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    Here, There, and Everywhere

    From bliss in Connecticut to an inflatable bubble bag

    Rock Hall in Colebrook, Conn.
    Rock Hall in Colebrook, Conn.


    Pamper yourself and a loved one with the Winter Bliss Special at Rock Hall, a 23-acre estate in northwest Connecticut. Add this deal to your accommodations and enjoy an

    essential oil couple’s massage in front of your in-room fireplace. Includes afternoon “Snowball” cocktails, and a cocktail shaker to take home (through April, $175). At this year-round country-style hotel listed on the National Register of Historic Places, luxury accommodations include down duvets and pillows, European linens, and en-suite bathrooms. Savor a Mediterranean breakfast before venturing out for nearby downhill and cross-country skiing, horse-drawn sleigh rides, snowshoeing, ice fishing, antiquing, fine dining, shopping, and more. From $325.  860-379-2230,  


    If online dating leaves you cold, head to the ski slopes in


    Jackson for Black Mountain’s annual Chairlift Speed Dating event, where you can ride the “lift of love” with another single

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    (Feb. 16, 2-4 p.m.). If you hit it off on the ride up, you can ski or ride down together. If not, get in line for another chance to meet your soulmate. Registration starts at 12:30 p.m. in the main base lodge. Participation is free but a lift ticket or season pass is required. Saturday full- and half-day rates: Adults $49/$35, ages 6-17 $32/$25. Or meet your love match at the après event in the Lostbo Pub featuring live music and drinks such as The Love Bug and The Bun Warmer. Prizes awarded to new couples and the winner of the Best Pickup Line contest (3:30-5:30 p.m.)  800-475-4669,  


    Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach and Resort.

    Decompress at The Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort & Spa, a popular spot for scuba diving, snorkeling, sailing, kayaking, spa pampering, fine dining, and overall relaxing. To celebrate a recent multimillion-dollar renewal, a New Year, New You in 2013 package (based on double occupancy) features a 20.13 percent discount on accommodations, two complimentary standup paddleboard yoga passes, and two complimentary smoothies. Rates from $302 in high season. Book by March 31. Available through Dec. 20.  345-945-3800,  


    Lace up your hiking shoes and join one of three new walking tours of England, Scotland, and Wales offered by English Lakeland Ramblers: London and the Cotswolds, The Lake

    District and Hadrian’s Wall, and Cornwall: Coastal England. These guided tours introduce walkers to 2,000 years of British history while enjoying scenic cliff-top paths, secret beaches, fishing villages, historic churches, and more. These and other six-night tours are offered April through September, and include lodgings, transfers from airports or rail stations, meals, and guides. Rates from $2,850.  800-724-8801,  



    Tempest Tours, a Texas-based adventure travel company, offers storm-chasing expeditions. Pairing the science and romance of storm chasing with an emphasis on safety and education, the five- to 11-day chases include orientation, lodging, and weather briefings. Featured tours include Golden Light with nature photographer Camille Seaman, Big Sky Tornado on the high plains, Summer Desert Monsoon lighting storms, and the Jim Reed Photo Tour hosted by the award-winning extreme weather photographer that focuses on landscape photography. Rates from $1,795.



    Chilly Jilly travel pants.

    Be comfortable and stylish when you travel wearing the new Lounge Pant by Chilly Jilly. Made in this country of a high-quality, brushed, wrinkle-resistant micro fiber, they feature a fold-over waistband and long inseam. The material cuts without fraying so length is easily altered without hemming. The pants come in a drawstring pouch that easily slips into a purse or travel bag. Available in three sizes (S-M-L) and two colors, black and brown. ($45) Chilly Jilly’s full line of travel friendly products includes wraps, jackets, and gloves made of the same wrinkle-resistant material.  888-789-1037,  


    It’s tempting to purchase wine, olive oil, and other perishables when traveling. But how to carry them safely? If you’ve ever wrapped bottles in clothing only to discover a wet or oily mess in your suitcase back home, the inflatable Vinnibag offers a solution. Just slide your items in the bag, inflate it with a few breaths of air, and snap it closed. Pack in checked luggage or your carry-on bag; VinniBag was engineered to withstand high altitudes, allowing for changes in air pressure and temperatures. Bag stores flat, rolled, or folded. $28 for one, $25 each for two or more. Free shipping in continental United States.  800-915-8599,