recent articles.en-usRssThe 20 most popular hotels in Miami names its 20 most popular hotels in Miami       Tue, 23 May 2017 10:27:40 -0400’s best train journeys, ranked’ll cross lofty trestles, swoop through long tunnels and snake alongside rivers.       Tue, 23 May 2017 09:55:37 -0400 the luxury cruise ship's gourmet eateries TODAY Cruise looks at dining options on the recently revamped Seven Seas Voyager       Tue, 23 May 2017 08:49:20 -0400 Photo Gallery by 10Best.com along with 10Best on a photo tour of the Holy Land       Tue, 23 May 2017 07:09:49 -0400 cream sandwiches across America summer's refreshing sweet between cookies, doughnuts, macarons and more.       Tue, 23 May 2017 07:05:23 -0400 & Drink Article by 10Best.com places to indulge in the iconic sticky snack and its sugary evolutions       Tue, 23 May 2017 07:04:54 -0400 Colbert Imagines Donald Trump's Postcards Home Donald Trump’s  postcards are something to write home about.On Monday’s “Late Show,” Stephen Colbert imagined the kind of missives that Trump is sending back to his friends and family in the U.S. during his nine-day jaunt to the Middle East and Western Europe.“I keep getting ‘Hamas’ and ‘Hummus’ confused,” he pens to National Security Adviser Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster.Check out the rest of the postcards in the clip above.type=type=RelatedArticlesblockTitle=Related Coverage + articlesList=58d22bd0e4b0f838c62dbc40,591febb2e4b094cdba5456d0,592005c9e4b03b485cb1d6b8,591ff108e4b034684b0ca2b8 -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.Tue, 23 May 2017 05:12:43 -0400 Airlines' new policies will improve the entire industry are new and important changes that should be copied by all airlines.       Tue, 23 May 2017 05:01:18 -0400 Dads Say Southwest Discriminated Against Them During 'Family Boarding' onPlayerReadyVidible{'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track}!function{if{if{var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if{var c='&m.fwkeyvalues=sponsorship%3D'+commercial_video['package'];a+=c}e.setAttribute}i}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout{t},0)}},onPlayerReadyVidible); A New York family says they were denied family boarding privileges on a Southwest flight over the weekend because the couple are same-sex partners.Grant Morse flew from Buffalo to Fort Lauderdale on Saturday with his husband, their three children and the children’s grandmother. But when the group stepped up for “family boarding,” they were denied, Morse told HuffPost.A Southwest gate agent told them their entire group couldn’t board, though Morse said the agent was initially vague about the reason. “We approached the... ‘family boarding area’ as we have done many times,” Morse told HuffPost. “The boarding agent assertively approached and said, ‘This is family boarding.’ My husband responded, ‘We know, we are a family.’ She said, ‘Not all can go. This is family boarding.’”Morse said after his family was turned away, a mom, dad and toddler were then allowed to board together as a family. A spokesperson for Southwest told HuffPost Morse’s family was declined because because his husband’s mother attempted to board with them. She is 83, Morse said, and requires assistance.Southwest rules allow one adult to board with children, “but typically our employees allow both parents to board,” the spokesperson said. The airline denied in a statement that discrimination was a factor:Our Operations Agent informed two parents that another member of their group was ineligible to board under Family Boarding and asked that she board in her assigned boarding group. This conversation in the boarding area had nothing to do with discrimination, we welcomed both parents to board the aircraft with their children. The parents expressed disappointment that the Family Boarding policy was not applicable to another member of their group. The two parents did not agree with our policy, and our Flight Crew worked to save seats together on the aircraft for the family as the conversation continued in the gate area.Morse claims Southwest did not bend their parental rule and said that in the end, only one of the men was permitted to board with the children. One parent sat with two children in one row, while the other sat with one child in another row and Morse’s mother-in-law sat alone in an exit row, he said.Through it all, he said, gate agents did not explain the reason for the shuffle.  “Never once did they say, ‘You two fathers and you three kids can board, and grandma has to wait over there,’” Morse said. “I feel all they’re doing is trying to cover up discrimination right now.”The incident is one in a string of recent hairy occurrences involving air travel, from which not even Southwest, often voted America’s favorite airline, has been spared. Congress is demanding that airlines step up their customer service operations in the wake of an April incident in which a United passenger was dragged off a plane after refusing to give up his seat for an off-duty United employee.Morse says he’s considering suing Southwest, though he’d give away any damages. “If an attorney tells me there’s a case, as of today I’ll probably move forward with it,” he said. “But I’ll make it clear that any proceeds will be donated to a charity to educate companies about prejudice. There’s no doubt in my mind this [incident] is discrimination.”   -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.Mon, 22 May 2017 18:06:13 -0400'Women Photograph' Honors The Female Photojournalists Documenting Our World is far removed from its glory days ― the so-called Golden Age of the 1930s to 1960s ― when photographers toted Leicas and experimented with the first flash bulbs. Back then, behemoths like Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Capa and other founding members of Magnum Photos dominated the field, delivering onto the public historic images of military events, far-away countries, and images of the world people would otherwise never see.Decades later, after magazines began to decline in popularity, so too did the prestige of photojournalism. Nonetheless, those left on the front lines of professional photojournalism are still responsible for capturing some of the world’s most captivating images. Take, for example, Associated Press photographer Burhan Ozbilici’s photo snapped seconds after the assassination of Russia’s ambassador to Turkey. “Photojournalism is responsible for dictating how the general public sees the rest of the world,” documentary photographer Daniella Zalcman told HuffPost. “The photos in our newspapers and magazines expose people to issues and places and individuals they’ll likely never interact with personally.”However, much like the early days of Cartier-Bresson, Capa and co., another aspect of the photojournalism scene has persisted: The majority of our chief storytellers are also still white men, Zalcman explained.According to The New York Times, women have consistently accounted for only 15 percent of the entries to the prestigious World Press Photo awards in the last five years. Furthermore, around 80 to 100 percent of the images contained in publications’ roundups of most significant photos in 2016 belonged to male names. Incredible female figures like Margaret Bourke-White, Dorothea Lange and Inge Morath managed to overcome the stale assumptions of their time ― that women couldn’t handle the necessary equipment or fend for themselves in conflict-ridden areas. Yet their success stories can register as outliers today.Women in the 21st century aren’t getting the most valuable assignments from wire services, newspapers or magazines, Zalcman told the Times, suggesting that gender disparities in the industry are alive and well. She cited a few obstacles contemporary women photojournalists face in particular, such as biased hiring practices, a gender-based confidence gap, the difficulties of balancing personal lives with careers, and sexual harassment in the field. In an attempt to help women overcome these obstacles ― and educate publications unaware of the many, many female photojournalists available for hire ― Zalcman founded Women Photograph, a database promoting 400 women photojournalists from 67 countries across the globe. Described as “a resource for female* documentary and editorial photographers and the people who would like to hire them,” the site links directly to the portfolios of women from Saudi Arabia, Thailand, Cameroon, Chile, Russia, Canada and beyond. It also provides resources and grant information to aspiring photographers who might frequent the page.