From the Editor

Photo by Peter Calvin


Given I edit a magazine that covers travel, people often ask where I most want to go next. I always tell them I wish I could return to an idyllic destination I first visited about 20 years ago. I must now come up with a new answer - because I recently got that wish and found myself back in French Polynesia, this time aboard a 10-day cruise ("Windstar's Back in the South Pacific") that sometimes tested my mettle. If you read the story, you'll know what I mean.

Islands do it for me, whether I'm hopping from one to another on a boat or comfortably holed up on just one in a beachfront hotel. If these sandy locales top your travel list, too, Tahiti should charm you as much as it did me. Or for something even more remote, you might want to plant your toes on Sumba, off Bali's east coast. In "Paradise Found, in Indonesia," writer Elaine Glusac takes you to this primitive isle on which an American entrepreneur has developed a luxury resort where you least expect it.

For those of you less passionate about sun and sand, we've got plenty of other travel news for you in this issue - the standout being our cover story on Napa and Sonoma. Writer Michael Kaplan shadowed four insiders to discover all that's new in California's wine country, a beloved region I suspect many of you favor as much as I do the South Pacific.

Hope you enjoy the pages ahead.


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