For an otherworldly splurge, beach polo at the Ocean House

You have to hand it to the Ocean House, the luxurious Relais & Chateaux seaside resort on the bluffs at Watch Hill. They come up with programming not readily seen anywhere else in the region.

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The family resort company Beaches has provided sensitivity training in autism to all of its employees.


Travel industry takes another look at ‘all inclusive’ and begins to accommodate special-needs guests

Some travel providers are starting to accommodate families with children on the autism spectrum or whose parents suffer from dementia, Alzheimer’s, or Parkinson’s diseases. One reason is that it’s a big market.

Participants in the annual Gaspee Days parade which takes place this year on June 9.

Past is present in Warwick — at Rocky Point Park and during Gaspee Days fest

Two popular attractions in Warwick — the former Rocky Point Park and the annual Gaspee Days celebrations — are all about celebrating the past while enjoying the present.

European Waterways new experiential barge cruises

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Please fix the name on my baby’s airline ticket, Expedia

When Expedia truncates her daughter’s name on an airline ticket, Melissa Cassill’s Greece vacation is in jeopardy. Will she be able to fly with her baby?

Clockwise (from top left): Acadia National Park in Bar Harbor, Maine; Block Island, R.I.; a Nantucket lighthouse; gingerbread cottages on Martha’s Vineyard.

Four New England destinations named hottest vacation spots for summer 2018

A survey of more than 3,000 TripAdvisor users found that the Northeast is the most popular region of the country for summer travel this year.

Houses in the La Boca neighborhood of the Buenos Aires.

Argentina’s capital is a seductive pleasure that transcends the tango and Evita

What’s it like to conquer Buenos Aires in 60 hours? Picture sitting down to a nine-course meal and being told that you have 15 minutes to consume it all.

Campers had a prime view for the rise of the sun and the fall of the full moon atop the ridge near Round Bald.

Rhododendron rhapsody on Roan Mountain

There are many glorious moments along the 2,181-mile Appalachian Trail. Yet, for sheer stunning, shifting beauty, it would be hard to top this one before the moon yields the skies to the sun along the Roan Massif ridge.

One of the most iconic viewpoints on the Appalachian Trail: the promontory of McAfee’s Knob in southern Virginia.

McAfee Knob will get your heart pumping

If you’re looking for one dynamite view along the southern leg of the Appalachian Trail, head to McAfee Knob in southern Virginia’s Roanoke Valley.

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Why won’t Royal Caribbean cover their hotel bill?

Royal Caribbean drops Patricia Early and her husband off at Prince Edward Island after a medical scare, promising to cover their hotel bill. Why hasn’t it?

Elin Hilderbrand, who writes her best-selling novels longhand while on the beaches of Nantucket, says “It provides a calm, relaxed setting that is also inspiration.”

Elin Hilderbrand’s love affair with Nantucket

New York Times best-selling author Elin Hilderbrand eats, sleeps, and breathes Nantucket. What set it apart, she says, is the island’s authenticity.

Shearer Cottage is the first African-American-owned guest house on the Martha’s Vineyard.

Island’s Heritage Trail honors African-American Vineyarders

The Martha’s Vineyard African-American Heritage Trail, which began conducting tours almost 20 years ago, spans the island, from Chappaquiddick to Menemsha.

The Kelley House has been renovated to coincide with its 275th anniversary.

Edgartown’s perfectly placed Kelley House gets a major refresh

The hotel is under new ownership and recently underwent a major renovation to coincide with its 275th anniversary.

Amy Ray

The VIP Lounge with Amy Ray

Amy Ray, half of the contemporary folk duo Indigo Girls, spends so much time on the road that her idea of a great vacation is being home. That said, she longs to get to Africa one of these days.

New UNESCO Global Geopark in Canada

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Don’t call the front desk: Text it

Over the past couple of years of experimenting, many hotel companies found texting with guests can elevate the level of service — and the speed of it, too.

