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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.

Destination: Fez, Morocco

Founded in A.D. 789 and renowned for its artisans since Morocco’s golden age in the 14th century, Fez remains a supremely soulful place, and a true medina: a medieval Arab town consisting of a maze of streets so narrow that goods are still delivered by donkey. Riad Numero 9 is one of several newly refurbished riads—traditional North African homes built around a serene central atrium—and features mosaic floors and a burbling fountain. Lovingly restored and furnished by an expat American designer, Riad Numero 9 is unpretentious, intimate, and breathtaking, fulfilling the most fundamental intention of all riads: that your entrance should be “a major transitional experience.” Prices for the three available rooms start at 100 euros ($136 at current exchange rates), and the rates include breakfast, transfers and local taxes. riad9.com or stephen@riad9.com.

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