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After Irma: What Florida Keys bars, hotels, landmarks survived storm?

While reporting on Irma’s aftermath in the Florida Keys, we noticed something odd. Irma smashed trailers, boats and docks, but most of those giant statues outside tourist attractions stood tall against the winds and the storm surge. Not even an antenna was bent on that gigantic spiny lobster statue outside the Rain Barrel Village in Islamorada. Two giant conch statues, at Shell World in...

Talk Travel: How to navigate Los Angeles by plane, train and automobile

The Washington Post's travel writers and editors recently discussed stories, questions, gripes and more. Here are edited excerpts:  Q: I am moving to Europe with my 17-lb dog. She can fit in a large mesh carrier under the seat, but it's a squeeze. But I believe trans-Atlantic flights might have more room under the seats. Is that true? Are the pet restrictions a case-by-case or with the new normal...
Boise takes whitewater park to the next level

Boise takes whitewater park to the next level

Work should begin by early November on the second phase of Boise’s Whitewater Park, Boise Parks and Recreation director Doug Holloway said.  Crews have to wait until irrigation season ends and the Boise River drops to winter levels, Holloway said. After that, they’ll begin work on the riverbank. They’ll add tiered seating and build take-out and put-in points for surf boards...

In Alaska town packed with cabs, bootleggers give you a ride

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A far-flung Alaska town is known for having streets that are among the most taxi-congested in the U.S. in proportion to the small number of people who call it home.  For years, locals knew the cabdrivers as a source for illegal booze in Bethel, which has 58 taxis for its population of 6,200 — one for every 107 residents. State police heard the rumors and launched...
Much excitement on the Oregon Trail

Much excitement on the Oregon Trail

GASTON, Ore. — In the kitchen at the headquarters of Big Table Farm, the home of the proprietors Brian Marcy and Clare Carver, a few words to live by are written on a blackboard hanging a bit lopsidedly on a wall:  “Do a little bit every day towards your dream."   The husband-and-wife team has operated the winery in just this fashion since acquiring 70 acres off a dirt...
A new Baltimore luxury hotel shines with history's luster

A new Baltimore luxury hotel shines with history's luster

Two minutes into my stay at the Sagamore Pendry Baltimore, I'm whispering a secret password to the bartender.  "Here's your history," he says, splashing a healthy dollop of whiskey into my glass of ginger-infused fruit juice.   Okay, okay, I admit the free cocktail is simply restitution for my room not being ready. But it does make a gal feel special.   And that...

Want to see the stars? Take a trip to Idaho’s first designated dark-sky park

BOISE, Idaho — When all of Idaho’s smoke clears, you’ll have a chance to see the stars from the state’s newly designated International Dark Sky Park at Craters of the Moon National Monument.  The International Dark-Sky Association, a nonprofit that fights light pollution, granted Craters of the Moon its silver-tier park status thanks to an application from Craters superintendent...
Reporter’s pick: Top 7 Airbnb rentals in West Palm Beach 

Reporter’s pick: Top 7 Airbnb rentals in West Palm Beach 

Cooler weather and awesome events are just around the corner. And in West Palm Beach, there will be plenty of things to do this fall, such as Dinner en Blanc and the GreenMarket. If you have friends and family in town looking for a staycation — you know, to kick it at the beach under the Florida sun, to drink cocktails in a pool and to party till the break of dawn &mdash...
Passengers upset after flight minutes from landing returns to departure airport

Passengers upset after flight minutes from landing returns to departure airport

Passengers on a late night flight to Santa Fe Tuesday were confused when the plane, just minutes from landing, instead returned to Dallas Fort Worth International Airport. Passengers and those waiting at the airport for loved ones to arrive told KRQE that it was a clear, calm night. After the flight's captain told passengers they were returning to DFW but didn't give a clear reason why, passenger...
Finding my past: How a DNA test uncovered my family’s roots

Finding my past: How a DNA test uncovered my family’s roots

My most important Father’s Day gifts are ones I appreciate every single day – two wonderful children whose relatively smooth transition to adulthood has been a joy to behold. But that doesn’t mean a man can’t enjoy a little Daddy swag. So my Father’s Day kicked off this year with one of my daughter Ashley’s omelette specials and a couple other gifts that were...
Getting to the bottom of a Lafayette mystery in York, Pennsylvania

