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Places: April 2001

Hotels by the Book
Thirty world-class hotels appear in the delicious new book A Place to Stay by photographer Grant Sheehan and writer Shelley-Maree Cassidy. The farflung picks�from Lake Como's Villa d'Este to the Cappadocian caves, from Udaipur's Lake Palace to the Swedish Ice Hotel�have just one thing in common: We want to stay in all of them ($20).

Whisky a Go-Go
Anyone missing their Scottish roots or wishing they had some (hello, Madonna) should hasten to Islay for Feis Ile 2001, a weeklong whisky-and-Celtic-music bash. The festivities�cask rolling, peat cutting, fly fishing competitions, bagpiping and, of course, a great deal of single malt tasting�kick off on May 28.

If Life Gives You Lemons
"Our lemons are happy," Livia Iaccarino says, "because they spend their lives looking at Capri." Livia and her husband Alfonso, chef of the three-Michelin-star Don Alfonso 1890 on the Gulf of Naples, turn those lemons into an exquisite, intense limoncello liqueur, now available here ($35; 212-689-4855).

It's Elementary
Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain, a new resort outside Phoenix, recruited Charles Wiley (an F&W Best New Chef of 1994) to man the kitchen at its restaurant, elements. (No capital letters here or at jade bar, the cocktail lounge.) Wiley's American-Asian food�five-spice foie gras with blood-orange glaze�should fortify guests until October, when a fitness center, tennis compound and vast spa will open (480-948-2100).

From Cicchetti to Crabcakes
Two new passenger ships launch this month, one plying the Po River, the other Chesapeake Bay. Casanova from Peter Deilmann Cruises (800-348-8287) gets going in Venice�much like her namesake�while Delta Queen (800-543-7637) debuts the 19th-century-style Cape May Light down in crab country.

Published May 2001
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