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Dayton-Wright Brothers Airport wants $1M in Ohio money for new taxiway

Dayton-Wright Brothers Airport officials plan to seek about $1 million in state money for a new taxiway and other infrastructure work to improve safety. The airport in Miami Twp. has received federal approval for a plan that includes extending the runway 500 feet. But that project is a relatively new proposal and could take years, according to airport officials. The plan approved by the Federal Aviation...

An ancient land, newly optimistic

Each time I’ve come to Yerevan in the past decade, the city has surprised me with its evolving elegance and cultural richness. The downtown has an energy that is a long way from the sleepy Soviet city I first visited in the 1980s. Walking the shady avenues off Republic Square on a recent visit, I found the city has become a hip place, with wine bars, microbreweries, cafes, art galleries, boutiques...

Labor Day weekend expected to set a record with 16.5 million air travelers

During the final holiday weekend of the summer, a record 16.5 million people are expected to fly on U.S. airlines, a 3.5 percent increase over the Labor Day weekend in 2017, according to Airlines for America, the trade group for the nation’s air carriers.  The country’s airlines are expected to fly 2.36 million passengers a day over the four-day weekend, an increase of 79,000 travelers...

Don't panic: A guide to handling pre-trip anxiety

If you feel a little jittery in the moments before you leave for the airport, you might be suffering from pre-trip anxiety. It's an increasingly common malaise in a world of uncertainty and inconsistent customer service.  "Pre-trip anxiety is a form of anticipatory anxiety," explains Marie Casey Olseth, a psychiatrist based in Minneapolis. "It's not a specific phobia, such as a...

Sip your way through the teahouses of Portland, Oregon

"It sounds weird - and it sounds weird - but if you slurp it, you'll get better flavor," the server said as he arranged a flight of four teas before me. I glanced around the busy tasting room of Steven Smith Teamaker. Everyone else was delicately sipping their brews, so I slurped surreptitiously.  I was in Oregon, at the end of a whistle-stop tour of some of Portland's best-known teahouses...
A visit to Cheyenne won’t disappoint if you’re seeking the Wild West

A visit to Cheyenne won’t disappoint if you’re seeking the Wild West

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — When I started out on my trail ride on a scorching day with temps well into the 90s, I didn’t know I would be riding from Wyoming to Colorado. What I did know — according to the trail leader — was that along the way we could possibly see wildlife that might make the horses skittish enough to spook. The last word of advice before we set out: “If you see...

Robot butlers are coming to this downtown hotel. Is Miami ready for robo-room service?

Welcome to the 21st century, where a request for extra towels in your hotel room may be answered by a roughly 4-foot-high purple robot on wheels.  Miami YotelPad — an unfinished 30-story mixed-use development in downtown Miami — will employ three robot butlers for its guests. These robots don’t look like humans (thankfully?), but they’re programmed to execute tasks normally...

Epcot’s Frozen Ever After ride leads Disney list for most evacuation calls

ORLANDO, Fla. — The sun is sweltering, but a little girl wears her long-sleeved Frozen dress anyway at Walt Disney World. Another family from Chicago wakes up early so their children can ride Frozen Ever After twice by midday.  Behold the power of Frozen — a ride at Epcot that is both beloved and known for breaking down.   The Frozen water boat ride, open since June 2016...

100 years later: Returning to World War I's Western Front in France

A century has passed since the battles that baptized the U.S. military into the horrors of modern industrialized warfare. Nearly three years after the guns of August opened the First World War, the first doughboys in Gen. John J. Pershing's American Expeditionary Forces - young, enthusiastic and prone to breaking into song - arrived on French shores to join the weary Allied Forces.  The United...

Talk Travel: What to do with money leftover from an international trip

The Washington Post's Travel section writers and editors recently discussed stories, questions, gripes and more. Here are edited excerpts:  Q: I failed to use or exchange a few hundred dollars worth of soles when I had to leave Peru early due to an emergency. What should I do? Will my regular bank buy them back, or would I be better off going to a current exchange (not sure where to find those...
St. Lucia: A Caribbean gem

St. Lucia: A Caribbean gem

“I want to go to somewhere nice in the Caribbean,” my wife, Sharen, has told me maybe a thousand times. So finally, for her birthday, I arranged a five-day visit to St. Lucia that, I’m relieved to say, exceeded our expectations. Even though getting there required a couple of flights from our home in Carlsbad, Calif., it was worth the effort for a number of reasons, including super...

New Princess Cruises ship to be named Enchanted Princess

Princess Cruises has given a name to its fifth Royal Class ship: Enchanted Princess.  Coming in 2020, the ship follows the lineup of the fleet’s newest class of ship that saw Royal Princess in 2013 followed by Regal Princess in 2014 and Majestic Princess in 2017. A fourth ship, Sky Princess, will debut in 2019.   A sixth Royal Class ship has yet to be named, but is due in 2022...

