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A new Nantucket hotel, Cayman Islands refunds, and other tidbits

The Cayman Islands are offering a Worry Free Hurricane Guarantee.


There’s a new hotel on the block in Nantucket town. Just in time for summer, Hotel Pippa makes its stylish debut steps from the town’s galleries, cocktail lounges, restaurants, boutiques, and showrooms. Aiming to add downtown chic to the island’s historic cobblestones, the 17-room boutique property combines midcentury modern design with contemporary island charm. Hoteliers Christopher and Asta Skehel enlisted designer Giovanna Lucy to transform each light-filled room and suite into a calming retreat enlivened with pops of vibrant color, including works by local artists. Complimentary continental breakfast is available every morning. At night, sip a glass of wine at Petrichor Wine Bar — located off the front lobby — from a selection curated by sommelier and proprietor Jill Viselli. Rates from $299. 508-228-5300, www.hotelpippa.com


Quill Hill and Ira Mountain, both located near Sugarloaf, have added wheelchair ramps so that people with disabilities can reach their summits. Created with a backhoe by the mountains’ owner Adrian Brochu, the ramps fulfill his wish to share stunning views with everyone, Brochu, 71, toiled countless hours — moving rocks and shaping the earth — to build the ramps. At an elevation of 2,848 feet, Quill Hill visitors enjoy a 360-degree view of Tim Pond, Rangeley Lakes, Saddleback, Saddleback Lake, Kennebago, Flagstaff, and the Kibby Wind Power project. www.quillhillmaine.com. Ira Mountain, with an elevation of 1,950 feet, offers a 200-degree view of Mt. Abraham, Sugarloaf, the Canadian Mountains, Big and small Bigelow range, and Poplar and Claybrook mountains. An amphitheater has tables for impromptu picnicking. www.iramountain.com. $10 automobile; $5 ATV, motorcycle and bike; free to hike.


Colorado is touting a series of adult-only escapes. Perfect for those with no kids, or parents who need a break. Simply pack a bag and head to these participating resorts, B&Bs, dude ranches, hot springs, and more for some blissfully child-free R&R. Special adult-only weeks are available at some places, such as at The Home Ranch, Colorado's only Relais & Chateaux dude ranch, and at Smith Fork Ranch, located within the secluded Gunnison National Forest. Sanctuaries that welcome mature audiences year-round include Denver's Queen Anne Bed & Breakfast, with in-room whirlpool tubs, and Stonebrook Resort on Fall River, with secluded outdoor hot tubs overlooking private hiking trails. Enjoy grown up experiences such as the 8th annual Burlesque Festival (July 12-15); couples cooking classes at Uncorked in Centennial; or take a gondola ride to the top of Telluride for a five-star meal at Allred's. www.colorado.com/articles/adults-only-escapes-colorado



Love the Caribbean but worry about hurricanes derailing your vacation? With an unpredictable hurricane season around the corner, the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism has launched a Worry Free Hurricane Guarantee. Includes a full refund of accommodation fees at more than 25 participating hotels, condos, and villas island-wide, with a maximum one-night penalty at most for cancellations made up to 48 hours prior to check-in. The deal goes into effect once an official hurricane watch has been issued by the Hazard Management of the Cayman Islands. Additionally, many properties are offering a free replacement stay throughout the summer months, allowing guests to rebook for the same duration as the initially-booked stay, regardless of how many days were affected by a storm. Covers travel through Nov. 30. Participating properties are listed on official website; for detailed guarantees, visit individual property websites. www.visitcaymanislands.com/en-us/about-cayman/weather/hurricane-guarantee


Whether taking a day trip or extended overseas vacation, keep an eye on home from afar with SkylinkNet Alarm System Starter Kit, a self-monitored security system that allows users to arm and disarm their alarm systems from anywhere. The kit is controlled by Skylink's Internet Hub, and includes a motion sensor, keychain remote, and two door/window sensors. By connecting the hub to a wireless Internet router, the security system coordinates the activities of all receivers and sensors with the help of a smartphone app. If a sensor detects motion, the Internet hub will send a push notification through the app. The app also allows users to view events that set off alarms through live video monitoring that can be observed through a smartphone or tablet. Ten additional cameras and up to 100 sensors can be added to the system. No monthly fees or contract required. $212.99. www.skylinkstore.com/store/us/us-alarm-system/skylinknet-alarm-system/starter-kit/skylinknet-alarm-system-starter-kit-2.html



Keep your tots safe from the sun's rays, wind, sand, and pesky mosquitos while at the beach, camping trips or any family outings with the new pop-up tent by bblüv. The lightweight and portable Sunkitö Sun and Mosquito Play Tent provides SPF 50+ sun protection, and mosquito netting that can be tucked into an integrated pocket when not in use. Folds flat to easily slip into its carry bag. Three tent poles included. $89.99