In January, Colorado became the first state in the nation to legalize sales of recreational marijuana.

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In January, Colorado became the first state in the nation to legalize sales of recreational marijuana.

Telluride has four recreational marijuana stores.

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Telluride has four recreational marijuana stores. Overall, Colorado has 212.

Colorado has seen a big economic boost from legalizing marijuana. But the tourism office is taking a neutral stance.

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Colorado has seen a big economic boost from legalizing marijuana. But the tourism office is taking a neutral stance.

Crested Butte is a ski town with summer recreations, too, including selling  the legal marijuana Colorado now allows.

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Crested Butte is a ski town with summer recreations, too, including selling the legal marijuana Colorado now allows.

It’s illegal to consume pot “openly and publicly” in Colorado, which makes it difficult for tourists to indulge.

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It’s illegal to consume pot “openly and publicly” in Colorado, which makes it difficult for tourists to indulge.

Where I traveled, writes the author, Colorado does not seem to have been transformed into a stoner paradise.

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Where I traveled, writes the author, Colorado does not seem to have been transformed into a stoner paradise.

Visiting home after Colorado legalized recreational marijuana

When I went home to visit my mom earlier this summer, I decided to investigate this new tourist attraction — a purely professional curiosity, of course. By Katie Johnston

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The House of Dance and Feathers is a nonprofit museum in the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans.

NIGHT OUT

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Looking for a little something different to do on a Friday night? Surprise your date with a trip to bucolic Lincoln.

check in

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/07/09/BostonGlobe.com/Travel/Images/The%20Colonnade%20Hotel%20RTP%20wide.jpg Cool off at the Colonnade’s new roop top pool

City dwellers may be surprised to learn that there is a place to cool off right in their backyard — 12 stories above Boston’s busy streets.

the vip lounge

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Nate Solder still hasn’t gotten over a trip to South Africa he took recently with his family and friends.

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Since 2008, Rebecca Creer has been “chief beauty officer” at Virgin Atlantic airlines, an unusual position that is the first of its kind.

travel troubleshooter

Voucher extended (not)? Get it in writing

When Jerry Shepard’s voucher doesn’t come through, the resort agrees to extend the offer. Now it won’t honor the voucher.

Secret of the Week

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One of the world’s best, and nation’s oldest, maritime collections, the hidden-away Hart Nautical Gallery at MIT was opened in 1921.

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Waterbury is blessed with a bounty of things we love about Vermont: great eats, beautiful outdoors, and sporty activities.

The author uses rebar steps, carabiners, and fixed cables to climb a wall on Whistler’s Via Ferrata (Iron Road).

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The author uses rebar steps, carabiners, and fixed cables to climb a wall on Whistler’s Via Ferrata (Iron Road).

The Whistler Alpine Guides-led tour group crosses a snow field at 6,200 feet elevation.

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The Whistler Alpine Guides-led tour group crosses a snow field at 6,200 feet elevation.

One way down after summiting Whistler  is in the Peak Chair.

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One way down after summiting Whistler is in the Peak Chair.

A mountain bike guide for Whistler, rides along a trail near mid-station on Whistler Mountain.

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A mountain bike guide for Whistler, rides along a trail near mid-station on Whistler Mountain.

A guide on a Ziptrek Ecotour at Whistler Blackcomb, the resort in British Columbia known best for its ski and snowboarding attractions.

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A guide on a Ziptrek Ecotour at Whistler Blackcomb, the resort in British Columbia known best for its ski and snowboarding attractions.

Fair-weather months offer biking, hiking, zip-lining, climbing, and all sorts of kids’ activities.

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Fair-weather months offer biking, hiking, zip-lining, climbing, and all sorts of kids’ activities.

Whistler also a summer wonderland

Whistler-Blackcomb is a top winter destination, but it actually draws 56 percent of its visitors in the summer.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/07/17/BostonGlobe.com/Travel/Images/X%20PARADE%201.jpg ‘Largest Portuguese feast in the world’ turns 100

Thousands will come to mark New Bedford’s 100th Festa, the free-admission, family-friendly festival in New Bedford.

the rave

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This newly opened Amesbury eatery can hold its own in neighboring Newburyport.

News, apps, deals, and gear

Here, there, and everywhere

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News, apps, deals, and gear from New England and beyond.

Weekend fun guide

Weekend Fun Guide

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New England’s hottest, coolest, jazziest, beachiest, blueberry-est summertime festivals.

Globe Magazine

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Make new memories, or refresh old ones, by exploring these great locations.

Nonstop destinations from Boston

Around the world

The author and his friend Michael Berger, here sampling some wines  at Hidden Bench Vineyards in Beamsville, biked to vineyards around Jordan, Ontario.

Biking Ontario’s wine country

In Ontario’s wine country, close to 100 vineyards produce riesling, chardonnay, pinot noir, and arguably the province’s best known beverage, the sweet icewine.