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It’s always a struggle for culture-enthusiasts in the summer: Go to the park and soak up the sun, or go to the museum for some arts. If that’s an argument you always enter with your travel companion, we have the answer for you. Visiting any of these six sculpture parks in the United States is guaranteed to solve your dilemma. The pictured Storm King Art Center in the lower Hudson Valley of New York state, for example, is a 500-acre landscape of fields, hills, and woodlands that provides the setting for more than 100 large-scale abstract sculptures. More here.

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No summer is complete without a trip to the beach. But instead of the typical best-of roundup, we decided to do something a little different: We had the ShermansTravel staff share their favorite off-beat alternatives to the hotspots that everyone flocks to in drove. We won’t go as far as to call these spots “secret,” but we will promise that you’ll find a relatively intimate excursion with lots of character at any one of them. Ready to feel like a beach insider and stretch out?

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Each summer tens of thousands of vacationers arrive on Cape Cod, a spit of land in southeastern Massachusetts that juts out 40 miles into the Atlantic Ocean. Along with sunbathing, swimming, and boating, most visitors have a hearty lobster dinner on their bucket list of things to enjoy. There’s good reason for that — but there’s much more to Cape Cod cuisine than the tasty crustacean.

The peninsula — bordered on the north by Cape Cod Bay, on the south by Nantucket Sound, and on the east by the Atlantic — has a long history of traditional recipes. Some of these date as far back as the late 17th century, when several of the Cape’s 15 towns were founded.

Fish stews, fried clams, oysters on the half-shell, and old-style Portuguese dishes are available up and down the Cape, and the region is known for its many colorful, organic cranberry bogs. But rather than go from restaurant to restaurant sampling the region’s cuisine, we suggest these five educational ways to experience local foods: Read more

GreatWolfWith kids getting out of school for the summer, it’s a great time to book a stay at the just-opened Great Wolf Lodge New England. It’s the latest opening for the family-friendly chain of resorts and indoor water parks, located one hour from Boston. To celebrate the resort’s opening, you can save 30 percent when you stay through December 18. Nightly rates with the special offer start at $154 for a suite that sleeps up to six people, and $230 for a Grand KidCabin Suite that sleeps up to 10 people. That’s about a $50 savings on regular rates. Read more

boston seaport - may wong - 620For many visitors, Boston is all about the Freedom Trail, the diverse architecture, and the nation’s colonial beginnings. But it’s by no means a city stuck in the past – in recent years, Beantown has seen a handful of 21st century updates that make a trip there all the more worthwhile.

Among the neighborhoods on the rise, we’re currently loving the somewhat secluded Seaport, sandwiched between downtown Boston and Logan International Airport. It’s perfect for those who like to get away from the crowds, precisely because it requires a little effort to get there. Don’t let the neighborhood’s sparse appearance fool you; plenty of world-class eats, artsy diversions, and boutique hotels await.

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vinyls - steve snodgrass - 620A big part of the travel experience is bringing a piece of it home, so you can remember where you’ve been long after you’ve returned. We recommend skipping the chintzy souvenir shops and loading up on genuine local goods instead. Here, four ways to find items that really represent the destination, wherever you are.

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cemetery 1Most people love a good thrill, and we don’t mean gravity-defying views or insane roller-coaster drops. We’re talking about the hair-raising variety you get from a graveyard tour. Of course, not all cemeteries are all mist and gloom. In fact, it can be easy to confuse some cemeteries with botanical gardens come spring. Come and check out some of America’s most hauntingly beautiful cemeteries – and “meet” their most famous spirits.  Read more

CruiseOne of the great things about river cruise ships and other small vessels is the opportunity to locally source food, beer, and wine. Unlike large cruise ships, which haul aboard tons of frozen foods at the start of each voyage, smaller ships can pick and choose from local and regional farms, breweries, and wineries along their itineraries, buying what they need for a smaller number of guests.

