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This 19,000-square-foot mansion was sturdy enough to withstand the horrific 1900 storm that killed thousands in Galveston, Texas. <br>Amelia Rayno/Minneapolis Star Tribune/TNS

Ghosts live large in Galveston legend

“Are there really ghosts in this town?” I asked our waitress. She lifted an eyebrow. “Oh, yes,” she replied. “Everywhere.”


Shabby motels become cool places to stay

Around the U.S., hoteliers are turning down-at-the-heels motels -- a national icon of sorts -- into stylish, remarkably upscale accommodations.


After Vegas shootings, should hotels have metal detectors?

That the Las Vegas shooter, Stephen Paddock, was able to bring to his hotel suite dozens of firearms over a period of days should be a red flag, said San Diego hotel operator Bob Rauch, although he acknowledges that awareness of that can be more challenging in a huge resort property.


Uranus: It's growing, and there's fudge

As soon as the Uranus billboards went up, even before they could make any fudge, people streamed in to buy T-shirts from Uranus. They tittered. They snorted. "Thanks for picking Uranus!" the shopkeepers call out cheerfully.

White stuff alert: Here comes the snow

Though the ski season doesn't officially launch until Thanksgiving, when nighttime temperatures are cold enough to make and keep snow, an early winter could mean a long one.


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History and hiking converge at Harpers Ferry

“The passage of the Patowmac through the Blue Ridge is perhaps one of the most stupendous scenes in Nature,” Thomas Jefferson wrote of the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers in 1783. “This scene is worth a voyage across the Atlantic.” Many appear to have heeded his recommendation.


Hiking 500 miles along the Colorado Trail, and awed the entire way

The bone-deep astonishment at the mountains did not fade, no matter how many passes we crested as the days wore on. The last moments before peering over the top of a climb — the giddy anticipation — became my favorites on the Colorado Trail.

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