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Front Burner: Inn at Little Washington Celebrates 40 Years

Photo The renovated parsonage house at the Inn at Little Washington. Credit Darren Higgins for The New York Times The 40th birthday of the Inn at Little Washington in Washington, Va., is occasion for at least one party, so Patrick O’Connell, the owner, is doing just that. First up will be a dinner on Sunday ($375 a ticket) at the Inn, four decades to the date of the inn’s opening in what had been an auto repair shop. On June 16, Mr. O’Connell will hold a garden party at Mount…

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Syria Promotes Tourism, Despite Devastation of Civil War

Photo Civil war has torn apart much of the city of Aleppo, Syria, and much of the country. But authorities are promoting Syria as a tourist destination in the hopes that some foreign visitors will look past that devastation. Credit Hassan Ammar/Associated Press Across Syria, buildings lie in ruin. Millions have fled their homes. And historic sites have been shattered, either by military bombardment or at the hands of the Islamic State. But Syrian authorities were hoping that foreign visitors would look past that devastation, as they promoted the country…

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Emirates Offers A380 a Lifeline, Signing $16 Billion Deal With Airbus

Photo The Airbus A380 at the International Paris Air Show in June. The superjumbo was once pitched as the future of aviation, but sales have disappointed. Credit Eric Piermont/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images The Airbus A380 lives on, for now. The Dubai-based airline Emirates threw a lifeline on Thursday to the A380, the world’s largest passenger aircraft, putting in a $16 billion order for up to 36 of the planes to be delivered starting from 2020. The agreement, which includes a firm commitment to buy 20 aircraft and an option…

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Q&A: Why the Skier Mikeala Shiffrin Loves Croatia — and Colorado

Photo Mikaela Shiffrin in the women’s slalom race in Aspen, Colo., in March. Credit Doug Mills/The New York Times When Mikaela Shiffrin won the women’s World Cup overall title in March, she was the first American to conquer skiing’s most coveted title since 2012 — coincidentally, the year she won her first World Cup event at the ripe age of 17. Like all top-level ski pros, Ms. Shiffrin, who lives in Vail, Colo., spends most of the year circling the globe. In summer, she trains in New Zealand and Chile;…

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The Pour: The Oregon Trail

In the new century, more excellent producers arrived, like Big Farm, Antica Terra, J. Christopher, Walter Scott and Day Wines. All are making superb, distinctive wines that reflect their Willamette terroirs while respecting the Burgundian ideal: pinot noir as a wine of grace and finesse. Continue reading the main story Yet pinot noir is not the sole narrative of the Willamette Valley. After a few false starts with chardonnay, the quality in the last decade has gotten better and better, especially in wines with a lean, minerally, energetic style. Burgundians…

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Explorer: In Undiscovered Paterson, Falls, Food and Fetty Wap

But the primeval roar of Paterson’s waters told me that something special resided here -– some magnet that had drawn me and thousands of others to it, a psychic force bigger than my own teenage psyche. Continue reading the main story I forgot about the city as I traveled the rest of the wide world. I cheated on Paterson with a visit to Niagara, a drive across the country, then moved on to other countries and continents. But when I had my own kids, always on the lookout for fun…

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Heads Up: In Search of Authentic Santorini? Skip the Beach. Take a Hike.

Eventually, we stopped at the widely photographed blue-domed churches and I, too, snapped the requisite tourist shots. “Walks like these,” Mr. Chaidemenos said, “are the essence of what Santorini is about.” Photo The view of Oia from the Canaves Oia Hotel in Santorini. Credit Andrea Wyner for The New York Times According to Mr. Chaidemenos, cars weren’t common on the island until the late 1950s, following the 1956 earthquake that destroyed much of the island. “Before then, Santorinians got around by foot or on a donkey,” he said. Aressana Spa…

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Wanderlust: A Guide to Reykjavik, as Wonderfully Weird as Ever

STAY CenterHotel Thingholt The hotel, located just off Reykjavik’s main thoroughfare, Laugavegur, is a refreshing departure from the usual Icelandic fare of blandly Scandinavian interiors: Here, Fendi chairs and plush Poliform sofas sit on a floor of black ostrich leather, while a cocoon-like pendant hangs from the ceiling. Room No. 415 has an unfettered view of the Esja, the nearby volcanic mountain range. Sandhotel This cluster of upcycled buildings and new structures united in the hotel-as-village model incorporates a street-facing haberdashery opened in 1918, as well as the bakery Sandholt,…

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