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From Provincetown Swim for Life to easier bottle refills

SWIM FOR LIFE IN P-TOWN

Celebrating its 25th year, the Provincetown Harbor Swim for Life and Paddler Flotilla takes to the water on Sept. 8. Sign up to swim or kayak the 1.4 miles from Long Point Light to the beach, or gather on the deck at the Boatslip Resort to cheer on participants. Either way, you’ll contribute to the spirit of this creative community, and to an organization that has raised awareness and $2.5 million for HIV/AIDS, and women’s and community health. Other events include a Celebration of Life concert at the UU Meeting House, Mermaid Brunch, and public reading of messages on prayer ribbons. Events are free. Swim and kayak pledge: $100 minimum.  swim4life.org  

FOOD AND WINE
AT NEWPORT, R.I., MANSIONS

The Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival inaugurates its seventh season with three days of seminars, Sept. 21-23, featuring wines from around the world, and celebrity chefs including Emeril Lagasse and father-daughter duo Jacques and Claudine Pépin. The festival takes place in three historic mansions: The Elms, Rosecliff, and Marble House. Attend the opening night gala, the two-day Grand Tasting with over 100 participating wineries, informative seminars, live and silent auctions, and a Collectible Wine Dinner. Tickets are available for individual events, as are all-inclusive weekend packages, $40-$265.
 401-847-1000, www.newportman
sions.org/events/wine-and-food-
festival

TAKE TO THE SKY IN NEVADA

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Play fighter pilot for a day at Sky Pilot Ace, in Henderson, Nev. No previous flight experience? No worries. Under the supervision of a combat fighter pilot, you’ll learn the basic maneuvers needed to execute air-to-air combat tactics, including a 40-minute one-on-one aerial dogfight with another aircraft. Bring a friend or fly against another instructor in a 330-horsepower Extra 330LC. Other flight packages include The Adrenaline Rush, The Afterburner, and Top Gun Experience. If you don’t enjoy speed, take a leisurely tour of the Hoover Dam or Las Vegas area in a  YMF-5C Classic open cockpit biplane. Packages include complimentary hotel transfer. A DVD of the flight experience is available for purchase. From $399.  888-494-5850, www.sky
combatace.com
 

TRAIN OUTDOORS AT WESTIN

Tired of the same old workout in the hotel gym? Westin Hotels & Resorts has partnered with ElliptiGO, creator of the world’s first outdoor elliptical cycle, to offer an innovative way to stay fit away from home. Combining the best of running, cycling, and an elliptical trainer, the ElliptioGO delivers a low-impact, high-performance workout you can use while taking in the
local sights. Available at participating US hotels, including The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort and Spa, and The
Westin Georgetown, Washington, D.C. Average rental fee: $10.  800-937-8461, www.westin.co

MILITARY GOLF DISCOUNTS AT MARRIOTT

“Fairways-Fore-FREEdom” provides active, reserve, and retired military personnel with discount golf at 20 Marriott courses in the United States. Through Nov. 12 (Veterans Day), anyone with a valid military ID can take advantage of discounted “twilight” green fees-carts, ranging from $29-$69, while receiving a free replay certificate valid until Dec. 31. The program is available after 3 p.m. any day of the week at participating courses, and tee times can be made up to three days in advance.  888-236-2427, www.marriott.com/explore-and-plan/kids-golf.mi

‘CLIP’ FOR BETTER PRICING

Clipix allows budget-savvy travelers to keep track of targeted hotels’ rates without revisiting the same websites in search of better pricing. First you “clip” a travel-related link — to a specific hotel, airfare, or activity — to your personal clipboard, then set the rate you want to pay. Clipix automatically recognizes when you clip an item with a price on it. Once the targeted price is reached, the Price Drop Alert feature notifies you by e-mail and on the platform itself. Sharing clipboards with multiple users by means of syncboards makes it easy to coordinate travel plans all on one platform. Also available on iOS and Android devices.  www.clipix.com

Bottle refills get easier

Frequent fliers who hate to check their bags must limit their carry-on shampoos, conditioners, lotions, and sprays to TSA-approved bottles of 3 ounces or less. Trying to refill small containers can be a messy task, but now Brincatti refillable travel bottles’ extra wide opening allows travelers an easy alternative. Save money by purchasing your favorite products in bulk and refilling these leak-free containers without need for a pump or funnel. A four-bottle travel kit with bag: $9.99.  www.brincatti.com/travel

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