Stay at the Woodstock Inn and Resort and ski for free at two mountains. The Ski Free Program includes complimentary lift tickets to the resort’s mountain, Suicide Six Family Ski Area, and free passes to the Nordic Center offering groomed cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. (Every day for ages 12 and under, Mon-Fri for adults). Includes use of the Racquet and Fitness Club and more. For twice the fun, the Killington Express Ski Package includes a Killington all-day ski pass for two, one night’s accommodation, and country breakfast for two along with all the benefits of the Ski Free Program. Package rate from $369 per night. 888-481-8802, www.woodstockinn
For those who love to slurp and sip, Island Creek Oyster Bar in Boston celebrates the second year of its popular Merroir and Terroir class. Led by an experienced sommelier and professional oyster farmer, the class pairs oysters with wines and discusses why the flavors of each are affected by where they are grown. $35 per person includes six oyster varieties with wine pairings. Offered the third Sunday of every month, beginning Jan. 20, 2 p.m. Reservations suggested. 617-532-5300, http://islandcreekoysterbar.com/
Rockland, Maine, goes pie crazy on Jan. 27 with the 9th Annual Pies on Parade Pie Tour. From 1-5 p.m. sample more than 40 pies at businesses, restaurants, and inns throughout town. The 20 participating venues will serve both a savory and sweet pie, including galettes, tarts, quiches, pot pies, pizza pies, and even a grilled pie. Adults $25, children ages 10 and under $10. Ticket sales benefit the local food pantry. The Historic Inns of Rockland — Granite Inn, Captain Lindsey House, Lime Rock Inn, Berry Manor Inn — offer a Pie Tour package. A two-night stay includes two tickets to the Pie Tour, silent auction, wine and pie tasting, $50 credit for dinner Saturday night, two personally baked pies, breakfast, and more. Rates from $345.
Shake the sand from your shoes and visit the New World Center in Miami Beach for a three-day festival marking the 100th birthday of American composer, writer, musical theorist, and artist John Cage (1912-92). The New World Symphony presents Making the Right Choices: A John Cage Centennial Celebration, Feb. 8-10, featuring artistic director Michael Tilson Thomas, new-music vocalists Joan La Barbara and Meredith Monk, soprano Jessye Norman, pianist Marc-André Hamelin, and dancers from New World School for the Arts performing choreography by Merce Cunningham. In addition, film screenings, panel discussions, and readings trace the transformation in Cage’s methods as a composer. Tickets from $30. 305-673-3331, http://www
Step into Paris’s vibrant international art scene with “city | art insider,” a service for travelers and art collectors. A Canadian and a French art consultant have teamed up to match clients with art specialists for personalized tours, studio visits, art fairs, and auctions. Your visit is tailored to match your particular interests, focusing on individual artists, neighborhoods, art movements, and more. If you see work you’d like to take home, they will assist with acquisitions. In addition, they can schedule a professional portrait photographer to document your visit, either a traditional shoot in an atelier or a documentary-style shoot in a memorable location. Half day $330, full day $530. 011-33-06-82-06-2707, http://cityartinsider.com
Leave it to a team from Massachusetts Institute of Technology to reengineer the simple business shirt. The engineers, designers, and material scientists at Ministry of Supply employ “integrated Robotic Engineered Knitting,” an advanced manufacturing process used by NASA in space suits to store heat when you are in the cold and release heat in warm temps. Business travelers in a hurry will like the antimicrobial coating, an odor-control feature that keeps the fabric from holding unpleasant smells. Thermoset yarns guarantee the fabric stays wrinkle-free. Now you can fly all night and go straight to your meeting without changing your clothes. Dress shirts $88-$108, T’s $28-$38. http://ministryofsupply.com
Parents who dread another road trip or plane ride while toting a little one in a stroller or car seat will appreciate SnoozeShade, a line of products designed to help your child maintain a resting schedule while the family is on the go. The SnoozeShade Original ($34.99), SnoozeShade Plus ($49.99), and SnoozeShade Car Seat ($29.99) attach with ease to most strollers and car seats. You don’t have to fuss with draping blankets, or worry that your little one will be over-stimulated by light or nearby activities. The SnoozeShade Playard ($99.99) fits Pack ’n Plays and sleep cribs, and allows your baby to sleep in a safe, darkened space. 213-438-9584, www.snoozeshadeusa.com