“We can’t just look at war and politics and human rights stories through the eyes of men,” Zalcman told HuffPost. “If we want to be responsible storytellers, our community needs to be as diverse as the voices it represents.” Zalcman is aware that a mere list of female photojournalists won’t erase the gender-based obstacles women encounter in their line of work. But “Women Photograph” is a succinct retort to any editor who claims not to know any women in the business. Below is a preview of some of the photojournalists on display at “Women Photograph.” To see more photojournalism from women today, head to the database here. All captions were provided by “Women Photograph.”type=type=RelatedArticlesblockTitle=Related... + articlesList=591a08c9e4b07d5f6ba5372d,58f13c49e4b0bb9638e4048f,58f4dcaae4b0b9e9848d4085,58ee53c8e4b0f39274749ab5,5873d02ce4b02b5f858a3dd9 -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.Mon, 22 May 2017 16:02:04 -0400 14 Cutest Small Towns In The South all know the American south is full of charm. And if you’re looking for the most charm, seek out the tinier towns ― the ones with history, culture and some pretty phenomenal food. To kick-start your search, here are the 14 most picture-perfect towns down south.Related: These Are the 50 Most Instagrammed Spots in Every StateBEAUFORT, SCThe second oldest town in South Carolina is just as sweet as you’d expect. Think: a tranquil waterfront, a historic downtown clad with art galleries and low-country restaurants and streets lined with live-oak trees and antebellum-style mansions.BARDSTOWN, KYAlso a second-oldest city , Bardstown has another claim to fame: as the “Bourbon Capital of the World” and home to the Maker’s Mark and the Jim Beam distilleries. It’s a popular starting point for the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. But booze aside, the town has plenty of allure with its picturesque and quaint courthouse square.DESTIN, FLThis vacation spot on the Gulf of Mexico is a quintessential beach town with white-sand shores, teal waters, sprawling golf courses and some of the best fishing in the country. Just make sure to take a break from the beach and pop into one of Destin’s many funky seafood shacks serving fresh grouper and mahi mahi.Related: America’s Best Beach TownsFREDERICKSBURG, TXLocated smack-dab in the middle of Hill Country , Fredericksburg is a German-influenced town that has maintained its roots. Visit on any given summer afternoon and you’ll find a lively scene of barbecues and beer, singing and dancing.NATCHEZ, MSSleepy and slow-paced, Natchez is a river town known for its incredibly gorgeous plantation homes still standing from the town’s antebellum founding.MOUNTAIN VIEW, ARThis tiny town in the Ozarks is the self-proclaimed "Folk Music Capital of the World." You won’t find much more than a town square. Nope, not one bar in this “dry” county. But almost any night at dusk you’ll find various townsfolk congregating outside the courthouse, jamming on some bluegrass tunes.Related: 20 Things Only Southerners Will UnderstandST. AUGUSTINE, FLAt 451 years old, this northern Florida town on the Matanzas River has as much history as it does charm. Its Southern tradition meshes with a distinctly European feel to create a unique landscape of palm trees, cobblestone streets and Spanish Renaissance Revival-style architecture.NATCHITOCHES, LAIf you’ve ever seen Steel Magnolias, you’ll recognize the quaint town of Natchitoches, dubbed the "Bed and Breakfast Capital of Louisiana." With unique jazz music, Louisiana barbecue and architecture, it’s a distinct mix of French, Creole and Native American cultures. But Natchitoches’s main appeal is its huge annual Christmas festival when more than 300,000 lights and fireworks illuminate the Cane River Lake.FAIRHOPE, ALFishermen cast lines off mile-long Municipal Pier, where you can take in panoramic views of Mobile Bay. Downtown in the French Quarter, public art and galleries line the streets, music plays in the cobblestoned courtyard and people dine on Creole-inspired dishes like shrimp and grits.BLUE RIDGE, GAAs the name suggests, this Georgian town gets its character from the surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains. With a permanent population under 2,000, Blue Ridge is an idyllic vacation spot with all the allures of a small mountain town, like cozy cabins for rent, apple orchards and the great outdoors.CHARLOTTESVILLE, VAThis Virginia town is the perfect mix of quiet country and quaint sophistication. Downtown, the epicenter of Charlottesville’s blossoming food and music scene, is studded with open-air cafés, plazas and historic brick buildings. But it's the University of Virginia’s neo-classical-style campus that really makes the architecture stand out.Related: America’s Prettiest College CampusesEUREKA SPRINGS, ARThe picture-perfect center of Eureka Springs is full of Victorian bed-and-breakfasts--even though most of them are rumored to be haunted.FRANKLIN, TNJust 14 miles outside Nashville sits Franklin, a sophisticated suburb with a friendly small-town feel. In Franklin, you’ll find a bustling row of