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Massachusetts holiday event: Winterlights delights

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Winterlights is an award-winning outdoor display at the historic 90-acre Eleanor Cabot Bradley Estate in Canton as well as Naumkeag in Stockbridge and the Stevens-Coolidge House & Gardens in North Andover, all in Massachusetts .

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The flavors of North Carolina: Chapel Hill

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People in Chapel Hill, North Carolina call it “the southern part of heaven.” This vibrant university town with a wide range of educational, sports, and cultural resources also has has an abundance of restaurants, craft beverages and shops.

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The Nonantum Resort, Kennebunkport, Maine

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If you are not on the guest list for the Bush family compound, then the family-owned Nonantum Resort is a next best option for a stay in Kennebunkport.

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NCL’s Breakaway: Florida and the Bahamas cruise from New York

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People who live within driving distance of New York and can eliminate the expense and inconvenience of a flight with Norwegian Cruise Line’s Bahamas and Florida cruise aboard the Breakaway.

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Our top 10 tips for getting the most from your Norwegian Cruise Line cruise

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Here are some ways to enhance your cruise experience and to get more for less.

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Northern Ireland: The Giant’s Causeway

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Over 40,000 exposed vertical hexagonal basalt columns soar as high as 200’ above sea level at the Giant’s Causeway. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and nominee for the Eighth Wonder of the World.

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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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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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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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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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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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An Untours apartment stay in Meiringen, Switzerland

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This was our second Untours apartment stay in Switzerland. This time we chose to stay in Meiringen, in the Swiss Heartland, an alpine and lakes region in the middle of Switzerland.

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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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Alpkäserei Handegg: a Swiss cheese hut

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We rode a post bus ride to Alpkäserei Handegg, a cheesemaker’s hut in the Grimsel region of Switzerland.

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Stowe, Vermont: the ultimate flavor of New England 

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Mention the state of Vermont, the Green Mountain State, and images of classic New England charm —covered bridges, cow pastures, family farms, white steepled churches, and fresh mountain air — come to mind.

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Old Sturbridge Village: more than meets the eye

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What better way to spend a day than strolling the grounds of one of the nation’s largest outdoor living history museums, Old Sturbridge Village?

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Lake and mountains: The Basin Harbor Club

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The Basin Harbor Club goes back to 1886 when this was a farm and, as was done back then, Ardelia Beach began taking in summer boarders who wanted to escape the city’s summer heat. It’s the kind of place people return to year after year to enjoy the signature “active tranquility.”

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Ivy League tradition: The Hanover Inn Dartmouth

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As the the only hotel on the Dartmouth College campus the Hanover Inn Dartmouth is immersed in the Ivy League tradition. It is a member of the Historic Hotels of America, a National Trust for Historic Preservation program, which means it is recognized nationally or locally as part of America’s cultural heritage.

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Destination Kohler: from a horse trough to a 5-star resort complex

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The Forbes 5-star and AAA 5-diamond ranked American Club opened in 1981 and is one of only 48 hotels in the world with both designations. This popular Midwestern vacation spot is about an hour’s drive north of Milwaukee and 2 1/2 hours from Chicago.

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