TIPSY TOURS ON BEACON HILL
Beacon Hill is synonymous with cobblestone streets, grand historic homes, and the gold-domed State House. For a tour that adds a “tipsy” twist to an otherwise decorous neighborhood, why not try the new boozy chocolate and wine Beacon Hill walking tour offered by Tipsy Chocolates? On a 90-minute stroll, guests will learn some history of the neighborhood, as well as the origins of chocolate and its deep ties to Massachusetts. Taste local and international chocolates at four locations, from the north slope to the south, beginning with a chocolate espresso mini-size martini at the Liberty Hotel. The tour concludes with wine and chocolate pairing class, led by Tipsy Chocolate owners Lucca Tognazzi and Anne Wright, at Bin 26 Enoteca on Charles Street. By the end of the class, you’ll be able to identify the differences between Dominican and Ecuadorian chocolate, and French and Italian wine, and choose your favorite pairing. Tours begin at Liberty Hotel, Saturdays starting at 3:30 p.m. $74 per person. www.tipsychocolates.co/tipsy-chocolate-tours
HOGWARTS HALLOWEEN FOR GROWN-UPS
Who says Halloween is only for kids? This year, Blantyre — the recently-renovated Relais & Chateaux estate in the Berkshires — is throwing an adults-only, Harry Potter-themed Halloween party on Oct. 27. Guests arriving at the Gilded Age property will find the place transformed into J.K. Rowling’s mystical world of witchcraft and wizardry. The evening includes a creative cocktail hour followed by a lavish buffet dinner and dancing with live entertainment. Hogwarts-inspired menu items include Golden Snitch Cake Pops, Chocolate Frogs, Bertie Bott’s Beans, and more. Guests are encouraged to dress up, and the hotel staff will be adorned in Harry Potter-esque attire. Open to hotel guests and the general public. Reserve tickets by phone, online, or in person. $85. 413-637-3556, blantyre.com/blantyre-events/harry-potter-halloween-party/
Pack your camera and fishing gear for Frontiers International’s newest offering, Belize Fly Fishing and Photo Tour (Feb. 7-14, 2019). Hosted by award-winning photographer, angler, and journalist Jess McGlothlin, the weeklong trip starts with three days of guided fishing for bonefish, tarpon, and permit in the waters surrounding Ambergris Caye at El Pescador Resort, and ends with three days of cultural and gastronomic activities at the famed Copal Tree Lodge in southern Belize. In addition to fishing, the action-packed trip includes hiking, biking, horseback riding, kayaking, wildlife viewing, and yoga classes in the jungle; exploring and photographing a 12,000-acre nature reserve; visiting Mayan ruins; handcrafting chocolate from boutique-grown cacao beans; and cooking classes with the lodge’s chef. From $4,805 per person double occupancy with shared guide.
File this under “Coolest Must-Have Gadget in 2018.” The Classic Coolest Cooler (yes, by a company called Coolest) is debuting a multiuse cooler that is perfect for beaching, boating, camping and — appropriate for fall — tailgating parties. In addition to a 55-quart dual compartment storage capacity (that will keep ice frozen for four to five days), the sturdy unit is a party-in-a-cooler with its own ice-crushing blender (operated by included battery pack) and, hidden in a secret compartment — a.k.a. accessory deck — a detachable, splash-proof Bluetooth speaker that can stream up to eight hours of music from your iOS or Android device. Other fun features include a USB charging port; LED lid light; picnic essentials (ceramic knife, corkscrew, and four plates designed to double as Frisbees); cutting board; magnetic bottle opener; and built-in cup holders. Built to hold up to 600 pounds, the cooler also boasts oversize rubber wheels, telescoping handle, and bungee cord for strapping on additional party paraphernalia. Available in five colors. $399. coolest.com/pages/new-coolest-cooler-6-20 Necee Regis