WINTER WATERLAND IN MYSTIC, CONN.
Visit Mystic Aquarium’s Winter Waterland (Dec. 27-Jan.1, 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.), a celebration of the season with festive decorations that reflect the native habitats of the aquarium’s animals. Enjoy live music by local artists, scavenger hunts, and seasonal crafts you can make and take home. You may even spot Santa and his elves diving and swimming among the fish. Winter Waterland activities and entertainment are included with general admission. Adults $29, age 60 and over $26, 3-17 $21, under 3 free. The Polar Express 4-D Experience, a holiday favorite brought to life, is $6 additional. 55 Coogan Blvd., 860-572-5955, www.mysticaquarium.org
BOSTON HARBOR HOTEL WINE FESTIVAL
Sip and savor at the Boston Harbor Hotel’s 24th Annual Boston Wine Festival, a 12-week-long series of intimate wine dinners, brunches, seminars, and receptions featuring winemakers from around the world. Festivities kick off with a grand opening reception, Jan. 11, 7-10 p.m., where you can sample more than 50 wines and enjoy an elaborate buffet. Participating vineyards this year include Spottswoode Estate Vineyard and Winery, Domenico Clerico Winery, Opus One, Peter Michael, Frog’s Leap, Diamond Creek, Chateauneuf du Pape, and Cakebread Cellars. Returning by popular demand: chef Daniel Bruce’s themed dinners, including Battle of the Cabernets and Meritage Madness. Ticket holders receive an exclusive Wine Festival accommodations rate of $220 per night. Opening reception $100, other events $95-$225.
70 Rowes Wharf, 888-660-WINE, www.bostonwinefestival.net
ULTIMATE MOUNTAIN EXPERIENCE IN UTAH
Canyons Resort in Utah is introducing, in conjunction with former US ski team coach Phil McNichol, an elite winter sports series: the Ultimate Mountain Experience. Adventures include signature fantasy camps and customizable winter sports programs led by world-class athletes who will guide fantasy camp weekends Jan. 11-13 and March 8-10. Itineraries may include Erik Schlopy’s “Power Turn Experience,” Holly Flanders’s “Women-Only Workshops,” and McNichol’s “Discover Your Potential Weekend.” $1,275 per person. Accommodations available at five Canyon Resorts properties, from $265. 4000 Canyons Resort Drive, 888-CANYONS, www.canyonsresort.com/ski_school_ultimatemtn_hp.html
CARPATHIAN CELEBRATION IN NEW YORK
“Midwinter Night: A Celebration From the Carpathians,” a world music theater piece based on winter songs from the Carpathian Mountains in Eastern Europe, debuts at La MaMa Experimental Theater in Manhattan’s East Village, Dec. 27-30. It features traditional songs from rituals celebrating the solstice and a Nativity puppet play. Koliadnyky, an ensemble of singers from a Ukrainian village in the Hutsul region, teams with the Lemon Bucket Orkestra, a self-described “Balkan-Klezmer-Gypsy-Punk-Super-Party-Band” from Canada. Adults $25, students and seniors $20, age 12 and under $10. 66 East 4th St., 212-475-7710, lamama.org
FIVE STARS IN GSTAAD, SWITZERLAND
Be pampered Swiss-style at Alpina Gstaad, the first five-star luxury hotel to open in Gstaad in 100 years. This property features 56 rooms and suites, all with floor-to-ceiling windows leading to terraces with views of the Alps, and three restaurants, including the first European outpost of MEGU, a traditional Swiss stübli, and Restaurant Sommet with Michelin-star chef Marcus Lindner. Rates from $917 include breakfast and a $323 credit for two. Alpinastrasse 23, 41-33-888-9888, www.thealpinagstaad.ch
Preparing a bottle on the go to calm your baby is not an easy task, especially if your little one is used to naturally warm breast milk or heated formula. Now a new technology allows you to heat a bottle without needing electricity, hot water, or
a car outlet charger. The WarmZe (formerly On The Fly) portable bottle warmer system uses air-activated warming wraps to evenly heat your baby’s bottle. Simply stick a warming wrap to your WarmZe Bottle-Soc, slide it on your bottle, and in 30 minutes you will have a perfectly tepid bottle. Available in stores and online. Starter kits $16.95, Warmer packs $10.59. 877-693-5922, www.warmze.com
A new easy-to-navigate website offers once-in-a-lifetime travel experiences across the globe. The specialists at Goviva curate unique packages in the areas of sporting events, entertainment, active lifestyle, fashion, food and wine, film, celebrity, and music. Some experiences include celebrity hosts, such as cooking with chef Rick Bayless, training with New York City marathon winner Meb Keflezighi, a private performance and dinner in the home of saxophonist David Sanborn, or visiting the studio of artist Peter Max. Your own “Goviva Experience Specialist” handles all the planning, both before and during your chosen experience, including recommendations for dining, shopping, and entertainment, arranging additional VIP privileges, and special requests. 877-599-1765, www.goviva.com