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This Sept. 5, 2014 photo shows several amanita muscaria or "fly agaric" mushrooms on the forest floor of the Black Forest near Enzklosterle, Germany. The Black Forest got its name from a canopy of leaves so dense that parts of the woods are dark. It also inspired Grimm Brothers' fairy tales. (AP Photo/Siobhan Starrs)

Germany’s Black Forest: Dark woods and mushrooms

Sunday, April 26, 2015

The Black Forest gets its name from a canopy of trees so dense that the woods seem dark, pierced only by shafts of sunlight. Mushrooms sprout across the damp forest floor. Red squirrels scamper up the towering trees; streams tumble over rocks. No wonder this magical place inspired so many Grimms’ fairytales. But the bleak name Black Forest – Schwarzwald …

Essentials for visiting the new Vegas

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Remember when a visit to Las Vegas was all about gambling? Massive, windowless casinos with air-conditioning and free drinks kept guests oblivious to the passage of time while they sat at slot machines and card tables for hours on end. But it’s time to go outside, Vegas visitor! Gambling is hardly this town’s …

Ultralight hiking tips to bring less and go farther

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Too many people picture a long-distance hiker painfully hauling this unwieldy backpack with enough stuff strapped to the outside to make you wonder what could possibly be inside. Don’t let the image of that misguided fogey with his dangling pots and pans stop you from hiking in New England’s wondrous backcountry this summer. …

Travel Talk: Take a look at the travel trends for 2015

Sunday, December 14, 2014

I’m a research nut. I love delving into facts and figures and trying to mine nuggets that will help us be smarter about everything from grocery shopping to (of course!) travel. So when I found that Expedia, in …

Lincoln museum to mark anniversaries with exhibits

Sunday, December 14, 2014

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum will mark the 150th anniversary of the 16th president’s death – and its own 10th anniversary – with a host of new exhibits and activities next year. New digital features will give visitors immediate access to photographs and documents with a …

Amsterdam lights up in dark winter

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Art festival lights up Amsterdam in dark winter …

Vermont resorts make big snowmaking upgrades

Monday, December 1, 2014

Northeast ski resorts continue to invest millions in leaner and meaner snowmaking guns, with Vermont making big inroads this year, thanks to an energy-efficiency program that helped resorts swap older model snow guns for nearly 2,300 new energy-efficient …

WWII Museum to open new pavilion in New Orleans

Sunday, November 30, 2014

A bombed-out bunker with a digital battle mapping table and animated fighter planes soaring overhead gives an immersive look at strategic air raids over Europe during World War II. The simulated experience takes place inside a new 32,000-square-foot …

Travel Talk: It’s the perfect time to plan that road trip you’ve dreaming of

Sunday, November 23, 2014

If you haven’t noticed, gas prices are at their lowest in four years. Even better, industry wizards predict that the prices will stay low throughout 2015. At the same time, airfares are so high that Bud and I …

Project to highlight Native connection to Route 66

Sunday, November 23, 2014

More than two dozen American Indian tribes are teaming up with a tourism group and the National Park Service to tell a new story for travelers along historic Route 66, the famous byway that stretches from Chicago to …

Many Broadway shows offer kids-for-free program

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Forget paying for a baby sitter. Why not take the kids to Broadway? Theater-loving parents early next year will get a financial break with the annual program that lets children and teens aged 6-18 see a Broadway show for free when accompanied by a full-paying adult. This year, …

Rockefeller Center’s tree is coming from Pa.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

An 85-foot Norway spruce that belonged to a central Pennsylvania family of “Christmas elves” will serve as Rockefeller Center’s Christmas tree this year. Workers cut down the 13-ton tree and a crane hoisted it onto a trailer Wednesday …

Travel Talk: Ephemeral immersion abroad

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Friends recently emailed to say that they’re headed to Spain for three weeks. Fun – and not unusual for this globe-trotting couple. But the purpose of the trip piqued my interest. They’ll be scouting locations and planning details …