NE-YO has it covered with a blanket and a hat

Ne-Yo, the Grammy Award-winning R&B singer, songwriter and dancer, released his seventh album, “Good Man,” in June. In addition to making music, he is also a judge, along with Jennifer Lopez and Derek Hough, on the reality competition TV show “World of Dance.”  Ne-Yo divides his time between Los Angeles and Atlanta, where his two oldest children live. He is often spotted...

Cancun still safe despite recent violence, say tourism officials

After Mexican officials discovered eight bodies in Cancun last week, the U.S. State Department issued a travel advisory for the country. Not surprisingly, the incident has caused some travelers to reconsider vacationing on the Yucatán Peninsula. However, security experts and tourism officials say the area remains safe for foreign visitors.  The incident took place in Cancun - located in...

JetBlue increases fees for checked bags

JetBlue Airways, which for years let passengers check luggage at no charge, became the first major U.S. carrier to bump the fee for a first checked bag to $30.  The $5 increase is effective for trips booked starting Monday, Aug. 27. JetBlue also increased the charge for a second checked bag by $5 to $40 and for a third piece to $150 from $100, according to the airline's website.   The...

Delta expands trans-Atlantic service for summer 2019

Delta Air Lines announced last week the carrier was expanding its trans-Atlantic network for summer 2019 with new routes and additional frequencies.  The airline will launch a nonstop flight from Tampa Bay to Amsterdam, Netherlands, on May 23, 2019, marking Delta’s 11th Amsterdam route from the United States and second from Florida.   Starting June 16, 2019, the carrier is also...

In Montenegro, a mellow journey along a familiar path

When planning a family trip to Montenegro last spring, I found myself telling perplexed friends who knew next to nothing about the Balkan country: “Imagine yourself in Venice, sail down the Adriatic coast, look east and stop before you reach Albania.”  But since President Donald Trump described the country, in a Fox News interview in July, as likely to trigger World War III and Montenegrins...

Watching wine happen during Oregon's annual grape harvest

I didn't realize it at the time, but for one frantic, exhilarating, exhausting September minute, I impersonated an Oregon winemaker.  With a newfound friend's arms bracing me, and my wife and daughter madly clearing stems and gathering fruit below, my stomping feet released a purple rivulet of grape juice. Granted, our neophyte grape-stomping team's results proved to be predictably poor, but...

In Paris, a pastry Renaissance is underway

Blame it on the religieuse pastry, two stacked, chocolate cream-filled puffs that sent me to patisserie nirvana the first week of my long-ago junior year in Paris. When you're used to Twinkies, that kind of experience is, indeed, a revelation. After marrying a lemon-tart-loving Frenchman and producing a daughter (vanilla macaron) and son (coffee eclair) who share my passion, I thought I had pretty...

Universal adds Horrors of Blumhouse maze to Halloween lineup

Universal Orlando has announced the ninth of its 10 haunted-house mazes to be featured in the upcoming 2018 edition of Halloween Horror Nights. The latest to be revealed is called Horrors of Blumhouse and will features scenes from the films “Happy Death Day” (2017) and “The First Purge” (2018).  The attraction will feature the Babyface Killer character as well as the &ldquo...

Irish coast treasures

There’s a lost city called Kilstiffen beneath the Cliffs of Moher — or so the story goes — which sprawl grandly over the Atlantic Ocean on the western coast of Ireland.  The city was submerged and, according to legend, will remain so until the golden key to the gates are found. Or maybe you subscribe to a different theory: that an evil witch who lived there fell in love with...
Beads, bourbon and … babies in New Orleans?

Beads, bourbon and … babies in New Orleans?

NEW ORLEANS — The family stepped warily onto Bourbon Street. Heather and Chad Bruton, a clean-cut couple from Texas, didn’t want to visit this historic city for the first time without witnessing its famed promenade of debauchery. But with three young children in tow, they didn’t want to see too much. “How come that guy died on the street?” 3-year-old Cooper said as he...

Is it time for warning labels on plane tickets?

Airline tickets are more complicated and confusing than ever. Do they also need warning labels? Maybe.  A provision in the Senate version of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Act requires air carriers to disclose their baggage fees, cancellation fees, change fees, ticketing fees and seat selection fees "in a standardized format."   It's unclear whether...

In Juneau, locally minded chefs are redefining Alaskan cuisine

If there's one thing you should know about Lionel Uddipa it's that he forages. The executive chef at Salt, an upscale yet casual restaurant that dubs its food "creative Alaskan cuisine," gets up early to head to the wilderness. Sometimes, he brings his 2 1/2-year-old daughter, Juniper, with him. She's perfect for it, he says. She can spot colors he doesn't because she's closer to the ground...