Getting to the bottom of a Lafayette mystery in York, Pennsylvania

In the city of York, Pennsylvania, a statue of the Marquis de Lafayette - the famous French major general in the Revolutionary War - smiles wryly. His facial features are overexaggerated; he bears some semblance to a cartoon. One arm is outstretched with a drink in mid-toast.  Made of bronze and wearing a blue-tinted officer's coat with red trim, the marquis could almost be mistaken for a street...
Why it's a real mistake to count on a cellphone when you go hiking

Why it's a real mistake to count on a cellphone when you go hiking

Sarah Savage was alone in the woods and didn't know which way to turn. She had been eager to explore the Appalachian Trail when she moved to Pennsylvania and discovered that her house was near an access point. But not long after she took off from the trailhead, the path branched in different directions. She wasn't carrying a cellphone or a map. Nervous, she turned back.  "I was afraid of...
Hotel buffets, a culprit of food waste, get downsized

Hotel buffets, a culprit of food waste, get downsized

Lawrence Eells, the executive chef at the Hyatt Regency Orlando, in Florida, would like his kitchen, or at least its operations, to be as lean as his roast beef. So in April, he welcomed a team of researchers looking at ways to reduce food waste, especially around the abundant all-you-can-eat buffets.  Experts from Ideo, the global design firm known for such creations as Apple’s first mouse...

What every hiker should carry

REI's list of 10 essentials that every hiker should carry: - Map and compass   - Sun protection   - Insulation (rain gear)   - Headlamp and batteries   - First-aid supplies   - Fire (waterproof matches and fire starter)   - Knife or a multi-tool   - Food   - Water   - Emergency shelter (e.g., space blanket)
Minnesota island retreat takes on a different tone in fall

Minnesota island retreat takes on a different tone in fall

As the vintage wooden Chris-Craft shaved a path into the still lake, shades of coral, cherry and lime rippled in the trailing wake. The florid shoreline, replicated in those blurred patches of water, seemed to be preening. “The colors are just really getting going,” said Michael Andrews, our captain. “By the end of the day, you’ll see — it’s going to get even better...
Travel dilemmas: Making that flight connection

Travel dilemmas: Making that flight connection

Question: When one needs to make a connecting flight, say from Frankfurt, Germany, to Milan’s Malpensa in Italy, what is a reasonable layover time to ensure both passenger and bags get to the same place at the same time? Melanie Gnad, Simi Valley, Calif. ——— Answer: There is what is an allowable connect time, and there is what is reasonable, and these often are not the same...
Flow of tourists to U.S. declined in first quarter

Flow of tourists to U.S. declined in first quarter

Fewer international travelers came to the United States during the first few months of this year than over the same period last year, confirming concerns of some in the travel industry.  New figures released by the U.S. Department of Commerce show a drop in international visitors to the United States by close to 700,000 in the first quarter of 2017 compared with the previous year. European countries...
After Hurricane Irma: What celebrity’s home was destroyed in Key West?

After Hurricane Irma: What celebrity’s home was destroyed in Key West?

There’s no more wondering “Where the Sidewalk Ends” at the late poet and author Shel Silverstein’s former Key West house. Hurricane Irma uprooted a large ficus tree that crushed the 1901 Greek Revival home on William Street, demolishing much of the wooden two-story house and taking a portion of the street’s sidewalk with it. RELATED: KEYS COUPLE SURVIVES STORM ON POOL...
Asheville’s best places to chill out and chow with your dog

Asheville’s best places to chill out and chow with your dog

Having enjoyed the few days I was able to spend in Asheville, N.C., years ago, I made sure to jump quickly on a two-month pet sitting opportunity when it arrived in my inbox earlier this spring. This extended visit has provided me with an insight I didn’t fully appreciate the last time I was here. This place has virtually barrier-free access to the region’s rural amenities. While other...
A family travel playbook: Make plans, prepare to let them go

A family travel playbook: Make plans, prepare to let them go

Clearly, the GPS had gone haywire.  We were sitting in our rental car in Belgium, in search of Bruges. After directing me down a series of increasingly narrower country roads, it now wanted me to head into the driveway of a modest suburban house. The children in the back seat were laughing; my wife, to my right, was not.   “It’s getting dark. What are we going to do?&rdquo...
Wine lovers strike it rich wine tasting in Sutter Creek

Wine lovers strike it rich wine tasting in Sutter Creek

SUTTER CREEK, Calif. — The Gold Rush brought a flood of argonauts, gamblers and adventure-seekers to California’s gold-flecked hills. But modern-day visitors are wooed by something else — a taste of the Wild West, yes, but one washed down with barbera and rose, perhaps with a little charcuterie or fried Brussels sprouts on the side. We’ve arrived in the charming gold country...
A 2017 drive through the 1977 AAA Mid-Atlantic TourBook

A 2017 drive through the 1977 AAA Mid-Atlantic TourBook

Of all my family vacation memories from the late 1970s, those from inside our wood-paneled station wagon are among the most vivid. In the back, my little sister's legs stuck straight out and predictably kicked the back of the driver's seat. I sat next to her, and if I crossed the imaginary line between us, I made sure to do so when my parents weren't looking. My father usually drove the speed limit...

