Irish theater wasn’t coming here, so I went there. Here’s why you should go, too.
Last fall, I attended the Dublin Theatre Festival. Some of the most memorable moments for a first-time visitor to Dublin were the smaller theaters and lesser-known actors, the pints, and the paintings.
Something is definitely brewing in the Berkshires
Five craft breweries and their taprooms are conveniently spread out on a north-south axis so that a traveler is rarely more than 20 minutes from a fresh mug anywhere in Berkshire County.
Chicago raises the rooftop game
Many of the rooftops transform into other spaces like curling rinks and all-weather beer gardens the rest of the year. Here are some favorites.
The VIP Lounge | Angie Swan
The VIP Lounge with Angie Swan of ‘David Byrne’s American Utopia’
The Milwaukee native, who now calls New York City home, is no stranger to Boston — having studied at Berklee College of Music from 2001-05 — and is happy to be back.
5 interstellar takeaways from a visit to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge
This hotly anticipated, immersive Star Wars playground opened at Disneyland in California on May 31. The Orlando version launched at Walt Disney World’s Hollywood Studios on Aug. 29.
Falling for a Maine island
When my wife and I married in 2000, she told me about this small rustic island, a bucolic destination her family had been visiting every summer for most of her life. It didn’t take long for me to love it, too.
A visit to Highclere Castle and the wonderful world of Downton
Christopher Muther loves “Downton Abbey” so he, too, wanted to be surrounded by ancient tapestries and tufted velvet sofas. This was his chance — and he almost blew it.
A chance to play aristocrat for a weekend in England
An 18th-century hunting lodge is reborn as a posh new hotel.
Skip Saturday soccer (and get away)
Here are three family-friendly New England getaways that are finest in fall.
Tell us your vacation horror stories
Have you ever had a “bump in the road” while traveling? Tell us your story — we’ll use select ones on BostonGlobe.com.
You go, girl
Welcome to the Lake Winnipesaukee of the South
The 1991 comedy, “What About Bob?” starring Murray and Richard Dreyfuss, was filmed at Smith Mountain Lake, Va., not Lake Winnipesaukee, N.H. Say what? To most people, this would be a passing bit of trivia. To us, it meant one thing: Road trip!
Black, American, and abroad? Racism travels free
There’s no escaping racism. It comes with you in the carry-on bag called your skin.
Logan poised to become one of the 10 busiest airports in the country
Spurred on by rapid expansion from Delta and JetBlue, Logan is outpacing growth at other airports across the country. Here’s what that means for residents and visitors alike.
A tip of the hat to history
In Danbury, Conn., the place for pool supplies is Hat City. Thinking about getting some new ink? Check out Hat City Tattoo. The area also has an alehouse, a martial arts school, and a pawn shop all named Hat City.
8 state parks in New England to visit this fall
While these beauty spots are most popular in the summer, there are some we like best come fall, when the woods are ablaze, the bugs are gone, and the air is clear and crisp.
Bring on the sing-alongs and s’mores at Sebasco Harbor Resort
At this land of retro family fun in Maine it feels perfectly natural to belt out “On Top of Spaghetti” alongside kids wearing light-up Viking helmets. The truly shocking part: There’s not a cellphone in sight.
The VIP Lounge | Jonathan Edwards
The VIP Lounge with singer-songwriter Jonathan Edwards
He will appear at The Center for the Arts in Natick on Sept. 14 and at Breakaway in Danvers on Sept. 19.
My GotoGate refund never landed — now what?
Alaska Airlines canceled Marcos Schapira’s flight from Seattle to Santiago, Chile. Did it decide to keep his money — or was it GotoGate, his online travel agency?
Bump in the Road
Our vacation was over before it even began
No Lobster Savannah, a creamy crustacean frothing forth with scallops, shrimp, Newburg sauce, and cheese, either. Not this year; not for me. I could barely choke down a cup of clam chowder. Something was definitely wrong.
Discovering the charms of Historic Cocoa Village in Florida
The village is a family-friendly detour for travelers who want the feel of small-town Florida while visiting the area’s larger tourist destinations.
