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FILE - In this Tuesday, May 26, 2009 photo, motel signs are seen in Lake George, N.Y. Summer vacationers looking for a deal on hotel rooms in 2014 are going to have to search a little harder. The average cost of a room now stands at $110, up 4 percent from last year and 8 from two years ago, according to travel research company STR.  (AP Photo/Mike Groll, File)

How to save money on your summer vacation hotels

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Summer vacationers looking for deals on hotel rooms are going to have to search a little harder. The average cost of a room now stands at $110, up 4 percent from last year and 8 percent from two years ago, according to travel research company STR. A recovering economy and the return of business traveler spending have helped to drive … 1

Feline fans flock to London’s first cat cafe

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Would you like some kitten with your coffee? Feline company is exactly what one of London’s newest cafes is offering – and stressed-out city-dwellers are lapping it up. “People do want to have pets and in tiny flats, you can’t,” said cafe owner Lauren Pears, who opened Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium last month … 0

Pittsburgh: 5 free things for visitors to do

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Pittsburgh may have been built around the steel and coal industries, but the once-sooty city now features a beautiful downtown river walk, multicultural neighborhoods and restaurants, and even free subway rides. Point State Park One of the best free things to do begins where Pittsburgh was founded. The Fort Pitt Blockhouse at Point … 0

5 free things in St. Louis as city marks 250 years

Sunday, February 2, 2014

St. Louis is turning 250 this year, and visitors who want to join in the celebration can find plenty to do without spending a dime. The Gateway City was founded by Pierre Laclede and Auguste Chouteau on Feb. … 0

Cruise ship passengers recall days of misery

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Passengers aboard a cruise ship on which hundreds fell ill recalled days of misery holed up in their rooms as it returned to its home port yesterday from a Caribbean trip cut short by what is suspected to be among the largest such norovirus outbreaks in the last … 0

Take the Kids: There’s more than outlets awaiting you in Tilton

Sunday, January 26, 2014

For us, a visit to Tilton has always meant a few hours spent bargain hunting among the rows of outlet stores along Route 3. But a journey beyond the strip malls and stalled traffic reveals a quiet village … 0

Air, space artifacts make way to new home in Va.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Thousands of the nation’s historic air and space artifacts – including a Navy dive bomber from World War II and spacesuits from the Apollo era – are slowly being moved from a cramped site in Maryland to a … 0

Travel Talk: Finding balance as a snowbird

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Ah . . . snowbirding: driving down south to a warmer, sunnier climate for a couple of months in the winter to escape just the kind of weather New Hampshire is dishing up this year. Bud and I … 0

NYC attractions beckon Super Bowl visitors

Saturday, January 11, 2014

The Super Bowl will be played in New Jersey, but folks coming in for the big game Feb. 2 are likely to spend time across the Hudson River in New York City, if only to check out a … 0

Star-Spangled banner, song to be joined in DC

Saturday, January 11, 2014

The original, handwritten manuscript of “The Star-Spangled Banner” and the flag that inspired the song’s lyrics will be displayed together at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C., the first time the historic pieces are believed to have been shown … 0

Airlines go on a record new jet shopping spree

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Capt. Paul Wannberg glides an old Boeing 757 over the New Mexico desert, lining up with the runway. A computerized voice squawks elevation warnings. Forty feet. Thirty. Twenty. Ten. Touchdown. Outside the cockpit window sit nearly a hundred … 0

Seattle pinball museum part of silver ball revival

Sunday, January 5, 2014

For $13, you can play pinball until your arms fall off at Seattle’s working pinball museum. The two-story storefront in Seattle’s International District is filled with games from every era from the 1960s to today. The museum, which … 0

5 free things to do on your next trip to Atlanta

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Many people who visit Atlanta for the hundreds of conventions the city hosts each year never make it out of the few blocks around their hotels. But the city has much more to offer, and some attractions are … 0