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Celebrate fall’s apple harvest at the inaugural New England Cider Week, a series of parties, meals and educational opportunities sponsored by a collaborative mix of restaurants, bars and heritage cider makers (Oct. 24-30). In addition to tasting a variety of fermentations by local brewers — including Eden, Artifact, and Shacksbury — activities offered at six venues (Branch Line; Row 34 Fort Point; Row 34 Portsmouth; Island Creek Oyster Bar Kenmore; Les Sablons; and The Hawthorne) include bocce, bobbing for apples (in cider!), NERF William Tell, a fireside chat with cider makers, and more. At Les Sablons’ Sunday Cider Brunch, Chef Jeremy Sewall presents a bounty of apple-themed dishes, including burnt apple crepes, brioche French toast with caramel apples (yes, please!), and veal tongue sandwich with apple slaw.


If sleigh rides and chocolates make your holiday heart beat faster, make your reservations soon for the Jingle Bell Chocolate Tour in Jackson, N.H. This annual event sells out quickly. Climb aboard an Austrian horse drawn sleigh and be transported between inns, restaurants and general stores in this picturesque village, enjoying tasty chocolates at each destination. Stops include the Inn at Jackson, The Wentworth, An Elegant Country Inn, J-Town Deli & Country Store, The Thompson House Eatery, The Snowflake Inn, The RiverWood Inn, Flossies General Store, and more. Each rider receives an average of 10 hand-made chocolates, and festive Christmas holiday bag for any chocolates not eaten on the tour. Nov. 25-26; Dec. 2-3, 9, 16-17. Sleighs run hourly. Each sleigh accommodates 10 people; at least 4 sleighs depart per hour. $25. 603-383-9356, www.mtwash



Is sailing around the world on your bucket list? Start saving your pennies now for Viking’s second World Cruise, which will span 128-days, five continents, 21 countries and 44 ports, with 10 port overnights. (Departs Miami Jan. 3, 2019). The new itinerary will allow guests to explore South America and the islands of the South Pacific; call upon ports in Africa, from Cape Town to Dakar; and cruise the Strait of Magellan, Tasman Sea, and Indian Ocean, before concluding in London. Guests receive complimentary shore excursion in each of the 44 ports; free unlimited Wi-Fi; business class airfare; all gratuities and service fees, complimentary visa service; free luggage shipping services for embarkation; beverage package covering virtually all drinks on board, and an extensive list of added-value included features. Rates from $49,995 per person. 888-850-6260,



Those looking for an under-the-radar snowy winter destination may want to consider Bogus Basin, a 75-year-old recreation area in Idaho with winter tubing, cross country skiing, and a diverse 2,600 square acres of downhill skiable terrain. New this season, the resort is launching a mountain coaster with bobsled-like cars racing down the mountain on a track. ( Also debuting this season: the Inn 500 Capitol, a luxury boutique hotel in the heart of downtown Boise, an easy half-hour drive from Bogus. Winter sports lovers can take advantage of the new hotel’s Aprés Ski Bogus Package that includes two one-day lift tickets, and après-ski treats and drinks delivered to the room. (All 110 rooms have fireplaces, so cozy up). All guests also enjoy complimentary shuttle services in a Mercedes-Benz sedan or Sprinter Van throughout the
downtown Boise
business district,
including the Boise Airport. Available Dec. 15 through Feb. 28; determined by snowfall during Bogus Basin’s season. Rates from $350 per night. 208-227-0500,



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