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Strange food: Europe's offbeat delicacies

Travel / Rick Steves' Europe /

My palate has come a long way from my "Europe through the gutter" days, when my travel diet consisted of peanut butter and strawberry jam on cheap baguettes. Now one of my favorite parts of travel is sampling local specialties. From horse meat in France to pig's ears in Spain, I make it a point to try dishes that make a place unique -- no matter...Read more

Celebrity Travel: Go Away With Nancy O'Dell

Travel / Celebrity Travel /

Nancy O'Dell is best known as the host of "Entertainment Tonight." She has traveled worldwide interviewing everyone from President Obama to Angelina Jolie and, if she can make it happen, she'll bring her children (Ashby, Carson and Tyler) with her.

"My favorite memories are of my children and my husband walking along the beaches searching for ...Read more

Disney's planned Star Wars, Toy Story lands build on movie franchises

Travel / Travel News /

Have you noticed lately that when theme parks add new attractions they add entire lands, not just one ride or show?

That was the case again recently when Disney Parks announced megawatt additions to Hollywood Studios in Orlando, Fla. -- whole new lands with multiple attractions designed around the "Star Wars" and "Toy Story" movie franchises.

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Going to Paso Robles

Travel / Travel News /

IF YOU GO

WHERE TO STAY

La Bellasera Hotel & Suites, 206 Alexa Court, Paso Robles; (805) 238-2834, www.labellasera.com. This hotel is convenient for those visiting wineries and distilleries off California 46. It's a short drive or Uber ride to downtown Paso Robles. Doubles from $199.

Paso Robles Inn, 1103 Spring St.; (805) 238-2660 or (800) ...Read more

Some are designated shoppers

Travel / Travel News /

My designated driver deserved to have just as much fun as I did. This can only mean one thing: shopping. Here are some options offering antiques, clothing and even artisanal soaps.

Reminisce Antiques Etc., 1344 Pine St., Paso Robles; (805) 239-1001, www.reminiscepasorobles.blogspot.com. You'll find multiple vendors in one large space, so you ...Read more

Showing good tastes

Travel / Travel News /

The key to keeping upright during a day of spirit tastings is to stay hydrated and well fed. That's also the key to keeping your designated driver happy. It's easy to see -- and taste -- a lot in Paso Robles' compact downtown. And unlike upscale restaurants in Napa Valley, here they have white tablecloths -- without the attitude. You can sit ...Read more

Paso Robles: Moved by spirits

Travel / Travel News /

PASO ROBLES, Calif. -- I frantically flipped through pages of handwritten directions, unable to tell my designated driver the way to the next winery. The repeating scenery -- rolling golden hills dotted with grapevines growing in straight rows -- made it difficult to tell one dirt road from the next. With little to no cell reception, GPS was not...Read more

A tour with a wee dram

Travel / Travel News /

You want to get in on the Paso Robles craft distillery movement before the hipsters take over. Here are five distilleries offering tastes.

KroBar: This tasting room is as cozy as it gets, with a vintage bar handed down through generations of co-owner Stephen Kroener's family, an antique piano and furniture. I visited the distillery, behind the ...Read more

Around the World: Hang A ‘Do Not Disturb’ Sign on Your Repositioning Cruise

Travel / Around the World /

If you’re looking for a great getaway that has a big ‘do not disturb’ sign attached to it, sign up for a seasonal repositioning cruise.

At this time of year, cruise lines are moving their ships from one shining sea to another to prepare for their winter itineraries in warm waters, and they offer passengers really good deals on voyages ...Read more

Who's Responsible For This Pilfered Luggage?

Travel / Christopher Elliott /

Q: My 18-year-old daughter recently flew from Portland, Oregon, to Jacksonville, Florida, connecting through Atlanta. Her flight on Delta Air Lines was delayed more than three hours into the wee hours of the morning.

