The best way to float by the Last Frontier? Ferry-camping.

(Andrea Sachs / The Washington post)

  • The best way to float by the Last Frontier? Ferry-camping.

    The best way to float by the Last Frontier? Ferry-camping.

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  • On a Maine windjammer, feasts of food and scenery

    On a Maine windjammer, feasts of food and scenery

    The Schooner Lewis R. French takes visitors for multi-night sails on a restored 1871 ship. 296 222
  • Cruising Burma’s Irrawaddy River in style

    Cruising Burma’s Irrawaddy River in style

    A luxury boat ride with glitter, and just a glint of grit, and many Buddhas and stupas along the way. 296 196

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This Virginia couple really knows their Virginia wines

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Distilling picks up steam in Virginia’s vine country

Small shifts in the law make room for Catoctin Creek to make and serve its small-batch spirits in Purcellville.

Diving into Fort Lauderdale’s swimming hall of fame

The International Swimming Hall of Fame is full of famous swimming memorabilia, and surprises galore.

How to manage, then display, your vacation photos

Don’t let your images pile up on your computer’s hard drive. They deserve better than that.

At age 75, ‘Madeline’ is still a New York girl

A New-York History Society exhibit pays homage to the feisty little French girl created by Ludwig Bemelmans.

‘Roadfood’ still has a healthy appetite

Even after nine editions, the book’s authors are finding plenty of unique eats around the country.

Troubles in Ukraine? Yes there are, but not for tourists

Tour operators are still running trips to the western part of the country. But Israel has upset cruise itineraries.

Mercedes bus offers luxury travel on D.C.-to-N.Y. route

Tons of amenities, plus a personal touch. But plan ahead: No bathroom.

Diving in for a taste of Greece in a Florida town

Tarpon Springs, Fla., boasts the highest percentage of Greek immigrants in the United States.

A slice of Italy in sunny Southern California

San Diego’s Little Italy neighborhood bursts with pizzerias, piazzas and festivals honoring the Old Country.

Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood comes into its own

Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood is a thriving Mexican American enclave full of heart, and art

Pioneer Village in Neb., an ingenious roadside attraction

This heartland side trip offers 20 acres of amazing 20th-century inventions.

Postagram doesn’t do postcards justice

App seems more suited to other purposes, such as marketing.

Travel Deals

This week’s best travel deals

Bargains include cruises across Europe and on the Mississippi River, and a package trip to China.

What a Trip

A trip up the Amazon at Christmastime

HANDOUT PHOTO. Best village view in sunlight of our boat.

Searching for a distant getaway, a solo traveler heads to Brazil for a cruise and some wildlife encounters.

Enter What a Trip

Bed Check

AFTON, VIRGINIA - 2014 - The porch at The Farmhouse at Veritas in Afton, Va. (Joe Yonan/The Washington Post)

A soothing B&B in Virginia wine country

The Farmhouse at Veritas surrounds you with grapes and great views — and service.

AMHERST, MASS - AUGUST 2014 - Lord Jeffery Inn is in Amderst Mass. Rooms start at $205. (Photo by Zofia Smardz/The Washington Post)

Amherst’s Lord Jeffery Inn, a most homey hostelry

Bed Check: A Western Mass. hotel shines again after a three-year renovation and update.

HANDOUT IMAGE - The Lord Baltimore Hotel, 20 West Baltimore St., Baltimore, rooms from $149. (Marco Ricca)

Bed Check: The Lord Baltimore Hotel, a happening place

After a multimillion-dollar facelift, Baltimore’s grand dame comes roaring back.

ONANCOCK, VIRGINIA - The Charlotte Hotel & Restaurant, 7 North St., Onancock, VA 23417. (The Charlotte Hotel & Restaurant)

At the Charlotte Hotel, inspiration doesn’t sleep

A couple renovated a 1907 hotel in the shore town of Onancock, Va., imbuing it with a passion for life.

RICHMOND, VA - MAY 4: Sunday brunch in the Jefferson Hotel’s Rotunda is a popular weekly event, in Richmond, VA seen here on May 4, 2014. (Photo by Zofia Smardz / The Washington Post)

Richmond’s Jefferson Hotel comes roaring back

After many ups and downs, Richmond’s Jefferson Hotel is flourishing beautifully.

The Navigator

How to protect yourself on a cruise

Travelers aren’t sure they’re safe on cruise ships. Until a new law passes, some tips on avoiding danger.

Travel galleries

In Virginia, Blue Ridge bounty

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The changing shape of Berlin

Twenty-five years after the Wall came down, vestiges of it remain — for the tourists’ benefit.

Taking a ‘Hawk Walk’

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A day at the beach

Soaking up the sun and atmosphere at Wildwood beach on the Jersey Shore.

Travel Photo Contest 2014 winners

The four winners and 11 honorable mentions chosen from 1,550 reader submissions.