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Southwest Airlines to end practice of overbooking flights

Southwest Airlines plans to stop overbooking flights — an industry practice implicated in an ugly incident on a United Airlines flight that has damaged United's reputation with the flying public.  Last year Southwest bumped 15,000 passengers off flights, more than any other U.S. airline. Carriers say they sometimes sell more tickets than there are seats because often a few passengers don't...
The Inn at Little Washington offers a peek at its carefully concocted grounds

The Inn at Little Washington offers a peek at its carefully concocted grounds

Joneve Murphy reaches beneath a row cover and pulls a baby French breakfast radish from the loose, dark soil. She hands it to her boss, chef Patrick O'Connell, who carefully brushes off the dirt, removes the roots and bites into half of it. The radish, he declares, should be paired with foie gras.  This verdict is from the palate that has launched a thousand trips -- actually, many thousands...
San Francisco celebrates 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love

San Francisco celebrates 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Summer of Love. There will be many stories written and told about it. This almost certainly will be the only such story that won’t mention singer Scott McKenzie and the John Phillips lyric, “If you’re going to San Francisco, be sure to wear some flowers in your hair.” Except for that. While the original “Summer” was...
Find the center of regal London in Kensington

Find the center of regal London in Kensington

LONDON — If Marylebone is London’s quintessential urban village and Bloomsbury its center of culture, Kensington is the nucleus of regal London — hence, its designation as the Royal Borough of Kensington. There has been some sort of royal connection with this elegant area since shortly after the Norman conquest of England in 1066, and subsequent monarchs — most notably Queen...

I could get married here (but didn’t)

My boyfriend and I had been dating for two years when we took the trip to Mexico. We were both 30, so people grew suspicious. “See you in January, when you have a ring,” said a friend, who had gotten married the previous year. The ages of 28 to 30 were like a game of falling dominoes among our circle, but my eyes were tracking other competitions. I could name all of the writers who published...
This couple took their 11-month-old camping for 12 days. Would you?

This couple took their 11-month-old camping for 12 days. Would you?

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Matt and Kimberly Kinney always travel light when they head into the woods, leaving behind everything but the necessities and keeping their backpacks as slim as possible. Two summers ago they decided to add one very heavy item to the packing list: their 22-pound infant.  In July 2015, the Sacramento parents took their son Thomas, then 11 months old, backpacking on the...
3 famous, hip blocks of New York City

3 famous, hip blocks of New York City

Early on a mild September morning, an elderly man on a black bicycle meanders along the paths of Tompkins Square Park, in New York’s East Village. A cassette tape player balanced on the bicycle’s crossbar plays tinny Asian music that grows louder as he approaches and then fainter as he pedals away. The only other sound is birdsong. I stop to sniff some drooping, blowsy roses. I crouch...
United to offer bumped flyers up to $10,000 after video flap

United to offer bumped flyers up to $10,000 after video flap

DALLAS (AP) — United Airlines says it will raise the limit — to $10,000 — on payments to customers who give up seats on oversold flights and will increase training for employees as it deals with fallout from the video of a passenger being violently dragged from his seat.  United is also vowing to reduce, but not eliminate, overbooking — the selling of more tickets than...
At the Greenbrier, 'everything is possible' - except a great dinner

At the Greenbrier, 'everything is possible' - except a great dinner

WHITE SULPHER SPRINGS, W. Va. - Bowling, archery, tennis, golf, swimming, horseback riding, underground bunker tours: There are no shortage of activities at the Greenbrier, the dowager resort in the valley of the Allegheny Mountains. Spread across 6,750 manicured acres in White Sulphur Springs, the 239-year-old retreat has hosted 26 American presidents and served as a secret relocation facility for...

When touring England with family, take the road over the rails

The Washington Post's travel writers and editors recently discussed travel stories, questions, gripes and more. Here are edited excerpts:  Q: Our family of three older teens and two adults will be travelling around England this summer; London, Brighton, Chichester, Bath and other spots. Would we be better off renting a car for our travels (not in London) or travelling via rail between cities?...
A Nairobi restaurant with local ingredients and a dreamy vibe

A Nairobi restaurant with local ingredients and a dreamy vibe

Harold Sena-Akoto, the Ghanaian-born chef of 45 Degrees Kitchen, learned an inspirational lesson from an Italian mentor years ago. “You know Italians,” Sena-Akoto said with a chuckle. “They are so passionate. My chef said to me: ‘Consider yourself blessed that people come to you for a meal. So imagine that every meal you cook is going to be their last.'”  Sena-Akoto...

