Acing the appeal.

If you were to total the tonnage of a modest boutique hotel, the mass would be staggering. Hundreds of steel beams, acres of thin carpet, sheets of glass wall. So it is particularly impressive when a hotel is transparent.

A hidden gem at Gare de Lyon.

To enter this restaurant is to step back in time and in all probability you’ve never—ever—seen a railway station restaurant as extravagant as this belle époque showpiece.

Alpine adjustments.

Ask any resident of Switzerland about the railway and they’ll most likely make a case for it being Europe’s top set of tracks. “Swiss trains never even go on strike,” they’ll probably say.

In bloom.

Whether kept with care in a glass house or growing wild in meadows, botanical varieties of all sorts wait yearlong for the pinnacle of spring. In this spirit, we unearth four stories from the NUVO archive inspired by greenery.

Act of God.

Christchurch’s landmark cathedral gets a cardboard redesign by Japanese architect Shigeru Ban, who is the 2014 Pritzker Architecture Prize laureate.

Hook, line, and sleeker.

What happens in Haida Gwaii doesn’t stay in Haida Gwaii. Bringing home a fine specimen that fell for your line is expected, as is the requisite exaggeration of your catch’s proportions. If, that is, as a guest of the all-inclusive Clubhouse, it’s a good-looking salmon you’re after.

Southern comfort.

North Carolinians are beautifully blasé about how hip the state is. Raleigh, Asheville, and Highlands are cool communities filled with friendly locals, hearty food, and cashmere-swaddled lazy afternoons.

Floridian fare.

Dining in Bal Harbour, Florida is much more than a revolving display of Wall Street South titans coming in for dinner. Gifted chefs—known and unknown—are doing noteworthy things here.

Crown jewel.

After passing through the coastal cities of Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, and Redondo Beach—bustling with surf-town action—the winding ascent up the Palos Verdes cliffs to Terranea Resort signals a retreat away from the congestion of the city.