brick sidewalks and Victorian buildings that house antique shops, restaurants and book stores. This self-proclaimed “Favorite Main Street in America” also hosts annual “Brewfests” and other festivals full of music, street vendors and food trucks.HENDERSONVILLE, NCThis historic Blue Ridge Mountain community is located 25 miles south of the hip town of Asheville. Hendersonville is known as “The City of Four Seasons” for its pleasant summers, temperate winters and distinct seasons. It’s also a town where traditions are alive: Main Street hosts an annual NC Apple Festival to usher in fall, a Jubilee to welcome spring and a Holiday lighting before Christmas time.Related: 10 Great American Summer Road TripsThe 11 Dreamiest Airbnbs for Romantic Getaway7 Amazing Underwater Hotels Around the WorldThe 17 Most Drop-Dead Gorgeous Places in EuropeQuiz: Which U.S. City Should You Really Be Living In? -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.Mon, 22 May 2017 15:52:43 -0400 Middleton Is Honeymooning On Barack Obama's Island Of Choice onPlayerReadyVidible{'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track}!function{if{if{var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if{var c='&m.fwkeyvalues=sponsorship%3D'+commercial_video['package'];a+=c}e.setAttribute}i}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout{t},0)}},onPlayerReadyVidible); Newlyweds Pippa Middleton and James Matthews are reportedly heading to an island in the South Pacific for an uber luxurious honeymoon ― and their destination couldn’t be hotter these days. A day after their wedding in Englefield, England, E! reports the couple braved security lines at Los Angeles International Airport Sunday evening on their way to Tetiaroa, French Polynesia. It’s the same private island where Barack Obama recently spent a month working on a book before yachting around with the likes of Oprah, Tom Hanks and Bruce Springsteen, so it’s safe to say Tetiaroa is having a moment right now. Tetiaroa is technically a small atoll. Just north of Tahiti in the Society Islands, it once belonged to Marlon Brando. In 2014, a decade after his death, the place was transformed with a dreamy ecologically friendly resort called The Brando. The Brando features 35 private villas, which run from $2,800 to $13,300 per night. Activities include swimming, kayaking and paddleboarding, which the Obamas did during their visit to the area. Middleton has shown a preference for islands before, such as when she and her brother visited St. Barts for New Year’s or when the entire family went to Mustique. Her bachelorette party, however, took place in the French Alps last month.And now, it’s time for some South Pacific sun. Take us with you?!type=type=RelatedArticlesblockTitle=Related... + articlesList=58d97ecfe4b0f805b32290a8,58f4b1c9e4b0bb9638e4dd40,59203965e4b094cdba546d37,591edaaee4b03b485cb0c2e8 -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.Mon, 22 May 2017 15:07:11 -0400 lockers win Airbus Fly Your Ideas competition frenzy to stuff gear into the overhead lockers is one of the most maddening aspects of modern air travel, but imagine if you had your own personal storage area.Mon, 22 May 2017 12:01:08 -0400 add plugs, ports for device-laden guests add power outlets and USB ports to guestrooms and public spaces.       Mon, 22 May 2017 07:56:15 -0400 hotels with gorgeous gardens 18th-century Arcadia in rural Devon. A subtropical seaside Cornish fantasy. An Elizabethan manor with a quintessential English garden.       Mon, 22 May 2017 07:52:27 -0400 hotels with gorgeous gardens       Mon, 22 May 2017 07:50:20 -0400 Smoky Mountains National Park has regrown the fires in November of last year, the region has bounced back.       Mon, 22 May 2017 07:48:03 -0400 the Norwegian ship that just began weekly voyages 2,004-passenger Norwegian Sky is the largest vessel to launch U.S. to Cuba voyages       Mon, 22 May 2017 07:15:48 -0400 Kansas City's historic City Market 180 outdoor stalls overflow with locally grown produce and plants, plus artisan food.       Mon, 22 May 2017 06:43:53 -0400 Train: Portugal's tastiest rail trip, 22 May 2017 05:44:17 -0400 coasters in Pennsylvania best in the world roller coasters in Pennsylvania were ranked among the top 100 in the world in 2016. That's more than any other state. Or any foreign nation.       Fri, 19 May 2017 12:31:32 -0400's it like to visit all 50 states? Delicious and inspiring multi-year quest to see the USA ends triumphantly in a small town in Wisconsin.       