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When It's All About The Hotel, Not The Destination

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 21:00:00 PDT

For many travelers, hotels are nothing more than a generic place to sleep and store their luggage while they spend their days exploring exotic locales. In some cases, however, the accommodations steal the show.

From doing jail time to sleeping in a treehouse, these unique hotels and inns from New...

Walking in Memphis, visitors retrace Martin Luther King Jr.'s footsteps

Thu, 8 Feb 2018 07:40:00 PST

Shortly after noon, as Sunday services at Memphis’ abundant churches conclude, another gathering of the faithful is getting underway at a restaurant popular for its soul food.

“Hi, welcome to The Four Way,” owner Patrice Thompson greets every customer, often in quick succession.

Many dressed in...

Why Delray? A Beautiful Beach And A Bustling Avenue

Thu, 2 Nov 2017 09:00:00 PDT

In the 1980s Delray Beach was sadly saddled with the nickname “Dullray Beach,” reflective of a reputation as a dowdy, rundown Palm Beach County ocean side Florida town full of vacant buildings, high crime, racial tension, dysfunctional politics and a crumbling infrastructure.

The list of problems...

The Enduring Legacy Of Lizzy Borden: The Curious Continue To Flock To Fall River

Wed, 4 Oct 2017 04:15:00 PDT

Most everyone has heard some version of the old nursery rhyme that has Lizzie Borden giving her mother "40 whacks" with an ax, and her father, one more than that.

Much like the real-life case itself, it's withstood the test of time.

Whether it's because the murders of Andrew and Abby Borden were...

Après-Ski: The Fun Begins When The Skiing Ends At These New England Destinations

Wed, 8 Nov 2017 13:05:00 PST

Ooh, la la. It’s hardly a surprise that it’s the French who coined the term, “après-ski” considering they’re among some of the first Europeans to have widely embraced the sport back in the 1900s.

“After ski,” as it translates, describes the imbibing, merriment, and social activities that follow...

The Best Ways To Save A Few Bucks On New England Slopes

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 04:00:00 PST

With the arrival of November comes colder weather and the first flakes of snow, officially kicking off ski season.

While for enthusiasts it’s the most wonderful time of the year, it also tends to be the most expensive, because for the most part, a day on the slopes doesn’t come cheap.

There are,...

Kennebunkport: Maine Coastline Towns Extend Tourist Season

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 21:00:00 PDT

Yep, Labor Day has come and gone and so has what most consider the primo vacation season in New England, especially when it comes to grabbing the suntan lotion and heading to the beach.

But if you are still dreaming about that seashore vacation missed, say maybe along those Maine coastal towns...

Chasing Fitness And Foliage On Foot In New England

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 08:05:00 PDT

Here's a novel way to enjoy autumn in New England: While the trees are dropping their leaves, you can be shedding some pounds and getting in your steps.

Activate the "Health" app on your iPhone, don a light jacket, unleash your inner multitasker and you're good to go. Powered by the same GPS technology...

Disney's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party A Grand, Spooky Affair

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 21:00:00 PDT

It's quarter past 9 and a voice cuts through the darkness, issuing an ominous warning.

With a glowing pumpkin to light the way, he's lurking to find his perfect prey. He's the bringer of Halloween fear. Beware, the Headless Horseman is here!

A hush falls over the throngs of expectant people lining...

A Connecticut Pilgrimage To Machu Picchu

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 13:09:00 PDT

Lucretia Bingham is on her fourth pilgrimage to Machu Picchu, the "lost city" of the Incas that her grandfather "found" in 1911 and then brought to the attention of the world. A young Peruvian boy led Hiram Bingham III to the overgrown citadel in the jungle.

The name Bingham, an historical footnote...

Connecticut-Based Group Headed On Cross-Country Tour To Promote Upcoming Eclipse

Tue, 8 Aug 2017 03:00:00 PDT

If you’ve never been in the path of totality of a solar eclipse, it can be a hard thing to describe. As the moon passes in front of the sun, an area about 70 miles wide is plunged into darkness – and it’s an experience unlike anything else.

But Paul Cox, the observatory and chief astronomical officer...

Newport, R.I.: Indulge In Luxury Living And The Best Of Jazz

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 21:00:00 PDT

If you're looking for a vacation with sights and sounds you won't find elsewhere, Newport, R.I., is hard to beat.

Throughout the year, "the city by the sea" as it's called, draws fans of "Downton Abbey" and the Gilded Age, who come to tour spectacular turn-of-the-century mansions, feast on fresh...

Saratoga Springs Offers Victorian Architecture, 'Health, History, Horses'

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 12:06:00 PDT

If you think wellness vacations are a new phenomenon, a trip to Saratoga Springs will prove you wrong. Travelers have been heading to the charming city in upstate New York for more than 200 years, drawn by the purported healing powers of the area's mineral springs.

