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Holiday gifts for avid travelers

Lose your stress and add some ho-ho-ho to your holidays with these gift suggestions that are sure to delight your favorite fellow travelers.

Christopher Swan in Alaska.

The VIP Lounge with stage actor Christopher Swan

The Barre, Vt., native is a Sox fan and excited about coming to Boston for a two-week run (Dec. 18-30) of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella — The Musical” at the Emerson Colonial Theatre.

“Self-Portrait, Monument Valley, Utah” by Ansel Adams

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A BBQ bacon burger at Wahlburgers.

Wahlburgers to open in London in the spring

The local burger chain will join competitors like Shake Shack and Five Guys when it opens across the pond.

Hotel on North has 45 rooms, each furnished with local goods.

Hotel on North seeks to be in sync with Pittsfield’s regeneration

Amid the exposed brick and tin ceilings, antique maps of the Pittsfield of old and various salvaged items share space with a rotating exhibition of art, sculpture, photography, and other curated pieces.

The famed Tropicana show continues to serve up the classic color of pre-Revolution Havana.

Getting to Cuba is harder (once again), but the effort is greatly rewarded

In addition to marking the 60th anniversary of the revolution, Cubans will be celebrating the 500th anniversary of Havana’s founding in 2019.

A modest Georgian farmhouse sits at the top of a hill at Pantrepant Farm.

High in the hills of Jamaica, Pantrepant Farm

It is far from the Jamaica we know, the antithesis of the island’s slick, gated resorts. And it is exactly what owner Chris Blackwell wants us to see.

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Can she get an extension for an airline ticket credit?

When Maureen Cosentino flies from Dublin to Chicago, Aer Lingus removes one of her much-needed seats. Is the airline’s apology enough?

Paula Poundstone performs at the Wilbur Theatre on Dec. 14.

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The VIP Lounge with Paula Poundstone

The comedian, who was raised in Sudbury, said she is looking forward to performing at the Wilbur Theatre on Dec. 14. “Boston crowds are great. . . . They’re my people.”

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The Woodlands Grill is decorated and lit for the holidays.


An old mansion glows at the Barnsley Resort in Georgia

Thirty-six cottages range from one to seven bedrooms. Many feature wood-burning fireplaces and front porches with rockers. This year, a 55-room inn opened to offer even more lodging options.

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You can really go places with Black Friday, Cyber Monday deals

It’s almost time to curl up in your pajamas with a turkey sandwich and snag online travel deals you can’t resist — like that third helping of mashed potatoes you couldn’t pass up.

Colorful coasters that look like sailor knot bracelets from Mystic Knotwork.

Best gifts for those who love to travel

Here’s a list of gifts... all of which were made in New England.

Visitors enjoyed the holiday lights display beside a reflecting pool at Tower Hill Botanic Garden.

Your guide to surviving winter — with a little fun thrown in

We’ve got 120 days until spring and too much holiday angst to have no survival plan for the next few months. Here are some ideas to get you started.

At Antico Setificio Fiorentino, wooden looms display delicate silk, linen, and golden chenille threads en route to becoming geometric and floral-inspired bolts of sumptuous fabrics.

Oldest silk mill in Europe is one of the better kept secrets of Florence

In operation since 1786, Antico Setificio Fiorentino was formed as a cooperative of sorts for noble Florentine families.

The VIP Lounge with Rufus Wainwright

The Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, and composer is bringing his “All These Poses Anniversary Tour 2018” to the Emerson Colonial Theatre on Dec. 5.

Rothenburg ob der Tauber is a medieval German town that is also headquarters for Käthe Wohlfahrt, world-renowned sellers of traditional and modern Christmas decorations, ornaments, and gifts.

Where Christmas is always in the air

It’s hard not to be merry in Rothenburg ob der Tauber, where embracing the Christmas spirit is a year-round attraction.

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Am I owed anything for a canceled TripAdvisor vacation rental?

After Marvin Herman’s TripAdvisor vacation rental is canceled, he can’t find a suitable replacement. Does TripAdvisor owe him anything?

“All Aboard: Trains at Science Park” is showing at the Museum of Science, Boston, through Jan. 6.

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Boaters take a test spin of a rented Le Boat cruiser around the basin above the main Rideau Canal lock at Smiths Falls, Ontario.

Don’t hit the loon! DYI cruising on Canada’s Rideau Canal

Rental company Le Boat launched its first North American outpost on the Rideau Canal at Smiths Falls, Ontario, a town settled by Loyalists after the American Revolution.

In Rockport, a wreath hangs on the famous red-painted fishing shack, known as Motif No. 1.

Turn holiday shopping into a little getaway gift for yourself

This year, get in the spirit of gift-giving with a holiday shopping getaway to a classic New England town, where you’ll find local, one-of-a-kind stores in festive holiday settings.

The Treasury at Petra in Jordan is among the popular travel destinations for empty nesters.

Empty nesters are flying the coop, and here’s where they’re going

Taking a trip to a place you’ve long dreamed about is one way to kick off the next phase of your life.

A man stretches out across empty airplane seats. As the number of passengers increases on flights, it's becoming rarer for passengers to wind up with an empty seat next to them, or better yet, their own row.


