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Travel: Spring Fling in Keukenhof Gardens, The Netherlands

The days are longer, the weather is warmer … so how to celebrate? An exemplar of European culture, venerable, bathed in the watery sunlight of a Vermeer. Read more...

Perfect Getaway: Downtown L.A.

The city’s revitalized core bustles with life—and night life

Most ghost towns don’t become boomtowns, but you can barely walk a block in formerly forlorn downtown Los Angeles without evidence of a real and lasting transformation. From the Staples Center to the South Park neighborhood to the Arts District along Broadway, loft dwellers, tourists, and workers are filling stores, restaurants, and bars. Long-abandoned architectural marvels are reborn as nightclubs (the Edison, Exchange LA), while historical theaters and banks are turned into hotels, bookstores, or boutiques. And late next year, Disney Hall will get an upscale neighbor when Eli Broad’s contemporary art museum opens.

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March Forth Into Spring at Dromoland Castle, Newmarket-on-Fergus, Ireland

Endless drought and dust-covered palm trees may be our lot, but March should be a month of marbled skies, soft rain, and soggy fields budding with green. And on St. Patrick’s Day, you want to duck into an Irish pub and warm up with a pint of Guinness, right? Of course you do. Read more...

Perfect Getaway: Who knew you could find good, clean fun in Sin City?

Las Vegas

Sure, it’s the place where all-night parties, gambling, and overindulgence can spark really regrettable behavior. Yet the city that’s launched a billion hangovers also is in the cure business. Hotels including the Mandarin Oriental, the Trump Hotel, Vdara, The Signature at MGM Grand, and the Las Vegas Marriott forbid smoking. And with competing spas offering wellness and pampering treatments, hotel gyms dedicated to keeping bodies swimsuit ready, and menus catering to vegans and vegetarians, Las Vegas is looking practically wholesome. Detox may not be as popular as retox, but that leaves mornings at the gyms and spas—and their cafes—wide open for teetotalers. Read more...

Travel Must-Download: Epiclist

Ready for download from the Apple App Store, Epiclist is a travel app for the ambitious: a source for the “curated” adventures that necessitate a trip to REI. The itineraries are submitted (and beautifully photographed) by users, and chock-full of grand excursions that put one in mind of Marco Polo: hiking the obsidian fields of Hrafntinnusker, Iceland, kayaking through the limestone caves of Thailand, backpacking through Bali. The elegant app is free, but a Facebook account is required for use. epiclist.io Read more...

Perfect Getaway: Calistoga Ranch

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Perfect Getaway: Where Passion Is Always in Fashion

Mexico City

With February comes the pressure to celebrate—or the freedom to ignore—Valentine’s Day. Whether you’re blissfully paired, or happily flying solo, journey to the city that celebrates the lives and works of a romantic couple for all—Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. The artist duo famously married, cheated (he with her sister; she with Leon Trotsky), divorced, and remarried throughout their volatile 25-year relationship. Read more...

Hey Active Foodies! Whole Foods Introduces Travel Plans Just For You

Whole Foods Market, your source for all things sustainable and organic, has launched a new travel venture: Whole Journeys. Billed as excursions for “active foodies,” itineraries aim to immerse travelers in local cuisines and authentic culinary experiences: indigenous food festivals, conversation with native farmers, tours of wineries, and chats with local cheese makers fill the five- to 14-day tours. Alongside the usual suspects (Tuscany and Provence) you’ll find trips to the fish markets of the Bosphorus Strait and tea ceremonies in Shangri-La. Most tours cost between $3,000 and $4,500, and include guides, hotels, and most meals. wholejourneys.com Read more...

It's Time to Get Away—And We Mean Away

The holidays are over and you’ve been a good sport, but you never want to see your roasting pan again. Time to get away—and we mean away—through doorways of inlaid cedar and out into open-air spice markets where someone else will do the cooking, and it won’t be turkey. Read more...

Perfect Getaway: Taste the High Life

Telluride, Colo.

Ski purists who dream of uncrowded slopes, short lift lines, and views to the way, way beyond will find them in southwestern Colorado. A seven-hour drive from Denver, Telluride’s remoteness ensures a dedicated focus on out-of-towners. The city’s core, a National Historic Landmark, is lined with Victorian buildings that recall its mining boomtown past—and Butch Cassidy’s first bank robbery in 1889. Read more...

Perfect Getaway: A Little Auld Twang Syne

Austin, Texas

Everything you’d ever want in a city comes together with a dose of weirdness in Austin, making it a fun, almost-warm winter getaway. Like a Southern-fried Portland, this progressive city celebrates all things local, handmade, and artistic in its stores and bazaars. Smart folks from the University of Texas and high-tech businesses coexist with enough musicians to keep the state capital’s more than 250 music venues humming. Read more...

Perfect Getaway: San Francisco

Holidays by the Bay

With its spectacular waterfront, compact footprint, thrill-ride cable cars, and tourist-friendly vibe, San Francisco during the holidays is a real-life theme park—and easily navigable on foot, even with a stroller. By midmonth, look for festive lighting at top attractions such as the Union Square Ice Rink and Ghirardelli Square. Read more...
READ NOW: Serial Killer Seduction

Our "Center of the Universe" story is being read all over the world right now. Click here for the story.

 

Who Did Randy Kraft Seduce?

Current photos of author Jay Roberts.

 

A Fact-Checker's Journey to a 1980 Afternoon

Our intrepid intern tracks down the details in Roberts' story.

 

Why Isn't Randy Kraft Dead?

Our original piece on one of California's deadliest and most depraved serial killers. 

 

Editor's Letter, October 2013

Our editor considers "Center of the Universe" to be compelling—and incredibly frightening. Click above to find out why. 

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