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Essentials: Three sun-powered travel gadgets that shine

You may have your charging cables all packed nicely into a case for travel, but what happens when you’re somewhere without reliable electricity, or even out camping? When you can’t lean on electrical juice, it’s time to consider our brightest star for energy (especially with no pesky total eclipses for a while). Show More Summary

One Day, One Place: Maui idyll at end of long, winding road

The storied road to Hana, with its more than 500 hairpin turns and nearly 60 one-lane bridges in the mere 45-mile drive from Paia, is a well-documented example of a journey itself being a destination. And while the drive is certainly...Show More Summary

Hawaii’s newest experiences, an island-by-island breakdown

Whether you’re staying at a five-star resort or a modest plantation-era inn, it’s easy to explore Hawaii’s diverse landscape, food and cultures — and almost a crime not to. Here are highlights of some newer excursions and experiences...Show More Summary

Islands’ small towns are rich in Old Hawaii

Typically, you can find it in the local grocery store. It’s where people “talk story,” and where the stock includes bait, school supplies and, on the counter, fresh-made Spam musubi or butter mochi with a handwritten label. Or alongside the road, where aunties and uncles — the local term of respect — sell malasadas, boiled peanuts or smoked fish. Show More Summary

Suite Spot: Prince Waikiki, Honolulu

“Out of sight, out of mind” may seem an odd way to describe two 33-story towers of rosy limestone and glass, but since its opening in 1990, Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki & Golf Club kept a low profile among mainland visitors. That’s in part because of its location at Waikiki’s western end, and in part because it was marketed mostly in Japan. Show More Summary

Rick Steves: Room for more than the Queen at Windsor

British royalty has been calling Windsor Castle home since the days of William the Conqueror — almost a thousand years ago — and it’s still a favored castle of the current Queen Elizabeth. While commoners can’t stay at her digs, the town that lies just outside its walls does make for a cozy stay. Show More Summary

Travel Troubleshooter: Cruise accident not fully covered

Q: We recently sailed with Celebrity Cruises from New Zealand to Australia. Unfortunately, I was injured on one of the Celebrity-sponsored excursions, a whitewater rafting adventure. Our raft partially capsized in a 23-foot waterfall, ejecting three of us. I broke a bone in my left hand. Show More Summary

In Sacramento, cocktail scene has become a capital idea

Sacramento was built for cocktails. With many bars boasting spacious patios, live music, produce from the Central Valley and reasonable prices, finding quality drinks and the atmosphere to match is effortless. The increasingly sophisticated...Show More Summary

Diverse Sacramento is a surprising capital of culinary discovery

If dining is analogous to discovery, then Sacramento’s mosaic of ethnic diversity represents a transcontinental culinary safari. Earlier this year, the city was ranked the country’s 15th most diverse city of 300,000 people or more — landing ahead of Oakland and just behind Fresno — by financial social network WalletHub. Show More Summary

‘Living’ at SFO cheaper than renting in the city?

The airport. It’s not a place where most people want to spend more time than is absolutely necessary. Stand in line, have your documents evaluated, walk around, repeat. Even fewer people would consider living there, even though most of them are already packed for it. Show More Summary

SFO Museum a good place to land for art on the fly

Art is where you find it, and sometimes you find it after emptying your pockets, removing your belt and taking off your sneakers. That’s the kind of art they have at San Francisco International Airport. It’s art even though it’s located on a concourse instead of a gallery. Show More Summary

One Day, One Place: Exploring visual culture of Glasgow

Rich with varied cultures and ideas from this early time, the city grew to become internationally known as a center for contemporary visual and performing arts, architecture and design. A radical space on the banks of the River Clyde...Show More Summary

Suite Spot: Las Alcobas, St. Helena

It’s the feeling that you have when you’re sharing the table with dear friends and family, and you start having this conversation that goes and goes, and before you know it, you’re in the following meal. On a hill at the northern end of St. Show More Summary

Reviews of wheeled duffels

Hard-shell suitcases may be optimal for protecting your gear, but just try taking one along on a safari or other adventure where the outfitter requires soft-sided bags. And while duffels are incredibly convenient, they’re not always easy to haul around. Show More Summary

Uncork a perfect weekend in Anderson Valley

When you finally pull into Cloverdale and take a hard left-hand turn onto Highway 128 toward Boonville, it feels as if you’re diving into a rabbit hole. Surrounded by heavily forested hillsides on both sides, Anderson Valley is a narrow...Show More Summary

Chenin Blanc’s champions revive a workhorse white

[...] when Chardonnay was crowned king in the 1980s, surrounded by a royal court of Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Grigio, Chenin got the hook. “I was always looking for an alternative white, a good variety that could maintain acidity,” said...Show More Summary

Viticulturists and scientists battle latest vineyard virus: red blotch

With 283 acres of wine grapes on a more than 2,000-acre ranch — complete with organic walnuts, olives for oil and grazing cattle — it’s the largest vineyard on the west side of Paso Robles, where the mountainous terrain, limestone-like soils, and ocean influence comprise a vintner’s paradise. [...]Show More Summary

Vintners rally to preserve Russian River Valley’s historic Zinfandel vineyards

Vintners rally to preserve Russian River Valley’s historic Zinfandel vineyards Papera’s devoted longtime caretaker, Tom Feeney, had died; in 2006, Feeney’s son sold the vineyard to a private real estate investment fund, ready to realize...Show More Summary

Travel Books: Exploring the open road around the world

In “Epic Drives of the World” (328 pages, $35), Lonely Planet serves up a collection of journeys through geography, geology and cultures of astonishing grandeur, from the Belfast loop to the Captain Cook Highway to Iceland’s Ring Road. Each...Show More Summary

Unearthing the mystical past in misty Wales

[...] they seem quite happy to be out of sync with modern times. Flanked by mysterious hills dotted with druid stones, Celtic crosses and more than a few King Arthur legends, this corner of Pembrokeshire exudes the aura of timelessness and myth for which Wales is renowned. Show More Summary

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