Tag archives for New York

The Lure of the Grand Hotel

A nostalgia for travel during the Gilded Age, that time of new wealth and grand hotels, is enjoying a moment with the popularity of Downton Abbey and its upcoming New York equivalent, The Gilded Age (by Downton creator Julian Fellowes). During the four decades from 1870 to World War I, the well-heeled traveled the world…

Off to the Races: Summer in Saratoga

New York’s horserace haven doesn’t gamble with change—it embraces tradition with giant hats and gin and tonics.

American Glamping: Three Great Finds

Lodge in nature without sacrificing comfort. > Treehouse Point B&B (Fall City, Washington) Backdrop: The western foothills of the Cascade Mountains, beside the Raging River. Best for: Couples seeking lofty hideaways and Wi-Fi–free nights. Creature comforts: Six hand-built wooden tree houses with quilt-covered beds, large windows, and porches; a breakfast of eggs, homemade granola, breads, and…

#NGTRadar: Travel Lately

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The Radar—the latest and best from the travel blogosphere—is a regular feature on Intelligent Travel every other Wednesday. You can play, too. Follow us on Twitter @NatGeoTravel and tag your favorite travel stories #NGTRadar to help us find the crème de la crème on the Web. Here are our newest picks.

Sailing Through Central Park

Central Park is the ultimate Manhattan playground. Here’s where to go and what to do in this 843-acre family-friendly wonderland.

The Next Harlem Renaissance

Nearly a century after Langston Hughes and Billie Holiday turned Manhattan’s cultural landscape upside down, Harlem is again seeing rebirth.

I Heart My City (in the Spring)

Spring is upon us (at least for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere), and we’re embracing it with open arms by highlighting seasonal must-dos from our amazing I Heart My City community.

A Valley for All Seasons

On a recent road trip, a friend remarked that the Hudson Valley carries us through the seasons, and that each one draws us back for a different purpose. Promises of the perfect “fall” day may have drawn me here in the first place, but I now return for the quaint shops, historical treasures, and sophisticated dining. There’s always something new to discover.

The 10 Best BBQ Joints in America

In the land of the free and the home of the brave, nothing tickles the taste buds quite like barbecue. BBQ capitals like Kansas City and Memphis are well represented on our list, but America’s love affair with smoked meat is quite clearly a national preoccupation.

Traditional Japanese Bliss (in NYC)

Why is it that with each passing year, it seems to get more and more difficult to think of a cool gift idea for my wife’s birthday? Maybe it’s because in 2008, we spent her special day walking around Kyoto, Japan in traditional kimonos and stayed over at an authentic 19th-century ryokan. So, there I was, having a drink at the Kitano Hotel in New York City, plum out of bright ideas, when I learned that the property had a special tatami suite that offered guests what it was calling authentic Japanese culture and hospitality.

The Radar: Under-appreciated NYC Neighborhoods, The ‘Real’ Cape Town, Staying Healthy Abroad

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Americana at Its Summer Best: Lake George and The Sagamore

“Thomas Jefferson said Lake George is, without comparison, the most beautiful water he ever saw.” I was on board The Morgan, a replica of a 19th-century touring boat, listening as bartender Dan Blanchard peppered our cruise with historic factoids. I have always been fascinated with Jefferson, so the statement gave me pause.

The most beautiful water he ever saw?