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SKATE OR CHILL AT HISTORIC PROVIDENCE HOTEL

Take your family on a getaway to the historic Providence Biltmore Hotel and enjoy an ice-skating adventure and then a relaxing night in a newly renovated suite. The hotel’s Skate and Stay Package, which runs through March 5, includes admission and ice skate rentals for two children and two adults (a savings of up to $48) at the Providence Rink, located just outside the hotel’s lobby, and $20 for a treat at the onsite Starbucks. Then kick back in a 625-foot suite that comes with two king beds, a living area, a refrigerator, and panoramic city views. The 1922 hotel, located in the heart of the city, offers easy access to the Providence Place Mall and the Providence Children’s Museum. Rates start at $189 per night, based on availability, including accommodations, free Wi-Fi, access to a fitness center, and free transportation within 3 miles of the hotel (does not include parking fee). 401-421-0700, www.providencebiltmore.com

GLIDE ON A BIG BOSTON RINK

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The Boston Harbor Hotel also offers ice skating to the general public through Feb. 21 as part of its Winter on the Wharf program. Slip into a pair of skates and glide around the 2,500-square-foot Rotunda Rink, which is located outdoors under the hotel’s iconic archway, and offers beautiful skyline and harbor views. Rent skates ($8 children, $10 adults) or bring your own. Admission is $5 for children, $10 for adults (Mon-Fri 3-8 p.m., weekends 10 a.m.-8 p.m.). Beginners can sign up for four-week Saturday programs that run throughout December, January, and February, 9-10 a.m., and are suitable for all ages ($110 per person, includes skate rentals). The hotel’s special family package includes one night’s accommodations, four tickets to “Once the Musical” (Dec. 18-20, and 26-27), overnight parking, and breakfast at Rowes Wharf Sea Grille; rates start at $735 per night. 617-439-7000, www.bhh.com

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PERU TOUR FOCUSES ON CULTURAL AND NATURAL EXPERIENCES

Stay in a treehouse lodge in the Amazon rain forest, visit the largest sand dune in the world, interact with indigenous communities along the Amazon River, and visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites on a new Peru trip that’s offered by Big Five Tours and Expeditions. On the 13-day luxury tour Peru: Amazon, Andes, and the Coast, you can meet members of the Jaldar, Jibaro, and Kukama communities along the Amazon and learn about their traditions, ride the Vista Valle train to Machu Picchu, see the terraced slopes of Caraybamba, and visit Cerro Blanco, the world’s tallest sand dune at 6,686 feet. Also see the remarkable Nazca Lines, a series of geoglyphs on a high plateau in the Nazca Desert, and visit the famous Ballestas Islands, a marine life sanctuary with penguins, sea lions, and flying fish. Rates start at $9,670 per person, double occupancy; flights not included. 800-244-3483, www.bigfive.com/tour/peru-amazon-andes-the-coast

GET DOWN FOR OYSTER FESTIVAL, SOUTH CAROLINA STYLE

Grab your shuckers and head to Boon Hall Plantation in Charleston, S.C.,Jan. 31 for one of the world’s largest oyster festivals. The Lowcountry Oyster Festival, which serves more than 80,000 pounds of oysters, includes oyster-shucking and oyster-eating contests, live music, and a fun children’s area that celebrates oysters’ natural habitats. Buy a $12 bucket of oysters (about three dozen oysters), or try options from local restaurants and food trucks. Admission runs $17.50 in advance, or $25 day of the event; children under age 11 free with paying adult. VIP admission costs $100 and includes quick entry through the VIP lane, and VIP access to food, beverages, and oysters. 843-577-4030, www.charlestonrestaurantassociation.com

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A NUTRITION BAR THAT COULD FEND OFF YOUR NAUSEA

Nibble on a nutrition bar to help prevent nausea from motion sickness on your travels. A team of Massachusetts Institute of Technology graduates and Harvard Medical School faculty has developed the Anchor Nutrition Bar, which can help people of all ages fend off nausea (and moms deal with morning sickness) while traveling by car, boat, plane, or other modes of transportation. Eat a bar 15 to 30 minutes before boarding, or after you’re in motion, to provide three to four hours of relief. The bar (pictured here) contains no drugs, and therefore has no side effects, but rather a proprietary mix of protein, ginger, and vitamins. It has a crispy texture and a light blueberry flavor. You’ll find it on Boston Harbor Cruises, or at Cambridge Naturals, the Bass Pro Shops in Foxborough, and other stores, or online. $11.99-$39.99 for three to 12 bars. www.anchornutri.com

TURN YOUNG FELLOW TRAVELER INTO A FLEECE-WRAPPED SUPERHERO

Turn your toddler into a superhero, or at least a cozy little traveler, on future trips with SuperME’s My Pillow Cape. This fleece cape has Velcro to keep it in place and comes with a cushioned neck that serves as a built-in pillow in case your superhero falls asleep mid-adventure. It even comes with a superhero mask that tucks into a little pocket. The cape also doubles as a cozy fleece blanket; tuck the blanket-cape into its pocket and it becomes a travel pillow. $29.90, a portion of which supports PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center. Comes in blue-red, and purple-pink. 866-787-3710, www.supermehero.com

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