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CONCERT SERIES CELEBRATES AMERICAN LANDSCAPES

Visit Plymouth State University this summer and enjoy full orchestra performances and chamber music concerts during a monthlong festival that celebrates American music and the great outdoors. The 63d annual New Hampshire Music Festival runs July 7-Aug. 6, showcasing classical music and contemporary works from Dvorak’s New World Symphony to Pleasure Ground by New England-native Nico Muhly. Performances will be led by maestro Donato Cabrera, music director of the Las Vegas Philharmonic and California Symphony, and resident conductor of the San Francisco Symphony. This year’s festival offers all-new collaborative events, including Families Making Music programs, and Music in the Mountains with sunrise, sunset, and campground concerts. Orchestra performances start at $22; chamber concerts run $10/$25 (youth/adult). 800-779-3869, www.nhmf.org

KENNEBUNKPORT CORRALS NEW CLASSIC STEAKHOUSE

Step into the Kennebunkport Inn’s new restaurant, One Dock Prime, and enjoy traditional steakhouse fare in a nautical-themed setting. Sip a cocktail on the inn’s sundeck, dine on a patio overlooking downtown Dock Square, and enjoy the outdoor fireplace from your cozy chaise while overlooking the Kennebunk River. The restaurant serves everything from 30-day aged Black Angus steaks to 20-ounce porterhouse steaks. Executive chef Nicholas Gratton, who is originally from Maine but comes to One Dock Prime from the Mount Nevis Hotel in the West Indies, also serves creative seafood dishes, including blue fin tuna, lazy lobster, and oven-baked mussels. Stop in for happy hour, 4-5 p.m. Monday to Saturday, and for live music on the weekends. The restaurant serves dinner only, and closes at 9 p.m. daily except Sundays at 8. Entrees start at $16. 800-248-2621, www.kennebunkportinn.com

One Dock Prime serves everything from 30-day aged Black Angus steaks to 20-ounce porterhouse steaks.

One Dock Prime serves everything from 30-day aged Black Angus steaks to 20-ounce porterhouse steaks.

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BERLIN HOTEL OFFERS A TOUR ON THE WILD SIDE

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Get a behind-the-scenes tour of Zoo Berlin with the zoo’s director and CEO when you stay at the InterContinental Berlin hotel. Get an exclusive, personalized tour that’s based on your animal interests: See giraffes, lions, hippos, polar bears, orangutans, and many other species on the 2-hour tour. Afterward, you’ll have an opportunity to become a certified animal godparent to the animal of your choice, and then enjoy dinner in the Hippopotamus House or the aquarium. Your room at the InterContinental Berlin, a chic and modern hotel in the heart of the city, will be in a royal suite, based on availability. Rates start at $5,000, including room, dinner, and tour; proceeds will help the zoo’s conservation work. 888-424-6835, www.intercontinental.com/berlin

CHALLENGE YOURSELF ON WHISTLER’S TIMED TRAILS

Explore several of Whistler Blackcomb’s alpine trails and you can track your personal best times and compete with others for speediest hike. The resort has installed new timing stations that resemble lift access gates on Whistler Peak, at the top of the Emerald Chair, and near the PEAK 2 PEAK terminal on Blackcomb Mountain. Create an online profile using your RFID card, choose an alpine route and level of difficulty, check in at one of the three stations, and then track your start and finish times as you race from point to point. The resort has set elite running and walking times on the timed routes, so you challenge yourself and try to boost your fitness en route. Lift passes to access the trails start at $49.95. 800-766-0449, www.whistlerblackcomb.com

Track your personal best times and compete with others on several of Whistler Blackcomb’s alpine trails.

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Track your personal best times and compete with others on several of Whistler Blackcomb’s alpine trails.

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PillowFix can turn a hotel pillow into a luxurious resting spot for your head, meaning no more flat, lumpy, or otherwise uncomfortable pillows. This clever and compact travel item weighs less than 6 ounces and folds flat or rolls up for easy transporting. It unfolds to about 22-by-14 inches and then inflates to achieve your desired level of support. Slip it into the back of the pillowcase and enjoy a good night’s sleep or a rejuvenating cat nap. PillowFix is made of hypoallergenic material, and has internal gussets that keep the air well distributed throughout the pillow so it doesn’t balloon on one side or the other. $19.99 at Amazon.com. www.pillowfix.com

DEVICE HELPS PROTECT LITTLE SWIMMERS

Take your budding swimmers to the pool, water park, or beach this summer, but bring the iSwimband to help prevent accidents. This easy-to-use, waterproof device can be worn as a headband for swimmers or a wristband for non-swimmers. It synchs with a compatible Bluetooth device, such as your smartphone or tablet that’s running the free iSwimband app. Activate the iSwimband sensor, slip it into the comfortable rubber head- or wristband, then set it to trigger a loud audiovisual alert on your mobile device if the swimmer has been submerged (you determine the length of time, but typically 20 or 30 seconds for swimmers; instantly for non-swimmers). The sensor synchs with your device up to about 100 feet away. The iSwimband doesn’t replace supervision, but may help prevent tragedy around water, since drowning can happen quickly and silently. Works with Android and Apple devices. 888-439-9246, www.iswimband.com

The iSwimband doesn’t replace supervision, but may help prevent tragedy around water.

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The iSwimband doesn’t replace supervision, but may help prevent tragedy around water.

KARI BODNARCHUK

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