Those on-time flight numbers? They’re expected to decline next year

Each month the Transportation Department announces the percentage of domestic flights that arrived on time, and the number has generally been rosy this year, ranging from 76 to 83 percent of the flights tracked.  But that record is not likely to continue. Starting next year, the government will begin counting flights operated by smaller carriers and the major airlines’ regional partners...
Maui’s heavenly Hana is more than just a road trip

Maui’s heavenly Hana is more than just a road trip

HANA, Hawaii — Hana, on the east side of the island of Maui, might not be literally a one-horse town, but it is tiny, with a population of 1,258. We saw only one horse, looking over the fence at us next to the Hasegawa General Store. The horse blinked and chewed, not much interested, then returned to mowing the verdant field, mouthful by mouthful. My friend Sarah and I stood in the sun and watched...
In the Kingdom of Tonga, underwater wonders and Polynesian hospitality

In the Kingdom of Tonga, underwater wonders and Polynesian hospitality

As I stepped off the little boat after 48 hours of travel, I felt a little like Tom Sawyer. Mostly because my family would be staying in a treehouse. But also because the island looked like something out of a storybook.  The jungle-covered knoll crested gently out of the sea, a small dot punctuating the lagoon between larger islands. A hammock swung between two coconut trees on a sliver of beach...
Hurricane Maria: Airlines cap fares for flights out of affected cities

Hurricane Maria: Airlines cap fares for flights out of affected cities

Update 1:30 p.m. Sept. 19: American Airlines and United Airlines announced that they are capping some of their fares as Hurricane Maria churns over the Caribbean. American Airlines said it will cap until Sept. 24 one-way, nonstop fares from airports in Antigua, Haiti, the Turks and Caicos islands, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and St. Kitts and Nevis...
Florida Keys hotel in Netflix series ‘Bloodline’ closed in wake of Irma

Florida Keys hotel in Netflix series ‘Bloodline’ closed in wake of Irma

The Islamorada hotel featured in the Netflix series ‘Bloodline’ is closed indefinitely in the wake of Hurricane Irma. Last year, Palm Beach Daily News travel writer Cheryl Blackerby  wrote a piece about her trip to Islamorada and how the Moorings Village and Spa and other Florida Keys locations became stars of the show. ‘Bloodline’ ended earlier...
Florida to resume charging tolls after being suspended for Hurricane Irma

Florida to resume charging tolls after being suspended for Hurricane Irma

Florida authorities said the state will resume charging tolls on its turnpike and other roads and bridges at 12:01 a.m. Thursday after they were suspended during Hurricane Irma. More than a week after Hurricane Irma hit parts of Florida, the state’s tolls are still suspended while cities rebuild and residents return to their homes and repair damages to property, some with the help of friends...
Interior chief urges shrinking 4 national monuments in West

Interior chief urges shrinking 4 national monuments in West

WASHINGTON (AP) — Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is recommending that four large national monuments in the West be reduced in size, potentially opening up hundreds of thousand or even millions of acres of land revered for natural beauty and historical significance to mining, logging and other development.  Zinke's recommendation, revealed in a leaked memo submitted to the White House, prompted...
A Chicago restaurant with an impressive pedigree and a Nordic soul

A Chicago restaurant with an impressive pedigree and a Nordic soul

Bites: Elske, Chicago  Chicago is home to many pricey temples of fine dining (Alinea, Oriole, Grace, et al), but chefs Anna and David Posey wanted to create an alternative to the overly formal, often dauntingly expensive prix fixe experience. “We both like very fancy things, but we like going about them casually,” David Posey said. The result is Elske, which opened in December in...
Much more going on in Chapel Hill than the Tar Heels

Much more going on in Chapel Hill than the Tar Heels

Like many fans of North Carolina, my family counts artsy Asheville and the Blue Ridge Parkway, especially during leaf-peeping season, among our favorite destinations.  Yet of all the places we've been in this Southern state, we're most fond of Chapel Hill.   Or as we've taken to calling it: Land of the Lotus-Eaters, in mock Homeric tribute to how hard it is to leave the town.  ...
A vacation with technology in tow

