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Travel & tourism

Kittery, Maine, is no longer gritty, but a happening place these days

Sunday, July 13, 2014

The crowd waiting for a table at Black Birch restaurant in Kittery, Maine, spills out onto the street on a warm summer evening. Men in plaid shirts – the kind worn by hipsters, not lumberjacks – and artfully tattooed women mix with folks in more conventional garb, including khakis, polo shirts and pastel skirts. Inside, those lucky enough to snag a table dine on deviled eggs, beer-batter- dipped fish and … 0

Lake Escapes: Best time to visit Weirs Beach? Well, that depends.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

The best time of day to visit Weirs Beach in Laconia is early in the morning. The boardwalk is almost empty and Lake Winnipesaukee, rimmed by purple mountains, serenely reflects the pink and orange of the sunrise back into the sky. That’s when you’ll find John Schler of Laconia opening up the shop … 0

Travel Talk: How to travel on a budget

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Let me take a wild guess and say that lots of you readers out there have shrinking travel budgets. Gas prices are going up. Airfares were supposed to be easing a bit, but I sure as heck don’t see evidence of it. What to do? Think creatively and be ready to make some … 0

Mobile, Ala.: 5 free things for visitors

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Mobile is that “other” city on the northern Gulf Coast, the one that sometimes gets lost between the beaches of the Florida Panhandle and the nonstop party of New Orleans. Local promoters call it “secretly awesome.” No, Mobile … 0

Delta spells out miles needed to earn free flights

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Delta is providing more details about changes to its frequent-flier program after complaints about the overhaul from some travelers. Delta is changing its program so that starting in 2015, customers will earn miles based on how much they spend, not just miles flown. On Thursday, the airline released … 0

Loreto: Quiet gem on Mexico’s Baja Peninsula

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Efforts to turn the seaside village of Loreto, Mexico, into a major destination have been going on for years. So far, though, the results have been limited, and that in itself makes it worth visiting. Loreto is already … 0

Not just St. Patrick: Ireland home to many saints

Sunday, February 23, 2014

St. Patrick may have banished snakes and brought Christianity to Ireland, but perhaps his greatest feat was one of sheer endurance. After all, there were hundreds of other future saints roaming Ireland at the time, but Patrick is … 0

Spring break in Asia? Consider Thailand’s beaches

Sunday, February 16, 2014

A trip sampling the diversity of Southeast Asian destinations can take you from the sleek modernity of Singapore to the ancient temples of Cambodia’s Angkor Wat. And then there are the beaches of Thailand: relaxing, beautiful, and for … 0

White Mountain National Forest waives day fees

Saturday, February 15, 2014

In celebration of Presidents Day weekend, the White Mountain National Forest is joining other forests across the country in waiving fees at all day-use areas through Monday. Fees will remain in effect for overnight camping, cabin rentals, permits, reservations and activities offered by concessionaires. The other scheduled fee-free … 0

Austin: Live Music Capital of the World

Sunday, February 9, 2014

The Texas Capital, the Live Music Capital of the World, the Velvet Crown, Bat City or simply River City. Residents of Austin claim many titles and are known for their slogan: “Keep Austin Weird.” Some locals pejoratively call … 0

Travel Talk: Come up with your upgrade strategy

Sunday, February 9, 2014

I’m grumpy about flying these days. Part of it is just the hassle of the process, but now there’s even more. Bud and I had a decades-long strategy of managing our US Airways frequent flier status to maximize … 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