A casual place as cool as the name suggests

Chef David Nayfeld is a Bay Area native who, after four years at Eleven Madison Park in New York and a year in Europe, has returned home. His time away, he said, helped make clear the kind of restaurant he did, and did not, want to open.  “I want this to be a casual neighborhood restaurant, not somewhere posh and Michelin-starred,” he explained. “I want this be a place where...

Family travel five: Plans do not need to end when school bell rings

When the school bell rings, must travel plans come to end? Here are five ways to keep your travel dreams on track while school is in session.  Scan the school, sports and activity calendars to assess windows of opportunity. Will your children participate in multiple sports, school theater productions or volunteer activities? Pair those results with your work and personal calendars for the best...

Couple converts school bus into traveling tiny home

WICHITA, Kan. — Imagine paying less than $20,000 for your dream home.  Now imagine being able to take that home with you wherever you travel.   That’s the reality for Wichita couple Sam and Jordan Page — and Penni the Yorkie-Poo.   Over the past eight months, the Pages have converted a school bus into a posh tiny home.   Now that the project is...

Where to eat breakfast, lunch and dinner in Cape May, New Jersey

Cape May, the Jersey Shore's sophisticated sister, has more to offer visitors than beautiful beaches and charming Victorian-era homes. Thanks to its good soil and moderate climate, the Cape May peninsula is turning into a wine-growing haven, with half a dozen vineyards scattered around its southern tip. Besides the vineyards, there's Washington Street Mall, a pedestrian-friendly enclave in the heart...

Rebuilding Lombok after multiple earthquakes in Indonesia

Aftershocks have continued to shake the Indonesian island of Lombok after it was hit by a 7.0-magnitude earthquake that killed at least 90 people on Aug. 5. The quake followed a 6.4-magnitude temblor on July 29, which killed 17.  The island, home to hundreds of resorts, has been under various states of emergency since late July. Residents are slowly readjusting to the new normal as they have...

Travel deal: Sale fares to Europe and half-off cruises in Scotland

This week's best travel bargains around the globe.  - Save $600 on the Czech Republic Hiking - Vienna to Prague trip with REI Adventures. The nine-day adventure costs $2,299 per person (vs. $2,899) for members and $2,599 for nonmembers. Lifetime membership costs $20. Price includes hotel accommodations, guides and support vehicle, entrance fees to attractions and taxes. Sale applies to all departures...

Five tips to give kids some culture and a vacation at the same time

“Of course you want your children to have fun on your family vacation, but why not give them a flavor of the local culture while they’re doing so?” said Niamh O’Connell, vice president for guest experience at Rosewood Hotel Group. “When kids have some understanding of the destination they’re in, their trip becomes more memorable and enriching,” she said. &ldquo...

Japan to take up issue of pilot fatigue, raise standards to US, Europe levels

TOKYO - The transport ministry is investigating how much flights and other factors affect pilots' levels of fatigue, in a bid to improve the management of Japanese pilots' fatigue to match levels in the United States and Europe.  A shortage of pilots is feared in Japan, and the Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Ministry's fact-finding survey is aimed at preventing excessive work burdens...

Overnight getaways before (or after) the kids go back to school

A frantic fall schedule may be just around the corner, but hotels in Kansas City, Missouri; Mexico City; Miami Beach; and Key West, Florida, are offering attractive deals for one last getaway before summer comes to a close.  Whether you want to take the family or are looking for a getaway once the children are back in class, these four vacation packages are worth a look.   At Galeria...

Eight bodies - two dismembered - found in streets of Cancun, Mexican officials say

Officials in Mexico said Tuesday that they discovered eight bodies in multiple locations across Cancun, a popular beach resort city - and magnet for American tourists - on the Yucatan Peninsula.  At least one victim had been bound before being shot, while another was apparently killed while lying in a hammock, the Associated Press reported. Others victims were dumped on the streets, dismembered...

10 travel writers, 10 favorite hotels

What makes a hotel your favorite? The favorite? Every traveler has a different criteria: some love grand properties with opulent décor, while others prefer small places with a personal touch. The service, the food, the rooms and the setting usually figure in too.  If you’re lucky, you’ve stayed at a handful of hotels that you consider to be exceptional. They’re the sort...

Talk Travel: Is reserving seats on a flight worth the extra cost?

The Washington Post's Travel section writers and editors recently discussed stories, questions, gripes and more. Here are edited excerpts:  Q: My son and his husband have flights booked from Washington to Paris. They would like to sit together but we've heard so much recently about reserved seats not even being honored. In your opinion, is it still worth the extra cost to reserve their seats...

