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Aloha, Lanai: Four Seasons at Manele Bay

by Chris on February 8, 2011

A look at the Four Seasons, the chain’s Manele Bay hotel, where we stayed during the VisitLanai New Media Artist in Residence program.
Four Seasons Manele Bay Lanai

I spent last week in Lana’i, Hawaii, as a “New Media Artist in Residence,” sponsored by the Lana’i Visitors Bureau. The program gave me a chance to explore all aspects of this tiny private island, and allowed me to stay at each of Lana’i’s three hotels: Four Seasons at Manele Bay, Four Seasons Lodge at […]


Moai Madness: Rapanui Pride

by Chris on January 27, 2011

Polynesian Fabios? Well, yes, the Rapanui men are attractive. But that’s only one feature that makes the Easter Island native culture so fascinating.
Rapanui pride

This post is fourth in a series about Easter Island. Before I left for Easter Island, friends who had visited the island before warned me that the Rapanui men were unusually attractive. “Think Polynesian Fabios,” one travel writer told me. And yes, the men, most with long flowing dark hair, tribal tattoos and well-developed arm muscles, […]


Known for its ceviche, Lima has become the center of a new gastronomic scene. We check out La Mar.
El Parque del Amor, Miraflores, Lima, Peru

After spending a long morning touring the Lima’s colonial center, we moved on to Miraflores – the city’s wealthy suburb on the Pacific Ocean – for lunch. I knew I wanted ceviche, Lima’s premier dish. But first, Roberto took us to El Parque del Amour (Love Park), dominated by El Beso. The statue, by Victor Delfin, […]


Tight and bright, with sky-high heels and as much glamour as you can handle. That’s Miami style in a nutshell. A look at the fashion, design and people-watching I saw at Art Basel South Beach.
travels, Miami, Miami Fl

The nail salon technician looked at the bottoms of my feet in disgust. “These are so dry,” she said, wrinkling her nose. “They need some work.” I winced, but I knew she was right. Since moving to chilly Seattle last June, I had changed my grooming habits – and not for the better. Flaky, unpolished […]


Hello Kitty, hello world! The Sanrio Small Gift Pop Up Shop toured the country in 2010. I caught the gallery exhibition featuring pictures of Hello Kitty at Art Basel in Miami.
Hello Kitty Small Gift Tour, Sanrio Pop Up Shop, Art Basel, Miami, Florida

I loved many things about my first visit to Miami’s Art Basel, considered the U.S.’s most important art show. From the serious works by name artists at the Convention Center to the impromptu gallery built out of a moving van, the entire scene seemed ablaze with creative  energy. At the end of the weekend, I […]


Some hotel options in Quebec City’s Upper Town for a reader planning a trip to Carnaval de Quebec. Plus info on this year’s Hotel de Glace – the ice hotel.
Bonhomme, Carnaval de Quebec, Quebec City, Quebec

Q: I was so impressed with Quebec City, I plan to go there again next February during the Winter carnival. I have already made flight reservations but I am still looking to book a hotel inside the Old Quebec. Chateau Frontenac is one possibility but I do see some negative reviews. I would like …


Ask Chris: Where to stay on Provo (Turks & Caicos) on a weekly budget of $3,000. Plus, where are the celebs?
pool bar, Turks & Caicos

Question: I am interested in going to Provo in June 2011 to take in 6 days of diving and sightseeing. My wife is a shopper and beach/pool person. We would like to stay at Ocean Club West, but would like something a little nicer but not over $1500 per person for the week. …


Planning a trip to New Orleans? Five reasons to visit the City that Care Forgot, written in 2010 – five years after Hurricane Katrina.
New Orleans

Today marks the fifth anniversary of the failure of the levee system that occurred in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Note the way that I’m phrasing that: It’s a deliberate reminder that the floodwaters that swept through huge swaths of the city came from a breakdown of man-made levees, rather than natural causes. It’s a […]


Passport photos, through the ages

by Chris on April 9, 2010

Through the decades, a look at a life in travel, as evidenced by my passport photos.

I just got a new passport this week – and man, it’s scary to see the aging process as documented by the federal government (as if you can’t tell, the 40-year-old version of Chris is on the left). Beats the alternative, I guess! What I do love about these photos is that I still feel […]


A reader asks: Where in Washington DC should I stay with a family?
Family Fun Destinations

I’ve received a couple of travel questions that might be helpful for other people planning similar itineraries, so I’m going to repost them here occasionally. Q: Where would you recommend staying in DC? – Jane This question came to me through my 6 Favorite Places to Take a Family Vacation post, so I assume that they […]