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A Saturn V rocket at Kennedy Space Center.


Interest in space tourism is sky high

Enthusiasm appears to have been reignited by images of SpaceX rocket boosters landing gently back on earth, Elon Musk’s Tesla Roadster shot into solar orbit, and by the prospect of traveling aboard Virgin Galactic or Jeff Bezos’s Blue Origin.

Coin-operated telescopes enhance the view along Stacey Boulevard in Gloucester.


How to spend a perfect weekend in Gloucester

Tell me, fellow Bostonians, why are you torturing yourselves in Cape Cod traffic?

Marshall Crenshaw

The VIP Lounge | Marshall Crenshaw

The VIP Lounge with Marshall Crenshaw

We caught up with the “Someday, Someway” rocker to talk about all things travel.


Here, there, and everywhere

Sample hundreds of wines from around the world and cuisine from nearly two dozen local restaurants and caterers during the Newport Mansions Wine and Food Festival, Sept. 20-23.

How to get ready for the next fun-filled chapter in Maine

The “Maine Play Book” is organized by season, and each section features farms, nature preserves, and parks, as well as events and activities for families.

Travel Troubleshooter

My mom’s in a wheelchair. Why can’t I sit with her, American?

Why won’t American Airlines allow Bo Bao to sit with his mother, who uses a wheelchair, on a flight from Dallas to Paris and back? I find the answer.

The green infield, blue sky, and puffy clouds portend a perfect day for baseball at Hadlock Field, home turf of the Portland Sea Dogs.

Hitting for the cycle: Red Sox baseball at four levels

Red Sox fans are unusually blessed with baseball riches, and not all of them involve the high temple of Fenway Park.

Some of the sheep at Fat Sheep Farm & Cabins in Hartland, Vt.

A taste of farm life in Vermont

Fat Sheep Farm & Cabins drew us in, fed us, comforted us, entertained us, and made us never want to leave.

It’s easy to find an inviting stretch of beach along 7-mile-long Anna Maria Island.

Fun, family-friendly Florida — minus the mouse ears

The Gulf Islands off Florida’s west coast offer a much different experience than hanging around at the amusement parks.

At the Studio Allston Hotel, the lobby pops with color.

Inside Boston’s hottest hotels, from bleak to chic, and everything in between

Travel writer Christopher Muther slept around so you don’t have to.

An installation by Japanese artist Fujiko Nakaya was commissioned by the Emerald Necklace Conservancy.

Here, there, and everywhere

Art on the Emerald Necklace, an app for an airport, and a new five-star hotel

Travel news — and gadgets — you can use.

The VIP Lounge with Camille Kostek

We caught up with the swimsuit model, television host, and creator of a jewelry line to talk about all things travel.

The salted caramel pretzel milkshake is one of many over-the-top flavors at Kaffeology.

Food Find

Over-the-top milkshakes at Kaffeology in Newport

Try the s’mores shake — with graham crackers, Hershey’s chocolate, and torched marshmallows — or this summer’s special “unicorn” shake.

Travel Troubleshooter

United Airlines approved my colleague’s refund, but not mine

After a flight delay from Portugal, James Tate’s fellow passenger and colleague receives a $700 check from United Airlines. Why doesn’t he get one as well?

On the water during an Inca Trail Peru adventure with Body Roots.

On the road to recovery, many adventures

All Spiritual Adrenaline Adventures will focus on adventure, sobriety, meditation, nutrition, fitness, and components of 12-step programs, with high-end lodging and healthy meals.

Nick Zaderneg of Pittsfield and his nephew Andrew Zaderneg of Ballston Lake, N.Y., ride the Berkshire Carousel.

Giving the Berkshires a spin: Pittsfield’s volunteer-crafted carousel makes summer memories

Now in its third season, the carousel was set in motion by Dr. Jim Shulman and his wife, Jackie. Shulman has fond memories of growing up in Pittsfield, and wanted to give back to his community.

George “Woody” Wood feeling the effects of sleep deprivation and high humidity while hiking in Maine.

Bump in the Road

Bump in the Road: In the heat of the moment, you could get really sick

What happened to me up in Baxter State Park was a series of small misfortunes that added up and extracted a harsh toll. Thank goodness for the kindness of strangers — who happen to know what they’re doing.

The morning crowd at Veracruz All Natural's food truck.

Everyone seems to love Austin, even the kids

Compared with hipster hubs like Brooklyn and San Francisco, Austin seems affordable — and enjoyable with its evolving restaurant scene, green spaces, and live music including the South by Southwest festival. Those qualities and the weather make it a top travel destination with children, too.

The magical world of puppets comes alive at the Puppet Showplace Theater in Brookline.

10 things to do in New England while your kids are still young

There are certain places in New England that are a whole lot more fun — and magical — when young kids are along. Here are 10 favorites.

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The VIP Lounge with Kevin Clay

Visiting new cities every couple of weeks is one of the perks of performing in the national tour of the Tony Award-winning musical “The Book of Mormon.”

The 25th annual Camden Windjammer Festival runs from Aug. 31 to Sept. 1.

Here, there, and everywhere

Tips and deals for the traveler.

Travel Troubleshooter

Why didn’t Overseas Adventure Travel tell me this tour wasn’t right for me?

After Marla Caplan pays Overseas Adventure Travel a $350 deposit for her Asia tour, it reveals a few details about the trip she wishes she’d known sooner. Can she get a refund?

‘If they touch it, you tip it’: The definitive guide to tipping while traveling

With the help of etiquette experts, we’ve assembled a handy guide for tipping while traveling in the United States.

