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The Boston Globe

Three Days in San Francisco

Weather in the City by the Bay is famously fickle — foggy one moment, gloriously sun-splashed the next — but San Franciscans know how to enjoy the great outdoors (dress in layers).

Now Enrolling: Cocktail Flight School

I didn’t visit Lance Winters, the master distiller at St. George Spirits, with the expectation of going on a stroll through the redwoods.

Übershops

The birthplace of bohemia and a certain inimitable street style, Berlin is best seen on foot.

In San Francisco, Gourmet Meals at Hole-in-the-Wall Prices

Want an amazingly affordable way to eat the food of a chef with a Michelin-star-studded background? Head to the Mission District, on the corner of 24th and Mission streets, a few doors down from McDonald’s and within shouting distance of countless taquerias and burrito joints.

Gastown Lights Up

Long a gritty downtown district hugging the city’s waterfront, Gastown is now the white-hot center of a culinary hipster renaissance.

Cheese Pilgrims Revere Petaluma

Petaluma is still the kind of farmstead place where, on a winding country road just outside the historic area, traffic stops for a hefty wild turkey hustling across the road, head down and red wattle flying.

Rural Alabama Lures Students and Sightseers

I’m standing at the top of a 100-foot birding tower in Perry Lakes Park, the platform at eye level with the tree canopy and overlooking a magnificent topography of oxbow lakes and tupelo and cypress swamp.

Straight-up Retro

The classic cocktail is back, and so is classic speakeasy style.

Olives Flavor Sonoma’s Story

The olive tree was first introduced to California by Spanish priests of the Franciscan, Dominican, and Jesuit orders who founded missions in the New World.

Chi-town Heats Up

Maybe it’s the fact that the First Family hails from here, but Chicago has lately upped its hipness quotient.

Hotel Lets Guests Shadow Its Sommelier

My day in the life of a sommelier started in the cramped quarters of the wine cellar for the Fifth Floor Restaurant in San Francisco, where I helped Emily Wines—yes, that’s her real name—restock her upstairs bar.

Alaska Resort Offers Laid-Back Setting, Plenty of Snow

In the epic Chugach Range, just 250 feet above sea level and overlooking the majestic blue expanse of Turnagain Arm, Alyeska Resort is a bit unusual when it comes to ski resorts: It has the lowest base elevation of any large ski area in the United States.

Down Under, Thredbo Resort Is the Tops

The light here is different: A silvery-gold sheen seems to blanket the landscape as we make the 2-hour drive from Canberra, the country’s capital, to the ski resort of Thredbo.

New York Eats

In New York’s pickle palaces, the divinely brined.

Jackson Hole Goes Upscale

Jackson Hole is undergoing a renaissance apparent in its dramatically shifting landscape.

In True Hawaiian Style, Paddling Goes Places

Black lava fields glitter on the dramatic, sun-drenched Kona side of the Big Island, a reminder that here, on the youngest of Hawaii’s key islands, the volcano goddess Pele is still restive.

Lucky Dishes for the New Year

In feudal times, the Chinese believed that the eve of the New Year marked the Kitchen God’s departure to heaven, in order to report on the household.

A Snapshot of the Helmand

There’s a picture hanging on my bedroom wall that I look at every day: A young waiter in a black vest, crisp white shirt, and long checked apron is standing sideways in an open doorway, chatting with another waiter.

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