Here, There, and Everywhere


Like opera? Try Vermont
In its seventh season, the three-week Green Mountain Opera Festival, through June 24, is expanding to two new venues. In addition to complete performances of Donizetti’s “Don Pasquale” and Puccini’s “La Boheme,” audiences can attend free lectures, master classes, open rehearsals, and an opera brunch. $15 to $70; some events are free. 802-496-7722,

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Cruise by the tall ships
A fleet of 120 tall ships and naval vessels from across the world are arriving in Boston Harbor June 30-July 5, just in time for Fourth of July festivities. OpSail 2012 and the US Navy are collaborating on this event designed to celebrate the bicentennial of the War of 1812 and the writing of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Planned activities include parades of sail, free public tours of the vessels, and air shows including a flyover salute by the Blue Angels with 50 additional aircraft. To escape the crowds and get an up-close view of these majestic vessels from the water, Entertainment Cruises is offering lunch, dinner, and viewing cruises on their ships the Odyssey and Spirit of Boston. Family-friendly options start at $56.90. 888-741-0285,

Bay State app
The Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism, or MOTT, recently announced that its Ask a Local iPhone application is available on iTunes. This free guide provides travel information, local tips, and deals from Massachusetts hotels, attractions, restaurants, and shopping destinations. MOTT also recently launched its MassFinds blog, featuring the state’s hidden gems and longtime favorites, as narrated by the state’s tourism mascot, MOTT the squirrel. www.massvaca


Centennial celebrations
Ottawa’s Fairmont Château Laurier marks its 100th anniversary this year. Originally scheduled for an April 1912 opening, the official launch was delayed until June after the hotel’s owner, Charles Melville Hays, perished on the Titanic. To commemorate the centennial, the hotel is hosting activities, promotions, and celebrations. The monthly table d’hôte menus journey though time: June starts with a 1912-30 inspired theme; July focuses on the 1940-60 era; August features the 1970-90 era; and September reviews the last 12 years. Two centennial packages, The Centennial Tea and The Century of Memories, offer once-a-century deals. Packages from $301 and $337, respectively, per night, double occupancy.800-257-7544,

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Attention adventure travelers
The Eastern Cape Parks and Tourism Agency has developed a new touring program in South Africa. Covering over 500 miles of pristine coastline spanning the length of the Eastern Cape, the Coastal Route is divided into eight regions that explore attractions such as the Mkhambati Nature Reserve, Addo Elephant National Park, and beaches, surfing spots, and waterfalls. At Tsitsikamma, adrenalin junkies can participate in the highest bungee jump in the world, take a treetop canopy tour, or go black-water tubing. Those who like their thrills a little more sedate can visit one of the many five-star game lodges, play golf, go fishing, or relax at a spa. 011-27-0-43-701-9600,, www.openafri

Picked pockets no more
After an encounter with pickpockets in China, Adam Rapp looked down at the wide-open pockets on his chinos and thought, “Why not combine the security of money belts with a great pair of travel pants?” Five years of travel and two years of development later, Pick-Pocket Proof Pants were born (a.k.a. P^cubed Travel Pants). Available in two versions, cotton for business travel and a cotton-nylon blend for adventure wear, the pants are equipped with all-around covered zippers and a triple-secure hidden passport-money pocket. Dual pockets accommodate a phone and camera, and expand to fit a guidebook. Bonus feature: They
are treated with Teflon to repel stains and moisture. Available online as long pants or shorts, for men only; women’s models debut this fall. $79.95-$109.95,

Rolling companions
Skip Hop Inc., a New York design company, recently launched the Zoo Kids Rolling Luggage Collection. Featu-ring the bright colors and faces of the company’s signature Zoo Dog, Monkey, Owl, Bee, and Ladybug, the luggage is perfectly sized for airline overhead bins, and sturdy enough for overnight or long-distance trips. If the tykes tire of
pulling their bags, a detachable shoulder strap adjusts so adults can carry hands-free. Available online and at select retailers, $38.