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A NYC hotel and Batali restaurant built to last

La Sirena is the spot to simmer down and relax on its elevated terrace overlooking Ninth Avenue.

Olivier Senoussaoui with his wife, Izumi, and their children in Dordogne, France.

The VIP Lounge: Olivier Senoussaoui

We caught up with popular Boston chef Olivier Senoussaoui to talk all things travel.

These coasters will leave you feeling breathless

Thrill seekers heading to Florida this summer will have two new exhilarating roller coasters to check out: Mako at SeaWorld Orlando and Cobra’s Curse at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay.

Cruising on the Vltava River are (from right) James R. Carroll, wife Carol Vernon, daughter Fiona Carroll, and her friend, Ellie Goelz.

For a parent, a pinnacle experience

We hatched our plan within hours of our daughter’s acceptance into a study-abroad program amidst the spires and narrow streets of Prague.

The Salar de Uyuni, the largest salt flat in the world.

A Massachusetts native revolutionizes pizza, a continent away

In Bolivia, Massachusetts native Chris Sarage and his wife Sussy have created the must-visit pizzeria of the hemisphere.

This former coast guard station turned hostel in Truro has water views.

There are (some really great) hostels in New England

Forget your preconceived notions about hostels.

Jameson McTaggart started driving Swan Boats in 2010.

His first ride on Swan Boats was his first day on the job

A Q&A with Jameson McTaggart, assistant manager at the Swan Boats.

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Hotwire says I was a ‘no-show,’ and my refund hasn’t shown up

When Rachel Abott’s flight from Bali to New York is canceled, she finds another way to get home. But now her online travel agency isn’t giving her a refund.

Here, There, and Everywhere

Camping indoors and playing outdoors

A tent in your hotel room, a stroller that packs up easy to-go, and a camera that keeps on clicking.

The Traverse City Film Festival runs from July 26-31 this year, its 12th. The State Theatre is the showcase viewing spot for the festival and one of the premier movie houses in North America.

Adventures in cinema and beyond

The Traverse City Film Festival serves up cinematic treats to movie fans at the end of July, while real-world adventures abound right outside the darkened theaters.

The chateau at the Biltmore Estate.

Asheville as much about vision as it is vistas

We had come to Asheville to get a glimpse at what Olmstead and other visionaries had seen.

Residents and visitors get around the island on foot, bike, inline skates, or horse-drawn carriage.

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The beauty of carless Mackinac, Mich.

In a Hummer-sized irony, residents of this car-crazed state get around by bike or on carriages drawn by horses.

Berries from a bluebead lily, against one of the massive ferns that carpet low-lying areas.

Isle Royale, the least-visited national park

Another day has begun on Isle Royale on Lake Superior.

Mark Twain and family on the porch of their Hartford home in 1885.

At home with great dads of New England history

Visiting the houses of some famous men — now historic sites open to the public — that still radiate the warmth of family life.

An exterior view of Singer Castle on Dark Island.

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Royal Suite at Singer Castle

The castle was the private home of Frederick Bourne, the fifth president of the Singer Sewing Machine Co.

Gary Bimonte in Aruba.

The VIP Lounge | Gary Bimonte

The VIP Lounge: Gary Bimonte has a recipe for enjoyable travel

We caught up with Gary Bimonte of Frank Pepe pizza to talk about all things travel.

Sarah Olson on duty, with Haven.

Meet Sarah Olson and Haven, who sniff out the bad apples at Logan

Q&A with Sarah Olson, US Customs and Border Protection agriculture specialist and K-9 handler at Logan Airport.

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Famous fathers’ houses

From Washington’s headquarters to Mark Twain’s home.

LuminAID is a rechargeable and waterproof inflatable lantern.

Here, There, Everywhere

Looking west and north

From festival fun in Concord, N.H., to Wild West ranch workshops, to small ship cruises to Canada’s high Arctic.

Travel troubleshooter | Christopher Elliott

A ‘lesson learned’ after husband’s bike accident

Just before Mara Bronstone’s European riverboat cruise, her husband was seriously injured. Can they postpone their trip without losing everything?

Kayakers swarm around Pictured Rocks National Seashore.

Pictured Rocks, an idyllic way station

Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is bracketed by Isle Royale to the west and Mackinac Island to the east. Pictured Rocks is ideal for taking in both.

Wequassett Resort and Golf Club in Harwich.

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A five-star hotel lands at the Cape

What it’s like to spend a night at Cape Cod’s only five-star resort.