A vacation with technology in tow

Forget just taking pictures with your phone’s camera — there are far more creative ways for travelers to use technology to capture memories from their trips, says Dennis Crowley, the co-founder and executive chairman of Foursquare, a company behind two location apps that have 50 million global users a month. “Between various apps and social media platforms, you can preserve experiences...
Bicyclists get free roadside assistance in Connecticut city

Bicyclists get free roadside assistance in Connecticut city

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Maureen Hart was riding home on the Founders Bridge into Hartford when the tire on her bicycle went flat.  Stranded on her way home from a friend's house, Hart took advantage of a program she'd learned about just days before. While at a jazz concert in Bushnell Park, she and other friends who rode there were approached by a city bicycle "safety ambassador,"...
Frequent flier programs generate profits for airlines and frustration for travelers

Frequent flier programs generate profits for airlines and frustration for travelers

Alaska Airlines employees have long received bonuses for helping reach on-time arrival goals and improve passenger satisfaction scores. And they recently got a new way to earn a pay bump: If more travelers sign up for the carrier’s frequent flier program.  For good reason. Airline loyalty programs, which began nearly 40 years ago as a promotional gimmick, are becoming increasingly lucrative...

The many ways in which a simple scent can fix your travel woes

At Bloomberg Pursuits, we love to travel. And we always want to make sure we're doing it right. So we're talking to globe-trotters in all of our luxury fields-food, wine, fashion, cars, real estate-to learn about their high-end hacks, tips, and off-the-wall experiences. These are the Distinguished Travel Hackers.  World famous fragrance guru Jo Malone, 54, founded her namesake candle and scent...

Travel deals: Sale on business-class air to Paris, $400 off a Turkey package

This week's best travel bargains around the globe.  --Geckos Adventures, an adventure travel company for ages 18 to 29, has discounted its Halloween in America trip. The seven-day tour, which travels from Boston to New York City, costs $1,359 per person double, down from $1,510, Price includes two nights in hotels and four nights in hostels; a variety of activities, such as the Olde Town Ghost...
In the rainy season, savings in Asia and Central America

In the rainy season, savings in Asia and Central America

Travelers willing to trade unbroken sunshine for cooling rain showers may want to investigate green season deals. While traditional travel advice often suggests avoiding destinations during their rainy season, hotels and tour providers are now offering compelling reasons to rethink that point of view.  During the rainy season (sometimes called by the more positive moniker “green season&rdquo...
What Stephen King can’t travel without

What Stephen King can’t travel without

Author Stephen King has several projects out this month: “Mr. Mercedes,” a television series based on King’s first hard-boiled detective novel; “It,” a film adaptation of his 1986 best-seller; and “The Dark Tower,” currently in theaters. Maine’s most famous resident, King prefers car travel to air, and has surprisingly modest requirements when on the...
Boating the water wonderlands of South Puget Sound

Boating the water wonderlands of South Puget Sound

PENROSE POINT STATE PARK, Pierce County — It’s the most blissful part of summer: late enough in the season for warm days but with crisp mornings that make hot coffee the best discovery ever. I’m perched in the cockpit of my 32-foot sailboat, its bow line tied to a state-park buoy, with Mount Rainier filling the horizon like John Goodman fills a TV screen. As the sun rises the moorage...
'Panoramas of the City' explores St. Louis history on an oversize scale

'Panoramas of the City' explores St. Louis history on an oversize scale

ST. LOUIS — The big pictures tell a St. Louis story, but so do the details.  Yes, there’s the little boy picking his nose on one side of a panoramic photo of a 1921 golden jubilee celebration of a Jesuit priest. And the wide-mouthed woman photobombing a panorama of a crowd gathered on Art Hill to welcome home aviator Charles Lindbergh.   But there’s also the streetcars...
Old-style Adirondacks retreat offers a place to unplug and unwind

Old-style Adirondacks retreat offers a place to unplug and unwind

"Is it like 'Dirty Dancing'?"  That's the question I'm inevitably asked when I tell people where I'm headed for summer vacation. Timberlock is an old-fashioned camp in the Adirondack Mountains of New York, so remote that there is no connectivity. There's also no electricity in the 23 simple, comfortable cabins that dot the shoreline of 11-mile-long Indian Lake. That's what attracted...