An hour of yoga inside a High Roller Ferris wheel pod costs $75.

Relax, you’re in Las Vegas

Welcome to Las Vegas, where anything — and everything — is possible, including relaxing.

A racer crosses the finish line at the Wildflower triathlon in central California.

The ‘Woodstock of triathlon’ turns 35

At Wildflower, everyone shares common ground.

Tell us your favorite beach towns

We’ll send travel writer Christopher Muther to the reader-nominated best beach town.

“Memorial Flag (Toy Soldiers),” by Providence-based artist Dave Cole, on display at the 21c Museum Hotel in Durham, N.C.

Goodbye fusty old landscapes: These hotels are more like museums where you can sleep

The 21c Museum Hotel chain, based in Louisville, Ky., has quietly built a network of boutique hotels featuring world-class contemporary art exhibits in historic, middle-America downtown buildings from Cincinnati and Oklahoma City to Bentonville, Ark.

Many Caribbean beaches, such as this one in Martinique were untouched by hurricanes in 2017. Still, the Caribbean stands to lose $3 billion over the next four years.

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Despite a speedy recovery, the Caribbean is poised to lose billions of tourism dollars

The Caribbean could see losses totaling more than $3 billion during the next four years until visitor rates climb back to 2016 levels.

From left: Richard Jenness, Anne Healy, Chrissy Barrows, Robert Sack and the writer work together in an escape room adventure, set in London, at Skeleton Key in Lynnfield.

Skeleton Key brings upscale luxury to the escape room experience

Escape rooms are popular and popping up all over. Maybe that’s because in an increasingly online world, we are longing for in-person, interactive experiences.

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Eurostar launches direct route from London to Amsterdam

The trip, which is expected to take about three hours, allows passengers to easily travel from London to Amsterdam, on to Paris and back to London without the hassle of air travel.

The VIP Lounge with Stephanie Gray

The Braintree native and 2013 Boston University grad is looking forward to returning to Boston in “The Sound of Music.”

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Her TripAdvisor rate tripled and her refund is MIA

Just before Deborah Williams checks into her vacation rental in Sanibel, Florida, the owner delivers some bad news: her rate has tripled. Pay up immediately, or she can’t stay. Is there any way to save her Florida vacation?

A wooden shelter offers respite from wet weather along Le P’tit Train du Nord rail trail.

Learning to roll with Canadian June

Travel, like every experience, is all about savoring what is great and learning from — and laughing about — what isn’t.

The thundering beauty of Niagara Falls.

Beyond the falls: the delicious tastes of Niagara

As the Niagara wine industry has flourished, this compact peninsula on the southwest corner of Lake Ontario has quietly grown into a top foodie destination.

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These hotels are the cat’s meow

Dogs get a lot of love in hotels — room service menus, gourmet treats, even in-room doggie DVDs. Cats, though, have a pet peeve: They aren’t always welcome.

Newport, R.I., is the only North American stopover on the Volvo Ocean Race.

Nautical and nice in Newport as Volvo Ocean Race comes sailing in

There’s no denying that this Rhode Island outpost is one of the most sail-centric of US cities, especially when the Volvo Ocean Race comes to town. Newport is the only North American stopover on this event, considered to be the world’s most grueling ocean race.

Fourth-generation oil producer Charlie Fairbank III had a mural depicting the beginning of Fairbank Oil in 1861 painted on his barn near Oil Springs, Ontario.

Black gold fever: Canada celebrates its 160-year oil heritage

In the heyday of Canada’s black gold rush, pumpjacks, spring-pole drills, and Canadian pole drilling rigs spread like a swarm of locusts across the gumbeds around Black Creek in Lambton County.

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A British Airways flight safety instructor demonstrates the use of an oxygen mask.

Proper use of oxygen mask could be lifesaving

Paying attention to flight attendants might save your life.

Erich Bergen in London.

