Here, There, and Everywhere

From Nantucket website to feature-packed earphones

Rocky Mountaineer passing in front of Castle Mountain.


Rocky Mountaineer passing in front of Castle Mountain.


Want to discover Nantucket’s best family beaches and bike routes, track down good kid-friendly restaurants or rainy-day activities, or find out how to rent baby equipment or hire a local babysitter? A new website,, offers up-to-date info on family-oriented events, activities, and resources island-wide. Look up activities and programs by topic or date. The site, started by Nantucket resident Logan Gomes, also has a blog with do-it-yourself craft projects and entries by guest bloggers from the Nantucket community. Register on the website and receive a weekly e-mail with information on activities, discounts, and special promotions.



Children 10 to 16 years old can gather eggs from a chicken coop, collect fresh ingredients from veggie and herb gardens, and then whip up mouth-watering dishes during The Essex Resort & Spa’s Camp Cook program. The resort hosts nine summer camp sessions beginning June 17. Book the Five Night Holiday Package for $199 per night, based on double occupancy, and then pay $400 per child for the five-day Camp Cook program. While your kids immerse themselves in culinary adventures, you can go hot air ballooning, fly-fishing, or biking, visit the resort’s spa, or explore nearby Burlington and Stowe. 800-727-4295,



Combine your love of biking with your passion for the farm-to-table movement by participating in Mount Major Adventures’ new Bike Farm Table Weekends based in Northampton. On these multi-day trips, you will bike to local farms around the Pioneer Valley to meet farmers and harvest vegetables. Hand your gathered ingredients over to a local chef who will use them to create a three-course gourmet meal for your group. Spend the final day exploring bike paths or pedaling up Mount Tom, and then enjoy a farewell meal that features more local products. Price: $850 per person, based on double occupancy, which includes two nights at The Hotel Northampton, most meals, bike rentals, and guides. 888-448-5876,




San Francisco's Exploratorium

Experience a storm while adjusting the size, frequency, and velocity of raindrops and step into a camera obscura exhibit and see an upside-down world. Enjoy these and other exhibits at San Francisco’s Exploratorium, which opens in a new location at Pier 15 this week. The interactive science museum has more than 150 new exhibits and 1.5 acres of outdoor space with a public plaza, a promenade, exhibits, and cafes. Admission: adults $25, 6-17 plus students, teachers, seniors, and those with disabilities $19, 5 and under free. 415-528-4444,


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Hop aboard a luxury rail service in Seattle and travel to Vancouver, British Columbia, and then on to Banff and Jasper, Alberta, on a new Rocky Mountaineer route that links the United States and Canada. The Coastal Passage route takes passengers along the shores of the Pacific Northwest and through the Canadian Rockies. Travel in a two-story panoramic dome coach and enjoy gourmet cuisine in a private dining room. Northbound trips depart Seattle Aug. 24 and 25; southbound trips depart Banff and Jasper Aug. 21 and 22, respectively. Price starts at $2,911 per person, based on double occupancy. 800-665-7245,



Pelican backpack

Pelican’s new ProGear S140 Sport Elite Tablet Backpack comes with a watertight and dustproof hard case built into it for carrying a tablet or other devices that you want to keep from getting crushed or damaged. A padded lumbar storage compartment below the hard case pr ovides extra protection for camera and other fragile gear. This rugged pack also comes with a sizable main compartment that can swallow your laptop, jacket, snacks, and other travel items, two handy front pockets, a water bottle pocket on each side, and super cushy padding on its back. The pack weighs 6.12 pounds empty, and sells for $239.95. 855-604-8562, www.pelican



Phiaton earphones

Phiaton’s PS 210 BTNC earphones offer the latest Bluetooth 3.0 and noise-cancellation technology, remain comfortable even after hours of use, and let you answer phones calls with the push of a button while blocking out background noise. The earphones have a small receiver on the cord that has a button for answering calls, a button for changing songs and volume, a switch for turning the noise-canceling feature on and off, a clip so you can attach the device to your shirt or bag, and a nice short cord that won’t get in your way. You can even hard-wire the receiver to your device if its battery runs out. Charge the earphones via micro USB port. $159. 866-313-3203,


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