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Logan, a 31-pound cat, has been winning over guests and recently Internet viewers.

How a really fat cat in N.H. became Internet famous

Logan, a 31-pound cat, has become an Internet superstar after a video of him waddling about went viral.

Keith Hines and his girlfriend, Jenna Schoen, in Florence, one of his favorite vacation spots.

The VIP Lounge: With Keith Hines

We caught up with Keith Hines, 31, who plays Jersey Boy Nick Massi in the show, to talk about all things travel.

travel troubleshooter

Downgraded on American Airlines, but no refund

When American Airlines downgrades John Rodda on all but one leg of his trip from Cleveland to Bangor, Maine, the airline offers him nothing. Can it do that?

Weir Farm welcomes artists.

Through an artist’s eyes: Weir Farm National Historic Site

The only national park dedicated to American painting, Weir Farm was the summer home of American Impressionist painter Julian Alden Weir from 1882 to 1919.

Parmesan churros.

Vegas’s new hesitantly hipster eatery

A new Las Vegas gastropub looks to attract the cool kids.

The Hot Glass Art Center features hand-blown glass pieces by local artists.

A DIY art tour of N.H.’s Monadnock region

Hundreds of artists have created a vibrant art community among the small towns surrounding Mount Monadnock.

Here, there, and everywhere

Snake your way through the woods at Boston’s Franklin Park Zoo and watch this haunted habitat come alive with more than 20 creatures.

The Mozart Statue in the Burggarten.

Where Mozart is very much alive

Seeing Vienna through Mozart’s eyes is a way to explore almost every aspect of the city.

LJ Benet as Romeo and Timyra-Joi as Juliet in “Baz — Star Crossed Love.”

Baz Luhrmann has a messy good time in Las Vegas

“Baz — Star Crossed Love,” is a theatrical interpretation of three films from Australian director Baz Luhrmann that is unlike any other entertainment offering on the Strip.

Chef Frank McClelland of Riversbend.

Change is good for Riversbend chef and his daily menu

Frank McClelland builds his menus around what’s freshest and available each day, tweaking dishes as the seasons change.

The VIP Lounge: Joey Frangieh

We caught up with Boston Theater Company artistic director Joey Frangieh to talk about all things travel.

Tips for grand Grand Canyon experience

So it’s time to recharge with a tough hike and some alone-time in an unforgettable place, but you can only spare three nights away? Easy choice: Grand Canyon National Park.

A definite high point: Away from the beach in Bali

Bali was perfect for our girls’ trip: serene, beautiful, interesting, cultural, and enough of challenge to feel like a real adventure.

Laura Meister, owner of the Farm Girl Farm, grows a variety of vegetables to sell to local chefs and at farmer’s markets.

A chef’s tour of the Berkshires

Brian Alberg, executive chef at the Red Lion Inn in Stockbridge, shared some of his favorite farmers and purveyors in the Berkshires.

Here, there, and everywhere

The fall season has just begun and tickets are already on sale for the LEGO KidsFest 2016 in Hartford, Dec. 2-4.

Colorful buildings add to the allure of fall foliage (best in late November and early December) at Qixia Mountain, near Nanjing.

the tip

Five unexpectedly cool places to see fall foliage that aren’t in New England

Here’s a quick look at some unusual places to see Mother Nature’s most dazzling displays of so-amazing-this-must-be-Photoshopped leaf-stravaganzas, across the globe.


Best way to leaf peep in the Berkshires? Get out of the car.

The Berkshire hills are the perfect place to see some bright leaves without the frame of a windshield.

The door of hell.

A guide to seeing the very bizarre

The book and website “Atlas Obscura” shows travelers where to find Buddhist temples made of beer bottles, an upside-down house in Poland, and a statue of a child-eating man.

Vintage lamps at the reception desk.

check-in | The Porches Inn at Mass MoCa

In the shadow of Mass MoCA, a retro inn is on display

Only a narrow strip of the Hoosic River in this North Berkshires city separates The Porches Inn guests from Mass MoCa exhibits.

The Hancock Shaker Village hosts a country fair.

In the Berkshires, a festival for all

Villages and towns in the Berkshires hold fairs and festivals in the fall geared toward foodies, foliage fans, and jazz buffs, just to name a few.

The Stephen Phillips House in Salem.

A trip home reveals the other side of town

My wife and I visited the Stephen W. Phillips House recently during a visit to Salem, my old hometown. And even when I was a kid, Chestnut Street was a world apart.


Key West for the rest

The Key West Bed and Breakfast and The Mermaid & the Alligator top our list of island inns. Both are adult-only (16+), so please, sleep in.

Beth Lennon, a.k.a. Mod Betty of Retro Roadmap, with a 1955 Chevy Bel Air.

