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California's other wine countries

Everybody knows the justifiably famous Napa and Sonoma Valleys. If you're looking to take the next step, venture into California’s less-famous wine regions, where family-owned wineries welcome novices and experts alike, and tasting fees are low to non-existent. Most of these well-hidden wine …

Wine

“Stupid Enough to Pay”: Tim Parks’ Italian Rail Adventures

To understand Italy, you must ride its trains. Tim Parks tells the story of when his first-class ticket turned out to be anything but.<p>Verona Porta …

Top 10 Scenic Outdoor Music Venues

With the summer solstice here, now is the time many cultures actively embrace and celebrate live music. The lingering daylight and sultry evenings are prime time for outdoor concerts, and nothing amplifies the experience more than a breathtakingly beautiful setting. Read on for Cheapflights.com's …

Top 10

The best countries for food

Food and travel go together like planes and airports. No matter where you go you'll have little trouble finding at least one culinary experience that will help you understand the local culture. In some countries the food is <i>the</i> highlight, drawing many a foodie to its borders, like a moth to a flame. …

Spices

How traveling Italy by train captures the country in all its complications

In a new book, Tim Parks says that to get under the skin of Italy, you must board a train. Whether an ultra fast service to Palermo or a time-warp …

24 free things to do in San Francisco

Contrary to what you might expect from such a well known, tourist-heavy city, San Francisco quietly delivers a lot for the money. Many of its hotels offer comfort and location for a third of the cost of a comparable New York or London hotel; public transit is part of the fun (cheaper Market Street …

San Francisco

Notes from the flood: Fernie, BC

06/18/13<p>The rain starts early Wednesday evening. Thunderstorms roll into the Elk Valley. Rumbling deep and low, they are still some distance from …

Trend alert: Hotels embracing late checkouts on Sundays

A growing number of hotels are granting travelers a reprieve from the oppressive 11 a.m. checkout on Sundays, when they have fewer guests checking in …

Delta purchase of Virgin Atlantic stake complete, code shares to begin 2014

Delta Air Lines Inc. and Virgin Atlantic Airways Ltd. will begin joint ticket sales on more than 100 routes starting next month as they work toward …

Forget the Med: five stunning stretches of coast in northern Europe

Travellers flock to the Mediterranean shores of Italy, France and Spain, but for deliciously different places to dip your toes, look a little further north on your map of Europe. You’ll need a sweater if you visit outside the summer, but the views, dunes and magical history are worth a slightly …

European Travel

2013 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest

The 25th annual National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest is under way, and entries will be accepted for another six weeks, until June 30, 2013. First prize winner will receive a 10-day Galapagos expedition for two. National Geographic was once more kind enough to allow me to share some of the …

What We Learned at Aspen’s Food & Wine Classic

The tents are down, the chefs went back to their kitchens, and attendees of the granddaddy of all food fests may have finally slept it off. If guests …

Pt 3: A fiery cleansing fiesta in Galicia

The Noche de San Juan festival on 23 June celebrates the summer solstice with ceremonial bonfires and a parade of witches.

Loneliness

Port of Call: Cardiff

Situated on the south coast of Wales, Cardiff was once one of Europe’s busiest ports and the largest exporter of coal in the world.<p>After a severe slump that lasted into the late 1980s, the Welsh capital has bounced back as a cultural hub — with an edge. The city’s smartly redeveloped waterfront has …

Can't Miss Things to Do in Florence This Summer

Those visiting Florence, whether for a brief sojourn or extended stay, have myriad options and ways to make their weekend here as exciting and culturally enriching as possible. Things to do in Florence range from outdoor sightseeing and dining to indoor nighttime events and more. While certain …

Italy

Woody Allen’s New York

I used to sort of hate New York. I rooted against the Yankees and saw the “big city” as a scary place of noise, fast-talk, and blood-filled drama. Then I watched <i>Annie Hall</i>. And <i>Manhattan</i>. And <i>The Purple Rose of Cairo</i>.<p>By the time I finally visited Manhattan, during a college break, I half expected …

The Best Bars in Paris for Going Solo

Photo: Courtesy of Legrand Filles et Fils<p><i>Fathom contributor Celine Kagan gives us four great bars to check out if you're in Paris alone.</i><p>PARIS – Not in the mood for yet another romantic dinner for two? Traveling solo and tired of watching the waiter clear away the table setting across from you? …

France

3 Reasons to Visit Livinallongo, Dolomites

The picturesque municipality of Livinallongo is located under the shadow of the magnificent Sella Group in the mighty Dolomites. As soon as one steps foot in Livinallongo, the difference from other area towns is obvious. Homes and farms are established at much higher altitudes, immediately calling …

Outdoors

Hiking the Appalachian Trail

I first became motivated to get on the Appalachian Trail last year by a hike I did in Peru to Machu Picchu. Growing up on the Virginia coast, my interests have mostly centered on our waters. Sailing, swimming, fishing, crabbing and surfing the summers away, I was always trying to find more ways to …

Hiking

Our top 45 free things to do in New York City

Seeing New York City's biggest attractions can mean spending a hefty chunk of your trip budget on tickets. Empire State Building? $36. The Guggenheim and the Whitney both go for $25. Even the Frick is $22. But there's a lifetime of fun to be had without ever handing over a cent, and not just by …

New York City

88 Amazing Photography Links That You Won't Want to Miss

With another terrific week in the world of photography passing us by, we find Toad Hollow Photography has been searching high and low in all corners …

National Parks

No-Bake Cheesecake Recipes (PHOTOS)

Just because our kitchens get hot during the summer, that doesn't mean that we want to stop baking. But it definitely gets harder and harder to turn the oven on when the heat inside our homes is already stifling. What's a baker to do? We suggest no-bake recipes -- and in particular these no-bake …

Best US Coastal Hikes: Escape The City Hiking 10 Of America's Best Seaside Trails (PHOTOS)

Looking to escape the city this summer? Get away from the urban grind and enjoy some of the stress-relieving benefits of nature with a relaxing weekend trip exploring some of the country's most scenic coastal destinations by foot.<p>Ranging in length and difficulty level from one-mile walks around the …

7 institutions so mammoth they could destroy America

Bigger banks, bigger investors, bigger corporations: They all threaten to ravage the economy — and our livelihoods<p>Bigger isn’t always better. From the Tower of Babel to Teddy Roosevelt’s trust-busting, that principle’s been enshrined in law and legend since the dawn of history. Have we forgotten …

Which?: iPhone 5 is 'slowest smartphone'

Tests of the seven most popular smartphones found that iPhone 5 came last, processing requests at half the speed of the Samsung Galaxy S4.<p>The phones were put through a series of benchmark tests by Which? to measure processor and memory performance, which show how quickly the phone will allow photo …

How Everyone Feels About Edward Snowden

Can't we all agree?