A Tour of Taliesin West

Taliesin West should be an inspiration for everyone who faces another birthday and thinks: I’m too old to follow my dream. Frank Lloyd Wright, who had achieved public acclaim back east for his architectural designs (as well as public disdain for his scandalous affairs), was 70 years old when he arrived with a few apprentices in the foothills of Scottsdale Arizona’s McDowell Mountains in 1937. Today more than 100,000 visitors a year come to see Wright’s desert winter home and laboratory.

10 Things to Hate About Spas

Maybe you liked gym class in school. Or maybe it was a torture to be endured. And spas are a lot like that. From the front desk (where the staff is the answer to the question, "Where did all those dumb but snotty girls from high school go after graduation?") to the treatment rooms (which are the answer to the question "How would you decorate a rabbit warren to freak out a claustrophobic?") to the heat, the sweat, and the communal locker rooms, spas are high school gym redux.

Visit a Food Hall

Food halls are the promised land for intrepid as well as indecisive diners. Slurp up soup dumplings here; grab a bánh mì sandwich there; munch on a fish taco elsewhere. Finish up with a mango mochidoki -- and return the next day for an entirely different menu. For the business traveler, food hall dining is a boon. Meals are typically affordable so it's a perfect way to stretch your per diem allowance. And the spaces offer an antidote to on-the-road loneliness.

The Ultimate Commuter’s Survival Guide

It’s a noisy world out there. As you travel to and from your place of work, you can easily create a personal oasis to make your journeys peaceful and enjoyable. Whether your journey is by plane, train, or automobile, be sure to arm yourself with products that are lightweight, stylish, comfortable, and best-in-class. They can put the fun back in your commute and make the world go away until you arrive at your destination. These are some of the best traveling companions we know.

Luxury Shopping on the High Seas

At a time when land-based malls are struggling to draw shoppers, sales at shipboard stores show increasing buoyancy. Starboard Cruise Services, an LVMH-owned company that operates stores on 90+ cruise lines, is the largest retail purveyor in the cruise industry and boasts impressive growth. According to CEO Beth Neumann, Starboard has driven a 60% increase in passenger spending on fine jewelry, Swiss watches, leather goods and beauty brands since 2013.

Fall for a Summer Place: Kennebunkport, Maine

If you’re no fan of crowds, traveling after Labor Day makes a lot of sense. Kids are back in school and the noisy throngs that queued up for popular restaurants and attractions have thinned. No wonder some herald it as the start of “couples season,” that all-too-brief vacation period between the start of the school year and Thanksgiving. Consider coastal Kennebunkport, Maine, 30 miles from Portland, for your fall getaway.

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Susan Breslow is the Web's foremost expert on honeymoons and romantic getaways and the author of Destination Weddings For Dummies and co-author of The Complete Guide to Vow Renewals. Her work was called "Best of the Web in Romantic Travel" by Forbes.com. A widely published travel journalist, Susan's assignments have led her from Alaska to Zimbabwe. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Condé Nast Traveler, Departures, and other major magazines as well as on CNN Travel.
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