A luxurious and festive holiday feast
Savor lobster, filet mignon, or lamb during a holiday lunch at Yvonne’s supper club, an homage to a century-old Locke-Ober tradition at 2 Winter Place in Boston. These festive midday meals draw inspiration from Locke-Ober’s classic menus while sticking with Yvonne’s current social dining format, enabling guests to dine and mingle during these extravagant Friday afternoon events. The restaurant’s new Martini Lounge features vodka and gin martinis paired with vermouths and more. Seatings take place every half hour from noon to
1:30 p.m. on Dec. 15 and 22. 617-267-0047, www.yvonnesboston.com.
GRAB A MEAL AND MOVIE IN CAMBRIDGE
Looking for a cozy and mellow evening experience during the winter season? Grab a hearty Italian meal at Sulmona Restaurant followed by a movie at the Kendall Square Cinema. The two venues have teamed up to offer diners a special meal-and-movie combo this winter. Enjoy homemade pasta, pizza from a custom-built oven, or any entree at Sulmona between 4 and 6:30 p.m. daily and get an $8 movie ticket to any film at the cinema. 617-714-4995, www.sulmonacambridge
BOND WITH SANTA AT THIS CAPE EVENT
Cuddle baby goats and bunnies, visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, and enjoy the 12 miles of holiday lights that turn Sandwich’s Heritage Museums and Gardens into a twinkling wonderland this month. Gardens Aglow takes place Dec. 10, 15-17, 22, 29, and 30, 4:30-8:30 p.m. Go on a Reindeer Scavenger Hunt, see ice-carving demonstrations (Saturdays only), roast marshmallows over fire pits, and enjoy holiday music and dance performances each night. Also see a giant gingerbread house, meet Mrs. Claus at a re-created North Pole, and get your photo taken with Santa in the museum’s Ford Model T. Don’t miss the Heritage Holiday Express exhibit, featuring two levels of model G trains traveling through replicas of well-known bridges that are made with moss, twigs, and other natural
elements. Meet the animals on Dec. 29 and 30. $15/$18 adult members/nonmembers; $5/$7 children members/nonmembers; free 2 and under.
TRADE IN OR BUY GOOD PATAGONIA GEAR
Looking to snag some good used gear for the winter season, or maybe get Patagonia credit to put toward presents, all while helping save the earth? Patagonia’s new Worn Wear Trade-In Program lets you trade in your unwanted Patagonia gear and get credit for buying something new at Patagonia retail stores (head for the one on Newbury Street) or at www.patagonia.com. Or purchase something used at www.wornwear.com. The environmentally minded company will gussy up your old gear and sell it for less than its original price, to help keep good clothes out of landfills and extend their life. Trade in or buy used men’s, women’s, and kids’ clothes of all styles, or even Patagonia luggage. Each online Worn Wear listing tells the age, size, and condition of the garment. Patagonia offers a satisfaction guarantee for each used piece.
VISIT COLORADO’S MOUNTAIN COASTERS
Put your love of snowy hills and high-speed thrills together on Colorado’s new mountain coasters. Three resorts have opened mountain coasters this year: Steamboat Ski Resort has unveiled North America’s longest mountain coaster, which takes riders on 2,600 feet of uphill track and then offers 3,680 feet of downhill twists, turns, waves, dips, and 360-degree
circles while dropping 420 vertical feet. Copper Mountain’s coaster spans 5,800 feet (up and down) with
430 feet of vertical drop, and Snowmass’ aptly named Breathtaker Coaster has 5,700 feet of track and offers a ride time of seven to nine minutes. Best of all, the coasters operate year-round, so you can go back and see if you’re faster in warmer weather. Stay tuned: Purgatory Resort in Durango will open a new 4,000-foot-long mountain coaster in 2018. www.coloradoski.com.
A rugged phone for travelers
Samsung’s new Galaxy S8 Active has a rugged water-resistant body with shock-absorbent bumpers on the corners and a shatter-resistant screen that will protect it from drops and spills as you travel. It’s a bit larger and heavier than the regular S8 (7.34 ounces versus the regular S8’s 5.47 ounces), but it’s thick metal and plastic body can withstand more abuse on the road, including dust, humidity, salt, and other elements, and it has an impressive 4000mAh battery that lasts for up to 32 hours of talk time. It offers the S8’s standard — and welcoming — features, including iris- and fingerprint-scanning security, the Bixby smart feature which responds to voice commands and gets to “know” you, and a 5.8-inch touchscreen, plus 64GB of internal storage and a MicroSD slot for more memory. It has a flat versus curved touchscreen and Qualcomm’s powerful Snapdragon 835 processor. $849.99. www.samsung.com.
A FEATHERWEIGHT FISHING POLE
Pack the Mini Sawtooth Rod on your next backwoods adventure and try snagging a 20-pound trout for dinner —