Insight Guide

Plattsburgh, NY: The Adirondacks’ Coastal City

Lake Champlain sparkles in crisp autumn temperatures, bordered by forests dappled with late fall colors. The trails through Point Au Roches State Park are easily accessible as well as family- and pet-friendly, with lots of views of the lake. Keep a lookout for Champ, Lake Champlain’s...

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 - 4:55pm

Welcoming the new year at Peepsfest

Peepswere originally a seasonal treat for Easter. But their extended family now includes chicks of many hues and seasonal cousins, like marshmallow snowmen, chocolate-covered Christmas treesand candy-cane-colored Peeps.Peepsfestis a welcome break for families during that frustrating time between...

Wednesday, December 23, 2015 - 10:45pm

Snowtime in Quebec City

Its historic French architecture, fabulous restaurants and spoken French give the city a European-style charm unique in North America, but it’s truly Canadian in many ways too — particularly when it comes to having fun when the temps go below freezing.Toboggan on The TerraceTopping the long list of...

Wednesday, December 23, 2015 - 10:36pm

George Washington crosses the Delaware, again

He probably didn’t stand up in the boat, but otherwise, George Washington’s midnight soiree across the Delaware River in the wee hours of Dec.25-26, 1776, lived up to the painting’s heroic impression. Correctly guessing that Hessian soldiers in Trenton would be hung over after a night of Christmas...

Friday, December 18, 2015 - 11:27pm

Dream vacation: Barbados

A favorite with cruise lines thanks to its location just 62 miles east of St. Vincent and the Windward Islands, Barbados is perfectly located for destination-rich voyages around some of the region’s best-loved islands.Cruise lines mostly visit in winter, when temperatures average 80. Companies,...

Friday, December 18, 2015 - 1:46am

New Year’s Eve in the Maine wilderness

Say “hostel,” and you picture a dormfilled with young backpackers. But changing that image in a big way is the goal of Maine Huts and Trails. Calling their properties “boutique hostels,” their four lodges in the remote wilderness of Western Maine are far removed from the traditional hostelscene.All...

Tuesday, December 15, 2015 - 11:20pm

Christmastime in historic Annapolis

This waterfront city has never lost its Colonial charm and historic atmosphere. During the holidays, that means the buildings along the cobblestone streets are festooned with greens and period decorations, with not an inflatable snowman in sight.You can get into the mood with a lantern-light stroll...

Saturday, December 12, 2015 - 12:41am

New Orleans: Beyond the French Quarter

Most visitors to the Big Easy make a beeline for Bourbon Street. This vibrant thoroughfare in the heart of the French Quarter is famous for its live jazz bars and boisterous nightlife. But locals head for Frenchmen Street, a short walk away. Every night of the week, you’ll hear anything from gypsy...

Thursday, December 10, 2015 - 1:10am

24 hours in Buenos Aires

Enjoy coffee and a medialuna (“half moon”-shaped pastry) at venerable B.A. institution Cafe Tortoni (www.cafetortoni.com.ar), whose art nouveau interior has changed little since it opened in 1858. Next, stroll a couple blocks to the Plaza de Mayo and visit the opulent presidential palace, the Casa...

Thursday, December 3, 2015 - 9:12pm

Two perfect days in London

Day One:Weather permitting, it’s good to explore London on foot. Start on the South Bank of the River Thames, opposite the House of Commons. You’re right next to the London Eye so if it’s a clear day, buy a ticket for the 30-minute ride. Head east along the waterfront past the Southbank Centre, a...

Wednesday, December 2, 2015 - 11:25pm

Holiday light displays worth taking a weekend trip to see

From Thanksgiving through New Year’s, parks, resorts, temples and private homes transform into lit-up fantasylands. There are so many glittering, twinkling, sparkling and glowing lights that the space shuttle should be able to see them. “Conservation” and “modest” are not in the vocabulary of many...

Wednesday, December 2, 2015 - 11:14pm

Holiday shopping in the Big Apple

The “districts” — the centers for certain businesses — have good buys for specific items. The Diamond District (47th Street between Fifth and Sixth avenues) is wholesale heaven for jewels. The Perfume District is on Broadway, between 20th and 30th streets. The Garment District is the place to look...

Friday, November 20, 2015 - 2:34am

Five treasures of Byzantine Istanbul

1 Chora Church(Kariye Museum) This tucked-away 11th-century church, now a museum, has an unadorned exterior of dense terra-cotta brick. But inside you’ll see intricate 14th-century frescoes and mosaics on the domes and walls, considered some of the world’s finest surviving Byzantine art. Golden...

Friday, November 20, 2015 - 2:21am

Chautauqua: New York’s undiscovered country

he westernmost region of the Empire State, Chautauqua County and Lake Erie, are worth the drive. At the top of the fun-stuff list is the Lucy Desi Museum and Center for Comedyin Jamestown, Lucille Ball’s hometown. It’s like stepping into the world of “I Love Lucy,” with sets, props and costumes...

Saturday, November 14, 2015 - 12:06am

Christmas lights across Canada

The opening ceremony will be held on Parliament Hill, December 2 at 7 p.m., with thousands of candle-carrying Canadians and visitors cheering as a giant “on” button on the stage is pressed to begin a stunning pyrotechnics display before a choir sings Christmas songs.Now in its 31st year, Christmas...

Thursday, November 12, 2015 - 6:30pm

St. Lucia: Paradise found

There is a sign at the top of Tet Paul nature trail in St. Lucia that points toward rough steps cut into the bank. They are, if the sign is to be believed, a stairway to heaven — and whoever put up the sign knew what they were talking about. The view from the top, over the two Pitons that are this...

Friday, November 6, 2015 - 9:32pm

Home runs and hops in Cooperstown

Even those with only a passing interest in the sport enjoy the stories of the personalities and history of the game at the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, New York. Dedicated fans spend days here. See newsreels of early games (and Abbott and Costello’s “Who’s on First?” routine),...

Friday, November 6, 2015 - 1:28am

Rwanda: Wild adventures in a land of misty mountains

As anyone who’s made the muddy, misty trek through Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park will tell you, your first encounter with mountain gorillas is an experience you’ll never forget. Their similarity to humans is so uncanny, it’s impossible not to smile. As you watch them stretch, yawn, hug their...

Wednesday, October 28, 2015 - 11:35pm

How to spend 24 hours in Hanoi

To experience one of the city’s most compelling curiosities, you’ll need to set your alarm. Head to Hoan Kiem Lake at around 6 a.m. and follow your ears to the laughing yoga group where young and old gather to erupt in sidesplitting laughter as infectious as it is bizarre.No trip to Hanoi is...

Friday, October 23, 2015 - 3:48am

Beyond the falls in Niagara

First stop is Niagara Falls State Park (Niagarafallsstatepark.com). The oldest state park in the country, it has the best views of the falls. It’s worth visiting just for the landscaped grounds, but there are enough other attractions to keep you busy all day. The Maid of the Mist boat tours travel...

Thursday, October 22, 2015 - 2:41am