Elephants at my doorstep: Satao Elerai Lodge, Kenya

I’m sitting on the deck of my tent (an understatement, canvas walls, yes, but also full bed, wood floor, and shower bath) gazing...

Northern light nights

I've been negligent in posting over the past few days, primarily due to exhaustion. I'm in Churchill, Manitoba. Not for the polar bears, not...

Postcard from Vienna: Gaststrube Pürstner

Where: Gaststrube Pürstner, Vienna, Austria; operated by the Purstner family for three generations. Menu: Traditional, prices from 9-26 Euros (most in the 15-18 E range) Dish:...

A visit with Nova Scotia folk artist Barry Colpitts

EAST SHIP HARBOR, NOVA SCOTIA—It's easy to find Barry Colpitts's home gallery. Folk art adorns the house, lawn, barn, shed, fence, car, even the...

A ramble through Quebec’s Eastern Townships: Coaticook

Drive northwest on Route 27, a Maine Scenic Byway, from Sugarloaf, in Carrabassett Valley, and after passing Flagstaff Lake and Chain of Ponds and...

Great Britain by rail: All aboard for Bath, England, a UNESCO World Heritage site

You're probably expecting the Maine Travel Maven to share her thoughts about Bath, Maine, but this time I'm heading across the pond to...

Cassoulet in Beantown and other South End finds

If you're going to have cassoulet in Boston, head to Hammersley's Bistro. My foodie friend E and her friend R took me there Friday...

London’s Courtauld Gallery is a treasure within a treasure

Works displayed at London's Courtauld Gallery aren't crowded, making it easier to appreciate them. Hilary Nangle photo. I was more than content to admire...

A taste of royalty in the Canadian Rockies

Visiting Banff or Lake Louise? The Fairmont Banff Springs and Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, those two storybook hotels, may be out of your budget...

Did somebody say, cookies?!

Sure, you can spread holiday cheer, enjoy glad tidings and ring in the New Year, but if you want to do so in a...

Grazing through Quebec: Pere Nature market and cafe is a bon choice

Whenever traveling between Maine and Quebec City, instead of stopping en route for that ubiquitous fast-food cheeseburger, I savor a taste of Quebec at...

San Francisco shortie

A quick report on my whirlwind (flew out Monday, returned Wednesday) trip to San Francisco last week (my first time back in this great...

The List: Whistler’s Top 10 Must-Do Activities

Planning a trip to this western Canadian Alpine resort? Check out these activities. Only three require you to be on skis or a snowboard,...

The Stowe Report

Last weekend, I schmmozed Stowe. It's been quite a few years since I skied what many consider Vermont's best. Truth is, the last time...

Ski for free at Whistler?

Well, not exactly, but the slopeside Fairmont Chateau Whistler's Ski for Free package isn't too shabby, either. On the package, a Fairmont room begins...