In the mid-1800s, Saratoga was...

A Maine Vacation: From Hiking And Beaches To Adventure And The Arts

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 07:19:00 PDT

For me, summer vacation means spending time on a Maine pond where the sound of loons calling is about the most exciting thing that happens all day.

But I do venture occasionally from my little paradise to experience other things the state has to offer, whether it's the coast, a mountain hike, a...

Fairfield Day Trip: Restored Historic Homes And Nearby Beaches

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 11:44:00 PDT

During summer weekends, families may often find themselves wondering, should the kids do something educational today? Or just something fun?

Families can do both. Fairfield has two popular public beaches, Jennings and Penfield. Just a few minutes' drive from those Long Island Sound strands is a...

Portsmouth: Where Naval History, Charm Converge

Thu, 6 Jul 2017 07:39:00 PDT

Portsmouth, N.H., is the kind of place that if you've already been, you likely want to go back. And if you haven't, then you need to go.

With roots predating the Revolutionary War by more than a hundred years, the seacoast city, an hour's ride north of Boston, is a heady mix of culture, charm and...

Newport Church Where Kennedys Married Opening To Public

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 07:19:00 PDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The church where John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Bouvier wed is inviting visitors in to kneel where the couple knelt, listen to the music that played and imagine the day.

St. Mary's Church, in Newport, Rhode Island, was the site of the wedding on Sept. 12, 1953, when Kennedy was...

MOMA Celebrates Frank Lloyd Wright's 150 Years

Wed, 5 Jul 2017 08:37:00 PDT

NEW YORK — It's been 150 years since the birth of America's best-known architect, Frank Lloyd Wright. But his innovative designs continue to fascinate the public, from New York's Guggenheim museum, where the circular building itself is a sculptural work of art, to the Fallingwater house built over...

Berkshires Art Road Trip: See Picasso, Warhol, Rockwell And More

Thu, 29 Jun 2017 07:34:00 PDT

If you had to choose between art exhibits, which would it be? Pablo Picasso or Grandma Moses? Sol LeWitt or Helen Frankenthaler? Andy Warhol or Nick Cave? Robert Rauschenberg or Norman Rockwell? A Laurie Anderson virtual-reality experience or a James Turrell sensory-deprivation experience?


Cape Cod Shopping, Dining, Trips For When You're Not At The Beach

Thu, 25 May 2017 11:10:00 PDT

For nearly 50 years our family has been making the annual summer pilgrimage to the breathtaking National Seashore in Cape Cod, home of the freshest seafood, miles of (hopefully and usually) sunny beaches and high end boutiques and shops that promise to break any wallet.

The trouble is I am allergic...

10 Cape Cod Experiences Easy On Your Budget

Wed, 17 May 2017 09:12:00 PDT

A Cape Cod vacation can mean salt air, pretty-as-a-postcard villages, and some of the world's most beautiful beaches.

It can also mean some big-ticket expenses. A week of lobster dinners, whale watches and souvenir shopping and suddenly your budget is melting faster than a hand-scooped cone at...

Navigating Spirit's 'Bare Fares' Requires Some Homework On 'Extras'

Thu, 11 May 2017 09:00:00 PDT

Flying doesn't get much love these days, and that's especially true for Spirit Airlines.

Passengers complain about delayed and canceled flights, poor service, uncomfortable seats and extra fees for nearly everything including a cup of water.

The airline ranked last, for the third year in a row,...

New England The Focus Of 'Weekends With Yankee' On CPTV

Tue, 2 May 2017 21:00:00 PDT

Think you know your way around the attractions and activities of New England? Tune in to a new public television series "Weekends With Yankee," and you might discover a whole new list of places to visit — most within a day's drive from Connecticut.

The 13-episode documentary series premieres Sunday,...

Boston Home To Vintage Clothing Haunts

Wed, 3 May 2017 12:30:00 PDT

BOSTON — It's 10 a.m. on a Saturday morning and I'm on my hands and knees, crawling across a sea of clothes to reach a Harvard sweatshirt tangled between a striped sweater and pink fleece jacket.

After separating it from the pile, I know I've scored and stuff it into my bag. A few feet away I spy...

Botticelli Exhibit At Boston's Museum Of Fine Arts Features Works New To U.S.

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 21:00:00 PDT

BOSTON — A new exhibition of Sandro Botticelli's paintings, including some never seen in the U.S., will give museumgoers a glimpse into the artist's own search for sanctity.

The show, "Botticelli and the Search for the Divine," has opened at Boston's Museum of Fine Arts. It showcases valuable works...