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Head to Crested Butte for fun on and off the snow-covered slopes

I’m scrunching my way up a mountain as the first streaks of pink light smudge the sky when something dashes past. Delicate and gray, with a bushy tail unfurled like a feather duster, a fox trots down a nearby ridge and dashes into the scrub. That’s about it as far as crowds go on this early morning in late December. And it’s bliss. I’ve landed at Crested Butte Mountain Resort...
5 don’t-miss Hawaii surf spots

5 don’t-miss Hawaii surf spots

What’s not to love about Hawaii’s perfect waves?  The water is so warm, you’ll never hear the word “wetsuit” on the lips of locals. The sea is crystal clear and many places are surrounded by lush, green hills and pristine, sandy beaches that will make you feel like you’ve found a slice of heaven.   For some, Hawaii is where they fell in love with...

To attract international visitors, Argentina is refunding its tax on all lodgings

International visitors to Argentina should go out on their hotel balconies and belt out the good news: The government is waiving the value added tax on lodgings. This means more money to spend on tango lessons, Malbec wine and flank steak.  The executive order, which went into effect Jan. 2, offers tourists a direct and automatic refund of the 21 percent tax, one of the highest in the world....

Delta expands free meals to more transcontinental U.S. flights

Delta Air Lines Inc. is resuming free meals in coach on 12 transcontinental U.S. routes after customers responded enthusiastically to a test program in select markets.  The carrier on March 1 will debut complimentary meals on routes from New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport to Los Angeles and San Francisco. On April 24, the offering will expand to another 10 cross-country flights...
Travel Tips: Getting the most out of a museum

Travel Tips: Getting the most out of a museum

Whether it’s the Louvre in Paris, the Prado Museum in Madrid or the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, museums are major tourist destinations. There are ways to get the most out a museum visit, according to Natasha Schlesinger, an art historian, curator and the founder of ArtMuse, a company that provides private tours of museums and galleries in New York City and Europe.  “You want to do the...
Do’s and don’ts for your family spring break

Do’s and don’ts for your family spring break

Planning spring break travel is no small feat — especially for families.  If you’re aching for a beach vacation, you need to decide if you want to stray off the beaten path or endure potentially drunk and unruly college kids. If you’re dreaming of a mountain getaway, you may encounter late winter weather problems.   Visiting a big city when everyone is out of school?...
Recipe for a family culinary tour: A Trans-Canada road trip

Recipe for a family culinary tour: A Trans-Canada road trip

Recipe for a family culinary tour: A Trans-Canada road trip

Recipe for a family culinary tour: A Trans-Canada road trip

The Trans-Canada Highway stretches nearly 5,000 miles and crosses six time zones. If you're in a rush, you can probably drive it in a week. But add a temperamental SUV, two working parents and three school-age kids, and it turns into a month-long adventure.  Motoring from one end of Canada to the other is a once-in-a-lifetime journey, but seeing it through the eyes of three children, ages 9,...
Humble magic in Georgian capital’s restaurant renaissance

Humble magic in Georgian capital’s restaurant renaissance

When the chef Meriko Gubeladze opened Shavi Lomi, she recalled that Tbilisi was “starving for small, homey restaurants with good food.” That was 2011, and the quality of Georgian cuisine — known for its lavish use of spices and aromatic herbs influenced by travelers along the Silk Road — wasn’t the problem, but the uninviting establishments and menu selections &mdash...
Once hidden, Jefferson’s Monticello makes room for Sally Hemings

Once hidden, Jefferson’s Monticello makes room for Sally Hemings

The room where historians believe Sally Hemings slept was just steps away from Thomas Jefferson's bedroom. But in 1941, the caretakers of Monticello turned it into a restroom. The floor tiles and bathroom stalls covered over the story of the enslaved woman, who was owned by Jefferson and had a long-term relationship with him. Their liaison was a scandal during his life and was denied for decades by...
Beyond ear buds and eyerolls: 9 ways to make travel with your teen fun

Beyond ear buds and eyerolls: 9 ways to make travel with your teen fun

The low point of the trip wasn't when my husband, Andrew, and I hiked into the Grand Canyon without our teens, because Solomon and Celia opted to stay behind in our tiny cabin. As insane as it seemed for them to miss their chance to explore the most spectacular natural phenomenon our country has to offer, that morning, we chose to let it go.  The worst moment had been the day before, when our...
Photo gallery: South Korea’s Olympian winter moment

