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The Chatham Bars Inn on Cape Cod is a starting and end point for the Lexus Gran Fondo.

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Big ride, big rewards with Boston’s Lexus Gran Fondo

Boston’s Lexus Gran Fondo launches from XV Beacon hotel on Beacon Hill and ends at the Chatham Bars Inn on Cape Cod.

The Abbott children (from top): Christopher, Katrina, Victoria, and Alexandra at Agassiz Rock.

A lifetime of admiration for The Trustees of Reservations and those who lead it

When my father, Gordon Abbott Jr., was director of The Trustees of Reservations, I appreciated what he did, but not in the way I do now.

Lindsay Luv likes a seafood tower and Moet when she’s in Boston.

The VIP Lounge: Lindsay Luv

We caught up with Lindsay Luv, “DJ to the Stars,” to talk about all things travel.

A view from the ancient wall in Dubrovnik.

Roadtripping through Croatia and beyond

The ports along the Adriatic Sea are dazzling and in spring, not yet crowded. Farther inland, Bosnia and Herzegovina is bleak by comparison.

Bostonians ranked fifth rudest drivers in the US

It’s no surprise: Our honking, speeding, and swerving have earned us a reputation around the country.

A harbor seal swims past visitors to the Roger Williams Park Zoo.

Roger Williams Park Zoo still wows

As far as New England zoos are concerned, Providence’s Roger Williams Park Zoo is preeminent. And it keeps getting better.

A rock sculpture on the top of Jerimoth Hill marks Rhode Island’s highest point.

Rhode Island’s high point

Where else in America can you reach a state’s pinnacle in less time than it takes to make a grilled cheese sandwich?

Hiding behind Kastel fortress, is the restaurant Kazamat. There are no signs to point the way.

If you go . . . Croatia

Hotel rates are less expensive off season and easier to book. These are high-season prices.

Nobnocket Boutique Inn

Here, There, and Everywhere

From boutique B&B to bluetooth speakers

If staying at a B&B makes you shudder with thoughts of teddy bears and lace, think again.

Juma Kimweri and Jody Adams prepare a meal in Tanzania.

On safari with chef Jody Adams

Thomson Safaris organized “A Taste of the Wild with Chef Jody Adams,” a 12-day trip to Tanzania that included a big-game safari and other cultural stops.

Travel Troubleshooter

Rental car damage claim irks customer

She returned her Hertz rental in “perfect” condition, but three weeks later, she got a call from the company and a bill for $428.

If You Go . . . Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, France

Tour this seaside village on the French Riveria close to the Italian border.

The weaving studio at Nantucket Looms.

Weave room for some treasures

This is Nantucket Looms’ weaving studio and, in an otherwise hypnotic aura of calm, there it is: clack, clack, clack. It’s the sound of wood on wood, rhythmic and repetitive, and in short bursts.

A Southwest Chief sleeping car attendant, Anthony Buck Jr., checks a ticket in Albuquerque.

Search engines: Crossing the country in an Amtrak train

On a Boston-to-LA trip, Amtrak’s Lake Shore Limited and Southwest Chief reveal an American landscape that drivers and fliers rarely see.

A Hmong tribe girl in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

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How to take better vacation photos

Professional photographer and journalist David Noyes shares the secrets of his photo successes in a new book for travelers.

View of rows of seats in airplane

American Airlines, United Continental to offer their own no-frills fares

Stung by competition from ultra-discount carriers, the two airlines plan to lure budget travelers with basic-economy fares.

The exterior of Le Corbusier’s Unité de Camping in Cap-Martin, France.

Architecture tourism in the south of France, at Cap Moderne

In the category of architecture tourism, Cap Moderne is a niche within a niche: a staggeringly beautiful location next to Monaco at the Cote d’Azur.

The lanes at the Barn, Bowl & Bistro in Oak Bluffs.

Barn, Bowl & Bistro is on a roll

When Barn, Bowl & Bistro opened last May and declared it would be open year-round, it seemed like a surprising decision.

Ed Harding and his wife Andrea Halper Harding.

The VIP Lounge: Ed Harding

We caught up with Ed Harding, who has been with local ABC affiliate since 1988, to talk about all things travel.

From fashion student to water taxi captain, and happier for it

A Q&A with the young captain of a Boston Harbor Cruises Water Taxi, Amy Meloski.

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An inn reimagined on Martha’s Vineyard

Last year, Anne and Charles Hajjar (who also own the Charlesmark Hotel in Boston), bought the property, formerly called the Fallon, and completely renovated it.

Oops, wrong dates on my Airbnb rental. How about a full refund?

