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Actor Channing Tatum is a partner in the club Saints and Sinners in New Orleans.

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More actors, singers, and athletes are opening their own hotels, restaurants, bars, and stores

It is a happy time for actors, singers, football players, and race-car drivers to open their own hotels, restaurants, bars, and stores.

The VIP Lounge with Martha Stewart

We caught up with the lifestyle queen to talk about all things travel.

An outdoor fire performance amid ice and lights at Ice Castles.

How do the Ice Castles get made, anyway?

A crew of 40 grew 5,000 to 12,000 icicles per day to create the attraction in Lincoln, N.H.

Start planning your 2018 vacation now: Here are the best times to book flights

‘‘This is a great time of the year to start planning a trip,’’ said Patrick Surry, chief data scientist at Hopper, the online booking site and soothsayer.

The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum is filled with hands-on exhibits, murals, and beloved characters.

Springfield springs forward

This often overlooked, family-friendly destination, a mere 90 miles or so from Boston, has a lot happening.

Canine guests at the Topnotch Resort in Stowe, Vt., are allowed time on the tennis courts to play fetch.

Lap of luxury: The travel industry’s pet project involves dog massages and Barbour accessories

When hotels accommodate pets, people on vacation stay longer and are more relaxed. The sharpest increase has been among luxury hotels, 80 percent of which have gone pet-friendly.

The writer and his daughter at Big Sur.

California is my sunshine state

As families plan their winter getaways, Florida comes to mind. But California is the place that calls us.

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When it’s cold, The Colonnade Hotel gives you a break.

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My hotel in San Juan closed after the hurricane — why can’t I get a refund?

Nona Novak’s vacation to Puerto Rico was disrupted when Hurricane Maria shut down her hotel. Why won’t American Airlines Vacations refund her trip?

FILE - In this Nov. 19, 2014, file photo, a blue heron walks along the beach at sunset in Orange Beach, Ala. The second annual National Plan for Vacation Day is Jan. 30. The travel industry hopes Americans will use the day to schedule their vacations for the year and take advantage of any paid time off they are entitled to from their jobs. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)

Got unused vacation days? Plan for Vacation Day is Jan. 30

Stop making excuses. Start making plans.

Diana’s Baths in Bartlett, N.H.

New year, new you, new travels

Make 2018 your most adventurous year yet.

US Olympic archives in Colorado.

Tourism and sports win big by teaming up

Already a $1.41 trillion industry, sports tourism is projected to shoot up to a projected $5.72 trillion by 2021.

A ski company grows in East Boston

Parlor has become the largest ski manufacturer in New England, and is a name quickly becoming a status symbol among skiers.

Strawberry Fields Salad is one of the new first-class food selections offered by United Airlines, which announced in 2014 that it’s upgrading first-class food options and replacing snacks with full meals on some of its shortest flights.

New study ranks healthy airline food options. (Hint: Bring your own.)

At 35,000 feet, even a forlorn-looking tray can serve as both entertainment and sustenance for a captive audience.

A stretch of beach on Mayaguana.

Mayaguana, a world away and worth the trip

A man asked me if I knew his cousin in Brooklyn and seemed surprised when I said I didn’t. On Mayaguana, everyone knows everyone else.

The Essex Hotel in South Beach Miami

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How Miami saved its glorious Art Deco pastel-tinted past

Miami’s beautiful Art Deco District is an architectural treasure trove, but it wasn’t always that way.

State Ballet Theatre of Russia will perform Tchaikovsky’s “Sleeping Beauty” in Stowe, Vt., Jan. 27.

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Travel news — and gadgets — you can use.

Sandra Bernhard brings her new show “Sandemonium” to the new City Winery on Jan. 19.

The VIP Lounge with Sandra Bernhard

The comedian, actress, and author loves to travel and is excited to be taking her show “Sandemonium” to select cities in the United States, including Boston, and internationally.

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The VIP Lounge with Katie McNally, fiddle champ

Westford native Katie McNally will be performing with the Katie McNally Trio at the 15th annual Boston Celtic Music Festival.

When Ben and Sarah Anderson bought the Exeter property, a big selling point was the adjacent former horse stable, which had been turned into an arts space.

In Exeter, the Word Barn is housing creativity

Since expanding to include music, the Barn has featured folk singer Anais Mitchell, the acoustic trio Stray Birds, country artist Tyler Childers and many other acts that could sell out much larger rooms.

Travel Troubleshooter

WOW, where’s my compensation for that 14-hour delay?

After a 14-hour delay on WOW Air, Rachael Lopez thinks she’s entitled to some compensation. WOW disagrees. Who’s right?

Women who see the world share a universal issue: Sexual harassment

Here is what female travelers need to know to stay safe when traveling.

