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Pilgrims visit Jerusalem’s Pool of Bethesda.

Pilgrimage in the time of turmoil

Given the turbulence roiling the present day church, the prospect of exploring its origins beckoned as a welcome respite, a refresher on the stories that shaped our beliefs in the first place.

The Dream Away Lodge is a go-to destination during tourist season and a favorite gathering place for locals off season.

The Dream Away Lodge is a find (and a little hard to find)

The legendary Berkshires gem is a hopping go-to destination during tourist season and a favorite gathering place for locals off season as well.

Miss Massachusetts Gabriela Taveras was fourth runner-up in the Miss America pageant.

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Taveras is working to help other young people facing obstacles by, in part, having access to counseling services.

The Nantucket Cranberry Festival, Bash at the Bog, returns Oct. 6.

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In this satellite image provided by NOAA last week, Hurricane Florence churns through the Atlantic Ocean toward the East Coast, followed to the east first by Hurricane Isaac and then Hurricane Helene. Once a storm is named, you can’t buy travel insurance to protect against it.

How to navigate the choppy waters of travel during hurricane season

The easiest way is to plan a trip to hurricane-prone areas before or after the season. But if that’s not an option, here are a few ways to ensure you don’t wind up stranded.

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Lorenzo Savona has made a name for himself in New England as a leading wine sommelier.


Had sex on a plane? Who’s most likely to get drunk on a flight? It’s the wonderful, clickable world of travel surveys

There are studies released nearly every week about some of our most despicable travel habits, and they’re impossible to resist.

The Pickering House Inn in Wolfboro, N.H.

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It’s no dollar store, but there’s a lot to like at this Wolfeboro inn

The 19th century Pickering homestead began as a handsome private home and over the years fell into disrepair before being restored.

The ITC Kohenur is a new luxury hotel in the HITEC district of Hyderabad, one of the fastest-growing locales in southern India.


Dazzling like a diamond: The ITC Kohenur opens in Hyderabad, India

The new luxury hotel is a giant mass of concrete, glass, and chrome, sprawling more than 5 acres, jutting out in angles, covered with hanging gardens and a living roof.

The Olson house, a farmhouse in Cushing, Maine, once owned by Christina Olson and her brother Alvaro, was the setting for many of Andrew Wyeth’s paintings and sketches, including “Christina’s World.” It’s open for tours.


Seeing Wyeths by land and sea

Tours of Wyeths by Water out of Port Clyde, Maine, and the famed Olson house in Cushing, Maine.

The Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel in Aguas Calientes, Peru, created a half-day tour geared to children ages 6 to 11.

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The Prague museum shows various phases of life — from schools to sports to spies — during the Communist era, which stretched from 1948 to the Velvet Revolution of 1989.

Prague’s Museum of Communism offers a sober (and sometimes light) look into a dark time

“If you expect that we will glorify Communism or apologize for it, you have come to the wrong place,” declared Pavel, our guide.

Several industry experts say it’s only a matter of days or weeks until Delta, American Airlines, and Alaska Airlines raise their baggage fees, as JetBlue and United recently did.


Now boarding: higher fees for air travelers

As JetBlue and United hike fees for checked bags, consumers should prepare for other airlines to do the same.

Twin Farms, an all-inclusive luxury inn in Barnard, Vt., features a yoga deck.

Pack your mat: It’s National Yoga Month

There are stunning spots in New England where folks of all levels can get their downward dog on.

Stein am Rhein, Switzerland, at the point where Lake Constance again becomes the Rhine River.

The joys of getting lost while biking through three countries in three days

A solo, self-guided bike tour through three European countries reveals the joys of wrong turns and the beauty of a very large lake.

The patio at the AWOL Hotel in Provincetown has pretty views.

Suite spot: For Lark Hotels Collection, that’s somewhere between an inn and a hotel

By this fall, the Lark Hotels Collection, known for its upscale, whimsical boutique lodgings, will have 19 properties in Maine, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island.

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The Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains in Oregon was part of the Sensational Sisters tour.

For 32 years, they’ve been catering to quilt-loving travelers

Country Heritage Tours runs about 18 trips a year — nationally and internationally.

A $6.2 million restoration aimed to honor the Hotel Viking’s historic roots while adding up-to-date technological amenities.


Hotel Viking Newport is ‘big birthday’ worthy

This renovated classic is one of those places that makes you consider hunkering down for your whole stay.

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The VIP Lounge with cyclist Jonathan Vaughters

Vaughters will ride in Hub on Wheels, an annual event along Storrow Drive that raises money for pediatric cancer research at Boston Children’s Hospital.

Highflyer Zipline at Foxwoods.

