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A New Kind of Fitness Retreat for New Year’s Fitness Goals

Many people make resolutions to exercise more and follow a healthy diet at the beginning of a new year, but sticking to those goals is easier said than done. This year, however, several new fitness-focused retreats in photogenic destinations could help give travelers the motivation they need for lasting success. Deprivation isn’t the point of these getaways: instead of calorie-restricted ...

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In the South and North, New (and Vital) Civil Rights Trails

“Hopefully when people hear about the civil rights trail, it will make them aware there are locations near where they are that changed the world,” Mr. Sentell said. “I’m just surprised this hadn’t been done earlier.” In the last few years a loud debate has raged across the country over what to do with Confederate statues. While those arguments are ...

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Rubén Darío’s Nicaragua – The New York Times

“You know Darío said this city was like his Rome or Paris,” said Eddy Kühl, an author of numerous books on history and Darío, who also runs Selva Negra, an ecolodge in the coffee highlands. Mr. Kühl, who could pass for a senior Indiana Jones, took me through Darío’s rise to prominence. Darío taught himself to read at age 3 ...

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In Busy Rome, a Hotel That’s an Oasis

Photo The terrace at NH Collection Palazzo Cinquecento in Rome. Credit NH Hotel Group Rates Rooms from $230/night Basics Last year Madrid-based NH Hotel Group launched their upscale brand, NH Collection, and opened this refurbished, five-story Art Nouveau building (which once housed the headquarters of Rome’s railway and postal service), making it a signature property. The 177-room hotel adds an ...

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Hooray for Fiona the Hippo, Our Bundle of Social-Media Joy

“We think this is just Michelle’s way of one-upping her groupie status,” said Chad Yelton, the zoo’s vice president of marketing. “She has all the merch, the tumblers, the calendar. If there’s something with Fiona’s face on it, she has to have it first.” When Fiona was born, no one expected her to survive. Bibi, her lumbering, obstinate mother (“Fiona ...

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How to Get the Most Out of Farmers’ Markets While Traveling

Photo Credit Lars Leetaru Visiting a local farmers’ market should be on every vacation itinerary, according to the French chef Alain Ducasse, who runs 25 restaurants in nine countries. “No matter what city or town they’re in, farmers’ markets are a year-round attraction and about much more than produce,” he said. “They’re photographs of that destination and the local culture.” ...

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Four Affordable, Luxurious Christmas Getaways in Ireland

Photo Adare Manor, in County Limerick, is offering a two-night, family-friendly getaway called “A Christmas Beyond Everything.” Credit Adare Manor Christmas and the days leading up to the holiday are a magical time to visit Ireland, according to Siobhan Byrne Learat, founder of Adams & Butler, a Dublin-based company selling trips to Ireland. “The Irish go all out for Christmas ...

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April Bloomfield on London, California and Not Overplanning Trips

You worked for years in London before coming to the United States. Any lesser-known London spots you would recommend? Hackney is a really great place. It’s probably almost there — I don’t think it’s up-and-coming anymore. My friend Claire Ptak has got a really cute tea and bakery shop there called Violet. I met Claire at Chez Panisse, and every ...

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5 Rules for a Really Good Trip With the Kids

Photo Credit Eleni Kalorkoti The amount of advice for traveling with kids can be overwhelming. But like most of us grown-ups, children often become good travelers through a lucky mix of nature and nurture: Some kids are flexible, some crave a routine, and some are just completely thrown off kilter by the travails of delayed planes, any change in schedule, ...

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A Guide to Cap Ferret, the Cape Cod of France

Sail Fish After midnight, this 33-year-old restaurant clears out its tables and transforms into one of Cap Ferret’s few nightclubs (not to mention concessions to what the French call “le bling-bling”), where the upscale garden-party atmosphere, achieved with wicker chairs and ivy foliage, is offset by disco balls. Somehow, though, the peninsula’s relaxed spirit persists. Guests can often be seen ...

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