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Dead of winter trips from northern lights to festivals

Despite frigid temperatures plaguing some parts of the U.S., winter does have unique charms, whether it’s getting cozy by a fireplace with a mug of hot chocolate in a mountain inn or heading outdoors to a magical landscape of forests and mountains sparkling with snow. Here are a few ideas for shaking off the January …

From Malta to Minneapolis, a look at where to go in 2018

NEW YORK — From Malta to Minneapolis, here’s a look at some destinations around the world that will be making news in 2018. They include designated culture capitals, places hosting sporting events and even a couple of cities — San Antonio, Texas, and New Orleans — celebrating their 300th birthdays. SPORTS Minneapolis hosts the Super …

From Malta to Minneapolis, a look at where to go in 2018

NEW YORK — From Malta to Minneapolis, here’s a look at some destinations around the world that will be making news in 2018. They include designated culture capitals, places hosting sporting events and even a couple of cities — San Antonio, Texas, and New Orleans — celebrating their 300th birthdays. SPORTS Minneapolis hosts the Super …

Wedding thank you notes are hard. Here’s how to get ’em done

NEW YORK— Been to a wedding recently? How long did it take to get a thank-you note for your gift assuming you got one at all? Newlyweds say it’s hard to organize a big task like writing 100 or more notes by hand especially when they’re exhausted after months of wedding planning. Some even blame …

Trees, lights, holiday magic: Christmas events and displays

NEW YORK — Destinations around the U.S. are dressing up for Christmas with trees, lights and holiday magic. Here’s a look at a few events, displays and other attractions. NEW YORK CITY The city’s tried-and-true Christmas attractions include Rockefeller Center’s tree, this year a 75-foot Norway spruce wrapped with 50,000 lights topped with a Swarovski …

Learning to ski: How do you know when your child is ready?

Ski season is starting. For parents, that may mean getting kids on the slopes for the first time. But is there a perfect age to learn to ski? Nate Gardner, ski and snowboard school training manager at Stowe Mountain Resort in Vermont, says that what’s more important than a child’s age is his or her …

A look at 5 NYC hotels, each with something special to offer

New York has hundreds of hotels, located in different neighbourhoods, with different styles and amenities. But a hotel is more than just a place to rest your head. Many hotels have something truly special to offer, and often those features can be experienced even if you’re not staying overnight. Stop in for a drink, for …

One World Observatory is a Winter ‘ONEderland’ for holidays

NEW YORK—The observatory atop One World Trade got a makeover for the holidays. A “Winter ONEderland” opened Friday at One World Observatory. A snowy owl named Ollie is a mascot for the experience, appearing in various animated displays. The installations include a giant snow globe designed for selfies with the skyline behind it. The time-lapse …

Gadgets, comfort, luggage: A gift guide for travellers

NEW YORK — What’s in your bag when you take a trip? What gadgets, tools and comfort items are essential? The Associated Press crowdsourced that question on a Facebook thread as fodder for a holiday gift guide for travellers. We heard from folks around the world, from millennials to retirees, from frequent-flying business travellers to …

Travel industry ramps up effort to promote Caribbean tourism

The travel industry is ramping up efforts to remind consumers that many Caribbean islands were unaffected by hurricanes and that their economies depend on tourism. Tourism agencies and travel companies are promoting deals, events and fundraising efforts while reinforcing the basic message that most islands were unscathed by the storms and are eager for visitors. …