Fri, 19 May 2017 09:29:14 -0400 Carolina's best beaches: Take a photo tour state is home to over 300 miles of picturesque, uncommercialized coastline.       Fri, 19 May 2017 07:28:48 -0400 "transformative travel" means and why you need to know: Features Article by 10Best.com the benefits of global exploration, self-reflection and human connection       Fri, 19 May 2017 04:52:59 -0400 to Go When Article by 10Best.com's newest water park eliminates waiting in lines and wrestling with tubes       Fri, 19 May 2017 04:47:44 -0400 Singapore street food centers in Singapore attract as many diners as fine dining establishments.       Thu, 18 May 2017 23:48:23 -0400 cleanest gas-station bathrooms in every state rankings from Gasbuddy show highest-rated service station brands in all 50 states.       Thu, 18 May 2017 13:18:32 -0400 cleanest gas-station bathrooms in every state       Thu, 18 May 2017 10:21:51 -0400 the construction of the largest cruise ship ever Caribbean's 230,000-ton Symphony of the Seas will carry more than 6,000 people.       Thu, 18 May 2017 07:49:12 -0400 Bros. BBQ Market serves San Antonio's best barbecue Jason Dady's San Antonio barbecue market pairs brisket with mac and cheese.       Thu, 18 May 2017 06:07:03 -0400 to do in PEI: Anne of Green Gables and so much more, 18 May 2017 04:38:19 -0400 Alaskan glaciers on foot and by boat       Thu, 18 May 2017 00:59:47 -0400 the wild things are: 10 affordable ways to see exotic animals: Features Article by 10Best.com hard-to-see wildlife doesn't have to blow your travel budget       Wed, 17 May 2017 11:05:17 -0400 Photo Gallery by 10Best.com a photo tour of this Central American nation       Wed, 17 May 2017 10:59:37 -0400 & Drink Article by 10Best.com $15 entrees at these award-winning eateries       Wed, 17 May 2017 10:55:38 -0400 you can find across the USA       Tue, 16 May 2017 17:21:58 -0400's Volcano Bay: Inside Orlando's newest resort Travel got a sneak peak inside Volcano Bay, Universal Orlando's new 30-acre water park. Here's what we found.Tue, 16 May 2017 09:34:13 -0400 to beat jet lag with hotel spa treatments, 16 May 2017 05:11:09 -0400 Essential Packing Tips For Your Next Trip, you have a big trip coming up, and the departure date is getting closer and closer. If you are anything like myself, you more than likely are thinking, rethinking, and over thinking what to bring. Should I get a new backpack? Should I replace my luggage with the kind that is hard on the outside? Which books should I bring for the plane and to read during down times? Do they use batteries where I’m going? Can I bring batteries as carry-on?...The thoughts that pop into our heads in the short weeks before a big trip are all ones that err on the edge of caution. We doubt that what we already have is not good enough, and that if we leave that one “essential” item behind, that our entire trip is doomed.To help calm your nerves, we have put together 8 actually essential packing tips for you to remember as you prep for your next big adventure. To get this frequently asked question out-of-the-way early, NO, you do not need to bring your favorite hair dryer. The hotel will most likely provide one for you. Yes, we’re sure. Read on for more tips.Take Time To List. The first thing you need to do is make a list of the items you need everywhere you go, regardless of the specifics of your destination. This is a run-through of the basics –shirts, pants, shorts, socks, undergarments, shoes, glasses, jacket…pretty much a run through of all the items you use in the course of a normal stretch of time.Plan your outfits based on the number of days you will be out, keeping in mind the events you have planned .Also, just like your mother used to remind you –bring more socks and underwear than you think you’ll need. Mother always had an insight into the unseen…Understand Your Destination.Once you have the basics of “how much clothes should I bring?”, you can start altering your travel wardrobe to the specifics of your destination. Are you going someplace tropical? Then chances are you are not going to need that parka and pair of snow pants. Swap it out for that swimsuit, as that will get more mileage on this trip than your snow jacket. Going someplace warm but also rainy? Be sure to grab the waterproof windbreaker and rubber shoes if you already have some.By doing simple research on your destination as to the weather and expected activities available there, you can easily avoid over packing items that you will never pull out of your suitcase. Nothing makes a trip harder than a massive bag full of items you never needed to bring in the first place.The Gray