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Wentworth by the Sea its debuts new restaurant, SALT.

Wentworth by the Sea its debuts new restaurant, SALT.

Greg Premru

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SALT BY THE SEA IN NEW HAMPSHIRE

You might do a double take entering the historic Wentworth by the Sea Hotel & Spa in Portsmouth. After extensive renovations, the dining room has ditched its stodgy duds and created a stylish new restaurant, SALT Kitchen & Bar, featuring an open kitchen with wood-burning stove, chef’s bar, and contemporary furnishings. The seasonally changing menu, designed by executive chef Kenneth Lingle, focuses on locally-sourced ingredients and small plates with bright flavors, including wood-fired flatbreads, handmade pasta, artisan cheese and handcrafted charcuterie boards, farm-to-
table salads, and more. Historic preservation fans shouldn’t fret: The original Grand Ballroom remains intact, retaining its 19th-century chandeliers and charm.  603-422-7322, www.wentworth.com

BERKSHIRES BREW PACKAGE

Craft beer aficionados will enjoy “The Berkshire Brew,” a new accommodations package at the Red Lion Inn in Stockbridge. Offered in partnership with two nearby breweries, the deal includes a local beer flight in the Lion’s Den Pub, a tour and tasting of seasonal brews at Barrington Brewery, and a gift pack with 22-ounce bottle of the hotel’s signature Lion’s Ale by Big Elm Brewing, 22-ounce bottle of Barrington Brewery’s Berkshire Blond Ale, and two 16-ounce souvenir pint glasses. Mon-Thu through Oct. 31. Doubles from $275.  413-298-5545, www.redlioninn.com

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CLOWNS, CARNATIONS IN COLORADO

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Find old-fashioned fun at the 44th-annual Wheat Ridge Carnation Festival (Aug. 16-17) in Wheat Ridge, Colo., just west of Denver, featuring the antics of the Zoppé Italian Family Circus, a 500-seat, one-ring show operating since1842. Giovanni Zoppé, a sixth-generation performer, plays Nino, a clown presiding over acrobats, high-wire aerialists, canine capers, jugglers, and audience participation. In addition, festival highlights include a carnation parade, spaghetti dinner, chili cook-off, food vendors, beer garden, fireworks, live entertainment, arts and crafts, classic car show, and a large midway carnival with rides for all ages. Festival: free. Circus: $15-$20, children under age 2 free. Seven performances, Aug. 16-24.  www.thecarnationfestival.com/about-the-wheat-ridge-carnation-festival

ADIRONDACKS THEATER WEEKEND

Love an evening of theater as well as adventures in the great outdoors? Experience both in one getaway when the Adirondack Summer Playhouse wraps its season with a Grand Finale Weekend (Aug. 23-24) featuring four theatrical performances in conjunction with a two-night stay at Great Camp Sagamore in Raquette Lake, N.Y. Enjoy productions of “Cabaret,” “Macbeth,” “Songs for a New World,” and “Shrek,” along with hiking, swimming, and canoeing — all at the former wilderness estate of the Vanderbilt family. Package includes lodging, all meals, and performances. Adults $339; under 18 $175.  315-354-5311, www.greatcampsagamore.org, www.adirondackarts.org

IRISH IN AMERICA EXHIBIT IN DUBLIN

Fifty years after President Kennedy’s visit to Ireland, The Little Museum of Dublin has launched a new exhibition, “Your Huddled Masses: The Irish in America.” Using sound, photography, film, and illustrations, the show chronicles what emigrants left behind, how they traveled, and the life they faced upon arrival. Artifacts on display include the lectern Kennedy used to address the Irish Parliament in 1963, a gold trading card featuring Tom Brady of the New England Patriots, and a dress worn by actress Maureen O’Hara. Daily through Sept. 27. Adults $8, under 18 $5.  011-353-1661-1000, www.littlemuseum.ie

Everywhere

LEARN LANGUAGES ONLINE

Lonely Planet has launched its first online language learning course: Fluent Road. Powered by Fluenz, the new language platform was developed specifically for travelers who want to learn a language before a trip. The site offers courses in Spanish, with plans to extend to Italian, French, Portuguese, and Mandarin. Take advantage of a free trial lesson before joining via subscription-based pricing: $9 per month for one month; $21 for three months; $30 for six months for new users.  www.fluentroad.com

RELAIS & CHÂTEAUX COOKBOOK

Cook your way around the globe with “99 Inspirational Chefs,” a new cookbook from Relais & Châteaux, an association of fine hoteliers, chefs, and restaurateurs (www.relaischateaux.com/en). Split into sections by regions and locations, this compilation of 210 recipes gives readers an armchair tour of dining destinations in North America, Mexico, and the Caribbean. Traditional recipes are given a modern twist by renowned chefs including Barbara Lynch of Menton, Boston; Thomas Keller of The French Laundry, California; and Mark Ladner of Del Posto, New York. $99. Not available online.  877-334-6464

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