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A northeast garden tour to a pocket projector

Pawtucket-based Collette Vacations has launched a new eight-day tour called Historic Gardens of America’s Northeast.

Pawtucket-based Collette Vacations has launched a new eight-day tour called Historic Gardens of America’s Northeast.

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SPRING FOR A NORTHEAST GARDEN TOUR

Pawtucket, R.I.,-based Collette Vacations has launched an eight-day Historic Gardens of America’s Northeast tour that includes visits to horticultural hot spots in Massachusetts. Spend an afternoon exploring the courtyard garden and art collections at Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Then get special access to areas not usually open to the public: the Dana Greenhouses at ArnoldArboretum in Jamaica Plain, Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston, and Edith Wharton’s home, The Mount, in Lenox, where the master gardener will guide you around three acres of restored gardens. Trips run June through August; $2,699 per person. 888-260-8662, www.collettevacations.com  

AN IRISH PARADE ON THE SHORES OF MYSTIC

Join more than 25,000 people in Mystic, Conn., on March 24 for the 10th Annual Mystic Irish Parade, the area’s largest single-day event of the year. More than 1,500 people will participate in this free event as they dazzle viewers and vie for top awards, including best bagpipe band, best Irish theme float, best musical unit, and best antique vehicle. The parade starts at 1 p.m. and proceeds from Mystic Seaport to Water Street in the historic downtown, where Joshua Tree, a U2 cover band, will perform. Download a route map and guide online. 860-536-8822, www.mysticirishparade.org  

PEDAL TO PROMOTE TREES

Cycle from Niagara Falls through upstate New York to Toronto this summer to raise money for tree research.

Alvin Gilens

Cycle this summer to raise money for tree research.

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Cycle from Niagara Falls through upstate New York to Toronto this summer to raise money for tree research. The 2013 STIHL Tour des Trees bike ride covers more than 500 miles July 28-Aug. 3, and includes tree plantings and educational activities along the way. Cyclists will stop in Rochester, Syracuse, and Watertown, N.Y., then pedal through Ontario via scenic Prince Edward County, Trenton, and Oshawa to Toronto Island. Each rider must raise $3,500 for the Tree Research and Education Endowment Fund. Sign up now; the event sold out by April last year. $100 per person, includes lodging, meals, full support, and swag. 630-369-8300, www.stihltourdestrees.org 

TOUR BARCELONA’S CULINARY SCENE

Local chefs guide visitors on kitchen tours at Michelin-starred restaurants during Context Travel’s new Barcelona walking tour, Modernista Menu. Learn about the city’s avant-garde
culinary trends and go on a behind-the-scenes tour of Lluerna, a restaurant owned by chef Victor Quintilla. Then sit down to a meal based on the theories of molecular cuisine. Price: $283 per person, with a maximum of six people on this four-hour tour. Context Travel is a network of English-speaking scholars and professionals, including art historians, writers, architects, and gastronomes who organize and lead “walking seminars” in 21 cities worldwide, from Beijing to Boston. 800-691-6036, www.contexttravel.com 

RECHARGE IN MONTREAL IN A SIESTA STATION

Montreal has its first power nap station, which is said to help reduce stress, improve memory and concentration, and
reenergize — perfect for weary travelers. The Spa Eastman Montreal has a NeuroSpa, also called a siesta station, a partially covered, contoured bed that uses multi-frequency acoustic vibrations and music to release tension. The station also uses soothing lighting and relaxing aromatherapy oils to help alleviate the stresses of travel and daily life. Sessions run 30 or 45 minutes for $45 to $60. The spa also offers a jet lag treatment, which includes an aromatic body wrap, a NeuroSpa session, and a massage for $200. 514-845-8455, www.spamontreal.com 

CASES THAT CAN TAKE A BEATING

G-Form’s XTREME cases can supposedly protect a device that plunges to the ground from 100,000 feet above Earth, with no sustained damage (go to G-Form.com to watch the video). We

G-Form's Xtreme Impact case.

G-Form

G-Form's Xtreme Impact case.

know it can withstand our own clumsy drops and high-velocity throws by tired toddlers. These cases are a bit thicker than other indestructible ones, but they combine rigid plastic and spongy padding to be comfortable in your hands. The XTREME cases fit iPhone 4, 4s, and 5, iPad, iPad Mini, iPod Touch 5, and Samsung Galaxy SIII. Priced $39.99-$79.99. 401-250-5555, www.g-form.com

A PALM-SIZE DEVICE WITH A BIG DISPLAY

Plug the Pico Pocket Projector PK201 into your laptop or smartphone and you can watch movies, video clips, photo slideshows, or PowerPoint presentations on any flat surface without fussing with cords or Internet connections. The palm-size device, made by Optoma, projects up to a 70-inch widescreen image, and has mini SD, HDMI, and VGA ports, giving you several options for transferring your data. It weighs just 5.6 ounces and works with laptops, Apple and Android devices, digital cameras, and mobile gaming devices. We’ve attached external speakers for added sound and watched a movie on our hotel room’s ceiling or walls. It sells for $242 at Best Buy. 510-897-8600, www.optomausa.com 

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