The VIP Lounge with Erich Bergen

We caught up with Erich Bergen, who will be in Boston on May 1 to emcee the 11th annual Music Heals the Soul fund-raiser at the Fairmount Copley Plaza, to talk about all things travel.

The Skyrider 2.0, engineered by Italian aerospace interior design company Aviointeriors Group, was introduced at Hamburg’s Airplane Interiors Expo this month.

Near-standing ‘seats’ might be the awful future of flying

The next generation of airline seating involves standing in tight quarters.

U.S. News & World Report ranks Boston as the top summer vacation destination in the United States, and the third best in the world.

Boston tops list of best summer vacation spots in the US

It also ranked third on the list of best summer vacation destinations in the world (behind Paris and Florence!) and fifth for best family summer vacations.

The Muraka's bedroom, below the sea.


A hotel in the Maldives lets you sleep underwater — for $50,000 a night

The experience of sleeping 16.4 feet below sea level can be yours — beginning at $50,000 per night before taxes.

Guests go behind the scenes at a Kentucky horse farm.


Tourists getting to participate in VIP experiences they once could only imagine

If you have the money to make it happen, it can happen: dinner at Hemingway’s table in Key West, private tours of the Sistine Chapel and the Louvre, or a look at Kentucky horse country.

The tap room of Lord Hobo in Woburn where dogs are welcome.

Woburn? Yes, Woburn. It’s finding a new groove

If there is a change, or a tilt, or whatever you care to call it happening in Woburn, it can all be traced back to when Ran Duan opened the Baldwin Bar inside his family’s Chinese restaurant in 2010.

More than 200 varieties of vegetables fill the Kelly Way Gardens at Woodstock Inn & Resort.

He planted a seed and an idea took root. The result is Red Barns at Kelly Way Gardens.

The newly-renovated Red Barns at Kelly Way Gardens at Woodstock Inn & Spa, housing a large, rustic-chic dining room and a state-of-the-art demo kitchen, will open May 1 for the first time.

The Four Columns Inn has hosted celebrities, including Nicole Kidman and Mick Jagger.


Treats and retreats at the Four Columns Inn in Newfane, Vt.

Set on 138-acres, Four Columns Inn opened in 1960, first as a guesthouse and then as a lodge, now it’s completely refurbished, with 15 luxuriously appointed rooms, a private home that sleeps nine, a restaurant, spa, fitness center, outdoor pool, and gorgeous, landscaped grounds.

An exhibit at the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw details the Polish government’s anti-Semitic campaign in 1968 that led to the expulsion of 13,000 Polish Jews.

Essay: ‘Nothing but growth’ and optimism

My recent visit to Warsaw convinced me that Poland’s tiny Jewish enclave will succeed in renewing the spirit if not the numbers of what was once the world’s biggest and most flourishing Jewish community.

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Flying in circles with Air Canada and LIAT. Will this case ever be resolved?

When Michelle Frederick’s flight from St. Vincent to Port of Spain, Trinidad, is two hours late, it threatens to delay her return home by a week. Thank goodness LIAT has offered to refund her ticket. Now, if it would only do what it says.

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The new owners of the boxy home with floor-to-ceiling windows have restored the shading structure that gives the building its name.

The Umbrella House in Sarasota opens for monthly tours

Once described by Architectural Digest as “one of the five most remarkable houses of the mid-20th century,” the boxy home with floor-to-ceiling windows home has been under a renewed spotlight since the new owners restored the shading structure that gives the building its name.

Christie Prades on South Beach in Miami.

In the VIP Lounge with Christie Prades

We caught up with Prades, who is playing the role of Gloria Estefan in the national tour of “On Your Feet!” at the Boston Opera House through April 29, to talk about all things travel.

Uplift says its app can teach an accupressure technique to curb jet lag.

Uplift app says it can deliver a natural remedy to jet lag

The vacation you’ve been planning for weeks is finally here. You step off the plane, and the first thing you want to do is . . . sleep?