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Peddocks Island.
Boston Harbor Island Alliance
Peddocks Island.

Granite State concerts

The sweet sound of music comes to New Hampshire July 6-Aug. 11 as the Monadnock Music

Monadnock Music
Gil Rose, Monadnock Music’s newly appointed artistic director.

Festival ushers in its 47th season with a new artistic director, Gil Rose. A three-time Grammy Award nominee, Rose opens the season at the Peterborough Town House, leading the Monadnock Sinfonietta in a program commissioned by Martha Graham for her dance company, including Aaron Copland’s masterpiece “Appalachian Spring.” A diverse array of concerts, from solo recitals to opera, includes the free Village Concert series of chamber music performed in the historic meetinghouses of the Monadnock region.  603-924-7610,

Peddocks reopens

After $13 million in improvements made over the past two years, Boston Harbor Islands’ Peddocks Island reopened to the public on June 22. Close to the mainland, Peddocks is one of the largest and most diverse of the 34 protected islands in the harbor, featuring historic structures, hiking trails, and solar energy installations. New programming this summer features art exploration, a Native American festival, introduction to Disc Golf, and Berklee roots and jazz night. Visit Peddocks and 11 other islands by ferry service from Long Wharf.  617-223-8666,

Free in Philly for the 4th


The good citizens of Philadelphia hope you will celebrate America’s birthday in America’s birthplace. Wawa Welcome America! is a 10-day extravaganza of free family-friendly events. From June 25 through July 4 enjoy the “Largest Free Concert in America,” the Independence Day Parade with over 5,000 participants, and more.  215-683-2200, www.welcome

Stay in Dresden

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Along the pastoral Elbe River, the city of Dresden has been renewed and reconstructed to its pre-World War II beauty. With the April opening of Swissôtel Dresden Am Schloss, it’s now possible to stay in style in the heart of the historic district, a stone’s throw from the Residence Palace. The property includes a snazzy interior with 235 rooms and suites, contemporary dining, and roof garden. Not to be missed is the in-house spa in the original 15th-century vaulted cellar.  Rates from $124,

Mountain bike Whistler

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Two riders enjoyed the mountain bike trails on Whistler Mountain.

Ready to tackle some trails in the spectacular Coast Mountains of British Columbia? The Mountain Bike Trails Database is a new feature showcasing the extensive cross-country and on-mountain trail network in and around Whistler. The interactive map provides an overview of more than 280 miles of intertwined single-track trails, describing their locations and degree of difficulty. It also allows users to click on individual trails to get more detailed GPS information.  Tourism Whistler, 800-944-7853,

Baggage fee counter

If you find airline baggage fees confusing, Farelogix recently launched iflybags, an iPhone app that calculates fees and allowances across hundreds of carriers. The app takes into account airline-specific rules, and traveler frequent-flyer status, to present the best combination of checked bags for individual or multiple travelers. Simply enter your itinerary and bag details to quickly and easily calculate bag fees and allowances. Iflybags uses industry-standard airline data that is updated several times a day to ensure calculations are based on the latest airline information. Users can also input up to nine flight segments in one calculation, enter more than one loyalty program for multiple-leg, multiple-airline flights, and give their bags custom names. Normally $1.99, the app is free through July 8.

Ritz-Carlton goes mobile

The Ritz-Carlton.

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel has launched a mobile app. Now you can make reservations, check your itinerary, and manage your Ritz-Carlton Rewards account from anywhere. GPS technology allows the app to recognize when you arrive at a Ritz-Carlton and can provide location specific advice, information, and exclusive offers. Scan a QR code check-in for property tours of 20 hotels. New destination and landmark tips will be offered by Ritz-Carlton Concierge specialists every week.