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The VIP Lounge: Joey Frangieh

We caught up with Boston Theater Company artistic director Joey Frangieh to talk about all things travel.

Tips for grand Grand Canyon experience

So it’s time to recharge with a tough hike and some alone-time in an unforgettable place, but you can only spare three nights away? Easy choice: Grand Canyon National Park.

A definite high point: Away from the beach in Bali

Bali was perfect for our girls’ trip: serene, beautiful, interesting, cultural, and enough of challenge to feel like a real adventure.

Here, there, and everywhere

The fall season has just begun and tickets are already on sale for the LEGO KidsFest 2016 in Hartford, Dec. 2-4.

Colorful buildings add to the allure of fall foliage (best in late November and early December) at Qixia Mountain, near Nanjing.

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Five unexpectedly cool places to see fall foliage that aren’t in New England

Here’s a quick look at some unusual places to see Mother Nature’s most dazzling displays of so-amazing-this-must-be-Photoshopped leaf-stravaganzas, across the globe.


Best way to leaf peep in the Berkshires? Get out of the car.

The Berkshire hills are the perfect place to see some bright leaves without the frame of a windshield.

The door of hell.

A guide to seeing the very bizarre

The book and website “Atlas Obscura” shows travelers where to find Buddhist temples made of beer bottles, an upside-down house in Poland, and a statue of a child-eating man.

Laura Meister, owner of the Farm Girl Farm, grows a variety of vegetables to sell to local chefs and at farmer’s markets.

A chef’s tour of the Berkshires

Brian Alberg, executive chef at the Red Lion Inn in Stockbridge, shared some of his favorite farmers and purveyors in the Berkshires.

Vintage lamps at the reception desk.

check-in | The Porches Inn at Mass MoCa

In the shadow of Mass MoCA, a retro inn is on display

Only a narrow strip of the Hoosic River in this North Berkshires city separates The Porches Inn guests from Mass MoCa exhibits.

The Hancock Shaker Village hosts a country fair.

In the Berkshires, a festival for all

Villages and towns in the Berkshires hold fairs and festivals in the fall geared toward foodies, foliage fans, and jazz buffs, just to name a few.

The Stephen Phillips House in Salem.

A trip home reveals the other side of town

My wife and I visited the Stephen W. Phillips House recently during a visit to Salem, my old hometown. And even when I was a kid, Chestnut Street was a world apart.


Key West for the rest

The Key West Bed and Breakfast and The Mermaid & the Alligator top our list of island inns. Both are adult-only (16+), so please, sleep in.

Beth Lennon, a.k.a. Mod Betty of Retro Roadmap, with a 1955 Chevy Bel Air.

Q&A with Beth Lennon, a.k.a. Mod Betty

Beth Lennon, a.k.a. “Mod Betty,” searches for lunch counters, old-time amusement parks, mom-and-pop motels, and other American retro road-tripping destinations.

A view of the rocky terrain along Murphy’s Loop.

Not a bike rider? You can still enjoy the beauty of Moab, Utah.

Moab is considered the mountain bike capital of the country, if not the world. But you don’t have to be a rider to soak in the sights.

A photographer stood behind a camera at the Green River Overlook at dusk.

A rugged, rocky ride through resplendent Canyonlands

Southern Utah is a harsh, beautiful land. And no place captures this better than Canyonlands.

Peddling a passion for urban cycling

The owner of Urban Cycles talks about what made him change careers and build a company around bicycles.

Old Sail Loft at the Salem Maritime National Historic Site.

Salem offers much more than October scares

Turns out Salem is not a town that blooms Oct. 31 and wilts Nov. 1 like a rare flower. It’s a perennial.

Nothing mainstream about Down East Maine

That is Maine: quirky, eccentric, at times, endearingly bizarre. The farther north you go, the more you enter the wilderness of weird.

Here, there, and everywhere

Hang out with more than 1,500 producers, content creators, and TV fans at this year’s Independent Television Festival in West Dover, Vt.

10 years of loving ‘Beatles LOVE’

There are many entertainment options in Las Vegas, but “The Beatles LOVE,” which just celebrated its 10-year anniversary at The Mirage with a revamped show, is one that should not be missed – especially by fans of the Fab Four.

Jody Adams grilling at a barbecue in Barnstable this summer.

The VIP Lounge: Jody Adams

We caught up with Jody Adams, who is from Providence and lives in Dorchester with her husband, Ken Rivard, to talk about all things travel.

Travel Troubleshooter

Airline misspelled the name on my ticket

Her only option is to buy another ticket and eat the loss. Is that fair?

Five years after Hurricane Irene, the view from the Quechee’s Parker House Inn is as resplendent as ever.


Five years after Irene’s destruction, Vermont is buoyed by a fighting spirit

Flash floods wiped out Quechee’s beloved bridge and destroyed community mainstays. Hard work brought them back.

Signs warn of alligators and snakes near Seven Seas Lagoon.

Almost up a creek while paddling the waters of Disney

A misadventure of mine gave me a glimmer into the dangers that lurked in Florida waters.

A room at the Qvest in Cologne, Germany.


The Qvest

I’ve stayed in many boutique hotels, but I’m convinced that the Qvest in Cologne is the boutique-iest of them all.

