Christopher Muther

Staying power: Boston is in the midst of a luxury hotel boom

The Langham is being transformed, Raffles has broken ground, and The Whitney and a second Four Seasons opened this summer. When all the construction and renovations are complete, the number of luxury hotel rooms in Boston will have doubled.

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20marblehead - Marblehead may be densely packed, but it offers plenty of spots to relax and watch the world go by. (Diane Bair)

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A heads-up: In Marblehead, some things never change (and hooray for that)

If merchant prince/ship owner “King” Robert Hooper, who lived in town in the mid-1700s, landed here today, he’d probably feel right at home. And that’s a good thing.

A great day in Maine inspired by Olive Kitteridge

With Maine on my mind upon the release of “Olive, Again,” I decided to take a road trip with my son in honor of the character and books I love.

20mini - Rabbit Hill Inn. (Jumping Rocks Photography)

5 great spots for a mini moon

They are mostly adults-only and feature romantic amenities like couples’ massages, rose petal turndowns, in-room champy, fireplaces, and gourmet meals for culinary-focused newlyweds.

Adam Butler is in his third year with the Patriots.

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The VIP Lounge with Patriots defensive tackle Adam Butler

Butler, a Dallas native, is in his third season with the Pats. We caught up with the Vanderbilt University product, who has a 5-month-old daughter, Grace, to talk about all things travel.

Catrinas gather by candlelight during the Day of the Dead festivities in Pátzcuaro, Mexico.

Coming to life for the Day of the Dead

Pátzcuaro has become the go-to destination for travelers from throughout Mexico and the Americas seeking something more meaningful than candy and tacky Halloween costumes as October slides into November.

The Club Med resort in Cancun, Mexico, offers pre-paid “all inclusive” packages.

A family vacation with something for everyone

I scoffed when a friend told me we should look at Club Med for our biannual trip with the kids and grandkids. But it turns out they were right: None of us had to cook and there was so much to do. Or nothing to do — which is just as good.

A rendering of a proposed idea for new TNC pickup and drop off areas at Logan Airport. Uber and Lyfts would use the Central Garage as their pick up and drop off points. Terminal B (Massachusetts Port Authority) 13uber

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Curb your complaining: Logan’s Lyft and Uber drop-off plan will not ruin your life

Travel writer Christopher Muther tried the new Uber and Lyft drop-off area in central parking at Logan, and he’s here to tell you that you’re making a big deal over a very small change.

20hte - The 31st annual Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular at Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence. (Bill Gallery/Go Providence)

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The Banded Brewery Company in the Pepperell Mill Campus.

Five reasons to visit Biddeford, Maine

Locals are calling it “the Biddessance,” the rejuvenation of downtown as young chefs, artists, and entrepreneurs, who can’t afford the rising prices in neighboring towns (Kennebunkport, Portland) relocate here to start businesses and raise families.

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There’s a new Boston to New York bus — with $5 fares

The European company FlixBus launches a new route between Boston and New York with introductory fares beginning at $5.

A skim boarder at South Shore Beach in Little Compton, R.I.

Six under-the-radar autumn escapes

Here are a few places that we think are even better post-Labor Day.

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A $150-a-night South End hotel is declared the best in Boston

The bargain Revolution Hotel tops the normally all-luxury list of hotels in this year’s Condé Nast Traveler survey.

Despite improvements -- such as local food and beverage offerings in Terminal B -- Logan scored low on a recent customer satisfaction survey.

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Despite improvements, Logan scores poorly on customer satisfaction survey

A new satisfaction survey found that Logan travelers were least impressed by the airport’s terminal facilities, food and beverage offerings, and their experience arriving and departing the airport.

Buyi Zama with fellow Lion King cast member Sandile Gontsana.

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The VIP Lounge with Buyi Zama

The 41-year-old Durban, South Africa, native has played the role of the wise, eccentric mandrill Rafiki in Disney’s “The Lion King” since 2002, performing around the world, including in London’s West End and on Broadway.

