Get thee to a nunnery

Travelers find spotless rooms and quiet hospitality at convents in Rome

The Smart Traveler

April 15, 2007



The Stars' Guide to the Most Exciting Destinations in the World

Rutledge Hill Press, $24.99

In 1990, writer Mark Seal began writing the "Celebrated Weekend" feature in American Way, the magazine of American Airlines. Over the years, he has interviewed more than 300 celebrities about their favorite cities. Now the chats are in book form. Here you will find Edward Norton discussing his favorite things to see and do in Baltimore as well as Mark Wahlberg on Boston, John Cusack on Chicago, Harry Connick Jr. on New Orleans and Tony Bennett on San Francisco (but of course). A fun and star-studded travel romp.




Sailing school in St. Michaels

Landlubbers who yearn for the stern can head to the Offshore Sailing School at St. Michaels this summer. Offshore opens its newest campus June 14 at The Inn at Perry Cabin. With other schools in New York, New Jersey, Florida and the Caribbean, this is Offshore's 11th location and first on the Chesapeake Bay. The school's four-day program enables guests to earn their Basic Keelboat Certification while on vacation. Packages include both sailing and accommodations, starting at $1,767 per person, based on double occupancy. Instruction takes place on Colgate 26 sailboats with certified instructors. For more information, call 800-221-4326.




Dried cherries vs. jet lag

Nutrition researcher Russel Reiter thinks cherries might help fight jet lag. "Tart cherries contain melatonin, which is then absorbed into the blood stream, influencing your biological clock," he said. According to Reiter, when flying east, eat a handful of dried cherries 30 minutes before sleep. Once at your destination, eat a handful of cherries 30 minutes before going to bed every night for the same number of nights as the time change. When heading west, do the same regime, only eat your cherries the night before departure.




Check out federal spots before you go

A new Web site makes it easier to plan trips to federal recreation sites, from monuments and historic attractions to forests, parks and scenic byways. The Web site was formally launched March 28. The site allows the public to view photos and information on thousands of places and activities. Travelers can also use to make reservations and payments online for tours, campsites and other accommodations. Or click around and check out the options for various activities, including biking, water sports or hunting. The site also links to other pages on boating safety or how to sign up to volunteer at federal sites.




Fields of dreams

The top ballpark trips of a lifetime, from

Fenway Park, Boston

Wrigley Field, Chicago

Yankee Stadium, the Bronx, New York

Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles

Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore

AT&T Park, San Francisco

PNC Park, Pittsburgh

Coors Field, Denver

Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia

Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Arlington, Texas

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