Best-selling author of 'Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance' dies at 88

Robert Pirsig, whose 1974 travelogue-cum-philosophical tract, "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance," sold millions of copies and made him a reluctant hero to generations of intellectual wanderers, died April 24 at his home in South Berwick, Maine, He was 88.  William Morrow, the publishing house that accepted Pirsig's manuscript after 121 other publishers had turned it down, announced...
Frugal Traveler: Putting online agencies and search sites to the test

Frugal Traveler: Putting online agencies and search sites to the test

In the beginning, you called an airline or travel agent when you wanted to book a trip. But if you’ve done any traveling at all within the last 15 years, you’ve probably come across a fare aggregator or metasearch site. Hundreds of perfectly legitimate ones exist; you’ve undoubtedly heard of Expedia, Priceline and Hotwire, to name three. Does it matter which site you use, or are...
The best undiscovered beaches in the world

The best undiscovered beaches in the world

A certain type of New Yorker has complaints about the beaches in Tulum, Mexico, Saint Barth's, or Mykonos in Greece. "Why escape New York," they ask,"just to be surrounded by New Yorkers?"  Do not hang out with these people.   But do heed their warning: If you want to go to a beach to get away from other humans, you'll have to try a lot harder than visiting those...
Hawaii reassures tourists after brain parasite cases

Hawaii reassures tourists after brain parasite cases

HONOLULU (AP) — A California couple on their honeymoon and two people who drank a homemade herbal beverage are among the rising number of victims in Hawaii falling ill with a potentially deadly brain parasite.  After the newlyweds' plight with rat lungworm disease recently got attention online, the couple and some experts accused Hawaii of failing to adequately warn tourists and residents...
Hotels and resorts for romance of all kinds

Hotels and resorts for romance of all kinds

Romance is a malleable concept. For some, it’s rose petals strewed on the bed. For others, it’s the awe of the great wide open. With that in mind, here are some new and improved hotels and resorts to woo many ages and stages of love, from platonic crushes to wedded commitment.  People Seeking Privacy   — Le Barthélemy (St. Barts)   The French Caribbean...

How to avoid paying for a checked bag

Airfare is expensive enough as it is, but the added fees make things worse.  Some of the discount airlines (think: Spirit, WOW Air and Allegiant) charge for everything from seat selection to printing your boarding pass. Some airlines even charge for carry-on luggage any bigger than a purse or small backpack. But if there’s one thing airlines agree on, it’s charging for regular ol&rsquo...
The marital benefits of a canceled flight

The marital benefits of a canceled flight

My husband had been on hold with the Delta agent for about 10 minutes when he began to visibly implode. His ears went from pink to an almost bioluminescent red; the veins in his neck seemed to pulse in time with the sheets of rain beating down on the terrace. “I know there’s a nor’easter,” Jeff said, pacing the taupe carpet. “But we’re supposed to fly home...
Now on sale: multiresort passes for next ski season

Now on sale: multiresort passes for next ski season

Blooming trees may not be conducive to ski thoughts, but spring is a great time to plan next season on the slopes because multiresort passes go on sale at this time.  Multimountain passes give access (often unlimited) to several locations, and in recent years they have upended not just the way the ski industry sells lift tickets, but also how people approach their winter trips. Vail Resorts was...
'This was real': Artifacts save Holocaust stories for future

'This was real': Artifacts save Holocaust stories for future

BOWIE, Md. (AP) — The small wicker doll chair was a modest toy, but it meant the world to Louise Lawrence-Israels. A gift for her second birthday, it was the only toy she possessed during the approximately three years she spent hiding from the Nazis in Amsterdam, just five blocks from the house where Anne Frank wrote in her diary.  The chair is one of thousands of artifacts housed in the...
US anglers seek out the infamous Bay of Pigs for  fly-fishing

US anglers seek out the infamous Bay of Pigs for fly-fishing

Crouching at the bow of a small motorboat, trying not to make a sound, I wonder if my Cuban guide, Juan Carlos, agrees that we make for a strange scene.  You see, we're very near where, more than half a century ago, a bunch of CIA-backed Cuban exiles tried - and failed spectacularly - to overthrow the Castro regime.   On this warm November morning, I'm part of a new kind of American...
This new mega cruise ship will have a Ferrari-branded racetrack