As passenger rates increase, empty airline seats are becoming a rare and beautiful thing of the past

Over the past 15 years, planes have gone from 70 percent full to 85 percent full.

Travelers filled the terminal at South Station.


How to stay sane at the airport and on the roads

Millions of people will be on the roads and in the air. If you’re going to be one of them, there are ways to be smart about it.

This year’s top gear for the slopes

Get out a pencil and your wish list and read on.

Gavin Lee in Pompeii.

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The VIP Lounge with Gavin Lee (a.k.a. the Grinch)

Lee will play the lead in “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical,” coming to the Wang Nov. 28 through Dec. 9.

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Turkey trots to flock to

Flock to these Thanksgiving Day road races and prep for the big meal by burning off some calories and paying it forward, too.

The interior of the Yale Center for British Art, in New Haven.


Get stamped: explore the Connecticut Art Trail

A passport gives art lovers access to 21 museums and historic sites for $25 — and a chance to win a contest.

It’s not for everyone, but there are compelling reasons for newlyweds to take a buddymoon.

Isn’t it romantic? A honeymoon with your besties

“The buddymoon trend has definitely been on the rise,” says Anne Howard, who cofounded HoneyTrek Trips with her husband.

Blain and Patti Cornwell at the Turkeyville “Village Limit.” The business, which now includes a restaurant, dinner theater, gift shop, and RV resort, was started by his grandfather.

Turkeyville U.S.A. celebrates 50 years as an American icon

For the past half-century, the Cornwell family has served up home-cooked turkey dinners with all the trimmings and the “world’s best turkey sandwiches” to guests who visit their 400-acre farm and restaurant complex, just north of Marshall, Mich.

The Des Moines Farmers’ Market


These cities may be small, but they’re mighty appealing

Small cities have many of the amenities of their larger counterparts, but they’re friendlier, less crowded, and much, much less expensive, their boosters say.

Jennifer Lee’s Bakery hosts a hands-on gingerbread workshop.

The tiny house movement has never tasted so good

Here are some Hansel-and-Gretel-approved sweet spots where kids can create and decorate the gingerbread house of their dreams.

The Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay has 650,000 colorful LED lights on display during its annual Gardens Aglow exhibit.

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James Develin with his wife, Jennifer, and sons James III and William Robert.


The VIP Lounge with James Develin

We caught up with the Patriots running back to talk about all things travel.

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The road to my VRBO rental washed away. Why can’t I get a refund?

Linda Robinson’s VRBO rental was unreachable after the road washed away during a storm. But is her booking protected by the company’s “Book With Confidence” guarantee?

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Meet Halley O’Brien, host of ‘The Snow Report’

The weekly Web series, presented by Ski Magazine, gives her room to truly display her witty energy.

A hot air balloon floats over Lithuania's capital city of Vilnius.


Now is the time to discover Lithuania, before everyone else does

It has a growing restaurant scene, unique culture, beautiful beaches, and best of all, it’s a bargain.

Access to Treehouse No. 7, “Solitude,” at the Treehouse Lodge in the Paraiso region of Peru, is by suspension bridge.

Treehouse Lodge was a high point of our Amazon stay

I had found the lodge on a whim, wondering if such a novelty might exist in the Amazon. Up popped the lodge. Most of the rooms require only stairs to access. Others require suspension bridges. “Solitude,” No. 7 on the room chart, put us farthest away and high in an Earth-made aviary.

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The best of the new ski accessories

“Lungs” that help you breathe in cold weather, ski pole flasks, venting face masks, smartphone scarves, Bluetooth-enabled goggles, and more. Some are worth the money; others are not.

Lucas McMahon at a fair in West Tisbury.


The VIP Lounge with Lucas McMahon

We caught up with the Marblehead native, a producer of “The Play That Goes Wrong,” who studied theater and business at Northwestern University, to talk about all things travel.

Guests who arrive at the Glen House are greeted by a stone fireplace and massive windows.


For when you’re feeling Presidential, there’s the Glen House

The Glen House is a new 68-room hotel that sits at the base of Mount Washington.

A vacant chairlift at Saddleback Mountain.

An uphill battle for a ski town left out in the cold

Saddleback Mountain in Rangeley, Maine, is heading into what is expected to be its fourth-consecutive season of dormancy, and there’s not much locals and Saddleback hopefuls can count on.

The author (who describes herself as unathletic, nervous, and winter-hating) tried curling at Blackstone Valley Curling Club in Hopedale, Mass. It was more fun — and difficult — than she expected.

How curling, ‘a game about honesty and respect,’ won over its newest fan

All over the country, curling clubs are cropping up — especially in Massachusetts, which has about 14 clubs from Boston all the way to the Berkshires. Here’s everything you need to know about the sport.

Mikaela Shiffrin is seeking her third straight top finish in the slalom.

The rise of the Killington Cup — and Mikaela Shiffrin

The 23-year-old Olympic champion will look to make it three consecutive top finishes in the slalom event later this month, no doubt backed by a fervent crowd

A room in the Dominick Hotel, the former Trump SoHo in New York.

This hotel took ‘Trump’ out of its name. Now the guests are coming back

A year after the Trump Organization pulled out of the Trump SoHo hotel, guests began to return.