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Old images in Logan’s exhibit include this shot of flight attendants.

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Old images in Logan’s exhibit include this shot of flight attendants.

CELEBRATE “DOWNTON ABBEY” IN VERMONT

Slip on your favorite ball gown or double-breasted blazer and vest and head to The Essex Resort & Spa in Essex, Vt., the weekend of Jan. 5 and 6, to celebrate a new season of the TV hit “Downton Abbey,” which takes place during the Roaring Twenties. This culinary, cultural, and social event features a reception and an advance public screening of the Season 3 premiere. Some packages include accommodations, a period-style six-course dinner, and a customized pair of Simon Pearce’s Royalton optic flutes. Most also include access to a “Downton”-era arcade featuring etiquette and table-setting games, live music, ballroom dancing, and access to a green-screen photo studio. A portion of the proceeds benefits Vermont Public Television. Prices start at $225 for two people. 802-654-3663, www.vpt.org/daexp

LOGAN EXHIBITION CHRONICLES TRAVEL GEAR AND STYLES

Next time you visit Logan International Airport’s Terminal E don’t miss “Getting There: Design for Travel in the Modern Age,” a new exhibit that explores how design shapes and transforms the experience of traveling by plane, train, and ship. Created by Design Museum Boston in partnership with Logan and Grand Circle Gallery, it showcases vintage travel posters, portrays how train interiors have evolved over the years, and highlights the design evolution of travel accessories, from noise-canceling headphones to airplane seats. Wander through the show in a pre-security area 24/7 until November 2013. Free. 617-600-8204, www.designmuseumboston.org

STRANDED TRAVELERS FIND COMFORT AT LAX

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Let’s hope you don’t get stuck at an airport over the holidays. But if you do, let’s hope you are at Los Angeles International Airport. The Four Points by Sheraton at LAX just launched new day rooms for delayed or stranded travelers. The rooms offer free Wi-Fi, room service, and access to a fitness center and a restaurant that features California coastal cuisine. Between May and October, you can also use the outdoor pool, which has a bar serving local brews. The rooms are available Monday through Friday for check-in after 8 a.m. and checkout before 5 p.m. Rate: $89 per day; ask for rate plan DY when booking by phone. 866-716-8133, www.fourpointslax.com/day-room-rental

BIKE RENTALS AROUND THE WORLD

Rent a bike from a local resident next time you travel. Liquid, a new online marketplace, connects local bike owners with travelers in more than 400 cities in 80 countries worldwide. Conduct a basic search by location, bike size, and type, and you will get a list of available bikes. Select your wheels and

e-mail the owner with any questions. Then choose the date and time that suits you, and wait for confirmation. Read reviews on the Liquid website, and leave feedback on your experience to benefit future renters. Rates vary, but average $20 per day. www.doliquid.com

HOLIDAY BONUS FOR HILTON MEMBERS

Stay at any Hilton hotel worldwide and members of the Hilton HHonors loyalty program will earn 1,000 bonus points per night through Dec. 31. This 1,000 Reasons promotion, valid for Thursday through Monday stays, applies to participating Waldorf Astoria, Conrad, and Hilton hotels and resorts, DoubleTree by Hilton, Embassy Suites Hotels, Hilton Garden Inn, and Hampton Hotels, among others. Visit the website to sign up for free membership in Hilton HHonors, and to register for the promotion. 800-446-6677 , www.hiltonhhonors.com

ONE FEWER CAR, ONE MORE GADGET

Those who love commuting by bike or pedaling for fun or fitness will appreciate The Bicycle Rearview Camera. This little camera easily attaches to your bike’s seat post and provides

75-degree views, so you can keep an eye on the kids in their bike trailer and watch out for vehicles approaching from behind. The camera transmits footage by cable to a 3½-inch

color monitor that mounts on your handlebars. The whole

system fends off wet weather and handles vibration well

(occasionally, the image flickers if the monitor isn’t properly perched on its handlebar “dock”). Rechargeable batteries will keep the camera rolling for up to 10 hours, and the whole system boosts your weight by only 1 pound. $199.95.  800-321-1484, www.hammacher.com

KEEP TABS ON YOUR POWER CORDS

Cord Identifiers help you keep the power cords to all of your family’s gadgets organized while traveling. These simple, plastic pieces, made by Dotz, can be personalized with little tags, like “mom’s camera” or “Toshiba tablet,” and then attached to a device’s power cord. The company also makes reusable Velcro cord straps, and several types of cord wraps that keep earphone and other cords coiled up and organized. These help prevent a tangled nest of cords in the bottom of your travel bag. Find Cord Identifiers ($7.45 for a five pack), Cord Wrap ($8.10), Mini Cord Wrap ($5.99), Earbud Wrap ($4.99), and the Hook and Loop Reusable Cord Straps ($4.99) at Amazon.com. 609-265-9200, www.cordotz.com 

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