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TOUR AND SAMPLE AT

THE CAPE’S LATEST DISTILLERY

Go for a tour and tasting at South Hollow Spirits in Truro, the first legal distillery on Cape Cod since Prohibition, now through Columbus Day. The small-batch rum distillery runs free 20-minute tours daily at noon and 2 p.m., providing information on fermentation, distillation, and ingredient sourcing. For $10, you can sample the Twenty Boat Cape Cod Amber Rum and the Twenty Boat Handcrafted Cape Cod Spiced Rum (pictured at right), and get a tasting glass to take home. Then grab a lobster roll, duck taco, or burger from Crush Pad, the onsite food truck owned by BlackFish restaurant in Truro. The distillery is open Mon-Sat 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun noon-5. 508-487-6200, www
.southhollowspirits.com

A BIG EVENT WITH A LONG HISTORY FOR A SMALL TOWN IN MAINE

Little Windsor has held one of the biggest agricultural fairs in Maine since 1888. Join in this year’s fun, Aug. 30 to Sept. 7, when you can watch team penning and barrel racing competitions, see goat and poultry shows, listen to live music by the Cowboy Angels, Down East Brass, and the Poulson Sisters, and offer high fives and cheers for 4H participants from across the state as they vie for prize money. Don’t miss the garden tractor pull, the pig scrambles for kids 8 to 10, and the Ladies Fry Pan Throwing Contest. The event, which takes place on 225 acres, features carnival-like rides, too; buy a bracelet for $22 ($15 for Kiddie Land) anytime after 1 p.m. and enjoy unlimited rides until 10 p.m. Admission: Adults $8-$9, under age 16 free; parking free. 207-549-7121, www.windsor
fair.com

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NEW ORLEANS TRAVEL PASS

SAVES TIME AND MONEY

The Big Easy has just relaunched the New Orleans Power Pass to enable visitors easy access to more than 25 of the city’s top attractions, tours, and experiences. The pass has a new smartphone- and tablet-friendly website, and now offers visitors fast-track entry at some attractions and a free ticket to the Adventures in New Orleans Bus Tour. See rare Louisiana white alligators at the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, visit Lousiana’s iconic Oak Alley Plantation, and take a boat tour through the alligator-filled Manchac Swamp. One-day pass starts at $80.49 per adult and $49.49 for kids ages 2 to 12, with two-, three-, and five-day options. www.neworleanspass.com

AN APP THAT GUIDES YOU

WHEREVER YOU GO

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Avenza’s PDF Maps app lets hikers navigate while off the grid and travelers stay on track without cell or data service. The invaluable app, geared to Apple and Android users (Windows version coming soon), gives you access to more than 200,000 free or low-cost maps, including ones created by National Geographic, the National Park Service, and the United States Geological Survey. Install the app on your GPS-enabled phone or tablet and then download maps of college campuses (great for first-time students), cities (perfect for travelers), and hiking trails (ideal for backpackers, skiers, and other outdoor enthusiasts), for instance. Your device uses satellites to track your route and locate your position, so you don’t need to pay exorbitant data or roaming fees while traveling or worry about losing cell access. You’ll find everything from large-scale road maps to 1:250,000 topographic maps from around the world. Use the interactive maps for geocaching, to retrace your steps if lost, and to waypoint or tag photos along your route. www.pdf-maps.com

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FUN AND INDESTRUCTIBLE

KIDS’ LUGGAGE

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Travel Buddies 3D luggage can take a beating from pint-size travelers and remain intact and ready for the next adventure. These roll-aboard suitcases and backpacks, made by TrendyKid, come in fun shapes and designs, with butterfly, penguin, ladybug (pictured at right), robot, and other options. The 17-inch hard-shell wheelie suitcase comes with a telescoping handle (adjustable to suit an adult or child), sturdy skateboard-like wheels, an easy-to-operate zipper for little fingers, an inner pocket for organizing and stashing toys, and garment straps for keeping other items in place. The 13-inch matching backpack comes with a hard shell on one side and a canvas back with comfy adjustable shoulder straps on the other. Suitcase $64.99, backpack $29.99, both $89.99. www.trendykid.com

DEVICE MONITORS

YOUR HOME’S ENERGY USE

Find out just how much power you’re using while you’re away with Blue Line Innovations’ PowerCost Monitor. The monitor easily hooks up to your existing power meter (no professional installation necessary) and tracks electricity usage in your home or office. This info gets sent to your smartphone, tablet, or computer, so you can access it from anywhere in the world and then make informed decisions on how to reduce your electricity costs. Track how much energy you’re using while having the lights, irrigation system, and various appliances like air conditioners running. The device lets you track historical data, so you can monitor usage over time. Connect your sensor to your Wi-Fi network for transmitting real-time electricity data to your smartphone. Works with Apple and Android devices, and PCs and Macs. $179. www.blue
lineinnovations.com

KARI BODNARCHUK