Smoking drinks and tower drops: Unexpected activities amp up the action at Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun

Connecticut casinos, facing competition from Massachusetts projects, are doubling down on amenities.

The Drisco Hotel, Tel Aviv

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In 2013 the Wee Faerie Village at the Florence Griswold Museum was based on “The Wizard of Oz.”

Fairy magic lifts the Florence Griswold Museum

Annual Wee Faerie Village displays began as a response to the Great Recession.

Virginia Woolf’s final resting place at Monk’s House in East Sussex.

Tours that offer so much more than a chance to walk in an author’s shoes

Louisa May Alcott’s “Little Women” brings travelers to Concord this October, while “The Buried Giant” by Kazuo Ishiguro and Charlotte Bronte’s “Jane Eyre” will journey to Japan and the North York Moors, England, respectively, in 2019.

Derron Wood, artistic director of Flock Theatre, and Victor Chiburis, assistant artistic director, take stock of this year’s effigy of Benedict Arnold.

In New London, they never forget a traitor

This year Wood’s theater company presents its sixth annual “Burning of Benedict Arnold” festival on City Pier, as part of the Connecticut Maritime Heritage Festival.

The downtown area of Mystic, Conn., includes Mystic Pizza.

Take the ‘Mystic Pizza’ tour

Even 30 years later, most of the locations used for the cult classic 1988 film remain recognizable.

These are the best frequent flyer programs

Roughly half of the people who belong to an airline loyalty program don’t understand how it works.

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Best-selling author Elin Hilderbrand talks about her travel plans

The “queen of beach reads” lives in her favorite vacation destination — Nantucket. So where does she normally travel?

The former Argentine military detention facility where torture and executions occurred is now a museum dedicated to those who disappeared while in the government’s custody from 1976 to 1983.

Memorial gives voice to ‘the disappeared’ of Argentina

Argentines and visitors come face to face with a painfully dark era at ESMA.

The sound of water sluicing through rocks in Plitvice National Park in Croatia is a particular favorite of frequent traveler, Chris Wildgen, of San Francisco.

When the sounds of travel create memories of trips that resonate

Readers and other frequent travelers pipe up about their personal favorites — “The buzz and whine of scooters in Milan,” “wind-tossed Gobi desert sands,” “the bong of a Japanese temple bell” — and many more.

Delayed on Hawaiian Airlines. Where’s my compensation?

Robert Brook’s flight was delayed on Hawaiian Airlines. Where’s the compensation the carrier promised him two months ago?

A sign for Route 20 in the western part of the state. Lawmakers are trying to designate the highway as a historic route.

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Get your kicks on . . . Route 20? Welcome to the next Route 66

Come along on one local man’s quest to get Route 20 recognized as a historic highway and turn it into the next Route 66.

Patrick and Estelle Laurent at the grave of Goya the bull.

Here, it’s all about Goya the bull

When it comes to bull running in France, the bull is the star.

Travel Troubleshooter

When will this Expedia plane-ticket refund happen?

After Irwin Grams’s sister-in-law died, he canceled his and his wife’s flight to Rome. Alitalia refunded one ticket. What about the other one?

The Rose Kennedy Greenway offers plenty of diversions for visitors, including seven water features.

Things to do in Boston with your guests on the cheap

Some of the best things in Boston, as in life, really are free, or at least cheap.

Trybal campers at last year’s kickoff event in the Berkshires.

‘It’s like glamping for young professionals, with cool activities’

Carine Warsawski founded Trybal to offer annual four-day camps in the Berkshires, Malibu, and Wisconsin. Her clientele is made up of young adults nostalgic for summer camp.

Aisslinn Nosky

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We caught up with the concertmaster of the Handel and Haydn Society to talk about all things travel.

Michael A. Bruno decided to write a book in 2017 after he couldn’t find one about New Hampshire roadside markers.

New Hampshire’s historical markers now a real page-turner

A New Hampshire man is providing an incentive to pause for a chuckle, a sigh, or a gee-whiz moment.

Swimming with Salmon in New Brunswick, Canada.

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How to get over a bad vacation

Here are some tips from workplace and travel experts to help you avoid feeling cheated out of some much needed time away, and to ease into a busy week without feeling more harried than usual.

The port and village of Mousehole in Cornwall.

Ice cream, seascapes, and charm in a Cornish port

We wanted to get away for a week where no one we knew had ever traveled. Mousehole fit that bill and so many others.

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

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The VIP Lounge with Marshall Crenshaw

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


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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.

Cyclists on the Minuteman Bikeway in Lexington.

How to make the most of New England’s rail-trail system

Ready to hit the trail? Here are five top-ranked rail-trails in New England.