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You’d be forgiven if you felt a little like James Bond as your speedboat docked at the newly revamped GoldenEye Resort in Oracabessa, Jamaica. That’s because Ian Fleming, author of the Bond series, lived and worked here for 18 years. The resort reopens this month after a two-year renovation, with new beach cottages, lagoon suites and two new restaurants that serve local organic produce and fish. And martinis—shaken, not stirred. www.goldeneye.com


Opened in 1902, in the heyday of grand White Mountain lodges, New Hampshire’s Omni Mount Washington Resort is the last of the great ones. Home to the signing of ceasefires and the creation of the World Bank (and countless ski retreats), the hotel underwent a comprehensive renovation and added a state-of-the-art spa. Leaf peepers beware: The risk of foliage overdose is grave. www.brettonwoods.com


All that glitters is indeed gold at the Field Museum’s “Gold” exhibit in Chicago. About 560 dazzling objects—including a 300-square-foot room covered in gold—give a comprehensive history of this mesmerizing metal. The exhibit also details gold’s long journey from the earth’s core to your finger. Among the artifacts, you’ll find nuggets large and small, and Susan Sarandon’s Oscar. www.fieldmuseum.org


The modish new Fierro Hotel in Buenos Aires’ Palermo Hollywood neighborhood lives up to the glitz and glam of that other Hollywood to the north—with a dash of Latin American charm. This 27-room boutique hotel is fully i-equipped—each room has iPod and iPhone docks, as well as an iPad. If you want the star treatment, upgrade to the Terrace Suite, where you’ll enjoy a private outdoor Jacuzzi and a grill—perfect for entertaining famous friends. www.fierrohotel.com


The rugged, shipwreck-strewn coast of Oregon can be unforgiving. The same goes for the four winding, links-style courses at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort. Located just 25 minutes from the airport in North Bend, Bandon Dunes replicates the windswept seaside bluffs in Scotland where the sport was born. After hacking away by day, choose from five different lodges to soak your feet. www.bandondunesgolf.com


If you’ve ever wondered how best to prepare polar bear meat, stare down a lion or prevent a snake from eating you whole, The Adventurer’s Handbook should be in your library. Documentarian Mick Conefrey put together this comprehensive how-to guide by scouring the diaries of explorers. If you’re more of an armchair anaconda-slayer, you’ll still enjoy the illustrations.


The first JW Marriott Marquis opens this month on a suddenly swinging strip by Miami’s Biscayne Bay. The lobby is adorned with contemporary art, and rooms overlook the water. Check out the virtual bowling alley, NBA-size basketball court, golf school—and then the pillow menu. www.jwmarriottmarquismiami.com


As if you needed a reason to take an island vacation, Caribbean Hideaways: Discovering Enchanting Rooms and Private Villas comes out this month. The book takes you onto ocean-view terraces and into canopy beds at 30 little-known destinations. Most people can’t keep a secret, so you better hurry. www.rizzoliusa.com



Get on the same page as Salman Rushdie, who will be discussing his new novel at the Wimbledon Bookfest. www.winbledonbookfest.org

11-17 PARIS

When the French say they’re devoting a week to real food, it’s an event worth flying in for. Your tastebuds will thank you for going to La Semaine du Goût. www.legout.com

15-17 SYDNEY

Vintage never goes out of style, and neither will you after a trip to the Sydney Vintage Clothing, Jewellery & Textiles Show. www.lovevintage.com.au


The name says it all at the Craft 2 Wear Show. Thirty-six carefully selected exhibitors sell wearable art. www.craft2wear.smithsonian.org


Have a scary-good time at the Official Salem Witches’ Halloween Ball; the culmination of a spooky month in the home of the infamous witch trials. www.festivalofthedead.com/witchesball


Take part in the best of the wurst as this Texas town celebrates its German heritage at Wurstfest. www.wurstfest.com


Wine and dine your way through some of the world’s best vineyards at the Russian River Food & Wine Affair. www.wineroad.com

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