HOLLYWOOD COMES TO VERMONT
Hang out with more than 1,500 producers, content creators, and TV fans at this year's Independent Television Festival in West Dover, Vt., Oct. 5-9. The ITVFest, as it's called, draws filmmakers, actors, writers, directors, producers, Hollywood execs, and fans to this laid-back town nestled in the Green Mountains of south-central Vermont. See some of the best new TV pilots, Web series, short films, and documentaries, and then chat about them around the fire pit with some of the industry's top professionals. Everyone from college students to seasoned Emmy-winning veterans from 23 countries submitted 467 shows for consideration in this year's festival; 80 made the cut. The event also includes more than 40 panel discussions and workshops with executives from HBO, The Hallmark Channel, NBCUniversal, and other companies on everything from visual effects to entertainment law, casting, and licensing. Passes start at $35. www.itvfest.com.
A BIRD'S-EYE VIEW OF NEW ENGLAND'S FOLIAGE
Enjoy the foliage by foot, car, and helicopter on a luxurious weekend tour that averages $4,000 a day for two guests. The Over the Top package, offered by Kimpton Marlowe Hotel in Cambridge and Kimpton Taconic Hotel in Manchester, Vt., includes a chartered helicopter excursion from Bedford to Manchester, as you soar over Littleton, the Connecticut River, Stratton Mountain, and other towns and destinations en route, a half-day driving adventure by Land Rover to the Mount Equinox summit, and a guided foliage hike in Manchester. The 4-day, $16,000 package includes a two-night VIP stay at the Hotel Marlowe's Presidential Suite, and two nights in Taconic's Bennett Cottage, transportation to and from the helipads and hotels, breakfasts and dinners at the hotel restaurants, and chef-packed picnic baskets for lunches. The trips run Sept. 29-Oct. 2, Oct. 6-10, and Oct. 13-17. 800-546-7866, www.hotelmarlowe.com.
MORE TITANIC ARTIFACTS ON DISPLAY NOW
Visit Las Vegas anytime through October and see six personal items belonging to First Officer William Murdoch, who was on the bridge when the Titanic hit an iceberg in 1912 and soon plunged to the ocean floor. The artifacts, on show to commemorate the 31st anniversary of the wreck site's discovery, have been available for public viewing only once since 1912. See them during "Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition" at the Luxor Hotel and Casino. The items include a leather toiletry kit with Murdoch's initials, a White Star Line officer's button, a straight razor, and long johns. Murdoch saved many lives before going down with the ship. 800-557-7428, www.premierexhibitions.com.
ALL ABOARD COLORADO'S SKI TRAIN
Starting to plan your winter adventures? Head to Colorado between Jan. 7 and March 26 and you can travel between the airport and ski resorts by train. Passengers arriving at Denver International Airport can hop a new commuter rail train to Union Station, opt to spend a night downtown, and then jump on Amtrak's Winter Park Express, which takes people on a two-hour ride up to the mountains. The Winter Park train, which launched service in 1912, runs on Saturdays, Sundays, and some holidays. It leaves Denver at 7 a.m. and departs Winter Park for the return trip at 4:30 p.m. Rates: $9 commuter rail between the airport and Union Station; $39-$59 between downtown Denver and Winter Park. 303-299-6000, www.rtd-denver.com/a-line.shtml; 888-923-7275, www.amtrak.com/WinterParkExpress.
A LIGHTWEIGHT LAPTOP CORD FOR YOUR TRAVELS
Leave your bulky laptop cord at home and bring a Dart on your travels. This mini laptop charger is made by FINsix, a company founded by a group of MIT graduate students. It weighs just 5.25 ounces and fits in the palm of your hand, yet can deliver up to 65 watts of power to charge your laptop. The 6-foot cord also has a 2.1A USB charger for refueling a USB device at full speed. The Dart comes with nine interchangeable DC power connectors, or tips, making it compatible with most major laptop brands, including Dell, HP, Lenovo, Samsung, Sony, and Toshiba (it does not work with Apple MacBook or Microsoft Surface laptops). The charger has over-voltage, short-circuit, and over-temperature protection, so it's safe to use with your laptop. $99. www.finsix.com.
THE PERFECT HEADSET FOR CHALLENGING CONDITIONS
Plantronics' new Voyager 5200 headset lets you make clear calls even when you're dashing through the airport, riding the train, or standing in a noisy coffee shop. The comfortable headset offers Plantronics' impressive noise-canceling and proprietary WindSmart technology for dampening the sounds of wind, cars, airplane engines, and chattering people. The Bluetooth-compatible device lets you stream music, directions from your phone, and even podcasts while on the go, and provides audio alerts including caller ID and updates on battery level and connection status. It can also stay connected to two devices at once, such as personal and work cellphones or a smartphone and tablet. Dock the Voyager 5200 in the optional charging case and gain an additional 14 hours of talk time. $119.99 headset; $39.99 docking station. 888-752-6876, www.plantronics.com.