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Stories by the editorial department about travel, primarily from Arbiter's Getaway pieces

Fairhope, Alabama offers golf, galleries, and grub

Mobile Bay destination presents a versatile blend of activities in a quaint town

Alabama didn’t end up with much oceanfront, but the towns tucked along Mobile Bay provide enough culture, architecture, and good food that visitors don’t miss the white sand. Fairhope, on the eastern side of the inlet, is just five hours or so from Atlanta and in some ways has more in common with Highlands, North Carolina, than sand-and-surf destinations like Panama City Beach. Read More

Searching for zen in Costa Rica

Travel industry promises never worked for me until now

You know those “moments” that the travel industry promises if you just hop on a plane and get to an exotic beach? Those moments of existential bliss, of zen-like relaxation, possible (we’re told) only by traveling great distances and coughing up great gouts of cash? I don’t have those moments. At least I didn’t until one rainy afternoon on the west coast of Costa Rica. Read More

Escape to the Esseola Lodge

A low-key escape to the highest point east of the Rockies

Between two peaks on Grandfather Mountain they’ve replaced the fifty-year-old wooden footbridge with one made of galvanized steel, so the famous mile-high swinging bridge doesn’t really swing anymore—but it sings. Read More

The Ritz-Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation

Luxe relaxation on Lake Oconee

The Ritz-Carlton properties in Atlanta typify the cosmopolitanism that defines the hotel brand the world over. The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead, with its honeyed wood paneling and... Read More

Waycross, GA

Home of the Gram Parsons Guitar Pull

I lean back in the lawn chair to soak up the early autumn sun still high in the sky and aimlessly swat at bugs, waiting for the next band to start. To my left, a local I’d been chatting... Read More

Highlands, NC

This sophisticated hamlet remains an alluring respite

There are those who think Highlands has become too commercial, who miss the cozy shabbiness of the dowdy Old Edwards Inn—before the “Old Girl” underwent a... Read More

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