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‘FIFTY WORKS FOR RHODE ISLAND’

Art lovers are making a beeline to Providence to the Museum of Art Rhode Island School of Design to view the exhibition, “The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection: Fifty Works for Rhode Island.” The Vogels, a postal clerk and a librarian, built one of the world’s finest contemporary art collections in their small Manhattan apartment, acquiring more than 4,000 works over a span of 50 years. Called “visionary collectors” and “thoroughly modest Medicis,” the Vogels established a Fifty Works for Fifty States project, including this gift to the RISD museum’s collection. Through Dec. 2. Admission $3-$10. 401-454-6500, www.risdmuseum.org  

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HORSE AND PONY RIDES AT ATTITASH

You’ll find guided horseback trails and pony rides at the Fields of Attitash, open at 9 a.m. daily during the summer season at Attitash Mountain Resort in Bartlett, N.H. New this year: A lower-priced ($30 per person), half-hour guided tour option in addition to the longer, one-hour ride ($50 per person). For younger children who may not meet the minimum age (8) and height (over 48”) requirement to ride horses, the stables also offer hand-led pony rides. Call ahead for availability. 603-374-0961, www.attitash.com/summer.html  

A GUIDE TO NEW ENGLAND WONDERS

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“New England’s Natural Wonders: An Explorer’s Guide” by outdoor writer, photographer, and historian John S. Burk, has been released by Schiffer Publishing, Ltd. This coffee table tome, with nearly 200 color photographs, allows armchair travelers to tour popular destinations such as Cape Cod, Franconia Notch, Cadillac Mountain, and Quechee Gorge, as well as less-known destinations. Each site description details why the area is unique, how it was formed, and offers historical anecdotes and access information. $34.99. 610-593-1777, www.schifferbooks.com/newschiffer/  

A NASHVILLE TRIBUTE TO PATSY CLINE

Head to Nashville, where the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum pays tribute to a legendary singer with the exhibition “Patsy Cline: Crazy for Loving You,” opening in the East Gallery on Aug. 24. Though she recorded for only eight years and made her last record nearly 50 years ago, her body of work — classic torch songs and ballads of heartache — continues to resonate with music fans. This exhibit explores Cline’s musical contributions, and also offers a look at the person behind the songs. Through June 2013, it includes an ongoing series of programs. Adults $20, children ages 6-17 $12. 615-416-2001, countrymusichalloffame.org  

YACHT WITHIN A SHIP

If you like the bells and whistles that large cruise ships offer, but prefer the privacy of smaller vessels, consider the trend-setting concept offered by MSC Cruises: the MSC Yacht Club. A self-contained private area on the foredecks of the ship with sweeping sea views, butler-served superior suites, private lounge, dedicated restaurant, bar, swimming pool, deck, and private elevator access to the spa, the club is your own private yacht-within-a-ship. Three vessels that cruise the Mediterranean year-round offer this experience: MSC Fantasia, MSC Splendida, and the newly launched MSC Divinia. Seven-night Mediterranean MSC Yacht Club rates from $1,469 with Upscale Upgrade promotion for MSC Fantasia and MSC Splendida only through Oct. 15. MSC Cruises 877-665-4655; Yacht Club 855-469-2582, www.msccruisesusa.com

Dry Dudz

FAST-DRYING SWIMWEAR

Tired of packing wet bathing trunks at the end of your vacation? The premium performance swimwear company Dry Dudz is promoting its colorful, fast-drying apparel for men and women. Just in time for the dog days of August, these duds are perfect for active travelers who love extreme sports or general outdoor activities. Men’s boardshorts come in five contemporary graphic designs, stylish enough to serve as upscale casual wear. Women’s trunks and bikinis can be worn high for water sports or rolled low for a great tan. Available online. Men’s boardshorts $95, women’s boardshorts $85, bikini tops $40. www.drydudz.com  

‘BEST DISHES’ APP

Eager to help hungry travelers find the best food and drink experiences, the Daily Meal has launched its first mobile app, “Best Dishes.” This app not only helps you decide where but also what to eat at the top restaurants and bars near your location. Search for a restaurant by name or cuisine, then read authoritative and user-generated reviews for each listing. Like a place where you have dined? Become part of the Daily Meal community by sharing your favorite dish at that destination. Compatible with the iPhone and iPad.

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