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Boston pass to a check-in app

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Save a bundle when you visit Boston’s top attractions using Smart Destinations’ Go Boston Card. The pass gives you up to 55 percent off admission at 53 attractions in Boston and beyond, including the New England Aquarium, Fenway Park Tour, and Cape Cod Maritime Museum. It also covers the ferries to Provincetown, Nantucket, and Martha’s Vineyard. The pass, available for one, two, three, five, or seven days, lets you skip wait lines at most attractions. The three- to seven-day cards get you free admission for a Boston Duck Tour, Boston Harbor Segway Tour, or New England Aquarium Whale Watch. Rates from $36.99 (child, single day) to $194.99 (adult, seven-day pass). 866-628-9027,


Enjoy New England cuisine and wines from around the world at the 2013 Martha’s Vineyard Food and Wine Festival in Edgartown, Oct. 17-20. The event features tastings, a sommelier throw-down, tips on pairings, an opera dinner, and talks about Martha’s Vineyard architecture and a Somerville-based bean-to-bar chocolate factory. The historic Harbor View Hotel hosts the opening reception Oct. 18 and the Grand Sunday Brunch Oct. 20, and offers a special package that includes Saturday night stay and two tickets to the Grand Tasting for $399, double occupancy; add Friday night for $169. 800-225-6005,; festival tickets $40-$185 per event, 508-280-0080,




Use your smartphone and the new Marriott Mobile App to check in at 329 Marriott properties in the United States and Canada (except the province of Quebec). This free app, available through iTunes or Google Play, lets you check in anytime after 4 p.m. the day before your stay up to two hours before you arrive. Receive an automatic notification when your room is ready, and go directly to the mobile check-In desk to pick up your key. Four Marriott properties, including Boston Marriott Copley Place, let guests use the app to request additional towels, wake-up calls, and housekeeping, as part of a test program. 888-236-2427,


Explore a new walking trail along the southwestern tip of Portugal during your stay at the Martinhal Beach Resort and Hotel, a family resort near Sagres. The hotel has launched a walking package, starting Nov. 16-23, that includes guided hikes along the newly opened Rota Vicentina, which wanders through Costa Vicentina National Park, past sea cliffs, historic forts, and postcard beaches in Sagres, Europe’s southwestern-most point. Hike four sections of the trail and spend a day biking on paved and dirt paths. Then enjoy massages and other treatments at the hotel’s Finisterra Spa. Seven-night packages start at $117 per adult per night. 011-351-282-240-200,


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Make reservations now to stay in the new Thompson Chicago, scheduled to open Oct. 1 in the heart of Chicago’s Gold Coast. The 247-room hotel overlooks Lake Michigan and offers easy access to downtown restaurants and clubs and shops on Michigan Avenue and Oak Street. Award-winning British designer Tara Bernerd created warm, contemporary spaces with a strong emphasis on texture and bold colors. The hotel’s restaurant, Nico, will serve Italian cuisine in a rustic setting, with a focus on fresh pasta. Rates from $289, double occupancy. A special pet package, good through Feb. 2, 2014, includes a pet toy and dish, and local pet information. 312-266-2100,



Take some of the stress out of air travel by wearing shoes that easily slip on and off at the security gate and make a fun statement along the way. The Swanx, a Washington state-based company, sells Sanita clogs (at left) that are super supportive , comfy for travel, and come with fun designs hand-painted by a dozen local artists. Choose from more than 150 designs depicting beach scenes, holiday themes, floral prints, geometric shapes, animals, astronomy-related images, and other fun visuals. The Swanx also produces hand-painted Converse shoes, if that’s more your style. Clogs run $99.95 (on sale) to $139.95. 800-203-2513,


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