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My girlfriend is pregnant, but Sandals won’t refund our Caribbean vacation

Kevin Kordosky’s girlfriend is pregnant, but because of the threat of the Zika virus, they’ll have to cancel their Caribbean vacation. Can they get a refund?

Parks Canada will offer free passes to all visitors of the country’s national parks, including Banff National Park in Alberta.

Here, there, and everywhere

Go on a candlelit stroll through the history of the holidays, see festive musicals productions, and enjoy ice skating on a local pond during Portsmouth’s annual Vintage Christmas celebration.

In Vermont, Stowe has opened its new $80 million Adventure Center (top and bottom) atSpruce Peak; and at Burke Mountain (left) the resort debuts its $55 million Hotel and Conference Center.

With new trails, lifts, and looks, N.E. ski areas are groomed and ready

New England skiers and snowboarders can cruise on new trails and ride new lifts this winter.

Left to right: Stolle, author, his brother Terry, and Marty Riessen after their Legend-camper doubles match.

My fantasy come true: Playing and hanging with tennis greats

If this sounds like pinch-me-I-must-be-dreaming material for a player of my vintage, it should. Tennis fantasies do not get much dreamier than this.

Danette LeBlanc, a JetBlue crew member, at Logan Airport.

Q&A with a JetBlue inflight crew member

We asked Danette LeBlanc to describe a typical day, the funniest moment on the job, her favorite domestic hub, and her number one tip for every passenger who flies.

A view from Sunrise Point at Bryce Canyon National Park.

At Bryce Canyon, a touch of Zeusian majesty in a world of Seussian whimsy

Bryce Canyon National Park holds mystery, wonders, and mischievous beauty.

Shoppers in Toronto’s Distillery District.

Toronto gets a reinvention right

It’s just a small section of Toronto, but the Distillery District is an impressive example of how a major city repurposed a former industrial site to create a dramatic integration of old and new, sophisticated and accessible.

David Ortiz at the Garden View Villa.


What’s the first thing David Ortiz did after retiring? Vacation.

Ortiz stayed at a five-bedroom mansion in Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic.

The scenery in the Blue Ridge Mountains is one of the reasons Asheville, N.C., was named the No. 1 vacation destination in the US in 2017.

Asheville, N.C., named top vacation spot in US

The city “has always been an open, welcoming place,” said a travel magazine editor.

A chef serves hot chocolate to passengers aboard the Polar Express.

Polar Express returns to the Cape

The Cape Cod Central Railroad reintroduces the Polar Express to Massachusetts.

Darlene Love and her husband, Alton Allison, on the coast of Queensland, Australia, near Brisbane.

The VIP Lounge | Darlene Love

The VIP Lounge with Darlene Love

We caught up with singer Darlene Love to talk about all things travel.

Sweet treats at Snowvillage Inn.

Getting in the holiday spirit, one cookie and one inn at a time

Though for some it may be all about cookies and candy, for others the tour is all about the crawl: traveling from inn to inn, immersed in New England rural culture.

1. “Beach memories” glass vases, Kevin Becker, Westwood.

New England makes its presents known

In this season of giving, why not give friends and family a little (or big) something that’s made here in our region?

Christopher Muther

Thong or sarong? Sport top or tankini? Cracking the swimwear code of the Caribbean

Topless or covered-up? Speedos or board shorts? While many Caribbean islands are geographically close, their swimsuit dress codes can be miles apart.

A skier at Loon Mountain, on its recent opening day, looks out over the White Mountains.

These ski deals will give you a lift

Lift ticket price shock can indeed be a deterrent for skiers and riders without a season pass. That is, unless you do your research.

Disney guide book author knows a thing or two

Julie Neal, the author of “The Complete Guide to Walt Disney World” series, has spent more than 2,500 days at the theme park.

A worker at Melrose Plantation helps with conservation of the murals.

The African House murals of Clementine Hunter

Although self-taught artist Clementine Hunter may not be a household name, she is well-known to most Louisiana residents, who, for more than 40 years, have made field trips and family outings to Melrose Plantation, just south of Natchitoches.

If you go . . .

Melrose Plantation, under the National Trust for Historic Preservation, is 15 miles south of Natchitoches, La.

Mahoosuc Guide Service offers dogsledding trips in the northwoods of Maine.

Here, There, and Everywhere

During the holidays, you may find yourself wondering, “Why should kids have all the fun?” The Fairmont Copley Plaza asked the same question.

You could be sitting pretty on the beach at Turks and Caicos if you book a deal during Black Friday/Cyber Monday.


Black Friday and Cyber Monday steals and deals for travelers

Time to gobble up some travel bookings for far-flung getaways and New England vacations, too. Many travel deals are significant, including 50 percent off room rates, free nights — and free beer.

The Museum of African American History and Culture on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

A display of hurt and healing in Washington

Since its opening in late September, the museum has become the hottest ticket in Washington, D.C.

Travel Troubleshooter: I got sick before my trip and couldn’t cancel my flight

Just before her flight from New York to London, she falls ill. But she can’t cancel the flight. Now she wants credit for her missed flight. Can she get it?

Global Expeditions Club travelers during their visit to India.

