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The Nantucket Cranberry Festival, Bash at the Bog, returns Oct. 6.
The Nantucket Cranberry Festival, Bash at the Bog, returns Oct. 6.

FESTIVAL CELEBRATES

ALL THINGS CRANBERRY

The Nantucket Cranberry Festival, Bash at the Bog, makes its colorful return on Oct. 6 (11 a.m.-4 p.m.). Hosted by the Nantucket Conservation Foundation, the 15th annual event celebrates the island’s 160-year-plus history with cranberry farming, and features organic berries from the last two remaining commercial bogs. Attendees can watch the harvesting, and take self-guided tours to learn more about cranberries and their historic role in Nantucket agriculture. Additional activities include antique tractor displays, hayrides, live music, and kid-friendly activities such as sack races, tug-of-war, face painting and a petting zoo with goats, ducks, and other farm animals. You won’t leave hungry: Nantucket’s own Back Yard BBQ will be serving up pulled pork sandwiches, BBQ chicken, brisket, and more. Or indulge in clam chowder, hot dogs, and all manner of cranberry-laced sweets including cranberry pies, cookies, granola, and chocolate-covered berries. Admission is complimentary; parking is $20 per car. www.nantucketconservation.org/activities/cranberry-festival/

QUINTESSENTIAL GUIDE TO BOSTON

Boston newbies as well as seasoned residents should grab a copy of Kim Foley MacKinnon’s new book, “100 Things to Do in Boston Before You Die.” A freelance food and travel writer who has lived in Boston for more that 25 years (and is a Boston Globe Travel section contributor), MacKinnon brings years of personal knowledge and expertise to this guide. As your virtual new best friend, MacKinnon will help you discover quintessential Boston experiences you may have missed, or want to revisit. This curated compendium offers insider tips on essential sights — hello swan boats! — as well as guides to museums, historical sights, and outside activities. Wonder where to find the best lobster rolls and oysters? MacKinnon provides information about Boston’s rich culinary scene, and other cultural activities such as where to hear jazz every night of the week. $16. 314-833-6600, store-tip7ml39.mybigcommerce.com/all-titles/

BESPOKE LUXURY TOURS DEBUT

’Tis the season when tour companies unveil their newest product offerings. In honor of its 260th anniversary, luxury travel brand Cox & Kings has debuted a new category of bespoke trips for intimate groups of travelers: Luxury Small Group Journeys. Designed specifically with US guests in mind, an inaugural set of seven destinations — Peru, Morocco, Japan, China, Spain and Portugal, South Africa, and India — launch in Fall 2018, with additional departures and journeys to be announced for 2019 through 2020. The inventive itineraries, running from nine to 15 days, were crafted by the company’s in-house destination specialists for both first-time and veteran travelers. In a first for Cox & Kings, all journeys will be bookable online, and are guaranteed to run with a minimum of two travelers. Group sizes will be kept small, with an average of just 18 and a maximum of 24 travelers per departure. Prices begin at $5,295 per person. 844-536-9560, www.coxandkingsusa.com/luxury-small-group-journeys/

HISTORIC NAPA PROPERTY DEBUTS AS ELEGANT INN

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Travelers to California’s wine country can now sleep in style at the Francis House, a five-room luxury inn that was once the family home of a prominent local merchant. Built in 1886, the Francis House — listed in the National Register of Historic Places — is the only stone building in Napa County with authentic French Second Empire architecture. After being uninhabited for 50 years, the building has been carefully restored and redesigned. Guest rooms offer premium bed linens, period writing desks, and custom brass luggage racks. Bathrooms boast Carrara marble, heated toilets, brass fixtures, and toiletries by Molton Brown. The ground level consists of a reception area, Gaggenau stove-equipped kitchen, salon, and adjoining dining area that opens to the pool and patio garden. Gravel pathways wind between French limestone fountains, citrus trees, and fragrant rosemary, gardenia, and jasmine. Includes complimentary daily breakfast; wine tasting at 5 p.m. on weekends; concierge service; complimentary parking and electric car charging facilities. Rates from $495. 707-341-3536, thefrancishouse.com/

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Food allergies pose serious concerns for travelers. The website and app AllergyEats is a crowdsourced restaurant guide where diners can search for allergy-friendly restaurants in the US based on desired location as well as by dietary restrictions, including peanuts, tree nuts, dairy, eggs, wheat, fish, shellfish, and more. AllergyEats lists more than 850,000 restaurants nationwide and also offers user comments, Web links, menus, and directions. This month, the company is debuting AllergyEats NYC, a destination-specific guide to finding the most allergy-friendly restaurants across Manhattan’s four popular regions: Uptown, Midtown/Times Square, Midtown South, and Downtown. Available as a free app on both iTunes and Google Play. www.allergyeats.com/nyc/

DURABLE BAGS FOR QUICK TRIPS

Baboon’s new Go-Bags are made for those who prefer quick and spontaneous trips — sometimes called “micro adventures” — rather than long expeditions. Designed for durability, the double-layer bags with reinforced PU coated webbing are heavier than traditional hiking gear. Features include three internal pockets (two mesh pockets and one non-mesh organization pocket), an external pocket, oversize pull tabs, button-down carrying handles, and ergonomic backpack straps for cross-body carrying. Lockable zipper heads ensure goods remain secure. Offered in a range of bright colors and combos, with interior prints commissioned by artists. Available in two sizes. $175 and $215. baboontothemoon.com/

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