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Peak Wellness at Utah’s Red Mountain Resort
Utah’s Red Mountain Resort is the perfect low-key, take-off spot for exploring Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon.
Your adventure awaits. That’s the mantra of Red Mountain Resort, set in the dramatic red rock bluffs of Southwestern Utah. Though the resort includes a spa and salon, it’s very much a resort that caters to guests who are as keen to test their bodies’ limits as they are to receive treatments.
How to Take a Paw-tastic Vacay: 4 Tips for Vacations with Dogs
A dog-friendly vacation is not always as easy or as blissful as it looks. But it is definitely worth the effort. Here are our four tips for vacations with dogs (plus our short list for where to stay).
Have dog, will travel. That’s the mantra of more than a few pet owners, including me.
I’m always happy to have my little cavapoo Zuzu as my wingman on vacation. I especially love the way she puts the “joie” in “joie de vivre.”
Zuzu reminds me to be in the moment, to enjoy the warm sun and gentle...
Plan Now Where You Will Celebrate the Holidays
The holidays will be upon us far sooner than you think. If you are considering spending them away from home at a fun destination, now is the time to start planning. I interviewed Pauline Frommer, a nationally syndicated radio talk-show host and newspaper columnist based in New York City, on where to go. She is a member of the Frommer guidebook family.
Snowbirding in the Age of Airbnb
Around 40 million people flock to Florida and Arizona each winter, according to AARP, drawn to the warmer temperatures and the outdoor lifestyle. It used to be that these so-called snowbirds would have to commit to purchasing a second home or paying astronomical hotel fees in order to escape winter's snow and ice.
But with the advent of home rental services like Airbnb and VRBO plus location-specific vacation home rental companies, the options have expanded, making snowbirding a possibility f...
Have You Tried These 10 Iconic Southern Comfort Foods?
From fried chicken in the Carolinas to beignets in New Orleans, the American South is known for its delicious comfort food.
Southern cooking is the very definition of comfort food: fried chicken, creamy grits, beignets, and gumbo. It is warm and welcoming. It combines influences from enslaved African Americans, Native Americans, the British, and the French, and recipes and traditions have been handed down from one generation to the next, reports Faith Rose, a food tour guide with Bulldog Tour...
5 Weekend Spa Getaways in Upstate New York
Upstate New York—in particular, the Hudson Valley—has long been a top weekend getaway destination for quaint towns, farm-to-table cuisine and outdoor adventures. A respite from the hectic pace of New York City. These days, though, pampering is flowing upstream in the form of ultimate relaxation experiences. Here are 5 weekend spa getaways in Upstate New York with a wow factor.
Head north of New York City and the suburbs begin to give way to deeply forested trails, mountains and lakes. And spa...
Meet the Woman Behind One of the Nation’s Best-Known Bakeries
Meet Mignon Francois—mother, baker, entrepreneur, purveyor of joy.
It’s hard not to be captivated by Mignon Francois. She’s fabulously expressive, incredibly exuberant, and relentlessly positive—and with good reason.
Now the owner of the hugely successful The Cupcake Collection, a destination bakery in Nashville’s Germantown and more recently in New Orleans’ Garden District, a little over a decade ago Francois was down and out. She, her husband, and her family of six children were always on t...
6 Top-Notch Craft Schools From Across the Country
There is no shortage of artisans in the United States, which is why there are also some phenomenal craft schools — and why male and female makers like me embark on annual summer pilgrimages to gain new skills in quilting, jewelry-making, woodworking, metal work, felting, painting, silversmithing and more.
Not only do we learn from respected artists, we also bond with fellow makers. And thankfully, there are usually plentiful opportunities to work outside, as most of the schools are located in...
The 3 Biggest Food Misperceptions …And How to Eat Better
David L. Katz, MD, MPH, preventive medicine specialist and founder and president of True Health Initiative, a federally authorized nonprofit effort established to help convert what is known about lifestyle as medicine into what we can do to improve our health, based in New Haven, Connecticut. He is CEO and founder of Diet ID, an online diet-assessment and personalization program, and coauthor with renowned food writer Mark Bittman of How to Eat: All Your Food and Diet Questions Answered and a...
Road Tripping with Your Best Buddy
Nancy Kerns, founding editor-in-chief of Whole Dog Journal, a monthly publication offering advice on responsible dog ownership.
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Most dog owners are eager to take their pets on vacation with them. It is fun to travel with Fido, and more places now allow you to bring along well-behaved dogs.
But it also can be limiting and requires planning, so it’s important to know what you’re getting into. Here are some tips from ...
Interview with food tour expert Matthew Guidice.
Food tours are a popular option in many cities and with good reason. They are a fun way to sample the local cuisine while learning about the history, culture and layout of a destination. Bonus: Since you travel from venue to venue with a small group, you ...
3 New Spa Amenities at The Lodge at Woodloch
It’s always a treat to visit The Lodge at Woodloch in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania, and during my latest visit I was wowed by their three new spa amenities.
The Lodge’s spa is a sanctuary for the senses. Whether it’s relaxing in the co-ed Himalayan salt sauna, enjoying the Aqua Garden’s hydromassage waterwalls or experiencing aquatic bliss in the activity pool enveloped by floor to ceiling windows, you can choose to be as active or revitalized as you wish.
All spa amenities at The Lod...
Arizona’s Best Spas & Resorts for Desert Wellness
The desert area around well-to-do Scottsdale, Arizona, is a hotbed of destination spas and resorts offering desert wellness activities for women, men and couples.
There’s something powerful and magical about the Sonoran Desert. Sunrises and sunsets are spectacular, thanks to the wide open spaces. And the warm, dry climate in seasons other than the summer is gentle and soothing.
Desert wellness seekers flock to the state year-round. Here are Arizona’s best spas and resorts for desert wellness ...
Overfed and Malnourished: Running on Empty
Most Americans eat too much,
yet still lack basic nutrition. Here are five simple ways to clean up your diet and get the vitamins and minerals you need.
All in a Day at Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health
It’s not every day someone serenades your shoulder. But I’m jumping ahead…
My meditative massage at Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health begins, as many massages do, with the instruction to “Breathe deeply, in and out.” Be mindful. Be present. Check.
Next, I’m asked to set an intention for my massage. “This is different,” I think, but I like it because I have a very specific issue that led to my booking the treatment: I hope to find relief from some of the soreness and tension in my right bicep a...