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Four New England family packages for summer

Four New England family packages for summer May 11th, 2010 at 1:00PM: The school year is coming to an end, and summer vacation plans are starting to pop up. With heat poised to sweep the nation, the cool New England air (at least relatively cool) makes it an attractive destination. There are plenty of deals out there at the region's inns and resorts, so you'll have plenty of options at your disposal. 1. New England Aquarium Family Package Do you need a reason to...

20 great bike rides

20 great bike rides May 7th, 2010 at 2:00PM: For many travelers, the default mode of transport is a plane or a car, but they're certainly not the only options. Have you ever considered adding a bicycle ride to your next trip? Riding a bike has a number of advantages over other forms of transportation. You'll move slower, no doubt, but with that slowness comes an increased awareness of your surroundings, a chance to get some fresh air and...

35 fantastic U.S. beaches for Summer

35 fantastic U.S. beaches for Summer May 4th, 2010 at 3:00PM: Summer is fast approaching. Where are you going to spend your vacation? How about visiting one of our country's many fantastic beach locations? Bring your lover or family, a bathing suit, sun lotion, a blanket and a picnic basket, and you are all set for a romantic get-away or a relaxing family get-together on one of these magnificent sandy stretches. Wondering if we picked one of your...

Aijalon Mahli Gomes phones home

Aijalon Mahli Gomes phones home May 3rd, 2010 at 2:00PM: Every now and then, an overzealous traveler crosses the border into North Korea without doing the requisite prep work and having various forms rubber stamped. When this happens, bad things follow. For Aijalon Mahli Gomez, a U.S. citizen, the crossing turned into an eight-year sentence in the company's prison system on April 6, 2010. Yet, he was able to call home. According to the Korea Central...

Luxury gone wild: Top treehouse hotels around the world

Luxury gone wild: Top treehouse hotels around the world Apr 18th, 2010 at 10:00AM: Who said luxury was limited only inside four walls? In the backyard of hotels and resorts we frequent around the world are miles of lush landscapes just waiting to be explored and slept in. Look up the next time you're walking through the woods and imagine a space in that tall tree, complete with all the amenities you would find at home. Treehouses are treasures that embrace our childhood and...

Half-Time Pizza: What Boston eats for breakfast

Half-Time Pizza: What Boston eats for breakfast Mar 31st, 2010 at 8:00AM: The allure of Boston junk food can be almost impossible to resist. For every Radius, Grill 23 and Abe & Louie's there is a dive of some kind offering drunk grub, fat fare or belt-buster. On my recent trip back to Boston, I hunted out my second favorite breakfast joint in the city: Half-Time Pizza (the top spot goes to Fill-a-Buster on Beacon Hill for creating the greatest bacon, egg and cheese...

Minibar makes a memorable hotdog in Boston

Mar 23rd, 2010 at 8:00AM: I was surprised that fellow Gadlinger Melanie Nayer was willing to be seen in a restaurant with me. She generally covers the good life, and when it comes to culinary, I rush for the lowest common denominator. After kicking back martinis at the Fairmont Copley's Oak Bar – and old haunt from my White Collar Travel days – we circled the Back Bay looking for an upscale alternative to...

Only in Boston: Party like it's 1776

Only in Boston: Party like it's 1776 Mar 21st, 2010 at 12:00PM: Boston's crazies concerned citizens love to come out and play when there's political capital at risk. I saw and attended many protests when I lived here and saw first-hand the energy percolating ahead of the die-in before the start of the Iraq war. Yet, one's convictions are mere street theater to someone else ... and in regards to the latter, Boston ever fails to deliver. As I wandered...

White Collar Travel Extra: Charles Hotel, Skype and the Business Traveler

White Collar Travel Extra: Charles Hotel, Skype and the Business Traveler Mar 14th, 2010 at 2:00PM: The Charles Hotel's recent small gesture may actually be a bold move. The hotel, based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, has decided to add Skype and video cameras to the free computer station that occupy rooms once dedicated to ice machines. It doesn't look like much more than a small concession to weary travelers who want to stay in touch with their loved ones, but it's actually a fairly hefty...

The 24 greatest cities in the world for drinking beer

The 24 greatest cities in the world for drinking beer Feb 26th, 2010 at 4:20PM: Deciding on a top ten list of anything is usually pretty difficult. Unless you're talking about, say, the top ten numbers one through ten... narrowing down and choosing only ten of whatever often takes a great deal of effort. When it comes to the world of beer, with the vast array of choices out there, things become extremely problematic. Luckily, choosing ten of the best cities in which to...

