Far & Away

Our Favorite Hotels for a Destination Wedding

A destination wedding can take place virtually anywhere — it’s all relative, of course. But you’re not here to see just anywhere. You’re here to see a list of spectacular hotels in exotic locales, so that’s exactly what you shall have.

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Long Haul

The Good, the Bad, and the Destination Wedding

Are destination weddings the best or the worst? We can lay out the facts and the figures, the pros and the cons, but that’s a question you’ll need to answer. And you’re going to get your chance.

Presents Requested

A Global Gift Guide from Tablet Plus Hotels

What do you get the world traveler who’s seen it all? This holiday season, we decided to branch out. Instead of giving you our own gift recommendations, we asked some of our favorite Tablet Plus hotels around the globe for theirs.

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Home for the Holidays

The 3rd Annual Tablet Travel Story Contest

Do you have a great travel story? Send it to us and you could win $300, a lifetime Tablet Plus membership, and a celebrated place in Tablet history. The deadline is December 15.

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Strange Currencies

Gothic Hotels (and Songs by R.E.M., Part 2)

It’s Halloween, so we’re taking a look at hotels with Gothic architecture, a style synonymous with the mysterious and macabre. Why did we also include songs by R.E.M.? The answer may shock you.

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Ghost Town

The Remarkable History of Dunton Hot Springs

Dunton was founded in 1885 as an unincorporated mining town, and soon became a ghost town — then it was transformed into Dunton Hot Springs, one of the most remarkably creative hotels you’ll ever see.

Family Activity

Cool Hotels Where Kids Will Never Be Bored

You might find it surprising, but there are hotels out there that meet Tablet’s high standards of design and individuality, and are also incredibly welcoming to children, hosting a smorgasbord of exciting activities just for kids.

Garden Party

A Moment with Chef Abram Bissell from The Modern

There’s great excitement surrounding the Museum of Modern Art’s grand reopening on October 21, so we spoke with Chef Abram Bissell, whose two-Michelin starred restaurant — The Modern — not only sits inside the legendary New York museum, but looks out onto its sculpture garden.

Last Frontier

Inside the Battle for Alaska’s Wilderness

Alaska is a wondrous sliver of the natural world. It’s also another stage upon which the battle between environmental conservation and industrial development is being fought. Ilona Kauremszky followed in John Muir’s wake and sailed up Alaska’s Inside Passage to see the situation for herself.

Don’t Be Alarmed

Travel Advisories v. The United States of America

Foreign travel to the United States is slumping. Travel advisories issued by other countries can give a clue as to why. They can also be a bit ridiculous.

Big Night Out

Live From a Michelin All-Star Dinner

Michelin’s All-Star dinners are a chance for Tablet Plus members to enjoy unique culinary events at the finest restaurants in the world. Below, our own Lucy Lieberman shares her experience from a recent dinner in Washington D.C.

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Key Wrecked

The Florida Keys You Never Knew

The Florida Keys of the 19th century were nothing like they are today. Before tourism dominated Key West, several adventurous professions made it one of Florida’s most booming industrial cities.

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Court of Appeal

The Eternal Charm of Morocco's Riad Hotels

The courtyard, that noble architectural effort to bring the outside in, is a simple endeavor that never fails to uplift. And nowhere is its use more impressive than in the riad hotels of Morocco.

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Without Men

A Women-Only Search for Gender Equality

Jamie Sims Coakley reflects on women’s rights both at home and abroad, and shares her experience traveling without her husband to a country that’s still struggling with gender equality.

Spa Day

Interview with the Hot Stone Massage Model

There’s no shortage of transcendent spa hotels, but when it comes to spa photography, it can be a struggle to capture the euphoric feeling a spa provides. We spent some time with the woman most responsible for helping spa photos rise to the challenge — plus a look at eight of our most enchanting spa hotels.

Up and Down

Of Ceilings and Sustenance in Spain

Photographer Jane Hu recently visited the Spanish cities of Sevilla, Granada, and Barcelona, where she found her lens drawn up to awe-inspiring ceilings and down to mouth-watering meals.

Rushing to Ruin

The Worrying Rise of Doomsday Tourism

If climate change has taught us anything, it’s that nothing lasts forever. As ice caps melt and coral reefs die, tourists are rushing to see the world’s most precious treasures before they’re gone. Those visits can raise much-needed awareness, but the extra attention isn’t always for the best.

Stilted Lover

Elevated Hotels That’ll Never Let You Down

There’s a lot to love about hotels on stilts. Unlike your past romantic partners, when your hotel room leaves you high and dry, it’ll leave you with nothing but positive memories.

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The Hippie Trail

Once Upon a Time in the Middle East

Imagine a teenager deciding to hitchhike their way from London to Kabul. Now imagine thousands of them. What sounds crazy for 2019 was happening with surprising frequency in 1969, on a route known as the Hippie Trail.

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Death in the Vatican

The Story of a Pope and His Elephant

The Vatican is no stranger to scandal. And one shameful legend in particular epitomizes the religious, political, and economic realities of a 16th-century papacy. Hilary Bockham, expert guide with Context Travel, tells the twisted tale of Leo X and Hanno the elephant.

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Treasure Underground

The Bounty Beneath the Streets of Rome

The more you burrow down beneath the surface of Rome, the more history you unearth. Theresa Potenza, expert guide with Context Travel, plunges the depths to show us a city that’s eternal both above ground and below.

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Where the Bungalow Roam

Freedom Is a California Cottage Hotel

The American West has always represented a certain freedom of movement. It’s no wonder then that California has so many hotels that offer freestanding accommodations: bungalows, cottages, cabanas, or full-on houses that give guests more privacy, more space, more independence — in other words, more freedom.

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March of Progress

How the Vacation Came to Be

Martin Luther King said that “the line of progress is never straight.” When it comes to the history of tourism, the line swerved past 99% of the world’s population before it finally delivered the vacation as we know it today.

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At the Crossroads

Georgia Comes Out From Behind the Curtain

Laurent Vernhes, Tablet’s co-founder and CEO, recently visited the former Soviet republic of Georgia, where he discovered unique wines, incredible mountains, and a country that is finally getting the attention it deserves.

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Citizen Twain

A Quintessential American Finds Ugliness Abroad

Mark Twain wrote one of the 19th century’s most popular travel books. But the ugly ways in which he described the world say more about him — and perhaps America — than the places he visited.

Pride

A Father and Son Celebrate Self-Love in NYC

After Paul Fishman came out, his relationship with his dad wasn’t quite the same. So he decided to take him on a father-son trip to Pride NYC for the 50th anniversary of Stonewall, and to learn the history of LGBTQ+ rights.

Long Walk Home

Magnus Nilsson Prepares His Next Steps

What do you do after closing the world’s most interesting restaurant? If you’re chef Magnus Nilsson, you go back to where you came from.

Into the Wild

Struggling With Our Social Media Obsession

One of the most talked-about trends in travel today is how the pursuit of beauty, or, more baldly, the pursuit of social media cachet, might be destroying the world’s most amazing places.

Raw Power

Concrete Isn’t Just for Brutalists Anymore

The Brutalist architecture movement of the 1950s and 60s grew out of “béton brut,” the French idea that concrete in its raw, unfinished form is a powerful expression of beauty. Quite a few modern hotels agree.

Killing It

200 Years of Tourism in the Catskills

Twice the pinnacle of American tourism, the Catskills have ebbed and flowed in popularity over the past couple of centuries. But the cradle of modern comedy is standing up once again — for the same reasons as always.

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