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Weirs Beach on Sunday, July 6, 2014.  (Alan MacRae/for the Monitor)

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 of the Lake Winnipesaukee Hobo Railroad. He … 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

Baltimore: Poe, painted screens, vintage treasures

Sunday, July 6, 2014

It’s not the TV shows Homicide and The Wire that come to mind when I think of Baltimore, though both offered an intense look at an American city’s poverty, drugs and gangs. Baltimore’s glitzy Inner Harbor didn’t draw me there either. Instead, I went looking for old things connected to the city’s history … 0

Travel books: Food, inspiration and new Frommer’s

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Whether you’re planning a trip in the new year and need some practical advice, or you’d like to give a coffee-table book filled with inspirational photos to someone on your Christmas list, there’s a travel-themed book for you. … 0

In Ohio, a charming patch of Deutschland

Sunday, December 15, 2013

It’s the little touches that make the tree-shaded, brick-lined streets of German Village in Columbus, Ohio, feel like Hansel-and-Gretel land. Neat brick bungalows – a grander Federal or Victorian occasionally elbowing in among them – present their tidy … 0

Travel Talk: Best gifts for the travelers in your life

Sunday, December 15, 2013

It’s that time again: gift giving! Time to find the perfect gift for the traveler in your life (even if that’s you). I always swoon over the Hammacher Schlemmer catalog (hammacher.com) for nifty items like my own personal submarine or a two-person hovercraft. It doesn’t take long to … 0

A spiffy Vermont mountain, so well-groomed

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Along with a strengthening sun climbing higher in the sky each day, there’s often an unmistakable melancholy in the air at a ski resort in the early spring, with the season winding down and the melting snow exposing … 0

St. Augustine attraction zips over alligators

Sunday, December 1, 2013

I was slowly crossing a swinging log bridge when I paused, sensing the alligator 12 feet below was staring at me. The water around the 8-foot gator’s enormous body began rippling rapidly. A second later, Big Al let … 0

Some Northeast ski resorts open earlier than ever

Monday, November 25, 2013

Ski areas in the Northeast continue to pump millions of dollars in new high-tech snowmaking to draw early season skiers and riders and to ensure their slopes will remain snowy into the spring. An early cold snap allowed … 1

Travel Talk: Pick your cruises carefully and comfortably

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Bud and I don’t consider ourselves cruise people. We’ve done eight or 10 over the past 20-odd years – far below some friends and relatives who are up over the 50 mark. Generally, we prefer to be on … 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