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    DON’T MISS THIS VERMONT
    MUSIC FESTIVAL

    Get tickets now for Grace Potter’s Grand Point North music festival in Burlington, Vt., Sept. 16 and 17. The festival, organized by Higher Ground, takes place at Waterfront Park and features “local favorites, regional and national bands, and expertly crafted local food, drink, performance, art, and mayhem,” says Potter, the festival headliner and show curator. Other performers will be announced this spring. The festival includes an art installation called Grand Point Weird that’s curated by Potter’s sister, Charlotte Potter, who works at Virginia’s Chrysler Museum of Art. Early bird and VIP tickets have already sold out, but two-day tickets are still available for $79. 802-652-0777, www.higher
    groundmusic.com
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    A SWEET GETAWAY IN THE
    GREEN MOUNTAIN STATE

    Get a taste of the maple syrup-making process at Vermont’s Inn at Manchester, a 21-room family-owned property located between the Taconic and Green mountains. Enjoy a behind-the-scenes look at the process and sample local products during the special Maple Getaway package, good anytime through April 15. The deal includes accommodations for two, full breakfast, a tour of the Sugar Shack, a quart of maple syrup and a half-pound of the inn’s pre-made buttermilk pancake mix to take home, and a discount on all products at the Sugar Shack. Rates start at $195 per night, double occupancy. 802-362-1793,
    innatmanchester.com

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    HOTELS PROMOTE THE SECRET
    TO HAPPY LIVING

    Three New York hotels have embraced the Danish concept of hygge, a feeling of contentment and well-being, and the idea of making ordinary things meaningful. The hotels, including the Kimpton Hotel Eventi, The Kimpson Muse Hotel, and the newly renovated Kimpton Ink48 Hotel, now offer a Hygge (pronounced hoo-gah) Concierge. Through this service, guests can select amenities to create a pleasant in-the-moment experience. These amenities include artisanal teas, essential aromatherapy oils, fresh flowers, an in-room yoga mat, and access to a pillow library and a curated library of books (ask for “The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living”). Or enjoy guided meditation or yoga at the Shinnyo Center for Meditation and Well-Being (guests receive a discount). Room rates start at $299, not including amenities, which range from $10 (slippers) to $220 (Frette bathrobe). 800-546-7866, www.kimptonhotels.com

    SAVOR SEATTLE’S
    NEW CHOCOLATE TOUR

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    Take a new interactive tour of the Seattle Chocolates factory, and get a behind-the-scenes look at chocolate making and a chance to sample the goods. The Experience Chocolate tour marks the first time in the company’s 25-year history that it has opened its doors to the public. Learn about the history of chocolate and the cacao plant in the Chocolate Classroom, get a bird’s-eye view of the bustling factory, and discover how to create a truffle, as you watch how it’s carefully crafted, poured, molded, shaken, and then run through a chocolate waterfall before being cooled. Then experience the Tasting Room, where you can nibble on fresh chocolates and suggest new flavors. Tours run Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., for anyone 6 and older. Admission $10 per person. www.seattlechocolates.com/tours

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    AN APP THAT HELPS YOU ID BIRDS

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    A single bird species can have hundreds of different songs, and birds, like people, have many different accents — just like New Englanders. Maynard-based Wildlife Acoustics has created an app that can identify birds by their song. The company has teamed up with North American birding expert David Sibley to create Song Sleuth. This app records a bird’s song and presents possible matches. You can then cross-check those matches using the built-in David Sibley Reference, which includes illustrations, information about each bird’s habits, habitats, and migration patterns, and sample recordings that you can compare with the spectrograms of your recording. This enables you to positively ID your bird, and hone your birding skills. The app, which just launched, costs $9.99 on Apple’s App Store (Android version in the works). www.songsleuth.com

    A LOW-KEY, HIGH-TECH BAG

    Pacsafe’s new Vibe travel backpacks can protect your belongings and information from even the craftiest thief. The comfortable, well-designed bags come with puncture-resistant zippers, proprietary slashguard material and straps (so no one can slice open your bag or cut the straps), and an RFID-blocking pocket that protects the personal information on your chip-enabled passport or credit cards. Use the clever PopNLock security clip to release one of the shoulder straps and attach the bag to a table leg or other sturdy spot. Thanks to Pacsafe’s new Roobar Sport locking system, the interlocking zipper pulls fit together like puzzle pieces and then quickly clip onto a simple, secure lock that’s built into the bag. Stow the backpack straps and carry the bag by a sturdy handle, and stash your laptop in the internal padded sleeve. The bag ranges from 20 to 40 liters, and $89.95 to $139.95. 206-722-7233, www.pacsafe.com

    KARI BODNARCHUK