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The Genius Pack G3 22-inch Carry On Spinner has tons of compartments and nifty features.

Don’t bother with cheap luggage that falls apart — check out your best carry-on options

Here are some of our travel-tested favorites.

The penthouse suite at No. 284 has an atrium glass roof and private terrace.

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Check-in: No. 284, where guests are encouraged to feel at home

The former private residence in Back Bay underwent an 18-month, multi-million-dollar rehab that managed to preserve the building’s historic charm while adding loads of modern luxury.

Paddle Inn is located in Newburyport.

These restaurants are on the right track

Many commuter rail stations are within walking distance of summery dining spots. Here’s a taste.

Alex Cora (left) with Francis Suarez, the mayor of Miami, at Fenway Park in June.

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We caught up with Red Sox manager Alex Cora to talk about all things travel.

Green Animals Topiary Garden in Portsmouth, R.I., is one of the oldest topiary gardens in North America.

Yankee put out a book on essential N.E. adventures (and we’re drawn to the weirder ones)

Instead of compiling yet another “Best of” list of things you may already know about, here’s a sampling of the most unusual outings featured in the book “Yankee’s New England Adventures: Over 400 Essential Things to See and Do.”

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Aigle Azur lost my bag six months ago. Now what?

Six months after the airline Aigle Azur loses Jennifer Ulrich’s checked bag, neither the airline nor her travel insurance company is helping her. So she turns to me. Can I find her $1,640 claim?

Guests can go back in time at Bradford Camps in far northern Maine, where the emphasis is on fishing.

Turn-of-the-century sporting camp offers relaxation, fly fishing

The Sikorskys took over Bradford Camps in 1996. The camp was founded in the 1890s by Will Atkins and has been in constant operation since.

The authors taking a breather near a castle.

A modern wonder — the electric bike — lets us relive the good old days in France

Can anything be more soothing than pedaling quietly along an empty lane through a copse of young poplars early in the morning, sun dappling the light green leaves overhead, the silence broken only by the faint whisper of your tire treads on the hard-packed earth?

At EVO Kitchen + Bar, a dish of Maine potatoes in a sauce of yogurt, turmeric, cumin, and Aleppo pepper.

Find out just how much of a foodie city Portland is on a Maine Food for Thought Tour

As much as we enjoy Portland’s restaurants, we’ve never given much thought to how that food landed on our plates until now, thanks to a new food tour.

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I’m about to fly 1,000 miles with my wedding dress

Say yes to the gown flying with you and no to shipping it, experts warn.

Above: A “Glamp Tent” at Sandy Pines Campground

More ways to camp in style at Sandy Pines

Campers can choose from 12 “Camp Carriages” and another dozen “Hideaway Huts” — in addition to up to 16 luxury “Glamp Tents.”

Patty Griffin

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The VIP Lounge with Patty Griffin

We caught up with the Grammy-winning singer-songwriter, who lives in Austin, Texas, to talk about all things travel.

Trip Mate denied my claim. Is there no hope for a refund?

Trip Mate denies Lorraine Schaefer’s insurance claim, saying her husband has a preexisting medical condition. But does he? And is there any way to ask the company to reconsider?

The youth hostel in Porto is covered in azulejo tiles.

Why Porto is now a part of me

After spending a week in Portugal in June, I’m in love with the centuries-old tile work, the steep alleyways, the sardines that adorn restaurant tables and T-shirts alike, and much more.

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The VIP Lounge with Meghann Fahy

Meghann Fahy has come a long way since her first stage performance as Dorothy Gale in her Longmeadow High School senior class production of “The Wizard of Oz.”

Views along the Silverado Trail in California’s Napa Valley.

After the fire, Napa’s growing again

The Napa Valley is making a grand return with new hotels, restaurants, and tasting rooms after a devastating fire last fall.

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Our Airbnb was stifling. The thermostat was locked and the windows had no screens. Then the stink bugs arrived

As convenient as Airbnb can be, a rental also has the potential to go horribly, horribly wrong. Here’s how one man survived a long, hot weekend in a bug-infested Airbnb hell.

Advanced Elements’ new AdvancedFrame Ultralite kayak comes in a travel bag with backpack straps so you can carry it to the airport or into the wilderness with ease.

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Weight Watchers activities on the cruise included Yoga Therapy for Lower Back Pain.

No endless buffet on this Weight Watchers cruise

Would I love a cruise that lacked an all-day self-serve frozen yogurt machine?

Chef Joshua Livsey, a “Holiday Baking Championship” finalist, creates masterful sweets in Cambridge.

You Go Girl

A pastry pilgrimage to sample sweets from Food Network competitors

On this girlfriends’ getaway, we had one goal: to sample the gorgeous confections from three superstar New England bakers we’d come to love on TV.

Duck Tour boats in the Charles River.

Boston Duck Tours named a top US travel experience

Broken down by country, there are 10 Travelers Choice awards for experiences nationwide. The famed Boston boat tours are eighth, and the only New England activity to make the list.

Kids love swimming at Purity Spring Resort.

Summer camp is not just for kids anymore

Family camp-style vacations are wildly popular, fueled by a desire to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life to spend quality time together.

