August 01, 2001
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August 2001

Far-flung and fabulous

Home suite home. Rocking chairs and fireplaces are among the comfy touches at the 50-room Porches Inn in North Adams, Mass. The property, which opened last month, comprises six 1890s-era row houses. (413) 664-0400;

Under cover. Blanket Bay, an eight-room lodge on Lake Wakatipu, has Alpine views.…of New Zealand’s Southern Alps, that is. The property is near Queenstown, on the country’s pastoral South Island. (011) 64-3-442-9442; www.blanketbay.comCzech Mate
Prince William Lobkowicz hosts groups in his family’s ancestral seat, Nelahozeves Castle, near Prague. Gala dinners and wine tastings are held in the Renaissance château, which also houses the family’s impressive art collection. (011) 420-205-709-105;

Sea notes. CruiseWest has launched several Central American itineraries aboard the 100-passenger M/V Temptress Explorer. One traces the coast of Costa Rica and traverses the Panama Canal; another visits Belize, Honduras and Guatemala. (800) 888-9378;

Wild things. Earth Lodge is the newest venue at Sabi Sabi, a private game reserve bordering South Africa’s Kruger National Park. In addition to 13 suites, inspired by the “colors, textures and shapes of the natural world,” the lodge features a spa, conference room and wine cellar. (800) KAI-7979;

Name That Dune Mountain Travel Sobek offers small group (up to 20) tours of Namibia’s Skeleton Coast, a remote land of sand, elephants and nomads. (800) 282-8747; -->

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