Woburn? Yes, Woburn. It’s finding a new groove

If there is a change, or a tilt, or whatever you care to call it happening in Woburn, it can all be traced back to when Ran Duan opened the Baldwin Bar inside his family’s Chinese restaurant in 2010.

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U.S. News & World Report ranks Boston as the top summer vacation destination in the United States, and the third best in the world.

Boston tops list of best summer vacation spots in the US

It also ranked third on the list of best summer vacation destinations in the world (behind Paris and Florence!) and fifth for best family summer vacations.

The Muraka's bedroom, below the sea.

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A hotel in the Maldives lets you sleep underwater — for $50,000 a night

The experience of sleeping 16.4 feet below sea level can be yours — beginning at $50,000 per night before taxes.

Guests go behind the scenes at a Kentucky horse farm.

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Tourists getting to participate in VIP experiences they once could only imagine

If you have the money to make it happen, it can happen: dinner at Hemingway’s table in the Ernest Hemingway House in Key West, private after-hours tours of the Sistine Chapel and the Louvre, glimpses of the insides of the fashion houses of Milan and Paris.

More than 200 varieties of vegetables fill the Kelly Way Gardens at Woodstock Inn & Resort.

He planted a seed and an idea took root. The result is Red Barns at Kelly Way Gardens.

The newly-renovated Red Barns at Kelly Way Gardens at Woodstock Inn & Spa, housing a large, rustic-chic dining room and a state-of-the-art demo kitchen, will open May 1 for the first time.

The Four Columns Inn has hosted celebrities, including Nicole Kidman and Mick Jagger.

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Treats and retreats at the Four Columns Inn in Newfane, Vt.

Set on 138-acres, Four Columns Inn opened in 1960, first as a guesthouse and then as a lodge, now it’s completely refurbished, with 15 luxuriously appointed rooms, a private home that sleeps nine, a restaurant, spa, fitness center, outdoor pool, and gorgeous, landscaped grounds.

An exhibit at the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw details the Polish government’s anti-Semitic campaign in 1968 that led to the expulsion of 13,000 Polish Jews.

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Essay: ‘Nothing but growth’ and optimism

My recent visit to Warsaw convinced me that Poland’s tiny Jewish enclave will succeed in renewing the spirit if not the numbers of what was once the world’s biggest and most flourishing Jewish community.

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Flying in circles with Air Canada and LIAT. Will this case ever be resolved?

When Michelle Frederick’s flight from St. Vincent to Port of Spain, Trinidad, is two hours late, it threatens to delay her return home by a week. Thank goodness LIAT has offered to refund her ticket. Now, if it would only do what it says.

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The new owners of the boxy home with floor-to-ceiling windows have restored the shading structure that gives the building its name.

The Umbrella House in Sarasota opens for monthly tours

Once described by Architectural Digest as “one of the five most remarkable houses of the mid-20th century,” the boxy home with floor-to-ceiling windows home has been under a renewed spotlight since the new owners restored the shading structure that gives the building its name.

Christie Prades on South Beach in Miami.

In the VIP Lounge with Christie Prades

We caught up with Prades, who is playing the role of Gloria Estefan in the national tour of “On Your Feet!” at the Boston Opera House through April 29, to talk about all things travel.

Interior of the first-class cabin of Alaska Airlines

Surveys say . . . Alaska and Southwest are best US airlines, Spirit remains the worst

A round-up of six airline surveys, all released over the past month, put Alaska Airlines and Southwest Airlines on top.

The interior of a Dunkin' Donuts in Hilversom, Netherlands. In Europe, stores are designed for customers who are in the habit of sitting and enjoying their coffee rather than taking it to go.

Pork, wasabi cheese, or Kit Kat doughnuts? Dunkin’ adapts for international tastes

The one flavor that’s available in every store in every country is Boston Cream.

Molly Ford, left, and Sarah Jesup, founders of www.thefoodlens.com.

