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Portland, Maine’s emerging craft cocktail culture is as refreshing as its food scene

In the last decade, the city’s seemingly never-ending waves of gutsy new restaurants have drawn a lot of coverage. Somehow, the quietly cool craft cocktail scene has gone almost unrecognized.

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After a Booking.com price error, am I stuck with this room?

The rate for Carrie Cleveland’s apartment in Brooklyn is $125 a night, not the $46 to which she agreed when she made the reservation. Her online agency gives her one choice: pay the new rate. What can she do about this Booking.com price error?

At Toronto’s Bata Shoe Museum, 600 to 1,000 pairs are on exhibit daily.

In Toronto, we just want to celebrate shoes, glorious shoes

Are you ready, boots? Start walking in Toronto.

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The VIP Lounge with Jonny Sun

The Canadian humorist, author, illustrator — and PhD candidate at MIT — has most recently collaborated on a book with “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda.

The Revolution Hotel is loaded with Boston-inspired artwork and information.

A new South End hotel is filled with Boston history, and bunk beds

“Our intention is to honor the revolutionary spirit of Boston by creating something really new for the city.”

Carnival announced that BOLT will circle the top of a new ship, Mardi Gras, when it sets sail in 2020.

Carnival announces roller coaster on new cruise ship

The cruise line said that BOLT will circle the top of a new ship, Mardi Gras, when it sets sail in 2020.

The site of the new Warsaw Ghetto Museum, where Daniel Blatman has been appointed chief historian.

Historian aims to help create key Holocaust museum in Warsaw

The newly appointed chief historian of the Warsaw Ghetto Museum says he hopes it will become “the major Holocaust museum in Poland” when it opens in 2023.

More than 50 works are on display on the grounds of Lincoln’s deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum.

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At the Rangeley Lakes Trails Center in Maine, there are more than 55 kilometers of groomed and backcountry trails, most catering to beginner and intermediate skiers.

Want to cross-country ski? Here are some of our favorite spots.

Fun fact: New England has more cross-country skiers than any other region in the country. It makes sense to us. It’s a fun way to enjoy our long winters, and play in our gorgeous backyard.

On social media, airlines have discovered the block

Understanding why airlines do it can help you avoid getting on a blacklist and ensure that your next complaint is heard.

Joan Osborne will perform at the Tilden Arts Center in West Barnstable on Dec. 22.

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The VIP Lounge with Joan Osborne

We caught up with the singer, who will perform at the Tilden Arts Center in West Barnstable on Dec. 22, to talk about all things travel.

One of seven newly commissioned large-scale sculptures in “Air Sea Land” in the Seaport.

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There are lovely views from the hotel’s rolling lawn, which faces the Gulf of Mexico.

At the Fenway Hotel, there’s no baseball, but plenty of hits

It’s hard to believe that this jazzy, 10,000-square-foot modern hotel in Dunedin, Fla., was boarded up, covered in graffiti, and in foreclosure just a couple of years ago.

Esther, while very active on social media, sleeps up to 18 hours a day on a mattress at her home: Happily Ever Esther Farm Sanctuary in Ontario.

Meet Esther, the Canadian poster pig for meatless diets, animal rights, and diversity

Esther, with 2 million followers in 43 countries, is awfully busy on social media.

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.

Forge & Vine restaurant — located on the site of the old inn’s blacksmith shop — has become a dining hotspot in the Groton area.

A new life for the Groton Inn, former oldest inn in America

It was fire that destroyed the old Groton Inn, and it’s fire that’s bringing it back to life.

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This ship wants to make millennials like cruises

The Celebrity Edge promises to revolutionize how people sail, with new technology, striking design, and a Magic Carpet.

Don’t miss the famed lobster trap tree in Cape Porpoise Square. in Kennebunkport, Maine.

Five festive New England towns to get you in the holiday spirit

These places are picturesque and charming year-round, but they’re especially magical during the holidays.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.