Here, there, and everywhere
Come face-to-face with falcons, learn the art of fly fishing, and enjoy the foliage from a chairlift or mountain bike in Vermont this fall. Suicide Six Ski Area in South Pomfret has launched its first-ever scenic chairlift rides: Take the eight-minute ride up for $10 and hike down, or take the lift roundtrip (stopping for views at the top) for $15. The ski area has also launched its new Elemental Bike Park, geared to mountain bikers of all ages and skill levels. It offers certified coaches, bike rentals, and lift access for riders Fridays through Sundays until late October (see www.mtbs6.com). This fall, the Woodstock Inn and Resort expands its farm-to-table program, offering family-style three-course dinners in the property’s rustic red barn while highlighting products from local cheese makers, farmers, bee keepers, and dairymen ($65 per person). The property also offers front-row access to falcons, owls, and hawks through its falconry program, and a chance to learn the art of fly fishing and fly casting. Rooms start at $369 per night. 888-338-2745, www.woodstockinn.com.
CELEBRATE FALL IN
Don’t miss outdoor concerts, a ski swap, running races, beer tasting, and more at Waterville Valley, N.H., Oct. 6-8. The free Fall Foliage Celebration offers pumpkin painting, kids’ activities, and a chance to meet local mushers and their sled dogs. Search for good deals on used winter sports gear — or drop off your unneeded equipment — at the ski swap, Oct. 7 and 8. On Sunday, join in the 1.6K fun run, the 5K road race, or the 10-mile trail race (preregister by Sept. 24, $10-$35 depending on race). Then try out craft beers from around New England and catch some live tunes, including Mica’s Groove Train from Portsmouth, N.H., on Saturday from noon-3 p.m. Stay at one of five mountain inns and lodges in Waterville Valley. Rates for the fall foliage outdoor package start at $129 per night (valid through Oct. 8) and include a Freedom Pass that gives each guest daily access to golf, bike rental, outdoor tennis, the pool and hot tubs, scenic chairlift rides, and boat rentals. 800-468-2553, www.visitwaterville
EXPLORE THE GRAND
CANYON BY HUMVEE
See many of the Grand
Canyon’s most iconic views on a new Hummer tour offered by Arizona-based Buck Wild. Each Hummer includes forward-facing theater-style seating, car seats for kids, and a professional guide who offers information on the history of the area, the forces of nature that shaped the canyon, and the original people who inhabited the land. The company offers sunset, private, and signature tours. See dramatic rock formations, look for elk and other local wildlife, and peer into gorges that took millions of years to form. The Signature tour, which welcomes kids of all ages, runs for two hours (adults $99 per person; up to 15 years old $90) or book the Sunset tour (two hours at sunset, starting at $115 per person). 928-362-5940, www.buckwildhummertours
KIDS’ TOUR OF MACHU PICCHU
A Machu Picchu hotel has introduced a new family tour of the Incan citadel that includes two tour guides — one for the parents and one for the kids. The Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel in Aguas Calientes, Peru — the closest town to the ruins — created this fun and informative half-day tour, called Adventures with Allco in Machu Picchu, which is geared to children ages 6 to 11. It includes a roundtrip bus ride to Machu Picchu from town, entrance to Machu Picchu, a tour guide for parents, a tour guide for the child/children, box lunches, and an Explorer Kit for each child with a map of Machu Picchu, a hat, a magnifying glass, and an Allco Inca puppy stuffed animal (reminiscent of the Peruvian hairless dog that originated in pre-Inca cultures). The hotel has also introduced a deluxe family room with four full-size beds that accommodate up to four adults and four children. Rooms include free WiFi, a Jacuzzi tub, board games, and free local calls, and children up to 11 receive half-price breakfast and half-price lunch or dinner. Rates starting at $1,200 per night for family room, including taxes and children’s half-price meals; $478/$602 per night for a single/double room. 866-682-0645, www.sumaqhotelperu.com.
BACKPACKS THAT MEAN BUSINESS FOR TRAVELERS
Gregory’s new Praxus (men’s) and Proxy (women’s) 45- and 65-liter travel bags work perfectly for those who want the comfort and convenience of a backpack, and the clean lines and rich features of a more traditional travel bag (think suitcase-meets-duffle). These packs offer contoured padded shoulder straps and wide cushioned hip belts, making it easier to carry a long-weekend load. The shoulder straps and removable waist belt stash in a zippered pouch on the back at check-in. The packs have relatively rigid sides to help them maintain their shape, plenty of grab handles on the exterior, and a front zippered pocket that’s an organizer’s dream: They have a padded laptop sleeve and other pouches and sleeves. Inside, they boast a large and very handy ActiveShield zippered compartment that’s perfect for stashing dirty clothes. The 65-liter bag has a separate shoe compartment for keeping business or workout shoes away from clothes. Rigid, fold-over flaps on the exterior protect zippers for added security in crowded areas. $149.95 (45-liter) to $169.95 (65-liter). 877-477-4292, www.gregorypacks.com.