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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.

Shire Breu-Haus in Dalton (above) is a community gathering spot. Bright Ideas Brewing flights (left) include four generous pours.

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.

Z Bar overlooks Michigan Avenue from the Peninsula Chicago. Come winter, there’s a canopy covering part of the terrace, and an outdoor fireplace to keep you warm.

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.

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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.

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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.

“Like snowflakes,” the writer notes, “each [island sunset] is different and unique.”

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.

Highclere Castle in Hampshire, England, is the location used for filming

Christopher Muther

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.

The reception area inside the Langley Hotel in Buckinghamshire, England

A chance to play aristocrat for a weekend in England

An 18th-century hunting lodge is reborn as a posh new hotel.

Natural beauty abounds in the Rangeley Lakes region of Maine.

Skip Saturday soccer (and get away)

Here are three family-friendly New England getaways that are finest in fall.

Michael Chavis (right, with his friend Christian Furr) on a visit to Grand Cayman Islands.

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The VIP Lounge with Sox infielder Michael Chavis

We caught up with the rookie to talk about all things travel.

15hte - Trailing of the Sheep Festival in Sun Valley, Idaho, when about 1,500 sheep are moved from high mountain pastures to meadows in the valley in the fall. (Becky Smith)

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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

Smith Mountain Lake offers beaches for swimming and miles of shoreline to explore by kayak.

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!

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Black, American, and abroad? Racism travels free

There’s no escaping racism. It comes with you in the carry-on bag called your skin.

A new study from OAG, a provider of travel data, found that Logan currently ranks as the 15th busiest airport in the United States.

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.

John Dodd Hat Shop, Danbury Museum & Historical Society

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.

08fallstateparks -A standup paddle boarder enjoys a fall day at Pawtuckaway State Park. (NH State Parks)

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.

08retroresort - The Ruth, a 1930s open river tour boat, is one of the amenities at Sebasco Harbor Resort. Kids go on pirate rides to a nearby island to look for treasure. (Diane Bair for The Boston Globe)

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.

Singer-songwriter Jonathan Edwards horseback riding in Nova Scotia.

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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.

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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.

From top: Anatolian Designs sells Turkish handicrafts; tree-lined streets are home to restaurants, shops, and performance venues; Papillon Marketplace is a tiny store offering handmade jewelry and crafts.

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.

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The Surf and Beach Bar have the same menu, offering dishes such as calamari, crab cakes, and barbecue chicken.

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.

01Litchfield - The northwest corner of Connecticut is the definition of pastoral, with lots of green spaces like this one, Hidden Valley Reservation in Washington Depot. (Diane Bair for The Boston Globe)

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.

01newlondon - New LondonÕs Wall to Wall Walking Tour, said to be the largest mural tour in New England, includes 24 street murals in a six-block area of downtown, including this mural of a giant sperm whale by internationally-known marine life artist Wyland. (Pamela Wright for The Boston Globe)

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.

01hte - Locals and visitors can pick up fresh fruit, baked goods, picnic items, and more at Boston Public MarketÕs three outdoor farmerÕs markets, which stay open through October and November. (Boston Public Market)

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WOODSTOCK, Conn. A Solair member enjoys the resort and campground's solar-heated pool. PHOTO CREDIT: SOLAIR RECREATION LEAGUE

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.

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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.

Montreal artist Benny Wilding's mural at at the Beaubien Metro station in Montreal celebrates the St-Hubert's past.


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?

The bar at Peregrine restaurant at The Whitney, a new boutique hotel.

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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.

A crumbling classroom in Pripyat, Ukraine.


What it’s like to tour Chernobyl

The Ukrainian government is promoting the Exclusion Zone as a tourist destination. I had to go.

The Buffalo Roundup in Custer State Park in the Black Hills of South Dakota is a glimpse of the frontier spirit of the Old West.

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.

Deatrich Wise Jr. (pictured last season) was selected by the Patriots in the fourth round of the 2017 NFL Draft out of University of Arkansas.

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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.)

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Cycleboat Boston offers pedal-powered sightseeing tours of Boston Harbor. It has pedal stations for 10 riders — with coolers for easy-reach-beers set up in front of stations.

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).

Eric Goodwin on a visit to St. John in the US Virgin Islands.

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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.

A room at the Moxy hotel, which opens in September in the Theater District.


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.

The New Hampshire Farm Museum chronicles agricultural life in New Hampshire from the early days of America to the present.

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.

Gondwana Ecotours has launched its Polar Bear Adventure Tour in September 2019, a 7-day polar bear photography adventure to the northernmost U.S. town: Utqiaġvik (formerly known as Barrow) in Alaska. Guests can capture images of polar bears, snowy owls, and the northern lights, talk to tribal elders about native life in modern times, view equipment used in tribal whaling expeditions, and more.

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Snowy Owl Coffee Roasters in Brewster.

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.

Waterville Valley Resort sits on Corcoran Pond, where you can rent pedal boats, canoes, kayaks, or paddle boards.

Looking for a New England getaway before summer ends? Here are some suggestions

Sure, it’s August. But there’s still time for a late summer vacation.

Boston, MA - 6-13-2019 - Why is this pedestrian on Ashburton Place under an umbrella protecting himself from the rain even though the sky is blue? Behind him is actually a photo/mural that is on outside of the ArcherResidences on Beacon Hill. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff)


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.