The VIP Lounge with Molly Ford and Sarah Jesup of The Food Lens

We caught up with Molly Ford and Sarah Jesup, founders of The Food Lens, which offers insights into the Boston dining scene, to talk about their travels.

RiverWalk Resort features year-round heated swimming pools.

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RiverWalk Resort can be your castle away from home

The opening of RiverWalk has brought a new level of luxury to the western White Mountains.

Sunset at Lake Sunapee.

Sunapee is celebrating its 250th anniversary — and here’s how you can join the fun

Lake Sunapee, some nine miles long, is anchored by three towns, each with a cluster of shops, restaurants, and lodgings.

Explore the Pacific Northwest in a restored Volkswagen camper van, thanks to Seattle-based Peace Vans Rentals.

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Utrip’s artificial intelligence technology sifts through your likes and dislikes to come up with a travel plan that’s based on your preferences.

The report was issued by academics who analyze data compiled by the US Transportation Department.

Despite controversies, US airline performance improved in 2017

The annual Airline Quality rating found that airline performance soared in 2017, despite consumer grumbling.

With recreational marijuana sales becoming legal in Massachusetts in July, expect an influx of out-of-state residents for cannabis celebrations next April 20.

Stop and smell the holiday as 420 celebrations grow around the US

As marijuana becomes legal in more states, cannabis experts say enthusiasts now have more sophisticated opportunities for celebrating 420 (April 20) around the country.

Millie Willen (left) and Myra Fischman on their four-day journey amid Northern Arizona’s buttes and canyons.

Forever young on a Western road trip

Spectacular scenery, nostalgia, and tips on aging along the road to Antelope Canyon.

Martha’s Vineyard is cheaper and less crowded in the spring.

A real spring break for families

It’s the cheapest time of year for popular New England destinations, and the least crowded.

A view of Hotel Saranac’s famous sign.

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Hot Sara is back

This year, the Hotel Saranac reopened, revealing a stunning $35 million dollar renovation.

Maple sap boils down in kettles at La Maison Amérindienne.

Quaint sugaring experiences in Quebec

If you know where to go, it’s possible to stay authentic in spite of modernization and the “Maple Syrup Cartel’s” stranglehold on the world’s liquid gold.

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A heartbreaking loss, a missed vacation, and no refund

Just before their Grand Cayman vacation, his wife suffered a miscarriage. Although their tour operator promised “a credit,” it quickly reversed course. Is their money gone?

A Rufous Motmot welcomed the family.

Multigenerational family travel isn’t for the birds

While planning this trip, the ease of a kid-friendly Costa Rican beach resort had certainly occurred to me, but instead I had decided to capitalize on our group’s new, and perhaps fleeting, ability to explore the outdoors together.

Legoland Florida Resort in Winter Haven has a Lego-themed hotel, theme park rides, and a water park.

A grown-up’s guide to Legoland Florida Resort

In contrast to Orlando parks, Legoland is not a crush of Fast Pass-toting thrill-seekers. Its atmosphere is far more relaxed, with most attractions accessible in just a day.

Life is Good Vacations will offer the opportunity to hike amid the grandeur of Bryce Canyon in Utah.

Life is Good hits the road with vacation packages

For Life is Good Vacations, which launches this summer, the company turned to Austin Adventures, a family-run tour operator based in Billings, Mont., that specializes in small-group tours and customized adventure trips.

Cape Ann Cinema is on the second floor of an unassuming building on Gloucester’s narrow Main Street.

At Cape Ann Cinema, you’ll be on the edge of your (very comfy) seat

You would be forgiven for thinking this cinema is a secondhand furniture showroom.

Christina Berkemeyer and Andrew Weinstein ditched their townhouse in Washington, D.C., and rented a villa for one year in the jungle hills above Playa Guiones, in Nosara, Costa Rica.

Is the expat life for you?

Ever dream about ditching your American life and taking your family to live in a foreign land? With good planning, you can make it happen.

After two false starts on his vacation, who should pay for unused tickets?

