Escapes

There’s a lot to be said about the value of taking a break from your regular routine. A change of scenery helps to put things in perspective. But given only three, four or possibly five days, deciding which destination to visit can be daunting. So we’ve done our research and found locations that are easily accessible, offer superb accommodations and excellent dining options and have a wide variety of things to see and do. Whether you prefer a rural setting, seaside retreat or bustling inner city, we’ll cover it – the choice is yours.

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Travel

Recently CNN Travel asked readers if it would be worth flying six hours to a destination if you only had four nights to spend there. Surprisingly, the majority responded with a firm yes! So the next question is: how do you make the most of a short break?

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Travel

We discovered three retreats that are perfect for a romantic Valentine’s Day getaway or just a long weekend to destress. All are a bit under-the-radar and off the beaten-path, but well worth the extra travel time. You’ll be wined and dined, wowed by breathtaking vistas and kept comfy in luxury lodgings. Be pampered at every turn or remain self-sufficient, keep active or simply relax… the choice is yours.

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The Best of Barcelona

With its cosmopolitan feel and relaxed pace of life, Catalonia’s seaside capital offers iconic architecture, an unbeatable climate, endless beaches, sizzling nightlife, delectable cuisine and stylish hotels. The city dates back over 2,000 years, yet Antoni Gaudí’s surreal buildings and futuristic high-rises blend beautifully with Roman ruins, World Heritage landmarks and Gothic churches.

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Palm Springs – Desert Reimagined

Over 350 days of sunshine a year, beautiful mountain views, golf courses galore, chic shopping, innovative restaurants and first-rate spas…sounds like the perfect vacation spot. And no, we are not talking about Scottsdale. While this description is certainly fitting for the Valley of the Sun, this top travel spot is a four-hour drive west on Interstate 10 or a quick, one-hour plane ride away.

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Beautiful Places

People travel for a variety of reasons. There is no better way to spend a vacation than on a quest for beauty. Whether you find it in the mountains or by the coast, there is no denying that we live in a wonderful world. From a tropical paradise to a seaside town or an ancient landmark to a mountain passage, these beautiful places are worth a visit.

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Welcome To Bora Bora

LIVE THE CLICHé. A walk hand-in-hand on the beach, a sunset cruise on a catamaran, a candlelit dinner over the water – all the makings of a classic movie romance. Don’t tell me you haven’t thought about it, even once. Now make it happen. Ditch your electronics, fly away to a remote tropical island and focus on the one you’re with and go for it. Turn this Valentine’s Day into one worthy of the big screen….

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Destination: Rest & Relaxation

Life is stressful; we all know the reasons why. However, we may not realize that it affects our health and well-being. In fact, stress can lead to high blood pressure, headaches and depression. “We need to increase the awareness about the direct and well-documented effects that chronic stress has on health – things like impaired immune function, slowed wound healing, increased inflammation in the body and increased risk of heart attacks, diabetes and obesity,” explains Dr. Brent Bauer, …

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Milan – A City With Style

Milan has it all. From fashion and design to art and architecture, it has made a name for itself as a leader in setting trends. This international city is constantly pushing the boundaries of creativity and style. Walking through the streets will take you through an eclectic mix of modern high rise structures and classic historic buildings. Elegant shops and trendy restaurants happily coexist with a gothic cathedral and 14th century castle, …

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Performance Getaways

True fans of the performing arts can never get enough, and traveling offers the opportunity to see a variety of companies perform your favorite works along with introducing you to their own original productions. Houston and Los Angeles are two destinations that are drawing on the gifts of their well-established talent to entertain audiences; the Houston Ballet was founded in 1969, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic is celebrating its 95th season.

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