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The Westport River, as seen from River Road.

Westport, a Farmcoast beauty

In this coastal farming town, you can bicycle from cornfield to coastline in minutes — without breaking a sweat.

Chefs participating in weekly poolside pop-ups at the Colonnade Hotel this summer include (from left) Chris Coombs, Evan Hennessey, Nick Calias, Matthew Gaudet, Allen Campbell.

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Up on the roof with some of New England’s top chefs

For $20, get dinner, a dip, and a chance to mingle with a local culinary star at the rooftop pool of the Colonnade Hotel.

The Modobag.

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Ride-on luggage: What a fun, but very bad idea

Getting around on a motorized Shetland pony sounds awesome. Except, have you ever been in an airport?

Outdoor stage of Cape Rep Theatre in Brewster.

Summer theater on the Cape a hit that won’t quit

Theater has a long and proud history on Cape Cod.

Matthew Slater with his wife, Dr. Shahrzad Slater, and their son, Jeremiah.

The VIP Lounge | Matthew Slater

How about scoring doughnuts in Fiji?

We caught up with Slater, 30, after a recent practice at Gillette Stadium, to talk about all things travel.

Ryan Blackadar, a guide for Rocky Mountain River Tours, lines up his raft for the next rapids on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River in Idaho.

Swept up by the spirit of adventure in Idaho wilderness

The Middle Fork is renowned as one of the premier whitewater runs in the world.

Central Park’s Great Lawn

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A break for you and your wallet in Central Park

One can spend an entire day or weekend inside this magnificent public space — taking in everything from street performers to Shakespeare — without spending a cent.

Travel Troubleshooter | Christopher Elliott

My things are gone — who will reimburse me?

Patricia Hawkins’s iPhone and iPad are stolen out of a tour van. Who is responsible?

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Continuing to jam on the Cape

BriarLane Jams & Jellies, corner of Route 6 and Briar Lane, briarlane.com. Open daily except Wednesdays through September.

A sample of artwork from “A Walk Around Nantucket.”

If you like coloring books and Nantucket, you’ll love this

Inspired by the growing trend around adult coloring books, Scott Widmeyer and Alan Yount recently created and launched, “A Walk Around Nantucket.”

Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum was home of the 1932 and 1984 Summer Olympics.

Carrying a torch for Olympics past? Visit the venues now

Still upset that Boston turned its back on hosting the Olympics? Not taking the corporate jet to Rio? The next best thing may be visiting the world’s past Olympic venues.

A beauty of a music venue on the West Coast

The stunning music venue at California’s Sonoma State University has been called — very much unofficially — “Tanglewood West.”

A jetty reaches out into the sea at the top of Bearskin Neck.

You can find almost anything on Bearskin Neck, including loads of charm

Bearskin Neck is different than your typical seaside town’s main drag.

A view of the walkway to Scusset Beach.

Which is the best Southcoast beach to visit?

Perhaps you’ll be enticed to skip the Route 3 traffic.

The Braniff flight attendants’ uniforms in 1965 were a kaleidoscope.

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Flying has often been the height of fashion

SFO Museum at San Francisco International Airport casts an eye back to 85 years of flight attendant fashion.

Candy O’Terry with her husband, Tom Gaffny, at the Ocotillo Lodge in Palm Springs.

The VIP Lounge: Candy O’Terry

We caught up with popular media and entertainment personality to talk all things travel.

Bristol, R.I., claims itself as the home to the oldest Fourth of July celebration in the nation.

Stars and stripes year-round in Bristol

Bristol, R.I., doesn’t shed its patriotic colors on July 5. All year round, the double yellow line that runs down one of its main streets is painted red, white, and blue.

Here, there, and everywhere

Music in southern Maine, culture in Vermont, and an island in Micronesia.

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She should have let the airline rebook her flight

Pamela Doherty’s American Airlines flight was delayed. A representative told her to book a new ticket, but then the company refused to reimburse her.

Inside or out, the 16-foot Lotus Belle tent glowed with the fun of a night spent glamping.

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When ‘camping’ includes champagne, what could go wrong?

A first-time glamper searches for glamour in great outdoors.

In this age of DIY travel planning, does it make sense to work with a travel agent? It looks like more travelers think so.

When and why you need a travel agent

In this age of DIY travel planning, does it make sense to work with a travel agent? The answer is increasingly yes.

Ellie’s French Macaron ice cream sandwiches are sold on Millie carts in Providence.

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The scoop on housemade ice creams in New England

Craft brews have been all the rage and now the artisanal ice cream craze is the big scoop in New England.

