Natick farm’s new harvest fest
One of the country’s oldest continuously working farms — Lookout Farm in Natick, established in 1651 — hosts its first festival to celebrate local businesses and support MetroWest Chamber programs. The Lookout Farm Harvest Fest takes place Sept. 9, noon to 6 p.m., on the 180-acre farm in South Natick. Enjoy gelato and cider doughnuts made on the farm and award-winning barbecue dishes from Marlborough’s Firefly’s BBQ. The Craft Beer Pavilion showcases craft beers from more than a dozen local companies, including Bad Martha Brewing, Cape Ann Brewing, the Ipswich Ale Brewery, and Turtle Swamp Brewing, plus the farm’s own ciders and beers. Enjoy country rock by Dalton and the Sheriffs, the tribal folk thump of Planet Nowhere, and a performance by the Portland, Maine-based acoustic duo Eastern Screech. Family fun includes train rides, a farm-themed play area, a maze, a hay pyramid, and face painting. Tickets $15 (kids), $18 adults for festival; $35 (advance) to $45 (day of event) for festival and admission to beer pavilion. www.lookoutfarm.com
Fall asleep on the water
Stay in a houseboat in Newburyport and enjoy views overlooking the stunning harbor and easy access to beaches, award-winning restaurants, a renowned wildlife refuge, and the historic downtown. Houseboats of Newburyport has launched its third houseboat, called Harborside, which sits in the Harbor Marina on the Merrimack River. The boat — a cross between a hotel suite and a small New England home — has two outside decks, a bedroom with a queen-size bed and full bathroom, a living room with a pullout sofa, and a kitchenette with a dining area. It also offers cable television and free WiFi. Or stay on the Riverside houseboat, which launched earlier this year, or the Dockside, both located at Newburyport’s Hilton Marina. Guests must be 26 or older. Rates start at $229 per night for up to four people. 888-755-1472, www.houseboatsatnewburyport.com.
Old meets new in tel aviv hotel
A boutique hotel has opened in a historic property in downtown Tel Aviv that once welcomed Thomas Cook, Mark Twain, and other renowned travelers. The Drisco Hotel, located in the city’s American Colony neighborhood, offers a modern interpretation of original Ottoman oriental design and blends historic elements with upscale amenities. The hotel features 37 rooms and five suites, all with large marble bathrooms and vintage sinks, and balconies with views of Tel Aviv-Jaffa or the Mediterranean Sea. The Drisco Bar, located in the hotel lobby, provides small bites, cocktails, and gourmet teas, while Zada, the onsite restaurant, offers a contemporary take on Ottoman cuisine, featuring fresh fish and seafood, gourmet kebab dishes, and pastries. Rates start at $400, double occupancy. www.thedrisco.com.
An enchanted evening in
Experience the woods in a whole new way during Whistler, British Columbia’s new Vallea Lumina tour. This multimedia night walk takes place in an old-growth forest on Cougar Mountain, 10 minutes north of Whistler. Visitors walk nearly a mile along an illuminated and, at times, steep pathway while a mesmerizing show unravels along the route — the story of a place where stardust falls from the night sky. Clues lead visitors through the forest — in the footsteps of two bygone hikers — where trees talk, lights flash and dance across the landscape, and the story is revealed through multimedia vignettes. Most visitors take about an hour to explore the route on this self-guided illuminated night walk — the West Coast’s first — created by Moment Factory, a Montreal-based multimedia production studio, and Whistler’s The Adventure Group. When purchasing tickets, guests select a start time and are transported to the site by a mandatory complimentary shuttle (no parking on site). Wear sturdy footwear and bring bug spray. Shows run nightly through Oct. 15. Tickets are free for those 5 and under, $24 ages 6-15, $29 adults. 800-944-7853, www.vallealumina.com
Sleep well on your travels
Having trouble falling asleep in loud hotel rooms or unfamiliar places can put a strain on travelers. The LectroFan EVO may be your ticket to getting a better night’s sleep while on the road. This sound machine, made by ASTI, provides 10 fan sounds (from box fan to industrial-size fan), 10 white noise sounds, and two ocean sounds, giving you plenty of options to mask disruptive noises that impact your sleep. The non-looping sounds aim to let your mind fully relax so you can fall asleep quicker and remain asleep. The lightweight device is small enough to stash in a suitcase. It’s easy to operate, has a built-in auto-shutoff timer, and plugs into a standard wall outlet or powered USB port. $59.95. 866-220-7607, www.soundofsleep.com