Dining With Denise Neil

Oh, Pioneer Woman: Food celeb’s busy cafe/store not far from Wichita

Food Network star Ree Drummond’s Pioneer Woman Mercantile in Pawhuska, Okla., has huge crowds and long lines.


Parade watch: What's the seat-saving situation at Disney?

The world is made up of two kinds of people: Seat savers and the people who give the stink eye to seat savers. Tension between the two may have escalated at Disneyland, where some visitors were spreading out stuff on the walkways, holding space for hours and hours in advance of parades.


Stretch out your winter fun at Vermont resort

Is your family's idea of the perfect holiday gift several feet of fresh powder beneath their feet? At a time of year when cabin fever attacks, the freedom and exhilaration in skiing is the perfect antidote. When you drive up with your folks or the kids, you want the rest of your vacation to be spent having fun - not more driving around. A resort with all the amenities to please everyone fits the bill: Okemo Mountain Resort in Vermont. We had a great time checking out all that the resort had to offer - and there was quite a bit to do.


True luxury in St. Moritz

You are always alone atop a mountain, even in a crowd. At a beach - any beach - a solitary figure standing at the edge of your vision can make you feel intruded upon. On the summit of an Alpine mountain, a chairlift dumping out bystanders six at a time will offer you no companionship. I stand next to my wife at nearly 11,000 feet of altitude, in the St. Moritz region of Switzerland, on the highest skiable peak of the formidable Corvatsch massif. I have known my wife for over a quarter century, but she has momentarily become a phantom of herself, unable to interrupt my solitude with even the best of our mutual intentions.


Atlantis, like its namesake island, is a resort like no other

ATLANTIS RESORT, Paradise Island, Bahamas - Over the years, I have kissed a lot of things in my quest for a good story - Ireland's Blarney Stone; my luck goodbye in Las Vegas and shipboard casinos; terra firma after returning wobbly-kneed from the Sydney Harbor Bridge climb. But nothing I've ever kissed in the line of duty has given me as much pleasure as smacking lips with Katrina, a 6-year-old dolphin at Atlantis Resort's Dolphin Cay.


From business to pleasure in Switzerland

By good luck, winter break was just days away at our second-grader's public school as I flew Swiss International to represent my firm at meetings in Zurich. As business-class travelers who do the trans-Atlantic night run often enough know, you should arrive at the airport a half hour earlier than otherwise necessary, have your dinner in the lounge and sleep through the service on the plane. The Swiss lounge at JFK served me a lovely buffet meal, and I arrived in Zurich about as fresh as when I left.


Death Valley is place of unique features, unexpected character

The desert landscape and extreme climate of Death Valley National Park seem a little off, otherworldly even. Crooked peaks are capped with black lava, like thick fudge sauce drizzled over vanilla ice cream. Rocks mysteriously move across a dry lakebed. Some of the highest temperatures on earth have baked layers of mineral-stained sediment and volcanic ash into surreal outcroppings.


Catch the Royals, Cubs in the desert for spring training

Call it a different form of March madness, trading indoor basketball arenas for baseball stadiums in the desert. This month nearly 2 million people will attend Cactus League games at 10 stadiums in the greater Phoenix area where 15 Major League Baseball teams, including the Kansas City Royals, prepare for the upcoming season.


Radiation from air travel

These days, travel by air has become increasingly common, both for business and leisure travel. We are exposed to low levels of radiation when we fly. Learn about radiation from air travel through this video from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Radiation from air travel 2:09

Radiation from air travel

Check out the view from this suspension bridge 3,000 feet up 0:53

Check out the view from this suspension bridge 3,000 feet up

Waterfalls in Kansas 0:51

Waterfalls in Kansas

Flying over Little Jerusalem 1:50

Flying over Little Jerusalem

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