This new mega cruise ship will have a Ferrari-branded racetrack

Cruise passengers looking for a real ocean drive will have to look further than South Beach.  Norwegian Cruise Line’s new Norwegian Joy, a ship the Doral, Fla.-based cruise line is building to sail in China, will be the first ever to feature a racetrack — from Ferrari, no less.   That’s in partnership with Scuderia Ferrari Watches in this case, which is joining forces...
A road trip along Ireland's breathtaking west coast

A road trip along Ireland's breathtaking west coast

Ireland, we decided: the west coast of Ireland. Offseason, when accommodations would be inexpensive. That's how our party of three childhood friends found ourselves tooling along the Dingle Peninsula's breathtaking Slea Head Drive on a (mostly) sunny day in February as the occasional squall came and went.  Our 10-day adventure was minimally planned; choose the dates, buy the tickets, book a place...

In the air, that uneasy feeling of us vs. them

When a passenger was forcibly removed from his seat aboard an April 9 United Airlines flight to Louisville, Kentucky, before it left the gate in Chicago, the video taken by onlookers seemed to capture the mood in the air: Us vs. Them.  “There’s a lot of blame to go around, not the least of which is the overall culture of aviation where customer service issues have become law enforcement...
Travel Tips: How to pick a travel agent

Travel Tips: How to pick a travel agent

Finding the right travel agent is like finding the right doctor, according to David Kolner, who oversees the travel agent membership program for Virtuoso, a network of more than 15,000 agents globally. “This may sound extreme — after all, they’re only booking your travel — but your leisure time is one of your most valuable assets, so why would you trust just anyone with it?&rdquo...
72 hours in Atlanta

72 hours in Atlanta

I never had a yearning to visit Atlanta. It just wasn’t a city on my radar. I’d flown through it a few times on my way to other cities, but hadn’t ever considered it as a travel destination. But when my mother, sister and I were trying to decide where to meet up for our annual girls’ weekend, we decided, why not try out Atlanta? Flights to the city are cheap from Los Angeles...

Travel Deals: Save on weekend flights to Europe and Scandinavia 

This week's best travel bargains around the globe.  Land   - Topnotch Resort, in Stowe, Vermont, is offering a perks-filled package for pets and their people, with up to 15 percent savings. The Serve, Fetch, Love special starts at $618 and includes two nights' luxury accommodations; a 60-minute private tennis lesson or 90 minutes of court time; a 25-minute in-room spa treatment for...
Suitcase GPS? Scented bags? The latest travel gadgets.

Suitcase GPS? Scented bags? The latest travel gadgets.

At the International Travel Goods Show, held this month in Las Vegas, I saw the future of travel. We will always know the whereabouts of our checked luggage. We will sleep as comfortably on planes as kittens in a basket. And we will never again experience the horror of watching our gadgets power down with no outlets in sight.  Fortunately, we don't have to wait long for this futuristic world...

Brace yourself for overbooked flights this summer

When United Airlines dragged a screaming man from his seat recently, bloodying him in the process, it caused a justifiable uproar. The resulting outrage is spurring a cry for additional fliers’ protections. When passengers aboard a small plane in Rochester, Minn., were held hostage for five-plus hours overnight in 2009, the incident and similar tarmac delays fueled congressional support for...
Giraffe's baby bump boosts tiny zoo's upkeep, conservation

Giraffe's baby bump boosts tiny zoo's upkeep, conservation

April the giraffe has brought a bundle to a tiny zoo in rural upstate New York, thanks to a YouTube video livestream of her pregnancy and birth of an incredibly cute calf that has riveted viewers around the world.  Owners of the for-profit Animal Adventure Park won't say exactly how much they've pulled in from all April-related ventures, but internet marketing experts conservatively estimate...

Disabled passengers decry seating upcharges

Flying with a disability is never easy, but in the past, airlines have lightened the burden a little by offering passengers such as Scott Nold advance seat assignments.  Nold, a retired bus dispatcher from Madison, South Dakota, who has multiple sclerosis, travels in a wheelchair. "So he requires an aisle seat," says his wife, Deb Nold.   But on a recent American Airlines...

