Fort Worth Star-Telegram: Travel

  • Going Bach in time to the composer's German roots
    Wednesday - 08/18/2010 - 07:18 PM

    By Stephanie Allmon LEIPZIG, Germany -- For this group of 33 American tourists, most of German-Lutheran descent, arriving in the city most closely associated with Johann Sebastian Bach evoked the same throat-tightening, glassy-eyed, profound reverence that might consume Elvis fans the first time they see Graceland or baseball die-hards when they get to Cooperstown.

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  • Beach and green
    Friday - 08/13/2010 - 06:39 AM

    Looking for an excuse to show your support for Florida beaches? The Beaches of South Walton -- a destination of 15 Gulf Coast beach communities in Florida's Panhandle -- are offering a $250 gift card for shopping at Silver Sands Factory Stores or for future travel on Southwest Airlines for visitors who book three or more nights at one of more than 100 participating lodging partners for a stay by Sept.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • All-star travel spots will be a hit with baseball fans
    Thursday - 08/12/2010 - 08:26 AM

    By Gary A. Warner You don't have to leave the boys of summer behind when you go on vacation. Baseball, in fact, can play an MVP roll in a vacation for fans and family.Here's a lineup of some baseball travel all-stars, the "starting nine" of spots related to the national pastime.Best modern ballpark: PNC Park, PittsburghSmall is beautiful.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Hit the trail at Pikes Peak
    Saturday - 08/07/2010 - 07:31 PM

    By Tracey Myers On Independence Day at 5:40 a.m., I stood just beyond the base of Barr Trail overlooking Manitou Springs in Colorado. I was about to hike Pikes Peak.I looked at the experience as a symbol of what I wanted to get back to in my life.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Nostalgia rides along at trolley parks
    Wednesday - 08/04/2010 - 07:52 PM

    By Beth J. Harpaz Before Disneyland and Six Flags, before steel coasters went 50 mph and rides were named for cartoons, movies and superheroes, there were trolley parks.The parks were built by trolley companies at the end of the line in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, as a way to get workers and their families to ride streetcars and railways on weekends.

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  • Hot Springs has a strong lineup
    Thursday - 07/29/2010 - 08:48 AM

    Things are really heating up in Hot Springs, Ark. The first round of heavy lifting begins Friday and Saturday when the Strongest Man National Championships takes center stage in the air-conditioned Summit Arena to hoist large stones, carry large timbers, lift automobiles, and pull hefty motorcycles on sleds.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • helps you budget for next vacation
    Wednesday - 07/28/2010 - 07:48 PM

    By Anne Wallace Allen Are you trying to figure out how to afford a vacation this summer? Or maybe you have your heart set on visiting Cancun for Christmas.Either way, finance-management website can help you calculate how many lattes you would have to skip to pay for a plane ticket, resort or any other expenses for your dream trip.Since 2007, Mint has been helping spenders big and small set goals for their personal and household needs.

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  • You can't beat the price of these Oklahoma activities
    Wednesday - 07/21/2010 - 06:29 PM

    -- Oklahoma more than OKVisit Oklahoma and enjoy family-friendly destinations and activities where the price is right: free.Nature trails. Make your way to the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge, where the kids will love viewing the bison and spotting prairie dogs.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • How to save, when to splurge when on the road in an RV
    Wednesday - 07/21/2010 - 06:41 PM

    By Jane Engle Rent an RV, hit the road and save gobs of money on your next vacation.Really? Maybe not, even some advocates concede."You could probably pack four people in a car, eat at restaurants, stay in hotels, and I imagine it's about the same cost," said Chuck Woodbury, editor of, a consumer website offering tips and tricks for RVers.But consider the intangibles."The real advantage of the RV is that the family's together, and you can cook and eat healthy meals," Woodbury said.

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  • King Kong battles back two years after Universal Studios fire
    Thursday - 07/15/2010 - 08:16 AM

    By DERRIK J. LANG UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. -- More than two years ago, a fire ravaged the Universal Studios Hollywood back lot, turning several famous outdoor sets into ashes and apparently setting iconic giant gorilla King Kong free.

