is larger). So how does it manage not to feel huge? After a multi-million dollar redevelopment ("refurbishment" doesn't do justice to the scope of the project), it's also Paris' "newest" hotel (notwithstanding that the Paris Ritz, which isn't quite fully operational after its unfortunate fire, also underwent a major renovation).


Kauai dining hot spots

This year has seen the opening of a variety of new, fun eateries along Kauai's southern shore, from Roy Yamaguchi's newest hot spot to a seasonal, organic shave ice stand with a mustache theme (yes, really). Here's the scoop on three new places to try.


Getting away to charming Nevada City

Like many Gold Rush towns, charming Nevada City, Calif., offers a blast to the 49ers' past. But this small town on the Sierra's western slopes, an hour north of Sacramento, offers irresistible modern-day pleasures, too, from burgers at the public house to a vintage boutique with a "Burning Man wearables" section. There are wine-tasting rooms, an artisanal ice cream shop and - did we mention swimming holes?


Off-roading adventures on Lanai

Surrounded by rugged, Mars-like terrain, strange rock formations and crumbling dirt trails of a dark reddish hue, it did occur to us that we might be lost. And that if we really had gone missing, it would be at least a day until Mikey came looking for us. Or rather, for his jeep.


Lanai hotels: From luxe to historic

Visit Oahu, and you'll have 90 hotels and inns to choose from. Head for tiny Lanai and the choices are limited, but lovely: the Four Seasons' newly renovated oceanside resort and the historic Lanai Hotel, a charming inn that dates back to the flapper era. (The third option, the Four Seasons' Lodge at Koele, is closed for renovations.)


It took mere seconds for his boat to sink in shark-filled waters

Adam Wiseman was fishing with his friend, Troy Cooper, in the Atlantic Ocean near the North Santee Bay on Saturday morning when an ice box caused his boat’s weight to shift. The boat flipped. And within seconds, Wiseman was in the water along with a school of hungry sharks and the 300 pounds of jellyfish they had on board their craft before it capsized. But, luckily, The Captain Andrew and its crew were nearby when the boat sank. The crew rushed to their aid, saving not only Wiseman and Cooper, but also Wiseman’s boat.


Why water rescues are up along the Grand Strand

So far this summer, in Myrtle Beach there have been at least three ocean drownings, not counting two missing boys. The ocean, the Grand Strand’s economic motor and most impressive natural resource, has proven deadly. Officials say more and more visitors each year has been adding up to more water rescues during a summer that’s been plagued by rip currents and stronger longshore currents.


5 tips for smooth summer travel

Take these five steps for a smooth airport experience, from TSA. Video courtesy of the Transportation Security Administration
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5 tips for smooth summer travel

USC's Daija Griffin scored game-winner against Vanderbilt 1:44

USC's Daija Griffin scored game-winner against Vanderbilt

Shelley Smith after USC's overtime win over Vanderbilt 2:01

Shelley Smith after USC's overtime win over Vanderbilt

Sidney Rice speaks about being inducted into the South Carolina Hall of Fame 2:57

Sidney Rice speaks about being inducted into the South Carolina Hall of Fame