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Must Stay

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MUST STAY

Luxury $$$$$ over $350

Expensive $$$$ $250-$350

Moderate $$$ $175-$250

Inexpensive $$ $100-$175

Budget $ Under $100

Charleston Area

Properties listed are in Charleston unless otherwise noted.

LUXURY

Charleston Place Hotel

$$$$$ 440 rooms
205 Meeting St. (main entrance off Hassell St.). 843-722-4900 or 888-635-2350. www.charlestonplace.com

A 3,000-piece Murano crystal chandelier hangs above the Georgian open-armed staircase in the elegant lobby of the grand dame of Charleston’s hostelries, now operated by Orient Express Hotels, Inc. Renovated guest rooms have 19C period furnishings, toile and floral patterns, and sumptuous marble baths. Amenities include a spa (see Spas), pool, fitness center, and adjoining shops. Be sure to savor chef Bob Waggoner’s innovative cuisine at the hotel’s renowned Charleston Grill (see Must Eat). Reserve a table for the hotel's famous afternoon tea (Mon–Sat 1pm–4pm, $22–$27).

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ORKNEY ISLANDS

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Isle of Skyeaa

The very name Skye is enough to evoke the mystery and enchantment of this Hebridean isle, famous for its spectacular scenery and wealth of legends. Its mystic aura has its origins in Norse and Gaelic times when the isle was known variously as the Cloud Island, Misty Isle or Winged Isle. This enchantment derives in part from the isle’s rapidly changing weather moods. It is hard not to be spellbound when a heavy mist is pierced by fingers of sunshine prior to rolling away, or when persistent rain clears to reveal a landscape of purest sunlit colours.

= Population: 9,000.

i Info: The Car Park, Broadford; 2 Lochside, Dunvegan; Bayfield House, Bayfield Rd., Portree. All: t01845 22 55 121; www.visithighlands.com; www.skye.co.uk.

Ñ Location: At 48mi/77km long and up to 25mi/40km in breadth, Skye is the largest of the Inner Hebrides group. Portree is the capital. Skye is joined to the mainland by the Skye Bridge at Kyle of Lochalsh and it also has two mainland ferry connections from Mallaig (150mi/241km northwest of Glasgow) and Glenelg, the latter summer only. From Mallaig to Armadale is the most picturesque entrance route and takes 30mins by ferry (www.calmac.co.uk).

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Ruhr Region

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The West

 Cologne

 Aachen

 Ruhr Region

 Düsseldorf

 Sauerland

 Bonn

 Eifel

 Trier

 Moselle Valley

 Koblenz

 Rhine Valley

 Frankfurt am Main

 Wiesbaden

 Mainz

 Mannheim

 Heidelberg

 Pfalz

 Speyer

 Saar­brücken

The West

Germany’s western regions deliver a cornucopia of diverse and awe-inspiring sightseeing opportunities. Soak up cosmopolitan flair and stunning art and architecture in cities such as Düsseldorf, Cologne and Frankfurt or escape to historic villages in the hilly Sauerland or the gentle Eifel. Follow the mighty Rhine or the meandering Moselle rivers past a fairytale setting of medieval castles, steep vineyards and little towns that are veritable symphonies in half-timber. Walk in the footsteps of the Romans in Trier, check out Charlemagne’s legacy in Aachen and see for yourself the beauty of Heidelberg, which has inspired so many great poets and artists.

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Nightlife

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LISTINGS

To see what's on while you're here, pick up a copy of the latest Time Out New York or New Yorker (both are available at newsstands) or grab a free L Magazine or Village Voice from a corner newspaper box or visitor information center.

Cabaret

Café Carlyle

Upper East Side 35 E. 76th St. at Madison Ave., 212-744-1600. www.thecarlyle.com. 6 train to 77 St.

A timeless institution, the Carlyle was singer Bobby Short’s home base for decades prior to his death in 2005. The mural-bedecked space now hosts world-famous musicians from clarinetist-director Woody Allen to gravelly voiced alto Elaine Stritch.

Don’t Tell Mama

Theater District 343 W. 46th St. between Eighth & Ninth Aves., 212-757-0788. www.donttellmamanyc.com. A, C, E train to 42 St.- Times Square.

This Restaurant Row institution offers a rowdy good time as Broadway hopefuls (including the waiters) and intrepid audience members take their turns belting out show tunes in the piano bar; two cabaret theaters have more traditional shows (covers $10–20).

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Walking Tours

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Central Parkaaa

Bounded by 59th & 125th Sts. and Central Park West & Fifth Ave.

www.centralparknyc.org.

N, Q or R train to Fifth Ave.-59th St. A, B, C, D or 1 train to 59th St.-Columbus Circle.

Manhattan’s playground is justifiably one of the most famous urban parks in the world and a great day out for kids. Not only is it massive – 2.5 miles long and half a mile across – but it is rich and varied, too, offering a multitude of views, lots of recreational activities and plenty of room to stroll, skate, cycle or just explore. Amazingly, it is totally man-made.

In 1844 newspaper editor William Cullen Bryant urged the city government to acquire a “wasteland, ugly and repulsive” north of 42nd Street (the city’s northern border at the time) for use as a park. The city complied, buying what was then a swamp inhabited by squatters who raised pigs and goats. Calvert Vaux and Frederick Law Olmsted’s naturalistic design was selected, and in 1858 clearing began. Some 3,000 mostly Irish workers and 400 horses moved an estimated billion cubic feet of earth over a period of 19 years to make the blueprint green. In the northern part, rocky crags and dense thickets of trees were made to resemble the landscape of the Adirondack Mountains; in the south are more pastoral sections of rolling meadows, winding paths and delicate bridges.

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