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From craft tours to a winter wine and food festival

Hatch Show Print.
Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
Hatch Show Print.



Art collectors and holiday shoppers visiting Vermont over Thanksgiving weekend won’t want to miss the 36th annual Putney Craft Tour (Nov. 28-30, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.). Blacksmiths, glassblowers, potters (like Ken Pick, pictured below), jewelers, stained glass artists, fine art painters, fabric artists, weavers, woodworkers — even artisan cheesemakers — all welcome visitors into their studios and homes to look around, ask questions, and discover one-of-a-kind handcrafted objects. Part of the fun is meandering through the countryside, following the map to find and view works by more than 25 prominent craftspeople. New this year: The tour is partnering with Putney Foodshelf; each studio will have an object for sale with proceeds going to those in need. A participant in American Craft Week, the tour has been nominated as a Top Ten Winter Event by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce.

Artist studios on display at 36th Annual Putney Craft Tour.
Artist studios on display at 36th Annual Putney Craft Tour.


It’s not too early to plan to attend the 12th annual Sun WineFest at Mohegan Sun, an entertainment, gaming, dining, and shopping destination in southeastern Connecticut (Jan. 23-25). Tickets are already on sale for a weekend of events involving fine wine, great food, celebrity chefs, and more. At the Grand Tasting, sample more than 1,000 varieties of wine and beer, including selections from Bogle Vineyards, Bravium, Winebow, Otter Creek, and Harpoon. Hungry? Choice menu items from some of the region’s best restaurants will be available for purchase. A bourbon tasting, presented by Jim Beam, features a variety of fine bourbons, hors d’oeuvres, and cigars. Taste “the-best-of-the-best” vintages and chat with the winemakers during the Elite Cru Tasting. Celebrity chefs will be on hand serving up their best recipes at several live cooking stations at the Celebrity Chef Dine Around, an event where you can also enjoy wine or beer to match each signature dish. Tickets: $70-$210. 888-226-7711,



The inaugural Hotel Week LA kicks off this month (Nov. 29-Dec.14) followed by Hotel Week NYC (Jan. 3-18). Designed as a way to boost bookings during a slower time of year, the weeklong programs provide deals to bargain-hunting travelers who might not otherwise splurge on a vacation or romantic “staycation” at their dream hotel. For this limited time, guests receive special rates and can book rooms for $100, $200, or $300 per night at participating hotels that otherwise charge upwards of $500 per night. Properties participating in the inaugural Hotel Week LA include Hotel Erwin, Huntley Santa Monica Beach, SIXTY Beverly Hills, and The Redbury. Hotel Week NYC is entering its fourth year with more than 30 participating Manhattan hotels, including Archer New York, Hotel Belleclaire, and Wolcott Hotel.



Fans of the city’s music, art, and culture will enjoy the new daily tours offered by Nashville’s iconic letterpress print shop, Hatch Show Print. A historic property of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, the 135-year-old operation is one of the oldest working letterpress print shops in the country. Over the years its posters have featured a host of entertainers, from the early stars of the Grand Ole Opry like Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, and Elvis, and continuing into this century with artists such as Pearl Jam and Mumford & Sons. On the tour, learn about the history of letterpress printing and the process of poster production — from carving blocks to hand-setting type and cranking the presses — and visit the Hatch Show Print Space for Design, a new classroom-workshop designed for tours and hands-on family programs. At the conclusion, guests are invited to print their own commemorative pieces. Adults $15, youth $10. Museum ticket not required. 615-577-7710,



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