Samoset Resort in Rockport, Maine.

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Treat dad to a round

New England is home to some great public golf courses and clubs where dad can play a round of golf and also enjoy a celebratory meal.

A fire pit at the Field Guide hotel in Stowe, Vt.

Skip the tie, and treat dad to a special weekend

What better way to celebrate a dad than to turn his special day into a weekend? We offer some great places where you can make that happen.

John Davidson (right) busking with a bagpiper in Canada.

The VIP Lounge: John Davidson

We caught up with John Davidson to talk about all things travel.

Annie Dean, Highfield Hall’s director of programs and exhibitions, inside artist Danielle Krcmar’s sculpture.

Highfield Hall and Gardens is a big house with big plans

Have you heard of Highfield Hall and Gardens? Time to take a look.

Sand- and shell-filled “ocean balls” are a popular item in Michael Magyar’s Cape Cod Sea Bubble glass line.

The Cape continues to add to its rich history of glass making

To see the history of glass making on the Cape go to the Sandwich Glass Museum. To see creations as they are still being made, go to the shops of these craftsmen.

Soak in the views at “The Knob,” a.k.a. the Cornelia Carey Sanctuary.

Fabulous finds in Falmouth: Before you hop on that Vineyard ferry, stop here. And here.

Falmouth is quintessential Cape in all ways.

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American was too slow in refunding fare

After a passenger cancels his American Airlines tickets within 24 hours, he is told to expect a full refund. But he was waiting and waiting for it to arrive.

Here, there, and everywhere

Join New England wine makers at Burlington Wine and Food Festival or take dad for an adventure on the Cape Cod Central Railroad.

Some motorhomes are as comfortable and spacious

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The RV industry has rebounded in a big and beautiful way

Some 9 million RVs are on the road in the United States, the highest number ever.

One of the tallest waterfalls in Vermont, Lye Brook Falls in Manchester tumbles some

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Easy New England hikes with big payoffs

Some scale tall mountains, but staying under the radar can yield impressive finds, too.

What to do on the slopes in the summer

If you think the thrills disappear at New England ski resorts when the snow vanishes, you are very, very wrong.

The Izaak Walton Inn was built in 1939 on land owned by the Great Northern Railway.

The train fanatic’s fantasy inn

The Izaak Walton Inn sits in the unincorporated township of Essex, 26 miles from West Glacier and 30 from East Glacier.

Australia is high up on the “must-visit” list for actress, singer, writer, and producer Paula Brancati.

The VIP Lounge: Paula Brancati

We caught up with the “Matilda” cast member to talk about all things travel.

Shipping containers are used as walls.

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It’s game on at the Hotel Zephyr

From magnetic dart boards and backgammon in the guest rooms to an outdoor lounge with life-size games of Connect Four and Jenga, every space invites guests to lighten up and play.

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What’s holding up TSA lines? It could be you.

There are travelers who are deathly slow, travelers who disregard rules, and travelers who flat out lack common sense in airports.

Here, there, everywhere

Thrill seekers won’t want to miss the new 15-stories tall roller coaster debuting at Lake Compounce, a family theme park in Bristol, Conn.

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Cooking paella in Marta’s Barcelona kitchen

The experience of cooking paella with Marta Amb Tu Cuinem is part of a new culinary craze where tourists sign up to enjoy a home-cooked meals around the world.

Paella recipe

Recipe for Marta Amb Tu Cuinem’s paella.

Oscar winner Ang Lee will be at the Provincetown film fest.

Make movies part of your summer plan

A number of top-notch film festivals are scheduled in New England from June to September.

About 93 percent of Memorial Day travelers will be hitting the roads, AAA estimates.

Traveling this weekend? Here’s what to know

Your guide to a smooth Memorial Day trip.

A Green Jay.

Traveling for the birds

“Lots of people will hop on a plane just to see one bird,” according to naturalist Marisa Oliva.

The JAG Hotel offers 84 rooms, each adorned with

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The JAG Boutique Hotel turns up the beat in St. John’s

The hotel, which features rooms with a rock star theme, sits near the busy waterfront of St. John’s, the capital of Newfoundland.

The ceremony to become an honorary Newfoundlander includes kissing a cod and drinking a shot of Screech Rum.

Kiss a cod and drink some rum: It’s tradition

To become an honorary Newfoundlander, there’s a ritual where you recite a limerick, kiss a cod, and down a shot of the local booze, Screech Rum.