06ghosted - Guide Aline Kaplan shares tales of BostonÕs dark side on her tour. After this, youÕll never stroll past the Central Burying Ground in the Common after dark (lest you encounter the ghost girl in white.) (Diane Bair for The Boston Globe)

Tours for those who love a good ghost story

On these creepy walks, getting ghosted is a good thing; guides encourage participants to be open to the presence of spirits and spectral energy.

Beyond glamping: Luxury Airstream lodging coming to Cape Cod

California-based AutoCamp plans to open the first Airstream hotel on the East Coast. The Falmouth opening is scheduled for fall 2020.

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Howard Johnson looks back to restyle its hotels for the future

Wyndham Hotels has been in the process of stylistically resuscitating Howard Johnson hotels. But will it be enough to bring in both modern travelers and those looking to relive memories.

In 2016, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump paid a visit to the Airport Diner in Manchester, N.H.

New Hampshire in the fall: Primary colors and primary candidates

These days, it’s about a lot more than foliage.

Velas Resorts offers painting classes for children.

Singled out: How to avoid supplement fees for single parent travel

Here are some cool solo parent getaway ideas that don’t penalize you for not having a mate.

The nearly unbelievable beauty of Lake Louise

We’re here because my wife, Jennifer, and I are on a lifelong quest to hike the best trails in all the national parks. While most of our exquisite collection is from US parks, occasionally it’s good to branch out internationally — and Banff National Park might be the best reason we’ve found so far.

06hte - 4th Annual White Mountains Crush Festival in Lincoln, New Hampshire. (Seven Birches Winery)

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29norway - Hornsund, Svalbard. (Beth Jones for The Boston Globe)

In Norway, so much beauty — 24 hours a day — and fear of its demise

Svalbard, like many other places, is trying to create a balance between protecting spectacular and endangered places while increasing the economy through tourism.

29gretnagreen - The marriage anvil at Gretna Green.(Gretna Green)

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Gretna Green kept showing up in the romance novels I read, so I showed up in Gretna Green

In Scotland, you could get married by anyone, as long as there were witnesses. The blacksmith’s shop was literally the first business over the border. The man in charge was happy to marry people over his anvil, for a fee, of course. Almost three centuries later the entire community of Gretna is still a wedding destination.

Max Weinberg and his wife, Becky, with Italian friends at La Buccacia in Cortona, Italy.

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The VIP Lounge with Max Weinberg

Weinberg, 68, who for 17 years was also the bandleader on “Late Night With Conan O’Brien” and “The Tonight Show With Conan O’Brien,” will perform at City Winery on Oct. 6.

Visit Errol, N.H., for what there is — and for what there isn’t

Errol and its immediate surroundings — a fine place to appreciate and attack the great outdoors in any season or smell the pines and maybe even relax for a bit if you prefer — has long held a certain allure for me and my family and the wildlife in the area has been a major part of the draw.

If you go: Peak’s Island

If you go: Peak’s Island

George and Ben Garmany at Plimoth Plantation.

Meet ‘gramping,’ the newest travel trend that has a little something for everyone

On skip-gen trips, grandparents and grandkids leave the middle generation at home.

29hte - During the HONK! Festival, dozens of social activist bands take to the streets of Greater Boston to roust political sentiment and instigate change. (Jesse Edsell Vetter)

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Peaks Island is a 20-minute ride on the Casco Bay Lines ferry from Portland.

Day tripping on Peak’s Island in Casco Bay, Maine

There are quiet coves for picnicking and swimming, a tiny cluster of restaurants and shops, two interesting, small museums, bikes to rent and nature walks.

At Downtown Camper in Stockholm, The Nest is a rooftop wellness area with a spacious sauna.

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Check in: Downtown Camper a creative stop for ‘urban explorers’ in Stockholm

Decorated in soothing woodsy tones, rooms feature log-shaped night tables, comfortable reading nooks, cork and pegboard wall hangings, and pendant lamps that mimic the warmth of a campfire.

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If a flight is canceled, do I get a refund or a voucher?