Victoria Ramirez’s Galapagos Islands vacation gets off to two false starts. Why won’t her online travel agent offer a refund for the tickets she couldn’t use?

The VIP Lounge with Craig Campbell

We caught up with the country singer, whose newest single, “See You Try,” was released a few weeks ago, to talk about all things travel.

Sojourn-Terry Women’s Weekend Vermont Bike Trip

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Apple has opened a $108 million visitor center at its headquarters in Cupertino, Calif.

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Silicon Valley tech giants get on board with tours

Once only grudgingly tolerated, tours have slowly come to be embraced by the behemoth companies.

One of William Wegman’s pigment prints on display at the Museum of Dog in North Adams.

New museum unleashed in the Berkshires

The Museum of Dog has opened in North Adams.

Pulsating jellyfish in illuminated tanks at the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science in Miami.

Miami’s new Frost Science museum is one very cool spot

With a mission to inspire interest in the wonder and power of science, the new 250,000-square-foot campus is already a popular attraction for locals and visitors.

The Alise Boston is located in the former Chandler Inn in the South End.

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Boston’s newest hotel dares you to go bare

The Alise Boston offers guests “the naked experience." It’s not as salacious as it sounds.

Joe Yonan in Barcelona.

The VIP Lounge with Joe Yonan

Yonan will be in Cambridge on March 25 at Harvest’s “The Book and the Cook” dinner series.

Sleds, once unpacked after being used to drag sleeping bags and gear to the yurt, can be used on the local trails at Frost Mountain.

Yurts combine wilderness experience, comfort

Yurts, used for thousands of years by Mongolian nomads, have become popular backcountry shelters for skiers and adventurers, including in New England.

Tracy Bain, senior programs officer for the wildlife crime program at the International Fund for Animal Welfare, is based in Yarmouth Port.

How tourists can help prevent wildlife trafficking and poaching

We talked with Tracy Bain, senior programs officer at the International Fund for Animal Welfare, a nonprofit with operational headquarters in Yarmouth Port.

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British Airways told passenger to call the police instead of filing a lost baggage claim

After British Airways loses Dhawan Anil’s bag, the airline claims it’s not responsible and that he should call the police. What’s wrong with this picture?

An airport worker walks through the United Airlines terminal at O'Hare International Airport on April 12, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. United Airlines has been criticized in recent days after airport police officers physically removed passenger Dr. David Dao from his seat and dragged him off the airplane, after he was requested to give up his seat for United Airline crew members on a flight from Chicago to Louisville, Kentucky Sunday night. / AFP PHOTO / Joshua LOTTJOSHUA LOTT/AFP/Getty Images

Diary of a bad year for United

A list of complaints and incidents against United Airlines over the past year.

United Airlines said last year that it was launching an employee training program that would transform its bloodied and bruised customer service image.

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Why are people still flying United?

If there is outrage, consumers are not adequately expressing it with their wallets.

A view of the sugarcane fields, and Bay Saint-Pierre, at Depaz Distillery in Martinique.

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How Martinique’s rum became certifiably the best in the Caribbean

Rum production in Martinique is monitored as closely as champagne production in France. Here’s where to see, and, most importantly, taste it on the island.

Black Mountain has 40 trails and seven lifts.

Black Mountain, N.H., might just be the best kept secret in the Northeast

One of the only remaining independently owned ski areas in New Hampshire, Black has a storied history.

A caricature of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell hangs behind the bar at Delta Haus in Boston.

A restaurant inspired by college movie favorites

After taking the stairs down from Finn McCool’s, you’re confronted with all sorts of games like Skee-Ball and air hockey and cans of every proper college brew. Since opening in January, the fun spot has built a following among the weekday crowd with a concept built on references to famous college movies like “Animal House” and “Old School.”

Each of Cedarbrook Lodge’s guest-only communal living rooms has a gas fireplace, vaulted ceiling, original art work, and big sofas and chairs.

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Cedarbrook Lodge is Seattle’s airport hideaway

It’s the kind of place where visitors take photos of the décor.