Go Nevis!

Story by Julie HatfieldPhotos by Tim Leland and Julie Hatfield You can’t jet to Nevis, but you can swim there — if you first fly to St. Kitts, Nevis’ sister island.  Most people take the 20-minute ferry from St. Kitts to Nevis, its tiny West Indies island neighbor, after jetting to Kitts on a commercial […]

All is Quiet at Riviera Maya, Mexico

The monkeys are quiet here. So are the lemurs, the flamingos, and the crocodiles. No traffic sounds or sirens break the silence, except for an occasional bird song or lap of waves against the shore. This is not the Cancun of cruise ship passengers and shopkeepers shouting about their wares, or policia sirens of vehicles […]

San Miguel de Allende – A City of Fallen Women

This is a city of fallen women. It’s also a city of fallen men. There are more ways to stub your toe and take a tumble on the cobblestone streets of this magnificent little town than there are art galleries – and there are an incredible number of art galleries in this town.

Our Christmas Sing

When we had a blended family of five teenagers, we treated them to travel at Christmastime:  to ski in Sun Valley or the French Alps, or to Mexico and the beaches to swim.  Fun times all, but as the children left to make their own households at holiday time, I decided to stay home and […]

The Darker Side of Boston

Boston has an underbelly.  Everybody knows about the patriots and Paul Revere and the great universities and hospitals and Brahmin lifestyles and winning sports teams, but one of the more quirky and surprising tours that visitors (and residents too) can take from the 40-year-old Boston By Foot organization reveals a completely different view of this fair city. 

Mackinac: It’s really Grand

Mackinac Grand Hotel - view & carriage

In an ironic twist to the City of Detroit’s former power as the nation’s leading automobile manufacturer, cars are not allowed on Mackinac Island; transportation is by horse and carriage, bicycle, or foot.

Heli-Fishing In Nimmo Bay, British Columbia

How exciting is it to fly into a high northern Canadian wilderness camp on a circa-1940 amphibious Grumman Goose plane that splashes into the bay, braking like a real live Canadian goose as it pulls up to the Nimmo Bay dock?

Chicago Christmas With The Grandkids

McCormick Tribune Ice Rink in Chicago

After hearing about Chicago’s bitter winters, its crime, and its other big-city problems, you would wonder why anyone would subject a little child to that town. [dropcap]W[/dropcap]ell, I took three little children for a Chicago Christmas, and we had a ball. We arrived 10 days before Christmas, just in time to beat the big chill […]