Area Of “Essentials.”After you have settled the clothing conundrum once and for all, we move into the gray area of packing –items.Do we bring books into the trip? Should I bring my computer? My textbooks for that class I’m taking? What about my new art set that I’m thinking about possibly maybe busting out while on the island…?The answer is simple when it comes the gray-area items: why are you going on vacation? Answering this simple question helps declutter your suitcase from all the stuff that will try to make its way into our bags unnecessarily.Are you going on vacation to get away from work and thinking about work? Then leave the laptop. No access to emails means the tentacles of work can’t reach you. Going on vacation to reconnect with your spouse or family? Then leave the books. They will cause you to hide from everyone because you are seeking alone time to read. Books and even portable video games just tempt you to avoid achieving your vacation goals, whatever they may be.Unless your goals for this vacation are “more ME time”, then perhaps the art set can stay home, too. Don’t worry, it’ll be waiting for you for when you return.Let’s Talk Toiletries.If you are going to a hotel and not a camp ground, then you are in luck –you don’t really have to bring any toiletries at all! Shampoos, conditioners, body wash and soap…they are all provided for you in your room .This saves you the trouble of having to high-tail it to Target the night before because you just realized that you are running low on Head & Shoulders. Bring your toothbrush, toothpaste, hairbrush and any special items, and let that be pretty much it.The idea is to get away, not bring your entire medicine cabinet with you. And again, leave the hair dryer at home. Doesn’t matter how much you think you’ll need it, the one provided in your room is more than adequate.How Many Bags Can I Bring Onboard?Now that you got your bags all packed, we should find out just how exactly traveling with your luggage and backpack will go with your airline .Every airline varies when it comes to what you can check and what you can bring onboard free of any fees. Southwest, for example, makes it so that two bags can be checked for free with economy tickets, and United has it so that everyone in your traveling party can bring one carry-on with them, but charges per checked bag unless you carry their co-branded travel card.A quick online check of your airline with the phrase “luggage fee” will offer the answers you need.Laundry Is Always An Option. Don’t want to pay that extra bag fee? Then downsize all your items into one bag per person rather than two . You can do that by lessening the amount of the clothes you bring.One of the best ways to downsize your packed bag is to plan to launder your clothes rather than bring more outfits. Recycling outfits after you get them cleaned and washed is a great way to save space in your bag, but of course, you need to find a place to get your things washed, first.Many hotels offer some form of a laundry service, or even a washer and dryer in the rooms themselves. Past that, local laundromats are often not too far from hotels.Hop online, or even just on the phone with your hotel concierge to see what they would recommend as far as getting your clothes cleaned would be.Keep Your Essentials With You.Afraid of getting your luggage lost? Luggage being sent to a wrong destination, leaving you without your bag happens more often than you think, so plan and don’t have your essentials be in your checked bag but rather your carry-on instead.Items like your toothbrush, your tablet , a jacket and change of clothes, even tickets and confirmations are all items you want to keep close to you, always. Don’t check them. Keep them on your person, or at the very least in your checked bag that stays above your head or under your seat. Downsize Everything Possible. Again, the name of the game is to keep everything as light as possible. To do this, as we keep mentioning in this article, we downsize. Everything.If you are a book person, and you don’t want to bring a separate bag just for all the books you want to bring with you to read, then welcome to the digital age! Get an E-Reader like a Kindle, or even just download the Kindle app for your iPad or tablet and download the books onto there. Why carry 47 lbs. of paper-and-binding when you can carry just 10.5 ounces?We would recommend the same for those who feel they must stay connected to the world they are supposedly leaving behind. Why carry a bulky laptop around when they can downsize and just carry a