Here, there, and everywhere

Enchantment awaits children of all ages at the Nature Museum at Grafton’s 8th annual Fairy House Festival in Vermont.

A selection of Halladay’s Harvest Barn’s seasoned mixes

A weekend in food heaven (also called Bellows Falls, Vt.)

Today, Halladay’s Harvest Barn makes 70 dips, soup mixes, apple and fruit crisp mixes, cheesecake mixes, burger blends, pasta blends and other seasonings and rubs.

A guest room at Row NYC.

Check in: Row NYC

The New York hotel offers a disappointing take on contemporary lodging.

Grayson Powell in Australia.

The VIP Lounge: Grayson Powell enjoys down time down under

We caught up with stage actor Grayson Powell, who is currently playing Sam from “Cheers,” to talk about all things travel.

Whiskey Hill Raceway twists and turns for 2.3 miles across nearly 200 feet of elevation.

Learning to race cars one sharp corner at a time

The Palmer Motorsports Park’s High Performance Driver Education School teaches the fine art of not wrecking your car at menacing speed.

House Running involves rappelling down a building’s facade.

A 100-foot trip from terror to joy

Hundreds of thousands of Germans have tried a sport that involves rappelling off skyscrapers

iPads in the Aloft Hotels allow guests to “talk” to their rooms.

You and your hotel room need to talk

At some Aloft Hotels, Siri is offered to assist guests. The technology can adjust the temperature in the room, the lighting, and play music at the guest’s request.

Try a log lean-to at Smugglers’ Notch State Park for nature on a budget.


Six classic New England getaways — for splurgers and savers

We’ve put together a hit list of primo fall foliage destinations, plus some delightful places to stay on both spectrums of the budget.

Malcolm Butler with his son during Patriots practice in July.

The VIP Lounge with Malcolm Butler

We caught up with New England Patriot Malcolm Butler to talk about all things travel.

A batch of burgers being assembled (no ketchup) at Louis’ Lunch.

A burger that’s worth the drive

Open since 1895, the restaurant produced the first hamburger sandwich in 1900, when founder Louis Lassen served a customer in a rush.

Denise Thorp’s dogs, Ruby and Velvet, in the garden of her home in England.

Pet sitters travel far and wide so you can, too

Founded in 2010, Trusted Housesitters provides carefully chosen sitters who come to your house to care for your animals — for free.

The author’s parents outside their motor home.

For my parents, home is where they park it.

Last summer, they sold their 3,500 square-foot house and moved into a decked out Class A motor home.

The Hepburn family beach house in Fenwick had courts where the actress learned to play tennis.

Katharine Hepburn’s Connecticut

Hepburn describes Fenwick back then as a community of about 40 houses with a golf course and tennis courts.

The garden at Roald Dahl’s house.

A phizz-whizzing visit to Roald Dahl’s house

Dahl’s home is located on the outskirts of the English village of Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire, where the storyteller lived from 1953 until his death in 1990.

Tepees at Bear Creek Campground.

A campground for all comfort levels

Bear Creek Campground offers cabins and tepees for those who prefer to stay out of the dirt.

The warm asparagus salad at the farm-to-table restaurant  Arethusa al Tavolo features a soft-poached egg from Arethusa Farm, along with pickled ramps, English peas, and foraged mushrooms.

Choice cream from coddled cows

Arethusa Farm in nearby Litchfield has grown in just over a decade from a 16-cow operation producing milk to a 400-cow enterprise producing milk, ice cream, yogurt, and cheese.

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Vueling rescheduled my flight, but didn’t bother to tell me

Judy Weidel’s flight from Rome to Palermo, Italy, is rescheduled, but no one bothers to tell her. She has to cancel a hotel and find a place to stay -- at her own expense.

The Phobia Phear Coaster.

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Phobia roller coaster at Lake Compounce

The Phobia Phear Coaster is the newest ride at Lake Compounce Family Theme Park.

Learn to eat like they do on “The Gilmore Girls” during The Gilmore Girls Fan Fest in Washington Depot, Conn.

Here, there, and everywhere

Gilmore Girls and seafood fests. What more could you ask for?

Passengers board the JetBlue Airways flight, the first regularly scheduled commercial flight between the United States and Cuba in more than half a century, at Fort Lauderdale International airport in Fort Lauderdale, Florida August 31, 2016. REUTERS/Jeffrey Dastin TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

Photos: A new era in US-Cuba travel

JetBlue Flight 387 became the first commercial flight between the United States and Cuba in more than 50 years Wednesday morning.

Passenger Seth Miller of New York, boards the Jetblue flight to Cuba on August 31, 2016 at Fort Lauderdale National Airport in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Cuba and the United States open their newest chapter in relations on Wednesday with the first regular commercial flight from America to the communist-ruled island in more than 50 years. JetBlue Flight 386 is set to take off from Fort Lauderdale in southeastern Florida at 9:45 am (1345 GMT) with 150 passengers on board. After an hour-long flight, it will land in central Cuba's Santa Clara, 175 miles (280 kilometers) east of Havana. / AFP PHOTO / RHONA WISERHONA WISE/AFP/Getty Images

First commercial flight from US lands in Cuba

JetBlue Flight 387 opened a new era of travel when it lifted off from Fort Lauderdale.