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Ocean Edge Resort reopens with renovated villas, plus Amtrak thinks its sleeping rooms are a safe bet

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RELAX IN PRIVACY ON CAPE COD

Ready for a Cape Cod getaway? Ocean Edge Resort & Golf Club is welcoming travelers back with a refreshed health and sanitation plan, $5.5 million renovation to its 116 one-bedroom Britterige villas, and a new lineup of private experiences and offers (hello grocery delivery service!) tailored for summer stays with flexible booking policies. The 429-acre resort, including the 18-hole Nicklaus design golf course and nine tennis courts, is open for overnight stays, and has resumed operations for dining and recreational activities under new social distancing and safety guidelines. Additional curated experiences include private oyster tours in the Brewster Flats, individual archery lessons, private dining options, private beach fires during sunset with s’mores kits, and more. One-bedroom Arbor villas rates from $195/night; one-bedroom Britterige villas from $225/night. 508-896-9000, www.oceanedge.com/

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A sign in the Arnold Arboretum warns visitors to not touch or sit on the park benches due to COVID-19 transmission concerns.
A sign in the Arnold Arboretum warns visitors to not touch or sit on the park benches due to COVID-19 transmission concerns.Barry Chin/Globe Staff/The Boston Globe

BOSTON PARKS OPEN FOR HEALTHY RECREATION

Fun fact: Boston’s Emerald Necklace, a series of parks including Back Bay Fens, Riverway, Olmsted Park, Jamaica Pond, Arnold Arboretum, and Franklin Park, was designed by architect Frederick Law Olmsted in the late 18th century to address a public health issue, offering “relief and refreshment from the pressures and tensions of everyday life.” In this era of COVID-19, the parks once again provide physical and mental health benefits. As the weather warms and social restrictions ease, the parks have opened for walking, jogging and cycling, and the Emerald Necklace Conservancy has debuted new safety signage throughout the 1,100 acres of parkland. Visitors are reminded to wear face coverings, remain at least 6 feet away from others, refrain from congregating in groups, and to return at another time if the parks are too crowded. Those unable or uncomfortable venturing out can enjoy the parks from home with a mobile tour guide, providing information and history on more than 50 locations. www.emeraldnecklace.org/here-for-you/

Amtrak's private rooms are ideal for solo travelers, couples, and families seeking safety, space, and privacy.
Amtrak's private rooms are ideal for solo travelers, couples, and families seeking safety, space, and privacy.

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AMTRAK’S PRIVATE SLEEPING ROOMS

Hit the rails this summer in one of Amtrak’s private rooms. Available in a variety of sizes, the rooms are ideal for solo travelers, couples, and families seeking safety, space, and privacy. Passengers can visit places like Glacier National Park, the Grand Canyon, Canyonlands National Park, and Disney World among 500 destinations in 46 states and three Canadian provinces. All private room guests receive complimentary lounge access at major stations and priority boarding. A standard room features two comfortable seats that can be converted into beds, complimentary WiFi, charging outlets, and expansive window to enjoy the passing landscape. Additional onboard amenities and services include complimentary meals and a dedicated sleeping car attendant who assists with luggage and provides turndown service. Amtrak has enhanced its cleaning protocols at each station and onboard, so customers can rest assured they are traveling in a freshly-cleaned room. www.amtrak.com/onboard-the-train-sleeping-accommodations

POST-PANDEMIC HOTEL RATINGS

As the impulse to hit the road becomes stronger, the question of hotel cleanliness and safety persists. To offer travelers a modicum of comfort and confidence, hotel booking company Splitty Travel has launched OKtoStay, an online resource guide providing grades for nearly 30,000 US hotels based on cleanliness, hygiene, and sanitization practices. Data is aggregated from the hotels and information released on COVID-related initiatives to arrive at a single, TripAdvisor-like score. Splitty expects to have more US hotel properties, as well as 200,000 global hotel ratings, available by the end of the year. Splitty is not taking commissions from the site; users link directly to hotel websites to book accommodations. www.oktostay.com

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“A World of Opposites” explores the concept of opposites through pairs of dramatic photographs taken from Antarctica to Africa.
“A World of Opposites” explores the concept of opposites through pairs of dramatic photographs taken from Antarctica to Africa.

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TRAVEL PHOTO BOOK FOR KIDS

Introduce your kids to the delights of travel (from home) with “A World of Opposites,” a book exploring the concept of opposites through pairs of dramatic photographs taken from Antarctica to Africa. The second children’s book by fine-art photographer and bestselling author Gray Malin, the book aims to engage a sense of imagination in kids, as well as a desire to learn more about the world. Includes paired images of the barren desert landscape of Namibia (DRY) with the crashing teal waves of the Australian ocean (WET); overhead beach crowds in Lisbon, Portugal (SUMMER) with skiers on the slopes in Park City, Utah (WINTER); and a small aircraft over Australia’s Great Barrier Reef (HIGH) with a four-engine jet coming in for a landing near St. Barths in the Caribbean (LOW). Ages 3-6. Available from online booksellers. $17.99. www.belmontbooks.com/book/9781419739705

Bags by LOJEL
Bags by LOJEL

TRAVEL BAGS DEBUT IN USA

Start dreaming of your next adventure with travel bags by LOJEL, an acronym for Let Our Journeys Enrich Life. Founded in Japan in 1989, the company recently made its North American debut, offering luggage, bags, and accessories that blend innovative design with fine craftsmanship. Three categories of luggage — Voja, Cubo, and Alto — are available in varied sizes in a sophisticated palate of colors including seaweed, yolk yellow, and terra cotta. $180-$350; free shipping and returns. us.lojel.com/category/luggage/

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