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Last call: It’s time for airlines to limit in-flight alcohol sales

I’m about to become the most unpopular travel writer in Boston by suggesting this, but it’s time for airlines to enforce a limit of two drinks per passenger, per flight.

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JetBlue’s Mint passengers get extra-long lie-flat seats with massage functions, artisanal, small plate menu options from well-known restaurants, top-drawer spirits and wines, and one of the largest libraries of free in-flight entertainment.

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How to score a business class upgrade (without paying a bundle)

Even if you’re not one of the airline’s biggest spenders, there are ways to up your odds of securing an upgrade.

“Our goal was to give hotel guests a nostalgic understanding of the industrial past, mixed with today’s modern sophistication,” said Meaghan O’Neil, director of design for New Hampshire-based Colwen Design & Purchasing, discussing newly opened The Row Hotel.

The Row: Home sweet hotel

The site-inspired, contemporary hotel, which opened in August in Somerville’s fast-emerging Assembly Row neighborhood, is a welcome addition to the Boston area hotel scene.

Stone stairs are among the ruins of Madame Sherri’s former dwelling in Chesterfield.

N.H. woodland’s ruins conjure wild past of ’20s ‘party girl’

Ruins and rumors are what remain of the notorious Madame Sherri and her castle in the woods.

Patriots backup QB Brian Hoyer

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The VIP Lounge with Brian Hoyer

We caught up with the backup quarterback for the Patriots to talk about all things travel.

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Level airline promised to cover my expenses, then didn’t

After Brenda Barnhart’s flight made an emergency landing, the discount carrier offered to refund her costs to get home. Then it stalled. Can she get her money back?

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The RotterTram on Erasmus Bridge in Rotterdam. The vintage 1969 tram is now used as a dining car and does a complete tour of the Dutch city.

The RotterTram, a sightseeing tram that’s also a dining car

It offers a fixed-price meal with drinks during the course of a ride that lasts 2½ hours and travels over some 18 miles of tracks throughout the city.

Nonesuch Oyster Farm tour guests finish with fresh oysters.

Get thinking about next summer’s oyster farm tour

If you’re already thinking about next summer, here are a few oyster farms to visit in New England.

Private guide Yvonne Kopmels helps visitors explore the heart of Amsterdam.

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More travelers are taking the ‘group’ out of ‘group tours’ by hiring private guides

Growing numbers of travelers are forgoing the group tour and the sightseeing bus and hiring private guides.

Visitors can roll up their pant legs, climb into a big steel tub barefoot, and crush grapes at the White Mountains Crush Festival at Loon Mountain.

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Sun Country Airlines downgraded my mom’s ticket. Where’s her refund?

Sun Country Airlines downgrades Diane Patterson’s mother from first class to economy class, but refuses to refund the fare difference. How can she get her money back?

John-Michael Breen

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The VIP Lounge with John-Michael Breen

We caught up with the Chelmsford native, who lives in Brooklyn but will be back in the area for a weeklong run of “Rock of Ages,” to talk about all things travel.

Economy class seating is shown on a new United Airlines Boeing 787-9 undergoing final configuration and maintenance work at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in Seattle in 2016.

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Can the government finally stop airline seats from shrinking?

A new bill will require the FAA to establish minimum seat sizes, but can it free beleaguered passengers from cramped seats?

Lodging options weren’t always great in Bimini, until a new resort opened a few years ago on 750 acres.

A boost for Bimini: More polish, more places to stay

Bimini’s major selling point: Its convenience. It’s the closest part of the Bahamas to get to, whether from Florida or the Northeast.

Alice Sullivan of Swampscott holds a tray of Joe Froggers at the Muffin Shop in Marblehead. These traditional treats are made from scratch at the shop.

Joe Froggers: A Marblehead taste tradition

The molasses-rum cookie, purportedly invented in the early days of the nation by Lucretia Brown, was named for her husband, Joe, and the large frogs found in nearby Black Joe Pond.

Hannah Cruz and her boyfriend, cinematographer Nicasio Zanetti, on vacation.

The VIP Lounge with Hannah Cruz

The Connecticut native plays Eliza Schuyler in the national tour of “Hamilton,” and she’s loving her monthlong stay in Boston. She also loves Hawaii.

From a huge resort to a cozy castle in the Dominican Republic

This is not a good/bad comparison of places to stay in the Dominican Republic. It is a study in differences. We found each place delightful for very different reasons.

Visitors to City Museum in St. Louis can explore an old school bus mounted on the building’s rooftop.

The City Museum is tough to describe but easy to recommend

It’s a bizarre, endlessly inventive attraction for kids, and it’s anchored an ongoing renaissance in St. Louis’s downtown.

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Travel Troubleshooter: Why won’t Expedia refund our missing flight leg?

When Jerard Jose and his wife showed up at the airport in Paris they were in for a surprise: They had no tickets. They bought new ones, but their Expedia refund drama was far from over.

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The author looks out at West Lake during a ferry ride in the city of Hangzhou.

Led by the nose through China

We were on a highly controlled, tightly scheduled trip designed to give US reporters a taste of Chinese culture, society, and politics. It soon became our mission to break free — if even just a little.

A much-anticipated encounter with Snow White at Disneyland.

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Surviving Disney (and learning to just let go)

I took a clue from all the happy grandparents around me and realized: If we were going to really enjoy this, I had to follow the kids’ lead.

Walk the trail that skirts the lake in Newport, Vt., while taking in the gorgeous fall views.

Fall on the water in New England

You’ll get a different view of Mother Nature’s autumn beauty show, and leave the landlubbing crowds behind.

Charlotte Ames of New York took a lesson from Orvis Fly-Fishing School.