Global entry passengers swept up in Trump's travel ban

U.S. Customs and Border Protection revoked the enrollment of people in the Global Entry program and other U.S. "trusted traveler" categories as part of the Trump administration's travel ban on seven predominantly Muslim nations.  The ban triggered raucous protests across the country and was quickly enjoined by the courts. But some industry groups contend the damage to the U.S. travel...
Heavy snow means excellent rafting on Western rivers

Heavy snow means excellent rafting on Western rivers

Like skiers, white-water rafting fans are excited about this season’s heavy snowfall in the West. Several rafting operators are predicting a wild season as the rivers swell with spring showers and snowmelt.  “This year’s rafting will be as good as it gets,” predicted Steve Lentz, the owner of Far and Away Adventures, an Idaho company that offers luxury river rafting on...
Big birder: Noah Strycker on where to spot rare species

Big birder: Noah Strycker on where to spot rare species

In September 2015, Noah Strycker entered the Guinness World Records by besting a British couple, Ruth Miller and Alan Davies, who in 2008 tracked 4,341 species of birds in a year. Strycker tracked 6,042 species and told his story on the Audubon Society blog, Birding Without Borders.  Strycker, 31, has climbed trees around the globe in pursuit of birds like the red-billed starling or black-breasted...
Want to own a town? Tiny Oregon community for sale for $3.5M

Want to own a town? Tiny Oregon community for sale for $3.5M

TILLER, Ore. (AP) — In the tiny, dying timber town of Tiller, the old cliche is true. If you blink, you might actually miss it.  But these days, this dot on a map in southwestern Oregon is generating big-city buzz for an unlikely reason: Almost the entire town is for sale.   The asking price of $3.5 million brings with it six houses, the shuttered general store and gas station...

Trump’s plan to privatize air traffic control has benefits and pitfalls

In Canada, about 2,000 air traffic controllers scrutinize 7 million square miles of North American skies to manage the takeoff and landing of 10,000 flights a day — all without a cent of government funding while maintaining safety standards that meet or exceed those of the United States.  The Trump administration has proposed that the U.S. follow Canada’s lead by turning over management...

Family travel: 5 resorts where both grown-ups and kids feel welcome

Finding a resort where both grown-ups and kids feel welcome can be tricky. Here are five that fit the bill.  1. The Sebastian, Vail, Colo.   This cozy Rocky Mountain resort offers families a year-round, home-away-from-home in a world-class destination. During the winter months, the Base Camp's ski-in, ski-out valet service makes accessing the area's legendary terrain stress free. The...
Along the Mekong River, a timeless place where time marches on

Along the Mekong River, a timeless place where time marches on

Deep in the folds of the hill, up steep stone stairs flanked with frangipani trees, stood the inner sanctum of the ancient Khmer temple of Vat Phou.  We faced the mountain ridge, our backs to the waters of the Mekong River, looking for the chamber. From this angle, it was hidden. But other parts of the temple had begun revealing themselves to us. Down here, along the rutted stone path leading...
À la Française in Harlem

À la Française in Harlem

Harlem has long had a romance with France. Well before the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s, African-American artists and musicians traveled to France to broaden their artistic vision or to escape the daily oppression of American racism.  Not widely known, however, is that the traffic went both ways, with French tourists visiting Harlem because of their fascination with jazz, gospel and black...

Highway 101: Best hotels between San Francisco and Santa Barbara

The stretch of Highway 101 from San Francisco to Santa Barbara offers a vast array of lodging options, from chain motels to boutique inns. Sure, you could do the 300-plus miles in a single day, but it’s more fun to dabble along the way. You can go tasting at some of the stunning wineries in Paso Robles, Pismo or down near Los Olivos or Los Alamos. Grab lunch or dinner at a terrific roadside...
New Hampshire: Three regions, three reasons to visit

New Hampshire: Three regions, three reasons to visit

New Hampshire is a state of many monikers — Granite State, Mother of Rivers, White Mountain State, Switzerland of America. For travel planning purposes, the lesser known nickname of the two-by-four state seems to be most apt. That’s because one can traverse New Hampshire’s width in about two hours and its length in about four, providing an irresistible opportunity to explore several...
Inside a Colorado pot club - a rare and endangered species

Inside a Colorado pot club - a rare and endangered species

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — It's the fish tank featuring a colorful reef made of glass marijuana pipes that ultimately sets the Speakeasy Vape Lounge apart from any other strip-mall bar and confirms what it really is: one of the United States' only legal pot clubs.  The fact that it and a few dozen like it already exist in Colorado was all but lost in a recent fight over whether the...
Highway 101: The best roadside eats between San Francisco and Santa Barbara

Highway 101: The best roadside eats between San Francisco and Santa Barbara

There was a time — a very long time — when anyone traveling down Highway 101 faced a dearth of dining possibilities. That San Francisco-Santa Barbara trek was fueled by golden arches and Denny’s knockoffs. Now there’s no need to resort to such desperate measures, not when you can pull off the freeway and nosh in style at Paso Robles’ Kitchenette and Arroyo Grande&rsquo...