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  • Move over, football
    Thursday - 08/12/2010 - 09:08 AM

    Don't think that all the fun around Bryan-College Station has to do with Aggie football. The reason we culinary fiends roam the real estate between Waco and Houston is all about enjoying good wine and food during an overnight escape.Messina Hof Winery & Resort in Bryan welcomes that kind of pursuit.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Fans of 'Eat, Pray, Love' continue their quest to see the bestseller's locales, and a new film pegged to the book is sure to bri
    Thursday - 08/12/2010 - 08:26 AM

    By Beth J. Harpaz In Bali, they're seeking guidance from a spiritual healer. In Rome, they're lapping up gelato. And in India, they're visiting temples.Fans of Elizabeth Gilbert's bestselling memoir Eat, Pray, Love, have been following in her footsteps ever since it was first published in 2006.

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  • Art, music and more in Wyoming
    Saturday - 08/07/2010 - 07:31 PM

    Art, music and more in WyomingIt may be the perfect combination for a Cowtown traveler: a cozy fall trip to Jackson Hole that also features Western decor and fashion, handcrafted wares and art.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Marking a Katrina milestone
    Saturday - 08/07/2010 - 07:31 PM

    Marking a Katrina milestoneThe Museum of Fine Arts in Houston and the New Orleans Museum of Art will mark the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina with an exhibit of Katrina photographs by American photographer Richard Misrach.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Fans of the popular 'Millennium' trilogy are booking it to Sweden to see the capital and other novel locales
    Wednesday - 07/28/2010 - 07:48 PM

    By Malin Rising STOCKHOLM -- Fans of the late crime novelist Stieg Larsson are getting lost in the Swedish countryside, searching for the quaint town of Hedestad featured in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.The problem is, it doesn't exist.But readers of Larsson's bestselling "Millennium" crime trilogy could be excused for thinking otherwise, because most locations in the books are authentic.Some of them include the Kaffebar cafe in Stockholm -- a favorite haunt of Larsson's fictional journalist Mikael Blomkvist -- and the Kvarnen bar, where Larsso

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  • Get a 'Taste of Colorado'
    Thursday - 07/29/2010 - 08:49 AM

    Denver is offering mile-high deals and a host of events to lure visitors for Labor Day weekend. The free four-day Taste of Colorado kicks off the events beginning Sept. 3, and runs through Sept.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Tag along on a trip through Americana in Massachusetts' Berkshires
    Wednesday - 07/28/2010 - 09:27 PM

    By Catherine Mallette Now the first of December was covered with snowAnd so was the turnpike from Stockbridge to BostonLord, the Berkshires seemed dream-like on account of that frosting...No, no. There is no snow.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • A tiny Austrian village draws a large crowd each September to its old-fashioned celebration
    Wednesday - 07/21/2010 - 08:26 PM

    By Veronika Oleksyn ALTAUSSEE, Austria -- Dirndls, lederhosen, an oom-pah-pah band and beer: It doesn't get more traditional than this when the sleepy Austrian village of Altaussee wakes up for a nonstop beer party, Sept.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Move freely with easy-to-tote travel companions
    Thursday - 07/15/2010 - 05:40 PM

    By SUSAN DUNLAP We don't know who first said "when you look good, you feel good," but we know those words ring true. Whether schlepping through a congested airport or zipping to the coast in a minivan, our travel finds will help you repeat that mantra no matter the destination or the company.Here are a sampling of items that can help you be travel chic.

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  • Looking sharp
    Thursday - 07/15/2010 - 08:23 AM

    Carve this into your calendar: The 20th Annual Eureka Springs Woodcarvers Jamboree will return to Arkansas on Sept. 10-11, featuring woodcarvers from Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Kansas. The carvers will display their wares and give demonstrations on carvings, wood burnings and other crafts from 9 a.m.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Find history, chocolates in New York's DUMBO area
    Wednesday - 08/18/2010 - 07:33 PM

    By Beth J. Harpaz NEW YORK -- Four centuries in 30 minutes. That's what tourists get in trendy DUMBO. The history of this offbeat Brooklyn neighborhood includes Dutch settlers, George Washington, Walt Whitman, the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges and a 21st-century chocolate shop.But history and chocolate are just a small part of what makes DUMBO -- which stands for Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass -- worth visiting.

