AT THE FORE FRONT
The top golf resorts in the world, from a Conde Nast Traveler reader poll:
1. Lodge at Keole, Lanai, Hawaii
2. Westin Turnberry Resort, Ayrshire, Scotland
3. Four Seasons Resort, Punta Mita, Mexico
4. Manele Bay Hotel, Lanai
5. Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, Big Island, Hawaii
6. American Club, Kohler, Wis.
7. The Greenbrier, White Sulphur Springs, W.Va.
8. Four Seasons Resort, Nevis
9. Lodge at Sea Island, Sea Island, Ga.
10. Fairmont Orchid, Big Island
CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland Botanical Garden will reopen July 15 after being closed for nine months while awaiting completion of a new attraction: The Eleanor Armstrong Smith Glasshouse.
The 18,000-square-foot conservatory, with a peaked glass roof, will house two examples of the world's most fragile ecosystems: the spiny desert of Madagascar and the cloud forest of Costa Rica. The exhibits will include some 500 species of plants and 50 species of animals.
Each model ecosystem will show visitors the relationships among plants, animals, geology, climate and water, with interactive exhibits and exotic sights, sounds and smells. The specimens include many that are not found outside of Costa Rica or Madagascar.
For more information, call 216-721-1600, or 888-853-7091, or check out the Web site, www.cbgarden.org.
BANGOR, Maine -- If you're in New England in late August, consider a visit to Bangor for the National Folk Festival.
The three-day event will take place from Aug. 22 to Aug. 24, with a diverse world-class line-up of bluegrass, African, gospel, country and other types of music, plus a traditional "Punch and Judy" puppet show from England and a variety of regional artists and artisans showcasing their skills and their wares.
Admission is free of charge. Performances take place on five separate stages, often simultaneously, with a special area geared to kids. The event kicks off with a parade and concert on the Friday night of the designated weekend, and events continue from noon to 10 p.m. that Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. that Sunday. Vendors also sell a variety of regional and international food to suit every palate.
Two weeks ago, the public got its first glimpse of much that is new at a very old museum. In Salem, Mass., north of Boston, the Peabody Essex Museum, which says it is the oldest continuously operated museum in the country, reopened with a 110,000-square-foot wing designed by Moshe Safdie.
The reborn Peabody Essex includes a public park and garden, a cafe and Yin Yu Tang, a two-story Ching dynasty estate moved from the mountainous Huizhou region in China and containing a rich collection of items from the family that lived there for more than two centuries.