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From July Fourth events to a sleek medical ID





Celebrate the Fourth of July and the Town of Barnstable’s 375th birthday at day and evening events featuring the largest parade on Cape Cod. Beginning at Ocean and Main Streets in the village of Hyannis at 4 p.m., the parade will include crowd favorites such as the Mike Dumas Band with Platform Soul, Jo & Co, and Cape Cod African Dance & Drum. Following the parade awards ceremony on the Hyannis Village Green, the Town of Barnstable Band will entertain with patriotic songs at the bandstand until 6:30 p.m. Before the fireworks display at dusk, boogey down at Aselton Park with Mary C and the Stellars’ mix of rock and soul with a twist of pop, blues, and funk.


Indulge your inner anglophile at one of the Jane Austen weekends offered at the Governor’s House in Hyde Park, Vt. (June 27-29; Aug. 8-10, 15-17; Sept. 5-7; Jan. 9-11, 23-25). Enjoy Regency era pastimes such as English country dancing, sewing workshops, carriage rides, croquet, fly-fishing, and afternoon tea, and participate in lectures and book discussions. During the special Jane Austen Weekend in Character (Aug. 15-17 only) guests interact in the character of their choice throughout the event (period dress optional). Rates from $345 (singles), $295 per person (doubles); $280 per person (triples) includes two-night lodging, Friday evening’s talk over dessert and coffee, afternoon tea, Saturday dinner and book discussion, and Jane Austen quiz with Sunday brunch. 866-800-6888,


Play as many rounds as you want with the Woodstock Inn & Resort’s Unlimited Golf package. Home to Vermont’s only Robert Trent Jones Sr. designed (par 70) course (inset), beginners and seasoned golfers enjoy challenging fairways, over a dozen water hazards, and views of the Kedron Valley from nearly every green. Package includes one-night luxury accommodations, use of golf carts and practice facility, yardage booklet, and as much golf as you can squeeze into a day. For two guests, weekdays from $249, weekends from $299. Through Oct. 31. Rates based on available dates. Schedule tee times in advance. 855-894-0425,




Planning a trip to Ireland? Aer Lingus features a new lineup of fall trips in its online vacation store. Choose from fly-drive packages, Ireland by rail, independent travel, and all-escorted tours. Packages explore countryside and cities, golf, B&Bs, castles, and five-star properties. Services include information about baggage, check-in, visas and passports, special assistance, and traveling with children. The eight-night Best of Ireland package to Dublin, Galway, Clare, Killarney and Killenard is perfect for first-time visitors. Includes roundtrip economy airfare from Boston, accommodations, and car rental for two. September rates from $1,388 per person. 800-495-1632,


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Attention adventurers: The first Stracta Hotel launches this month near the village of Hella, an hour and a half drive from Reykjavík in the south of Iceland. Surrounded by volcanoes, hot springs, waterfalls and glaciers, activities in the area include horseback riding, ice climbing, jeep tours, bird-watching, sailing, fishing, hiking (pictured above), and more. Five accom-modation styles, from two person en suite rooms to semi-detached chalets sleeping up to six people, are connected to the main building by glass walkways. After a day of active exploration, relax in the hotel gardens, hot tubs, and sauna. Doubles from $158 (shared bath); $218 (private bath). 011-354-5318010,



A new Web- and app-based service called CellarPass aims to make your food and wine vacation hassle-free. With just a few clicks or swipes of a finger, you can search for wineries, breweries and distilleries to visit, reserve tasting and tour times, research events, consult visitor reviews, make reservations, purchase tickets, map locations, and navigate directly to your destination. Browse by region, including popular California destinations in Sonoma and Napa, and the Hudson Valley and Finger Lakes in New York. Or search by events such as vintner-led tastings, or exclusive food and wine pairings. Free.


Wear your medical information on your wrist when you travel with the new and stylish MyID Sleek by Endevr. This minimalist bracelet allows your complete medical profile and emergency contacts to be accessed by first responders and medical professionals with a smartphone QR scan, 24/7 call center, or online profile. Waterproof, adjustable fit, six colors. $39.95. Basic plan is free. Premium plan includes one-year free subscription to online health profile that can be updated at any time. ($9/year for additional years.). 888-500-9720,

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