New England hotels bring home the gold

Five Boston hotels stand among the best of the best in the country, according to an annual ranking by U.S. News & World Report.

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Experience a bobsled run on the track at the Olympic Sports Complex in Lake Placid, N.Y.

Do you have Olympics fever? Head to Lake Placid, N.Y.

These are some of the activities that await intrepid outdoorsy types at the home of two past Winter Olympic Games, in 1932 and 1980.

Kilometer 0.0 of Ottawa’s Rideau Canal Skateway is at the Rideau Locks.

A skater’s life atop Ottawa’s Rideau Canal

Every winter, Ottawa’s Rideau Canal turns to ice and becomes the Rideau Canal Skateway.

The writer and her father with their feathered friends at Ireland’s School of Falconry at Ashford Castle.

Watching her like a hawk until she was fed up

We were on a hawk walk. I was doing this walk in synchronicity with my dad, who had his own hawk on his arm beside me. This was my birthday present to him, on his first trip to Ireland.

Rick Thomson, cofounder of Thomson Safaris.

Rick Thomson went from fixing lawn mowers to Tanzania, and somehow it makes perfect sense

A Q&A with the cofounder of Thomson Safaris of Watertown.

Jackson Cannon in Chartreuse, France.

In the VIP Lounge with Jackson Cannon

We caught up with the cocktail expert to talk about all things travel.

Check out the islands of Tahiti aboard the four-masted Wind Spirit.

Out at sea, without the scene

Here are five cruises for couples who aren’t the life of the party.

Here, there, and everywhere

If you think that river cruises are exclusive to old fuddy duddys, think again.

A cook preparing lunch in the Moroccan desert.

Late to the table, tourist destinations begin to accommodate travelers’ food issues

On the road, people typically have to eat all or most of their meals at restaurants or hotels. On cruise ships and international flights, and at all-inclusive resorts, they’re practically held captive. When you’ve got dietary restrictions, that can make things difficult.

Travel Troubleshooter

He tried to book a hotel, so why did he end up with a timeshare pitch?

When George Feld booked a hotel in Orlando, he was transferred to the sales department for a timeshare.

Emilio Garcia (at right) in Barcelona with Connecticut chef Eric Stagl.

The VIP Lounge with chef Emilio Garcia

Chef Garcia has worked at many well-known area restarurants. We caught up with Garcia, who hails from Guatemala and lives in Revere , to talk about all things travel.

Why go to Little Rock, Arkansas, on Presidents’ Day weekend? To see the Clinton library of course.

They took an oath for a Presidents’ Day tradition

Old friends unite on cold February weekends to reconnect with each other — and history.

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Two days in the sick bay cost me $5,929. Why won’t my travel insurance pay?

Oceania Cruises hands Murray Cohen a bill for $5,929 after he’s hospitalized on a Mediterranean cruise. Why is his travel insurance company dragging its feet on his claim?

Here, There, and Everywhere

Travel news you can use.

What’s on the 86th floor of One World Trade Center? A recreation of a vintage TWA lounge.

A sky-high look at the glamorous age of aviation

The lounge on the 86th floor of One World Trade Center is filled with classic TWA flight attendant uniforms, cocktail stirrers, branded cigarettes, carry-on bags, and beverage carts with cans of Tab.

Bikes rest against a barn at Mountain Village Farm B&B in Kingfield, Maine, where the hosts for the night provided field space for tents, support vehicles, a dinner tent, and a barn dance with a live band.

The Bike Maine experience? Hundreds of miles of eating, riding, sleeping, drinking, repeating

Each year, 400 riders get the Bike Maine experience. They come to discover a Maine they don’t know, to enjoy open stretches of pavement with few cars, and to reconnect with fellow riding alumni.

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The world has gotten Trump’s message

The US slipped from the second most visited country in the world to third. It’s not difficult to figure out why.

Luxury waterfront Gurney’s Resort & Marina offers a Valentine’s feast for the senses.

New England’s sweet escapes: romantic Valentine getaways

Love is in the air and we have some ideas of where you can go to celebrate.

Actress Desi Oakley on the beach in Mexico.

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Vacation is all about relaxing for ‘Waitress’ star

Desi Oakley, 28, is coming to Boston as the lead character in the musical “Waitress.”

Several cruise ships, including the Sea Princess, sail to Papua, New Guinea, where their passengers can visit tribal villages set within rainforests.

You cruised where? Far-flung destinations lure the cruising crowd off the beaten port

A look at some trending cruise destinations that go a step beyond the usual.

Luxury ocean cruise companies like Crystal are launching river ships like the Crystal Bach and crafting unique itineraries

Take me to the river: The other (less blackjack, more bicycling) side of cruising

River cruises are even starting to woo a younger crowd with active excursions and cultural immersion.

