Turkish Airlines offers one-stop flights from Washington Dulles to Izmir, Turkey.
Wyndham Izmir Ozdilek
Inciralti Street No. 67, Balcova
A good five-minute drive from the city center, but many of its 219 rooms have panoramic views of the water. Rooms from $100.
Key Hotel Izmir
Architect Kemalettin Street No. 1, Konak
In the heart of the city, close to Izmir’s biggest bazaar and the upscale shopping center Konak Pier. Rooms from $171.
Martyr Nevresbey Boulevard 9, Alsancak
Scrumptious seafood, live traditional folk music, unpretentious and perfect. Entrees start at $18.
Sir Winston Tea House
Dr. Mustafa Bey Enver Caddesi 20
Pop in on a cold day for dozens of varieties of tea, coffee, salads, pasta and sandwiches. Entrees start at $15.
A three-hour-plus drive from Izmir, but well worth it for the moonscape of travertine cliffs. Open dawn to dusk. $9 admission fee.
Temple of Athena
Top of the hill in Behramkale village
The temple is the pinnacle of the charming twin villages of Behramkale and Assos. 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., $3.50.