Photo gallery: South Korea’s Olympian winter moment

Big Bend’s new fossil exhibit tells story of park’s earliest inhabitants

Big Bend’s new fossil exhibit tells story of park’s earliest inhabitants

Beneath the rust-colored, corrugated metal roof of a new open-air exhibit at Big Bend National Park, one kid after another wedges his head between the gaping jaws of an ancient, toothy alligator. That’s what park officials hoped for as they planned the new Fossil Discovery Exhibit, devoted to the last 130 million years of the park’s geologic history, dinosaurs and all. The low-slung shelter...
The Kodachrome life of the ‘Ambassador of Americana’

The Kodachrome life of the ‘Ambassador of Americana’

Charles Phoenix, the self-proclaimed “Ambassador of Americana,” is known for his “Retro Slide Shows,” comically narrated Kodachrome presentations celebrating travel, entertaining and lifestyles in the mid-20th century using personal slides he’s found or had donated. Based in Los Angeles, Phoenix occasionally leads retro tours of his hometown — taking guests to vintage...
For close to home fun, try Georgetown

For close to home fun, try Georgetown

Home to a beautiful town square, awe-inspiring natural beauty, a rich history and a handful of crave-worthy restaurants — not to mention the hands-down best margaritas you’ll ever sip — you don’t have to search hard for an excuse to visit Georgetown. Ever-growing and always gorgeous, this Texas town marries its historic past with a bright future. Georgetown was founded in 1848...
The airport lounge scene: what you get and how to get in

The airport lounge scene: what you get and how to get in

Mango smoothies beckon. Soft pretzels dangle from a wooden rack. There are platters of Scottish smoked salmon, sausage, bacon, eggs, waffles, pancakes, croissants and cheese beside jars of homemade jams and a honeycomb hive tray.  So begins a Saturday morning in a Lufthansa first-class lounge at Germany’s Frankfurt Airport, where one can while away the hours at the buffet, in a sleeping...
Columbus, Ohio, gives up its secrets

Columbus, Ohio, gives up its secrets

I have a terrible confession: I never saw Ohio's capitol. A weekend in Columbus and not even a glimpse of the rotunda. But I have a very good excuse. I was lost in a 32-room bookstore. Well, that's not entirely true. I was also preoccupied with selecting a writing utensil from a lifestyle store founded by a guy with a beard and an office-supply obsession. And drinking hand-poured coffee from a cafe...

In Arizona heat, a high chill factor for spring Cactus League baseball

I'm walking down a long, paved sidewalk in early March, with a practice baseball field on my left and a grove of well-trimmed trees on my right. I'm worrying about the snow that fell as I left Washington, D.C., the night before, worrying about work and bills and the hassles of everyday life, worrying about the sunscreen I left at home.  A hundred yards from the stadium, I hear what has become...
Disney gives opening details for Avatar, Star Wars lands

Disney gives opening details for Avatar, Star Wars lands

Walt Disney World will open Pandora: The World of Avatar on May 27, while its 14-acre Star Wars land will debut in 2019.  The Walt Disney Co. this week gave analysts the details of the highly anticipated openings during a conference call to discuss quarterly earnings. During that call, Disney said year-over-year attendance fell at its theme parks for the quarter ending Dec. 31.   Chief...
Kids can have a blast at Kennedy Space Center camp

Kids can have a blast at Kennedy Space Center camp

Looking for a kids camp that’s out of this world?  Check out Camp Kennedy Space Center (KSC) near Cape Canaveral, Fla.   Camp KSC is running a three-day spring break session April 12-14 for students in second through ninth grade. If those dates don’t align with your school calendar, nine weeklong sessions will also be available this summer.   Kennedy Space Center...
Glensheen shining in bid for return tourists

Glensheen shining in bid for return tourists

Millionaire Chester Congdon built Glensheen mansion to foster his thriving iron-mining business. The mansion was started in 1905 and finished in 1908.  Just a few years ago, the historic Glensheen mansion perched on Lake Superior’s North Shore struggled to lure tourists through the door.   It was a problem facing many such houses turned museums: Visitors who had seen it once didn&rsquo...