tablet? On top of that, consider sharing the tablet instead of bringing two. This way you won’t be tempted to waste your vacation by being alone and staring at a blue glow the entire time. type=type=RelatedArticlesblockTitle=Related... + articlesList=58ad8b23e4b0598627a55eb4,5891128ee4b080b3dad6fd04,58457263e4b04587de5debcd -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.Tue, 16 May 2017 03:58:12 -0400 hotels: 12 remote luxury resorts, 16 May 2017 00:16:22 -0400 Up Close: Walking The New Hampshire Shoreline End-To-End rocky cold-water beach can talk. It roars at you to stay away. Its winds insist it will be difficult to walk.But, still, you want the scouring freshness of it. You zip up your jacket, and you step onto sand. At least that’s what I do. As a Rhode Islander I want to be on beaches even when the weather is gray.This is why, when friends are hiking hills, I decide that I am going to explore a shore instead: New Hampshire’s Atlantic coastline. A total of 18 miles, it’s the shortest oceanfront of any state. I am going to trace it end to end — from the Massachusetts border north to Maine ― sticking as close to the high-tide line as I can.I don’t know if it’s ever been done and what washed-up buoys I will trip over along the way. But in an ornery New England way, I do not care.It is early July, and clear. Edges of the sky fit neatly along the top of a flat, green sea. My tennis pal, Jim, and I are taking our first hot footsteps onto a Seabrook, N.H. beach. Seabrook’s wide sand is emptier than I would have guessed. When we do pass tourists on towels we get stares. Maybe it’s because I look like a park ranger with my khaki shorts and cap.Buried driftwood twists up with sculptural tips. But it is such easy walking that an incline up to a bridge feels like a Sahara dune. “Captain Bob’s Lobster Tours!” screams a shack on the other side. Right next to Bob’s — for those with different priorities ― is “Rico’s Lobster by the Pound.”Suddenly we are in a different summer. Clustered in the road ahead are bicycles. A crowd. There are thumps and thuds of music. "Welcome," says the sign, "to Hampton Beach." Jim and I are thinking lunch. We aim for Gerri’s Famous Subs on Ocean Boulevard and get popsicle sticks back to keep track of our orders: a Boardwalk Burger for me and a dirigible of an Italian grinder for Jim. We waddle on. If Hampton Beach is Coney Island, then North Hampton is Newport. At Little Boar's Head we’re on a cliff-top path that winds past 19th century mansions and overlooks the sea. We detour into Fuller Gardens—an estate that’s open to the public. "The turn-of-the-century rose plantings are our big draw," says guide Sue Hagen, "but look at these espaliers!" Hagen is pointing at two twisty apple trees. One is shaped like a candelabra. And one is a Menorah, complete with bark and leaves.After a few miles, the mansions have turned into cottages again and our path back into pebbly beach. We cross into Rye where barnwood houses have clever names. “Rye on the Rocks” says one. “The Catcher’s Lair” is a few doors down.Odiorne’s Point here was where English settlers first laid out a New Hampshire town, in 1623. And Rye’s Cable Beach is close to where the first Europe-to-America telegraph line hit shore in 1874. I ask some locals if they are proud of the historic link. “Never heard of it,” replies a woman in a floppy hat. “Did it connect to Cape Cod?”Jim has to get home for work but I’m too close to my goal to stop now. I’ve made it to New Castle—New Hampshire’s smallest village—where a sign for watercolor lessons draws me into Maddi Alana’s studio. “I’ll go get paints and brushes,” she offers.I wish I had time but Portsmouth is calling with its busy, brick downtown. Crossing the city, I pause at Hoyt’s Office Products on Market Street with its window full of typewriters for sale. “1934 RARE ROYAL PORTABLE,” boasts a crayoned sign. “HAND-RUBBED TO A BRILLIANT FINISH!”Nice, I think. But not today. Across the water, I can see the end of my walk. The Piscataqua River, Seavey Island with its Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, and a foggy harbor are all that stands between me and Maine.Looking over at Kittery, I see a ray of hazy sun that’s lighting up a wedge of beach. Or maybe it’s a sandy road. I have a sudden thought. I fish inside my pack and unfold my map. Let’s see. The total length of the coast of Maine: roughly 3,478 miles. Sounds like a project. Sounds like a plan.But for another hiker, not me. I like cozy coastlines, I’ve decided. 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