Block Island Beach House is updated, but still honors the past
New owner Lark Hotels did what it does best, balancing modern amenities and whimsical design with historic elements.
When in Connecticut, head for the Hills
Anyone who thinks the state of Connecticut is merely a suburb of New York City has never been to the Litchfield Hills. Here’s what to see, do, and eat if you visit, and where to stay.
Don’t overlook New London
We think the quaint neighboring seaside town of Mystic is lovely, but found that New London has its own gritty appeal and a rich maritime history worth exploring.
The naked truth: At Conn. nudist resort, ‘You can’t hide behind fancy clothes. You have to be yourself here’
I visited Solair on a sunny Saturday. At first, it was hard to know where to look. But not long after I entered the property (having passed a sex- and criminal-offender background check), I found myself less focused on nude bodies and more focused on the heartfelt welcome I received from everyone I met.
The VIP Lounge | Denise Austin
The VIP Lounge with fitness guru Denise Austin
Austin and her daughter, Katie, 25, a fitness enthusiast, author, blogger, and model, are hosting a waterfront retro aerobics pop-up at the Boston Harbor Hotel at 11 a.m. on Sept. 7.
Big things are happening in a petite Montreal neighborhood
The Petite-Patrie neighborhood of Montreal is finding new life as a haven for fun boutiques and hot restaurants.
Do I deserve compensation for my canceled Vueling Airlines flight?
When Vueling Airlines delays David Levine’s flight, it owes him compensation under European regulations. Why isn’t it paying him, as promised?
Check in | The Whitney
The Whitney is a former nurses’ dorm, transformed with care
Say hello to The Whitney, a new 65-room luxury boutique hotel in Boston’s Beacon Hill. Goodbye, John Jeffries House, which operated as a functional but no-frills hotel/hostel hybrid in this space for many years, post-dorm.
What it’s like to tour Chernobyl
The Ukrainian government is promoting the Exclusion Zone as a tourist destination. I had to go.
Thundering out of an iconic American past: The Buffalo Roundup in South Dakota’s Custer State Park
In a practical sense, the roundup helps manage the size and health of the herd. For the bison, it’s an annual checkup, complete with a weigh-in and vaccinations for the new calves. For the rest of us, the roundup is a glimpse of a real ritual of the west.
THE VIP LOUNGE | Deatrich Wise Jr.
The VIP Lounge with Deatrich Wise Jr.
The Patriots defensive end said Jamaica is his all-time favorite vacation go-to spot. (And he can’t go anywhere without his charger.)
Cycling on the water with beer? It’s real, and it’s in Boston
Cycleboat Boston offers pedal-powered sightseeing tours of Boston Harbor. It can accommodate up to 16 people, and is BYOB (and food).
VIP LOUNGE | Eric Goodwin
VIP Lounge with entrepreneur Eric Goodwin
When he’s not operating one of his many restaurants or hospitality consulting and recruiting businesses, Goodwin loves to travel — especially to St. John in the US Virgin Islands.
Micro hotels are the next big thing in Boston
For those who aren’t familiar with the term, a micro hotel has tiny rooms — in some cases as small as 50 square feet — with large social spaces for mingling, working, eating, and drinking.
If you go . . . N.H. border towns
Step back in time in Southern New Hampshire.
Simpler, gentler: A journey through the eastern N.H. hinterlands
The multiple hamlets of Milton and Wakefield are sometimes called the “New Hampshire Border Villages.” These places also exist on the border of then and now.
Q&A with Madeline Bilis, author of ‘50 Hikes in Eastern Massachusetts’
The Dudley native hiked and walked more than 160 miles researching her book.
Finding good coffee on the Cape is no longer a grind
Whether you’re looking for a place to pull up an Adirondack chair in the morning sunshine, cold brew in hand, or a cozy table and a warm cappuccino to ride out that one rainy afternoon on your vacation, the number of maverick coffeehouses is on the rise on the Cape.
New ways to appreciate Boston’s architecture
Pull out an app and learn about the buildings around you whose details you may not have noticed, or take a walking tour of architecturally rich neighborhoods.