You can dine out with kids. Here's how to make it work for everyone.

When you have young children, it can be easy to give up on going to restaurants altogether. Too much hassle. Too much uncertainty. Too much chance of the stink-eye from other diners.  But there are plenty of restaurants that roll out the welcome mat for families, and plenty of conscientious parents who enjoy eating out with their little ones, without incident.   "Ninety-nine percent...

The financial perks of off-season travel

Airfare, hotels and even some tourist attractions get pricier during travel high-season, when swarms of tourists fly in from around the world to popular destinations. On the flip side, off-season travel — though it may feature less-than-perfect weather conditions — can let you explore the world without spending a fortune.  Here’s how:   AIRFARE PLUMMETS IN THE OFF-SEASON ...
Feasting in Verona, where tradition and creativity intersect

Feasting in Verona, where tradition and creativity intersect

It was a chilly Tuesday afternoon in a giant shopping center in Verona, Italy, and there was a feast before me: a plate of tagliatelle strewn with saffron, spec and mushroom; oversized raviolis packed with scampi and artichoke. The raviolis on my friend’s plate were stuffed with polenta and ossobuco. It was disorienting to be in a mall because this was some of the most excellent pasta I&rsquo...
Founding generation, not just fathers, focus of new museum

Founding generation, not just fathers, focus of new museum

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Alongside a display of the Declaration of Independence at the Museum of the American Revolution, a separate tableau tells the story of Mumbet, an enslaved black woman in Massachusetts who, upon hearing the document read aloud, announced that its proclamation that "all men are created equal" should also include her.  In response, her master hit her with a frying...

Overbooked: stories of airline agony (and some rewards)

Airlines have long found ways to entice passengers off their planes. Often, this is a result of flights’ being overbooked, as airlines try to fill as many seats as possible. When they overbook, airlines begin a process of bargaining with passengers at the gate, offering travel vouchers that usually range from $400 to $600, up to a maximum of $1,350, according to U.S. Transportation Department...
Know the neighborhood to make the most of a London excursion

Know the neighborhood to make the most of a London excursion

LONDON — One of my favorite things about this, my favorite city, is the fact that it is composed of many diverse neighborhoods, each with its own character, contributing to the allure of the British capital. With all that London offers, it can be daunting for a visitor to choose an area for a base … should it be the traditional, staid West End or the hip, edgy East End, the older, established...
At 375, Montreal's still young enough to revel

At 375, Montreal's still young enough to revel

At Montreal's expansive Musee d'Archeologie et d'Histoire Pointe-a-Calliere, a guide encouraged me to watch a short film on the founding of one of North America's oldest and most cosmopolitan cities. Hypermodern and three-dimensional in presentation and scope, the film is a sweeping, rapturous exploration of pre-settlement Quebec, conquest, revolution, and rapid industrialization.  The museum...
Visitors can act, rap Hamilton story at Jefferson’s Monticello

Visitors can act, rap Hamilton story at Jefferson’s Monticello

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Alexander Hamilton never visited the home of archrival Thomas Jefferson. But the nation’s first Treasury secretary — and namesake of the hit musical — rules the house during the new Hamilton Tour Takeover at Monticello. The after-hour visits are part history class and part civics lesson — with chances to rap and sing. “Jefferson is definitely...

Ten ways to diminish travel stress

The stress of travel is enough to make you wonder if the getaway is worth it. Alice Boyes, who travels about one week out of every month, knows how trying the process can be.  "There's a lot to remember with travel," says Boyes, a former clinical psychologist and author of "The Anxiety Toolkit." "The days leading up to getting away, you have everything you've got to remember...
As Havana fills with tourists, Santa Clara remains Cuba’s hidden gem

As Havana fills with tourists, Santa Clara remains Cuba’s hidden gem

The uniformed woman’s eyes narrowed as she looked me up and down, assessing. Seconds earlier, she had told me that the currency exchange was one floor up at the Havana airport. Now, after processing my poor Spanish, blond hair and unaccompanied state, her tune quickly changed. “He will take you,” she offered, in the tone of a command. Who? What? My questions hung in the air, unanswered...