Wisenet D1 video doorbell

Home security for travelers: The latest and greatest, plus some old-school standbys

You can take many steps to ensure your home remains safe, from beefing up lighting and making sure doors and windows are secure, to adding a simple do-it-yourself security system.

Here, There, and Everywhere

Zip over to Pats Peak in New Hampshire on Saturdays and get everything from a lift ticket and gear rentals to a snow tubing pass for as low as $49.

Transfer car works with rental car companies that need vehicles moved from one location to another.

A trip from Boston to Florida, for (almost) free

Rental car companies need vehicles moved from Boston to Florida. Take a road trip for next to nothing.

Old-fashioned carousel provides fun for young and old alike during Lowell Winterfest. Photo by Tory Germann courtesy City of Lowell.

Festivals to combat cabin fever

New Englanders have a knack for celebrating winter despite themselves.

Hotel Lungarno has a prime location on the Arno River.

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Hotel Lungarno is artfully re-done

The Hotel Lungarno’s service is still over-the-top, but its look is still classic.

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My husband fell, so we had to cancel our flight — can I get a refund?

When Susan Kaufman’s husband takes a fall, she has to cancel their flight from Boston to Washington, D.C. Will American Airlines refund the tickets, or ignore her request for help?

The Boston Celtic Music Festival celebrates its 15th year.

Here, there, and everywhere

Musical events, splashy hotel openings, and great new gear.

Stoweflake Dog Sled in Stowe, Vt.

The best New England mountains to ring in the new year

From mountaintop fireworks and torchlight ski parades to ballroom galas and beer-tastings.

Vineyards stetch to the mountains in Rapaura on the South Island of New Zealand.

Tiny New Zealand keeping up with huge demand for its wines

Last year, New Zealand ranked number three in value of wine imported by the United States, behind only juggernauts Italy and France.

BackJoy’s SitSmart Posture Plus Seat

Straighten up and fly right

A number of easily portable products can help counteract the dastardly curved bucket seat of most airplanes.

The author finishes his run and avoids traffic in Iten, Kenya.

Getting up to speed in the Kenyan village of Iten

Iten, Kenya, is 215 miles northwest of Nairobi, overlooking a vast green quilt of farmland and forest below.

The VIP Lounge with Yvonne Spicer

We caught up with the mayor-elect of Framingham to talk all things travel.

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Travel news you can use.

Royal Caribbean’s Symphony of the Seas (above), which will start sailing next year, will have an ice skating rink that will double as a laser-tag arena, among many other amenities.

Race tracks and drones that dive are coming to cruise ships in 2018

Robot bartenders and thrill slides are so 2017.

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Qantas denies passenger lounge access — over her Uggs

They are divisive, sartorially offensive, and ugly as sin, but should the boots be banned from airport lounges?

The Louvre, home to Leonardo da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa,” was the most Instagrammed museum in 2017.

Instagram’s most popular cities, locations, and hashtags of 2017

What is the point of traveling the world if you can’t share it — or boast about it — with deskbound friends back home?

Here, there, and everywhere

Travel news — and gear — you can use.

 A mural by New Orleans street artist Brandan Odums on the outside of Studio Be

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A hangover-free guide to New Orleans

Step away from Bourbon Street, and a trip to The Big Easy can be a spiritual, magical experience.

Simple, easy, cheap: So many good reasons to snowshoe

These winter wonderland hikes will get you on your feet for some fresh air, exercise, and fun.

The Claxton Bakery in 1920.

Claxton Fruit Cake Co. might change your mind about the dreaded holiday dessert

They make millions of cakes in the last four months of the year, and those cakes are moist. With no liquor, you will not be drunk after one slice.

Centerville Pie Company’s top-seller: chicken pie.

Centerville Pie Co. won over Oprah — and so many others

The Centerville Pie Co. pie that won Oprah’s heart is stuffed with one pound of slow-cooked hand-pulled chicken, baked into a flaky, hand-crimped crust and oozing with homemade gravy.

A serving of the freshly made mayonnaise at Sa Llagosta restaurant in Menorca.

Mayonnaise’s unlikely origin in a Mediterranean paradise

The story of how Menorca gave the world mayonnaise, like much of European history, involves war.

A sign over the beer hall at the Toronto Christmas Market asks shoppers if they've been naughty or nice.

The best Christmas market in North America? Head to Toronto.

Hundreds of thousands of holiday enthusiasts come to Toronto’s Distillery District in the month leading up to Christmas for the market. This year it runs through Dec. 23. Fear not, it will return next year.

Billy Costa and Jenny Johnson at the Castle at Park Plaza in 2015.

The VIP Lounge with Billy Costa

We caught up with the Boston TV and radio personality to talk about all things travel.