When Michele Palanzo makes a mistake on her vacation-rental booking, Airbnb has some bad news: No refunds allowed. Seriously?

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Taxi driver John Consterdine.

Something Uber doesn’t offer

The reservoir of information cabbies amass in their jobs is one of the ways they’re battling, worldwide, against the likes of Lyft and Uber.

The Devils Garden Primitive Loop in Arches National Park, Utah, offers views of Landscape Arch.

You’ll want to beat a path to these top National Park hikes

My wife and I collect National Parks — we’ve visited 25 of the 59 parks — and we collect great trails. Here are 10 trails worth traveling to.

Death Valley visitors lucky enough to catch the super bloom will see expanses of yellow at the foot of the Black Mountains. The dominant flower is a type of sunflower called Desert Gold.

The beauty of hot springs and the super bloom in Death Valley

Tecopa sits on a plateau overlooking a marsh where hot water flows.

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Mad about my ‘bait-and-switch’ travel insurance

Michelle Cahr believes her Allianz travel insurance covers her trip interruption. Not exactly.

A concert on the deck of the cruise ship Norwegian Pearl.

On a Cayamo cruise, it’s OK to rock the boat

John Prine, Steve Earle, and John Hiatt were the headliners at this year’s ninth Cayamo cruise.

Business class amenities on Qatar Airways’ new A350-900 XWB jet airliner include flatbed seats, 17-inch flat-screen TVs, and three-course meals.

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Can this airplane really eliminate jet lag?

Qatar is contending passengers will experience less jet lag on the plane. They even dared to use the word “refreshed.”

The exterior of Whitehall and Pig + Poet.

Whitehall is a colorful Camden retreat

The boutique hotel in coastal Camden, Maine, all but bursts into Technicolor Oz. Luckily, it opens for the season May 8.

The exterior of Bob’s Clam Hut.

Celebrating 60 years of clams at Bob’s

The Kittery clam shack marks a milestone the coastal Maine way on June 9.

Hotel LaRose, which opened in 1907.

Santa Rosa, for a nice break from vineyard hopping

A little over an hour north of San Francisco, Santa Rosa makes for a full weekend of diverse activities.

Maggie Darlington and Isaac Sheppard, who is in charge of Riverdance’s sound department, on one of the Mu Ko Ang Thong National Park islands in Thailand.

The VIP Lounge: Maggie Darlington

We caught up with Darlington, who will bring her skills to the Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre in “Riverdance,” to talk about all things travel.

Here, there, and everywhere

From historic homes to road trip planning

If you like the word free — and who doesn’t? — then mark your calendars for Historic Open House day.

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If you go to Doha on Qatar Airways

Some activities for a stopover in Doha and things to know about the airline.

Do you get ‘air rage’ walking through first class?

A new study found that walking through first class makes economy passengers more likely to cause a ruckus on their flight.

Polina Raygorodskaya, cofounder of transportation site Wanderu.

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Keeping track of buses, trains with Polina Raygorodskaya

Raygorodskaya discussed why she switched from PR to transportation, what she does all day, and her secrets spots around the city to snag a really great meal.

The Luxor Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas has added precious objects to “Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition.”

Here, There, and Everywhere

From road racing in Vermont to remembering the Titanic

See seven fragile artifacts recovered from the Titanic before they retire from public display this summer.

When in Canada, eat: A sampler of regional cuisine

Isn’t travel a great excuse to indulge in gravy-covered french fries with cheese curds?

Travel Troubleshooter

My ‘duplicate’ reservation leaves me with a $75 fee

It takes Joanna Pierce hours to fix a duplicate reservation with Travelocity, but she’s still left with a $75 cancellation fee. Who should have to pay it?

A film festival on the inland sea in Gimli

In late July, long after the traditional ice fishing huts have been towed back to shore, Gimli Beach is overrun with hundreds of eager filmgoers.

The CN Tower in Toronto.

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Canada is on sale, and you should go shopping

Head to Toronto to shop while the US dollar is strong.

Assorted pastries at Pain D’Avignon.

Get fresh: Locavores’ ultimate New England road trip

With spring comes fresh crops, and for foodies who want to know where their steak and steak tomatoes were raised, it’s a great time to dine out.

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How premium economy became the new hot seat

I had no idea what true premium economy was until I lived it. My seat was similar to the recliner in my parent’s living room and far roomier than economy.

Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours-Chapel in Montreal’s Old Port.

City hopping in happening Canada’s two major destinations

The upcoming warm months are an excellent time to visit Canada, what with the dollar so strong and the prime minister so hip.

The VIP Lounge: Ali Fedotowsky

We caught up with the Williamstown native and reality TV alum to talk about all things travel.