Three train trips to celebrate Canada's Confederation

Via Rail Canada's map resembles a constellation, with 19 train routes connecting such stars as Prince Rupert, B.C.; Ottawa; Churchill, Manitoba; and Halifax, Nova Scotia. The tracks pass through the prairies and the Canadian Rockies, French Canadian cities and Atlantic coastal towns. Daryl Adair, who wrote the "Canadian Rail Travel Guide" and runs a train-travel tour agency in Winnipeg,...
Marfa, Texas … unvarnished

Marfa, Texas … unvarnished

You may have read, or more likely heard, all kinds of things about Marfa, Texas. That it’s super cool. That it’s a foodie destination. That it’s right next to Big Bend. That it’s completely overrated.  If you’ve been to the fabled West Texas town, you undoubtedly have your own opinion about it, perhaps a strong one.   If you haven’t been, maybe you&rsquo...
It's Canada's 150th anniversary. Celebrate all the way, on the railway.

It's Canada's 150th anniversary. Celebrate all the way, on the railway.

A few minutes past 11 p.m., a Via Rail Canada train pulled into a film-noir-lit station in New Brunswick. Two passengers, insufficiently dressed for the frigid outdoors, hopped off. Eyeing their escape route, they scaled a snowy bank and dropped into a parking lot. Shannon Flood was several strides ahead; I trailed behind, picking my way around the black ice. We had only 15 minutes and counting to...
Eating your way through San Diego’s Little Italy

Eating your way through San Diego’s Little Italy

There are few more delicious ways to explore a city’s roots than by tasting your way through its enclaves, whether it’s North Beach in San Francisco or Little Italy, the trendy, restaurant-rich neighborhood in sunny San Diego.  Last year, Forbes magazine dubbed Little Italy one of the country’s top 10 hottest neighborhoods for millennials. It’s awfully appealing to non-millennials...

San Francisco restaurant offers a twist on its Chinatown neighbors

Though Mister Jiu’s black and gray-green facade and idiosyncratic signage contrast with its neighbors in Chinatown in San Francisco, chef Brandon Jew’s year-old restaurant seems at home among medical herb vendors and knickknack shops.  Jew — whose surname, he explained, was “lost in translation” when his grandfather came to the United States — sees Mister Jiu&rsquo...
Biking and baring all on cycling trip around Germany’s Lake Constance

Biking and baring all on cycling trip around Germany’s Lake Constance

The halfway point of our five-day, three-country trip on two wheels around Lake Constance — known as the Bodensee in German — had been long, hot and a little bloody, as I’d taken a tumble off my bike. Then, just minutes from our hotel in Uberlingen, Germany, my sister Lee and I were separated by a marching band on its way to the city center. Intent on finding my sibling, I ignored...

Talk travel: Wait time for Russia visa and other questions answered

The Washington Post's travel writers and editors recently discussed travel stories, questions, gripes and more. Here are edited excerpts:  Q: We're going on a trip that includes a stop in Russia. How long does it take to get a visa?   A: Processing times depend on the volume of applicants, so you never know if it will take three days or 15 working days (typically the max wait time)...
The Baltimore theater scene's new projects: Buildings and a musical

The Baltimore theater scene's new projects: Buildings and a musical

BALTIMORE - The emerging Baltimore theater scene continues to develop new ways - and new places - to raise its voice. Shoestring troupes are getting grants from the state housing commission to buy buildings. Baltimore Center Stage has refurbished its 19th-century complex for $28 million. And Everyman Theatre, long centered on local actors, is staging a new musical for the first time.  "People...
Where Washington’s tent is pitched

Where Washington’s tent is pitched

In Philadelphia’s new Museum of the American Revolution, a tableau of five life-size figures depicts a brawl between a diverse group of men who have come to Boston in the winter of 1775-76 to join the rebellion against the British government.  In their midst stands the future president, George Washington, who has shed his characteristic reserve in an effort to break up the melee between...
‘La La Land’ gives a push to Los Angeles tourism

‘La La Land’ gives a push to Los Angeles tourism

LOS ANGELES — “La La Land” didn’t bring home the best picture Oscar, but the musical filmed in Southern California is expected to bring the region another valuable prize: a bump in big-spending tourists. Like previous films set in the City of Angels, the hugely popular movie has boosted the city’s profile worldwide, raising the prospects of drawing new visitors to eat...

