Here, There, and Everywhere

From eagle-spotting to charging


Explore Waterville Valley by moonlight or headlamp during twilight dogsled rides through March. Valley Snow Dogz runs excursions Friday and Saturday nights, led by owner and -year mushing veteran Lidia Dale-Mesaros. Choose the 20-minute Valley Taster, when you will get to experience mushing on an open golf course near Town Square, or the new 40-minute Mountain Taster, which heads for a campground and then finishes after a good downhill stretch. On both trips, you get to meet the guides, ask questions, and get your photo taken with the dogs. Rates: $35 Valley Taster, $65 Mountain Taster. Participants must be 7 and older.  603-236-8175,  


The eagles have landed in western Connecticut’s Litchfield County. Each year, bald eagles journey from the frozen north to the Housatonic River in Southbury. They hang out around the Shepaug Dam, where the running waters prevent ice from forming and therefore keep the fish accessible. Visit the Shepaug Eagle Observation Area, where you can look through telescopes to get an up-close view, then chat with Connecticut Audubon volunteers. You may see up to a dozen eagles a day. Viewing runs on Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. through March 13. Entry is free, but reservations are required to avoid overcrowding.  800-368-8954,  


The Native American-owned small-ship cruise line Alaskan Dream Cruises launches a vessel called the Baranof Dream this year, and an 11-day itinerary that sails round trip from Sitka, stopping at Juneau, Skagway, Petersburg, Kake, and the company’s exclusive Orca Point Lodge and Hobart Bay destinations. The new trip, called the Admiralty, Baranof, and Chichagof Explorer, takes cruisers to Alaska’s Glacier Bay and beyond, with an emphasis on wildlife viewing and coastal exploration by smaller watercraft. Trips depart May 23, June 30, and Aug. 24. Rates from $2,699; book by Jan. 31 for cheaper rates. 855-747-8100, 



If you’re planning a trip to British Columbia, check out the new Ski It to Believe It website, which provides handy up-to-date info on the province’s top ski resorts, including Fernie, Kicking Horse, Mount Washington, Revelstoke, and Whistler Blackcomb, along with more local ski areas like Grouse, Cypress, and Mount Seymour in the Vancouver area. The site lists real-time snow conditions, names of heli- and cat-skiing operators, and information on special deals. Find out where you can get the fourth day of skiing and fourth night of accommodations for free, or where to you can get a special ski and surf package, for instance.


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Stay at the new Four Seasons Hotel Beijing and you can enjoy a decadent afternoon tea at the two-story Opus Lounge that includes truffles, caviar, champagne, and a two-hour massage. The 313-room hotel, located in the heart of Beijing’s business district, has a grand facade that is reminiscent of the city’s Imperial Palace, a sky-lit central atrium, and contemporary Chinese artwork. Enjoy the indoor pool, the 24-hour fitness center, and the spa. One restaurant offers Italian dishes made in a wood-fired oven, another specializes in Cantonese cuisine. A special introductory package, good through Feb. 28, includes room, complimentary Internet, and daily breakfast for two for $362.  800-819-5053,


Keep your kids entertained while they travel with the Sensu Brush, a compact paintbrush with synthetic bristles that can be used to create colorful pictures on a tablet or smartphone. Or you can use it to sketch scenes from your worldly adventures. Save your family’s digital masterpieces and then e-mail them, or print and frame them as mementos of your trip. The brush works with most painting programs, or download Sensu’s recommended apps, such as Fresh Paint, ArtRage, and Sketchbook Pro. The brush has copper-infused bristles that enable it to work on touch-screen devices, and a rubber tip on the opposite end that acts like a stylus. $39.99.  847-983-0716,


Take a Zip Mini Touch-n-go on the road and save space and weight in your travel bag. This clever disk-shaped charging station saves you carrying and keeping track of all your Apple and USB cords — and getting a tangled nest of cords en route. It works with three-inch cables called zip tails that have either a 30-pin Apple connector or a micro or mini USB connector on one end and small magnetic disk on the other end. Attach up to four zip tails to the magnetic base, then plug in your tablet, smartphone, e-reader, GPS, and other portable device. $49.95, includes one Apple and one micro USB zip tail.  877-569-3228,