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You Go Girl: A multi-sport Vermont getaway, powered by cheese

Joining a guided inn-to-inn hiking trip or cycling tour looked fun, but fairly pricey. We opted to plan a Tour de Adventure — with fly-fishing, hiking, and kayaking — ourselves.

Quinta da Regaleira palace in Sintra, Portugal.

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Royal and romantic, Portugal’s palaces and castles are much more than Disney for adults

Sintra, a 30-minute drive from Lisbon, has its own microclimate, its own delicious pastry treats, and seven dramatic hills with palaces sprouting from them.

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Will American Airlines do a good deed for Boy Scouts?

Boy Scout Troop 130 from Morehead City, N.C., is supposed to fly to New Mexico for a stay at Philmont Scout Ranch. But wildfires in New Mexico make their plans go up in smoke. Will American Airlines help?

Sue Brady Hartigan with her husband, Craig, and their children (from left) Charlotte, CJ, and Grace.

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The VIP Lounge with disc jockey Sue Brady Hartigan

We caught up with the Stoneham native, who lives in Wellesley with her husband, to talk about all things travel.

The Chicago Architecture Center’s Skyscraper Gallery contains scale models of a handful of record-smashing high-rises from around the globe.

Chicago’s got a new home for showcasing its majestic buildings

The Chicago Architecture Center, which opened in late August, replaces what was known as the Chicago Architecture Foundation and was housed in a much smaller space.

Hipcamp.com allows you to enjoy the foliage while staying at unique properties across the country this fall.

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Fall colors at Mount Tom State Reservation in October 2016.

Three great foliage hikes in New England

Each site is about 2½ hours from Boston. We’ve given you easy to intermediate hikes and a range of peak foliage dates.

Pilgrims visit Jerusalem’s Pool of Bethesda.

Pilgrimage in a time of turmoil

Given the turbulence roiling the present day church, the prospect of exploring its origins beckoned as a welcome respite, a refresher on the stories that shaped our beliefs in the first place.

The Dream Away Lodge is a go-to destination during tourist season and a favorite gathering place for locals off season.

The Dream Away Lodge is a find (and a little hard to find)

The legendary Berkshires gem is a hopping go-to destination during tourist season and a favorite gathering place for locals off season as well.

Views of fall foliage and Mount Greylock.

Heading to the Berkshires? Pack those hiking boots

Here are four favorite hikes in the Berkshires that are fabulous in the fall.

The Dorset Inn in the quiet hamlet of Dorset, Vt., is surounded by beautiful foliage.

Where to go leaf peeping, minus the crowds

Head to one of these picturesque small towns boasting fall beauty without massive crowds.

Miss Massachusetts Gabriela Taveras was fourth runner-up in the Miss America pageant.

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The VIP Lounge with Miss Massachusetts Gabriela Taveras

Taveras is working to help other young people facing obstacles by, in part, having access to counseling services.

The Nantucket Cranberry Festival, Bash at the Bog, returns Oct. 6.

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In this satellite image provided by NOAA last week, Hurricane Florence churns through the Atlantic Ocean toward the East Coast, followed to the east first by Hurricane Isaac and then Hurricane Helene. Once a storm is named, you can’t buy travel insurance to protect against it.

How to navigate the choppy waters of travel during hurricane season

The easiest way is to plan a trip to hurricane-prone areas before or after the season. But if that’s not an option, here are a few ways to ensure you don’t wind up stranded.

The view from the ledges atop Mount Willard are among the finest in the White Mountains, with Mount Webster dominating one flank and Route 302 merely a ribbon bisecting the valley.

The White Mountains, once threatened, now in peak form

The verdant White Mountains, a century ago scarred and shorn of much of its beauty, beckon the intrepid in spirit and on foot.

Lorenzo Savona and wife Susan

The VIP Lounge with ‘Lorenzo the wine guy’

Lorenzo Savona has made a name for himself in New England as a leading wine sommelier.

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Had sex on a plane? Who’s most likely to get drunk on a flight? It’s the wonderful, clickable world of travel surveys

There are studies released nearly every week about some of our most despicable travel habits, and they’re impossible to resist.

A plane heads to Logan.

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How to get more out of your travels abroad

Sticking to tourism could be limiting your experience.

The Pickering House Inn in Wolfboro, N.H.

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It’s no dollar store, but there’s a lot to like at this Wolfeboro inn

The 19th century Pickering homestead began as a handsome private home and over the years fell into disrepair before being restored.

The ITC Kohenur is a new luxury hotel in the HITEC district of Hyderabad, one of the fastest-growing locales in southern India.

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Dazzling like a diamond: The ITC Kohenur opens in Hyderabad, India

The new luxury hotel is a giant mass of concrete, glass, and chrome, sprawling more than 5 acres, jutting out in angles, covered with hanging gardens and a living roof.

The Olson house, a farmhouse in Cushing, Maine, once owned by Christina Olson and her brother Alvaro, was the setting for many of Andrew Wyeth’s paintings and sketches, including “Christina’s World.” It’s open for tours.

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Seeing Wyeths by land and sea

Tours of Wyeths by Water out of Port Clyde, Maine, and the famed Olson house in Cushing, Maine.

The Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel in Aguas Calientes, Peru, created a half-day tour geared to children ages 6 to 11.

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The Prague museum shows various phases of life — from schools to sports to spies — during the Communist era, which stretched from 1948 to the Velvet Revolution of 1989.

Prague’s Museum of Communism offers a sober (and sometimes light) look into a dark time

“If you expect that we will glorify Communism or apologize for it, you have come to the wrong place,” declared Pavel, our guide.