What to do in Fargo, N.D.

Forget "Fargo."  Don't get me wrong - I loved the Coen brothers' dark crime comedy. But 22 years later, if you're still thinking only about the movie when you hear that word, it's time to rewire your brain. I'm here to tell you that this North Dakota city is not a godforsaken frozen wasteland of woodchippers. Fargo's a slice of Oz on the eastern edge of the Great Plains - quirky, colorful...
Water and wine make a perfect pairing in Oregon’s Willamette Valley

Water and wine make a perfect pairing in Oregon’s Willamette Valley

Standing at the bow of a little rowboat and chatting with my two companions, I realize I’m not just fly-fishing Oregon’s famed McKenzie River, I’m also a student in a floating master class on how chance geologic events made this valley about perfect for two things: growing grapes to make world-class wines, and sustaining some of the country’s loveliest wild trout. True, my...
Norwegian’s new Bliss offers more, or less

Norwegian’s new Bliss offers more, or less

Is it possible to get away from a crowd of 4,004 passengers and 1,716 crew aboard a 994-foot cruise ship? A cruise ship that boasts the longest (at 1,000 feet) electric go-kart race track at sea? A veritable sea-going resort with an open-air laser tag course, themed as an abandoned space station. An Aqua Park with two pools and two multistory water slides (one of which includes a free-fall followed...
Your child’s dream of space travel is here

Your child’s dream of space travel is here

We have all imagined what it might be like to go into space, to land on Mars, to be an astronaut. Now at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida you and your family can live it. Learning about science and space is important, but experiencing the trials and actively participating in simulations of life on another planet gives education a whole new perspective. There are two parts to the...

United tests lie-flat seats for longest US routes

United Continental Holdings is experimenting with lie-flat seats for its fleet of Boeing 737 Max 10 jets, which the airline plans to fly on its longest domestic routes.  The No. 3 U.S. carrier is working on seat designs and has completed an initial round of testing on one model, President Scott Kirby said. Tests on a second seat are slated for this fall.   United plans to use the Max...

Keeping families together on the plane without going broke

Little has changed in the two years since Congress prodded airlines to seat children 13 and younger next to an adult family member at no extra cost.  The reason: The Trump administration has declined to draft new rules detailing how airlines should apply the new law. That means that kids, in some cases, are still being separated from their parents while other families are paying more —...

Murders in paradise threaten Costa Rica's main source of income

The deaths of two foreign visitors amid a growing crime wave has left Costa Rica fearing for its tourism-dependent economy.  The reputation of the most-visited Central American country took a hit earlier in the month when two female foreign visitors were killed in the span of two days and a third was reportedly raped a week later. The crimes took place near the Tortuguero National Park, where...

Tourism booms in a 'socialist hellhole': Denmark

A country that was recently the target of a Fox Business monologue on the evils of socialism has become a magnet for tourists.  Denmark is set to welcome a record number of travelers this year. Its life philosophy of "hygge" comfort, a world-famous foodie scene and a wildly popular Nordic noir film industry are among attractions luring tourists. The Danish Chamber of Commerce estimates...
10 urban sanctuaries well worth a visit

10 urban sanctuaries well worth a visit

A foray into the heart of a city can be made all the more memorable and enjoyable with a visit to a public park. In addition to providing restful green spaces for a picnic or a stroll, most of the nation’s metropolitan parks offer an extraordinary array of recreational opportunities and cultural sites. In many instances they stand out among the city’s top attractions. Here’s 10 U...
Enjoying nature indoors at Florida’s Gaylord Palms

Enjoying nature indoors at Florida’s Gaylord Palms

ORLANDO, Fla. — A person would have a hard time visiting Key West, the Everglades and St. Augustine all in the same day. Gaylord Palms Resort in Kissimmee allows you to do just that, but with a lot less driving. Well, you can’t actually visit those places, but you can enjoy the resort’s 4.5 acres of indoor atrium space, which is modeled after those three environments. At Gaylord...

Future of Airbus megaplane, once assured, is now shaky

It was designed to become the grande dame of aviation, an enormous modern plane that could seat 544 passengers - 853 if you squeezed people in - on two decks, replacing the venerable Boeing 747 with a new standard of luxury in flight.  Just 11 years later - almost a nanosecond in the life of a commercial airplane - two Airbus 380s can't find a home and are about to be broken up and sold for parts...

Travel dilemmas: Is Cuba worth this price?

Cuba sings a siren song for those who long to see it before it’s spoiled. These days, it’s easier to travel there than it was in, say, 2014.  The Treasury Department regulations you must comply with today are less onerous than in times past, but these days, you still can’t go to Cuba for the fun of it. At least, not legally.   You couldn’t spend your days lolling...

