NEW HAMPSHIRE PUMPKIN
With Halloween on the horizon, why not take the kids to North Conway, where fall also means it’s time for the Pumpkin Patch Express on Conway Scenic Railroad. (Oct. 20-22 and 27-29). Kids of all ages are encouraged to don their spookiest costumes and hop aboard vintage coaches that travel round trip from North Conway to Glen, where each child can visit the pumpkin patch and select his or her own pumpkin. Departures that travel directly to the patch depart at 1:30 p.m. Friday-Sunday, with an extra 3 p.m. departure on Saturday only. The 11:30 Bartlett Valley Train also stops at the pumpkin patch on its return to North Conway.
Adults from $17.50; ages 4-12 from $12.50. 800-232-5251, conway
PORTLAND HOTEL GETS SPIFFY
Tucked in the heart of Portland’s historic Old Port district, the Portland Harbor Hotel recently unveiled a $1.8 million renovation project involving the hotel’s original 95 rooms. All new custom-designed furniture features arm chairs and love seats from Italy, and wooden crafted wardrobes, desks, and side tables. Acknowledging 21st-century traveler preferences, desks serve as a combination writing surface and storage area, and bedside stands feature power and USB plugs. Navy, khaki, and white décor give a nod to the property’s coastal location, and blend with the sleek custom furniture. Other highlights include individual pantries on each floor of the hotel featuring Starbucks touch-screen machines, a new, expanded lobby with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking Portland’s Fore Street, and new Maine-created artwork, such as the maritime photography of Jim Dugan. Fall rates from $269.
SURF AND HIKE IN MOROCCO
Geckos Adventures, a tour company specializing in adventures for 18- to 29-year-olds, has announced a new eight-day African trip. Morocco Mountains and Beaches highlights the country’s A-grade Atlantic surfing beaches as well as touring and hiking the Atlas mountains. Features include a hike to the highest point in North Africa, a visit to the blue pools and waterfalls of Paradise Valley, and yoga and surf opportunities along the coast of South Morocco. Travelers will stay four nights in a budget hotel, one night in a mountain gite, and two nights in a surf camp. The first departure is March 28, with additional departures each month through December 2018. Rates from $705 per person, double-occupancy. Maximum group size of 16. 855-832-4853, www.geckosadventures.com/en-us/morocco/morocco-mountains-and-beaches-107935
HISTORIC INN LUXURY MAKEOVER
The Lygon Arms in the Cotswolds, dating back to the 1300s, has seen many owners and undergone name changes across the centuries. This historic coaching inn recently opened — after multimillion-dollar renovations — in the heart of the quaint Broadway Village in Worcestershire. Indulge in a night of luxury in the King Charles I Suite, the room where King Charles I and his supporters would assemble, or in the Cromwell Room, where Oliver Cromwell slept the night before the Battle of Worcester. All of the 86 guest rooms and suites in the sprawling inn feature restored antiques, original paintings, and quirky period features. Renovations also include two new culinary destinations (Lygon Wine Bar, Lygon Bar & Grill), refreshed luxury spa, and reimagined landscape and gardens. Rates from $325. www.lygonarmshotel.co.uk
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iPhone, Samsung Galaxy, and more. (Cannot recharge Samsung W700.) Includes PowerCore Case for iPhone, micro USB charging cable, and
worry-free 18-month warranty. $37.99. www.anker.com/products/variant/PowerCore-II-Slim-10000mAh/A1261011
SUPERHERO TRACKERS TO
Say goodbye to boring Bluetooth luggage trackers and hello to Foundmi, a series of 18 collectible trackers available in three popular series: Marvel, DC Comics, and Star Wars. Simply attach your favorite character (Wonder Woman, Chewbacca, the Hulk, and more) to your luggage, keys, tablet, or whatever you don’t want to lose, and then download the Foundmi app from the app store. Pair the app to your tracker using any iOS or Android device. When in Bluetooth range, the alert function will emit a loud alarm allowing you to quickly find your missing items. Out of range? When your tagged item leaves Bluetooth range, the app will instantly stamp the last time and place it was in contact. The app allows you to view that location on a map and
will provide the nearest known
address for easy reference. $25. www.foundmi.com