One of the leaders in this concept is the American Queen Steamboat Company, which has just launched its newest river paddlewheeler, the 223-passenger American Empress. Read more

veranandahouseIt’s been a long winter, and we are all more than ready for a summer escape. While Nantucket feels like a world away, and often carries an air of exclusivity, it is an easily accessible getaway for north-easterners. As you begin to map out your summer vacation plans, make this dream getaway a reality with a few dollar-saving seasonal offers:

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portsmouth - new hampshire - boston - weekend trips - christine wei - 620Before the summer crowds descend, May is prime time for weekend trips, like the memorable two-day jaunt we recently made to Portsmouth, NH. The quintessential New England harbor town is centered around a downtown dotted with grand Victorian architecture and a host of former industrial spaces – a nod to the city’s shipbuilding and Revolutionary past. But in recent years, cozy new restaurants and indie shops have also popped up to lend the city a lively but communal feel. For the perfect mix between enjoyable and relaxed, here’s what to include on your itinerary:

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LOS CABOS, MEXICO BEACHIce is melting, your heavy coats are finally put away, and that urge to get outside is starting to come back. After a brutal winter, spring has finally arrived. But instead of gently easing out of winter, we suggest diving in, head-first.

Shoulder season, that sweet spot between spring and summer, is an excellent excuse to travel, for two reasons: first, a wide array of beach destinations are already warm enough to enjoy in your bathing suit. Secondly, most travelers are waiting for the official start of summer to get away, which can lead to tremendous savings on lodging and meals for those who go now. Below, we offer ten outstanding, freshly thawed beach destinations – places where the crowds have yet to flock, and the prices have yet to hit their summer highs.
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OmniBostonLooking for a last-minute getaway? Omni Hotels & Resorts invites you to “Spring into Action” with its 72-hour flash sale. From April 1-4, rooms at the brand’s Washington D.C., Los Angeles, and Boston properties will be available for less than $200 per night. Read more

We’ll be the first to admit that we often plan our travel itineraries around where to eat – but we all know how quickly the tab can grow at a great restaurant. Our best piece of advice for traveling foodies? Look to lunch. Here are four fantastic daytime meals in restaurants across the U.S. at a fraction of the usual price…

L’Espalier (Boston, MA)

lespalier-620 French roots meet New England flair in a refined yet contemporary space at L’Espalier, a restaurant by James Beard-winning chef Frank McClelland. Its farm-to-table dishes have all the makings of a traditional feast, but the modern twists are anything but tired. While the popular prix-fixe here starts at a hefty $65 for five courses for lunch, it’s a splurge that many Bostonians and visitors alike are willing to splurge for. (And consider that the similar six-course dinner costs $115.) Current menus feature creations like a sweet lobster bisque, fragrant foie gras “torchon,” halibut with scallops and mushrooms, and local cheeses.

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transitappIt’s no secret that Google Maps is a lifesaver if you’re traveling without a car. Generally, this, and similar sites like Hopstop, are incredibly reliable for planning your travel route on public transportation. But what if you want more precise information – like when to leave for the station in order to make the next train, for example, or detailed schedules that tell you how often buses and trains arrive?

This is where locally-based transit apps come in. A whopping 246 public transit systems across the nation make schedule and GPS-generated location  data accessible to developers so they can incorporate them into new programs. Here are some of the best free transit apps for iOs and Android that are worth downloading before your next trip… Read more

Museum of Natural History - WhaleWe’re big fans of museums, wherever we go. And we’d never begrudge an amazing exhibit due support, particularly at smaller institutions that could use the help. But there’s no reason why travelers shouldn’t take advantage of free nights at various museums across the country. And there are more museums that offer suggested, donation-based entry than you might think.

Two notes before jumping into our roundup of free and pay-as-you-wish museum programs: First, this is not a definitive list, though we do plan on updating it regularly. Second, if you’re a Bank of America credit or debit card holder, don’t forget to check out the Museums on Us program. Flash your card (and ID) at 150 museums and cultural institutions across the country and you’ll get in free on Saturday and Sunday during the first full weekend of every month.  Read more

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