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Here, There, and Everywhere

From Curious George to a camera clip

Peak Design’s Capture Camera Clip System attaches to any strap that is up to 3 inches wide and .5 inches thick.

Peak Design’s Capture Camera Clip System attaches to any strap that is up to 3 inches wide and .5 inches thick.

JOIN CURIOUS GEORGE AT A PJ PARTY

Throw on your jammies and tuck into a good tale during the Hotel Commonwealth’s pajama party and storytelling event Feb. 22-23. The Bedtime Stories package features professional storytellers and performers from ReadBoston, which promotes children’s literacy. Meet and get your photo taken with George, and make your own hot chocolate. Pay $20 to attend the event each night, 7-8:30 p.m. Or book the Hotel for Kids package for Feb. 22 or 23 at a starting rate of $229, based on availability, which includes a four-person suite, a kids’ backpack with L.L. Bean slippers, free valet parking, and a morning pancake-making class for kids. Stay the second night for $169.  866-784-4000, www.hotelcommonwealth.com  

BED DOWN IN A COZY SKI HOUSE

Gather a group of friends and pitch in for a ski house on your next Vermont adventure. Otalo.com has just launched a new search engine that sifts through 2,501 listings to find the right ski house or condo in the Green Mountain State that fits your needs. Look for a property close to the state’s 15 ski resorts, from Jay Peak to Okemo, or near a particular town. Then refine your search by indicating the desired number of bedrooms, price, and dates, and selecting other important features: pet-friendly or pet-free, smoking or smoke-free, pool, or waterfront. Otalo.com searches more than 40 Internet rental sites, including HomeAway, airbnb, TripAdvisor, and Room-orama.  www.otalo.com/vermont-ski-house-rentals  

NYC HOTEL’S E-LIBRARY PROGRAM

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Stay at the Trump SoHo New York and you can relax in your room or lounge by the fire in the hotel’s cozy lobby and read books on a Kindle e-reader. The hotel and Random House have partnered to create Digital Downtime, a new complimentary Kindle reading program for hotel guests. Borrow a Kindle and then access a digital library with 10 book excerpts from mainstream mysteries, screenplays, business tomes, and pop culture titles. All Kindles also come preloaded with five full books, all fiction, including New York Times bestsellers “11th Hour” and “The Lucky One.” All guests also have unlimited access to the Wall Street Journal and New York Times from their digital devices, whether or not they take part in the Digital Downtime program. 212-842-5500, www.trumphotelcollection.com/soho  

BAY AREA SPRUCES UP VISITORS CENTER

Book a culinary tour through Chinatown, get tickets to see the San Francisco Ballet, or shop for clothes and quality souvenirs made entirely from recycled plastic bottles in a three-story building that once served as the San Francisco Press Club. The century-old building at 449 Powell St. houses the newly renovated San Francisco Visitor Information Center, a wonderful resource that offers free concierge services and a multilingual staff. Grab a bite to eat at the onsite Golden Gate Grill, buy passes for local attractions and the city’s subway and cable cars, and visit a small museum that shares tales and treasures from San Francisco’s colorful historic past, from a re-created Alcatraz jail cell to an exhibit on the 1906 earthquake and fire. 415-986-8474, www.sfvic.com 

SEARCH FEATURE TRACKS TOP ALAMO DEALS

You can surf a dozen websites looking for Alamo’s top car-rental rates, or you can use the company’s new Alamo Deal Retriever feature, which finds current online deals and coupons that best suit your needs. If you want a weeklong rental in Washington, D.C., for instance, select the rental location and dates and then Deal Retriever will sift through its coupons and discounts to find the best deal. Alamo’s redesigned website also makes it easier for travelers to enroll in the company’s free loyalty club, which offers members at least a 10 percent discount on each rental.  877-222-9075, www.alamo.com  

KEEPING DRINKS
HOT OR COLD

Hydro Flask can keep your coffee or other steamy drink piping hot and your cold drinks refreshingly chilly for up to 24 hours. With its variety

of tight-fitting lids, it also makes it easier to transport your drink onto a plane while juggling carry-on bags. The double-walled, vacuum-

insulated bottles come in 12 to 64 ounces and are available

with a narrow, standard, or wide mouth. Choose an insulated cap or a drink-friendly flip cap for your wide-mouth bottle, and a loop cap or a pop-top sports cap for your standard- or narrow-mouth flask. 888-584-9376, www.hydroflask.com

 

CARRY YOUR CAMERA, HANDS-FREE

With Peak Design’s Capture Camera Clip System, you can keep your hands free but your camera handy while you walk, bike, or climb. This clever, lightweight system comes with a quick-release plate that attaches to the tripod mount on your camera and then slides securely into place on the small aluminum device. Then attach the waterproof aluminum clip to any strap that is up to 3 inches wide and half an inch thick, such as a backpack shoulder strap, a waist belt, a climbing harness, or a baby carrier. Your camera rides security on the clip, without bouncing, until you are ready to remove it by pushing a quick-release button. Choose from quick-release plates that are compatible with Manfrotto and ARCA-style tripod heads, or work best with mini DSLR and point-and-shoot cameras. $79.99. 415-553-4199, www.peakdesignltd.com

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