There's a window in my shower - and other hotel design flaws

When Marc Burdiss stepped into the shower at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, he was shocked by the clear view of the bedroom through a glass window.  "Weird," he thought to himself.   Burdiss, an emergency-preparedness consultant based in Flagstaff, Arizona, then let out a sigh of relief. When he made the reservations, he had thought of bringing his teenage...
On the path of Chuck Berry’s ‘Promised Land,’ five decades on

On the path of Chuck Berry’s ‘Promised Land,’ five decades on

Chuck Berry’s 1964 classic “Promised Land” is all about motion. The opening guitar riff is a big and fast thing taking off, a bus leaving the station, a jet rising from the tarmac. The poor boy, our narrator, is endlessly rollin’ and ridin’, straddling that Greyhound, smoking into New Orleans, swinging low chariot, coming down easy.  It is a motion specific to the...
After Hurricane Irma: Keys couple survive storm hanging on pool floats

After Hurricane Irma: Keys couple survive storm hanging on pool floats

The water rose quickly. “It was bubbling up from the floor. We’re sitting on mangroves here,” said R.J. Potter. He and his girlfriend, Susan Aldrich, hadn’t counted on that when they decided to ride out Hurricane Irma’s rampaging winds in Mangrove Mama’s restaurant on Summerland Key, about 5 miles from where the hurricane’s eye howled ashore Sunday morning...

Ready for visitors? A post-Irma update on Caribbean islands and Florida cities

No question, Hurricane Irma was a heartless beast. Over the past week, the storm clawed its way up a chain of Caribbean islands before knocking down the door into Florida. The natural disaster left behind a war zone of roofless homes, toppled trees, crumbled hotels and flooded streets. Many destinations will need months to recover, while others have already started to bounce back.  "The...
Woman claims sexual assault on red-eye flight to Charlotte

Woman claims sexual assault on red-eye flight to Charlotte

A 33-year-old woman was flying a red-eye flight from San Diego to Charlotte, North Carolina, on Monday when a stranger took the seat next to her younger sister. >> Read more trending news  She said they were instantly nervous when he first spoke to them. "He said, 'I get to sit next to the two most beautiful women on the plane,' and we were concerned," the woman, who did not want...
Where your Mercedes-Benz and Porsche were born

Where your Mercedes-Benz and Porsche were born

When I stepped off the S-Bahn at the Neckarpark station in Stuttgart on my way to the Mercedes-Benz Museum, I ran into a gaggle of Idaho high school students who nicely summed up the two automotive museums they had just visited.  “Mercedes has more details and has more history,” one of them told me. Porsche, he said, was more about Porsche and its racing heritage.   There...
Key West: At the Southernmost Point - close to home, yet still too far away

Key West: At the Southernmost Point - close to home, yet still too far away

This is the end of the line, Land's End, the last stop in the last resort. The Southernmost Point of the Southernmost City in the continental United States of America lies here in Key West, where Whitehead and South Streets intersect.  By 10 a.m. Labor Day morning, about 50 tourists were lined up to have their pictures taken next to signs that say so.  Except that it isn't. Not exactly. ...
Disaster declared in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria devastates island

Disaster declared in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria devastates island

President Donald Trump on Thursday declared a federal disaster in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria brought pounding rain and punishing winds to the island, knocking out power and causing widespread flooding and landslides. The declaration allows for federal resources to be used for Puerto Rico’s recovery efforts. The island is reeling after Maria made landfall Wednesday as a Category 4 hurricane...
9 weather terms you should know when preparing for a hurricane

9 weather terms you should know when preparing for a hurricane

Whenever a hurricane is poised to strike a region, there are several terms meteorologists use that might not be familiar. Here are common ones you should know as you keep your eye on the storm’s path:  Lines or bands of low-level clouds that move (feed) into the upper region of a thunderstorm, usually from the east through south. This term also is used in tropical meteorology to describe...
Spy museum's newest: ax used on Trotsky, parts of Powers' U2

Spy museum's newest: ax used on Trotsky, parts of Powers' U2

WASHINGTON (AP) — H. Keith Melton spent 40 years looking for the ice-climbing ax used in the bloody assassination of Russian revolutionary Leon Trotsky. It had been sitting under a bed in Mexico City for decades.  Much easier was acquiring a mangled, basketball-size chunk of Gary Powers' U2 spy plane shot down over the Soviet Union in 1960. It was a gift from a Soviet official.  ...
Going with the flow in Nicaragua

