From the Editor
HOT OR COLD?
Come winter, I figure there are two breeds of vacation travelers: those who embrace the cold and head to the mountains for a snowy getaway, and those who try their best to escape the chill by heading off to a sun-blessed exotic island.
Me, I'm all for ditching the coat and gloves in favor of warm sand, though I have spent some exceptional high-altitude winter breaks in Colorado and Utah.
No matter which way you lean, we've got you covered in this issue. For our lead story - "Altitude Adjustments" - freelancer Hilary Nangle canvassed ski resorts throughout North America and Western Europe for all that's new on the slopes this season. But for "Moving Up the Food Chain," Chicago-based freelancer Elaine Glusac took a reprieve from the Windy City's notoriously chilly temperatures (think "lake effect") by hopping on a Puerto Rico-bound plane. There, she tasted her way through the Caribbean isle's fast-rising, belly-pleasing restaurant scene. As you read the story, you'll be licking your chops.
We continue the sea-or-ski theme in our mobile edition, too. For the cold-minded, we deliver a sneak peek at Sochi, Russia, the city and region hosting the upcoming 2014 Olympic Winter Games. Read about what the Russians have done to glam up this area for the Olympics, and you just might want to test its slopes for yourself after the athletes go home. For the more hot-blooded, we deliver a roundup of what's new in the Caribbean, with the help of a true insider.
I know where I'll be. How about you?
- Don Nichols
Photography by Peter Calvin