The all-inclusive Paradisus Palma Real resort in Bavara is a luxury compound.

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The all-inclusive Paradisus Palma Real resort in Bavara, Dominican Republic, is a luxury compound.

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Writer Christopher Muther had avoided all-inclusive resorts for years, picturing mediocre buffets and watered-down pina coladas.

Stephen Rose

The Paradisus had a restaurant with a seven-star Michelin chef, and Muther had a personal butler.

Paradisus Palma Real Resort

The idea of leaving the resort was challenging because of all the amenities.

Paradisus Palma Real Resort

Many caution not to leave the resort, but Muther didn't feel in danger. Locals were excited to talk about David Ortiz.

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A statue of Christopher Columbus in Santo Domingo. The city is charming, with colorful stucco homes filling narrow streets.

Christopher Muther/Globe Staff

The Basílica Catedral Nuestra Señora de la Altagracia is off the beaten path.

Resorting to relaxation in the Dominican Republic

Globe writer Christopher Muther thought he would be antsy at the all-inclusive resort. But the luxury compound turned him into a human slug. By Christopher Muther

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/06/16/BostonGlobe.com/Travel/Images/camping_gear_11.jpg The latest family-friendly outdoor gear

With school out and summer here, it’s time to pull out your camping gear and hit the road, but check these items out first.

The VIP Lounge

Milan Lucic is off the ice and having fun in the sun

Lucic, a left winger for the Boston Bruins, loves everything about the Atlantis resort in the Bahamas.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/06/16/BostonGlobe.com/Travel/Images/03%20Journ+¬es%20des%20Harmonies%20(-¬%20AIAS%20-%20Dinant).JPG In Brussels, it’s Sax and the city

Brussels is renowned for chocolate, beer, and diplomacy, but it is also home of the Musical Instruments Museum.

the tip

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/05/23/BostonGlobe.com/Travel/Images/Vermont%20Tip_The%20Mounted%20Cat_2.jpg Cyclists can recycle their energies in Burlington, Vt.

Roll up to The Mounted Cat in Burlington, Vt., and you’ll find covered bicycle parking and a bike maintenance station.

The List

RepairPal road trip safety tips

Before a road trip, inspecting and servicing your vehicle helps insure a safe and hassle-free vacation.

Check-In

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/04/28/BostonGlobe.com/Travel/Images/carternotchpic-001.jpg The rewards are immense at AMC Carter Notch Hut

Carter Notch Hut, the oldest existing hut in the Appalachian Mountain Club’s system, turns 100 this year.

troubleshooter

Canceling your trip to Ukraine could cost you

Shortly after Jack and Pat Davies booked a river cruise to Ukraine, the country began to fall apart. Can they get a refund?

Food finds

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/06/03/BostonGlobe.com/Travel/Images/IMG_1655.jpg Eating your way through a Calif. road trip

Friends in Berkeley invited the writer for a drive north along Route 1 for a day of eating bliss. How could she refuse?

Here, there, and everywhere

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/06/27/BostonGlobe.com/Travel/Images/sildance.jpg From a dance festival to bike shares

News, apps, deals, and gear from New England and beyond.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/06/27/BostonGlobe.com/Travel/Images/panama1.jpg When you’re on vacation with grown children, it’s all new

The calculus changes when you travel with grown guys capable of deciding how to spend their days and nights.

The author visited breweries and seafood joints north of Boston. Pictured: Night Shift Brewing in Everett.

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The author visited breweries and seafood joints north of Boston. Pictured: Night Shift Brewing in Everett.

Cape Ann Brewing Co. produces 30 types of beer a year.

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Cape Ann Brewing Co. produces 30 types of beer a year.

Seafood is the main attraction at J. T. Farnham’s.

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Seafood is the main attraction at J. T. Farnham’s.

Lobster rolls are a big draw at Rockport restaurant The Lobster Pool.

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Lobster rolls are a big draw at Rockport restaurant The Lobster Pool.

Woodman’s of Essex has been synonymous with its most popular item, fried clams.

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Woodman’s of Essex has been synonymous with its most popular item, fried clams.

Seafood and beer: a match made in summer

When it’s summer in New England, it’s hard to beat fresh local seafood paired with micro-brewed beer.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/05/28/BostonGlobe.com/Travel/Images/DSC_3189.JPG Portsmouth, N.H. established itself as a cultural hub

The arts have exploded in Portsmouth in recent years.

Book review

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/06/16/BostonGlobe.com/Travel/Images/Lobster%20Rolls%20of%20NE-Book%20cover.jpg A guide to New England’s best lobster roll

Sally Lerman, author of “Lobster Rolls of New England,” writes that the summer favorite “might be the finest food ever assembled.”

Secret of the Week

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/06/30/BostonGlobe.com/Travel/Images/stanley%20steamer.jpg In Watertown, the Stanley brothers’ cars gained steam

The factory where Stanley Steamers were built still stands, at 44 Hunt St in Watertown.

News, apps, deals, and gear

Here, there, and everywhere

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/06/27/BostonGlobe.com/Travel/Images/sildance.jpg From a dance festival to bike shares

News, apps, deals, and gear from New England and beyond.

Weekend fun guide

Weekend Fun Guide

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/06/11/BostonGlobe.com/Magazine/Images/new_england_map.jpg Things to do around New England every weekend of summer 2014

New England’s hottest, coolest, jazziest, beachiest, blueberry-est summertime festivals.

Globe Magazine

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/05/12/BostonGlobe.com/Magazine/Images/MAG0518_COVERwhitesky.jpg New England travel guide: 12 classic destinations

Make new memories, or refresh old ones, by exploring these great locations.

Cape Cod and the Islands

Cape Character

Mary Lou Petitt (right), the recipient of the Mercy Otis Warren Cape Cod Woman of the Year Award.

Activist Mary Lou Petitt

Lifelong activist for civil rights, among other causes, Mary Lou Petitt, 88, of Eastham has lived on the Cape for more than 25 years.

Nonstop destinations from Boston

Cities in the States

Ride the Portland Aerial Tram or observe how other families behave at the zoo.

Museums, zoo, biking — plenty to do in Portland, Ore.

This city of charming neighborhoods reflects the values of its hip young residents, especially its thriving community of active families.