Da Boca do Brasileiro: Diamantina Insights

Diamantina is one of Minas’ most charming and unpretentious historical towns, a beguiling patchwork of whitewashed houses, baroque churches, and cobblestoned squares. Get an inside look at Diamantina through the eyes of a local with recommendations of what to eat and what not to miss.

Soak It Up: Hot Springs of Montana

Hot water gurgles up all over the state, and it’s exploited to one degree or another by a wide variety of resorts, from the rustic to the chic. Be sure to bring a swimsuit — these aren’t clothing-optional spots! A breakneck tour of the state’s hot springs can be done in a few days, but chances are you’d rather relax and make this into a weeklong trip.

Hidden Gems in the Hudson River Valley

Next time you find yourself in New York City with a day or two to spare, head north to the Hudson River Valley. You can hop the train, rent a car, or even ride your bike. Whatever your mode of transportation, seek out the back roads, and there is a good chance you will discover something new—a farm stand, a winery, a trail, a memorable meal, or a romantic inn to spend the night.

Le Massif de Charlevoix

Located about an hour north of Québec City, Le Massif is indisputably the prettiest ski station in the province. Sacha Jackson talks about her recent ski trip… including wiping out in the woods.

Spring Awakening in Washington DC

The temperatures hit nearly 80 degrees in Washington this week, and with the warming trend came an annual migration: flocks of school groups, families, international travelers and conventioneers descending on the National Mall and its environs to enjoy what is inarguably the city’s finest season.

Virgin Islands Travel Advice

If you’re already anticipating escaping to warmer climates in the cold early months of 2012, Susanna Henighan Potter, author of Moon Virgin Islands, has some great ideas for a fun-filled getaway.