Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page By Diane Bair and Pamela Wright Globe correspondent April 09, 2019 ‘It’s 1862, and Portsmouth has about 6,000 residents, some 120 saloons, 10,000 to 15,000 sailors in port, 60 brothels, and two police officers,” says Roxie J. Zwicker, a local author and historian, who conducts walking tours in the city. The numbers are debatable. We heard there were five documented brothels, or 30, or 60, depending on who was talking. “I think there were closer to 80 to 100 if you count some of the extra rooms people used to entertain visitors in their homes,” says Zwicker.One thing is certain: New Hampshire’s tourist-friendly seaport, home to historic houses, museums, fine restaurants, galleries, and shops, was a rip-roaring, rowdy town from the mid-1800s until 1912, when the “disorderly houses” were finally shut down. … [Read more...] about Looking back on Portsmouth’s naughty past
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Nestled at the foot of the Golden Gate bridge on the grounds of the old Fort Baker military base overlooking San Francisco Bay, Cavallo Point offers a prime spot for exploring both the city and the nearby Golden Gate park. Where is it? Located in Sausalito, a half-hour drive from San Francisco, the hotel offers the best of urban buzz couples with an appealing slice of tranquil wilderness – and, thanks to the site’s patriotic origins, a dose of apple-pie Americana. Daily shuttles make exploring the city easy – while the surrounding woodlands offer brilliant hiking opportunities and there are watersports and activities galore. Facilities The Healing Arts Center & Spa offers an excellent range of treatments, and there are also daily dawn yoga classes, as well as regular guided meditation sessions, guided hikes under the Golden Gate Bridge and watercolour classes. The hotel also has strong foodie credentials, with a cooking school, nightly wine tastings, and a … [Read more...] about Cavallo Point Hotel, Sausalito, San Francisco
The Smell of Gingerbread in the Air Signals the Holiday Season at Walt Disney World And the magic also extends to Disney points beyond WDW Without a doubt, Christmas is one of my favorite times of year to visit Walt Disney World. The sights, sounds and smells of the season are everywhere and it makes a very family-friendly place feel even more magical. Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort is my go-to destination at this time of year (and at most other times as well), and nothing can top the feel of the Christmas season that is everywhere you look in the lobby of this luxurious resort. While the Christmas tree is grand and the decor is amazing, it’s the sweet and spicy smell of gingerbread puffing from the chimney of a life-size gingerbread house that really gets you. And while this is the pinnacle of Christmas for me personally at Walt Disney World, Disney’s embracing of holiday gingerbread and the holidays extends across many parts of Walt Disney World…and beyond. … [Read more...] about Gingerbread and the Holidays Go Hand-in-Hand at Walt Disney World
We meant to go to Portugal in spring. We’d booked our tickets. Then something came up that made the trip impossible. Delta took $300 per person in fees and gave us the rest in vouchers that had to be used by year’s end. That $600 penalty burned. According to my vacation math, wherever we went now had to be cheaper than the original trip but even better. Meanwhile, airfares were soaring; prices to Lisbon had doubled. Flights to the other cities on our list — Quito, Santiago, Istanbul — cost even more. Our anniversary was coming. My husband, John, voted to pitch the budget. But I was obsessed: I made a map of everywhere we could fly, currently, for the voucher price. Only one exotic, unexplored place popped up. That’s how we ended up in Mexico City in fall. It didn’t sound romantic. Even veteran travelers gave us dire warnings about removing all our jewelry (including wedding rings) and updating our wills. But our marriage — every marriage, … [Read more...] about In Mexico City, lessons on astronomy, art, politics and grace
Andrea Sachs, The Washington Post Published 2:50 pm CST, Thursday, November 15, 2018 A sightseeing boat travels along the Ljubljanica River in Ljubljana, Slovenia, on Oct. 10, 2016.MUSR CREDIT: Bloomberg photo by Akos Stiller A sightseeing boat travels along the Ljubljanica River in Ljubljana, Slovenia, on Oct. 10, 2016.MUSR CREDIT: Bloomberg photo by Akos Stiller Photo: Akos Stiller, Bloomberg Photo: Akos Stiller, Bloomberg Image 1 of / 9 Caption Close Image 1 of 9 A sightseeing boat travels along the Ljubljanica River in Ljubljana, Slovenia, on Oct. 10, 2016.MUSR CREDIT: Bloomberg photo by Akos Stiller A sightseeing boat travels along the Ljubljanica River in Ljubljana, Slovenia, on Oct. 10, 2016.MUSR CREDIT: Bloomberg photo by Akos Stiller … [Read more...] about Top world destinations are overrun. Take these suggestions for roads not taken.