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The Taj: An Indian-owned Hotel in Yankeetown?

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The Taj: An Indian-owned Hotel in Yankeetown? I was there, January 11, 2007, when the venerable Ritz-Carlton in Boston’s historic Back Bay was sold to the Taj Hotels and Palaces Of India, one of Asia’s largest hotel company, Bostonians, and much of the East Coast Establishment, cried “heresy.” A tradition and an emotional landmark was gone, sold to foreigners, for ... Read More »

Note to Airlines: Skip the Flight, Just Charge for The Bags

Note to Airlines: Skip the Flight, Just Charge for The Bags Absurd as it may seems, it’s very possible the airlines are making more money on the persistent and aggressive fees they’re charging than on ticket sales. A recent report from the Department of Transportation reveals that in 2010, the airlines raked in a whopping 5.7 billion dollars in checked ... Read More »

Cows, Canines and Kids: The Chesterfield Inn

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Cows, Canines and Kids: The Chesterfield Inn We missed the Strolling of the Heifers, a yearly event here in Brattelboro, Vermont, and by all accounts Vermont’s answer to Spain’s frenetic running of the bulls. And a much preferred, more gentle event. But we didn’t miss the contra dancing at Pierce’s Hall, tiny hall in a brick building unchanged since it ... Read More »

Are You Flying a “Mean” Airline?

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Is Your Airline Among the Meanest? It’s great that the airlines made money last year, all except American Airlines that is. And according the recently released 2011 Airline Quality Rating (AQR) report, the experience of flying has improved too. The AQR is a touted as a “premier statistical study of major airline performances in the United States” conducted by a ... Read More »

Absurd Restaurant Attitudes

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Absurd Restaurant Attitudes It started when we stopped at a seemingly authentic seafood restaurant on an authentic stretch of Atlantic coastline. The special was twin lobsters for a reasonable price. We ordered those and some other stuff, and when the two crustaceans arrived , I split them with my partner. One lobster each, we reasoned, was enough. The waitress came ... Read More »

“B&B Kick Gas” Campaign Drives More Visitors to B&Bs

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“B&B Kick Gas” Campaign Drives More Visitors to B&Bs After paying $4.45 a gallon for gas in Connecticut, the idea of $6/gallon prices before the end of the summer seems more probable than possible, recent slight trends downward not withstanding. And this, according to Marti Mayne, B&B marketing guru, is making travelers very anxious about their summer vacation plans. Mayne ... Read More »

Kill the Travel Press Release-Tweet it Instead

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Kill the Travel Press Release-Tweet it Instead So I was sitting at a media dinner when I overheard someone from a Canadian tourism office say to her companion that they were thinking of no longer sending travel media releases out, and Tweeting them instead. I was taken aback because I had an hour ago just written this article and thought somehow ... Read More »

Still Searching for bin Laden’s End

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Still Searching for bin Laden’s End Megan Mcardle writing in The Atlantic says that if revenge is a dish best served cold, she finds the death of Osama bin Laden pretty unsatisfying. It’s not that she regrets his death on moral or even tactical grounds, it’s just that, as she sees it, those that bin Laden killed are still dead ... Read More »

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