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By The Mercury News | Travel and recreation features from The Mercury News staff and columnists

Helpful airport tips for holiday travel

Come Thanksgiving, the holiday travel crunch begins. Whether you’re taking to the skies or the road, some planning strategies can help make that …

Shake Shack

‘Beauty of Los Gatos’ exhibit opens downtown

Los Gatos resident Ken Benjamin is a street walker, but not in the traditional sense. Benjamin has been walking all over town snapping photos for …

Los Angeles

Los Gatos: Turkey Bowl tradition makes its home in town

Did you know the National Turkey Bowl League is headquartered in Los Gatos? According to league founder Matt Ober, who has sponsored the Thanksgiving …

Los Angeles

Portland getaway: Outdoor botanical adventures and inner Zen

PORTLAND — Oregon’s quirkiest city may tout its desire to “Keep Portland Weird,” but it’s the Zen of the place that takes hold at the Portland …

Oregon

Travel Troubleshooter: Hey, VRBO, where’s my vacation rental??

<b>Dear Travel Troubleshooter:</b> I reserved a vacation rental in San Antonio, Texas through VRBO this spring and paid my deposit and fees. I made the …

San Antonio

Disneyland visitors among 12 cases of Legionnaires’ disease in Anaheim

Orange County health experts are investigating 12 cases of Legionnaires’ disease among people who live in or visited the Anaheim area in September. …

Public Health

East Bay doctor sues posh Mexican resort after alleged sexual assault by staff

éThe new waiter brought the women their fish tacos and margaritas, and the group of young mothers celebrated the final evening of their retreat to …

Crime

You can run, walk or roll at Thanksgiving’s Turkey Trot

Organizers have high hopes for the 13th annual Applied Materials Silicon Valley Turkey Trot that’s grown into the world’s largest timed race of its …

Silicon Valley

Free admission to Yosemite and other national parks this weekend for Veterans Day

All of California’s national parks — from Yosemite to Pinnacles to Muir Woods — will waive entry fees on Saturday and Sunday to every member of the …

National Parks

10 things to know about the Disneyland Resort’s holiday makeover

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at the Disneyland Resort. Christmas music already fills the air and both parks are already dressed up for …

Walt Disney Company

Eataly ‘Disneyland of food’ follows Los Angeles store’s huge opening

Basking in the success of its first California store, the Italian food market chain Eataly is preparing to open a huge food theme park next …

Los Angeles

How a wife’s suspicious flipout diverted an entire plane flight

By Avi Selk, (c) 2017, The Washington Post<p>Our latest episode in our never-ending series on airplane trips gone astray because of human frailty comes …

Aviation

Uber reaches for the skies with plan for sleek flying taxi

LISBON, Portugal — Commuters of the future could get some relief from congested roads if Uber’s plans for flying taxis work out.<p>The ride-hailing …

Uber

Photos: United Airlines retires its Boeing 747 fleet 70’s style

The final United Airlines 747 took to the friendly skies from San Francisco International Airport as the airline retired its entire fleet of Boeing …

Aviation

It’s like Street View, only with more hair. And hooves.

<b>By Karin Bruillard | Washington Post</b><p>The Faroe Islands, a remote archipelago that juts out of the cold seas between Norway and Iceland, doesn’t even …

Faroe Islands

Lonely Planet’s top 10 vacation destinations for 2018

It’s hardly surprising that the Lonely Planet staff has been pondering vacation destinations. That is, after all, what they do. But they’ve just …

Travel

Dapper Day 2017 at Disneyland: Check out photos of the fashions at the annual event

Hundreds of guests celebrated Dapper Day at Disneyland on Sunday with visitors dressing up in their, well, Sunday best.<p>The unofficial event started …

Walt Disney Company

The guys behind downtown San Jose’s new psychedelic light show

Surely you’ve seen it, that stainless-steel Slinky-like thing stretched out along Santa Clara Street in front of San Jose City Hall like some kind of …

Burning Man

After fires, businesses urge visitors to spend in wine country: ‘This would be a great time to come’

As the recovery continues from last month’s devastating Northern California wildfires, the iconic wine regions are looking to kick-start their …

Sonoma County

Security breach at SFO Sunday leads to brief lockdown

Dozens of travelers waiting in a TSA line at San Francisco International Airport’s Terminal 2 were delayed about 45 minutes Sunday when it was locked …

Airports

Inn-Escapable: South Tahoe’s Hotel Becket

South Shore’s new Hotel Becket is actually the union of two existing boutique hotels, the Park Tahoe Inn and 968 Park Tahoe. Locationwise, it doesn’t …

Hotels

Family fun in South Tahoe: A breezy hike, spell-binding magic show

With its village charm and mellow shoreline, there is so much to love about winter in South Lake Tahoe. Sure, you’re probably venturing north for the …

Skiing

5 incredible West Coast botanical gardens

Whether you’re a fan of succulents, Japanese irises or simply floral-fringed hiking trails, the West Coast’s botanical gardens offer some …

Flowers

Tahoe: A Granlibakken Treetop Adventure

The most fun I’ve ever had while fearing for my life — that should have been emblazoned on the T-shirt I wore while traipsing through two of Tahoe’s …

List-Worthy

Inn-Escapable: Tahoe’s grand old Granlibakken lodge

Granlibakken Tahoe has been a staple of this Sierra resort region since 1922. Named after the Norwegian word for a hill sheltered by fir trees, this …

Hotels

Fur, fun and food – this festival has it all

MOUNTAIN VIEW — It threatened to but did not rain cats and dogs on the cats and dogs gathered Saturday in Mountain View for the first-ever Tails & …

Silicon Valley

Travel Troubleshooter: Can an expired plane ticket get unexpired?

<b>Dear Travel Troubleshooter:</b> My husband and I paid $3,000 for round-trip tickets on United Airlines last year for a flight from Washington to Zurich. …

Airlines

South Lake Tahoe: Five great bites

Whether you’re wrapping up a day on the slopes or a snowshoe trek by Lake Tahoe’s shore, one thing is certain: food is a priority. You’ll be happy to …

Restaurants

What’s new at California’s ski resorts for 2017?

Last year’s record snowfall and extended ski season have spurred fingers-crossed hopes that 2017-2018 will bring a repeat performance. This year’s …

Skiing