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Readsboro Glassworks

Readsboro Glassworks

Gerard Roy

Buttonwood Inn, North Conway, NH.

SKI AND STAY IN NORTH CONWAY

“Ski It Your Way” at the Buttonwood Inn, North Conway, N.H., with two packages that allow you to choose your favorite sport: alpine or cross-country skiing, snow shoeing, or snow tubing. The Couples Alpine Package offers two all-day lift tickets or vouchers for one day at Attitash, Cranmore, Wildcat, Bretton Woods, or Black Mountain (rates from $359). The Couples Cross-Country Package offers two trail passes or vouchers at Mt. Washington Valley Ski Touring & Snowshoe Center or Bretton Woods (rates from $279). Both packages include two-night accommodations, full country breakfast, discount dining and shopping coupons, and evening tea and hot chocolate with baked treats. At the end of the day, relax in a hot tub under the stars.

Through March 13.  64 Mount Surprise Road, 800-258-2625, www.buttonwoodinn.com

VERMONT GLASSWORKS SALE

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Take a pre-holiday road trip to southern Vermont, where artists Mary Angus and her husband, K. William LeQuier, open the doors to Readsboro Glassworks for an annual sale Dec. 15-16,

from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The artists built this

glass studio in a 100-year-old mill building in

the village center. Visitors will find a collection of handblown bud vases, perfume bottles in translucent jewel tones, colorful glass candy cane ornaments, and

more. If you can’t travel on these dates, they are open by appointment until Christmas. 6954 Main St., 802-423-7706, www.maryangusglass.com

LONDON FOR THE HOLIDAYS

For the latest offerings and deals on all things London go to www.visitlondon.com, the city’s official visitors guide. The Christmas in London link details citywide celebrations, including activities from ice skating under colorful lights, to carols, concerts, Christmas markets, holiday high tea, Santa sightings, and signature events such as theater and pantomime performances that extend into the New Year. The website also provides year-round information. Or download the free London Official City Guide app. www.visitlondon.com

HARRY POTTER IN TIMES SQUARE

Step inside the famous wizard’s magical world with Harry Potter: The Exhibition, recently returned to New York’s Discovery Times Square with  updated artifacts from the film series, including the

 final film. In this 14,000-square-foot experiential   exhibition, see hundreds of original props and costumes from the Harry Potter films, including a new

vignette dedicated to the epic battle of Hogwarts. Open

seven days a week, including Christmas and New Year’s Day, through April 7. Adults $27, children ages 4-12 $19.50, 65 and over $23.50.  226 West 44th St., 866-987-9692, www.discoverytsx.com

A GUIDE TO ISLAND RENTALS

When vacationing with extended family or friends, renting a villa may be preferable to booking a suite of hotel rooms. Streamline the planning and booking of a Caribbean villa vacation with the Ultimate Turks and Caicos Villa Guide, a free, 16-page downloadable PDF filled with valuable tips compiled by the folks at Turks and Caicos Reservations. Find and choose the best villa for your budget, and learn 10 key questions to ask before booking. The company also provides a range of tools through its website and phone lines to help travelers take advantage of special island offers.  877-774-5486, www.turksandcaicosreservations.tc/download-villaguide.html

INSERTS KEEP CLOTHES NEAT

If your suitcase is your traveling closet, the new Rise & Hang Travel Gear’s bags might be the perfect alternative to an unorganized mess. Available in two sizes, these luggage inserts are basically collapsible shelving systems that can either fit inside your existing rolling luggage or be used as a carry-on with shoulder strap. To keep clothes folded and organized, just unzip the bag, lift, and hang. Made in North America with lightweight, flexible materials, each bag features a larger compartment under the shelves for laundry items. Luggage insert and carry-on $54, weekender duffel bag $99. 888-929-1329, www.riseandhang.com

AN APP FOR

MEDICAL SERVICES

When traveling abroad, finding good medical care can be a challenge. With mPassport, a medical concierge service now available as an iOS app, you can tap into a database of 6,300 physicians and 1,400 medical facilities created and maintained by HTH Worldwide. Users enjoy online and mobile ways to search, find, and schedule appointments with HTH’s contracted medical provider community, consult the drug equivalence database for 35 countries, find medical terms and phrases in 10 languages, and get pharmacy information. A team is available 24/7 to offer support for routine and emergency medical needs, and appointment services. Annual subscription price ($49.95) includes unlimited access and usage.  888-243-2358, www.mpassport.com/index.cfm

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