Karen Engelhardt’s flight from Minneapolis to Savannah, Ga., is canceled after a hurricane takes aim at the East Coast. Her online agency offers vouchers. But if a flight is canceled, shouldn’t she get a refund?

Blantyre is home to La Cave, the only sanctioned Dom Perignon champagne salon in the world.

A trip to the Berkshires is for lovers, and here’s the proof

Looking for inspiration for a romantic getaway? We can help.

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Where should you stay in the Berkshires this fall? Here are the latest and greatest options

Travel writer Christopher Muther sleeps around in the Berkshires — professionally, of course — to find the best options for fall foliage season lodging.

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Irish theater wasn’t coming here, so I went there. Here’s why you should go, too.

Last fall, I attended the Dublin Theatre Festival. Some of the most memorable moments for a first-time visitor to Dublin were the smaller theaters and lesser-known actors, the pints, and the paintings.

Shire Breu-Haus in Dalton (above) is a community gathering spot. Bright Ideas Brewing flights (left) include four generous pours.

Something is definitely brewing in the Berkshires

Five craft breweries and their taprooms are conveniently spread out on a north-south axis so that a traveler is rarely more than 20 minutes from a fresh mug anywhere in Berkshire County.

Z Bar overlooks Michigan Avenue from the Peninsula Chicago. Come winter, there’s a canopy covering part of the terrace, and an outdoor fireplace to keep you warm.

Chicago raises the rooftop game

Many of the rooftops transform into other spaces like curling rinks and all-weather beer gardens the rest of the year. Here are some favorites.

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The VIP Lounge with Angie Swan of ‘David Byrne’s American Utopia’

The Milwaukee native, who now calls New York City home, is no stranger to Boston — having studied at Berklee College of Music from 2001-05 — and is happy to be back.

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5 interstellar takeaways from a visit to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge

This hotly anticipated, immersive Star Wars playground opened at Disneyland in California on May 31. The Orlando version launched at Walt Disney World’s Hollywood Studios on Aug. 29.

“Like snowflakes,” the writer notes, “each [island sunset] is different and unique.”

Falling for a Maine island

When my wife and I married in 2000, she told me about this small rustic island, a bucolic destination her family had been visiting every summer for most of her life. It didn’t take long for me to love it, too.

Highclere Castle in Hampshire, England, is the location used for filming

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A visit to Highclere Castle and the wonderful world of Downton

Christopher Muther loves “Downton Abbey” so he, too, wanted to be surrounded by ancient tapestries and tufted velvet sofas. This was his chance — and he almost blew it.

The reception area inside the Langley Hotel in Buckinghamshire, England

A chance to play aristocrat for a weekend in England

An 18th-century hunting lodge is reborn as a posh new hotel.

Natural beauty abounds in the Rangeley Lakes region of Maine.

Skip Saturday soccer (and get away)

Here are three family-friendly New England getaways that are finest in fall.

Michael Chavis (right, with his friend Christian Furr) on a visit to Grand Cayman Islands.

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The VIP Lounge with Sox infielder Michael Chavis

We caught up with the rookie to talk about all things travel.

15hte - Trailing of the Sheep Festival in Sun Valley, Idaho, when about 1,500 sheep are moved from high mountain pastures to meadows in the valley in the fall. (Becky Smith)

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Tell us your vacation horror stories

Have you ever had a “bump in the road” while traveling? Tell us your story — we’ll use select ones on BostonGlobe.com.

Smith Mountain Lake offers beaches for swimming and miles of shoreline to explore by kayak.

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Welcome to the Lake Winnipesaukee of the South

The 1991 comedy, “What About Bob?” starring Murray and Richard Dreyfuss, was filmed at Smith Mountain Lake, Va., not Lake Winnipesaukee, N.H. Say what? To most people, this would be a passing bit of trivia. To us, it meant one thing: Road trip!

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Black, American, and abroad? Racism travels free

There’s no escaping racism. It comes with you in the carry-on bag called your skin.