ANOTHER NEW BOSTON HOTEL
Why open one hip new hotel on Boston’s trendy side when you can open two? Aloft Boston Seaport — owned by the same company that launched the Element hotel a few weeks ago — has just opened its doors to visitors. The Starwood Hotels and Resorts property sits across the street from the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. It offers loft-like rooms, an indoor fitness center and pool, an in-room sound system that can be synced to a smartphone, and doggie packages so you can bring your furry friend along. The W XYZ bar welcomes emerging artists and some of the area’s hottest bands, with no cover, and re:fuel by Aloft offers grab-and-go bites and beverages. Add to that killer city views, and you’ll love this spot. 866-716-8143, www.aloftbostonseaport.com.
INDULGE IN THIS PORTSMOUTH DINNER SERIES
Head to Row 34 Portsmouth most Tuesday nights through March 8 for a weekly pop-up dinner series that features several of the region’s top chefs. Each chef will prepare a selection of a la carte dishes that represents his or her cooking style. Upcoming events feature dishes by Kevin Nocella from Surf Portsmouth, Feb. 23; Matt Jennings from Townsman Boston, March 1; and Brett Cavanna from Louie’s Portsmouth, March 8. 603-319-5011, www.row34nh.com.
FLY FROM THE ARCTIC TO ANTARCTIC
Whip out that high-roller credit card and book a seat on the first-ever private jet trip from the Arctic to Antarctic. UK-based Private Jet Tours will run the 11-day Tip to Toe Expedition for up to 10 adventurers Jan. 2-12, 2017. You will take off from London on a long-range luxury jet and spend the first three nights in glass igloos and wooden lodges at a resort in Lapland. Here, you can ski, ice fish, and ride reindeer through dense forests. The group then shoots down to Cape Town for a stay at one of Africa’s top-rated hotels, the Cape Grace Hotel. Finally, you’ll hop on a chartered flight to Antarctica, where you will experience 24 hours of daylight, visit ice caves, learn to kite ski, and meet emperor penguins. $99,585 per person (not including single supplement fee). You won’t get frequent flier points for the 17,967-mile journey, but you’ll get serious bragging rights. www.veryfirstto.com.
AMERICA’S SHRINE OF DEMOCRACY TURNS 75
Celebrate the 75th anniversary of Mount Rushmore’s completion with a visit to this famous sculpture near Rapid City, S.D. The Shrine of Democracy features the 60-foot faces of four US presidents (refresher: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln), and took 14 years to build, wrapping up in 1941. The Mount Rushmore National Memorial has an interactive museum named after one of the monument’s creators, Lincoln Borglum. This year, the Journey Museum and Learning Center in Rapid City also hosts a special Mount Rushmore exhibit. While in the state, stop at Wall Drug (celebrating its 85th this year), Dinosaur Park (turning 80 years old), and Storybook Land (now 40, and home to more than 60 larger-than-life displays of classic fairy tales and nursery rhymes). Free entry at the memorial, but $11 parking fee. www.mtrushmorenationalmemorial.com.
A SPEEDY WAY TO TRANSFER FILES
Toshiba’s new TransferJet USB wireless adapters let you transfer large files quickly, meaning you can load movies, music, maps, and more onto your travel device right before stepping out the door — and even swap vacation photos with your new friends while on the road. The best part: no scrambling to find the right cords. Toshiba makes three adapters that plug into your USB, microUSB, and lightning-compatible Apple devices, and let you share information between these gadgets wirelessly, at up to 560 megabytes per second. Just download the TransferJet software to use these products, and keep the devices, with the adapters attached, within several centimeters of each other. Your biggest challenge: keeping track of these tiny, roughly thumbnail-size adapters. 888-592-0944, www.toshiba.com.
VERSATILE JACKET FOR LITTLE ADVENTURERS
Obermeyer’s new Lovey Jacket proves the perfect travel piece for girls up to youth size 8. This puffy jacket has soft synthetic insulation for keeping your child toasty when the temps dip, and a durable water-repellant finish that fends off wet snow and sprinkles. It packs down small so it can be stashed in a carry-on or other travel bag, and works great on its own or when layered with a winter jacket for colder adventures. The Lovey has lined hand-warmer pockets, a fleece chin protector, and elastic wrist bands that help keep snow out. The best part: It incorporates Obermeyer’s I-Grow system, which means you can extend the length of the sleeves and torso — equivalent to a full size — so your little adventurer can wear it longer. $99.50. 800-525-4203, www.obermeyer.com.