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Sweet treats at Snowvillage Inn.

Getting in the holiday spirit, one cookie and one inn at a time

Though for some it may be all about cookies and candy, for others the tour is all about the crawl: traveling from inn to inn, immersed in New England rural culture.

1. “Beach memories” glass vases, Kevin Becker, Westwood.

New England makes its presents known

In this season of giving, why not give friends and family a little (or big) something that’s made here in our region?

Christopher Muther

Thong or sarong? Sport top or tankini? Cracking the swimwear code of the Caribbean

Topless or covered-up? Speedos or board shorts? While many Caribbean islands are geographically close, their swimsuit dress codes can be miles apart.

Darlene Love and her husband, Alton Allison, on the coast of Queensland, Australia, near Brisbane.

The VIP Lounge | Darlene Love

The VIP Lounge with Darlene Love

We caught up with singer Darlene Love to talk about all things travel.

Disney guide book author knows a thing or two

Julie Neal, the author of “The Complete Guide to Walt Disney World” series, has spent more than 2,500 days at the theme park.

A worker at Melrose Plantation helps with conservation of the murals.

The African House murals of Clementine Hunter

Although self-taught artist Clementine Hunter may not be a household name, she is well-known to most Louisiana residents, who, for more than 40 years, have made field trips and family outings to Melrose Plantation, just south of Natchitoches.

A chef serves hot chocolate to passengers aboard the Polar Express.

Polar Express returns to the Cape

The Cape Cod Central Railroad reintroduces the Polar Express to Massachusetts.

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Melrose Plantation, under the National Trust for Historic Preservation, is 15 miles south of Natchitoches, La.

Mahoosuc Guide Service offers dogsledding trips in the northwoods of Maine.

Here, There, and Everywhere

During the holidays, you may find yourself wondering, “Why should kids have all the fun?” The Fairmont Copley Plaza asked the same question.

The Museum of African American History and Culture on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

A display of hurt and healing in Washington

Since its opening in late September, the museum has become the hottest ticket in Washington, D.C.

Travel Troubleshooter: I got sick before my trip and couldn’t cancel my flight

Just before her flight from New York to London, she falls ill. But she can’t cancel the flight. Now she wants credit for her missed flight. Can she get it?

Global Expeditions Club travelers during their visit to India.

Local company is taking off (on global adventures)

Kevin Foley and Jeff Kelly, the two local entrepreneurs behind the adventure travel group Global Expeditions Club, recently announced the first in a proposed series of round-the-world tour packages.

Samples from The Alchemist brewery in Waterbury, Vt.

Taste the ambers of the Green Mountain State

Hit Vermont’s brewery trails.

The Trapp Family Bierhall has a wood-fired Parrillas, an open Argentine grill.

Trapp Family resort gets its beer hall at last

After five years of construction, Johannes von Trapp, president of Trapp Family Lodge and son of Maria and Georg (Baron) von Trapp, realized his long held dream of opening a beer hall.

Kathy Sidell and two of her children, Alexandra Trustman and Ben Sidell, on St. Barth’s.

The VIP Lounge with Kathy Sidell

The president and founder of The Metropolitan Restaurant Group discusses all things travel.

Cows at Milk House Chocolates in Goshen, Conn.

Single-cow-origin chocolates are a standout in Conn.

Karissma, for example, provides the milk for the cabernet sauvignon truffles, while Daydream owns the sea salt caramels.

Barcelona’s L’Aquàrium, which is Europe’s only oceanarium, with 450 different species.

Here, There, and Everywhere

Here, there, and everywhere.

Cyber Monday’s best travel deals around the globe

Forget the sales on socks and espresso machines — treat yourself to a vacation instead.

Swimming at La Foresteria Planeta Estate in Menfi, Sicily.

Meet you in Sicily? Sign us up.

We loved our brief taste of Sicily so much that we wanted to return, and we were delighted to go with our adult children. (Our parental motto is: You pay, they’ll go).

A horse of many colors, and backgrounds, with carousels

Once you know the signs — the twist of the ears, their tails — you can tell whether carousel horses come from French, English, or German workshops.

The windmill-operated sawmill, De Rat, in the town of IJlst, one of the stops along the Elfstedenroute, or 11-Cities Route, a bicycle tour in the Dutch province of Friesland.

Friesland by bike: 11 cities, 150 miles, 5 days

We followed a 150-mile loop bicycle route called the Elfstedenroute, or 11-Cities Route, inspired by the Elfstedentocht, a historic ice-skating race.

Jenny Dell worked the sidelines at Gillette Stadium in December 2014.

The VIP Lounge with Jenny Dell

We caught up with Jenny Dell to talk about all things travel.

A view of Battle Harbor in Labrador. The fishing village dates back to the 1700s.


Journey to the sights of Newfoundland

Newfoundland and Labrador are chock full of moments of awe.

Greydon House was built in 1850 as the residence for a master mariner.

