Boston Globe: Travel

  • In quest for powder, head to the backcountry
    Friday - 11/04/2011 - 09:27 AM

    Call it a quest for powder or the joy of isolation. Maybe it’s a way to save a buck or escape the increasingly relentless noise at most big resorts.

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  • A thrilling ride through Stowe’s wild side
    Friday - 11/04/2011 - 09:37 AM

    I steadied myself with outstretched arms against the rock face in front of me and eased out onto the unstable ridge. If I made it, this barren stretch of boulders would funnel me into one of Stowe Mountain Resort’s best unmarked glades.

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  • Ride the rails, see the lights, and go extreme
    Friday - 11/04/2011 - 09:42 AM

    This winter, experience the chills, thrills, snow, and ice from a different perspective. Savor the possibilities of a culinary snowsports tour in Italy. Conquer any fear of steep and deep with a specialty ski or snowboard program.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • The sacred spaces of 9/11
    Friday - 09/09/2011 - 08:42 AM

    Sometimes the most powerful form of commemoration is to preserve the place where the event happened.

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  • From shrimp boulettes to Beaujolais nouveau
    Friday - 09/09/2011 - 09:06 AM

    Destinations: French Food Festival in Louisiana; Harvest on the Harbor in Portland, Maine; Caribbean Rum & Beer Festival in Barbados; Cornucopia Food and Wine Festival in Whistler, British Columbia; Beaujolais and Beyond Wine Festival in Dallas

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  • Fall festival fun
    Friday - 09/09/2011 - 09:13 AM

    When fall arrives the air gets crisp and visions of pumpkins, apples, and hayrides replace those of bathing suits and beaches. Here’s a baker’s dozen list of festivals in New England featuring tractor pulls and Ferris wheels, farm animals and petting zoos, traditional crafts and contemporary music, plus wine, oysters, garlic, cream puffs, beer, cidar, and more.

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  • Maine’s unlikely desert an enduring curiosity
    Friday - 09/09/2011 - 09:19 AM

    A shimmering expanse of sand spreads out before you - 45 acres in all. Wind-carved ledges and dunes create an undulating effect. The desert is dotted with trees buried so deep only their tops are visible.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • From Degas to De Kooning, an eclectic gallery tour
    Friday - 09/02/2011 - 07:58 AM

    Cultural destinations column, which this particular Sunday sends readers to London, for Degas and dance at the Royal Academy; Hamburg, for photographs of Paris at the Deichtorhallen’s House of Photography; New York, for De Kooning at the Museum of Modern Art; Los Angeles, for two shows on LA art, at the Getty; Cambridge, England, for Vermeer, at the Fitwilliam; and Paris, for Rodin’s drawings, at the Rodin Museum.

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  • Where they went: Nepal
    Friday - 09/02/2011 - 08:01 AM

    Three weeks in Nepal. Thirty years ago they had hiked the celebrated but populated Annapurna Circuit, staying in teahouses. “This time our requirements were that the route was off the beaten track and we would see no other tourists.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • The man behind Yale’s brains
    Friday - 09/02/2011 - 08:07 AM

    As Harvey Cushing saw it, every brain tells a story. In a serene, wood-paneled space two stories underground in the Cushing/Whitney Library of Yale School of Medicine, more than 400 brains, all collected in autopsies by this pioneering neurosurgeon between 1902 and 1932, float like placid sea creatures in jars of amber liquid.

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  • For kids, it’s all downhill
    Friday - 11/04/2011 - 09:37 AM

    Now 4, my son will be checking into his first ski school this season, a prospect that can fill any parent with a certain mix of pride and fear. Having children slide around on snow is one thing.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Family fun on, off mountain
    Friday - 11/04/2011 - 09:39 AM

    “Like steep trees?’’ said Hugh Johnson, the venerable snow reporter for Vermont’s Smuggler’s Notch ski resort. At 45, the powder personality and resort fixture was my guide for the day.

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  • No-frills ski and stay
    Friday - 11/04/2011 - 09:43 AM

    Looking for a no-frills vacation in the woods? From Christmas through late March, Stump Sprouts, a mountain-top lodge just this side of the Berkshires, offers 25 kilometers of groomed cross-country ski trails among ice-tinseled trees and snow-covered brooks.

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  • An island apart
    Friday - 09/09/2011 - 08:59 AM

    I had come to Corsica on a quest to understand its archaic, pastoral society. For a week, I drove switchbacks and hairpins through the island’s interior, finding a land that was everything the Mediterranean used to be: rugged, atmospheric, and almost devoid of people.

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  • Caverns of western New York run dark, deep
    Friday - 09/09/2011 - 09:10 AM

    The call of 19th-century hucksters beckoning to tourists still echoes in these hills where Howe Caverns and Secret Caverns yawn below green pastures. But despite the trail of billboards and some hokey trappings, the caverns are natural wonders.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • A foliage alternative
    Friday - 09/09/2011 - 09:17 AM

    In the fall, weeks after Maine’s wild blueberries have been raked, feted in festivals, packaged, frozen, and sent countrywide, the vast barrens of sandy, acidic soil left by glaciers , where the berries grow semi-wild, turn to broad swaths of crimson.

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  • Our own private California
    Friday - 09/02/2011 - 07:51 AM

    I wanted to go looking for California and to do it by making what I deemed to be California choices. I started with the vehicle - a vintage Volkswagen bus the color of the Pacific that had the Westfalia camper pop-top on the back that was too amazing for words.

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  • Set on stone
    Friday - 09/02/2011 - 08:06 AM

    I’m tagging along on a charter cruise, hoping to get a close look at the western shore of Vinalhaven and some of the smaller islands around Hurricane Sound.

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  • New Hampshire hamlet makes for a story book visit
    Friday - 09/02/2011 - 08:13 AM

    BARTLETT, N.H. - Sleepier than its neighbor North Conway, Bartlett combines a modest town ambience with zestful outdoor living. The White Mountain National Forest, scenic Saco River, and a covered bridge add to the charm.

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