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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.

This Mexico City-to-Boston flight was a rarity: a nearly empty plane.

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

An ode to the disappearing empty airplane seat. Over the past 15 years, planes have gone from 70 percent full to 85 percent full.

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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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Robert Warren, 72, of Shelburne has visited 189 countries in his decades of traveling. He is headed for his final four — North Korea, Vanuatu, Kiribati, and the Maldives — starting in January.

There are only 4 countries this Shelburne man hasn’t visited. He’ll see them in 2019

Shelburne’s Robert Warren reflects on 72 years spent seeing the world.

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No air conditioning in my Mexican hotel. How about a refund?

Yasmin Maniar’s hotel room in Mexico wasn’t what she expected. But should Booking.com provide a refund?

Dive into trips feet first: Pack the right socks

‘‘Many travelers fail to recognize the importance of choosing the right socks,’’ says Jane Andersen, a Chapel Hill, N.C., podiatrist and president of the North Carolina Foot & Ankle Society. ‘‘The wrong socks can lead to blisters, sweaty feet, and even more serious problems like blood clots.’’

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Clothing to keep the chill out

Here’s a roundup of some of the best cold weather clothing that will keep you warm and dry even if (when) the nor’easter blows in.

Learn to ski or snowboard at King Pine at Purity Spring Resort.

Five little gems that are simply grand

Here are five small but mighty New England ski resorts, where glitter and gloss are replaced with character and charm.

Stowe Village offers plenty to do with its shops, museums, and a snowshoe-ready recreation path.

Don’t ski, don’t care: New England ski towns that even a non-skier can love

If the idea of putting two sticks on your feet and hurtling down a mountain in the freezing cold is not your idea of a jolly old time, know this: It has never been easier to go on a “ski trip” and never actually ski.

The author and his children at Mount Sunapee in New Hampshire.

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Advice from a Ski Dad: Tips on making a family ski trip more fun

Here are some of Globe Sports editor Matt Pepin’s classic Ski Dad moves, gleaned from years of watching other ski fathers and becoming one himself.

The Jacuzzi at the Spa at Mirror Lake Inn in Lake Placid, N.Y.

Sore after a day on the slopes? There’s a spa for that

Whether you spent the day on snow or just need something to do while your family is on the trails, resort spas burst with indulgences that nurture body, mind, and spirit.

Jay and Christy Cashman bought Kilkea Castle in County Kildare, Ireland, and turned it into a hotel, resort, and their second home.

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Trendspotting: More Americans retiring abroad

A growing number of Americans are taking their passion for travel to a new extreme by retiring abroad, preparing to retire abroad, or spending significant chunks of time there.

The Halloween mecca of Salem is jam-packed with scares all year long.

Keep the Halloween fun coming!

Here are some ways to keep the scares — and your little monsters — going all week.

The dining room in House for an Art Lover in Glasgow has the Glasgow Rose stenciled on the fireplace wall.

Artful Glasgow through an architect’s eye: Charles Rennie Mackintosh legacy survives a tragic fire

A few days after the 150th anniversary of his birth, his most famous building — and the stylistic symbol of Glasgow — caught fire for the second time.

Queen Mary 2 arrives in New York, the final leg of her 175th Anniversary tour, Tuesday, July 14, 2015. This month marks the 175th Anniversary of Cunard, and the companyÕs flagship, Queen Mary 2, has recreated the historic Transatlantic Crossing from Liverpool to Halifax and Boston made by the RMS Britannia in July 1840. Although not a port of call in the original crossing made by Britannia, New York has been Cunard's North American home port for over a century. (Photo by Diane Bondareff/AP Images for Cunard)

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All hail the Queen, the elegant time capsule of the high seas

The Queen Mary 2 is not only an ocean liner, it’s a time capsule back to the gilded and glam age of sailing.

IF YOU GO . . . Glasgow

Fares on Norwegian from Providence/T.F. Green Airport to Edinburgh start at $328 roundtrip.

V&A Dundee, which opened last month, stands at the center of a $1.3 billion urban transformation of former docks in Dundee, Scotland.

A look at Scotland’s first design museum, V&A Dundee

The museum’s opening exhibit, through Feb. 24, is “Ocean Liners: Speed and Style,” organized jointly by the V&A London and the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Mass.

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The neon sign from Skip's Snack Bar in Merrimac, MA from the book

Masterpieces shine in new book ‘New England Neon’

Susan Mara Bregman traversed the region to find disappearing retro masterpieces of commercialism.

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After a Priceline car cancellation, don’t I deserve a refund?

Davy Bass made a car-rental reservation, but some confusion led to it being canceled. Is he entitled to a refund?

A room in the “Stranger Things” house.

Can’t wait for the return of ‘Stranger Things’? Do this (if you dare)

Universal Studios has partnered with Netflix and the Duffer Brothers to create a “Stranger Things”-themed haunted house at its Orlando resort.