Trump ban hurts travel industry

President Donald Trump’s travel ban is on hold as lawyers battle over the executive order in court, but the confusion and uncertainty sparked by the order may have already inflicted pain on the travel industry.  A study of about 300 million online air travel searches found that flight searches from international origins to the U.S. dropped 17 percent since Trump took office and signed an...
Architect shapes nation's view of African American history

Architect shapes nation's view of African American history

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — The National Museum of African American History and Culture was a long time coming, but for architect Phil Freelon it was right on time.  "It seems like I was preparing for that my whole life," Freelon said in an interview at his office in Durham. "It came along at a time when I was prepared. If it had come online 10 years earlier, I think the Smithsonian...
'Firefall' phenomenon wows visitors to Yosemite's El Capitan

'Firefall' phenomenon wows visitors to Yosemite's El Capitan

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — Mother Nature is again putting on a show at California's Yosemite National Park, where every February the setting sun draws a narrow sliver of light on a waterfall to make it glow like a cascade of molten lava.  The phenomenon known as "firefall" draws scores of photographers to a spot near Horsetail Fall, which flows down the granite face...

Travel talk: Casino cruises; airfares to Ireland

Q: I received a letter offering greatly reduced prices on Caribbean cruises based on casino usage. Is this too good to be true? Are there any pitfalls? Obligations to know about? How much do I have to use the casino?   A: Without having a copy of your offer, it's difficult to say. But generally, these kinds of cruises are too good to be true. The food and amenities are substandard, the ships...

No need to skip the gym. It’s at the airport.

There is no shortage today of new apps and services aimed at making travel more convenient, even pleasurable. Here, four of the latest contenders worth checking out:  — RoamFitness: Hate missing a workout when you’re on the road? Enter RoamFitness, an airport gym situated behind security where travelers can either pay for a day pass or become annual members.   The first...
Western Colorado: Where the hot springs flow

Western Colorado: Where the hot springs flow

I have been visiting Colorado with my family since I was a child. I've come to know the state from many angles of adventure, from the adrenaline rushes of offroading in Grand Junction to white-water kayaking in the Crystal River. Last summer's visit was no different, beginning with stand-up paddling in Boulder and ending with an exhausting hike up the tallest dune in North America at Great Sand Dunes...
Southern hospitality, with a modern touch

Southern hospitality, with a modern touch

Check In: The Spectator Hotel, Charleston, South Carolina  Rates: Rooms from $269.   Basics: This 41-room boutique hotel evokes a bygone Southern Jazz Age but offers a level of modern service on par with a Four Seasons. A smiling valet bellhop greeted me on the palm-lined street to assist with luggage and park the car. After a quick check-in at reception (the space was beautifully...

These questions will help you plan your spring break trip

Spring break (wooo!) is approaching, and when it comes to planning travel, timing is everything.  "The key to saving money is book early," says Toni Lanotte-Day, director at large with the American Society of Travel Agents and president and travel consultant with Toni Tours, based in Levittown, New York. "This is not a time when you wait for those last-minute deals. Because if...
Freshly pressed olive oil is magical. I know because I make it every year.

Freshly pressed olive oil is magical. I know because I make it every year.

For Gulf Coast thrill seekers, Alabama theme park to open in May

For Gulf Coast thrill seekers, Alabama theme park to open in May

A new theme park coming to Alabama’s Gulf Coast hopes to fill a void left by Hurricane Katrina’s destruction of Six Flags New Orleans more than a decade ago.  The Owa theme park, about 45 minutes southeast of Mobile, is set to open May 17. It will feature 20 rides as part of a $500 million complex built by a local Native American tribe.   The 14-acre site will be the biggest...
Nashville's challenge: How to be a mythical place that moonlights as an ordinary city

Nashville's challenge: How to be a mythical place that moonlights as an ordinary city

Nashville's U.S. representative, Jim Cooper (D), told me a joke he heard from Karl Dean, back when Dean was the city's mayor. It goes, "What do you call Nashville without the music? Birmingham."  This might be a little unfair to Birmingham, Alabama, which does have a small but vibrant music scene and has had its fair share of songs written about it. But let's say Charlotte, North Carolina...
Travel Tips: How to find an affordable safari

Travel Tips: How to find an affordable safari

An African safari can be an expensive vacation proposition — many camps in prime game-viewing areas run close to four figures per person per night, and the multiple flights required to reach them ratchet up the cost even more. But a safari in Africa does not have to blow the bank, said Jenny Mikkelson, a safari specialist at Travel Beyond, a tour operator in Wayzata, Minnesota. “There...
Hotel packages and tours just in time for whale-watching season

Hotel packages and tours just in time for whale-watching season

Whale-watching season is in full swing in the Pacific through mid-April, and travelers have their pick of themed hotel packages and tours on Maui, Hawaii; in Monterey, California; and on Mexico’s West Coast.  In Monterey, where as many as 7,000 gray whales pass along the coastline between December and March, Portola Hotel & Spa at Monterey Bay has a whale-watching package that includes...

