Leaf-Peeping & Star-Watching Off the Beaten Track

For months, my friend Sandy Gardiner encouraged me to visit a resort called Primland in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Last week I finally went, and it turns out I was missing a gem. Here’s why you should go now.

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Your Favorite Brands, and Free Wi-Fi at Luxury Hotels

Before I tell you the names of America’s favorite hotel companies, I have to pass along some good news: Luxury hotels that have traditionally charged for wi-fi are finally surrendering.

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About Rudy Maxa

Rudy Maxa

Rudy Maxa is host and executive producer of the public television travel series, Rudy Maxa's World. The 78 episodes he has hosted have won numerous awards, including a 2008 regional Emmy for his episode "Rajasthan." He's a contributing editor with National Geographic Traveler magazine and has written for a host of national travel magazines and newspapers. For nearly 15 years he offered consumer travel commentary on public radio's business show Marketplace as "The Savvy Traveler," which was also the name of a one-hour, coast-to-coast weekend show on public radio that he co-created and hosted for four years. Prior to his career as a travel writer and broadcaster, Maxa was an award-winning Washington Post investigative reporter, magazine writer, and columnist for 13 years, during which time his reporting was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. He was a senior writer at The Washingtonian magazine and Washington, D.C., bureau chief of Spy magazine. The author of two non-fiction books, Maxa lives in downtown St. Paul, Minnesota.