Feature Image: Red House, Bexleyheath painted by Walter Crane. Wikimedia Commons. Perhaps of all the words ever said by a Pre-Raphaelite, the most frequently repeated are William Morris’s: “Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be...
MAGICAL DESTINATIONS We asked a few of our favorite authors to tell us about the most enchanted places they’ve ever been.  This is what they came up with ... When you go to the fairy glen on the Isle of Skye, you...
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A Stately Christmas House

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Framed by the dark hills of green trees and moorlands, with the River Derwent flow-ing in front of its expansive lawns, a stately home stands in the heart of the Peak District of England. A centuries-old country residence, Chatsworth is...
by CAROLYN TURGEON Photography by STEVE PARKE Our resident love witch Veronica Varlow calls the legendary Chelsea Hotel the most magical place in New York, a portal that for over a century has drawn the artists, the troubadours, the poets—and plenty...
MAGICAL DESTINATIONS We asked a few of our favorite authors to tell us about the most enchanted places they’ve ever been.  This is what they came up with ...   As soon as you get there, you know you’re not in Kansas, anymore. Istanbul...
While it’s true that some of the best adventures can come out of the blue with little planning or preparation, most greatly benefit from a little bit of both, along with first answering a few important questions. Where? A great first...

The Nightcap

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The hush of evening falls as the day’s warm breeze brushes against you in the dimming light. And there you sit, looking out into the dusk with a “nightcap” in hand, leisurely enjoying the last moments of the day. Ah,...
It’s a bit like entering a dream, one of beauty and culture, where poverty, pain, and any other of the world’s cares and concerns have been banished. Here, opulence is the standard, creativity and imagination are celebrated, and the...
Feature Image Photo by TAYLOR MOORE If the central question of the Enlightenment was “How?” then the Romantics were distinguished by their “Why?”—their yearning to understand the self. In rebellion against the Age of Reason, the Romantics literally let their...

Hobbiton

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“Do you remember the Shire, Mr. Frodo? It’ll be spring soon. And the orchards will be in blossom. And the birds will be nesting in the hazel thicket. And they’ll be sowing the summer barley in the lower fields...