Here, There, and Everywhere

Conn. motorcycle tour to easy-to-use shoelaces



The innkeepers at Hickory Hill Bed & Breakfast in Pomfret, Conn., will take you and your motorcycle on a scenic guided tour of the state’s sleepy northwest corner, on weekends through Aug. 31. Motor along Route 169, a National Scenic Byway; Route 97, another designated scenic road; or the forested and windy Route 89. This summer package, called the Motorcycle Tour of the Quiet Corner, includes one or two nights’ lodging, a full breakfast daily, lunch at the biker-friendly Vanilla Bean Cafe, and ice cream at a local spot. Stay for two consecutive nights and your lodging bill will be tax free. Rates: $179 one night, $289 two nights, based on double occupancy. 860-963-0306,


Improve your golf game when you stay at The Woodstock Inn & Resort, which offers a summer special featuring unlimited play on an award-winning course designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr. The 18-hole course offers challenging fairways, sand traps, and water hazards, but pros are on hand to help you select the best clubs and perfect your swing. Rates for this package, good through Oct. 31, start at $264, based on double occupancy, and include one night’s accommodation, unlimited play, use of a cart, continental breakfast for two, use of the practice range and putting green, and one yardage booklet (taxes and resort fee extra). 888-481-8802,



The renowned Hilltown 6, a group of potters based in the hilltowns of Western Mass., open their studios and showrooms to visitors July 27-28,
10 a.m. to 5 p.m., for the 7th Annual Pottery Tour and Sale. Print a detailed map for touring the studios, which are located in Windsor, Cummington, Worthington, Ashfield, and Westhampton. See each artist’s tools, kilns, drawings, and objects of inspiration. Many of the potters use special homemade brick kilns, and their high-quality ceramics range from functional to decorative and sculptural. Explore the region’s scenic back roads, farmstands, and swimming holes en route. 413-695-7994,


Create your own crayon color and then design a label for it at the Crayola Experience in Easton, Pa., the birthplace of the crayon. This hands-on experiential center just opened a new facility with four floors of interactive exhibits that allow kids to explore art and technology. Find out how the colorful writing tools are made during a live theater show featuring a Crayonologist and his animated friends, and then scramble around a Crayola-inspired indoor playground with its melted wax tower, paint bridge, crayon box slide, and fun obstacles. Tickets: $15.99 ages 2-64, $13.99 65 and older, free under 2. 610-515-8000,


Get The Weekender in your inbox:
The Globe's top picks for what to see and do each weekend, in Boston and beyond.
Thank you for signing up! Sign up for more newsletters here

The Weather Channel app has new features for Apple users that help if you are planning or packing for an upcoming trip in this country or abroad. Have an iPad? Click on the suitcase icon and get historical weather information that shows the hottest, coldest, wettest, and driest months at your travel spot, along with maps, images, and seven-day weather data. Using an iPhone? Click on the car icon within the maps section, enter your start and end points, choose a route, and then check the weather along your driving route as you go. The iPhone app also includes a new Hurricane Central section with seasonal details. The apps are available through iTunes or the App Store.


Natalie Cake


Lock Laces can help you speed through airport security without fussing with untying and retying your shoes. These easy-to-use fasteners have a spring-loaded lock that holds your laces in place when needed, but quickly loosens when you want to remove your shoe. The elastic laces offer a firm but flexible fit, and let you easily slip shoes on and off. They come in more than a dozen colors, from brown, navy blue, and pink cotton candy to orange creamsicle. $7.99 per pair, or $19.99 for a set of three. 717-877-8829,


The award-winning SmartStick turns virtually any high-definition TV into a giant Android tablet. Download apps for Flixster, Netflix, and Pandora, for instance, and you can stream your movie and music collections while traveling. Also access your photos,
e-mail accounts, and favorite games, or surf the Web. Plug the SmartStick into the HDMI port of any HDTV, whether at a friend’s house or in a hotel room, get online, and then use the wireless SmartStick Keyboard Controller to easily navigate around the TV screen. The slim and portable controller has four Android hot keys, a standard keyboard, and a tiny but easy-to-use touchpad. It connects to the SmartStick using a mini USB receiver. $49.99-$79.99 (4GB/8GB) SmartStick; $39.99 keyboard. 248-805-1080, www.favientertainment


Loading comments...
Real journalists. Real journalism. Subscribe to The Boston Globe today.
We hope you've enjoyed your free articles.
Continue reading by subscribing to for just 99¢.
 Already a member? Log in Home
Subscriber Log In

We hope you've enjoyed your 5 free articles'

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than 25¢ a week
Marketing image of
Marketing image of