The murals on Belfast's 'peace walls' offer an illustrated history of the Troubles

In a quiet cul-de-sac, I stand in front of modest brick houses while a woman pushes a pram and two workmen fix a garden gate. The serenity makes it easy to overlook that I am standing on the front lines of what, just two decades ago, was one of the most dangerous cities in the world. If I look closer, the signs are there - as are indicators of a more peaceable present.  I am in Belfast, just...

Cliff house: Unique Swiss restaurant looks for new tenants

BERLIN (AP) — One of Switzerland's most picturesque restaurants will soon be looking for a new operator.  The Gasthaus Aescher, built into a cliff above a valley in northeastern Switzerland, has been run by the same family since 1987. It gained recognition outside the Alpine nation when it was featured on the cover of a National Geographic book of "destinations of a lifetime"...

Tourists go off beaten path on North Korea's sacred volcano

MOUNT PAEKTU, North Korea (AP) — Foreign tourists looking to go off the beaten path in North Korea can now camp out on the country's biggest volcano.  Hoping to open up a side of North Korea rarely seen by outsiders, a New Zealander who has extensive experience climbing the mountains of North and South Korea is leading the first group of foreign tourists allowed to trek off road and camp...

Beyond porridge and boiled mutton: A taste of London

As Britain — like its younger sibling across the pond — gruffly proclaims its distance from the outside world (at least for the political moment), we can all be thankful that Brexit came too late to halt the culinary globalization of London.  Put ideology aside. This otherwise noble capital inclining its palate to devotees of porridge and boiled mutton was never a thing to celebrate...

New York-style steakhouses are storming Tokyo

America is in the midst of an increasingly intense love affair with Japanese beef. Witness Don Wagyu, the new shop in downtown New York devoted exclusively to Japanese beef sandwiches that start at $28. The counter sells around 150 a day, including an average of eight $180 Ozaki "sandos."  But while Japanese diners have enthusiastically embraced Shake Shack, which has grown to nine...

There’s always room at the inn for new hotel concepts

Not just any bar in New York City will offer you corn nuts in a coupe de Champagne that took six artisans to craft from fine crystal. But that is how things are done in the Bar at Baccarat Hotel. With its prismatic glass facade and 114 light-filled suites (Champagne on speed dial, flutes at the ready), the entire property was created as a 21st-century embodiment of a French crystal brand founded circa...

After deaths of American cyclists, is traveling to Tajikistan safe?

On July 29, five terrorists in Tajikistan rammed a car into a group of seven Western cyclists, then set upon them with knives. Four of the cyclists were killed: two from the United States, one from Switzerland and one from the Netherlands.  The Islamic State asserted responsibility for the attack, although Tajik authorities are pointing the finger at a banned political party, the Islamic Renaissance...

Travel Roundup: Exploring the dunes and denizens of Namibia

Namibia is probably best known for its huge, brilliantly colored sand dunes. For those attracted to Africa’s famed wildlife it would seem a less likely destination than East Africa and the Serengeti. Yet it’s a place that’s home to elephants that have adapted to the desert as well as zebra, giraffe, various antelope, ostrich, lion, cheetah and leopard. Adventure Life offers a 14-day/13-night...

Five places to go in Nuuk, Greenland

For most travelers to Greenland, the capital city of Nuuk, like the rest of the country, brings to mind the northern lights, dog sledding, whale watching and treks to dramatic glaciers and fjords. The city has been viewed largely as just a stopover on the way to the Greenland ice sheet. But lately, this small city of about 16,000 people has blossomed with a newfound energy and multiple creative ventures...

New US Civil Rights Trail leads to a little-known Virginia museum

It lacks the renown of Philadelphia's Independence Hall, but Robert Russa Moton High School in Prince Edward County, Virginia, played a seminal role in the course of America's human events. And now the site is getting its due - as part of the U.S. Civil Rights Trail launched this year.  The trail comprises more than 100 locations in 14 states. Some are well-known, such as the Edmund Pettus Bridge...

Daring to venture out — by water taxi — during Boston layover

On our way to Nantucket, my travel companion and I found ourselves with a four-hour-plus layover in Boston. Naturally, I asked the JetBlue agents at the Minneapolis-St. Paul airport if we had enough time to zip into the city for lunch.  The Twin Cities agents were unsure. Upon overhearing the conversation, a Boston native jumped in to warn me that traffic to and from Logan International can be...

These are the best frequent flyer programs

Roughly half of the people who belong to a U.S. airline loyalty program don't understand how it works.  We're not just talking about people who fly a few times a year. A J.D. Power study published Wednesday revealed that almost one-third of those who travel enough to gain status (silver, gold, platinum, etc.) may be unable to explain how they got it.   Among loyalty program members...