Making glass at the Corning Museum of Glass in upstate New York.

TRENDSPOTTING

Actually making memories

There’s a growing demand from travelers who want to not just see, but do.

A view of Los Angeles from Spire, the rooftop bar at the InterContinental Downtown in Los Angeles.

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A new high in Los Angeles at the InterContinental

The InterContinental and its views are noteworthy because the hotel is housed in the tallest building west of the Mississippi River.

Eileen Rose and her husband, Rich Gilbert, moved to Nashville and play in a country band called the Silver Threads.

How a Boston couple does Nashville

Musicians Eileen Rose and Rich Gilbert, who met on the Boston music scene in the ’80s, picked up and moved to Nashville. Now they’re sharing their favorite hidden spots.

Honky tonks line both sides of Broadway in downtown Nashville.

Hot chicken and good times on a last-minute trip to Nashville

Without an agenda beyond having some Southern fun in February, we welcomed whatever food and musical wonders came our way in Nashville. As it turns out, there would be plenty.

The Cayman Islands are offering a Worry Free Hurricane Guarantee.

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A new Nantucket hotel, Cayman Islands refunds, and other tidbits

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Got a complaint about the travel industry? Take it to the top

Why are executives listening more now? Customer service expert Chip Bell says that while companies care about good service, they’re also afraid of the power of unhappy customers’ voices.

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Hey, United Airlines, why did you cancel my ticket?

Why did United Airlines cancel Lauren Daly’s flight from Monterey, California, to Los Angeles? And why does it want her to pay $900 for a new ticket? Looks like a job for the Travel Troubleshooter.

Parades are only part of the Fourth of July activities at Old Sturbridge Village.

Have a historical Fourth at Old Sturbridge Village

There will be a flag raising and lowering, a replica cannon demonstration by the graveyard, dance lessons in the local barn, bouts of tug of war, an old-school baseball game on the village common.

Birch Shambaugh and Fayth Preyer, owners of Woodford Food & Beverage restaurant, are seeing the Woodfords Corner neighborhood come alive.

At the heart of Woodfords Corner’s revival is this: ‘You don’t get very many opportunities in life to do what you really believe in’

That an iconic eatery can fuel the vitality of a neighborhood is nothing new, but usually it’s a lengthy process. What’s happened in Woodfords Corner is more like a time lapse video.

If you go . . . Woodfords Corner

“More and more, Woodfords Corner is becoming the ‘third night’ option.”

Angelina Mullins Prattes and her husband, Colt Prattes, at Disney World.

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For Angelina Mullins Prattes, Disney World is her magic place

The Mansfield native began her professional career with the Boston Ballet when she was 9 years old.

Market in Bologna Italy.

Intrepid Travel launches vegan tours

The world’s largest adventure travel company has announced three new tours highlighting vegan food culture in some of the most popular culinary destinations: India, Italy, and Thailand.

Jaunmoku Manor, a hunting lodge built in 1901, now houses a hotel.

In Latvia, we got carried away with storks

As luck would have it, our visit coincided with nesting season for those magnificent birds that return to the countryside by the thousands each year to raise their young.

 Fifteen-year-old Clara Daly used sign language to communicate with Tim Cook, who is blind and deaf, on an Alaska Air flight from Boston to Portland, Ore. The story is lovely and shows what can happen when we reach out to help others on an airplane.

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Six ways we can all be more civil and helpful to each other on planes

Time to learn a lesson from the teenager who went out of her way to assist a blind and deaf passenger.

Quoddy Bay Lobster, a family-owned fish market and takeout counter, has kept locals and visitors returning for 12 years.

In Eastport, sunrises and lobster

Situated at the end of a working pier is Quoddy Bay Lobster, a family-owned fish market and takeout counter that has kept locals and visitors returning to their window for 12 years.

Agway of Cape Cod’s Paw Palooza takes place at Dennis-Yarmouth High School July 14 and 15.

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Red Sox third baseman Rafael Devers

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The VIP Lounge with Rafael Devers

The Red Sox third baseman said he likes to visit Las Terrenas in his home country, the Dominican Republic.

Travel Troubleshooter

My airline canceled a leg of my flight, but Expedia won’t refund it

Why won’t Expedia refund part of Susan Long’s airline ticket? The contract is clear, but maybe her online agency is confused.

Twilight at Place des Arts in Montreal.

Your Perfect Weekend

Montreal’s nonstop summer party beckons

A new column gives the rundown of how to spend a perfect weekend. First up: a perfect summer weekend in Montreal.

The author’s daughters take in sunset by the marsh.

There is magic in those Jekyll Island oaks

Returning to the island in April, now with two children in tow, I wondered if it would be as I remembered it — idyllic and unscathed, with a touch of wildness.

If you go . . . Route 26 in Maine

If you go . . . Route 26 in Maine

The Maine Wildlife Park is home to animals unable to fend for themselves in the wild.

Goin’ up the country: The rustic appeal of Maine’s Route 26

The 25-mile stretch between Maine Turnpike Exit 63 in Gray and the unfortunate strip mall in South Paris is largely rural, intensely green, and blessedly quiet.