Nantucket’s stylish Greydon House worth the wait

After months of anticipation, the posh, 20-room Greydon House, with its island-inspired restaurant and Brooklyn-meets-“Out of Africa” bar, opened on Oct. 1.

Domo, designed by Antón García-Abril of Ensamble Studio.

Montana’s Tippet Rise offers art and music on a grand scale, under a big sky

It never seemed a likely destination for arts lovers. That is, until this June when Tippet Rise opened to the public.

Kitchen for cooking classes at the Nantucket Culinary Center.

Hungry for cooking skills? Head to Nantucket Culinary Center

The top floor of Nantucket Culinary Center houses the sunny, handicap accessible teaching kitchen and elegant dining room.

Chocolate cream pie from Wright’s Dairy Farm & Bakery in North Smithfield, R.I.

Life of pie

Celebrate the season at some of these pie shops and bakeries around the region.

A map mentioned in Katharine Harmon’s book.


She thinks outside the map

Katharine Harmon is an expert on the topic of creative maps. Her just-published book, “You Are Here NYC: Mapping the Soul of the City,” features more than 200 maps spanning four centuries.

Here, there, and everywhere

Embrace the holiday spirit with a series of family-friendly events at The Ritz-Carlton, Boston.

Travel Troubleshooter

Charged extra for a GPS, but Payless said it wouldn’t

Mihaela Sturm is offered a GPS at no additional charge with her car rental. Then she’s charged for it. Can I persuade them to un-charge her?

Unhappy Americans looking to head to Canada might see Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as the anti-Trump.

Apparently people are looking for one-way tickets to Canada

The travel website Hopper found a 210 percent spike in searches for one-way flights to Canada between midnight and 1 a.m. on election night.

The Viking Star cruise ship.

A Star is born at sea

Viking makes the jump from river cruising to the ocean in its stunning new ship the Viking Star.

Jason Santos brought staff members to New Orleans because “I wanted them to experience this place.”

24 hours in the Big Easy with Jason Santos

The Boston chef brought his crew to New Orleans to get a feel for the atmosphere he wants to create for his latest project.

The VIP Lounge with Viola Davis

Actress Viola Davis may live in Southern California, but she hasn’t forgotten her Rhode Island roots.

Cornucopia, on Wicklow Street in Dublin, serves exclusively vegetarian fare.

A vegetarian leaves meat-and-potatoes Ireland happy and full

A full Irish breakfast traditionally consists of bacon, sausage, black and white pudding, eggs and tomatoes cooked in bacon grease. I thought I would be in big trouble. I was wrong.

These days, Edaville USA shines

This is not the rundown attraction it once was. And at the holidays, Edaville USA shines particularly bright.

St. John surprises many with its designation as a national park, yet two-thirds of the island’s 27 square miles fall within the boundaries of the National Park Service.

St. John, where you’ll want to park it

St. John surprises many with its designation as a national park, yet two-thirds of the island’s 27 square miles fall within the boundaries of the National Park Service.

Delta Air Lines opened a multisensory room at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta airport.

Autism doesn’t have to mean no family vacation

There are resorts and attractions, as well as airlines and cruise lines, that are welcoming and accommodating to special-needs families.

The restored Sunken Garden at Hill-Stead in Farmington.

In Conn., artwork you’ll never see anywhere else by artists you love

Hill-Stead, Theodate Pope Riddle’s 33,000-square-foot Colonial Revival mansion, was planned with her father’s collections in mind.

The Grafton Inn in Vermont is one of the nation’s oldest continuously operating inns.

Slow down and chill out at these New England country inns

Before it gets too crazy busy, treat yourself to a quick escape to one of these tranquil country inns.

Here, there, and everywhere

Hop on the Cape Cod Central Railroad in Buzzards Bay and head for the North Pole, Nov. 18 to Dec. 23, to meet Santa.

The Travel Troubleshooter: Help! American Airlines canceled my flight, but won’t cover my expenses

Dale Reed’s American Airlines flight is canceled because of weather, but then reinstated. Should the airline cover his hotel costs — or is it a lost cause?

There are perks to showing off your ‘I voted’ sticker

Show the sticker at these restaurants, bars, and shops, and you’ll be rewarded with discounted cocktails, free appetizers, cookies, and more.

Host Alex Kaufman

With unique look at ski business, ‘WintryMix’ podcast gains traction

Now in its third season, the podcast, created in a partnership with Vermont Public Radio, has tackled a wide variety of topics.

Hillary Clinton is a National Women’s Hall of Fame inductee.

Always the right time to honor inductees of the National Women’s Hall of Fame

A trip to the museum, in Seneca Falls, N.Y., is never a bad idea.

Images from the exhibit “Björk Digital.”

A portal into Björk’s virtual and personal reality

“Björk Digital” presents a surprisingly intimate and beautiful experience with the Icelandic singer through a pair of virtual reality goggles and headphones.