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Boomer buddies become kids again, kicking back on Florida's southwest coast

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"No, Pete, turn here."

Navigating a pontoon boat through the maze of islands off the southwest coast of Florida turns out to be nothing like sailing on the Great Lakes. Our friend, Pete, has done the latter for decades, but finding our way to Keewaydin Island dumbfounds us all.

The boat-rental guy said it would be easy. Just follow the map, he...Read more

South Spain's big three: Granada, Cordoba, and Sevilla

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The quintessential image of Spain is the region of Andalucia, home of bullfights, flamenco, whitewashed hill towns and glamorous Mediterranean resorts. And while much of the region's appeal is in its hill and coastal retreats, at the heart of Andalucia are three great cities: Granada, Cordoba and Sevilla.

Granada is the famous last home of the ...Read more

Celebrity Travel: Go Away With Kimberly Hebert Gregory

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Kimberly Hebert Gregory's latest role is as Yvette on ABC's "Kevin (Probably) Saves the World." During her time off from filming, she enjoys heading off on trips with family and friends. "It's getting harder to find untapped destinations nowadays," says the Los Angeles-based actress. "One of my favorite places is Lake Retba (Senegal). It's a ...Read more

Around the World: Ready, Set, Start Your Holiday Shopping!

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Before you go racing off to that crowded mall to treasure hunt for your favorite traveler’s seasonal gift, consider the variety, value and ease of shopping online.  The trick is to order gifts early, so you can avoid express shipping surcharges that will impact your budget for gift-giving.

Browsing online travel purveyor ...Read more

Outdoor adventures, inner Zen in Oregon's quirky Portland

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PORTLAND, Ore. -- Oregon's quirkiest city may tout its desire to "Keep Portland Weird," but it's the Zen of the place that takes hold at the Portland Japanese Garden. Tucked away in the steep hills of Washington Park, towering trees shade the winding paths in a haze of verdant green and gilded autumn hues. Lush gardens and flowing streams vie ...Read more

Taking the Kids: Debunking Thanksgiving myths

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There wasn't any pie, pumpkin or otherwise. No cranberry sauce or potatoes either. Nor was turkey the center of the feast.

More likely, culinary historians report, that first Thanksgiving in the fall of 1621, the Pilgrims and Native Americans from the Wampanoag tribe feasted on venison, shellfish, and while there might have been ...Read more

Getting around in Scottsdale

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My first trip to Scottsdale, Ariz., took me quite by surprise.

Somehow I imagined Scottsdale as a predominantly golf and spa mecca, surrounded by miles of luxury resorts and lush greens with dramatic mountain backdrops. To be sure, that image stands true and is an important part of Scottsdale's appeal.

What I didn't realize is that this ...Read more

'Top Chef' takes on Denver, where food scene is reaching new heights

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Let's play a game: I'll name a city, and you think of food associated with that place.

Ready? Denver.

What comes to mind? Omelets? Rocky Mountain oysters? How about bison, venison or the meat of other animals that keeps taxidermists paying income taxes?

Maybe you're pondering another kind of edible, given Colorado's embrace of recreational ...Read more

Disneyland is adding 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' scenes to its Star Tours ride

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"Star Wars: The Last Jedi" doesn't open in theaters until Dec. 15, but Disneyland visitors who board a vehicle on the Star Tours attraction can get an early glimpse of scenes from the film.

Disneyland was to add scenes from the newest "Star Wars" movie to its Star Tours attractions last week, the resort announced in a blog post.

The park said ...Read more

Sweden's Glass Country sparkles

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You can blame my Norwegian heritage, but I'm not so hot on the Swedish countryside. Even so, you can't say you've seen Sweden if you've only been to Stockholm. Rural Sweden -- especially the province of Smaland -- is a worthy addition to any Scandinavian itinerary.

Covering the entire southeast coast and running deep into the interior, Smaland'...Read more

Celebrity Travel: Go Away With Paris Hilton

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Paris Hilton has been famous all her life, thanks to her lineage (her great-grandfather is Conrad Hilton). These days, the 36-year-old socialite spends most of the year traveling for her business, Paris Hilton Entertainment, which includes her line of clothing, accessories and cosmetics. The latest addition to her line of fragrances is Rosé ...Read more

Special effects are added to Queen Mary's ghost tour

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LOS ANGELES -- The Queen Mary, a retired ocean liner that has become a floating hotel in the Long Beach harbor, has turned to the type of special effects made famous in Hollywood to try to boost visitor numbers.

For more than 15 years, the ship has offered a ghost tour -- dubbed the Ghosts and Legends Tour -- to draw scare fans who are ...Read more

Beauty rises from a Virginia prison where violence against suffragists changed history

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LORTON, Va. -- The windows in Martin Cervantez's towering artworks never look the same, their gentle colors changing subtly with the arc of the sun.

They also never look like what they once were: tower windows from which guards watched inmates at the notorious Lorton Reformatory.

Those windows are emblematic of the change from correction ...Read more

Around the World: Be Aware of Costly Airline Extras During Holiday Travel

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Whether your holiday travel plans include a getaway vacation for yearend rest and recreation, or visiting family and friends with bundles of presents in tow, makes sure to budget for add-on costs that will bump up the cost of your airline ticket.

You should shop around for the best and lowest airline fare and grab it when you ...Read more

Leave the cooking behind; These Caribbean cruises still have space for the holidays

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Procrastinators are getting a break.

In a typical year, trying to book a cruise in November for the December holidays would be a task for the Mission: Impossible team. But in 2017, the storms that strafed part of the Eastern Caribbean have left some travelers with the mistaken impression that the islands are still off-limits. (All western ...Read more

Taking the Kids: Supporting Sonoma County

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If only we had more time. Should we spend more time soaking in the natural thermal pool (heated to more than 90 degrees) flowers all around us at the Willow Stream Spa at the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn, one of the few in the country to feature natural thermal mineral waters (135 ...Read more

Around the World: December 2017 Cruising From New York

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Many tourists who want to view New York City’s magnificent skyline from the water take a two hour harbor tour aboard the Circle Line or hop aboard the Staten Island Ferry for the 30 minute commuter crossing between lower Manhattan’s Whitehall Terminal and Staten Island’s St. George Terminal -- and, to be quite honest, both of those ...Read more

Borough with a view: Brooklyn beckons with new hotels, other perks

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Jake Gyllenhaal is walking into my New York hotel.

It's not on Fifth Avenue or one of the trendy corners of Lower Manhattan. It's in Brooklyn. And it -- the 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge -- might be the buzziest new hotel in the city, star sightings or no.

Because the 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge, like the new William Vale Hotel and the Williamsburg ...Read more

After fires, businesses urge visitors to spend in Wine Country: 'This would be a great time to come'

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SAN JOSE, Calif.--As the recovery continues from last month's devastating Northern California wildfires, the iconic wine regions are looking to kick-start their important hospitality and tourism industry with a simple message: We are open for business.

The damage to some areas was indeed devastating. In the 22 days from the start of the fires ...Read more

Celebrating Sicily: Italy at its most extreme

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It may lack the Botticellis, Guccis, and touristic icons of Venice, Florence or Rome, but Sicily still packs a punch. This island -- a little smaller than Massachusetts -- is home to some of Europe's most important ancient Greek sites, the most active volcano in Europe, and some of Italy's most intriguing architecture and tastiest food.

While ...Read more