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Strawbery Banke, Portsmouth, NH.
Ralph Morang
Strawbery Banke, Portsmouth, NH.


Experience 350 years of US history, winter traditions, and holiday celebrations during the Candlelight Stroll at Strawbery Banke Museum in Portsmouth, N.H. (Dec 1-2, 8-9, 15-16). Hundreds of candles light the lanes in this 10-acre historic village where you can take a horse-drawn carriage ride, listen to carolers, warm your hands by a bonfire, enjoy refreshments in the Cider Shed, and view demonstrations of 18th-century hearth cooking, wreath-making, pressed-flower greeting cards, and more. Adults $20, children ages 5-17 $10, 4 and under free. Families (two adults and children 17 and under) $50. Purchase tickets online in November for $2 per ticket discount.  603-433-1100,


Just in time for the gift-giving season, Pain D’Avignon is once again offering its popular Bread of the Month program. This Hyannis cafe-boulangerie, a destination for travelers for 20 years, is shipping its authentic European-style breads and pastries to the doorsteps of aficionados nationwide. The program features a festive bread option each month, such as white French boules, focaccia buns, traditional Irish soda bread with currants, and cranberry and raisin-pecan bread. Stay home and experience a taste of Cape Cod. Choose from three-month ($150), six-month ($275), or twelve-month ($500) programs. All prices include FedEx two-day shipping charges.  508-778-8588,


Adriana Zehbrauskas
Cabo San Lucas, in the state of Baja California Sur, Mexico.

Access Trips’ guided Eco-Luxe Mexico Surf & Yoga getaway is like two vacations in one. Ideal for novice through intermediate surfers, you can hang 10 in the morning at one of several coastal jungle beaches, followed by afternoon yoga classes. Stay in your own private, beachfront bungalow at a secluded boutique resort on the Pacific Coast, 45 minutes north of Puerto Vallarta. Other activities include whale watching, swimming, snorkeling, and kayaking. Offered November-May, 7 days, from $1,990 per person. 650-492-4778,



Get to Ireland in 2013 for a yearlong extravaganza celebrating Irish culture, people, places, and heritage. The Gathering consists of hundreds of events, from small community gatherings and medieval fairs to large-scale international festivals, including all-Ireland hurling championships, the Dublin Theatre Festival, and the Galway Oyster Festival ( To help make sense of all the choices, CIE Tours International is offering a series of fully inclusive 5-to-15-day vacation packages across the Emerald Isle (from $698, land only price). The “$550+ Advantage” protection guarantees travelers are never charged for special features.  800- 243-8687,


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If “voluntourism” — volunteering while traveling — appeals to you, Barefoot Atlas offers a number of opportunities across Central America. Whether your dream is to nurse baby monkeys in Costa Rica, bring clean water to indigenous communities in Panama, or survey marine life in Honduras, you can make a difference without it costing a fortune. For example, in exchange for teaching English to local children in Nicaragua, you receive low-priced room and board at Hacienda Mérida and have plenty of time left over to climb a volcano, go tubing on the lake, or just unwind ($100 a week). A new guidebook, “Volunteer Central America,” details more opportunities (e-book $3.99).


Lightweight and stylish, Nufoot all-surface neoprene footwear allows travelers to enjoy the stability of walking barefoot, the comfort of walking in socks, and the protection of walking in shoes. Great for the airport, in the plane, poolside, beach, and any other indoor or outdoor location where a rugged shoe is not necessary. Waterproof, anti-skid, and fully form-fitting, Nufoot is available in multiple sizes and colors for men and women. $9.99 a pair.


The woes associated with air travel are many and the solutions are few. In the spirit of laughter-is-the-best medicine, author JeffMichaels takes a comedic look at this world in his book: “Please Hug Me — I’ve Been Delayed: The Only Guide You’ll Ever Need to Survive the Not-So-Friendly Skies.” In addition to tapping into the collective frustrations of the traveling public, the book provides a wealth of tips and advice including games to pass the time during a delay, how to deal with crying babies on flights, and flying without fear. $12.95, e-book $6.99. www.beendelayed