09/24/2013 | | Travel Writer | Travel

Ah, Bariloche. Even in the ’60s, when much of Latin America was terra incognita for North Americans — a realm of dodgy dictators and exotic, uncharted landscapes — Argentina’s premier mountain resort was a cosmopolitan hub. My mother has fond memories of that era, and how civilized it all was, with cocktails in the chalet and suave waiters who spoke fluent English.

09/17/2013 | | Travel Writer | Travel

The glittery, rejuvenated Baltimore harbor is the city’s current showpiece, attracting visitors to its shops, museums and water views.

09/10/2013 | | Travel Writer | Travel

Many people are surprised to learn that one 18th-century historic district called Old Salem is not, in fact, located in New England.

09/03/2013 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Travel

Anchorage, Alaska — Only in the alternative reality of Michael Chabon’s fanciful best-selling novel “The Yiddish Policeman’s Union” do three million Jews, rescued from the Holocaust, call Alaska home. The (real-life) reality is that only about 6,000 Jews live in the entire state. As I embarked on a recent trip up north, I didn’t expect to find much of a Jewish presence.

08/27/2013 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Travel

Santa Barbara, Calif. — A music fan spots Nir Kabaretti seated at a table in a State Street café and greets him warmly. Kabaretti, sipping a cup of tea this sunny morning, is well known around town.

08/20/2013 | | Travel Writer | Travel

For a beach resort, the Bulgarian town of Balchik is a bit of a letdown. The setting is indeed beautiful — thickly forested cliffs that slope down to a wide turquoise sea — but try as I might, I could not find any sand.