Travel deals: Sale fare to Hong Kong and two-for-one Broadway tickets

This week's best travel bargains around the globe.  - The Harbor Court San Francisco, near the Embarcadero Waterfront, is offering 50 percent off a third night to celebrate its recent renovation. With the "Get Into Bed With Us" package, book a Friday and Saturday night at the regular rate and receive half off the Sunday night rate. Nightly rates start at $152, plus $75 in taxes; the...

How dirty are the hot springs in Colorado?

COLORADO, Colo. — Visiting hot springs seems to be a growing trend in Colorado — whether it’s a spa-style hot spring with a booze-filled concession stand or one that means an 8-mile hike over rugged terrain. While everyone is so eager to hop in the relaxing pools, few people seem to question whether or not they’re sanitary. Here’s a look at how hot springs work and whether...

From TripAdvisor, a program to help refugees get to know the U.S.

TripAdvisor wants refugees to the United States to explore and get to know their new homeland, and the hospitality company’s yearlong Welcome Home campaign aims to do just that: Launched last month, Welcome Home gives recently resettled refugees in New York City and parts of Northern California the opportunity to book a tour or activity of their choice through TripAdvisor Experiences, a category...
São Paulo's restaurant scene is booming. Here's where to eat now

São Paulo's restaurant scene is booming. Here's where to eat now

All the qualities that make São Paulo Brazil's art hub pop - its sophistication, experimentation, and international and local mix - can be applied to its food scene. Take Futuro Refeitório (Cafeteria of the Future), an ambitious new restaurant with an open kitchen and neon signage inside a former parking garage. Depending on when you go, the place functions as a bakery, coffee roaster...

Creede: Inside Colorado’s ‘LAST Great Place’

Bill Dooley and his seven classmates had to memorize a poem in high school.  “It’s day all day in the day-time,” goes the famous line. “And there is no night in Creede.”   That was written by Cy Warman, who arrived at Colorado’s silver boom town in 1892, when indeed it seemed the sun would always shine on “a land where men make millions,&rdquo...

How to enjoy a ski destination when it’s not ski season

Visits to ski resorts in Colorado, Utah and Wyoming shouldn’t be confined to winter. Pamela Lenci, general manager of Caldera House, a new hotel in Jackson, Wyoming, said that these areas offer plenty of diversions in the summer and fall, as well.  “You can have just as much fun without hitting the slopes,” she said.   Ski resorts are a hiker’s haven, according...

Flying with dietary restrictions? Increasingly, that’s not a problem

When it was time for dinner on my July flight from Lisbon to New York, a flight attendant brought me my special-request gluten-free meal.  I was found to have celiac disease almost three years ago, and this sort of request for what airlines describe as a special meal — in this case, steamed sea bass with vegetables, gluten-free bread and fruit salad — has been a constant on my frequent...

What John Prine can’t travel without

Singer-songwriter John Prine has been playing his distinctive country-folk music on the road for nearly 50 years.  He is currently touring in support of his newest album, “The Tree of Forgiveness.”  Prine and his wife, Fiona, are based in Nashville, Tennessee, but they spend much of the year in St. Petersburg, Florida, where they do very little.  “Fiona is a beach...
Swim with the manatees – legally – in Florida’s Crystal River

Swim with the manatees – legally – in Florida’s Crystal River

On a recent trip with my in-laws, my husband and I decided to do something different, something that would capture the interest of my animal-obsessed sister-in-law. After searching for what seemed like hours on Groupon, we came upon Manatee Tour and Dive in Crystal River — about 87 miles northwest of Orlando, Fla. — which offers the chance to swim with manatees. Decision made. Groupon...

Where to eat breakfast, lunch and dinner in Nashville, Tennessee

Nashville, Tennessee comes by the nickname Music City honestly, with the Grand Ole Opry, Ryman Auditorium, all the honky-tonks lining the neon-illuminated Broadway downtown and myriad smaller venues throughout the city featuring country, bluegrass and indie rock. When you aren't listening to music, you can shop at any number of new or vintage guitar stores, or spend as much as you want on a pair of...

