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Mount Washington steam train to a smartphone watch

Mount Washington Cog Railway

Mount Washington Cog Railway

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SUMMIT MOUNT WASHINGTON BY STEAM TRAIN

Hop a ride on a coal-fired vintage steam train in New Hampshire’s White Mountains Sept. 13 on Railfan’s Day. The Mount Washington Cog Railway will offer an 8:15 a.m. trip to the summit of the Northeast’s tallest mountain, with a chance to get off at scenic Waumbek Switch and photograph passing trains, get a free guided tour of the Mount Washington Observatory Museum, and chat with the crew who run the steam locomotives. Or hop on a 12:15 or 2:15 p.m. train and ride half-way up the mountain to Waumbek Switch and back. Tickets free for children under 4 on an adult’s lap to $66 for ages 13-64 for summit trip, and free to $35 for half-way trip. 603-278-5404, www.thecog.com

MAKE CIDER ON YOUR VERMONT STAY

Learn how to make fresh apple cider at Lake Morey Resort in Fairlee, Vt., any Saturday from Sept. 21 to Oct. 19. Pick apples from orchards near the resort or use the ones provided, and then discover how to smash and sip at the cider press. Enjoy a cider hour social in the lake-view Steamboat Lounge on Saturday night, with hot mulled cider, Woodchuck Cider, and a variety of seasonal local brews and complimentary apple-themed hors d’oeuvres. From $398 per adult, $130 ages 13-17, and $80 ages 3-12, based on double occupancy, for two nights’ accommodations, some meals, cider pressing, and lesson. 800-423-1211, www.lakemoreyresort.com

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MEXICAN RESORT OFFERS COOL SPACES FOR KIDS AND TEENS

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Riviera Maya’s all-inclusive Grand Velas resort just opened a new high-tech teen lounge and expanded its kids club for ages 4 to 12. The teen lounge has special seats with built-in speakers to enhance Xbox and Play Station games, individual cubicles with 40-inch LED TVs, karaoke with 45,000 songs in multiple languages, and a disco dance floor with surround sound and special lighting. Add to that billiards, air hockey, foosball, arcade games, and a bar that serves kid-friendly concoctions. The kids club now has video games, movies, board games, and plenty of craft projects. From $379 per person per night, double occupancy. 888-407-4869, www.grandvelas.com

A TOUR HIGHLIGHTING JAPANESE TEA CEREMONIES

Learn the cultural significance and history of the traditional Japanese tea ceremony during a tour in Kyoto, Japan, offered by local tea scholar Randy Channell. The tour offers insight into the role the tea ceremony plays in modern-day Japanese culture. Channell takes participants from first sip to dessert, and uses interactive lessons to highlight key aspects and the differences between a formal and informal ceremony. The program, organized by Philadelphia-based Context Travel, runs 2½ hours daily. About $66.60 per person for group tour, $307.50 per party for private tour up to six people. 215-392-0303, www.contexttravel.com

A DEAL IF IT RAINS ON YOUR HOLIDAY

If the weather turns before you take off for vacation, one Puerto Rican hotel will let you cancel your stay with no penalty or fees. La Concha Resort in the heart of San Juan offers a “risk-free sun-spree guarantee” for its Weather Proof package, meaning you can either cancel without losing a penny or, if it does rain, you can go on your vacation and receive the fourth night free, 50 percent off local beer refills, a 15 percent discount on all food and drink purchases, and one in-room movie per stay. Rates from $229, double occupancy, through Oct. 31 for an oceanfront room; mention FLP when booking. 787-977-3399, www.laconcharesort.com

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A WATCH . . . THAT ACTS LIKE A SMARTPHONE

Keep tabs on your e-mails, Facebook messages, texts, and favorite sports teams, and even make phone calls using the sleek and stylish i’m Watch. This smartphone-compatible watch links to your phone via Bluetooth and tethering, letting you stay connected while keeping your phone in your bag when you travel. The watch has a 1.54-inch easy-to-read touch screen that displays the features and favorite apps on your phone. Using Bluetooth, you can also sync the device with your heart-rate monitor, pedometer, or other fitness sensor. The Italian-made watch works with iPhones and Android phones. Currently $299. www.imsmart.com/en

PACK A ONE-OUNCE LIBRARY NEXT TIME YOU TRAVEL

Bring Hammacher Schlemmer’s new audio library with you on your next trip and listen to 100 literary classics using a device that’s smaller than a pack of Trident gum. The palm-sized, one-ounce MP3 player, called The 100 Greatest Classics Audio Book, comes preloaded with audio versions of unabridged texts by Henry David Thoreau, Charles Dickens, Virginia Wolf, Mark Twain, and many others. The digital collection also includes short stories by Rudyard Kipling, plays by William Shakespeare, and philosophical treatises by Friedrich Nietzsche, for instance. Or enjoy 50 classical music favorites by Mozart, Chopin, and other composers. An included plug lets you listen through your car radio. $99.95. 800-321-1484, www.hammacher.com

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