How to get a reluctant airline to compensate you

Sometimes, airlines do the right thing - no questions asked.   Gerrard Hattfield knows what that's like. The entrepreneur was flying from Durban, South Africa, back to his home in Cape Town when thunderstorms delayed his Mango Airlines departure. After a two-hour wait, an airline representative approached him and did something that surprised him: She asked him if he was comfortable. ...
Freshly pressed olive oil is magical. I know because I make it every year.

Freshly pressed olive oil is magical. I know because I make it every year.

The fragrance of brand-new olive oil is unmistakable. If you've ever experienced it, you'll recognize it instantly ever after. When the oil is fresh from the press, it's as intense and all-pervasive as the aroma of white truffles, as penetrating as that of fir balsam, as seductive as the smell of June roses lingering in the nose for days after the blooms themselves have faded. The best time and place...
Hitting the road and slopes on Canada’s Powder Highway

Hitting the road and slopes on Canada’s Powder Highway

Deep in Canada’s Kootenay Rockies, a helicopter dropped off me and nine other eager skiers on what seemed like the top of the world.  A 360-degree vista of icy slopes dazzled my eyes, with blankets of pristine snow spilling from the mountain summit where I stood, skis in hand. Jagged cliffs ran to every horizon, descending into the vast Columbia River valley in southeastern British Columbia...
Catch cruise deals during ‘wave season’

Catch cruise deals during ‘wave season’

Never heard of wave season? The “calendar phenomenon,” as one cruise industry executive calls it, is that sweet spot when cruise lines announce their best and broadest offers. Free air. Cabin upgrades. Discounted cruise fares. And heads up, cruisers, because it’s happening right now.  “Wave season is sort of like the Black Friday or Cyber Monday of the cruise industry...
Frugal Traveler: One year in, five lessons learned

Frugal Traveler: One year in, five lessons learned

The new year has already brought significant changes to our world, including the way some of us travel. It also marks, less significantly, the anniversary of my taking over the Frugal Traveler column. (No applause, please.) The old cliché “time flies” rings true: It really does seem like yesterday that I wrote my first column from Las Vegas. I’ve also spent entirely too much...
Salinas Valley: Lush fields, good wine and, yes, Steinbeck

Salinas Valley: Lush fields, good wine and, yes, Steinbeck

I was first able to appreciate the allure of Salinas, California, during an eight-course dinner at Aubergine, a restaurant 40 minutes away in Carmel-by-the-Sea. Although I wasn’t in Salinas, the meal transported me there. Our server explained the origin of the ingredients in the artfully presented dishes, and Salinas kept coming up. The artichokes crusted in coriander seeds were from the Salinas...
The Kodachrome life of the 'Ambassador of Americana'

The Kodachrome life of the 'Ambassador of Americana'

Charles Phoenix, the self-proclaimed "Ambassador of Americana," is known for his "Retro Slide Shows," comically narrated Kodachrome presentations celebrating travel, entertaining and lifestyles in the mid-20th century using personal slides he's found or had donated. Based in Los Angeles, Phoenix occasionally leads retro tours of his hometown - taking guests to vintage downtown...

Bargains on Orlando resort stays, European river cruises, package tours of Vietnam

This week's best travel bargains around the globe.  Land   The Inn at Manchester, which sits between the Green and Taconic mountains in Vermont, has a seasonal package with savings of more than $200. The Maple Getaway, which is available March 1-April 15, starts at $429 double and includes two nights' accommodations; daily breakfast; behind-the-scenes tour of the Sugar Shack; a quart...
End of line looms for Tokyo's 'seat-free' trains

End of line looms for Tokyo's 'seat-free' trains

TOKYO - Thirty years after their introduction, it will soon be the end of the line for seat-free trains in the Tokyo metropolitan area.  The trains, which have seats that can be folded up to provide more standing room during rush hour, will be phased out by 2020 because new lines that started operating in recent years have eased commuter congestion and the carriage doors do not align with standard...
Salinas Valley: Lush fields, good wine and, yes, Steinbeck

Salinas Valley: Lush fields, good wine and, yes, Steinbeck

Keeping it real in South London’s Brixton Hill

Keeping it real in South London’s Brixton Hill

It’s no secret that Brixton, in the district of South London, has changed over the past decade. Once a neighborhood known for the shops, markets and food stalls of Brixton Village that reflected the cultural flavor of its multiracial residents, today in place of locally owned businesses, Brixton is increasingly populated with chain restaurants, trendy burger joints and organic wine bar pop-ups...
A new Paris bistro equal parts convivial and tasty

A new Paris bistro equal parts convivial and tasty

On a mild September evening, Les Arlots, a Parisian bistro that opened in March, served a pork and duck terrine, subtly seasoned with pistachios and apricots. Then came a roast lamb redolent with thyme and a chocolate tart, saltily sweet. Each dish was excellent. But the bistro’s specialty is not something that comes on a plate. It’s a kind of conviviality that let this loud American,...