Decoding your Airbnb: Adventures in voyeurism

He met me at the door holding a glass of wine. “Welcome,” he said. “You’re shorter than I thought you’d be.”  I didn’t understand how my height was relevant, but in truth, his appearance was not what I’d been expecting either. He bore a striking resemblance to Marlon Brando in “Apocalypse Now” — large, shiny bald head, and wearing...
Go roaming in Chile, save money on a European hiking trip and more

Go roaming in Chile, save money on a European hiking trip and more

Long and skinny Chile is a country that calls out to adventurers. Stretching from the extremes of the Atacama Desert to the ruggedness of Patagonia, it’s a land of natural wonders. ROAM Adventures has four trips that explore various regions of this South American nation while allowing participants to experience a true multi-sport adventure. Chile has many wild rivers, and these trips dive in...
Lexington’s Distillery District gets a new lease on life

Lexington’s Distillery District gets a new lease on life

Approaching the Distillery District from downtown Lexington, Ky., motorists are taken aback by the large black-and-red mural depicting what looks to be — depending on your perspective — a demented scuba diver, a man wearing a gas mask, or more menacingly, a prison inmate flashing what may or may not be a gang symbol. Underneath are scrawled the words, “Caution. Do not feed.&rdquo...

French company opens its first 'glampground' in the US

Early one morning last summer at a new Huttopia "glamping" property in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, I jumped up from my cushy mattress and could barely wait to step outside. There's nothing quite like the sun's insistent pink glow through the walls of a tent to nudge you out of bed at sunrise. Unless you're my teenage nephews, in which case there's nothing quite like sleeping until...

Put down that lamp! What you can - and can't - take from your hotel room.

When Lynn Culver stays at a hotel, she helps herself to the soaps and shampoos in her room. If housekeeping replaces the items, she takes the new ones, too.  Culver, a retired attorney from Lumberton, New Jersey, believes her room rate covers the amenities.   "But some of my fellow travelers consider this stealing," she says. "Can you please settle a dispute among friends?"...

Talk Travel: Where to take an extended stopover enroute to Bali

The Washington Post's Travel section writers and editors recently discussed stories, questions, gripes and more. Here are edited excerpts:  Q: I am planning a trip to Bali in April. What city would be the best for an extended stopover?   A: I would recommend Hong Kong or Seoul. Some airlines offer free layovers (sometimes with hotel included), so check with the airline before you book...

A bakery by the beach signals a new dawn for San Diego pastries

SAN DIEGO — Destination bread and pastries have been surprisingly elusive in San Diego, a city with access to superb ingredients and international influences that are not beholden to rigid baking traditions. Now there is a destination, thanks to Crystal White and her new bakery, where a mural depicts the sunrise over a wheat field, signaling a new dawn for San Diego baking.  That should...
Hunting for nature in an urban setting

Hunting for nature in an urban setting

Public parks aside, getting a dose of nature can be a tricky task during an urban escape. But nature should and can fit into that city getaway, according to Kally Ellis, the founder of the London florist company McQueens and the in-house florist for the Maybourne Hotel Group. “Connecting with the natural world wherever you are is a great antidote to jet lag and travel tiredness,” she said...

New Southwest Airlines emotional support animal policy allows only dogs and cats on leashes or in carriers

Joining several other carriers that have adopted tough new rules on pets, Southwest Airlines is adopting a new policy for emotional support animals in the cabin, allowing only dogs and cats that are restrained by a leash or kept in a carrier.  The new policy, announced Tuesday by the Dallas-based carrier, also limits each passenger to one emotional support animal. As for service animals that...

Trekking through fire and ice on Greenland's 102-mile Arctic Circle Trail

Late on my fourth day hiking the 102-mile Arctic Circle Trail in western Greenland, I encountered smoke rising from the ground. White tendrils, sometimes columns, rose in all directions from charred soil and wisped out from an 800-foot-tall hummocky, granitic hillside to my left. To my right was the 14-mile-long, string-bean-shaped Lake Amitsorsuaq, the biggest of the dozens of lakes we had hiked...
Choose Montreal if you’re looking for an arty, historical adventure

Choose Montreal if you’re looking for an arty, historical adventure

MONTREAL — In recent years, I have made it something of a habit to celebrate my birthday in some far-flung corner of the world. I’ve gotten a year older in Munich, Germany; Lausanne, Switzerland; New Zealand and Hong Kong among other places. This May 15 found me in Montreal. As birthdays go, it wasn’t one of my best, weather-wise. Steel-gray skies opened up to release fat droplets...
6 safety tips for a solo road trip

6 safety tips for a solo road trip

Hitting the road on your own can be an incredibly liberating experience. With no fights over the radio dial, you can sing loudly and shamelessly to your “Britney’s Back” playlist. You call all the shots and all the stops. Yep, even if you want to stop at that Bigfoot-themed roadside coffee stand. And with these safety tips, you can ensure your trip doesn’t go from inspirational...

