NORFOLK EXHIBIT CELEBRATES
Art and poetry are on display in Shedding Light on the Working Forest, a traveling exhibition that celebrates the landscape of the forest in the rural Northeast, and the voices of those who make a living there. The exhibit — an artistic collaboration between painter Kathleen Kolb and poet Verandah Porche — is being hosted collaboratively by Norfolk Library and Great Mountain Forest in northwestern Connecticut, and can be seen at the Norfolk Library (open seven days a week) and Battell Stoeckel Gallery, home of the Yale School of Art at Norfolk (open for specific times, weekends only). The exhibit includes 29 works by Kolb and more than a dozen pieces of narrative verse by Porche. The library will be presenting logger-turned-storyteller Bill Torrey, the subject of several of the paintings, on Labor Day weekend. Through Sept. 28. www.sheddinglightontheworking
YOGA RETREAT IN VERMONT
If the news of the day leaves you stressed, consider taking a break in the bucolic rolling hills of Vermont’s Green Mountains with the Windham Hill Inn’s Go With The Flow yoga package. Just say “om” as you spend two days practicing Vinyasa Flow Yoga with instructor Judy Harrigan on the 160 acres of meadows and woodlands of this 22-room Relais & Chateau property. Enjoy healthy three-course breakfast options and, when not stretching, enjoy a swim in the outdoor heated swimming pool, play tennis on the native Vermont clay court, and stroll a four-mile network of trails winding through pine and maple forests. Available through Sept. 30. From $239/night. 800-944-4080, www.windhamhill.com.
CAPTAIN YOUR OWN BOAT IN
Like the idea of a river cruise in Europe but hate the thought of sharing preprogrammed routes with a bunch of strangers?
LeBoat allows you to plan your own itinerary and navigate your way through lakes, rivers, and canals in France, Italy, Holland, Belgium, Germany, England, Ireland, and Scotland. Choose from a large selection of self-skippered personal cruisers that can accommodate up to 12 passengers. Renters can sleep onboard in comfort and style, saving on hotel costs. Designed to be a home-away-from-home, all boats feature fully equipped kitchens, furnishings, showers and bathrooms, and warm air heating. Some models offer air conditioning. No experience or boating license is necessary. Instructions and orientation are provided to first-time renters, as are suggested itineraries. Online deals offer steep discounts for confirmed bookings Sept. 1-Oct. 31. Prices vary depending on the size of the boat, region, and time of the rental. A boat for two starts as low as $260
for three nights. 800-734-5491, www.leboat.com.
NEW SCENIC DRIVE AND HIKES IN NEW BRUNSWICK
Attention nature lovers: The Fundy Trail Parkway, a 6,323-acre park with 12-mile drive overlooking the Bay of Fundy, offers access for the first time to Long Beach, a spectacular mile-long tidal beach strewn with boulders. At low tide, the beach extends more than 1,600 feet into the bay so visitors can actually “walk on the ocean floor.” Offering impressive views in every direction along coastal cliffs, the paved Parkway is the driving artery, while hiking and biking trails connect to paths and stairways which lead to beaches, waterfalls, Precambrian rocks, and 820-foot cliffs at the water’s edge. Also new: Hikers who wish to experience what an advanced trail is like — but aren’t ready to tackle the entire 24-mile wilderness Fundy Footpath — can now hike 2.7 miles from Big Salmon River to the 1.5-mile Long Beach. The Interpretive Centre, built in the style of an 1800s logging bunkhouse, highlights a time when the region was a prosperous lumber and ship building center. 866-386-3987, www.fundytrailparkway.com/en.
NEW TRAVEL GUIDE APP
Those looking for insider tips by travel professionals should check out the newly relaunched digital Travel + Leisure Travel Guides, and the debut of the Travel Guide mobile app. With 46 places available at launch, and more content continually updated, users can access insights from editors and a network of local correspondents to find the best hotels, restaurants, shops, bars, and things to do in destinations around the world. A standout feature of the app is that it allows you to create custom itineraries using T+L’s curated recommendations. Simply select places to visit, and the app maps a route so you don’t waste time plotting how to get from point A to point B. Offline maps make guides accessible without cellular service or Wi-Fi. Downloadable to Android and iOS devices. www.travelandleisure.com
BLOCK WIND WITH PORTABLE SHIELD
Do windy days spoil your outdoor experiences? Wind Warrior, a 10-foot-by-6-foot portable wind block, allows you to enjoy days on the beach and picnics in the park — without sand in your eyes and leaves in your hair. Made of a special tight-weave 420 denier nylon fabric and secured by a lightweight but ultra-strong steel framework and plated stakes, the Wind Warrior is designed to withstand sustained wind of up to 35 miles per hour. It sets up in 60 seconds, without tools. For lighter winds, spread panels wide; for stronger winds, increase the angle. Heavy-duty, over-size storage bag makes for easy transport. $179.99. 844-466-9463, www.windwarrior.com.