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  • A really cool destination
    Thursday - 08/12/2010 - 08:29 AM

    Tired of the hot weather? Start planning -- and saving -- for a luxurious adventure to interior Antarctica offered by award-winning Kensington Tours. The trip, billed as an "exclusive luxury eco-camp," includes the chance to explore the beauty of the landscape with experienced polar explorers while enjoying the amenities of a refined base camp.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Frugal traveler: Take smarter bites out of the Big Apple -- on a budget
    Wednesday - 08/11/2010 - 10:23 PM

    By Sharon Harvey Rosenberg and Myscha Theriault The Big Apple is one of the most expensive places in the world, but Lauren Fairbanks of, a New York City budget blog, knows how to tour NYC on a shoestring.Her first tip?More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Are you a nervous flier? There's an app for that
    Wednesday - 08/04/2010 - 08:47 PM

    By Tamara Lush As family, friends and that woman who sat next to me on my last flight all know, I'm a nervous flier. My anxiety has gotten better over the years -- I don't weep openly anymore -- but I still get sweaty palms and a racing heartbeat upon takeoff.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Local fruit stand 'Robert Is Here' celebrates 50 exciting years
    Wednesday - 07/28/2010 - 11:42 PM

    By David Fischer Robert is here, and he has been here for more than five decades.Officially established in 1960, the Robert Is Here fruit stand is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Ringling Museum loans out Vanderbilt collection to original 'home'
    Wednesday - 07/28/2010 - 06:58 PM

    By Eric Tucker NEWPORT, R.I. -- Marble House oozes decadence at every corner, from the 22-karat gold leaf decorations to the Corinthian columns at the front entrance to the lavish ceiling paintings of Greek gods.But for more than 80 years, the Gilded Age mansion has been without one of its most treasured features: a vast collection of more than 300 objects of Medieval and Renaissance art.The wealthy Vanderbilt family bought the works in Paris and displayed them for years on the red-silk walls of their mansion's aptly named Gothic Room.

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  • Evel Knievel Exhibit offers fun for the whole family
    Wednesday - 07/28/2010 - 06:53 PM

    -- The Associated Press Evel exhibit for the whole familyThe Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee is hosting an exhibit on motorcycle daredevil Evel Knievel. This year marks the 35th anniversary of his Wembley Stadium jump in London, where he crashed and broke his back while trying to jump over 13 buses.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Surfer vibe meets art scene in bustling Paia
    Wednesday - 07/21/2010 - 08:26 PM

    By Danielle Pergament PAIA, HAWAII -- It was just after 10 a.m. and the Paia Contemporary Gallery was getting ready to open. The sun was streaming through the glass storefront, giving everything inside a warm glow.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Renovated Kentucky Derby Museum gives visitors race-day experience
    Wednesday - 07/21/2010 - 07:11 PM

    By Bruce Schreiner LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Within the shadows of venerable Churchill Downs, the world's most famous horse race never ends. Nor does the pageantry of the Kentucky Derby.The Kentucky Derby Museum, situated just off Gate 1 at Churchill, offers a treasure trove of Derby memories for horse racing aficionados and people making their maiden trip to a track.

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  • Scotland
    Wednesday - 07/14/2010 - 08:35 PM

    By SIMON AKAM It was a cold and overcast afternoon, and the Alexandra Hotel looked like a stern and gray matron. Close by the banks of Loch Linnhe on the west coast of Scotland, the traditional hotel had two steep gables, a brooding stone facade and 93 rooms.Of the 10 hotels in Fort William recommended by my aged and yellowed guidebook, only four were still in business.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share