Family Skiing Is (Almost) Always A Blast At Steamboat Springs

Tweet Special to the Washington Post Dec. 3, 2015 View original publication Watching a pounding snowstorm from a chairlift at Steamboat ski resort, in northern Colorado, I feel the symptoms rising — shortening breath, furrowing brow, sulking self-pity. It’s a classic case of Parental Powder Anxiety Syndrome. I am sandwiched between my son, Kai (6),…

St. Martin, Featuring Family Dynamics

Tweet   Special to the Washington Post Oct. 15, 2015 View original publication “I am never going on vacation with you guys again,” my sister Rachel says. A curious sentiment, given the setting: We are at a beachfront restaurant on the island of St. Martin, 11:30 a.m. on a mid-December Monday, sharing a mojito while awaiting plates…

A Magical Night Under the Arizona Stars

Tweet                     Special to the Washington Post Aug. 24, 2015 View original publication A journey of 335 million miles begins at 6,875 feet. It does for me, anyway, as I stand on an Arizona mountaintop on a dazzling March night counting Jupiter’s moons. I am at…

Where ARE you from? Handling Anti-Americanism When You Travel

Tweet “Americans are so rude.” I received this bulletin some years ago, at a wedding feast in a hillside ristorante in Trieste, Italy, from a supremely self-assured Austrian journalist. Pots overflowing with purple and red flowers hung from an awning framing the Adriatic Sea. “The first question Americans always ask,” she continued, recovering her expelled…

The Lodges of Alta, Utah: Elevated Paradise for Skiers

Tweet Special to the Washington Post Feb. 12, 2015 View original publication The ski resort of Alta, Utah, basks in well-deserved accolades for burly terrain, massive snowfalls and a stoic devotion to a throwback vibe (chairlifts only, no snowboarding allowed). But skiers who hit the mountain on day trips from nearby destination resorts are missing…

Camping, with kids, in Hatteras, NC

Tweet There are ways to add excitement to a camping trip with kids. I choose three: Go to a campground I haven’t visited in 20 years in the blind hope that it hasn’t changed; don’t make reservations; and leave the house seven hours before sunset for a 6 1 / 2-hour road trip, declaring to anyone…

In Puerto Rico, the Kid’s are Alright

Tweet I see her as I step out from among the sea grape trees and onto the golden sands: tanned, blond and bikini-clad, she is walking toward me. And she possesses the one characteristic I’m yearning to see in a woman on the beach: a little kid. I’m in Rincon, on the west coast of Puerto…

In Sun Valley, Idaho, light crowds and glorious skiing

Tweet The hum at the Cornerstone Bar and Grill is reaching a fevered pitch. Bernie the bartender is sliding iridescent cocktails across the bar — a backlit slab of opaque plastic that gives both drink and drinker an added glow. I don’t even know what I ordered, but it’s green, contains gin and goes well…