LUXE CAPE COD PACKAGE FOR THANKSGIVING
Nestled on the elbow of Cape Cod, not far from where the Pilgrims shared their historic meal, travelers can spend Thanksgiving in style at the Wequassett Resort and Golf Club. The Harwich resort’s newest package, A New England Thanksgiving, includes waterfront accommodations in one of its 120 guest rooms and suites; a Thanksgiving buffet celebrating native and seasonal ingredients (crafted by award-winning chef James Hackney) at Twenty-eight Atlantic, the signature restaurant with panoramic views of Pleasant Bay; caramel apple-making and hot cider around the fire pit; and all-access football in Thoreau’s, a bar and lounge with overstuffed chairs, granite fireplace, and water views. The Pilgrims would be jealous. Rates from $375 per night, double occupancy; children’s meals additional. Valid Nov. 26-29. 800-225-7125, www.wequassett.com
NEW MAINE BACKCOUNTRY TRAIL FOR MOUNTAIN BIKERS
Attention mountain biking fans: A new backcountry singletrack trail has just opened in western Maine. Built specifically for mountain bikes by Maine Huts & Trails, the 2.8-mile, intermediate level Oak Knoll Trail (pictured at right) provides quality riding both to and from Stratton Brook Hut. The trail covers extremely technical terrain, and is designed to give a sense of back and forth flow and minimize uphill climbing grades, and has reverse grades for additional fun. Heading west from Stratton Brook Hut, riders can access more than eight miles of remote backcountry. Maine Huts & Trails is a nonprofit organization that manages four backcountry eco-lodges and more than 80 miles of trails in western Maine, offering “off the grid,” hut-to-hut adventures coupled with comfortable accommodations. Bunk-shared huts are $35 in fall, $90-$120 winter. 207-265-2400, www.mainehuts.org
TRAVEL WITH FRIENDS AND SAVEIN KEY WEST, FLA.
Traveling with friends is fun, but booking multiple hotel rooms can be expensive. Enter NYAH, or “Not Your Average Hotel,” a new-concept Key West property offering customizable guest rooms that accommodate up to six people. NYAH’s flexible modern room design and furniture setup features individual beds, two USB charging stations with LED reading lights for each guest, oversize flat-panel televisions, and a bathroom. Perfect for bachelorette parties, guys’ weekends, or any group getaway. Amenities include complimentary Wi-Fi, continental breakfast, and daily happy hours; plus shared spaces, including three pools, two Jacuzzis, lounge areas, and terraces. Located in Old Town, just steps from Duval Street, NYAH offers an affordable way to experience Key West. Seasonal rates $35-$80 per person, per night. 305-296-9259, www.nyahotels.com
FOR MAKING YOUR CHILEAN VISIT A SINGULAR EXPERIENCE
Singular Hotels has launched its second project in Chile, the Singular Santiago. Located in the city’s cultural district of Lastarria, the 62-room hotel is steps away from art museums, bookshops, restaurants, bars, and nightclubs. The family-owned, full-service hotel features a 3,000-square-foot spa and fitness facility; a fine dining restaurant that combines classic French techniques with Chilean dishes using locally grown products; 24-hour room service; casual bar; rooftop outdoor pool and lounge; and four meeting rooms outfitted with the latest audio-visual technology. An oasis of tranquillity in the bustling city, each accommodation includes fine bedding, marble bathroom, executive work desk, in-room safe and refrigerator, TV, high-speed wireless access, twice-daily housekeeping, and more. Opening rates from $310 per night include breakfast. 011-56-2-2306-8820, www.thesingular.com
DIY AUTO DIAGNOSTICS TOOL
Wonder what that “check engine light” icon on your dashboard means? Before hitting the road, turn your smart device into an auto diagnostics tool with Lemur Monitor’s BlueDriver. By means of Bluetooth, the pocket-size tool pairs with Apple devices (running iOS 7.0+) and Android devices (running Android 4.0+). Simply download the free app, then plug BlueDriver into any make and model vehicle — 1996 and newer — sold in the United States and Canada. Allows users to wirelessly read and clear diagnostic trouble codes; generates vehicle specific information such as code definition, possible causes, and repair recommendations; checks whether your vehicle is ready for local emissions test; and more. $99.95. 866-302-0054, www.lemurmonitors.com
BOOKS FOR YOUNG TRAVELERS
After running out of fresh ideas for bedtime stories, author (and dad) Edward Moldenhauer asked his children to spin a globe and stop it with their fingers. Wherever they landed, he told them a story about that place. His new series of books, “Spin the Globe: The Incredible Adventures of Frederick von Wigglebottom,” is the result of these nighttime tales. An entertaining opportunity to broaden children’s horizons, the books feature Frederick, a character who explores a new country in each edition. The first story is set in Australia; the second takes readers to Norway. Spin the Globe is a Trafford “Gold” book and received a “Recommended” certification by the US Review of Books. Paperback $16.46;
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