Here, There, and Everywhere

From AMC huts to a mobile desk

Strotter’s new Platforma messenger bag turns into a table-like platform for an iPad in a flip, twist, and a snap.

Strotter’s new Platforma messenger bag turns into a table-like platform for an iPad in a flip, twist, and a snap.


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at AMC huts

Stay at any Appalachian Mountain Club lodge in Maine and New Hampshire this fall and save 30 percent. All lodges offer doorstep access to miles of easy to challenging hiking trails. In Maine, fly fish for wild brook trout, visit waterfalls, and paddle local lakes near your private cabin. New Hampshire’s Highland Center Lodge offers free map and compass clinics, and nature walks to look for animal tracks. Rates start at $58 per person per night for nonmembers; minimum three-night stay. All lodges include breakfast and dinner; the Maine lodges also provide a trail lunch and free use of canoes and kayaks. Offer good Sunday through Thursday, Sept. 3-19 and
Oct. 13-31; book by Aug. 30 using FOLIAGE1 code.  603-466-2727,


Musicians, singers, storytellers, and dancers from across the Celtic world perform in western Maine during the first-ever Crossroads International Celtic Festival, Sept. 11-15. Catch performances by Irish musicians David Munnelly and Mick Conneely, New Brunswick’s indie-folk trio Les Hay Babies (below left), and Boston-based folk singer Liz Simmons. The festival features 18 performances in the scenic towns and villages of Rangeley, Stratton, Carrabassett Valley, Farmington, Fryeburg, and Bethel, among others. Tickets $15-$20 per person, per performance, except for the Gawler Family show in the Carrabassett Valley, which runs $30 (for performance) to $110 (for performance, dinner, and lodging at the Stratton Brook Hut, a three-mile hike from the trailhead).




Pay for parking in downtown Seattle using your phone. Create a PayByPhone account by downloading an app or calling a toll-free number and providing your license plate number, cellphone number, and credit card info. As soon as you find an on-street parking spot, use your phone to pay for your spot by calling the PayByPhone number or using the app and providing the spot’s unique location number. You will pay a 35-cent transaction fee, but won’t need to fuss with pay stations or displaying your receipt. The best part: Receive text message updates on parking time expiration. Also extend your parking if you haven’t reached the time limit. 888-515-7275,


Look through the wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling windows of the new Fogo Island Inn and you are likely to see icebergs floating by and whales feeding alongshore. The 29-suite inn stands on the dramatic and rocky coastline of Fogo Island off Newfoundland and Labrador’s northeast coast. The furniture, fixtures, and textiles throughout the inn were crafted by local carpenters or artisans, and most rooms and public areas have wood-burning stoves. Enjoy the fine-dining restaurant, lounge, gym, and cinema, or head for the wood-fired saunas and hot tubs on the rooftop for star-gazing. Rates start at $535, based on double occupancy, including meals, gratuities, and nonalcoholic drinks.  709-658-3444,

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Sacred Rides, a Toronto-based mountain biking adventure company, has launched 13 singletrack tours to Peru, Patagonia, Slovenia-Croatia, British Columbia, and Utah this year. The bonus: Tours are geared to beginners. A majority of the multidiscipline trips combine mountain biking with yoga or rafting, while the Mexico program caters to active families. Trips are rated 1-10 in skill level and 1-5 on a fitness scale. The 3- to 10-day tours start at $579 per person, based on double occupancy, with lodging, activities, most meals, guides, and luggage and airport transfers included.  888-423-7849,



When Harriet Lewis, co-owner of Boston-based Overseas Adventure Travel, realized that seven out of 10 of her tour company’s participants are women, and that many are solo female travelers, she pulled together 101 Tips, a free booklet geared to this market. Lewis collected ideas from her female employees, guides, and travelers, and from her own experiences, and then included her top picks in this helpful, pocket-size resource. Learn about trip preparation, packing, money, transportation, health, safety and security, and etiquette. A reference section includes time zones, a conversion chart, a foreign phrase guide, and packing essentials, among other info. Anecdotes about some of history’s most remarkable female travelers are sprinkled throughout.  800-873-5628,


Strotter’s new urban-chic Platforma messenger bag turns into a table-like platform for an iPad in a flip, twist, and a snap. Boston-based entrepreneur Serge Pylkovas created the bags after watching a man, who was standing on the T, drop his iPad when the train suddenly braked. With the leather and nylon Platforma bag converted into a mobile desk, you can type on your tablet using both hands without worrying that your iPad will tumble. Quickly reconfigure the bag by lengthening the shoulder strap and reclipping one end of it to another ring on the bag, and then placing your iPad onto the newly created shelf. Your iPad snaps into a plastic protective case that has magnets on the backside; these magnets then attach to others on the bag’s “desktop.” $170.  617-657-4509,


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