Hurricane-damaged Hawks Cay Resort reopening Aug. 30 after $50 million renovation

Hawks Cay Resort in the Florida Keys is scheduled to reopen Aug. 30.  The resort, at Mile Marker 61 in the Middle Keys, was damaged in Hurricane Irma hit last September. The $50 million renovation includes the lobby on the main hotel, 177 guest rooms and public areas.   “We’re bringing back what guests loved about Hawks Cay with a fresh design in the main hotel and new experiences...

As children head back to school, getaway for grown-ups

Adults-only vacations for parents appear to be growing in popularity. Expedia recently reported that social media posts about child-free trips doubled in the past year. Travel Leaders Group, which represents 50,000 travel agents in North America, reports an upsurge in adults-only travel — in particular romantic trips, getaways with friends and parents traveling with adult children. Sales of...

Universal opens Boutique with Marvel merchandise

Universal Orlando is offering another way to buy Marvel merchandise with a store called, simply enough, Boutique. It’s in the Marvel Super Hero Island at Islands of Adventure theme park.  Boutique carries Marvel-inspired goods, including comic-styled dresses, bedazzled handbags (plus one that looks very Iron Mannish), backpacks shaped like the Deadpool logo, jewelry, totes, tennis shoes...

Devastating toxic algae bloom plagues Florida's Gulf Coast

LONGBOAT KEY, Fla. (AP) — Tons of dead fish. A smell so awful you gag with one inhale. Empty beaches, empty roads, empty restaurants.  A toxic algae bloom has overrun Florida's southern Gulf Coast this summer, devastating sea life and driving people from the water.   "I've never seen it this bad," said 31-year-old Heather Lamb of Venice. She's a hairdresser and makeup...

TSA tests scanners that allow travelers to keep electronics and liquids in their bags when going through airport security

For what feels like eons, Transportation Security Administration officers have been reminding travelers to remove all electronics and liquids from their carry-on bags and place them in a tray. At more than a dozen airports, however, passengers are hearing a new refrain: Keep your items in your luggage.  This summer, the agency is amping up its pilot test of new CT scanners (in longhand, computed...

Ryanair strike pushes panicky customers into pricey bookings

Ryanair Holdings' worsening spat with pilots and cabin crew has created confusion among panicked customers as they race to salvage travel plans disrupted by strikes.  Travelers holding tickets from affected airports told of an online race to find alternative journeys with the Irish airline or switch to rival carriers, only to see prices spiraling higher as hundreds of others chased the same seats...

A low-key Mediterranean escape

Hotel Les Roches Rouges, St.-Raphael, France  90 Boulevard de la 36e Division du Texas; hotellesrochesrouges.com/en  Rates  Rooms start at 395 euros (about $462) during high season (July, August and September) and 280 euros other months.  A dreamed-of experience of the French Riviera is to find one of those secret and stunningly beautiful coves and beaches that miraculously survive...

Family travel five: Buffalo billed at these venues

At the turn of the century, America’s wild bison — which at one time numbered 60 million — had dwindled to about two dozen animals. Strong, sturdy and resilient, they’ve made a comeback, thanks to public and private conservation efforts.  On the range, in refuges and national parks, this symbol of our wildlife heritage is magnificent to observe.   Here are five...

Trying on a farmhouse in Northern Italy for size

Framed by a mountainous horizon, the farm fields are littered with hay bales, both round and rectangular, and I'm reminded of the Virginia Piedmont, where I grew up. Such a gentle, pastoral landscape seems imprinted in my spiritual DNA, and is the real reason I've journeyed here, to Northern Italy's Piemonte region: to discover whether the two places have more than similar names in common.  The...

Travel deals: Free hotel night in Cabo and $402 fare to Dublin

This week's best travel bargains around the globe.  Earn a free third night - plus a spa credit - at Hacienda Beach Club & Residences, a 22-acre beachfront resort in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. The "Buy Two Nights, Get One Free" rate starts at $1,050 for three nights, plus 19 percent tax, and includes a $100 spa credit. Travel through Oct. 31. Info: 866-300-0084, haciendacaboresort.com...

Los Cabos is a model for sustainability

Long a favored Mexican visitor destination, Los Cabos is as popular for its plethora of visitor activities as it for its proximity to the United States.  Less than a three-hour plane ride from most of Texas and California, Los Cabos can also be reached in just about five hours for New Yorkers. Moreover, the destination welcomes 500 flights weekly from 40 cities in the United States and Canada...
Blithe tone belied desperate actions of Seattle plane thief

Blithe tone belied desperate actions of Seattle plane thief

SEATTLE (AP) — He cracked jokes, complimented the professional demeanor of an air traffic controller and apologized for making a fuss.  But the friendly tone of a 29-year-old airport worker who stole a commercial plane Friday night, performing acrobatic stunts before the fatal plunge into a thick island forest, belied his desperate actions.   "I think I'm going to try to...
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