Here, There, and Everywhere

Oysters in New England and hiking in Palestine

The foliage at your fingertips

Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism

Not sure when to hit the road on a leaf-peeping adventure, or where exactly to go? Track the foliage statewide using the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism’s new Fall Foliage Fun Planner. Look up conditions by date, and choose from nine suggested driving routes that meander through some of the state’s most scenic areas. Try the Quabbin Reservoir Run, The Cape Codder, or Beauty and the Berkshires, for instance. Need instant info on leaf status? Text MAFALL to 74642 and you will receive a text every Thursday through October with foliage conditions. The site also lists fall events.  800-227-MASS,

Ah shucks, an oyster festival


Watch an oyster shuck-off, take part in a marine-themed spelling bee, or roll up your sleeves and learn how to dig up your own oysters during the Wellfleet OysterFest, Oct. 13-14. Nearly 100 artists and artisans will display their wares, including jewelry, paintings, sweaters, and homemade jams. When it’s time to refuel, savor fresh raw oysters, stuffed clams, chowders, and other shellfish delights, and then catch a cooking demonstration and enjoy live music by local bands. Children will delight in free kid-oriented music shows and bicycle-powered spin art. The festival aims to raise awareness of shellfish traditions and also provide community grants and college scholarships for those interested in aquaculture.  Attendees ages 13 and older are asked to donate $1 for entry. 508-349-3499,

Ski four resorts under one pass

Purchase The Mountain Collective Pass and score great deals at Alta in Utah, Aspen-Snowmass in Colorado, Jackson Hole in Wyoming, and Squaw Valley-Alpine Meadows in California. Skiers get two free days at each destination, unlimited 50-percent-off lift tickets after those complimentary days, and lodging deals. The 2012-13 pass sells for $349 for adults, and $229 for children age 12 and under until Nov. 19. Buy lift tickets, rentals, lessons, and even dining credits through and its mobile app.  800-705-6286,

Interlink Books

Hit the hiking trails
in Palestine


Pick up Stefan Szepesi’s new “Walking Palestine: 25 Journeys Into the West Bank’’ and discover an often overlooked region with wonderful trails and welcoming locals. The guide contains maps of 155 miles of trails that take you into desert gorges, along herders’ paths, and over dirt roads rimming olive groves. The book features routes of varying lengths and difficulty, advice on traveling in a conflict area, and information on flora and fauna. It also dips into West Bank history, archeology, and culture. “Walking Palestine’’ sells for $22.95 through Northampton’s Interlink Books.  800-238-5465,

Get a charge out of San Diego

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Stay at Paradise Point Resort & Spa on Mission Bay in San
Diego and have free access to an electric car during your visit. These two-seat Smartcars can travel up to 84 miles on a charge and be dropped off anywhere within a 27-mile service area. The rental agreement includes insurance, recharging, roadside assistance, GPS navigation, and metered parking. The 44-acre resort, located near SeaWorld, recently underwent a $20 million renovation and has a marina, an island-themed spa, and 14 beach bonfire rings. Rates start at $149, based on double occupancy.  858-274-4630, paradisepoint

Cart your golf bag with ease

Sun Mountain’s ClubGlider Meridian golf bag can help preserve your back and knees while traveling so you can be at your best on the greens. The durable travel bag has a sturdy set of legs that unfold and act like a kickstand. They prevent you from having to continually bend over and lift the bag as you inch your way up to the airport ticket kiosk or the rental car counter. The legs retract for travel. The bag also has heavy-duty two-way zippers, cushy foam padding, and internal straps to protect and secure the clubs, two storage pockets, and pivoting caster wheels for easy maneuverability. The ClubGlider measures 52-by-14-by-12 inches and sells for $230 to $300 on, depending on color. Or contact Sun Mountain.  800-227-9224,

Headphones FOR Little travelers

Griffin Technology

Children can rock out to their favorite tunes without harming their ears using Griffin’s new Crayola MyPhones: These volume-limiting headphones max out at 85 decibels. The colorful headphones come with more than 30 stickers and three washable markers, so kids can decorate their headsets with guitars, lightning bolts, or their own fun designs. The over-the-ear cushy headphones provide a comfortable fit, according to a 3-year-old tester, and prove durable enough to withstand dropping, banging, twisting, and the other rigors of travel. The MyPhones sell for $24.99 through Griffin.  800-208-5996,