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From an Austrian sleigh to horsing around Waterville Valley Resort

HERE

AN AUSTRIAN SLEIGH RIDE

IN NEW HAMPSHIRE

Snuggle under warm blankets on a 12-passenger Austrian sleigh and let two Belgian draft horses pull you around New Hampshire’s Waterville Valley Resort. The 30-minute ride takes you past historical homes and along village roads on weekends and holidays throughout the winter season. The ride is free for children under 2 on a lap, $12 for ages 2-12, and $18 for 13 and older. Or reserve the 12-person sleigh for $185, or a smaller one-horse sleigh for $149 with two to four passengers. Rides depart from Town Square every half hour on Fridays, 4-8:30 p.m., Saturdays from 1-8:30 p.m., and Sundays 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Reservations are required, even at the last minute. 603-236-8175, www.waterville.com

LEARN TO COOK IN MAINE LUXURY

Foodies interested in an experiential culinary package should sign up for Maine Indulgence, offered by The Inn at English Meadows, a chic bed-and-breakfast in Kennebunk’s Lower Village. This epicurean package blends the flavors of coastal Maine, a hands-on cooking event, and luxurious accommodations. It includes champagne, charcuterie, and cheese upon arrival, a night in one of the inn’s 11 recently renovated rooms, a private hands-on cooking class for two guests at 50 Local in downtown Kennebunk, dinner for two at The White Barn (said to be the only five-star restaurant north of New York), and a souvenir. Package rates start at $1,132 for two people. 800-272-0698, www.englishmeadowsinn.com

THERE

TAKE A SCENIC TRAIN THROUGH THE SIERRA NEVADAS

Climb aboard the Reno Fun Train and Sierra Scenic Train between Feb. 6 and March 16 and enjoy a ride through the stunning Sierra Nevadas. The 15-car, 500-passenger excursion train runs between the San Francisco area and Reno. It operates as the Reno Fun Train (pictured) on weekends, drawing an over-21 crowd, and as the Sierra Scenic Train on weekdays, attracting families and other travelers. The three-day round-trip adventure includes meals, a dance car, a piano lounge with live music, a smoking car with a cigar lounge, and an onboard gift shop. Themed trips include Soul Train, Mardi Gras, Rock ’n’ Roll, St. Patrick’s Day with Beer Tasting, Fabulous ’50s, and a Motown Celebration with Martha Reeves. The Reno Fun Train operates Fridays to Sundays for $250 per person, and the Sierra Scenic Train runs Tuesdays to Thursdays starting at $240; neither rate includes the two-night hotel package. 800-783-0783, www.keyholidays.com

VANCOUVER FESTIVAL CELEBRATES CANADA’S FOOD AND DRINK

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Visit Vancouver, British Columbia, this month and indulge in the decadent flavors (pictured at left) of this cosmopolitan city during the Dine Out Vancouver Festival, Jan. 16-Feb 1. This renowned 17-day festival includes more than 30 events, such as Street Food City, a lunchtime gathering of the city’s popular food carts; The Grape Debate, a wine-centric event at which industry experts verbally spar with facts and humor; Brunch Crawl, a series of tasting tours showcasing Vancouver’s brunch hot spots; and Dinner at the Birdcage, a drag show with dinner in a swanky cabaret space. More than 230 restaurants citywide will offer three-course, prix fixe menus for $18, $28, or $38 throughout the festival, and more than 20 hotels will run special offers, with room rates as low as $78. 604-682-2222, www.dineoutvancouver.com

EVERYWHERE

A TRAVEL PRODUCT FOR THE POTTY TRAINEE

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To make potty training easier for travelers old and young, Kelly Smith, an innovative mom from North Carolina, created the Pack ’n Potty, a seat designed for use in public restrooms. The super lightweight unisex potty seat offers a clean and stable seat for little kids to sit on. The cushioned seat slips out of its attached stuff sack and goes on any standard-size toilet. Protective antimicrobial and waterproof material drapes down over the back, sides and front of the toilet to keep little hands off soiled surfaces. The
Pack ’n Potty has a wet-dry storage pocket for stashing wet clothes, for instance, or a supply of wipes, and it slips off the potty seat and is machine washable and dryer safe. The Pack ’n Potty just hit the market; see Smith’s website, Tottigo. $39.99. 888-816-9204, www.tottigo.com

A BRIEFCASE THAT DOES SOME FOOTWORK EN ROUTE

Carry your laptop and other important travel items in a briefcase that doubles as a massage tool. LEGGAGE, created by Reading-based entrepreneur Jin Kaur, carries like a shoulder bag and has room for a laptop up to 15.6 inches and other small travel items. What makes it stand out, however, is the triangular bump-out on one side that’s made of stiff polycarbonate material with ridges, and can be used to rest and massage your feet while sitting on an airplane or in a business meeting. The quirky-looking but practical bag weighs just 3.1 pounds and has an outside sleeve that can slip onto the retractable handle of your rolling suitcase for easy carrying. $79.99. 781-640-4516, www.leggage.com

KARI BODNARCHUK