Here, There, and Everywhere

Spring may be months away, but don’t despair. The Tower Hill Botanic Garden is offering colorful relief from winter blahs with a series of weekend events that’s all about celebrating flowers.

The most luxurious suite at the Nantucket Hotel and Resort features three walls of windows and a spectacular view of the water.

The best hotel in the US? It’s right here in Mass.

For the second year in a row a TripAdvisor survey named the Nantucket Hotel and Resort the best hotel in the United States.

Travel Troubleshooter

My husband has six weeks to live. Why won’t Princess refund our cruise?

Marla Osgood cancels her Princess cruise under the worst of circumstances — her husband is dying of cancer. But the cruise line refuses to refund her vacation, citing its refund policy. Can this vacation be rescued?

Latchezar Boyadjiev’s “Birth Glass.”

Everything’s made of glass at the Imagine Museum

The wildly colorful space in St. Petersburg, Fla., showcases work from superstars of the studio glass movement and contemporary emerging artists.

Jerome Dulas bakes every one of Flying with Jerome’s pastries each morning.

Food Find

You should definitely go Flying with Jerome

Flying with Jerome is an authentic French bakery and restaurant tucked into an unremarkable strip mall on one of Clearwater’s main thoroughfares.

The original front stairs in the Sailmaker’s House.

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The Sailmaker’s House in Portsmouth a renovated sweet spot

The 10-room inn, housed in a circa 1800 Greek Revival home, opened in December.

Pine Avenue Restoration Project buildings feature shops on the ground level and guest houses on the second floor.

So much to admire on — and about — Anna Maria Island

The island has been cited as a model of sustainable tourism by the United Nations World Tourism Organization.

Here, there, and everywhere

Toboggan championships, a (way) over-the-top Valentine’s Day package, and other news you can use.

The interior of the Shotgun House from the TV show “Fixer Upper.”

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In Waco, an opportunity to live inside an episode of ‘Fixer Upper’

Chip and Joanna Gaines and their “Fixer Upper” empire have turned the previously sleepy Waco, Texas, into one of the country’s hottest up-and-coming tourist hot spots.

Customers enjoy baked goods and beverages at the Magnolia Silos in Waco, Texas.

Getting your ‘Fixer Upper’ fix in Waco

Stores to visit in Waco for fans of “Fixer Upper.”

Bedrooms feature cushy beds, custom-built modern furniture, tile showers, and free Wi-Fi.

Check in: What’s old is new (but not too new) as the Francis Hotel opens in Portland

The hotel is named after Francis Fassett, the well-known Maine architect who originally designed the home and rebuilt much of Portland after the Great Fire of 1866. Most of his touches have been preserved.

Bongi’s Turkey Roost in Duxbury is one of the neat spots you can find along Route 53.

Rediscover Route 53, one of New England’s classic back roads

Here’s a sampling of five places to check out on a nice jaunt through one of New England’s classic back roads.

The VIP Lounge with LeAnn Rimes

The award-winning singer-songwriter is happiest hopping in an RV with her family and enjoying time together.

Travel Troubleshooter

Insurance company won’t reimburse bringing husband’s body home

One year after her husband died on a trip to Malaysia, she’s still trying to get travel insurance to reimburse her for the repatriation of his remains.

Traditional wooden houses have ornately decorated window frames and symbolic carvings.

White nights and northern lights in Russia

Don’t be scared off by the brutal winters. They have their charms, especially if you begin your adventure in Arkhangelsk.

Here, there, and everywhere

Travel news you can use, including that a third Delamar hotel has debuted in Connecticut and there’s a new way to hold your device and drink on a plane.

The interior of one of Getaway’s cabins.

Getaway puts more tiny houses in the woods as demand grows

Because of the high demand, the company announced that it has tripled its number of cabins, from 14 to 43.

Fans at Gillette Stadium celebrate after the Patriots defeated the Jacksonville Jaguars in the AFC Championship game.

Did fans doubt the Patriots during Sunday’s game? The flight searches say yes

Active searching for flights to the Super Bowl didn’t spike until the team’s dramatic comeback.

Amid the alpine ridges of the Canadian Rockies

I certainly relish standing on the very apex of a peak, but what I relish more is the act of climbing, camaraderie, and perhaps most of all, coming home alive.

An exhibitor demonstrated the Modobag earlier this month in Las Vegas at CES 2018.

Can’t remove the lithium battery from your smart luggage? Then consider it grounded.

American, Alaska, Hawaiian, Delta, United, and Southwest are among the airlines who no longer allow passengers to fly with bags containing nonremovable lithium batteries.

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


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.