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From MassArt’s annual holiday sale to winter travel deals

The 1 Voice Beanies have Bluetooth sewn into their designs so you can groove to your favorite tunes without worrying about dangling wires or losing your favorite music player.
The 1 Voice Beanies have Bluetooth sewn into their designs so you can groove to your favorite tunes without worrying about dangling wires or losing your favorite music player.handout



The yuletide season kicks off in Gilded Age splendor with Christmas at the Newport Mansions (Nov. 21-Jan. 3). Three of the area's most historic houses — The Breakers (1895), The Elms (1901) and Marble House (1892) — will be festooned in holiday finery, decorated with thousands of poinsettias, wreaths, evergreens, flowers and 24 Christmas trees. Highlights include a gingerbread mansion contest, a working model of the Vanderbilt family's New York Central Railroad, and — new this year in the ballroom at The Elms — a Victorian streetscape scene with sleighs and mannequins dressed in period costumes. Bring the kids to meet Santa (Dec. 6, 13, 20; noon-3 p.m.) and snack on cookies and eggnog — all included in regular admission price. Tours offered daily, except Thanksgiving and Christmas. Winter Passport tickets for daytime admission to any three houses: adults $29.49; ages 6-17 $9; under 6 free. Individual house tickets are also available. 401-847-1000, newportmansions.org

An example of the types of goodies for sale at MassArt’s annual holiday sale.
An example of the types of goodies for sale at MassArt’s annual holiday sale.handout



If you're someone who thinks handcrafted gifts are ever-so-much better than mass-produced objects — but lack that creative talent yourself — you may want to take advantage of great shopping at the MassArt Made Holiday Sale (Dec. 6-12; 10 a.m.-7 p.m.). From amid artwork made by current students and alumni of Massachusetts College of Art and Design, visitors can find unique gifts ranging from oil paintings and handblown glass to scarves, handmade jewelry, ceramics, silkscreen prints, and more (pictured at left). The sale is displayed in the lobby of the Tower Building on Huntington Avenue, near the E-line train to the Longwood Medical Area. The Ward Street parking lot will be open to patrons after 5 p.m. each weekday; and all day Sunday Dec. 6 and Saturday Dec. 12.


Naples Grande Beach Resort.
Naples Grande Beach Resort.handout


On Cyber-Monday (Nov. 30) snag one of three deals offered by Naples Grande Beach Resort — one of southwest Florida's newest luxury hotels — and take comfort in knowing a warm vacation is on your horizon. The trio includes "Book the Grande, get a Grand" promotion, rewarding guests with a $1,000 resort credit for two consecutive night stays in The Grande Suite; the 100 rooms for $100 dollars promo, available for one hour only, 6 to 7 a.m. EST; and Cyber75, a $75 per night resort credit for stays through April 30 (must be booked between Nov. 30-Dec. 7). 866-701-0865, www.NaplesGrande.com/Cyber



Yearning for a European vacation but think it's too expensive? Off-peak excursions allow savvy travelers the opportunity to avoid summer crowds and take advantage of reduced airfares to Europe, cheaper accommodation rates, and shorter queues for popular attractions. With that in mind, Eurail is offering customers a 20-percent price reduction off regular Eurail Global and Select Passes, and one free extra travel day for those who purchase a Eurail Regional or One Country Pass. Purchase must be made before Dec. 31; passes are valid for travel in 28 European countries up to April 1, 2016. Available from a worldwide network of authorized agents. www.eurailgroup.org/eurail-vendors



Enjoy your favorite tunes when traveling with the 1 Voice Beanie, a Bluetooth enabled cap with built-in headphones designed to stream high-quality music from your portable device. Whether you are sitting on a plane or skiing down the slopes, this tight-knit headwear provides a soundtrack to your travels without the use of earbuds and dangling wires. Available in wool or cotton — in various colors and designs — the unisex, one-size-fits-all beanie (pictured at right) is machine-washable. The rechargeable battery lasts 6-8 or 10-12 hours, depending on the model. $59-$69. www.1voicenyc.com/1-voice-beanie-2/



The makers of Secret Sweater have debuted the Shawl & Travel Blanket, a fashion accessory that doubles as a cozy blanket to keep you warm on car, train, or airplane trips. Made of a cotton and modal interlock knit blend, the fabric provides warmth without bulk — indeed, it folds into its own easy transport pouch — and allows users to avoid possibly germ-ridden airline blankets. The wrinkle-resistant garment transitions from blanket to shawl for daytime or evening wear. Available in whisper grey and black. $59.95. www.secretsweater.com