CYCLE, SKYDIVE, AND ENJOY THE SCENERY
Not many bicycle tours give you a chance to fling yourself out of an airplane. Cycle Massachusetts, a bike tour that takes riders through Pioneer Valley and southern New Hampshire and Vermont, includes the option to go skydiving in Orange one day, and then pedal to a local brewery for a celebratory ale. The otherwise laid-back tour, which runs Aug. 5 to 11, welcomes riders of all levels and offers 2- to 7-day options. Pedal 30-70 miles a day, or cut off the first 20 miles with the free Head Start Drop-Off service. The trip begins and ends in Greenfield, and welcomes up to 150 riders. Kids 11 and under join for free the first weekend, which includes short guided rides to kid-friendly destinations and a not-to-be-missed Popsicle party. Enjoy the daily social hour, nightly entertainment, and campfire s’mores. $175-$795, including most breakfasts and dinners, camping with hot showers, gear transportation, and more. Proceeds benefit MassBike. 617-710-1832, wwwcyclema.com.
EVENT SUPPORTS FEMALE CHEFS
Head to Boston Public Market April 3 at 6:30 p.m. for Farm to Fork to Film, a screening event to preview the upcoming documentary, “A Fine Line,” about female chefs. The event, taking place in the central HUB space, will include signature dishes from some of Boston’s top female chefs, including Barbara Lynch (No. 9 Park, Menton), Tiffani Faison (Sweet Cheeks, Tiger Mama), and Jody Adams (Porto, Saloniki), plus complimentary drinks and jazz entertainment. Don’t miss the question-and-answer session with the filmmakers and chefs. $110 per ticket, a portion of which goes to campaigning for equal pay for women and paid parental leave. 617-973-4909, bostonpublicmarket.org/happenings.
APP KEEPS AN EYE ON
Turn your old phone and an app into a security system on the road. Business traveler Scott Davignon used the Manything app on his old iPhone to catch hotel workers rummaging through his belongings, proving to him that it sometimes helps to keep an extra eye on your hotel room. The free app, which works on Apple and Android devices, sets up quickly and easily though your hotel’s WiFi connection. The app can livestream footage to your smartphone, record videos to a cloud service (for an extra fee), and register motion alerts (you determine how sensitive it is). Organize cloud recordings for up to five cameras. Prices range from $5.99 per month for one camera to $19.95 per month for five cameras. www.many
JERUSALEM’S NEW BOUTIQUE HOTEL
A 24-room boutique hotel opens in the heart of Jerusalem this week [writer’s note: April 6], just a 5-minute walk from the Old City. The Villa Brown Jerusalem, located in a 19th century private villa, merges neoclassical, Ottoman, and eclectic yet contemporary design styles. It has garden bistro café, subterranean “cave bar,” and a rooftop terrace and lounge. Enjoy tea in the garden at 5 p.m. each night, visit the rooftop spa and open-air Jacuzzi, and browse through the lobby library, which has a curated collection of design and lifestyle publications in multiple languages. Rates start at $275/$295 for single/double occupancy. 011-972-2-501-1555, www.brownhotels.com.
TRAVEL BAGS FOR
Whether you’re going on a bike tour, doing a Grand Fondo, or competing in a triathlon, it’s great to have your own bike with you. It’s even better when you don’t have to take it apart to transport it. Scicon’s new line of Aerocomfort 3.0 bike bags let you keep on your saddle, handlebars, and aerobars, so you don’t have to fuss with reassembling the bike at your destination. Just take off your pedals and wheels, and secure the bike to the bag’s metal frame using an internal strap system. The new 3.0 bags accommodate bikes with quick-release or thru-axle setups, and offer more padded protection and a dual-wheel system that makes wheeling through airports easier. A padded tube slips over your aerobars to protect the bars and shifters, and padded internal sleeves hold your wheels in place. The bags also come with gear pouches, a saddle cover, and cushioned tubes for your frame. Added bonus: It collapses down for easy storage or packing into a rental car. The Aerocomfort Road (and Triathlon) 3.0 bags cost $899 each, but come with a global limited lifetime warranty. 805-385-3179, us.scicon
A QUICK-DRAW CAMERA HOLDER
The Spider Camera Holster lets you carry your camera securely on your hip so it’s within easy reach while you’re on the go. The ergonomic and comfortable belt fits waists up to 50 inches — simply adjust the heavy-duty Velcro strap. The belt buckle also has an extra release tab that prevents the buckle from accidentally coming undone. To attach your DSLR or mirrorless camera, secure the metal Spider Plate — with the attached durable pin — to your camera’s threaded tripod mount, and then slip the pin into the belt’s metal holster. The camera remains secure, but easy to grab and shoot. A lock on the side of the holster lets you secure your camera in place. Accessorize your hip belt with Spider’s lens pouches. $125-$220. www.spiderholster