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Here,There, and Everywhere

A celebration in R.I. to a GPS tour guide

A GPS for hikers and bikers.

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A GPS for hikers and bikers.

HERE

A TOAST TO A HIGH-END, SEASIDE NEWPORT PROPERTY

Celebrate the 10th anniversary of Rhode Island’s boutique Newport property The Chanler at Cliff Walk with an upcoming wine-tasting event and cooking class. Thomas Duffy, executive chef of the property’s Spiced Pear restaurant, holds a Dinner with Duffy Cooking Class Nov. 18 that focuses on holiday entertaining. Or attend a champagne and sparkling wine tasting Dec. 8, when you will sample bubbly favorites produced by Moët and Chandon. $75 (class), $95 (tasting).  401-847-1300, www.thechanler
.com

NEW PROGRAM AT ONE OF THE COUNTRY’S OLDEST FARMS

Put on your apron and create a meal using ingredients from the fields, gardens, and dairy at Appleton Farms in Ipswich, which is considered the oldest continuously working US farm. The farm launched AppletonCooks!, a year-round series of classes, workshops, and farm-to-table dinners that feature seasonal items from the 1,000-acre property. Work with chef-teachers in the state-of-the-art farmhouse kitchen and then dine on your creations. Upcoming events: From the Farm Kitchen: Holiday Hors d’oeuvres, Nov. 7; Thanksgiving on the Farm, Nov. 13; Holiday Harvest Dinner, Nov. 16; and Celebrating the Season with Local Foods, Dec. 4. $75/$85 per class for Trustees of Reservations members/nonmembers.  978-356-5728, ext. 12; www.thetrustees.org/
appletoncooks

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NANNY MCSKI PROGRAM FOR SMALL FRY

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Take a day off from shuttling your kids and their ski gear around by signing up for the Nanny McSki program at Michigan’s Crystal Mountain. The program started last year with 15 families and had 40 families and a wait list by last spring, for good reason: A PSIA-certified instructor scoops up your ski bunnies in the morning, organizes their rental gear, feeds them breakfast and lunch, offers them a full-day lesson, and then drops them back off at your lodging at day’s end. Rate: $389 for up to three children, not including lift tickets.  800-968-4676, www.crystalmountain.com

NORWAY’S NEW SCULPTURE PARK CELEBRATES HERITAGE

Next time you visit Oslo, Norway’s capital city, head southeast of downtown to a new sculpture and national heritage park that pays homage to women and celebrates the area’s cultural heritage and natural environment. Ekebergparken, or Ekeberg Park, has more than 30 works of art donated by local businessman Christian Ringnes. See bronze statues by Auguste Rodin, Salvador Dalí, and Auguste Renoir and sculptures by internationally renowned contemporary artists such as James Turrell, Jenny Holzer, and Tony Oursler. Edvard Munch even found inspiration for his “Scream” in this forested urban setting. The 63-acre park will eventually have 80 sculptures. 011-47-97-56-71-65, www.ekebergparken.com/en

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HOW TO AVOID A MIDDLE SEAT ON AIRPLANES

Little dampens the air travel experience more than getting stuck in a middle seat. ExpertFlyer.com now has a free app called Seat Alerts that helps travelers with a middle seat find a more desirable spot on the plane. Set up a Seat Alert by providing your airline and flight number, and then selecting a preferred seat type, such as “any aisle,” “exit row,” or “Row 12, window.” Seat Alerts, which has a 75 percent success rate, searches availability and sends you an e-mail or text as soon as it finds a match. Sign up for ExpertFlyer.com ($4.99-$9.99) and set an alert to find award tickets or seat upgrades on any flight in real time before you book.  www.expertflyer.com

RAPID-FIRE CAR CHARGER

Car chargers prove handy on the road, but seem to take forever to fully power up devices. Anker’s two-port Turbo Car Charger refuels two USB-powered devices at once at full speed. The 18-watt charger comes with a 2-amp Android USB port and a 2.1-amp Apple USB port, enabling you to charge phones, GPS units, and even your iPad or other tablet. Plug any device into either port, as long as it doesn’t exceed the 5V/3.6-amp current limitation, and it will successfully charge; charging times may vary. $9.99.  800-988-7973, www.ianker.com

GPS DEVICE PLAYS TOUR GUIDE

Attach Rand McNally’s new Foris 850 to your handlebars, tell it how far or long you want to bike, such as a two-hour loop, and let the clever device guide you on your way. The full-color, easy-to-use GPS unit is great for travelers hiking and biking in unfamiliar areas, offering turn-by-turn directions and voice guidance to help them keep on track. The waterproof device has a superb anti-glare screen for easy viewing, secures on handlebars with a quick-release attachment, and comes with 8GB of internal memory that contains US trail and road maps and offers extra space for saving your routes. It requires two AA batteries. Currently $299.99.  800-275-7263, www.randmcnally.com

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