COOKBOOK CELEBRATES NEW HAMPSHIRE FLAVORS
Calling all foodies! Those who seek great culinary experiences when traveling will want to check out “The Flavor of the Grand North,” a new online recipe book with nearly 35 contributions from businesses and attractions throughout northern New Hampshire. Each entry includes a spectacular photo, recipe, and information about the venue. Peruse the pages to find your favorite dish at a familiar vacation spot, or discover a new foodie destination. Includes recipes for breakfast, beverages, breads, soups, main dishes, and desserts, including curried maple pumpkin soup offered at the Riverfire event in Berlin, smoked grouse crostini at Lopstick Lodge in Pittsburg, and the lobster special at Mountain View Grand Resort & Spa in Whitefield. Free. www.nhgrand.com/recipe-book/.
SPRING AND SUMMER DEALS BLOOM ON THE VINEYARD
Winnetu Oceanside Resort in Martha’s Vineyard has reopened for the season with family friendly spring deals and new summertime amenities. Styled after the traditional New England seaside resorts, the Winnetu features 58 suites, studios, and private cottages, each with kitchenettes, and separate living areas. Set beside the natural dunes at South Beach, at the head of hiking and biking trails, the resort is three miles from Edgartown’s charming restaurants and shops. Spring and early summer specials include stay three nights and get an additional night free. (Available through June 28, includes Mother’s and Father’s Day weekends.) Just in time for summer, the property will debut a new expanded pool and deck with eight poolside cabanas, hot tub and kiddie pool area, food and beverage service, hot tub for cooler nights, and upgraded poolside grill. Spring rates from $175. 508-310-1733, www.winnetu.com.
Traveling from London to Amsterdam and Rotterdam just got easier — and faster — with the April launch of new Eurostar rail routes. For the first time, passengers will be able to travel in stylish comfort from St Pancras in the heart of London direct to the Netherlands at a speed of 186 mph in just three hours on high-speed trains designed by Italian design firm Pininfarina. Eurostar is also promoting the environmental benefits of high speed rail, boasting its journey from London to Amsterdam emits 80-percent less carbon than the equivalent short haul flight. One-way fares from $48. www.eurostar.com/us-en.
TEACHER APPRECIATION DEALS
National Teacher Appreciation Week begins May 6, and three hotels are honoring educators with special deals that extend beyond the one week celebration. At Hilton Orlando, teachers are rewarded with 20 percent off best available rate plus daily $50 resort credit. Additional offers include free and reduced admission to nearby SeaWorld, Crayola Experience, Legoland Florida, Orlando Science Center, and more. Available through August. To reserve by phone, ask for the TEA rate code. 888-353-2013, thehiltonorlando.com/teachers. Rather head to New Orleans? At the Windsor Court Hotel, teachers can save 20 percent off room rates, and 15 percent off all hotel outlets, including restaurant, bar, parking, spa, and café. Available through Dec. 30. This deal can only be booked online; use code MKTEDU. www.windsorcourthotel.com. AC Hotel Miami Aventura’s Just for Teachers Package offers up to 25 percent off room rates, two welcome cocktails, $25 gift card toward a relaxation treatment, European breakfast for two, upgrade to Premium King, free parking and 4 p.m. late check out. Book from May 6 through Sept. 30. 786-590-5100, www.marriott.com.
HIGH TECH GEAR FOR BABY
Traveling with infants and toddlers can be challenging. Since most hotels and other accommodations don’t offer in-room facilities for boiling water, finding a way to sterilize pacifiers and bottle parts can be nearly impossible. To solve this dilemma, bblüv introduces Üvi, a four-in-one portable sterilizer that eliminates germs from pacifiers, bottle nipples, and sippy cup spouts without the use of harsh chemicals. By utilizing ultralight sterilization (UV-C), Üvi eliminates 99 percent of pathogens. Can also be used for teething toys and toothbrush heads. At less than four inches high and wide, the unit is easy to pack. $25.99. bbluvgroup.com/product/bbluv-uvi-sterilizer.
SEAT COVERS PROTECT FROM GERMS
Germaphobes can take protection to a new level with Seat Savers, reusable seat covers for airplanes, trains, or even movie theater seats. To insulate yourself from the flu, MRSA, eColi, and other pesky germs you might encounter while traveling, simply unfold the seat cover and stretch it over the top of the seat. Then sit down and relax. The lightweight black fabric is washable and reusable. The Original package includes two sanitary wipes for arm rests and tray table, one allergy mask, and one disposable tray table cover. Also recommended to minimize risks for those flying with severe peanut or tree nut allergies. $14.99. Wedding seat covers are available with pink or white embroidered text saying Just Married, Bride, Groom, Bridesmaid, and other options. $19.99. seatsitters.com.