There’s a scene in Mad Men, the TV series about 1960s New York City ad men in which senior exec Lane is offered a trip to one of the most fashionable resort in America at the time: The Greenbrier in West Virginia. Younger viewers would be forgiven for wondering how anything in West Virginia was ever fashionable. Outside of perhaps the Dakotas or Kansas, there’s no state less heralded (and more derided) than the mountain-bound Appalachian region of West Virginia. Indeed, a ranking this week labelled it the least “fun” of America’s 50. Poor, rural, isolated, and famous for coal miners and banjo-picking hillbillies, West Virginia may not be for urban sophisticates, but its traditions, unspoilt... Register for free to read this article, or log in to your Telegraph account Register Log in … [Read more...] about In praise of America’s most ‘boring’ state
Just when you reckon you have a grasp on all of the modern day's portmanteaus another rears its head. Introducing 'Manhattanhenge'. Otherwise known as the Manhattan Solstice, Manhattanhenge (where Manhattan, New York City’s central isle, and Stonehenge, a prehistoric circle of rock slabs in Wiltshire, meet) occurs twice a year and is the name for when the setting sun aligns with the east-west streets of the city's street grid system. At Stonehenge, the sun on the solstice sets in alignment with the stones. This happens at either side of the summer solstice, when the sun reaches its greatest height in the sky, marking the longest day of the year: so usually around late May and mid-July. The first... Register for free to read this article, or log in to your Telegraph account Register Log in … [Read more...] about Manhattanhenge is coming: what is it, and how can I see it?
Six years ago, I took a trip down the Mississippi on a classic steamboat, the sort eulogised by the river’s greatest son, Mark Twain, with “two tall, fancy-topped chimneys” and “a fanciful pilot-house, all glass and 'gingerbread’”. One of my fellow passengers, Jim from Montana, claimed to have sailed every navigable river in the United States. “Unless you’ve seen America from the river, you haven’t seen it,” was Jim’s opinion, and once you’ve experienced the Mississippi for yourself, you’ll probably feel the same. From its source up in Minnesota it flows south for 2,300 miles (3,700km) to the Gulf of Mexico, touching 10 states and acting as a drainage basin for 41 per cent of the land mass of the contiguous US. The stats keep on rolling – it is the fourth-longest river in the world after the Nile, Amazon and Yangtze – but its significance lies not merely in such figures. The Mississippi is great … [Read more...] about How to tackle the Mississippi, America’s lifeblood
The new Statue of Liberty Museum opens on Liberty Island today, a $100 million development funded by investments from A-list names including Diane von Furstenberg, Ralph Lauren and Google’s Sergey Brin. A gift of friendship from the people of France to the citizens of the United States in 1886, following the abolition of slavery, the Statue of Liberty has become an international symbol of freedom, democracy and human rights. Set on what was once called Bedloe’s Island – now Liberty Island – at the entrance to New York harbour, all ships sailing into the city for more than 130 years have had to pass by her. That 12-acre island that hosts Bartholdi’s neoclassical copper sculpture is now visited by 4.5 million tourists each year, but post-9/11 security measures mean that only a tiny fraction can gain entry to Lady Liberty herself – just 13 visitors are permitted inside the statue every 20 minutes. To continue reading this article … [Read more...] about First look inside the new Statue of Liberty Museum
The invitation came through from a friend. Would I fancy a weekend in Miami, at the new Nobu hotel? Would I? Would I?! I have been in love with the wide, white sandy beaches and dreamy, pastel hotel fronts of Miami since I was 18 years old and had a day-long layover with my family on the way home from a holiday in Antigua. This place is cool, I remember deciding as I gawped at the fly in-line skaters effortlessly whizzing past my gawky teenage frame, everyone tanned and beautiful and wearing neon hot pants. I inhaled the scent of Hawaiian Tropic as Mariah Carey warbled about her Dreamlover from a lifeguard station, and decided it was my favourite city on earth. People didn’t look like this back home in Nineties east London. Subsequent visits with girlfriends during my 20s and 30s cemented my opinion that Miami – and South Beach in particular – was the place to unleash my boldest, brashest, most confident self. Bikinis could be smaller, lipstick brighter and late … [Read more...] about A midlife hideaway that’s too good for millennials? Why Mid-Beach is the perfect place to experience Miami without the vice