Modena, where balsamic is liquid gold

To truly understand traditional balsamic, the vinegar should be seen as both culinary treat and cultural icon.

Charles Gillet pours drinks at Poplar Social Club in Christchurch.

New Zealand’s exciting craft cocktail scene

Most people go to New Zealand seeking the peace of nature or a wild adrenalin rush, but I was on the prowl for cocktails.

The schooner, the better: Ladona brings luxury to the Maine windjammer experience

This 83-foot, two-masted vessel sails out of Rockland with a crew of five, and 16 guests, from May through October.

What to bring to your glampsite

A few essentials to make your glamping experience more comfortable.

Ned Warren and John Marshall.

Gay history comes alive on Mount Auburn Cemetery tour

Author and volunteer Robin Hazard Ray is leading visitors on her “Pride Week Walk” to the graves of the Mount Auburn’s gays and lesbians.

The Northshore Navigators

By Patricia Harris and David Lyon | globe correspondents

Fields of dreams: Futures Collegiate Baseball League spreads the hope around New England

Founded in 2011, the FCBL fields 10 teams throughout New England.

Travel troubleshooter: Finnair lost my luggage and now it won’t pay

Lydia Kelley’s luggage is lost on her flight from Honolulu to Paris. But which airline is responsible for covering her costs? And why is she stuck with the bill?

The sand free mat.

Best travel gadgets and gear for families

OK, you have kids now and you’ll never travel lightly again. Here are some road-tested gadgets and gear guaranteed to make your trip go smoother.

Here, There, and Everywhere

The Trail of the Presidents takes visitors on a historically rich journey through the city of Quincy.

Allan Cumming considers his home in the Catskill Mountains a vacation spot.

The VIP Lounge: Alan Cumming

We caught up with Alan Cumming to talk about all things travel.

The view from Ocean Edge Resort’s The Beach Bar.

The Cape’s first hotel beach bar opens

When Ocean Edge Resort announced their new “only true hotel beach bar on Cape Cod” last weekend, we jumped at the chance to verify their claims.

Barbados is polo and the Caribbean.

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Looking for the good life in Barbados

You could visit Barbados on a budget, but you’d be missing out on its distinctive Euro-Caribbean scene.

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Views and brews in Boston Harbor; gadgets to help you in the wilderness and in the surf

Sample some beers from Harpoon Brewery on a Sails and Ales excursion on Boston Harbor.

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Payless asked me to pay twice for fuel

When Payless double-charges a customer for fuel, she calls on a consumer advocate for help. Is her bill fixable?

Rob Gronkowski.

The VIP Lounge: Rob Gronkowski

We caught up with Gronk to talk all things travel.

The patio at the Summercamp Hotel in Oak Bluffs on Martha's Vineyard, Ma.

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Ready or not, chic comes to the Vineyard

An old Victorian hotel in Martha’s Vineyard is transformed into a boutique hotel with Scandinavian flair and midcentury design influences.

The Chihuly Garden and Glass.

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5 great US glass museums

Here are five US museums displaying some of the best in glass art.

The view from the deck of Blue on Plum Island.

A plum spot for a boutique hotel

Blue is Plum Island’s only hotel and is surrounded by million-dollar oceanfront homes and beach cottages.

The Appalachian Trail in Baxter State Park in Maine.

Beyond Acadia: New England national parks worth exploring

Here’s a look at some New England National Park System sites to visit during the centennial.

The Rose Island Lighthouse in Narragansett Bay.

Keeper of the light — for a night

At Rose Island, you can stay overnight and indulge in lighthouse fantasies.

Cooks serve dishes to guests at Inn at Bay Fortune on Prince Edward Island.

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At this Prince Edward Island inn, it’s all about farm, fire, and feasting

Inn at Bay Fortune is run by Canada’s best-known chef, and the concept — and smoke — rises to a whole new level.

The scene at Coney Island in Brooklyn, N.Y., on May 29.

Austrians are the most likely to sunbathe nude (and other fun beach behavior facts)

If you’re headed to the beach this holiday weekend, you should know your fellow beachgoers are judging you and your annoying habits.

La Sirena

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Mario Batali’s NYC restaurant La Sirena is a cool place to chill this summer

La Sirena is the spot to simmer down and relax on its elevated terrace overlooking Ninth Avenue.

The Mendon Twin Drive-in is open nightly from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

10 good reasons to let the kids stay up past their bedtime

A sampling of evening outings for the whole family.