Daily Pampering: Dash off to the Bahamas in style

Daily Pampering: Dash off to the Bahamas in style Jan 20th, 2010 at 4:00PM: Travel would be great if it weren't for airports, right? Even if you fly first class, there are still plenty of ways for the experience to go sour -- from the morons in line at front of you at the security checkpoint to the long wait for your bags at the carousel. And on the plane, you have to cope with flight attendants and first class seating that falls short of the luxury you'll experience at...

Five Valentine's Day deals in New England

Five Valentine's Day deals in New England Jan 20th, 2010 at 8:00AM: Nothing says "romance" like a roaring fire on a chilly evening on Valentine's Day. Through the windows, you can see snow-laden trees and pure white landscapes. From the warmth of your room, you can enjoy the winter wonderland outside, as you settle down for the perfect evening with the perfect person in your life. If this is how you envision your Valentine's Day this year, turn your thoughts to...

Papa Gino's: a Massachusetts pizza that defies substitution

Papa Gino's: a Massachusetts pizza that defies substitution Jan 18th, 2010 at 4:00PM: Massachusetts can be a strange place. It took forever for the major national chains to work their way into the state. I didn't see a Target or Wal-Mart in my area until I got out of the army in 1999. Tastes and attitudes tend to be more than a tad provincial, so even the chains are usually local. When I left Boston several years ago, I was able to find replacements for just about everything I...

Some business travelers benefit from the recession

Some business travelers benefit from the recession Jan 12th, 2010 at 5:30PM: A growing number of business travelers is trading the appellation "road warrior" for "day tripper." Tighter corporate travel budgets are prompting these frequent fliers to complete their roundtrips in one day, rather than assume the expenses of a hotel stay and meals while on the road. Also, it comes with the perk of not being able to entertain, which cuts travel expenses further. These jaunts...

First snow: Eight winter activities for budget friendly fun

First snow: Eight winter activities for budget friendly fun Dec 10th, 2009 at 9:30AM: With the first snow comes thoughts of winter's smorgasbord of budget friendly travel options. Fall festivals and foliage tours are long gone. What was missed has been moved to next year's got to go agenda. The first snow is a reminder that winter, like other seasons, has a timetable that waits for no one. To make the most of winter, create a checklist of what you'd like to do. Plan for those...

Eel, venison, and pumpkin pudding: where to get a really traditional Thanksgiving

Eel, venison, and pumpkin pudding: where to get a really traditional Thanksgiving Nov 26th, 2009 at 2:30PM: As we sit down to eat huge quantities of turkey, pumpkin pie, and cranberries, we might want to remember that this traditional Thanksgiving feast isn't so traditional. Like all traditions, Thanksgiving dinner has changed over time and has little in common with the event that inspired it. Most history books mark the first Thanksgiving as the feast the Pilgrims had at Plymouth Colony after their...

How did international visitors enter the U.S. this year?

How did international visitors enter the U.S. this year? Nov 21st, 2009 at 9:00AM: If you visited the United States from overseas, you probably hit the ground in one of 15 ports of entry. These top first stops accounted for 84 percent of all entries from overseas in the first eight months of 2009-- up almost 2 percentage points from the same period in 2008, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce. Traffic through the major ports is becoming slightly more concentrated. This...

Unruly Scot forces Boston landing

Unruly Scot forces Boston landing Nov 18th, 2009 at 1:00PM: US Airways Flight 728 was forced to land in Boston Monday night, far short of its London destination. John Alexander Murry, of Glasgow, was arrested just after 11 PM, causing the plane to stay on the ground for two hours before resuming its Philly-to-London route. The 50-year-old Scottish man, according to prosecutors, was being "unruly and disruptive," it seems. The crew continually asked him to...

Marblehead--colonial jewel of New England

Marblehead--colonial jewel of New England Oct 26th, 2009 at 2:00PM: In a country dominated by big box stores and strip malls, it can be easy to forget our past, but there are occasional spots that are so well preserved they overwhelm you with a sense of another age. Marblehead, Massachusetts, is one of them. Founded in 1629, Marblehead soon became a prosperous fishing village. In the 18th century it was home to privateers (a politically correct term for pirates...

Ground-level intelligence on the top restaurants in the country

Ground-level intelligence on the top restaurants in the country Oct 19th, 2009 at 3:00PM: Everybody loves to publish lists, but few have so much data as OpenTable upon which to draw. So, when that site puts out a list of top spots, it's definitely worth a look. The latest, "Fit for Foodies," is the result of 3 million restaurant reviews, which ultimately led to 50 restaurants that are definitely worth your time. Upon quick inspection, I haven't been to any of them (which probably makes...

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