Airstream trailers enjoy resurgence in sales, as fixed lodging

| |Monday, Jul. 28, 2014

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Palo Alto in his rear-view mirror, Keith Orchard and the Fam headed down Highway 101 in their SUV, Santa Barbara-bound. They were off to vacation with two other families, take in the cool ocean breeze, soak up the city's chill vibe and catch the city's annual wacky and weird Solstice Parade, at which a city councilman dons a jester's hat and the mayor presides atop a "Game of Thrones" float.

Studying Espanol in Oaxaca

| |Monday, Jul. 28, 2014

The first morning at the Spanish language school I proved just how much I needed to be there.

The Homestead, established in 1766, has refreshed guests since before Revolutionary War

| |Monday, Jul. 28, 2014

"Yep, I've seen a lot of changes," says 88-year-old Virginia Strasser.

The charms of Cape Cod: Making a bucket list

| |Monday, Jul. 28, 2014

Breathtaking beaches and classic seafood shacks. Quaint villages and postcard-perfect lighthouses. Whale watches and dune rides. Art galleries and summer theater. Cape Cod draws millions of tourists each year, including a sizable number of Connecticut residents, and there's no end to the area's charms.

Free hands-on space museum in Marin County strip mall

| |Monday, Jul. 28, 2014

NOVATO, Calif.-Most museums discourage the tactile. They encase their treasures in hermetically sealed Lucite, post all-caps "Do Not Touch" signs, have blue-blazered guards hovering nearby, lest these valuable artifacts be sullied by contact with the unwashed masses.

Authorities conduct raid to help Yurok tribe combat illegal pot grows

| |Wednesday, Jul. 23, 2014

First, the out-of-state license plates came to the upper reaches of the Yurok Indian Reservation, followed by dump trucks of fertilizer and heavy equipment that punched roads into tribal land.

Best new rides coming to US theme parks

| |Monday, Jul. 21, 2014

At first I thought it was too early to look ahead at the new attractions coming to U.S. theme parks in 2015, but then I realized a number of big rides have already been announced and many more are already in the planning stages.

A Weeki Wachee mermaid tale

| |Monday, Jul. 21, 2014

When considering a mermaid's career, one doesn't tend to ponder the occupational hazards.

Walking the 500 miles along Spain's Camino de Santiago de Compostela

| |Monday, Jul. 21, 2014

Stepping quietly through the dimly lit 12th-century cathedral in the small Spanish town of Santo Domingo de la Calzada, I looked up to the ornate mausoleum in the rear and caught sight of something you don't usually - well, never - see in a church: two white chickens pecking around in a Plexiglas hen house.

Unforgettable in India: the hammock, the infinity pool and the swing

| |Monday, Jul. 21, 2014

On a recent five-week journey to that incomparable sub-continent, India, I stayed at fourteen different accommodations.