An Adult Returns to Sleepaway Camp at Interlochen Arts Camp in Northern Michigan

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 07/22/2019, 2:00 PM

Proust had his madeleines. But for me, the sight of a vanilla-and-chocolate swirled cone being served through a window marked “Melody Freeze” was a memory prompt. With the first lick, I was 14 years old again, at a time in my life when music and theater meant everything. I was at Interlochen, known in my adolescence as the National Music Camp, a place I’d once thought was only for kids like me. B...

Best Dinosaur Museums and Attractions for Kids and Families

It's a Dino-Safari! The Greatest Dinosaur Attractions for Families

By Candyce H. Stapen

Bone up on our dinosaur vacation guide for the best dinosaur museums and archeolgoical sites in America and Canada.
Wisconsin cheese tour: How to begin

Invading Dairyland: The Perfect 3-Day Wisconsin Cheese-a-Palooza Tour

By Andy Seifert

Use this 3-day road trip itinerary as a guide to Wisconsin’s best cheese and to dive into its distinctly dairy-centric culture.
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Quiet places in crowded Venice

Where to Escape Crowds in Overtouristed Venice, Italy

By Lily Heise

Find the magic in overcrowded Venice at these lesser-known, and more importantly, lesser-visited treasures.

Pauline Frommer: I'm Often Asked How to Become a Travel Writer, And I Suggest This Event

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 07/02/2019, 12:00 PM

Every year, I give about a dozen speeches on travel across North America. When I sign books afterwards, a familiar scenario inevitably will play out. I’ll hand back the book that I've just autographed and notice that the individual standing in front of me looks very, very nervous… and doesn’t want to move away from the table. She or he will chit-chat for a few minutes before taking a deep breath ...

Where to propose in New York City

Best Places to Propose in New York City

By Pauline Frommer

You've got the ring. Now it's time to pick the perfect spot to pop the question in the Big Apple.

Redwoods, Beer, and Bigfoot: Exploring California’s Santa Cruz Mountains

By Alex Cipolle

For a serene outdoor experience near the San Francisco Bay Area, head into the Santa Cruz Mountains to discover redwood cathedrals, laid-back beach towns, and maybe even Sasquatch. 

Belvedere Palace in Vienna

Europe in Autumn: Where to Go in September, October, and November

By Frommer's Staff

For travelers averse to summer crowds and winter temperatures, autumn is an ideal season to visit many parts of Europe. Here are our favorite places to visit in September, October, and November.

Gálvez Passage in Valparaíso, Chile

How to See Chile When You Have Less Than a Week

By Mark Orwoll

A five-day trip through three of Chile's cities—Viña del Mar, Valparaíso, and Santiago, the capital—makes for a superb introduction to the Land of Poets.

This Year is A Great Year for Memphis. Our Frommer's Guide Writer Explains

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 06/07/2019, 1:00 PM

When we come out with a new guidebook at Frommer’s, we tap the best local journalists to write it. One such pro is Ashley Brantley, a native of Nashville who grew up in Memphis (and still has family there), making her the ideal person to write the newly released Frommer’s EasyGuide to Nashville and Memphis. I interviewed her on our national radio show about why 2019 is the ideal year to visit Memph...

Here Are the Major Cruise Lines' Policies on Cuba Cancellations

By Frommer's Staff

Posted on 06/05/2019, 6:00 PM

Tens of thousands of people are holding tickets for cruises to Cuba that, in a snap of a finger, the Trump Administration has said they now can't use. Here are the cruise companies' current policies—verbatim—on what to do if you have booked a Cuba-bound cruise with them. Norwegian Cruise Line   As you know, yesterday the United States government announced new and immediate travel restric...

Places where you can still find evidence of World War II in Paris

Places Where You Can Still See Evidence of the Nazi Occupation of Paris

By Lily Heise

The memory of these four dark years of suppression, as well as the scars of the battle to liberate the capital, can be observed everywhere.

You Can Now Stay at a French Castle That Hosted Mozart and Voltaire

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/04/2019, 12:00 PM

Some of the biggest stars in 18th-century European culture—including Mozart as well as Age of Enlightenment thinkers Voltaire, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, and Denis Diderot—spent time at the estate of Baron Jacques Pineau de Viennay in the castle-packed Loire Valley southwest of Paris.  Now you can stay there, too.  Following a meticulous renovation, the baron's summer residence has been reopened as ...

