- No time to kill time on world’s shortest ferry ride
San Francisco Chronicle, Sunday - 02/19/2017 - 09:09 AM
The Island Line ferry is a fancy name for a humble pontoon boat that connects two ends of an old railroad causeway, with a gap for boats to pass through.
The causeway has been turned into a bike trail, and because of the ferry, a cyclist can zip from Burlington, the biggest city in Vermont, to the Lake Champlain islands without having to take a traffic-filled 15-mile detour.
“Without the ferry, you’d have to go all the way around Malletts Bay on a busy road full of trucks,” says Brian Costello, who manages the ferry service.
The Caltrans ferries crossing the sloughs of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta on submerged cables take about three minutes.
 the Island Line ferry could be the shortest ferry ride designed to carry cyclists across an open body of water, and hardly anyone would argue against its being the prettiest.
In 1998, the Clinton administration went so far as to designate Lake Champlain as the sixth Great Lake, so local scientists could snag research grants.
On a busy summer weekend, cyclists might have to wait in line half an hour for the 90-second ride.
The captain did confess, with considerable chagrin, that the boat got lost once in a heavy fog and, instead of steaming to the opposite dock 200 feet away, it wound up returning to the same dock it departed from.
Because of the Island Line ferry, bicycling across Lake Champlain turns out to be every bit as memorable as bicycling across the Golden Gate Bridge.
The route from Burlington passes beaches, nature reserves, the Winooski River, a 100-year-old boathouse and countless snack stands selling maple creemee soft-serve ice cream cones, apparently the state food of Vermont.
After getting off the ferry in South Hero, a cyclist passes more beaches, nature reserves and maple creemees.
Another thing to do in South Hero is visit Tie by Night, perhaps the world’s only self-serve fly-fishing store.
Just across the border in the province of Quebec, there’s a pretty good cheese factory selling French cheeses with hard-to-pronounce names that you can buy and make a picnic of in a small park across the road.
 ordinary cyclists with ordinary legs will finish their maple creemees and head back down the causeway trail to the ferry dock for the return 90-second ride and another visit with Molly the dog.
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- Now that Cuba is open, Americans aren’t going
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Sunday - 02/19/2017 - 12:47 AM
America, did you miss the travel industry’s memo declaring Cuba the hottest new destination?More | Talk | Read It Later | Share
- Northern New England gets buried in snow, and skiers love it
Washington Post, Saturday - 02/18/2017 - 02:47 PM
The gods have answered the call of skiers, snowmobilers and dog mushers, dumping mounds of snow in northern New England following little snow last season during the warmest winter on record in some spots.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share
- The Look: Japanese Street Style: Woodblock Patterns, Colors and Pink Hair
New York Times, Saturday - 02/18/2017 - 09:10 AM
Mark Hartman, a photographer and director from Brooklyn, recently spent three weeks in Japan, chasing a lifelong fascination with the country’s culture.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share
- Dateline/Barcelona: In Spain, a Restaurant Reimagines the Famed El Bulli
New York Times, Friday - 02/17/2017 - 02:20 PM
The chef Albert Adrià’s latest opening aims to be a 2017 update of the acclaimed restaurant where he worked for 23 years.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share
- Just another day in paradise with this $993 round-trip fare from LAX to French Polynesia on Air Tahiti Nui
Los Angeles Times, Friday - 02/17/2017 - 12:47 PM
You can spend part of the spring and a bit of summer in Tahiti, thanks to a $993 round-trip airfare, including all taxes and fees, from LAX to Papeete on Air Tahiti Nui. The fare, subject to availability, is for departures April 1-June 22 and for return by June 27. You may not stay more than 15More | Talk | Read It Later | Share
- Chasing the Deal: Savings on Sailing Vacations
New York Times, Friday - 02/17/2017 - 06:00 AM
Hotels and tour operators are offering discount packages and trips with perks for those who love (or want to learn) to sail.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share
- When Trump Called Air Force About F-35, Rival Boeing Was Listening
Hartford Courant, Thursday - 02/16/2017 - 06:47 PM
Days before taking office, President-elect Donald Trump made two surprise calls to the Air Force general managing the Pentagon's largest weapons program, the Lockheed Martin Corp. F-35 jet. Listening in on one of those calls was Dennis Muilenburg – the CEO of Lockheed's chief rival, Boeing Co. Trump,More | Talk | Read It Later | Share
- Lisbon aims to adapt military airport for commercial use
Washington Post, Wednesday - 02/15/2017 - 02:47 PM
Lisbon’s growing popularity with foreigners is compelling the Portuguese government to adapt a military airport for commercial flights.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share
- A wine trail in Napa Valley's countrified community
USA Today, Wednesday - 02/15/2017 - 05:55 AM
Calistoga, Calif. hosts an illustrious wine legacy, thin crowds and wellness activities.
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- Choice Tables: In Taipei, Restaurants That Harness the Bounty of Taiwan
New York Times, Wednesday - 02/15/2017 - 12:01 AM
A growing number of restaurants, from casual to upscale, are riding the wave of an “eat local” movement.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share
- What Are Your Rights if Border Agents Want to Search Your Phone?
New York Times, Tuesday - 02/14/2017 - 04:20 PM
Before you travel, here’s some information on what border agents can and cannot do, along with recommendations from lawyers.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share
- Readers' Choice: America's best sandwiches, round 3
USA Today, Tuesday - 02/14/2017 - 08:47 AM
Vote for your favorite sandwiches in 10 U. S. states.
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- South Korea’s Olympian Winter Moment
New York Times, Tuesday - 02/14/2017 - 12:01 AM
South Korea is a skiing afterthought no more. The 2018 Winter Olympics is a coming-out party for the country as a winter sports destination.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share
- Those hotel ratings don't always tell the whole story. In fact, sometimes you need to research the rest of the story
Los Angeles Times, Monday - 02/13/2017 - 12:47 PM
Spring training beckoned a couple of years ago, so my husband and I decided to splurge on a two-night stay in a luxury hotel and scale back for the other nights. As we returned from our breakfast at the modest inn, he said he preferred this place to the luxury joint. I wanted to say, in my snootiestMore | Talk | Read It Later | Share
- Caribbean all-inclusive resorts: Top spots for families, foodies, more
USA Today, Monday - 02/13/2017 - 08:08 AM
The region is chock-full of resorts that come with unlimited food, drink and play.
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