Word of Mouth: San Sebastian

Europe's best city beach, the Cristóbal Balenciaga Museum, pintxo bars and designer boutiques

This summer saw all kinds of action in San Sebastian, Spain, and those festivities aren’t over yet. With July’s International Jazz Festival, the Semana Grande with parties, bullfights and fireworks, and the Zinemaldia International Film Festival later in September, the city keeps summer alive for as long as possible. But it’s actually best to go during quieter monthsin the fallwhen you can discreetly observe the …

Quit Mad Stop

Classic styling in hybrid seaside apparel

High-end beach basics are the provenance of Quit Mad Stop, a menswear label delivering handsewn apparel out of NYC. Their Spring/Summer 2013 line expands the label beyond trunks, windbreakers and totes, bringing in hybrid short-trunks and button-down polos to face variable beachside elements. The tailored fit and fine fabrics make the duds just formal enough to travel well across any kind of beach vibe and …

CH Local: Cape Town

Four highlights from our guide on what not to miss in South Africa's Mother City

Cradled by a striking 360-degree panorama of a horseshoe-shaped mountain range and the sparkling sea, Cape Town is one of the most gorgeous places on Earth. South Africa’s Mother City has historically been a harbor destination, beginning with European merchants who would stop off on their way to the Indies through to today, where it remains a Riviera-like draw for a host of international tourists. …