Local company is taking off (on global adventures)

Kevin Foley and Jeff Kelly, the two local entrepreneurs behind the adventure travel group Global Expeditions Club, recently announced the first in a proposed series of round-the-world tour packages.

Samples from The Alchemist brewery in Waterbury, Vt.

Taste the ambers of the Green Mountain State

Hit Vermont’s brewery trails.

The Trapp Family Bierhall has a wood-fired Parrillas, an open Argentine grill.

Trapp Family resort gets its beer hall at last

After five years of construction, Johannes von Trapp, president of Trapp Family Lodge and son of Maria and Georg (Baron) von Trapp, realized his long held dream of opening a beer hall.

Kathy Sidell and two of her children, Alexandra Trustman and Ben Sidell, on St. Barth’s.

The VIP Lounge with Kathy Sidell

The president and founder of The Metropolitan Restaurant Group discusses all things travel.

Cows at Milk House Chocolates in Goshen, Conn.

Single-cow-origin chocolates are a standout in Conn.

Karissma, for example, provides the milk for the cabernet sauvignon truffles, while Daydream owns the sea salt caramels.

Barcelona’s L’Aquàrium, which is Europe’s only oceanarium, with 450 different species.

Here, There, and Everywhere

Here, there, and everywhere.

Cyber Monday’s best travel deals around the globe

Forget the sales on socks and espresso machines — treat yourself to a vacation instead.

Swimming at La Foresteria Planeta Estate in Menfi, Sicily.

Meet you in Sicily? Sign us up.

We loved our brief taste of Sicily so much that we wanted to return, and we were delighted to go with our adult children. (Our parental motto is: You pay, they’ll go).

A horse of many colors, and backgrounds, with carousels

Once you know the signs — the twist of the ears, their tails — you can tell whether carousel horses come from French, English, or German workshops.

The windmill-operated sawmill, De Rat, in the town of IJlst, one of the stops along the Elfstedenroute, or 11-Cities Route, a bicycle tour in the Dutch province of Friesland.

Friesland by bike: 11 cities, 150 miles, 5 days

We followed a 150-mile loop bicycle route called the Elfstedenroute, or 11-Cities Route, inspired by the Elfstedentocht, a historic ice-skating race.

Jenny Dell worked the sidelines at Gillette Stadium in December 2014.

The VIP Lounge with Jenny Dell

We caught up with Jenny Dell to talk about all things travel.

A view of Battle Harbor in Labrador. The fishing village dates back to the 1700s.


Journey to the sights of Newfoundland

Newfoundland and Labrador are chock full of moments of awe.

Greydon House was built in 1850 as the residence for a master mariner.

Nantucket’s stylish Greydon House worth the wait

After months of anticipation, the posh, 20-room Greydon House, with its island-inspired restaurant and Brooklyn-meets-“Out of Africa” bar, opened on Oct. 1.

Domo, designed by Antón García-Abril of Ensamble Studio.

Montana’s Tippet Rise offers art and music on a grand scale, under a big sky

It never seemed a likely destination for arts lovers. That is, until this June when Tippet Rise opened to the public.

Kitchen for cooking classes at the Nantucket Culinary Center.

Hungry for cooking skills? Head to Nantucket Culinary Center

The top floor of Nantucket Culinary Center houses the sunny, handicap accessible teaching kitchen and elegant dining room.

Chocolate cream pie from Wright’s Dairy Farm & Bakery in North Smithfield, R.I.

Life of pie

Celebrate the season at some of these pie shops and bakeries around the region.

A map mentioned in Katharine Harmon’s book.


She thinks outside the map

Katharine Harmon is an expert on the topic of creative maps. Her just-published book, “You Are Here NYC: Mapping the Soul of the City,” features more than 200 maps spanning four centuries.

Here, there, and everywhere

Embrace the holiday spirit with a series of family-friendly events at The Ritz-Carlton, Boston.

Travel Troubleshooter

Charged extra for a GPS, but Payless said it wouldn’t

Mihaela Sturm is offered a GPS at no additional charge with her car rental. Then she’s charged for it. Can I persuade them to un-charge her?

Unhappy Americans looking to head to Canada might see Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as the anti-Trump.

Apparently people are looking for one-way tickets to Canada

The travel website Hopper found a 210 percent spike in searches for one-way flights to Canada between midnight and 1 a.m. on election night.

The Viking Star cruise ship.

A Star is born at sea

Viking makes the jump from river cruising to the ocean in its stunning new ship the Viking Star.

Jason Santos brought staff members to New Orleans because “I wanted them to experience this place.”

24 hours in the Big Easy with Jason Santos

The Boston chef brought his crew to New Orleans to get a feel for the atmosphere he wants to create for his latest project.

The VIP Lounge with Viola Davis

Actress Viola Davis may live in Southern California, but she hasn’t forgotten her Rhode Island roots.

Cornucopia, on Wicklow Street in Dublin, serves exclusively vegetarian fare.

A vegetarian leaves meat-and-potatoes Ireland happy and full

A full Irish breakfast traditionally consists of bacon, sausage, black and white pudding, eggs and tomatoes cooked in bacon grease. I thought I would be in big trouble. I was wrong.