Cheapo Travel: Tips on saving in Hawaii

Hawaii has stunning landscapes, but you can also be stunned by something else — the cost of everything. Think about how far food and consumer goods must travel to get there, and you can understand why — but that doesn’t lessen the pain.   Here are some money-saving tips, thanks to my lovely readers on Facebook.    GETTING AROUND    We always get our cars...
Snow fun at Washington’s national parks

Snow fun at Washington’s national parks

SEATTLE — During the warmer months, no one needs to sell Olympic National Park to visitors.  Breathtaking 360-degree views that stretch from Vancouver Island over the Strait of Juan de Fuca and into the interior Olympic range are enough to draw thousands of visitors from all over the world to Hurricane Ridge on a typical summer day.   Come winter, things tend to quiet down a bit...

China to start fingerprinting foreign visitors

BEIJING (AP) — Millions of foreigners visiting China annually will have their fingerprints collected starting this week, China's Ministry of Public Security announced Thursday.  The requirement will apply to most people between the ages of 14 and 70. Foreigners holding a diplomatic passport or coming from countries that have reciprocal agreements with China will be exempted, the ministry...
Northern lights mesmerize tourist drivers in Iceland

Northern lights mesmerize tourist drivers in Iceland

Police in Iceland are warning drivers to stop staring at the sky and to keep their eyes on the road after a series of traffic stops involving erratic drivers. Officers pulled over at least two drivers recently on suspicion of drunken driving, only to discover the tourists had been mesmerized by the flashing and colorful northern lights, according to Iceland Magazine, which described it as “under...

Damien Chazelle, ‘La La Land’ director, on California’s allure

Damien Chazelle, the writer and director of the musical “La La Land,” never had any doubts about Los Angeles as an artistic canvas.  From the film’s opening, with commuters dancing and singing on a congested freeway exit ramp, to the visually stunning final sequence, the city is depicted as a place where dreamers may struggle but where optimism also abounds.   Growing...

Can dining lead to understanding?

While President Donald Trump has been trying to keep people from the seven countries on his "ban" list out, others have been working to bring people in - to the restaurants that serve the affected people's food. Trump's executive order is to bar refugees and other travelers from Iraq, Iran, Syria, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen. Some in the restaurant industry have responded the best way...
A remote Canadian lake and its people: protecting a last refuge

A remote Canadian lake and its people: protecting a last refuge

Thousands of years ago, every lake was like Great Bear Lake. So pure you could lower a cup into the water and drink it. So beautiful that people composed love songs to it. So mysterious that many believed it was alive. Today, of the 10 largest lakes in the world, it is the last one that remains essentially primeval.  Great Bear Lake straddles the Arctic Circle in the remote Northwest Territories...
Perfect dates in 13 cities around the world

Perfect dates in 13 cities around the world

A global guide to romance - from restaurants to boat rides to chartered planes - just in time for Valentine's Day.  DUBAI   Book a table at … 101 Dining Lounge and Bar at the One and Only Resort on Dubai's iconic palm-shaped island. Located in the resort's private marina, this overwater restaurant has panoramic views of the city's Marina skyline. Enjoy Mediterranean tapas and...

Trump travel ban cost $185 million in bookings, report says

Officials with the Global Business Travel Association say roughly $185 million in business travel bookings were lost in the week following President Donald Trump's executive order blocking refugees and people from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S.  Though the travel ban is on hold while a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit deliberates whether...
A guide to G-rated fun in the Crescent City

A guide to G-rated fun in the Crescent City

A long weekend in New Orleans conjures up images of boozy days and nighttime street parties. A place where the debauchery never stops and inhibitions are checked at the door. But that’s not all New Orleans is about. Sure, you can hop off a plane and head straight to Bourbon Street, where tourists drink out of giant fishbowls and strip clubs dot the narrow thoroughfare. Locals say New Orleans...
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