Here, There, and Everywhere

From Nantucket to baby animals

Baby Animal Day at Billings Farm and Museum, Woodstock, VT
Baby Animal Day at Billings Farm and Museum, Woodstock, VT


Take advantage of preseason rates and start dreaming about the beach. Nantucket’s retro-chic hotels, The Veranda House and Chapman House, are offering Countdown to Summer 3-2-1 packages (May 19-June 27). Includes two complimentary round-trip passes on the Steamship Authority’s Fast Ferry service from Hyannis (valued at $138) for a three-night stay, and one complimentary pass for a two-night stay. Rates start at $199 midweek and $249 on the weekends at The Veranda House, and $169 midweek and $209 weekends at Chapman House. Both offer a complimentary morning meal, free Wi-Fi, and afternoon chocolate chip cookies.  877-228-0695,


Take the family to Baby Animal Day at Billings Farm and
Museum in Woodstock (March 30, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.) to see cuter-than-cute chicks, ducklings, goslings, lambs, and calves. Programs include learning how to care for and feed the animals, and craft activities for children. Got a green thumb? Learn the importance of heirloom seeds and select a few varieties to plant at home. Admission includes all programs and activities, farm life exhibits, plus the working dairy farm and horse-drawn wagon rides. Adults $12, age 62 and over $11, children 5-15 $6, 3-4 $3, under 3 free.  802-457-2355,


Going to Goa? The new Swissôtel Goa celebrates its debut
with a hard-to-resist opening promotion. Stay at least two nights and receive a discount of 25 percent off the best available rates (though May 31). Includes daily complimentary buffet breakfast and a three-course set dinner or buffet dinner at North Café as well as checkout at 4 p.m. Located in the town of Calangute, a popular tourist destination in North Goa, the hotel features adult and children’s pools, pool bar, fitness center, kids club (ages 4-14), and contemporary rooms and suites. From $130 per night (before discount).  800-637-9477,



Savor the tastes of Latin America in Miami’s new contemporary steakhouse, Toro Toro, where chef Richard Sandoval offers a menu highlighting the region’s distinctive flavors, indigenous ingredients and spices. Small plates feature hot and cold items such as smoked swordfish dip with pickled chilies, and corn cake pockets filled with shredded short ribs. Or try
a la carte grilled meats and seafood. Located in the lobby level of the InterContinental Miami, the restaurant is part of a $32 million property redesign and is modeled after Sandoval’s Dubai Toro Toro. Small plates $8-$12, churrasco and grill $34-$49.  305-372-4710,


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Tee off in New York this spring and take advantage of a $50 gas card and golf package available at two championship courses: Ravenwood Golf Club, host of the 2003 and 2009 New York State Golf Championships (585-924-5100,, and Bristol Harbour, a Robert Trent Jones-designed course known for its views of Canandaigua Lake (800-288-8248, Starting
April 1, the package includes one day of golf and one night accommodation at the Holiday Inn Express and Suites, Victor, N.Y., or at the Bristol Harbour Resort Hotel, Canandaigua, N.Y., $50 gas card per twosome, unlimited golf, cart and range, and lunch at the course. Through May 23. From $159 per person.


Attention beach-o-philes: If you’re yearning for a warm and sunny getaway but don’t know where to go, Fodor’s 80 Degrees by the Sea beach finder tool can help you choose your perfect vacation. This free website is fun to use: Simply click on a series of photos that best depict your ideal trip, and then, based on the selections, the site generates customized getaway suggestions, complete with hotel and restaurant recommendations. Featuring 80 beach destinations from the Caribbean, Mexico, Central America, Florida, and Hawaii, including new destinations added this year such as St. George’s Cay, Belize; Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica; Mayakoba, Mexico; and more.


AARP is introducing a new online travel planning toolkit.
Designed to aid travelers, especially those 50 and older, the webpage offers ways to compare costs when planning an upcoming vacation, determines whether it’s best to drive or fly to a destination, and assists members in booking every aspect of their trip, including flights, car rentals, hotel accommodations, and cruises. For those who prefer to drive, the toolkit maps your route, calculates ways to save money using AARP member discounts, and estimates the cost of fuel based on current national average prices.

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