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Suite Spot: The Douglas, Vancouver

Logging of Douglas firs helped build Vancouver’s economy. The Douglas, an Autograph Collection hotel in the city’s new entertainment complex on False Creek, adds a handsome, forest-themed plank to its modern moneymaker: tourism. Setting:...Show More Summary

Travel Troubleshooter: Airlines pass blame for canceled flight

Q: My companion and I had confirmed reservations from Florence, Italy, to London earlier this year on a British Airways flight operated by Vueling Airlines. When we arrived at the airport in Florence in plenty of time for the 2:05 p.m. Show More Summary

San Diego’s popularity expands, and so do its lodgings

If you’re headed to San Diego and worried about having a place to stay, just give it a minute. More than half of the 34.9 million visitors to the city in 2016 stayed overnight — a number that has been rising steadily for seven years — fueling the push by area hotels to expand, renovate and add new services. Show More Summary

Suite Spot: L’Auberge Del Mar worth racing to

When Del Mar Racetrack’s horse racing season begins, so does the stampede for rooms at L’Auberge Del Mar, a posh nook in Del Mar. Winter is ideal for appreciating the hotel’s trifecta of outstanding dining, recently refreshed lodging and relaxing spa. Show More Summary

Suite Spot: Sweeping vistas at Bodega Bay Lodge

The new year can bring clear, sunny weather or ocean-surging storms to the Sonoma coast. Either is ideal for checking out what’s new at Bodega Bay Lodge, where nearly every room enjoys sweeping vistas of protected wetlands, hills and bays. Setting: Just off Highway 1, a mile south of Bodega Bay proper. Show More Summary

Travel Troubleshooter: Construction noise hammers vacation

Q: I am writing to you as we have had a poor experience with Sandals Resorts. The week of June 4, my husband and I stayed at its resort in Barbados. Major construction was going on at the resort. The construction had been ongoing and was not disclosed to me. Show More Summary

Rick Steves: In Sicily, you’ll find Italy at its extreme

It may lack the Botticellis, Guccis and touristic icons of Venice, Florence or Rome, but Sicily still packs a punch. This island, which is a little smaller than Massachusetts, is home to some of Europe’s most important ancient GreekShow More Summary

Cambria Beach Lodge

Cambria’s Moonstone Beach has always been a gem of the Central Coast, but the same can’t be said for the motels and inns that line it. The past few years, however, have seen a steady polishing of rough edges and rebranding. FormerlyShow More Summary

SF Chronicle 2017 Geography Quiz

As that great salt-on-the-rim philosopher Jimmy Buffett once said: “Without geography, you’re nowhere.” (Think about it.) Which brings us to this year’s Geography Quiz. As always, it’s not a serious test of knowledge so much as a way...Show More Summary

Travel Troubleshooter: Double charged for single room

Q: The Comfort Inn & Suites Knoxville West is charging me for two rooms, even though I had a reservation for only one room. I need some help getting this sorted out. I had made the booking through Orbitz. When I checked in, a hotel representative claimed that I had two rooms reserved. Show More Summary

Suite Spot: Mountain Shadows, Arizona

The light has returned to Mountain Shadows. A discreet haven for Hollywood types in the 1960s, the golf course resort outside Scottsdale eventually lost its luster and closed in 2004. Now a $100 million rebuild by the developers behind...Show More Summary

Rick Steves: Savoring market day in France

France is a cultural bouillabaisse that surprises travelers with its varied, complex flavors. To experience the tasty and fragrant wonders of its edible diversity, head to a street market. No single “sightseeing” activity better connects...Show More Summary

Travel Troubleshooter: I canceled my flight, so where’s the refund?

Q: I booked a flight on British Airways from Cairo to Houston in June using Expedia. I canceled it within 24 hours and requested a refund. I was told it may take up to six weeks to process. Now we are way beyond the six weeks, and nothing has appeared in my account yet. Show More Summary

Suite Spot: Luxe appeal at Peninsula Hong Kong

Opened in 1928, the Peninsula Hong Kong modeled itself on the grand hotels of Paris and London. Now it’s the flagship of an international chain that has set its own standard of luxury, one based on unique experiences as much as opulence. Setting:...Show More Summary

New offerings for African safari season

The most popular time for Africa’s safari season is May through October, when dry weather drives wildlife to migrate in spectacular numbers or seek out watering holes close to camps. But due to the logistics and costs involved, now is the time to plan a safari, especially to experience one of the new or newly renovated lodges listed below. Show More Summary

Travel Troubleshooter: Vacation club buyer’s remorse costly

Q: My husband and I recently stayed at the Grand Palladium Bavaro Suites in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. While we were there, we were invited to attend a sales presentation for the Palladium Travel Club. We paid $8,174 as initialShow More Summary

Monterey Bay marine sanctuary turns 25 years old

A quarter century after its creation, the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary has become one of the world’s largest outdoor laboratories, with teams of scientists spread across thousands of square miles of ocean studying everything...Show More Summary

Suite Spot: Edgewood Tahoe

After nearly 50 years as a championship golf course and dining destination, Edgewood Tahoe in Stateline, Nev., has a new calling card: South Lake Tahoe’s most sumptuous resort. The Lodge at Edgewood Tahoe debuted in June, after a $100 million investment that included major restoration efforts for the area’s sensitive ecosystem. Show More Summary

Ice rinks where skating doesn’t require winter weather

The holiday ice rinks in Union Square and Embarcadero Center are a sign of the season, typically without freezing weather, in San Francisco. But the city by the bay isn’t the only burg to surprise visitors with temporary rinks. HereShow More Summary

Suite Spot: Imperial Hotel, Tokyo

If metamorphosis were an Olympic sport, Tokyo’s Imperial Hotel might be a two-time gold medalist. Frank Lloyd Wright won acclaim across Japan for his bold design of the hotel’s 1923 incarnation, which not only replaced the original 1890 structure but also survived the Great Kanto Earthquake on opening day. Show More Summary

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