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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

Powerful storm system blasts western states

Saturday, November 23, 2013

A powerful storm system marched toward New Mexico yesterday with predictions of widespread snow, freezing temperatures and gusty winds after leaving parts of the western United States soaked. The fierce weather has led to at least eight deaths, … 0

Dallas sites tied to JFK’s killing still resonate

Sunday, November 17, 2013

A 1930s-era movie theater. A county hospital. An old brick rooming house. A bustling airport. Sites associated with the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on Nov. 22, 1963, are scattered throughout Dallas and beyond. “These were just … 0

Tours enchant visitors to Hearst’s hilltop estate

Saturday, November 9, 2013

The coastline that parallels Route 1 in central California is so breathtaking that you might be forgiven for missing the zebras on the opposite side of the road. And that huge chateau perched far off on the hillside? … 0

On the trail of Henry Ward Beecher in Brooklyn, with stuffed doll in tow

Sunday, November 3, 2013

One sunny Sunday morning in Brooklyn Heights, you may have spotted a young woman posing a small stuffed doll of a man in front of various sites around town and snapping cell phone shots of him. That would … 0

5 free things to do in Monaco

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Just before noon on a brilliant Riviera day, two columns of guards line up smartly in front of the Prince’s Palace, gold braids glinting on their full dress uniforms, vivid blue helmets rivaling the azure sky. A bell … 0

Travel Talk: Traveling in circles, and having fun

Sunday, October 27, 2013

There are trips, and then there are trips. Most of my travel over the years has been with Bud and the kids, or Bud and kids and grandkids, or Bud and our group of friends, or just the two of us. Travel is a huge part of our … 0

Soaking up the wisdom of the watermen

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Ten minutes into my tour with Chesapeake Bay watermen, and I’d just asked the landlubber question of the century: What’s the difference between a male and a female blue crab? “How could you stand there and say that?” … 0

5 free things in OKC: Native America, art and more

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Is Oklahoma part of the Midwest, Southwest or southern United States? Ask three different people living in the Sooner State and you’ll get three different answers. It’s a question with no solid answer, and so Oklahoma has taken … 0

5 free things to do in Richmond, Va.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

With terrain varying from the mountains to the coast, Virginia offers an array of fall colors for leaf-peepers. But before or after your drive along one of the state’s many scenic byways, consider a fix of Southern city … 0

Travel Talk: Be efficient, comfortable snow birds

Saturday, October 5, 2013

If you’re among the thousands of New Hampshirites planning a road trip to warmer climates this winter, why not do some pre-planning now? Come January, Bud and I are going to reprise our southern road trip of 2011, and we’re thinking back to things we would do differently … 0