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From AMC’s gear demo center to a new fitness gadget

AMC’S GEAR DEMO CENTER

Check out the latest outdoor gear and put it to the test for free at the Joe Dodge Lodge in Pinkham Notch, at the base of New Hampshire’s Mount Washington. The lodge, run by the Appalachian Mountain Club, just opened an outdoor gear demo center for lodge guests, enabling them to try out Lowa boots, Leki hiking poles, Osprey backpacks, and Hillsound traction devices, which fit over boots and help keep you upright on slick trails. Equipment is available in all adult sizes, and in children’s sizes for boots and poles. Find something you like and you can get a discount to purchase the same or similar items at the AMC’s Pinkham Notch visitors center. Demo gear is available on a first-come, first-served basis. 603-466-2727, www.outdoors.org/pinkham 

The Colonnade Hotel

HOT HOTEL DEALS

Book a room at The Colonnade Hotel in Boston and you will pay a first-night rate that is equivalent to the temperature at 5 p.m. on check-in day, as part of the hotel’s Frosty Fridays deal. That means, if the temperature, as measured by the National Weather Service, registers 20 degrees Fahrenheit, you only pay $20 for your Friday night stay. If it dips below zero, you get a free night. You then pay a special rate of $309 for your Saturday night stay. The two-night package, good through March 30, includes a deluxe room, a choice of two tickets to the Old Town Trolley Tour or admission and rentals at the Boston Common Frog Pond Skating Rink, hot chocolate for two at the hotel’s Brasserie Jo, and overnight parking; based on double occupancy. 800-962-3030, www.colonnadehotel.com  

CRUISE VIDEOS HELP YOU CHOOSE

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Whether you want to fantasize about a future cruise or get a sneak peek at your next trip, check out MyCruiseVideos.com, a new site that features more than 2,700 videos of cruises worldwide that you can view for free. Learn about the destination, the cruise line, and the ship and its amenities before you go. Look up your cabin, for instance, or find out about onboard spas, entertainment, and kids’ activities. MyCruiseVideos.com works with Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest, allowing you to post your favorite videos and get feedback from friends and family. 312-344-3280, www.mycruisevideos.com  

Rezidor Hotel Group

SLEEP IN AN OLD FRENCH COURTHOUSE

Stay at the new Radisson Blu Nantes, a boutique hotel in western France, and you can dine in a room that once served as a grand courtroom and see a wine cellar that used to be the trial judge’s chambers. The 1851 building functioned as the Nantes Court of Law until 2000. Now, the former Palais de Justice has 142 guest rooms, a restaurant, and a spa and Turkish bath. Other amenities include Le Préambule bar, which serves wine and cocktails, and complimentary high-speed Internet. Travel less than a mile to reach the train station and about 6 miles to access the airport. Rates from $190 per room per night. 800-333-3333, www.radissonblu.com/hotel-nantes  

THIS APP CAN GUIDE YOU IN THE BIG APPLE

Download Smartsave’s New York for Less app on your iPhone, iPod, or iPad, and you will get a comprehensive guide to the Big Apple that features more than 10,000 points of interest. It also offers discounts at many New York restaurants and attractions, an ad-free experience, a fully searchable street map, and an interactive subway map. Best of all, the app works when you are offline, so you don’t need to track down a hot spot to access all the information. Download it from iTunes. www.for
lessguides.com
 

Fitbit

NEW FITNESS GADGET

Keep tabs on your fitness stats and the quality of sleep you get while on the road with the new Fitbit One. This tiny device tracks miles walked, calories burned, steps taken, and number of floors climbed, and it records the amount of deep versus restless sleep you get at night. You can also record the food you eat each day, and set health and fitness goals. Clip the device onto a shirt or slip it into a pocket during the day, and then wear it in a thin wrist band at night. Plug a tiny dongle into your computer’s USB port and upload data wirelessly. Then consult the Dashboard on the Fitbit website to see your results. $99.95. 877-623-4997, www.fitbit.com  

Olympus

A FULL-FEATURED MINI DSLR CAMERA

Save space without sacrificing quality when you take Olympus’s OM-D E-M5 on the road. This weatherproof camera takes 16.1 megapixel images, shoots 1080 HD video, and weighs less than half a pound thanks to its mirrorless technology. What sets it apart: It has a comfortable ergonomic grip (no boxy feel), an option to use manual or electronic zoom, and easy access to many shooting modes without having to drill down through umpteen menus. Compose shots while looking through the viewfinder or the tilting 3-inch touch-screen monitor, and shoot up to 9 frames per second. The 12-50mm kit lens, equivalent to a 24-100mm lens in 35mm-speak, serves as the perfect travel lens, or bring along a selection of interchangeable lenses. The E-M5 comes with a small detachable flash, but it’s worth investing in the FL-600R flash ($299). $1,299, includes 12-50mm lens. 800-622-6372, www.getolympus.com  

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