Going with the flow in Nicaragua

Virtually the first thing I laid eyes on in Nicaragua was Isla de Ometepe. Besieged by taxi drivers at the dusty, hectic border, I caught a ride with a college-aged American backpacker and her Australian surfer paramour. They would take me to the surfing colony of San Juan del Sur and their party hostel — called the Naked Tiger, of course. But I was staying somewhere a little quieter. We set...
Circumnavigating the isle of Manhattan in a kayak - a paddler's perspective

Circumnavigating the isle of Manhattan in a kayak - a paddler's perspective

The Hudson River has always seemed like a trench filled with water, its bottom a Stygian tangle of sunken boats and discarded equipment, its water an over-steeped tea somehow brewed from the lives of 8 million people. By the same token, Manhattan seemed less an island than a moored raft covered with concrete, asphalt, steel and well-tended plants.  So when I eased myself into a kayak one day...
Camels, casbahs and more make for a magical visit to Morocco

Camels, casbahs and more make for a magical visit to Morocco

MARRAKECH, Morocco — Our two rows of camels rested in the darkness before dawn near the circle of tents in the towering Erg Chebbi dunes, a few miles from Morocco’s border with Algeria. The cool air carried the aroma of coffee brewing as the sky began to lighten. To the west, a guide was leading three camels and their passengers on a dawn ride. To the east, a few of my travel companions...

Visiting Yellowstone in the summer, and other travel questions answered

The Washington Post's travel writers and editors recently discussed stories, questions, gripes and more. Here are edited excerpts:  Q: We are thinking of going to Yellowstone next summer for three or four days as part of a larger road trip. The only time we can go is late July. The reviews I'm reading say that while Yellowstone is fantastic, there is a lot of bad as well. The lodges (Old Faithful...
Family travel: Cabin destinations to consider

Family travel: Cabin destinations to consider

Gather the clan in a cozy cabin. Here are five to consider:  1. The Ranch at Emerald Valley, Colorado Springs, Colo. — Set amid 100,000 acres in the Pike National Forest, guests of this high mountain, luxury ranch can choose from richly appointed one-, two- or three-bedroom cabins so cozy you’ll have to force yourselves away from the fire and out the door to meet Reba, the fly fishing...
Learning local customs, whether by app or in person, eases travelers’ way

Learning local customs, whether by app or in person, eases travelers’ way

On a sales trip last fall to Seoul, South Korea, Josh Udashkin, founder of the smart luggage company Raden, quickly realized he’d better leave the matte-finish suitcase samples in his hotel room.  “The retail displays, the street fashion, shoes, purses, headphones, showed me that shiny surfaces were definitely popular in Seoul,” he said. Instead, he brought only the shiny-surface...
Ashland, Ore.: Take in a show, bike a mountain, tour a vineyard

Ashland, Ore.: Take in a show, bike a mountain, tour a vineyard

ASHLAND, Ore. — Shortly after hitting town recently, we ate a picnic lunch at a shaded table by Ashland Creek. A few feet away, children played in the water under parents’ watchful eyes as new arrivals skipped across a vintage foot bridge. That evening we had a couple rounds of fascinating local beers — one flavored with hibiscus and ginger — and a good dinner at the Caldera...
Is Vermont becoming the Napa Valley of beer?

Is Vermont becoming the Napa Valley of beer?

My brother Tyler and I have driven over 400 miles to Vermont to stand in line for beer. Despite our best efforts - dragging ourselves out of bed early after the previous day's marathon beer crawl - we are now standing numbers 18 and 19 in the queue of people shivering outside the Alchemist Brewery in Stowe on a cold November morning. Behind us we can see at least 40 more people, including a few we'd...

In the Caribbean, rebuilding nations — and the tourism industry

GUSTAVIA, St. Barthélemy — The pace is frantic. Residents with shovels clean the streets. Dump trucks laden with the stumps of storm-ravaged trees rumble back and forth along narrow streets. Construction crews clear downed telephone poles and debris from houses and businesses in a race to restore the lifeblood of this small Caribbean island — tourism.  Those who live here &mdash...
Aruba sets out a full plate of sights, scents and tastes

Aruba sets out a full plate of sights, scents and tastes

As I bounced around in the front seat of a land rover — bones jarring, joints rattling and brains scrambling – Bette Davis’s famous line in the movie “All About Eve” flashed through my mind — “buckle your seat belts; it’s going to be a bumpy ride.” Even trussed up like a prize turkey as I was, it was impossible to overstate the bumpiness of this...
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