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When COVID-19 incited an abrupt closure of ski resorts last March, it wasn’t clear how this viral bogeyman managed to spark outbreaks from the Tetons to Maine’s Sugarloaf Mountain. Eight months later, it is. Knowing that the novel coronavirus prefers slinking through crowded indoor spaces...

Shoulder season, the cooler autumnal days from October through Thanksgiving, are traditionally quiet ones as ski resorts ramp up for the peak winter season. Not this year.  With work from home mandates extended and remote school nixing the need for families to stay at home,...

By Amy Tara Koch July 24, 2020 I am in the Catskills in a charming, tucked-away treehouse of an inn. My room, walking distance to hiking trails, overlooks a waterfall. Morning coffee and evening vodka tonic are taken on the deck where the temperature clocks in at...

Even with the global pandemic, many Americans have been itching for a summer getaway. To make travel realistic this year, both the hospitality industry and those they hope to serve have had to make significant pivots. Travelers have swapped dream trips for vacations that make them feel comfortable , like away -from-the -fray outdoors experiences while hotels and...

After weeks of chugging wine from a sad juice glass, eyes glued to MSNBC, I’d had enough. Enough of consuming news 24/7. Enough of pajamas as day wear. Enough focusing on doom and gloom. I decided to perk things up, first, by turning off the...

You can’t go to the vineyard, but some of Napa and Sonoma’s best wineries are letting you buy a bottle, then participate in streamed tastings. By Amy Tara Koch April 8, 2020 If you are bored with your at-home cache of pinot grigio and merlot, Sonoma County and Napa...

Can’t stomach the price of staying at Zermatt? One expert suggests staying on the Italian side of the Matterhorn and transferring to the Plateau Rosa cable car to ski down to Zermatt. You’ll be on the same ski pass.Credit...