Delta OKs offers of up to $9,950 to flyers who give up seats

Delta is letting employees offer customers nearly $10,000 in compensation to give up seats on overbooked flights, hoping to avoid an uproar like the one that erupted at United after a passenger was dragged off a jet.  United is taking steps too. It will require employees seeking a seat on a plane to book it at least an hour before departure, a policy that might have prevented last Sunday's confrontation...
Travel Tips: How to save money on an Italian vacation

Travel Tips: How to save money on an Italian vacation

Italy is an enduring popular vacation destination. But if you’re looking for a luxurious getaway, it can also be pricey, according to Andrea Grisdale, the owner of IC Bellagio, a Lake Como-based travel company that sells trips to Italy. “Five-star hotels aren’t cheap,” Grisdale said. “And meals can also cost a lot.”  But wallet watchers dreaming of an upscale...

Ticked off over a ticket? Try using some tech tools.

Who is sending Katherine Johnson's daughter parking tickets?  The Miami Parking Authority's citations, usually for $42 apiece, have arrived in the mail intermittently since 2014 for violations that allegedly occurred in Miami, where her daughter attends college. When Johnson challenges them, the price mysteriously drops to $15.   "Is this a scam?" asked Johnson, a trade analyst...

Take a cruise with Oprah? Reservations, please!

Randy Moss may no longer catch passes from Tom Brady or Colin Kaepernick, but for at least one week this summer, fans can find Moss, a former NFL wide receiver, at the BodyHoliday resort on St. Lucia running guests through gridiron drills on the beach, organizing touch football games and offering nutritional advice, including extolling his favorite breakfasts — fruit salad and acai bowls. ...
When school's out, a Canadian dorm stay could open the door to big savings

When school's out, a Canadian dorm stay could open the door to big savings

If you're traveling to Canada for its sesquicentennial, there's an inexpensive way to do it - but it requires going back in time.  When I graduated from college many moons ago, I swore I never would set foot in another dormitory.   But since then, I've attended several professional conferences on Canada's college campuses, where participants were offered the chance to stay in the dorms...
Electrical Parade gets an extension at Disneyland

Electrical Parade gets an extension at Disneyland

Disney’s Main Street Electrical Parade, the nostalgic extravaganza of lights, dancing and upbeat synthesizer music, has had its nightly gig at Disneyland extended for another two months. Instead of ending June 18, the nighttime parade of 22 floats, dozens of dancers and 600,000 blinking lights will run until Aug. 20, the park has announced. The parade was originally launched at the Anaheim,...
What Bill Nye can’t travel without

What Bill Nye can’t travel without

Bill Nye — engineer, former star of “Bill Nye the Science Guy” and perpetual wearer of bow ties — has a new television show that makes its debut April 21 on Netflix. In “Bill Nye Saves the World,” he will debunk myths and anti-scientific claims made by politicians and others. His latest book, the first in a series for middle-grade readers, is titled “Jack...

Six things you should know about Canada before making a trip

O Canada, land of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's equally gendered cabinet, health care for the masses and plenty of plaid. As far as travel goes, you're unlikely to experience culture shock visiting the country - but knowing a few things can make your trip go more smoothly.  Think metric (but not always)   In theory, Canadians use the metric system. In practice, it's a mishmash of...
Mexico’s Isla Holbox: This way to relaxation

Mexico’s Isla Holbox: This way to relaxation

ISLA HOLBOX, Mexico — Several weeks before I found myself uncomfortably close to the world’s largest shark, I told a few folks I would be going to Holbox. “Whole what?” asked more than one. “Holocene,” corrected my smartphone. “Ohl-bosch,” corrected the locals when I arrived. Isla Holbox, a Mexican island with turquoise waters, unpaved streets and about...
In southern Spain, a pilgrimage (and a party too)

In southern Spain, a pilgrimage (and a party too)

For someone who is not remotely religious, the moment was almost surreal. Standing by a hillside stream in the Sierra Morena mountains of southern Spain, I was face to face with the wife of the mayor of a nearby town, and she was baptizing me.  She scooped water into her hand, asked me to lean over and dribbled it into my hair. “With this water we baptize you in the Stream of the Rooster...
Hidden figures: 10 unsung sites for art in D.C.

Hidden figures: 10 unsung sites for art in D.C.

Going to museums isn't always easy in Washington. If you want to visit the African American Museum or find out what all the hype is about at the Hirshhorn's Yayoi Kusama exhibition, you have to score tickets well in advance and prepare for crowds. It isn't unusual to find lines in front of the Air and Space Museum or the Natural History Museum. Where should art lovers go for something quiet or off...