A Website Called Fairbnb Has Flung an "Ethical" Challenge to Airbnb

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 06/04/2019, 8:00 AM

Although it has successfully helped millions of travelers to find overnight accommodations in an apartment or home, Airbnb is still mired in controversy and fending off attacks.     It has been challenged by (and remains embattled against) numerous city governments which claim that Airbnb has worsened the housing situation in their jurisdictions and reduced the available accommodations for p...

A Bizarre Guitar-Shaped Hotel Rises in South Florida

By Stephanie Vermillion

Posted on 05/30/2019, 12:30 PM

Music lovers can soon live out any rock-and-roll accommodation fantasies they may have as the world’s first Guitar Hotel—a 450-foot-tall guitar-shaped building with luxury guest rooms—nears completion.    The massive Guitar Hotel is part of a $1.5-billion expansion plan at the 15-year-old Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida, which was previously most famous as the pla...

The Citizens Trust cocktail bar in Columbus, Ohio

Cool Columbus: What to Do in the Midwest's Hippest City

By Zac Thompson

Ohio's capital has trendsetting craft breweries, first-rank cultural institutions, and a seemingly endless supply of artsy neighborhoods bursting with hip bars, restaurants, boutiques, and coffee shops.

Stay for Free Around the World, Just for Playing with Animals: The Petsitting Sites

By Katie Lockhart

These websites can help hook you up with a free place to stay in exchange for taking care of pets. But which one is the best one for you?

A Movie Studio’s Former Headquarters Is the Coolest New Hotel in Town

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 05/06/2019, 6:45 PM

A historic, copper-topped building that once housed the Australian headquarters of Paramount Pictures has been turned into a boutique hotel in one of the hippest parts of Sydney. The 29-room Paramount House Hotel, which opened this spring, occupies space that was used for the studio's offices and film storage. Incorporating the building's original features with new touches, the interior has expos...

Talking with Frances Mayes About Her Latest Book, 'See You in the Piazza'

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 05/01/2019, 2:00 PM

Frances Mayes, author of the memoir Under the Tuscan Sun, is to Tuscan travel what ketchup is to Russian dressing.  For tens of thousands of vacationers, her tale—both the book that sat on the New York Times bestseller list for two years, and the Diane Lane film that fictionalized it—was the reason they chose to go this bucolic and beautiful corner of "The Boot." Now Mayes has a new book called...

Muslim History Tour Tells Untold Chapter of New York City's Past—and Present

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 04/25/2019, 12:00 PM

The gym where I work out (when I’m feeling up to it and can’t find anything good on Netflix) is housed in a building that stands where there used to be a mosque founded by Yemeni immigrants and frequented by jazz musicians. The Apollo Theater is just about a block east on 125th St. in Harlem, where I live. Back in the 1940s and ‘50s, performers at that legendary Upper Manhattan venue are said t...

The Prettiest French Seaside Holiday Towns

The Prettiest French Seaside Towns for the Perfect Vacation

By Lily Heise

Whether you want to escape to a frozen-in-time fishing village or a grand seaside resort dating to the heyday of the Belle Époque, there’s a French seaside village perfect for you.

This Website Gets You Free Room and Board in Many Countries, Says Arthur Frommer

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 04/22/2019, 10:00 AM

When I first learned that a granddaughter of mine was planning to spend three months in Japan earning her room and board through work performed as a volunteer, I was concerned and suspicious.   It was only after we had heard from previous volunteers of this sort that I grew calm about this partial use of her “gap year” from college. The organization that plans such volunteer work in countrie...

Amish buggy in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania

Beards, Buggies, and Beyond: How to Spend a Weekend in Pennsylvania Dutch Country

By Zac Thompson

In addition to Amish encounters, southern Pennsylvania's Lancaster County has outdoorsy and historical attractions as well as intriguing arts and culinary offerings. That adds up to a well-balanced and rewarding 3-day weekend. 

The Best Belle Epoque/ Art Nouveau Cafes in Paris

The Most Eye-Popping Art Nouveau Cafes in Paris

By Lily Heise

Paris, the heart of the Belle Epoque, is home to some of the most beautiful Art Nouveau cafés you will ever see. Here's where to eat.

Tipping in Costa Rica: A Gratuities Guide for Hotels, Restaurants, and Tours

By Zac Thompson

Some tips on tipping to follow while checking out Costa Rica's cities, beaches, and jungles