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    Can a working farm double as a luxury resort? At the newly rebranded Winvian Farm in Connecticut’s Litchfield Hills, the answer is a resounding yes. Set on 113 acres bordering extensive woods and lakes, the Relais & Châteaux property features 18 individually designed cottages, one suite in the historic 1775 farmhouse, five-star candlelight dining, a 5,000-square-foot spa, new 40-foot outdoor swimming pool, plus three acres of vegetable and fruit gardens, four greenhouses, an apiary, and livestock including sheep, pigs, and chickens. Executive chef Chris Eddy and proprietor Margaret Smith are committed to serving organic, non-GMO cuisine from products either grown on the farm or locally sourced. In the spirit of agricultural tourism, guests are encouraged to help pick produce for their next meal. Seasonal rates from $459-$1,375. 860-567-9600,


    Visual, conceptual, and performance artist, environmental activist, and visionary Jay Critchley has shown and performed his work in Argentina, Japan, England, the Netherlands, Germany, Colombia, and the United States. This spring, the Provincetown Art Association & Museum (PAAM) presents “Jay Critchley, Incorporated,” the first-ever museum survey of this longtime P-town resident. Spanning more than 30 years, the exhibit chronicles the highlights of his career including projects, corporate personas, and enterprises — both humorous and serious — that tackle the big issues of our time, including global pathogens, plastics, car culture, climate change, and corporate domination. May 1-June 21, $10. Opening reception May 8, 7 p.m. Free. 508-487-1750,



    An 8-foot-long pink crocodile made of chewing gum, a 900-pound gorilla made of recycled car doors (pictured here), and a 3-foot-tall rhinoceros made from silver trays are just several of the sculptures crafted from recycled, reused, and repurposed materials on exhibition at the Philadelphia Zoo through Oct. 31. Featuring the work of 11 artists from five countries, “Second Nature” aims to use large-scale contemporary art installations to forge a connection between wasteful human behavior and animal endangerment. Of course, there are plenty of real animals to see. The zoo’s 42-acre Victorian garden is home to more than 1,300 animals, many of them rare and endangered, including cheetahs, hippos, giraffes, reptiles, birds, monkeys, apes, polar bears, and more. Adults $20, children ages 2-11 $18, under 2 free. 215-243-1100,



    Attention, shoppers! Conrad Hotels & Resorts is offering its guests a unique way to experience the cities they visit. Available in Miami through May 22, the Shop the City by Conrad package provides a customizable shopping day complete with expeditions to Burberry, Saint Laurent, and Tourneau, as well as a local boutique, The Webster. Includes two-night luxury accommodations, breakfast-for-two each morning, and a full day of shopping at the city’s chicest boutiques from the comfort of your own chauffeured vehicle. In addition, the hotel’s concierge can offer recommendations for cultural destinations based on your preferences. Rates from $405 per night, two-night minimum. The brand is also offering limited-time Shop the City by Conrad stays in select cities throughout 2015, including: Conrad Dubai, Conrad Istanbul, Conrad Tokyo, Conrad Beijing, Conrad Hong Kong, and Conrad New York. 1-800-CONRAD,



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    Style meets durability in the new waterproof iPhone case by Catalyst. Fully dust-, dirt-, and snow-proof, the ultra-slim case is tested IP-68 waterproof to a depth of 16.4 feet, and military-grade impact protection safeguards from drops and shocks up to 6.6 feet. A sensitive touchscreen film gives full access to all iPhone functions and features, and the signature hard-coated optical lens ensures perfect photography even under the wettest conditions (pictured above). Additionally, the cases are manufactured to work with the majority of aftermarket chargers and headphones, meaning you no longer have to remove the case to use the ports and jacks. Available in a variety of colors. $64.99
    (iPhone 4/4S/5/5S); $69.99
    (iPhone 6); $74.99 (iPhone 6 Plus).


    Designed for travelers and commuters, Kinivo’s Wireless Bluetooth Headphones (BTH240) offer a lightweight way to make hands-free calls and wirelessly stream music directly from your mobile devices. A built-in noise-canceling microphone automatically pauses music when receiving an incoming call, and buttons let you switch tracks and adjust volume. An integrated rechargeable lithium-ion battery provides 10 hours of continuous active audio, or 200 hours when in standby mode, and a mini port allows for charging with USB cable (included). The curved design and cushioned pads provide comfortable behind-the-head, over-the-ear use. The slim and foldable headphones fit into a carrying pouch that can easily slip into your backpack, purse, or briefcase. $20.