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The birthplace of women’s rights
Seneca Falls, N.Y., “deserves a more prominent place on the map,” said Debra Bruno in The Washington Post. In 1848, more than 250 women and some like-minded men gathered in the Finger Lakes town for a two-day convention that produced a petition for women’s voting and property rights. Women’s suffrage wasn’t achieved until 72 years after that first women’s rights convention, but the organizers, including local hero Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and prominent participants, like Frederick Douglass, are rightly commemorated throughout the town. Today, Seneca Falls remains “almost as sleepy as it was 168 years ago,” yet it’s home to such notable sites as the soon-to-expand National Women’s Hall of Fame, Stanton’s home, and the reconstructed chapel where the 1848 convention was held. There’s also the It’s a Wonderful Life Museum, which makes a case that Seneca Falls inspired the idyllic town in Frank Capra’s 1946 Christmas film.
Washington State’s fungal bounty
For adventurers in the Northwest who typically seek alpine views, “it’s time to set your sights lower,” said Evan Bush in The Seattle Times. Summer is over and ski season’s still a ways off, but surprising fun can be had hunting mushrooms in the region’s mountains. I recently joined a group of 10 other foragers and an expert guide as we scoured national forest land near Skykomish in search of chanterelles, prized mushrooms with a golden color and mild nutty flavor. They fruit here in autumn, as do porcinis, angel wings, and lobster mushrooms. The rain fell without mercy, but we braved it cheerfully, peering under sward ferns, “dodging moss-laden trees, and scrambling up steep embankments.” Back at camp, we met Brian Luther, a “folksy mycological raconteur” who sorted our colorful hauls, separating the poisonous from the edible. As night fell, we warmed ourselves by the campfire, fantasizing about the savory meals to come.
Hotel of the week
This stylish new property feels more like an elegant home than a hotel, said John Wogan in Architectural Digest. Tucked away in quiet, affluent Knightsbridge, the Franklin is a string of brick Victorian townhouses that share a common rear garden. Instead of a lobby with a reception desk, guests step into a clubby space where they’re offered tea as they check in. The rooms, designed by Anouska Hempel, conjure 1920s café society, and the restaurant, helmed by a Michelin-starred chef, “will be especially inviting in winter,” with its fireplaces, silk-velvet seating, and smoky mirrors. thefranklinlondon.com; doubles from $720.
Last-minute travel deals
Return to Whistler
Multiple resorts in Whistler, British Columbia, are offering discounts for bookings made before Nov. 15. At the boutique Nita Lake Lodge, for example, a midweek four-night stay in late January is $1,028 with the discount, down from $1,286.
The SoCal suite life
The West Inn in Carlsbad, Calif., is celebrating its 10th anniversary by turning back the clock on rates. Through Nov. 23, suites start at $149 in a package that includes tickets to the Museum of Making Music and a beach kit with boogie boards.
A Caribbean Thanksgiving
Spend the holiday at a luxury hotel in Jamaica and enjoy your fourth night free. From Nov. 20–30, a four-night stay for two at the Oceanside Cliff Hotel in Negril starts at $1,128, including daily breakfast and a $50 spa credit.