Talk travel: Spending two days in Johannesburg, exploring Egypt safely

The Washington Post's travel writers and editors recently discussed travel stories, questions, gripes and more. Here are edited excerpts:  Q: I have two free days in Johannesburg and cannot make up my mind. I am thinking of visiting the Mandela museum, Soweto and Cradle of Humanity.   A: You picked the main attractions, for sure. Some other ideas: Liliesleaf Farm, the secret headquarters...
4 best little-known trails to hike in Kansas this spring

4 best little-known trails to hike in Kansas this spring

WICHITA, Kan. — It is springtime in Kansas. Blooming redbud trees have the countryside highlighted in lavender. Early April showers are bringing on the season’s first wildflowers. Many small streams that will be dry most of the summer are now flowing with clear water.  And Kansas offers more than 3,000 miles, roughly the distance from Wichita to Miami and back, in maintained trails...
She conquered the Antarctica marathon, now she’s taking on the North Pole

She conquered the Antarctica marathon, now she’s taking on the North Pole

Lisa Richardson loves marathons so much she’s going to the ends of the earth to run them.  In November 2015, the 41-year-old Hastings, Minn., woman ran “the Southernmost Marathon on Earth,” the Antarctic Ice Marathon, on a glacier in the Antarctic continent.   On Sunday, she aims to run the North Pole Marathon, the world’s most northerly marathon.  ...

Airlines pushing back on talk of banning overbooking flights

DALLAS (AP) — With the federal government and a Senate committee looking into the dragging of a man off a United Express flight, airlines are beginning to speak up against any effort to bar them from overselling flights.  The CEO of Delta Air Lines called overbooking "a valid business process."   "I don't think we need to have additional legislation to try to control...

Mammoth Resorts to be bought by Colorado partnership

LOS ANGELES — A Colorado partnership has agreed to buy Mammoth Resorts, the ski company that runs four of California’s most popular resorts, further consolidating the country’s ski slopes into the hands of a few major developers.  Mammoth Resorts, which operates Mammoth Mountain and June Mountain in the Eastern Sierra, plus Bear Mountain and Snow Summit in the San Bernardino...
Photo of Ella Fitzgerald going on display at DC museum

Photo of Ella Fitzgerald going on display at DC museum

WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Portrait Gallery is putting up a photograph of American jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald, often referred to as "The First Lady of Song."  The portrait is on view beginning Thursday, ahead of the 100th anniversary of Fitzgerald's birth. Fitzgerald, who died in 1996 at the age of 79, would have celebrated her 100th birthday April 25.   The National...

Pittsburgh is a city with a big art scene

In Pittsburgh, they bring the masterpiece to you.  "People have been investing in art in public spaces here for over 100 years," says Renee Piechocki, director of Pittsburgh's Office of Public Art. "It's part of that 'city beautiful' movement - you made your cities beautiful to make them more hospitable and show pride in them. That tradition has always been a part of what happens...
United CEO issues apology, calls removal 'truly horrific'

United CEO issues apology, calls removal 'truly horrific'

CHICAGO (AP) — After people were horrified by video of a passenger getting dragged off a full United Express flight by airport police, the head of United's parent company said the airline was reaching out to the man to "resolve this situation."  Hours later on Monday, his tone turned defensive. He described the man as "disruptive and belligerent."   By Tuesday...
Hotels that offer over-the-top amenities - for your pets

Hotels that offer over-the-top amenities - for your pets

On a recent trip to Huntington Beach, California, Jen Reeder chose a hotel for one very specific reason: the room-service menu. For dogs.  "It was called a 'Yappy Hour' menu," says Reeder, who is president of the Dog Writers Association of America and frequently travels with her dog, Rio, a 6-year-old Labrador retriever mix. She selected steak and vegetables from the menu for Rio, and...
This unsung corner of Spain is home to fabulous food

This unsung corner of Spain is home to fabulous food

Finally, the chef smiled. Huddled under a sunlit chestnut tree, he pointed to dry leaves, opened his pocketknife and in a quick motion dug out the hidden orange mushroom I had missed. An hour later, as a warm autumn breeze ruffled the forest, he had filled our basket with porcini, Amanita caesarea and chanterelles.  Earlier last year, as I enjoyed roasted mushrooms at a tapas bar in New York...

After the United incident, passengers should know their rights. If bumped, ask for cash.

Most likely, you are one of the millions who have watched the video: A United Airlines passenger is sitting in his seat on a flight from Chicago O'Hare to Louisville when along come three Chicago airport police. One of the officers drags the man down the aisle as if he were a slab of beef.  An uproar ensues over his forced removal and continues days after the Sunday event. United's stock drops...