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    Lobsteroalooza to pickpocket-proof apparel



    The 2d annual Lobsterpalooza

    (Sept. 8-14) is a celebration taking place throughout the Penobscot Bay region, the self-proclaimed “lobster capital of the universe” (207-541-9310, During the weeklong event, shops, inns, and restaurants will offer special deals including lobster for breakfast, lunch, and dinner; lobster and wine tasting tours; a lobstermen’s talent show; Best Lobster Roll competition; tours of a lobster processing operation; and the chance to pull traps on a working fishing boat. The Historic Inns of Rockland (Berry Manor Inn, Captain Lindsey House, LimeRock Inn, and Granite Inn) are hosting three-night Lobsterpalooza Getaway packages. From

    $640 per couple. 877-762-4667,



    If you can’t get enough late-summer lobsters, New England Inns & Resorts has put out Last Call for Lobster packages that offer one-stop-shopping for lobster experiences in the region. Each participating venue offers its own unique program, such as the Nonantum Resort’s Lobsters Alive package that features two nights’ lodging, two tickets for a hands-on lobster boat tour aboard the Rugosa, dinner for two, and a lobster cooking demo

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    with the resort chef. From $389, though Oct. 10. Or eat your lobsters while staying in a lighthouse at the Sebasco Harbor Resort. From $219, through Oct. 17. 603-964-6689,



    Enjoy the perks and savings of a package trip without the hassle of tour bus crowds. The Northern Spain in Paradores package, offered by TourCrafters, is an eight-day, seven-night self- drive tour that includes deluxe accommodations in former
    castles, palaces, convents, and other historic sites; breakfast; and car rental with pickup and drop off in Madrid ($1,180 per person, double occupancy; land only). Price valid — with Sunday departures — through Nov. 24. 800-482-5995,


    Heading to the Big Easy? The Sheraton New Orleans Hotel celebrates its recent $50 million in renovations with a 30th Anniversary Package that includes $30 food and beverage credit, and 30 percent off valet parking for one car per day. The hotel is located on Canal Street in the French Quarter, only steps away from Bourbon Street and the riverfront. Available through Dec. 31. Rates from $145; mention rate plan LBPKG1. 504-525-2500,


    Attention oyster aficionados! The 5th annual Montreal Oysterfest, a culinary celebration of the succulent bivalve, is moving to a new location: Terrasses Bonsecours, a moated island in the heart of Old Port (Sept. 8, 1-9 p.m.). The eight-hour extravaganza features oysters handpicked by the Old Port Fishing Co. (over 14,000 oysters were served last year); food prepared by the town’s top chefs; food-related products, crafts, and books; the Mott’s Clamato Caesar Throwdown; and a highly-competitive shucking contest. All proceeds go to the Open Pier Foundation, a nonprofit that promotes the sustainability of aquatic life. Tickets: $35 entry plus 2 drink-food tickets; $65 entry plus 10 drink-food tickets; additional food tickets $5.




    Tired of your luggage getting lost when you travel by air? Trakdot, a palm-sized GPS device that you tuck in your bag, keeps you connected to your valuables. When your flight lands, you’ll receive an e-mail or text message confirming your checked luggage

    arrived with you. If your luggage is missing, your bag can be tracked anywhere with your mobile phone (Android and Apple smart phones) or online. The lightweight design is built for travel, and easy to use with a free app that works any-where, no roaming fees. $49; activation fee $8.99; annual service fee $12.99. 855-558-8722,


    Clever Travel Companion’s safety apparel keeps your cash, credit cards, passport, and other valuables safe from pickpockets. The new line features men’s and ladies underwear,

    T-shirts (crew neck and V-neck), tank tops, and long johns — all with built-in, zippered pockets. The products come in sizes from XXS to XXXL, from $17.90 with free shipping for orders over $75.