The Mori Building Digital Art Museum in Tokyo.

Here, there, and everywhere

Travel news — and gadgets — you can use.

A baseball bargain in tony Newport

For many locals and vacationers alike, watching ballgames in the cozy confines of Cardines Field, nestled on America’s Cup Avenue, are highlights of summer nights in the City by the Sea.

The Cape Cod Creamery in South Yarmouth offers a flight of ice creams called a sampler boat.

Children of the cone: Ice cream lover’s guide to Cape Cod

Seven suggestions for family favorite ice cream shops on Cape Cod.

On a guided excursion with Maine-based Coast Encounters, you can turn over rocks to discover the miniature world of intertidal critters.

Where there’s dirt, there’s fun

What’s more fun than splashing in mud puddles and digging in dirt? Not much if you’re a kid.

Tourists pays homage to the days when the Mohawk Trail was one of the most traveled scenic highways in the Northeast.

What’s old is what’s new at Tourists in North Adams

Tourists update the concept of the mid-century roadside motel, paying homage to the days when the Mohawk Trail was one of the most traveled scenic highways in the Northeast.

Okemo’s Timber Ripper Mountain Coaster.

Summer on the slopes: zip lines, ninja courses, and human foosball

When warm weather arrives New England ski resorts become adventure parks.

Travel Troubleshooter

A double cancellation from Aer Lingus, but no refund from Expedia

It’s been more than eight weeks since Jeffrey Saffitz canceled his Aer Lingus flight from Boston to Madrid. Where’s his refund? And why is Expedia dragging its feet?

The Genius Pack G3 22-inch Carry On Spinner has tons of compartments and nifty features.

Don’t bother with cheap luggage that falls apart — check out your best carry-on options

Here are some of our travel-tested favorites.

Kayaking under a full moon = great date night. Mass Audubon sponsors guided full moon kayak tours of Sampson’s Island in Cotuit.

A romantic Cape Escape? Here’s how it’s done.

Locals offer tips, from dinners and drinks to drive-in movies.

The penthouse suite at No. 284 has an atrium glass roof and private terrace.


Check-in: No. 284, where guests are encouraged to feel at home

The former private residence in Back Bay underwent an 18-month, multi-million-dollar rehab that managed to preserve the building’s historic charm while adding loads of modern luxury.

Paddle Inn is located in Newburyport.

These restaurants are on the right track

Many commuter rail stations are within walking distance of summery dining spots. Here’s a taste.

Cherry blossoms in the Fushimi ward of Kyoto.

Chasing Japan’s cherry blossoms

Japanese people spill into their public spaces eager to interact with these blossoms in a joyful tradition known as hanami, or flower viewing, that’s said to date back to the 700s.

Alex Cora (left) with Francis Suarez, the mayor of Miami, at Fenway Park in June.

The VIP Lounge with Alex Cora

We caught up with Red Sox manager Alex Cora to talk about all things travel.

Green Animals Topiary Garden in Portsmouth, R.I., is one of the oldest topiary gardens in North America.

Yankee put out a book on essential N.E. adventures (and we’re drawn to the weirder ones)

Instead of compiling yet another “Best of” list of things you may already know about, here’s a sampling of the most unusual outings featured in the book “Yankee’s New England Adventures: Over 400 Essential Things to See and Do.”

Here, there, and everywhere

Travel news — and gadgets — you can use.

Travelers arriving at the international terminal of O'Hare International Airport in Chicago on April 25, the day the Supreme Court began hearing arguments to determine if President Trump's limited travel ban overstepped his power because it singles out several mostly Muslim nations.

When President Trump makes news, flight searches to US tumble

Analysts at the airline search app Hopper looked at 6 billion flight searches and found that when foreign policy problems arise, world travelers tend to lose interest in the US.

The Cape Cod Inflatable Park’s new 2-acre H2O Water Park features a series of serpentine slides topped by a tipping bucket (above), a lily pad pool (right), and more.

Wave hello to Cape Cod’s new water park

The Cape Cod Inflatable Park, home of the giant Zorb ball and inflatable rock climbing, has added a new, liquid dimension.

Travel Troubleshooter

Aigle Azur lost my bag six months ago. Now what?

Six months after the airline Aigle Azur loses Jennifer Ulrich’s checked bag, neither the airline nor her travel insurance company is helping her. So she turns to me. Can I find her $1,640 claim?

Guests can go back in time at Bradford Camps in far northern Maine, where the emphasis is on fishing.

Turn-of-the-century sporting camp offers relaxation, fly fishing

The Sikorskys took over Bradford Camps in 1996. The camp was founded in the 1890s by Will Atkins and has been in constant operation since.

The authors taking a breather near a castle.

A modern wonder — the electric bike — lets us relive the good old days in France

Can anything be more soothing than pedaling quietly along an empty lane through a copse of young poplars early in the morning, sun dappling the light green leaves overhead, the silence broken only by the faint whisper of your tire treads on the hard-packed earth?

At EVO Kitchen + Bar, a dish of Maine potatoes in a sauce of yogurt, turmeric, cumin, and Aleppo pepper.

Find out just how much of a foodie city Portland is on a Maine Food for Thought Tour

As much as we enjoy Portland’s restaurants, we’ve never given much thought to how that food landed on our plates until now, thanks to a new food tour.

Here, There, Everywhere

Here, there, and everywhere

Travel news — and gadgets — you can use.

I’m about to fly 1,000 miles with my wedding dress

Say yes to the gown flying with you and no to shipping it, experts warn.