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Hotel Schweizerhof, Lucerne, Switzerland

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We arrived in Lucerne by train from Zurich, a journey of just under an hour. Our short walk to the 5-star Hotel Schweizerhof Luzern took us across a bridge lined with flowers to a lakefront promenade shaded by chestnut trees. We entered Hotel Schweizerhof and found ourselves immersed in the area’s history.

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Viking Ocean Cruises: Viking Homelands Cruise from Bergen to Stockholm

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Viking Ocean Cruises offers a Viking Homelands cruise between Bergen, Norway’s charming former Hanseatic town and gateway to the fjords, and Stockholm, Sweden’s grand capital city of 14-islands linked by 57 bridges.

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Four sides of Switzerland: a microcosm of European cultures

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Switzerland was named the #1 country in the world for the third year in a row by U. S. News and World Report.

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The M/V Sophie C: the mail boat on New Hampshire’s Lake Winnipesaukee

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Drive to Weir’s Beach on Lake Winnipesaukee for a 2-hour ride aboard the mail boat M/V Sophie C., a full service floating U. S. Post Office complete with stamps and supplies.

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Reflections on Golden Pond: the best of Squam Lake

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This stucco and shingle estate was completed in 1907 as a summer residence for wealthy businessman Isaac Van Horn and his debutante wife, Madeline. The Van Horns employed over 100 craftsmen from around the world to build a place to relax and entertain their Boston society friends.

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Squam Lake Boat Tours, Holderness, New Hampshire

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Squam Lake Boat Tours are 90-minute cruises in canopied pontoon boats that feature the serenity and wildlife of the lake as well as film sites from the movie “On Golden Pond.”

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Okemo Mountain Resort: the best of Vermont for all seasons

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Okemo Mountain Resort is a year-round destination for family-friendly fun in the fresh Green Mountain air.

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The Farmhouse Dinner Series at Jackson Gore Inn’s Coleman Brook Tavern

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During the summer harvest season, the Farmhouse Dinner Series at Okemo Mountain Resort’s Coleman Brook Tavern at showcases Executive Chef Jason Tostrup’s commitment to fresh, local Vermont cuisine.

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Hops in the Hills Beer & Wine Festival at Okemo Mountain Resort

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The 17th annual Hops in the Hills Beer & Wine Festival was held at Okemo Mountain Resort August 6-8, 2017.

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The Biltmore Estate, Asheville, North Carolina: a Vanderbilt Legacy

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George Washington Vanderbilt, grandson of steamship, railroad and shipping magnate Cornelius “Commodore” Vanderbilt, built a country retreat in Asheville that is the largest house in America

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Best alpine trips in Switzerland: Reuti, Mägisalp, and Planplatten

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Our Swiss alpine experience took us to three gondola stops — Reuti, Mägisalp, and Planplatten.

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The best of Zurich in 24 hours

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Zurich is Switzerland’s largest city, the dynamic and cosmopolitan financial and technology center…

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Hotel Schweizerhof in Lucerne named Best Historic Hotel in Europe

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It has been the hotel of choice of royalty, celebrities, politicians, industrialists, musicians and more. And now the it has been named Best Historic Hotel in Europe by Historic Hotels Worldwide.

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Dining in Lucerne: the grand, the historic and the delightful

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The Old Town is a charming restaurant and café area and the grand lakefront hotels have fine restaurants with outdoor seating. And just beyond the waterfront are hidden gems with charming dining rooms and garden dining.

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All in a day in Lucerne, Switzerland

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Lucerne’s magnificent natural surroundings, temperate climate, city amenities, Old World charm, and easy access by road and rail has attracted travelers for over 200 years. It is one of the top tourist resorts in Switzerland.

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Mt. Pilatus: a voyage on a boat, train, cable cars and a bus

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During our visit to Lucerne we rode a classic steamboat across the lake to the world’s steepest cogwheel railway at Mt. Pilatus.

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Yverdon-les-Bains, thermal capital of the Lavaux region of Switzerland

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The little town of Yverdon-les-Bains is the Swiss Lavaux region’s thermal capital on the southwestern tip of Lake Neuchatel.

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The Swiss Lavaux region: A votre sante!

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“The land of three suns” is sun-drenched from the sky, the reflecting lake, and the stone walls that release stored heat when temperatures drop.

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Worth the hike: dining at breathtaking heights at Berghaus Ӓescher

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Dining at Gasthaus Äescher is an experience that goes far beyond the meal.

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Säumerfest in Meiringen, Switzerland

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One afternoon, as part of an event called Säumerfest 2016, a group in traditional attire arrived with donkeys and mules laden with wooden cheese boxes to parade through town.

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