When she arrived home, a book with sentimental value, which she had been given for graduation, was gone from her luggage. Also ...Read more

Taking the Kids: Sampling Orlando's changing restaurant scene during Magical Dining Month

Travel / Taking The Kids /

Forget the latest theme park attractions. How about a farm tour or cooking lesson on your next trip to Orlando?

OK, maybe not, though Grande Lakes Orlando, home to the Ritz-Carlton and the JW Marriott, does both and JW Marriott Executive Chef Jadan Sheive points to the popularity of the resort's new ...Read more

Biking in Europe's boonies

Travel / Rick Steves' Europe /

Europe is a treasure chest of great cultural monuments. But it's also a continent filled with natural beauty -- often overlooked by tourists sprinting from sight to sight, or searching for the perfect souvenir. I've found that a day biking in the great outdoors can be just as culturally fulfilling as time spent in a great church or art gallery. ...Read more

Celebrity Travel: Go Away With Kristen Kish

Travel / Celebrity Travel /

Former "Top Chef" winner Kristen Kish was born in Seoul, South Korea and raised in Michigan, by her adoptive parents and has called Boston, Massachusetts home for the past decade. In the new Travel Channel series "36 Hours," she and former pro soccer player Kyle Martino explore culinary experiences in cities such as Berlin, Barcelona and ...Read more

At Disney parks, a bold shift away from Mickey, Goofy and pals

Travel / Travel News /

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Walk the floor of the D23 Disney fan expo, which was held this month in Anaheim, and the biggest storyline was clear. Two of the largest exhibits were dedicated to the Disney parks -- one a look back at 60 years of Disney history and one a look forward, a preview of the Shanghai Disneyland in development and an "Avatar"-...Read more

Catching 40 winks in a caboose

Travel / Travel News /

Lancaster isn't the only place you can sleep in a train car. There's also the Caboose Motel at the Titusville and Oil Creek Railroad in Northwest Pennsylvania, converted Pullman cars in Chattanooga, Tenn., and a clutch of caboose motels in the Pacific Northwest.

The website railfanmotels.com offers lodging tips for train buffs (motels located ...Read more

Railroad buffs still make tracks to Strasburg

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STRASBURG, Lancaster County -- Parents instinctively want to re-create their favorite childhood memories for their own children. When we adopted our son, now 5, he arrived with an innate love of trains that reflected and even outpaced my own childhood devotion to all things railroad. It was only a matter of time before we retraced my childhood ...Read more

Get away to Los Alamos, in Santa Barbara's wine country

Travel / Travel News /

In the heart of Santa Barbara's wine country, the California town of Los Alamos is slow to awaken in the mornings. It's quiet along Bell Street, the main drag lined with vintage storefronts clustered around a flagpole. But at lunchtime, doors swing open, corks pop and local eateries come to life.

You might think this quirky spot was once a cow ...Read more

A trip down Route 66 with a boatload of old cars, busload of gearheads

Travel / Travel News /

If you ever plan to motor west,

Travel my way, take the highway that's the best,

Get your kicks on Route 66.

-- Bobby Troup

I'm rocketing down a two-lane country road outside Amarillo, Texas, in the sidecar of a Russian army motorcycle. It's nearly midnight, and we're blasting through the hot, dry Panhandle darkness in search of a man named ...Read more

Around the World: Keeping Fit at 30,000 Feet!

Travel / Around the World /

Whether you take to the skies to get to a much anticipated once in a lifetime vacation destination or flight is a required and routine component of your professional commitments, air travel is taxing on your body.

Of course, the most common complaint from travelers is jet lag. But a disrupted sleep cycle isn’t the only change your body ...Read more

Why Won't Allegiant Refund My Deceased Son's Airfare?

Travel / Christopher Elliott /

Q: Our son William died in an automobile accident in May. The time following this tragedy was taken up with grief, with us attempting to reconcile and resolve his personal affairs. In June, I found evidence that our son and his girlfriend had airline reservations with Allegiant for round-trip travel from Orlando to Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky ...Read more