Q&A with Beth Lennon, a.k.a. Mod Betty

Beth Lennon, a.k.a. “Mod Betty,” searches for lunch counters, old-time amusement parks, mom-and-pop motels, and other American retro road-tripping destinations.

A view of the rocky terrain along Murphy’s Loop.

Not a bike rider? You can still enjoy the beauty of Moab, Utah.

Moab is considered the mountain bike capital of the country, if not the world. But you don’t have to be a rider to soak in the sights.

A photographer stood behind a camera at the Green River Overlook at dusk.

A rugged, rocky ride through resplendent Canyonlands

Southern Utah is a harsh, beautiful land. And no place captures this better than Canyonlands.

Peddling a passion for urban cycling

The owner of Urban Cycles talks about what made him change careers and build a company around bicycles.

Old Sail Loft at the Salem Maritime National Historic Site.

Salem offers much more than October scares

Turns out Salem is not a town that blooms Oct. 31 and wilts Nov. 1 like a rare flower. It’s a perennial.

Nothing mainstream about Down East Maine

That is Maine: quirky, eccentric, at times, endearingly bizarre. The farther north you go, the more you enter the wilderness of weird.

Here, there, and everywhere

Hang out with more than 1,500 producers, content creators, and TV fans at this year’s Independent Television Festival in West Dover, Vt.

10 years of loving ‘Beatles LOVE’

There are many entertainment options in Las Vegas, but “The Beatles LOVE,” which just celebrated its 10-year anniversary at The Mirage with a revamped show, is one that should not be missed – especially by fans of the Fab Four.

Jody Adams grilling at a barbecue in Barnstable this summer.

The VIP Lounge: Jody Adams

We caught up with Jody Adams, who is from Providence and lives in Dorchester with her husband, Ken Rivard, to talk about all things travel.

Travel Troubleshooter

Airline misspelled the name on my ticket

Her only option is to buy another ticket and eat the loss. Is that fair?

Five years after Hurricane Irene, the view from the Quechee’s Parker House Inn is as resplendent as ever.


Five years after Irene’s destruction, Vermont is buoyed by a fighting spirit

Flash floods wiped out Quechee’s beloved bridge and destroyed community mainstays. Hard work brought them back.

Signs warn of alligators and snakes near Seven Seas Lagoon.

Almost up a creek while paddling the waters of Disney

A misadventure of mine gave me a glimmer into the dangers that lurked in Florida waters.

A room at the Qvest in Cologne, Germany.


The Qvest

I’ve stayed in many boutique hotels, but I’m convinced that the Qvest in Cologne is the boutique-iest of them all.

Here, there, and everywhere

Enchantment awaits children of all ages at the Nature Museum at Grafton’s 8th annual Fairy House Festival in Vermont.

A selection of Halladay’s Harvest Barn’s seasoned mixes

A weekend in food heaven (also called Bellows Falls, Vt.)

Today, Halladay’s Harvest Barn makes 70 dips, soup mixes, apple and fruit crisp mixes, cheesecake mixes, burger blends, pasta blends and other seasonings and rubs.

A guest room at Row NYC.

Check in: Row NYC

The New York hotel offers a disappointing take on contemporary lodging.

Grayson Powell in Australia.

The VIP Lounge: Grayson Powell enjoys down time down under

We caught up with stage actor Grayson Powell, who is currently playing Sam from “Cheers,” to talk about all things travel.

Whiskey Hill Raceway twists and turns for 2.3 miles across nearly 200 feet of elevation.

Learning to race cars one sharp corner at a time

The Palmer Motorsports Park’s High Performance Driver Education School teaches the fine art of not wrecking your car at menacing speed.

House Running involves rappelling down a building’s facade.

A 100-foot trip from terror to joy

Hundreds of thousands of Germans have tried a sport that involves rappelling off skyscrapers

iPads in the Aloft Hotels allow guests to “talk” to their rooms.

You and your hotel room need to talk

At some Aloft Hotels, Siri is offered to assist guests. The technology can adjust the temperature in the room, the lighting, and play music at the guest’s request.

A rendering of the new Trump hotel’s lobby in Washington, D.C.

Is Donald Trump’s campaign hurting his hotel chain?

When it comes to Donald Trump’s eponymous hotels, the name brand can work both ways these days.

Try a log lean-to at Smugglers’ Notch State Park for nature on a budget.


Six classic New England getaways — for splurgers and savers

We’ve put together a hit list of primo fall foliage destinations, plus some delightful places to stay on both spectrums of the budget.

Malcolm Butler with his son during Patriots practice in July.

The VIP Lounge with Malcolm Butler

We caught up with New England Patriot Malcolm Butler to talk about all things travel.

A batch of burgers being assembled (no ketchup) at Louis’ Lunch.

A burger that’s worth the drive

Open since 1895, the restaurant produced the first hamburger sandwich in 1900, when founder Louis Lassen served a customer in a rush.