Free stays for military, a Hollywood hot spot app, and more


To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the cult classic film “Mommie Dearest,” the Camden Harbour Inn in Maine presents the comedy “Mommie Queerest,” Nov. 2 only, at the Camden Opera House ($25). Jamie Morris’s award-winning play tells the story of Joan Crawford and her rocky relationship with her adopted daughter, Christina, with a twist: What if Crawford had really been a man? Ticket holders meet the cast at an after-party with complimentary hors d’oeuvres at the inn’s restaurant, Natalie’s. Pre-show dinner package ($67) includes a three-course meal and reserved orchestra seats. Two-night accommodation package includes dinner and theater tickets the night of the show, a five-course tasting menu on the second night, and breakfast daily ($333

The Camden Harbour Inn in Maine presents the comedy, “Mommie Queerest"

per person).  Theater tickets: 207-236-7963, Packages: 207-236-7008,  


In honor of Veterans Day, the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism has compiled a list of free events for service members, their families, and citizens alike. The National Park Service is offering free admission to historic sites during the holiday weekend, including Minute Man National Historical Park, the Salem Maritime National Historic Site, and more. Battleship Cove and Fall River Marine Museum are also pitching in, offering all active duty, retired, and reserve military personnel the opportunity to tour the largest collection of preserved US Navy ships in the world at no cost. Boston Duck Tours is offering its own deal, Nov. 11 to Nov. 16; veterans and active military can hop on a tour for free, and family members pay $10.  800-227-MASS,



More good news for veterans: Many inns and B&Bs throughout the United States are offering active and retired military (and a guest) a complimentary stay on Nov. 11, Veterans Day. Rooms at

Siesta Key Beach, "Sarasota in Shorts" sweepstakes.
Get The Weekender in your inbox:
The Globe's top picks for what to see and do each weekend, in Boston and beyond.
Thank you for signing up! Sign up for more newsletters here

participating properties are offered on a space available basis, and can be seen (though not booked) through the website BetterWaytoStay. Offers are updated daily and may be sorted by state and province. Make arrangements for your free stay by contacting the inn or B&B directly by phone or e-mail.  


Tour homes of classic movie stars and other famous Hollywood hot spots with the Turner Classic Movies Hollywood Tour app. Visit 100 destinations, including palatial mansions, movie studios, celebrity hangouts, and legendary film locales. The app offers extensive background information, history, videos, photos, and more for each place. Use the geo-location services to find homes of such stars as Gene Kelly, Kirk Douglas, and Bette Davis, as well as famous landmarks like Schwab’s Pharmacy, The Hollywood Bowl, Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, and the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Available for iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad, $2.99.  


Enter the “Sarasota in Shorts” sweepstakes for a chance to win a trip to Florida. Through Dec. 5, travelers have two opportunities to score round-trip travel packages: either by sharing an Instagram photo that depicts their ideal vacation in shorts using the hashtag #SarasotaInShorts, or by submitting their favorite style by means of an online sweepstakes form. One winner in each category receives two round-trip tickets to Sarasota Bradenton International Airport (SRQ) from any airport served by JetBlue Airways, two nights at Helmsley Sandcastle Hotel or Hotel Indigo Sarasota, and gift certificates to local attractions.  800-522-9799,  


Ridejoy is a community-driven online marketplace for sharing rides, allowing fuel-conscious travelers a way to split the cost of a road trip while filling their cars’ empty seats with friendly people. With the recent launch of the Ridejoy mobile app, getting from point A to point B just got
a whole lot easier. How does it work? With 3,000 active rides listed at any time, you can post an offer or request, view other users’ references and bios before booking a ride, and activate
a one-click autopilot feature that does the trip planning for you. Free.  



Love your water bottle but hate to cart it around? The Go Caddy keeps a bottle by your side while offering hands-free travel for other activities. Each bag holds bottle sizes up to 1.5 liters, and includes a cooler sleeve. The 54-inch extra-long adjustable 1-inch-wide strap allows you to wear it over your shoulder or sling style. Store valuables in the front pocket. An elastic back pouch is roomy enough for a cellphone, camera, map, or glasses. Packs flat, $19.99.  727-834-8944, 


This story has been updated to include the following information: Boston Duck Tours is offering its deal to veterans and active military Nov. 11 to Nov. 16. The charge for family members is $10.