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Calling all oyster lovers! If you’ve ever wanted to learn more about growing, harvesting, and processing these tasty bivalves, here’s your chance. Island Creek Oysters has just released its Duxbury farm tour schedule dates through September. Guests meet at the farm, board a vessel, and tour the production with an oyster expert on Duxbury Bay (at right). Includes an unlimited amount of freshly harvested Island Creeks. Tours sell out quickly on a first-come, first-served basis, and reservations are made exclusively on the website. Make sure to wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather. $80 per person.


Heading to Vermont over Memorial Day Weekend? Kick off the summer season with old-fashioned family fun and high-quality arts at the Mayfest Arts & Craft Festival in Bennington. (May 27, 10 a.m.-5 p.m) Now in its 32nd year, the event features more than 125 crafters, ethnic food vendors, lots of children’s activities, and live entertainment. At the daylong event, you’ll find artisans working in wood, pottery, glass, jewelry, and more, as well as local downtown shops, restaurants and galleries open along Main Street. No entry fee, and parking is free. Overnight accommodations available at downtown spots including Four Chimneys Inn, Harwood Hill, Knotty Pine Motel, Paradise Inn, South Shire Inn, and Safford Mills Inn.



Those who love foot-stomping good music and exploring the great outdoors won’t want to miss the 4th Annual Mountain Music Festival in West Virginia (June 1-3). The festival features more than 25 bands, including headliners Umphrey’s McGee and The Revivalists, and takes place in the middle of ACE Adventure Resort, a 1,500-acre outdoor adventure property in the heart of the New River Gorge. Dozens of cabin rentals, bunkhouse beds, and tent sites are available; dining options include everything from guests’ campfires to a variety of lodges, bars, and grills at the resort. Festival attendees are close to the gorge’s outdoor activities such as white-water rafting, rock climbing, and mountain biking, as well as a five-acre Wonderland Water Park. Ticket packages for every length of weekend getaway are offered. 877-382-5893, mountain



Extend your vacation from a week to a month and save with the Ultimate Vail 30-day Live-Like-a-Local package offered by the Antlers at Vail. Your monthlong sojourn includes tax-free luxury lodging in a variety of options from a studio to four-bedroom residences; complimentary lawn tickets for Bravo! Vail and Vail International Dance Festival, Vail Jazz Festival, and Vail Summer Bluegrass Series tickets (depending on event dates); complimentary bikes; loaner GoPro camera; and unlimited access to Vail Athletic Club. Available April 15-Nov. 15. Price varies by dates (peak season June 15-Sept. 15). Rates from $1,850 for 30 days in a studio, one bedroom, or one bedroom with bunks through June 14; additional person or pet is $250 per month. 970-476-2471, www.antlers



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Fjallraven, a Swedish outdoor clothing, equipment, and backpack company, debuts The Travel Pack, a semisoft travel bag perfect for business travel and short duration trips. Made with durable recycled polyester and organic cotton, the carry-on compliant Travel Pack features multiple compartments for organizing small items, such as a flat zippered front pocket, zippered fleece-lined phone pocket, fully padded laptop compartment, and interior organization pockets. The bag (above) unzips at the center to open and lay flat as a small suitcase, with mesh covers to hold items in place. Additional features include padded stow-away shoulder straps, padded leather handles at top and side, and main zipper that is compatible with standard luggage padlocks. Available in redwood, black, navy, and green. $225.


Before heading out on your next seafaring adventure, consider adidas’s Terrex Climacool Parley Boat Shoe for men. Stylish and eco-friendly, these lightweight and breathable shoes are a collaboration between the adidas Group and “Parley for the Oceans,” a leader in conservation and innovations designed to create awareness to end the destruction of the oceans. The shoes, made with yarn from reclaimed and recycled ocean plastic waste, feature knitted upper sock construction for optimal comfort in wet or dry conditions, and an outer sole that drains water, and grips wet and slippery surfaces. $140.